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Chania for many, the most beautiful town in Crete The town is simply unique and alive. Chania is the second largest City of Crete. Large parts of the old town are closed to traffic; the bulk of the Venetian mansions restored or converted into hotels. One of the most important constructions of the Venetian Period is the Entrance of Renier Mansion. In former times Chania was divided in 3 parts the East part for the Muslims the Southwest part for the Jewish and the West part for the Christians. In the East oft he old town there are traces of the Turks: a small minaret or masonry. On the Northeast of the Venetian walls there is the only preserved gate “The rampart Sabbionara” still preserves its Turkish name "koum - kapi (Kum Kapisi = the Gate of the Sand it is constructed in the sea. On the front of the rampart, the circular Venetian emblem of the lion of Agios Marcos is still preserved. The Byzantine Wall was built in 12th century and its outline is irregular with longitudinal axle from the East to the West, where its two central gates were located.

The fortress Revellino del Porto on the northwest part of the port was constructed by Venetians. Its construction began in 1610 and completed a few years before the fall of the city in Turks in 1645. The construction of the Grand Arsenal started in 1585 by the Intendant Alvise Grimani. A new era began for the Grand Arsenal with the addition of the second flour in 1872 during the Turkish period. Nowadays the building hosted several important public services and authorities. The Grand Arsenal has been transformed from a roofless ruin into an impressive building that hosts various events and exhibitions. It hosts “Center of Mediterranean Architecture” organizing important cultural events and exhibitions related to architectureWorth highlighting are the good restaurants and tavernas. Some of them are in old stonework with open gables. In the alleys there are still traditional handcrafts such as bakers, grinders and carpenters. Diving schools have their offices at the harbour. Varrious excursions in boats are on offer. A walk through Chania should include the Art Nouveau market halls, the Venetian shipyards (today turned into galleries and museums) and the harbour fortress. The Marine Museum with its model ships is worth a visit as is the Archaelogical Museum.

For those who like shopping, it is worth looking at Venetian gold jewellery, some leather wares and of course, Cretan olive oil. If you travel by bus you are in the old town in a few minutes. If coming by car, use the pay car park near the Market Halls on Nikiforou Foka Street. The port of Chania cannot be used by modern ships because of the shallow water, which contributed in preserving its old character. In the old town of Chania you will only see the Marina for Yachting and small ships. The harbour of Chania which is used by ferries and Cruisers is located in the Souda Bay East of the Town in the edge of Akrotiri peninsula. Everyone who saunters through the narrow, winding alleys, who follows the goings-on in the market and who has sat during the day or evening in the port tavernas will not easily forget the ambience felt here.

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Chania for many, the most beautiful town in Crete The town is simply unique and alive. Chania is the second largest City of Crete. Large parts of the old town are closed to traffic; the bulk of the Venetian mansions restored or converted into hotels. One of the most important constructions of the Venetian Period is the Entrance of Renier Mansion. In former times Chania was divided in 3 parts the East part for the Muslims the Southwest part for the Jewish and the West part for the Christians. In the East oft he old town there are traces of the Turks: a small minaret or masonry. On the Northeast of the Venetian walls there is the only preserved gate “The rampart Sabbionara” still preserves its Turkish name "koum - kapi (Kum Kapisi = the Gate of the Sand it is constructed in the sea. On the front of the rampart, the circular Venetian emblem of the lion of Agios Marcos is still preserved. The Byzantine Wall was built in 12th century and its outline is irregular with longitudinal axle from the East to the West, where its two central gates were located.

The fortress Revellino del Porto on the northwest part of the port was constructed by Venetians. Its construction began in 1610 and completed a few years before the fall of the city in Turks in 1645. The construction of the Grand Arsenal started in 1585 by the Intendant Alvise Grimani. A new era began for the Grand Arsenal with the addition of the second flour in 1872 during the Turkish period. Nowadays the building hosted several important public services and authorities. The Grand Arsenal has been transformed from a roofless ruin into an impressive building that hosts various events and exhibitions. It hosts “Center of Mediterranean Architecture” organizing important cultural events and exhibitions related to architectureWorth highlighting are the good restaurants and tavernas. Some of them are in old stonework with open gables. In the alleys there are still traditional handcrafts such as bakers, grinders and carpenters. Diving schools have their offices at the harbour. Varrious excursions in boats are on offer. A walk through Chania should include the Art Nouveau market halls, the Venetian shipyards (today turned into galleries and museums) and the harbour fortress. The Marine Museum with its model ships is worth a visit as is the Archaelogical Museum.

