Halepa and Tabakaria Private Walking Tour

From: 250

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Tour around Chania’s historical neighborhood and discover a special part of Crete’s history, off beaten path, all from 250€.

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Explore Halepa & Tabakaria of Chania with a knowledgeable local guide and learn everything about history, facts and unknown stories.

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Walk around the neighborhood of the noblemen & kings & discover the historical facts of 19th and 20th century, beside the sea in the Tabakaria area.

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Tour Highlights

  1. Visit the unknown paths of Chania city.
  2. Enjoy a walk beside the sea in the Tabakaria area.
  3. Learn about the history, culture and traditions of Crete.
  4. Live the experience with a licensed professional local guide.
  5. Discover one of the most historical neighbourhoods of Chania.
  6. Explore the Venizelos house, the palace and Agia Magdalini church.


Discover the historical richness of Chania through a captivating tour of the Halepa area, a distinguished district steeped in 19th and 20th-century historical significance. Immerse yourself in the elegance of this noblemen and kings’ neighborhood, where you’ll traverse charming streets adorned with magnificent buildings, showcasing the architectural marvels of past centuries. Halepa, now deemed the aristocratic enclave of Chania, boasts imposing mansions and opulent villas, with the house of Eleftherios Venizelos, a key figure in Greek politics, standing as a testament to the area’s political importance in the 19th century. Formerly the site of the High Commissioner’s palace and consulates of the Great Powers, Halepa unfolds as a living museum of political heritage. Explore the old buildings housing the “great school of diplomacy” and the French nuns’ School San Joseph Guild. Admire the Russian-style Agia Magdalini church on Dagli Street, a distinctive creation of Prince George of Greece, dating back to 1901-1903. The street also hosts the new archaeological museum of Chania, a modern edifice showcasing captivating historical exhibits. Halepa’s charm extends to its renowned leather factories and the fishers’ port in the Tabakaria area, adorned with splendid fish taverns. Conclude your immersive journey with an optional visit to one of these taverns. Ensure a comfortable exploration by wearing sensible shoes for this enlightening walk through Chania’s historical heart.  


  1. Licensed-professional local guide
  2. Bottled water per person
  3. Analytic information of Crete’s history


  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Hotel pick up and drop off (Participants’ transfer to the activity’s starting point)
  3. Meal


Starting point: Venizelos’ House Museum

Guest Stories

Great Tour What a great tour! We chose the tour on a windy day in Chania and were so glad we did! It was excellent. Andreas was so knowledgeable about the area and the wine and he answered all questions we had. The group was small enough that it felt personal and the wineries we visited were absolutely brilliant! We loved the stop off at the oldest olive tree too. Great way to spend a day of our holiday!
The World War II battle for Crete Yanis, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He shared a lot of facts and photos of the battle for Crete and he explained the significance of each stop along the tour. The stop at the military collector’s mini museum was excellent. There were many unique and rare items in his collection that are tied to the battle. The pace and timing of tour was just right, along with a fresh sandwich from a local shop. I would recommend this tour to any interested in the history of the battle for Crete.
Rich S
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Battle for Crete. As a former New Zealand Army officer I was very much looking forward to this tour and it did not disappoint. The whole tour was excellent and covered so much ground literally and figuratively. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and a great person to spend the day with. Being able to visit the actual battlefield sites really put so much into context. Highly recommended.
Tata C
Fantastic cooking class on Crete Everything about this experience was wonderful! The driver, Nikkoli was very knowledgeable and hospitable, the hosts for the class were gracious and warm, the good was amazing and the other guests were terrific. I am so lucky to have found this class and highly recommend!
Sue T
Relaxing excursion This was such a nice relaxing tour. Very simple and easy day! We were picked up at our hotel, it happened to be one of the pickup locations luckily. We drove to two different wineries but also made some stops along the way for cool lookout spots and even a 3,000 year old olive tree.
Sarah S
Cooking in Crete!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The staff and tour were excellent. We had such a good time being taught how to cook stuffed peppers, zucchini and tomatoes. I highly recommend this tour. The food that we created was simply delicious. Just a high quality experience.
Top bloke as guide Our guide had superb knowledge about the area we went to. He was friendly and accommodating. Despite our lack of knowledge and messing this company around we still got to Di our tour.
It was a great tour! This tour allows you to learn more about the culture and history of Crete. They will explain in detail about the food and the background to it. I thought it was a little pricey due to the strong yen, but it was a valuable experience that money can't buy. I'm really glad I participated. I recommend it.
Awesome Wonderful experience. We were taken up into the mountains of Crete to a host house. Over the next 4 hours, we had a tour of the house, learned about Cretan history, had a local wine tasting, and made an incredibly delicious meal. It is vegetarian friendly and comes with a few surprises. I gained a newfound appreciation for olive oil—there can never be too much. One of the highlights of my trip.
Richard Z
A Real Cretan Cooking Experience Yannis led us on a wonderful trip to a farm in the countryside with great views, warm and gracious hosts and cooks, and a night of fun and friendship. This was well worth the time to learn about Crete style cooking and Greek history
Todd W









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