Getting to know the real Chania is difficult without a guide to show you behind the tourist sights. This small-group tour delivers: introducing you to its foods, customs, people, and wines in ways only a local can. Stroll around Chania’s lanes, churches, and monuments; meet townsfolk, visit authentic spots, and sample staples such as sesame bread, cheese, and Cretan honey before a wine-tasting. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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.
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.
Treat your senses to the ancient flavors of Crete on a full-day wine tour from Chania. Travel through the mountains of the Kisamos region and traditional Cretan villages to reach two family-run wineries, where you’ll taste award-winning regional wines and stroll through the vineyards. Sample another prized Cretan product at an olive oil factory, and stand before one of the world’s oldest olive trees on this relaxed culinary tour of northwestern Crete.
This day trip from Crete packs a lot into one tour. Visit an Ottoman fortress, a local folklore museum, a cheese factory and more. Learn about and taste raki, an aperitif flavored with anise. Have lunch in a kafeneio (traditional Greek coffeehouse) where you can hang with the locals and experience the real Crete.
Feast your senses on the best of Cretan cuisine—and get a more intimate glimpse into the culture than you would in a restaurant—during a cooking class in Rethymno. As well learning how to prepare traditional Cretan dishes, you’ll enjoy an olive oil tasting session and a walk through a local village.
The Mountain Village Food Tour is a unique way to see life in the mountain village of Crete. Your guide, Vasili moved from the United States to Crete in 2013 to revitalize his grandfather's land. Taste his home made wine, honey, and tsikoudia. It is with great pride he shares this experience with you.
*History and cultural significance of the mountain villages
*Visit a farmstand to pick up local produce and cheese to be enjoyed later
*Have coffee in a village kafenio
*Visit honey bees, vineyards and olive trees
*Sample wines directly from the barrels. Choose your favorite and bottle your own wine
*Lunch at Ntounias- a unique and authentic farm to table meal
*Drive through Therisso Gorge and stop for some traditional tsikoudia
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.
You too can be an expert in the different flavors and aromas of olive oil. After your visit to a traditional olive oil press you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from one of the most historic and popular places.
Wine Adventure Tour by Chania Wine Tours
Spend a full day swirling, sipping, and tasting through western Crete with wine professionals. Perfect for honeymoons, birthdays, or other special occasions.
Vasili and Anna Maria, the owners of Chania Wine Tours, are Greek-Americans that returned to their ancestral home of Crete. They are passionate wine people- Vasili owns vineyards and Anna Maria is a Certified Sommelier.
The first half of the day is dedicated to olive oil. Take in the endless olive trees at the Cave of Saint John the Hermit, learn all about olive oil production at Biolea Estate olive mill, and visit the oldest olive tree in the world!
The second half of the day is for wine! Visit the vineyards and tasting room at Karavitakis Winery. Learn how to taste wine properly and how grapes are grown. Enjoy 6 wines. Then to Manousakis Winery for a tour of the winery to learn how wine is made before enjoy 5 more wines. Full lunch with unlimited wine is served on their terrace.
Immerse yourself in Crete’s culture and cuisine on this full-day 4WD safari from Chania. Sample fine Cretan wines at a local vineyard, watch a demonstration of traditional knife making, then peek into an olive mill and learn about the island’s famous extra-virgin olive oil. Finally, indulge in a delicious lunch at a local tavern and taste typical Cretan specialties like seafood, feta cheese and savory pies.
Delving alone into rural Crete to experience its olive oil and wines requires a hire car and local knowledge to find its authentic produce and attractions. This full-day small-group 4x4 tour from Chania makes things easy: with prearranged olive oil and wine tastings, and visits to villages and beauty spots, so you don’t have to research and arrange them yourself. Pickup and drop-off in Chania and nearby resorts is included.
Hop in a 4WD vehicle for a nature tour through the countryside of Western Crete to the Milia mountain retreat and eco-resort. This convenient full-day tour takes you to an altitude of 2,800 feet (850 meters) with frequent stops for admiring the scenery, snapping photographs, and learning about the culture, history, and traditions of this storied Mediterranean island. Top off the experience with a traditional Cretan lunch with wine.
Discover the Cretan landscape in style aboard this private jeep safari from Chania. Learn about the culture of Crete from your dedicated tour guide as you traverse the ‘White Mountains’ in your air-conditioned vehicle. Sample local delicacies such as olive oil, tea, and wine at a local winery, take in the views from the Samaria Gorge, and enjoy a delicious Cretan lunch over the course of the day.
