Battle of Crete Tour – Explore the WWII battlegrounds of Chania

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Learn everything about the Battle of Crete and explore the battlegrounds of Chania like never before, all under 100€.

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Local WWII experts will guide you around Chania’s key Battle of Crete locations and provide you all details and unknown stories.

Hidden stories & collections

Explore the war cemeteries & monuments, private collections with original relics and discover the least known aspects of the Battle of Crete.

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  • Departure Area

    Tavronitis/Maleme Meeting Point

    Gerani Meeting Point

    Platanias Meeting Point

    Agia Marina Meeting Point

    Stalos, Kalamaki Meeting Point

    Agioi Apostoloi Meeting Point

    Chania Meeting Point

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Tour Overview

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit the Maleme airfield from above and Tavronitis historical bridge
  2. Discover the battlegrounds of Galatas and Ayia prison valley
  3. War monuments around the area of the battle
  4. Explore the WWII exhibitions in small museums and secret shelters
  5. Visit the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries
  6. Analytic details about the historical battle of Crete
  7. Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience


[…]Turning to Student, the Fuhrer said quietly: “Of course, General, you know that after Crete we shall never do another Airborne operation. The parachute arm relies entirely on surprise. That surprise factor has now exhausted itself…the days of the Paratroopers are over”.   Adolf Hitler, Wolfschanze July 1941…   Embark on an extraordinary journey through the annals of history with our WWII Exploration Tour, meticulously curated to unveil the profound impact of the greatest war the world has witnessed on East-South Europe, Greece, and the pivotal battleground of Crete. Delve into insightful analyses of Operation “Marita” and the heroic Greek-Italian conflict of 1940, setting the stage for the momentous Operation “Mercury”. On this tour, you will have the chance to see the key-locations of the battle of Crete. A few kilometres from Chania is Maleme, Tavronitis and Galatas, where the tour starts. Analyzing the battle extensively, there will be a detailed schedule for the rest of our day. Some of the locations you will visit are the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries, high spots to have panoramic views and understand everything about the battle on a live map, secret shelters, and monuments. The general historical facts of the battle of Crete are known. In this tour, you will discover the original details and the unknown stories behind the scenes. You will have the chance to tour around the places where heroism and hope was a life goal for the Cretan partisans and the Greek, British, Australian and New Zealand troops. The battle of Crete changed the world in many ways and especially the evolution of airborne warfare. Join us on this extraordinary expedition and immerse yourself in the legendary and glorious WWII history of Crete, where every step echoes with the resilience and bravery that defined an era.


  1. Hotel pick up and drop off
  2. English speaking, local driver/escort
  3. All entrance fees
  4. Snacks and bottled water per person
  5. Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  6. All taxes, fees and handling charges
  7. Small-group tour (up to 18pax)


  1. Gratuities (optional)

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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