Top Experiences in Chania

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Enjoy some of kimkim's best picks for activities in Chania. Enjoy a guided walk of the historic old town with sightings of Venetian Harbor, Topanas, Splantzia, and the Kydonia ruins. Or try the food and culture tour, which offers you a taste of Cretan delicacies such as olive oil, raki ("tsikoudia"), cheese, and honey. Venture through Rethymno and explore historical sites such as the Palace of Knossos and Venetian Fortezza before enjoying a memorable sunset stroll along the sandy Rethymno Beach.
Chania
Private Old Town of Chania guided walk
4.6
(5)
2.5 hours
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Private
Stroll through the charming and historic Old Town of Chania with an expert local guide on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. On this tour, you'll meander picturesque alleys and discover the city's famed Venetian Harbor. Along the way, learn about Cretan history, mythology, and traditions while...
Venetian houses along the waterfront
Rethymno & Palace of Knossos from Chania
4.0
(1)
5.5 hours
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Private
Discover Crete's aristocratic seaside town of Rethymno, the island’s intellectual and cultural capital, and enjoy a tour of the ancient Palace of Knossos. With your private guide leading the way, you'll explore Rethymno's picturesque old town and enjoy a tour of the city's Venetian Fortezza. As...
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge Guided Hike
3.0
(1)
13 hours
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Group tour
Experience a full-day guided hiking tour through Europe's longest (and Crete's most popular) river gorge, Samaria Gorge. As one of the island's natural wonders, you'll enjoy incredible views of the rushing river, rocky mountain peaks, and Crete's scenic countryside. Along the way, your local...
Hiking Samaria Gorge
Private Hike to Samaria Gorge
3.0
(1)
12 hours
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Private
Explore Chania's Samaria Gorge for a refreshing hike along the river bed, a must-do for any traveler to the region! This 18-kilometer-long gorge is the largest in Europe, and its stunning beauty makes it the most visited trail in the country. On this guided full-day private hiking activity,...
Cretan Villages Food & Culture Tour
3.5
(4)
6 hours
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Small group
Discover Crete's unique area of Apokoronas, the eastern province of the Chania region with this half-day guided driving tour. This tour takes you through different rural villages, where you'll meet with locals, learn about the island's history and culture, and taste Cretan delicacies. In this...
The Walking Tour Of Chania Old Town
2 hours
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Private
If you have visited Chania just to admire the famous monuments and the well-known spots inside the Old Town and the Venetian Harbor, this tour is not for you. This is something that anyone can do, and probably you have already done it! On this tour, you will do something different! There are...
Enjoy the views in Balos
Self-Guided Day Trip to Balos Beach
8 hours
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Self guided
Discover one of Crete's most popular beaches with a day trip to Balos Lagoon, which draws thousands of visitors each year for its warm, turquoise waters and white-pink sand. From Chania, take a scenic drive and then a hike down to the beach to admire sweeping views of the lagoon, or take a boat...
Knossos Palace
Visit the Palace of Knossos and Archaological Museum
4 hours
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Private
Enjoy a private tour of Knossos Palace, Cretes' most extensive and important archeological site. A licensed guide will cater the tour to your personal interests and lead you through the most important monuments of the site, such as the Palace of Knossos, the Little Palace, the Royal Villa, and...
Photo from Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete
Botanical Garden Cooking & Lunch
3.5 hours
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Small group
Discover the secrets behind Cretan cuisine by cooking your own meal with the help of local chefs with this half-day tour. You'll source fresh ingredients from the hilly Botanical Gardens and learn traditional cooking methods passed down from generations. Then, enjoy your creation within the shade...
Elafonisi
Elafonissi Beach Day Trip 
6 hours
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Private
Experience the beauty of one of Greece's most popular and famous beaches, Elafonissi, with this half-day private guided tour. Savor the crystal-clear turquoise waters, shallow and warm swimming areas, and the pink-hued sand that hugs the shore. Together, the natural elements create unmatched...
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Excavation Simulation & Mosaic Workshop near Chania
3 hours
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Private
This family-friendly workshop allows kids to experience an excavation simulation and make mosaics that they can take home. Kids love being an archeologist for the day! Enjoy learning about mosaic art's fascinating history, which originated from the Minoan Cretan. To start, your family will...
Balos beach
Balos and Gramvoussa Day-Cruise
11 hours
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Group tour
Discover Crete's famed beach, Balos, and the red rocky terrain of Gramvoussa on this full-day cruise. The two beaches are some of the most popular in the country, offering crystal-clear, shallow water which is perfect for swimming.You'll start your morning with a bus transfer to the port of...
Photo from Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete
Botanical Parks Visit & Tasting
3.5 hours
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Small group
Discover the colorful and diverse world inside Crete's Botanical Park and Gardens, thanks to the region's special micro-climate. You'll start with a welcome snack of herbal tea and fresh fruit, then enjoy free time to wander through three different climate zones. Look for tropical avocado trees,...
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Chania Food & Wine Tasting Tour
6 hours
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Small group
Discover Crete's long history of winemaking and cheesemaking in the foothills of the White Mountains. The island's rugged terrain grows unique, high-quality grape variations that produce internationally popular wines. You'll explore several varieties and tour a family-owned cheese factory.Your...
