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Discover culinary treats and cultural treasures on this 3-hour food tasting and walking tour of Chania Old Town. Get the inside scoop on Chania’s best eateries from your foodie guide as you visit local cafes, markets and delicatessens. Marvel over landmarks like Chania Cathedral and Patriarchou Athinagora as you explore the town, and stop to taste Crete specialties like koulouri bread, rusks, cheese and sweet pie along the way.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Crete food walking tour around Chania Old Town
  • Explore Chania with a food-expert guide and discover the locals’ favorite eateries
  • Learn about Cretan history as well as the island cuisine and popular dishes
  • Sample an assortment of local specialties including olives and koulouri bread
  • Look out for top Chania attractions while walking, such as Chania Cathedral

What You Can Expect

Crete Food Tour of Chania Old Town

See Chania Cathedral and other top sights while learning about the island's cuisine

After meeting your guide in central Chania, set off on your stroll around the city to learn about its culinary history while scouting out its beloved cafes, markets and delicatessens. As you walk, learn about Crete’s cuisine as well as the island’s history.

Founded as a Minoan settlement, Crete went on to be ruled by the Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottoman Turks, with each set of rulers leaving their stamp on the island’s culinary history. As is the case in many Mediterranean islands, recipes are handed down from one generation to the next, leading to dishes that are cooked with beautiful local ingredients according to centuries-old methods.

Amble through Patriarchou Athinagora, one of the Old Town squares, continue past Chania Cathedral, and then wander through the little-known backstreets and alleyways to find the Chania eateries favored by locals.

The number of food stops varies, as does the type of samples you may try. However, every tour includes local specialties such as rusks — the delicious and crusty twice-baked Cretan bread rolls — and koulouri, donut-shaped bread encrusted with sweetened sesame seeds. Cheese, olive oil, olives and sweet pie are other examples of typical delicacies that may be included.

Having enjoyed three hours exploring Chania and discovering its food gems, work your way back to the start point where your food tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide, the very intelligent professor at the University, gave one of the best presentations that I had on this Mediterranean Cruise! Very good use of English and her language skills of finding the right word to fit the situation was outstandingl

Julie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! The guide, George, was friendly and informative. Easy location chosen to start the tour. Loved all the stops - the cheese one was our least favorite but that's just because we don't eat much of it. The olive oil shop was one of our favorites along with the last place for dessert! Definitely didn't need to eat any lunch that day. Would highly recommend this tour when in Crete.

Mark D R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour itself was fascinating from both historical and experiential perspectives. The tour guide, George was outstanding - knowledgeable, smart, friendly and easy to relate to. Sampling the various foods was fun and tasty. A not to miss tour.

Rodger G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

loved it

Craig B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

George was great. He obviously has a passion for the history of Crete and its food. Learned so much and got several recommendations for restaurants and other sights to see around Chania. I strongly recommend to do this tour early in your trip so that you can be informed of places to go and eat without wasting precious time. George is the BEST. Thanks again for a great visit.

William G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Maria was very professional and fantastic. She was a food expert as well as a knowledgeable resource of history. We visited so many food venues and we enjoyed every one. I would recommend this to anyone going to Crete.

Derrick C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Great tour and very informative guide! The food and the experience were both without equal!

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