Rethymnon Conquered Walking Tour

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Duration
4 hours
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English
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What You'll Do
  • Navigate the labyrinth of Venetian and Ottoman streets like a local
  • Visit local craftsmen and artisans as they work in their workshops
  • Learn about different local wines at a unique wine tasting
  • Sample unique Cretan flavors like traditional koulouri, Greek coffee, Cretan pastries, and cheese and olives
  • Wander through layers of history and cultural influences, listening to tales, myths, and legends
Overview
Conquer the historical city of Rethymnon (just like many, many others before you). Hear tales of previous conquerors like the Byzantines, Venetians, and pirates (for real), and trace the footsteps of aristocrats, sultans, and warriors.
What to Expect
Go beyond the guidebook and get to know the real Crete! This walking tour of the old town of Rethymnon will show you the city the way locals see it. From the classic historical sites to the local craftsmen and vendors that make Rethymnon the city is. Given Rethymnon’s long, rich, thousand-or-so years of history, it’s only appropriate that kicking things off with a bit of this history. The city began to grow after it was conquered by the Venetians, evidence of which can be spotted throughout the city. 

You can’t visit Rethymnon without admiring the iconography of the Orthodox church, which is where you’ll head first. Integral to the history of the island, you’ll hear how religion kept the Cretan culture alive despite many different conquerors, like the Venetians and the Byzantines. 

From there, you’ll wind your way through Sabbionara, entering the old Ottoman district. Known for its impressive door frames and mix of histories, here you’ll see the Mosque of Kara Mousha Pasha and St. Francesco Church (now the Byzantine Museum) alongside Venetian mansions, temples turned to mosques, and the “Turkish” school. 

Next, it’s time to discover Crete through its incredible flavors. Learn the secrets of the famous Cretan diet, sampling local bites such as traditional koulouri, a sesame seeded bread ring (similar to Turkish simit), and cheese and olives (naturally), and sip some local wine (which has been cultivated here since 1600 BC!). 

Moving on, you’ll continue our personal conquest of Rethymnon by venturing through the most noteworthy streets of the old city, checking out the most important monuments in the historical center. Representing the cultural and aesthetic character of the city, Rethymnon’s fountains, historic homes, and the grand Fortezza are all integral parts of why Rethymnon is the way it is today. It’s here that you’ll end your walking tour of Rethymnon, and it’s the perfect place to continue your walk through the city or enjoy the beautiful waterfront views. Your guide will be more than happy to make recommendations for what else you can do in the city, especially where to grab more food!
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Local food and beverage samples
  • Coffee or soft drink
What's Not Included
  • Additional food and drink
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips / gratuities for your local guide
Meeting Point

The Square of the Four Martyrs in the centre of modern Rethymnon (in front of the Four Martyrs Church). (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• As this is a walking tour, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. During summer, don’t forget your sunglasses and a camera.
• The guide will point out places of interest, such as museums, and make recommendations of places that participants can visit in their own time after the tour.
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

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