Crete has a long tradition of fine wine-making, dating back to its ancient Minoan roots. Let a Certified Sommelier or a Local Grape Grower be at your service for a full day, guiding your semi-private group to two premier vineyards and tasting rooms in Western Crete, as well as the world’s oldest olive tree and Biolea Olive Oil Mill. Your designated driver does the navigating for you as you discover new wines, learn about wine making in this region, and enjoy a full lunch with unlimited wine.
This enchanting tour takes you into the heart of rural Crete, through traditional villages and around steep mountains. Even though Crete’s ancient story is rich, the island’s modern history is worth exploring too; on this tour, visit the National Resistance Museum and brush up on the 1905 revolt that shaped modern Crete. While you explore at your own pace, your hosts slowly cook a traditional clay pot meal, offering a genial end to the day.
Get to know Chania without crowded tour buses or rowdy tour groups on this private sightseeing tour. Walk through the historic buildings and charming streets of the city’s Old Town, immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the Municipal Market, and take advantage of some grand photo opportunities at the Holy Trinity Monastery and Akrotiri’s Gouverneto Monastery. With a full day available to you, take your time at each stop and explore at your own pace.
Spend a day of the beaten tourist path on a five-hour food and sightseeing tour of Zorbas. Private transportation takes you and your guide to ancient monasteries, stunning vistas, and more. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a comprehensive wine tasting with traditional Greek foods. Continue on to watch the sunset over Stavros beach while enjoying a glass of raki (aniseed flavored alcoholic drink) and mezedes (Greek tapas).
Experience the best of Cretan food and drink on a private excursion from Rethymno. For the duration of the tour, you’ll be comfortable in first-class transportation with your private guide. Together, you’ll visit an old olive mill and a classic winery and vineyard. Cuisine meets culture on this six-hour tour, where you’ll sample olive oil, raki (alcoholic Cretan drink), various dishes, and, of course, lots of wine.
Experience the world-famous archaeological site of Knossos Palace and Heraklion Museum like a true VIP. Enjoy a personal hotel, villa or cruise pick up and drop off by your private local professional guide, with a premium vehicle at full-day disposal. You will receive skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information and extra-personalized attention with ultimate comfort and style. Also, you will unwind with a winetasting in an award-winning Cretan winery. At the end of the day, you will follow the scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets by visiting off-the-beaten-path eateries and tasting traditional local delicacies.
• Visit the oldest olive tree in the world!
• Visit an organic olive oil estate with a tasting of extra virgin olive oil included
• Visit a traditional winery and its vineyards
• Learn about the unique viticulture and the indigenous grape varieties
• Experience a wine-tasting session with 5 different wines
• Enjoy a picnic in the winery grounds featuring traditional Cretan delicacies and drinks
Starting the journey we will discover the process of production of Cretan virgin olive oil in the modern Kanakis Olive Oil Mill through some secret knowledge as well as through the tasting of true local olive oil.
Wander through the vineyards, the wooden cellars of the winery, and feel the culture and history of the winery through the wonderful aromas of the different grape varieties.
Complete your excursion with a light meal next to the running waters of the village of Vryses enjoying the dew and shade of the tree leaves.
• Discover the real Cretan virgin olive oil and learn the ways how locals taste it to check the quality of the crop.
• Become a wine expert for a day and explore the wonderful natural grape and unique soil aromas.
• Enjoy the sweetness of a limoncello or the intense taste of raki accompanied by a light meal under the dew of the plane trees and running waters of the river
We offer you an evening semiprivate tour to wine tasting and dinner at sunset in selected exlusive spots in town.
Based on our experience as travellers around the world, we have realised that we have spent unreasonable amounts of money on food and drinks.
On top of that, we have wasted valuable time on choosing wrongly as regards our nightlife.
After careful consideration, we organise and offer you a semiprivate evening tour in the old town, starting close to 7.00 pm (after your booking we can change the starting time on your request), which will include wine tasting and dinner at sunset at the Venetian Harbour
Experience the quintessential luxuries of Crete island with a local insider guide on a chauffeur-driven jeep tour basis with absolute comfort and privacy. More than just a classic mass-safari excursion, this exclusive day trip is designed for a group of 3 persons per jeep so you can explore the island by following bespoke itineraries off the beaten path focused on the Cretan culture, traditions, history and natural landscape. This allows our travelers to see, feel, savor and discover with more depth our distinctive regions and identity. Enjoy a personal pick up and drop off, skip-the-line access at iconic sites and maximum personalization like a true VIP. Remember, Crete is a fascinating and diverse island, but wherever you go, you’ll find friendly people, delicious food, and stunning melting sunsets. Ready to go?