Chania's Old Town, Agia Triada Monastery, and Venizelos Tombs
- British War Cemetery: This moving, immaculately manicured memorial on blue Souda Bay honors 1,527 soldiers lost during the Battle of Crete in 1941.
- Venizelos Tombs: One of Greek's preeminent statesmen chose this hilltop burial site for its beautiful views of Chania, the bay, and the White Mountains.
- Agia Triada: Set on a rocky peak surrounded by olive and orange groves, this 17th-Century monastery was founded by Greek Orthodox brothers from Venice.
- Chania's Old Town: After a brief guided tour, you're free to shop, dine, and explore the Venetian and Turkish landmarks around the harbor.
About This Chania Tour
This tour is best summed up by a guest after a stop at the British War Cemetery, resting place of 1,500 soldiers who died defending Crete in WWII.
"It was so quiet," he said, "I could hear explosions."
Centuries of struggle against a cavalcade of conquerors echo through sunny, now-serene Crete, and this tour takes you to tranquil spots honoring the island's protectors and patriots, including the tomb of Chania's most famous son.
Eleftherios Venizelos was born in Chania in 1864, a time of near-constant rebellion against Ottoman rule. In 1897, in a hilltop monastery above town, he led a force that withstood a fearsome naval bombardment, becoming "the revolutionist who prodded the Turks out of Crete" and, eventually, prime minister of Greece. He's buried next to his son (also a prime minister) by the monastery that made him a legend.
Not far away is another monastery, Agia Triada. Founded in the early 1600s, its elegant Renaissance architecture recalls the nearly four centuries of Venetian occupation. Here you can wander a flower-bedecked courtyard, admire intricate wood carvings and icons, and have a quiet moment in the domed chapel, where revolutionary monks once conspired against Ottoman rule.
But the legacy of Crete's conquerors is best felt in Old Town, where massive Venetian fortifications and austere Turkish mosques now serve as selfie backdrops, and giggles and gossip echo from the alleys around Venizelos Square. Browse the shops of the Municipal Market, Chania's architectural jewel. Eleftherios Venizelos himself opened it, and still keeps watch on the hill where he braved the bombardment. If you listen, you might hear the explosions.
The Greek George Washington. Or Benedict Arnold.
Passions run high in the country that invented democracy, and the man now revered as the father of modern Greece was reviled in his later career. He exiled himself to Paris after an ignominious electoral defeat, returned, was re-elected prime minister, survived an assassination attempt, fled back to Paris, was re-elected, was almost assassinated again, fled again, was sentenced to death in absentia by rigged Greek courts, and died of a stroke in Paris. His funeral procession skipped Athens to prevent unrest, but thousands attended his burial on the hill above his beloved Chania.
Please exit the port terminal building or go to your tender station to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
No flash photography is allowed inside the Museum's Monastery or the church. Local buys are icons, honey, olive oil and wine.
Expect to walk for about a mile over paved/unpaved and cobbled surfaces with some steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Bus Tour, Walking Tour, Shopping
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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