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Old Venetian Harbor Tours

Old Venetian Harbor
Chania’s spectacular Venetian Harbour is a symbol of the town’s rich and varied history, built between 1320 and 1356 when it was first under control of the Republic of Venice. Made of butter-colored stone and with its walls stretching for just under a mile (1.5 km), it provided sheltered waters and safe anchorage and was originally a thriving trading port with berthing room for up to 40 galleys. A breakwater was constructed to the north of the harbor to protect the ships from storm damage, and on this St Nicholas Chapel and bastion were built. During Venetian times condemned criminals were executed on this spot. The Firkas Fortress (now the Maritime Museum of Crete) at the entrance to the harbor was built with the dual purpose of safeguarding Chania from invasion and housing Venetian troops.

However the most striking of the edifices along the Venetian Harbour is the lighthouse (no public access), which dates from around 1570 and looms majestically skywards at the harbor entrance to this day. It is Chania’s most-photographed monument and was restored to its original splendor in the 1840s; the lighthouse is magical when illuminated at night.

Today, the Venetian Harbour offers mooring for local fishing boats and pleasure craft; in summer it is a romantic spot to stroll and then enjoy eating and drinking in the many harbor-side restaurants, tavernas and ouzo shops. Even in winter, it’s usually warm enough to sit outside in a café while sipping coffee and enjoying the Cretan sun.

Practical Info

Best accessed on foot. Chania can be reached by daily ferry from Piraeus in Athens, and by plane via Chania International Airport, which is 9 miles (14 km) from the town center.
Address: Eleftherios Venizelos Square, Chania, Crete, Greece
Hours: 24/7
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Chania Old Town Private Tour

Chania Old Town Private Tour

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Chania’s Old Town is being inhabited since the ancient ages of the Minoan Civilization from 5000BC. Since then it has always been a vivid place of prosperity and growth, influenced through the ages by the various cultures, Romans, Arabs, Jews, due to its geopolitical place in the Mediterranean Sea and those who invaded it particularly in the late years, such us the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks. We will stroll through the historic alleys and pinpoint the Byzantine and the Venetian/Ottoman Walls and Fortifications, then walk through the main streets and see the emergence of history from the Ancient Ages from the archeological excavations inside the Old Town to the Medieval and Recent Ages through the old buildings, the churches, the synagogues and the mosques. Also we will visit the Orthodox, the Muslim and the Jewish Quarter and how people lived together through times with peace or turbulence. There is an optional wine tasting for 30 minutes, 12 euro per person.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$390.71
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US$390.71
per group
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Chania Old Town and Countryside Private Tour

Chania Old Town and Countryside Private Tour

In this unique tour we will have a thoroughgoing exploration of Chania area, exploring the rich history of Chania Old Town, combined with admiring the drive crossing a gorge, alongside with the beautiful countryside and the mountains, and an amazing gastronomical experience. We will walk through the narrow streets of Chania and enjoy centuries old buildings through the Venetian and Ottoman era. We will visit the traces of the Minoan civilization dating back to 3000BC and the remains of the Byzantine rule. I will narrate you Chania’s history and monuments and take panoramic pictures of the Old Town. We will continue driving through the gorge, picturesque villages and marvelous landscapes while I will pinpoint interesting things and talk you through Cretan culture and history. A stop will be made for an hour and a half in a restaurant to enjoy a meal cooked only on wood fire. Finally we will drive back through a panoramic windy road with spectacular views of Chania and Souda bay.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$568.31
per group
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US$568.31
per group
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Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner

Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner

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Spend a freewheeling evening exploring the bohemian vibe of Chania during this 4-hour sunset drinking and eating tour. Check out some of the best ‘alternative’ hangouts in Crete’s second-largest city, enjoying sunset vistas, hidden gardens, great food and wine and some of the best ‘locals-only’ bars and clubs. A 3-course dinner, wine tasting, ‘raki’ (liquor) and ice cream are all included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$148.74
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US$148.74
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The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Food Tour

The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Food Tour

The Delicious Chania Food Tour invites you to discover a different side of the town of Chania by joining the Cretans in what is probably their favorite activity: easting!! An alternative walking tour in the Old Town exploring Chania's cultural identity ; a great introduction to this beautiful town with a local insider guide and definitely one of the best things to do in Chania on your first day, ideal also for those visiting Chania on a cruise for just a day. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$94.72
Price varies by group size
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US$94.72
Price varies by group size

Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Raki and Mezedes

Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Raki and Mezedes

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Uncover the real Crete on a 4-hour food and history walking tour in Chania. With a local guide, explore the winding streets of Chania Old Town, and sample enticing local tidbits at the Municipal Market. Take in relics of Chania’s Venetian and Ottoman days; discover the old Ottoman and Jewish quarters; and hear about the sailors, traders and heroes who shaped the city’s past. Watch artisans at work making Cretan handicrafts, and end with some delicious ‘mezedes’ (appetizers) perhaps teamed with local ‘raki’ spirit at a waterfront bar or taverna.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.48
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US$95.48
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What are Old Venetian Harbor hours of operation?
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Old Venetian Harbor hours of operation: 24/7. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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