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How to Spend 1 Day in Chania

How to Spend 1 Day in Chania

Probably Crete’s prettiest city, Chania offers the classic Cretan combo of food, wine, sparkling sea, and rugged hills. Venetian and Turkish architecture still adorns the streets of Chania Old Town and the 14th-century Old Venetian Harbor. With one day in Chania, you can soak up the history and savor a taste of Crete. Here’s how.

Morning: City Sights

Start the day by discovering Chania’s signature charms on a history-led tour, whether on foot, by bike, on a Segway, or by Trikke electric 3-wheeler. Explore the Old Venetian Harbor, where fishing boats still bob beside the Venetian Lighthouse, as well as the Great Arsenal, the Firkas Fortress, and the Ottoman-era Hassan Pasha Mosque. Soak up the Old Town, from the Byzantine and Venetian walls to the historic synagogue, Franciscan monastery, and Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. Don’t miss the 5,000-year-old Kasteli ruins. Along the way, browse goods from art and jewelry to leatherware and carpets at a wealth of boutiques.

Afternoon: Food Frenzy

For lunch, take a cooking course, perhaps one focused on Cretan favorites such as cheese pies, hearty stews, anddakos, the island’s answer to Italy’s bruschetta. Alternatively, opt for a more general Greek theme, covering international favorites such as tzatziki, or delve into the recipes of the ancient world. Next, discover the olive, cultivated on Crete for more than 5,000 years. Tour an olive grove, learn about the harvest, see the traditional presses that Cretans still use to produce their oil, and sample a wealth of flavors, scents, and colors on a tutored tasting at a local workshop.

Night: Wine Wandering

As afternoon turns to evening, continue your culinary explorations. Consider a food tour that explores the rich world ofmezedes, Greece’s answer to tapas, and wanders between traditionalkafeneio pubs and the stylish bars and restaurants that are taking over the Old Town. Discover Crete’s rich winemaking heritage and history on a tasting of local wines, such as the aromatic white known asthrapsathiri, the fresh and delicatevilana, honeyedmoschato spinas, or typical full-bodied reds. Wrap up the night with a shot ofraki, the aniseed-flavored local liquor that’s the defining taste of Crete.

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The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland

The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.39
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US$106.39
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Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour

Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour

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Discover the best of Chania the easy way on this 2-hour private tour by Trikke electric scooter. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, hop on your easy-to-ride 3-wheeler and admire the city’s highlights as your guide provides personalized commentary. Admire the elegant 19th-century mansions of the Halepa quarter, and cruise through the Old Town, bustling markets and old tanners’ district where craft workers still hand make leather shoes and other wares. Finally, ride along the beautiful Venetian harborside and admire views of Nea Hora’s sands, one of Chania’s loveliest beaches.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.24
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Food Odyssey, A Historical Culinary Tour of Chania

Food Odyssey, A Historical Culinary Tour of Chania

Eat to your heart - and stomach’s - content on a 4-hour culinary tour of Chania. Follow your private guide as they lead you to local eateries and shops where you’ll sample 15 different dishes.  Learn about the influence that the Arabs, Ottomans, and more had on Greek food on an intimate walking tour. In between bites, you’ll hear about local food culture and politics.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$119.90
Price varies by group size
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US$119.90
Price varies by group size
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Chania Segway Night Tour

Chania Segway Night Tour

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Avoid the uncomfortable heat and large crowds of daytime Chania on an evening Segway tour that reveals a different side of the historic Greek city. In an intimate group limited to only six people, you’ll explore the Old Venetian Harbor and Chania Old Town with ease on a self-balancing Segway. Plus, provided headsets mean you’re able to listen to historical commentary as you go, without the need for too many time-consuming stops.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.34
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Small-Group Segway Chania Old City and Harbor Combo Tour

Small-Group Segway Chania Old City and Harbor Combo Tour

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Don a helmet and take a segway through the old part of Chania for two hours. A detailed audio guide provides an introduction to Chania. Learn more about the monuments you see, enjoy cruising on Segways, get views across the harbor. Travel from western waterfront taverns to eastern exterior walls, soaking up history on the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$71.45
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US$71.45
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Half-Day Small-Group Wine Tour in Chania

Half-Day Small-Group Wine Tour in Chania

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The island of Crete has been an active winemaking region for centuries – men and women have been growing grapes on the island and turning it into wine since the times of ancient Greece. On this easygoing afternoon tour, visit wineries carrying on that tradition today in a small and intimate tour group. Enjoy exclusive behind the scenes walks through these wineries, sample their wines and learn how to taste them like the professionals on the island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$98.99
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Good Morning Chania Bike Tour

Good Morning Chania Bike Tour

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Cover much more ground than you can on foot when you take a guided bike tour through Chania. This comprehensive tour is an ideal choice for your first day in the city, or if you only have a short time to visit. Bike at a relaxing pace and discover the beauty of the city. Cycle through the Old City and Harbor, seeing the Egyptian Lighthouse, Jewish Synagogue, Temple of Aghios Rokkos, and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$36.03
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Cooking in Ancient Greece

Cooking in Ancient Greece

Learn to cook like the ancient Greeks with this fun and enriching half-day lesson. Spend the afternoon in a 300-year-old olive grove outside Chania with an archaeologist, food historian, and award-winning cookbook author. After a tutorial on the food culture of Classical Greece, use forgotten spices and herbs to prepare ancient recipes like thrymatis—an unusual cake with a roasted bird inside—and enjoy the delicious food you’ve prepared.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$119.90
Price varies by group size
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US$119.90
Price varies by group size
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Private Departure Transfer: Crete Hotels to Chania Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Crete Hotels to Chania Airport

When it’s time to say goodbye to Crete, end your trip the easy way with this private departure transfer in a climate-controlled vehicle to Chania Airport. Join up with your driver at your accommodation on the pretty Greek island, and then relax on the journey to the airport. These private vehicles can accommodate up to four passengers.
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  • 2 hours
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US$77.55
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