The longest continuously inhabited city in the world
The old town is divided into 3 major districts, where once Christians, Muslims and Jews lived. Their coexistence was sometimes peaceful and some others tense, ending up in quarrels or even battles between them.
In this tour, you will visit all the neighborhoods to see the Venetian and Turkish dwellings and will listen to stories about wealthy and poor people's lives. You will stop by all the main attractions of the old town, walk along the waterfront and see the important works and public buildings and how their use changed throughout the years, depending on the needs of each conqueror.
Each quarter has its own distinctive buildings, monuments and places of worship. Just a few steps away from the historic center lie the ruins of the first settlement which was built in the town some 5000 years ago.
This is not just a historical tour, you will also walk through markets, learn about Cretan products and see how the old buildings changed in order to meet the needs of today.
Our tour will begin at the main covered market.
We will continue to the old town seeing the highlights for about 3 to 4 hours.
We can have as many stops as you like if you need to rest or take pictures.
Our tour will end at the old port where you will find plenty of taverns, cafes and shopping options.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The municipal covered market but i can also pick you up from your hotel if it's in the old town.
End location: At the old Venetian port, at Eleytherias square, close to the fountain.
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
The tour usually lasts 3 to 4 hours
* If you want a pick up and drop off to your hotel, I can arrange for a private transportation. Please, inquire me for a customised tour.
- My service as your private tour guide for all tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 Eur - You might need it per person for water or snacks.
- You might want to buy local herbs, honey, olive oil, olives, knives from the knives' market and leather products from the leather market
- Food and drinks
- Transportation to the site.
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What a wonderful tour! So informative. We were left with a very comprehensive understanding of the Old City. We highly recommend!!