Imbros Gorge
Private Imbros Gorge Hike
7 hours
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Private
Embark on a private scenic hiking adventure through the narrowest gorge in Crete, Imbros Gorge. Explore the island's stunning natural environment as you hike through this easy 5 miles (8km) hike that will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete. Take in the amazing views and enjoy a recovery...
Photo from Fabulous Crete
Family Nature Walk in Apokoronas
6 hours
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Small group
Experience Chania's incredible nature on foot with this guided walk to Almyrida Beach. You'll start in the village of Douliana in Apokoronas, which is the eastern province of Chania. Enjoy natural and historical monuments as your guide shares stories about the area's unique history, geology,...
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Snorkeling at Ombros Gialos
4 hours
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Private
Explore the wonders of Greece from under the water with this boat and snorkeling excursion. Crete's crystal-clear waters provide excellent conditions to see life below the surface. Your hosts can tailor this trip to all levels, from beginners to advanced skin divers.You'll start with a snorkeling...
Along the lake
Horseback Riding at Kournas Lake
4 hours
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Private
Enjoy an exciting horseback riding excursion at Kournas Lake, a favorite recreational spot in the Chania region. You’ll start the day by meeting your four-legged partner and learning a few basic horseback riding techniques. Get to know your animal and build trust before saddling up. The shallow...
Botanical gardens
Treasure Hunt for Families in the Botanical Gardens with transfers
4.5 hours
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Private
Discover why scientists describe Crete as "the Miniscule Continent" with a treasure hunt at the Botanical Gardens with this half-day private guided tour. Because the island shares the environment of three continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe), it offers an impressively diverse fauna and flora....
Photo from MAMAKITA
Excavation & Minoan Food for Kids
4 hours
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Private
Join a real archaeologist on a half-day private activity with an excavation simulation for kids. This activity allows you to find Minoan artifacts and learn about daily life in prehistoric times. Then, you'll enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Minoan cuisine.To start, learn about archaeology...
Discover the Secrets of Chania's Streets
Free time in Chania
Self guided
Discover the beauty of the city of Chania by exploring its picturesque streets, historical monuments, its charming 14th-century harbor and colorful architecture influenced by Venetian, Ottoman, and Egyptian eras. Visit the central market to taste local delicacies and wander in the Municipal...
Sample the products of the Cretan countryside
Self-Guided Olive Oil Tour Around Chania
Self guided
Discover one of the most important aspects of Greek culture and the Mediterranean diet: olive oil. Take your rental car and leave Chania to explore a nearby olive grove and museum to learn all about the olive tree, its stone fruit, and the gold elixir it produces. Also, don't miss the chance to...
The Incredible Beauty of Elafonissi Beach
Self-Guided Beach Day-Trip in Chania
Self guided
Some of the most incredible and exotic beaches of Crete are situated in the region of Chania and invite you to relax, sunbathe and take part in a great variety of thrilling watersports adventures. With your rental car, take a day to relax and enjoy the warm, crystal-clear waters and sandy shores,...
Make new friends at the beach
Self-Guided Day Trip to Seitan Limani Beach
4 hours
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Self guided
Experience one of Crete's best-kept secrets with a visit to Seitan Limania on the Akrotiri Peninsula. Located just 35 minutes from Chania, this beach is known for its white limestone cliffs, S-shaped inlet, and clear blue waters that are perfect for cliff diving. Seitan Limani is a wild beach...
SUP in Crete
SUP Adventure on Marathi Bay
2 hours
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Small group
Learn to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) with an experienced instructor on the scenic waterfront of Marathi Bay. Your SUP lesson will be tailored by a skilled instructor to suit your skill level, ensuring that you feel safe and confident as you explore the waves. During this two-hour activity, you'll...
Photo Courtesy of Chania Wine Tours
Explore the Wineries of Chania
5 hours
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Small group
Crete boasts a rich history of winemaking, with over 60 wineries to its name, including some of the world's finest producers. The island's unique terroir has given rise to a number of distinctive local grape varieties, contributing to Crete's status as the second-largest wine-producing region in...
Food Crete
The Ultimate Food Tour of Chania
6 hours
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Private
This will be an unforgettable tasting day for you and your friends exploring the mainland of Chania and discovering the non-touristic locations of Apokoronas province. In a few hours, you’ll have the chance to meet the local producers and taste the pure and authentic delicacies of Crete.The tour...
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Private Walking Experience in Chania
2.5 hours
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Private
Discover the hidden gems of Chania on a unique walking tour! Explore the lesser-known streets, buildings, high spots, neighborhoods, and monuments only locals know. Walk on the same paths where Venetians, Ottomans, and Cretans used to live and work. Admire beautiful flower-filled neighborhoods,...
Chania
Private Tasting & History Walk
2.5 hours
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Private
Join a culinary journey in Crete to uncover the secrets of the island's famous olive oil, wine, and beer. Visit an olive mill and taste different varieties of extra virgin olive oil, learn about winemaking at a family-owned winery, taste fresh beer at a brewery, and discover the rich heritage of...
Gather ingredients from the garden to prepare your meal
Private Traditional Cretan Cooking Class in the Mountains
6 hours
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Private
Immerse yourself in Crete's world-renowned cuisine in this traditional cooking class. Travel to a family home nestled high in the White Mountains (or Lefki Ori), which overlooks both mountains and the sea. Begin by gathering vegetables and herbs for your recipes from the garden. Put on your...

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