For those who like shopping, it is worth looking at Venetian gold jewellery, some leather wares and of course, Cretan olive oil. If you travel by bus you are in the old town in a few minutes. If coming by car, use the pay car park near the Market Halls on Nikiforou Foka Street. The port of Chania cannot be used by modern ships because of the shallow water, which contributed in preserving its old character. In the old town of Chania you will only see the Marina for Yachting and small ships. The harbour of Chania which is used by ferries and Cruisers is located in the Souda Bay East of the Town in the edge of Akrotiri peninsula. Everyone who saunters through the narrow, winding alleys, who follows the goings-on in the market and who has sat during the day or evening in the port tavernas will not easily forget the ambience felt here.

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Our booking system works like a shopping cart system. Later on you will see all the selected services in the cart system, so you have also the possibility to book the package easily like a round trip.
Kreta.com the travel-professionals for Crete: hire car, airport-transfers, excursions and hiking - tours can be booked in advance. All from one single source
Please don´t hesitate to contact us for an individual offer and personalized itineraries, when you don´t want to use the booking system. Get in touch with us: info@kreta.com We are the stuff of special memories and authentic emotions.

Even if you are already at your destination, you can easily book your excursions online. Please use our menu for booking excursions in Crete/Chania We have selected the most beautiful hotels in Chania / Crete for you. Please scroll down to see the best hotel selection for Chania .......................
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Book in advance HIKING THROUGH THE NATIONAL PARK OF CRETE SAMARIA GORGE:
Full day experience
Things to know before you go most of our tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation in western Crete.
This tour is carried out by the company Haidemenakis.

Helping you explore Crete, with the whole family in tow this offered excursion in western Crete will be a real adventure. We offer this tour only with pick up points from the northwest coast, as the transfer from the eastcoast is too long. When you have a hotel at the east coast and you want to pass the Agia Irini Gorge we recommend to book an overnight in Chania-City. We can arrange this for you, we can offer a package 1 night in Chania plus the transfer to the Gorge: info@kreta.com

Departure Time 05:50 AM, Returns to original departure point / pick up point.
This hiking tour will lead you through sceneries of uncommon beauty and of exceptional wilderness.
Ride in an air-conditioned bus comfortably through the white mountains and enjoy the stunnig views. Your guide tells you about the area’s history about flora & fauna.
The tour will take place in almost every weather condition - the organizer will take the final decision in case of very bad weather conditions. In this case you´ll be informed from us and the tour will be moved to another day or cancelled. In case of cancellation on our part you´ll get your money back.

Not suited for the elderly and for people with cardiovascular disorders.

The National Park Samaria Gorge is the largest and oldest nature reserve in Crete.

With a length of 17 km Samaria Gorge is the longest canyon in Europe. This tour is a classic day hike, one of the highlights in western Crete, and a must to see for everyone interested in nature.
You need to be in good health and have no heart or circulatory problems. Good shoes, headgear and a bottle of water should be your equipment, then you can start. There are water sources in the gorge where you can refill your bottle.

We have various pick-up points on the west coast, which are located on the coastal road. You will find the time of pick-up and the meeting point later in the booking process. First you have to tick off your date, then pick up point and number of guests to book will follow.
The starting time depends on the pick up point. Usualy the time is from around 05:30 - 06:00 a.m. (earliest pick-up point). Return to the pick-up point around 8:00 p.m.
Most hotels provide guests with a breakfast package (if meals have been booked), please ask for a day before your tour to arrange this.

This guided tour takes you to the table land Omalos to the entry of the Samaria Gorge. The entry is reknown Xyloskalo (entrance to the Samaria Gorge 1250 meters above sea level), the tour guide collects the entrance fees. Per person = 5 euros. Then you get started.

At the end of the trip, the tour guide is waiting for you in a tavern at the coastal village Agia Roumeli ( End of Samaria Gorge) and he will handing out the boat ticket. Extra Cost for this ticket per person € 10. from Agia Roumeli you ´ll go by ferry-boat to the next coastal Village Sfakia or Sougia( it depence on date), as the village Agia Roumeli at the end of the Samaria Gorge is a carfree zone. Coming from the ferry boat the bus will be waiting there, which will take you back to the pick-up point /Hotel.

This tour is exhausting, but can also be carried out with well-trained children from the age of 9.
Kreta.com - We work with professional managers, to ensure higher quality and reliability. This tour is carried out from the company Haidemenakis S.A.
Kreta.com- We are the stuff of special memories and authentic emotions contact us: info@kreta.com Please bear in mind that this excursion is non-refundable. If you must cancel this tour you won´t get money back. You can book this tour till 48 hours before arrival ( subject to availability), payment with credit-card. After booking you´ll get an email-voucher from us with all information needed.
Lean back and enjoy the ride with a private local guide. Spectacular picturesque unique places, breathtaking views and the comfort of being well informed by the company of a local guide in western crete. Experience the magnificent fauna and fascinating world of Crete and at first hand. An exclusive tour with our private local guide is not only more eventful, you get to know Crete more intensively. The mentioned price is for 1-4 guests and includes his company in your rental car. This private guided tour is only possible when you have booked a rental car for your holidays on Crete.
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