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Souda (6km from Chania) is a typical port area but the bay and the landscape around it are very beautiful. In the nearby area is also the Allied World War II cemetery. Souda Bay is one of the most strategically important NATO anchorages in the Mediterranean.
Souda Bay is one of the most strategically important NATO anchorages in the Mediterranean. The inlet is 15km long and in some areas, 16km wide, making it the largest harbor in the Mediterranean. It is also one of the most protected from all winds--deceivingly so, because very often it is not known how bad the weather is outside the harbor. During World War II, heavy German aerial bombardment sank many British ships here.
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The bus stop from Souda to Chania Central is about 50 meters distance from the port. When a cruise ship arrives at the port the frequency of the buses is every 5 minutes. The fare is 1.50 € Souda - Chania. About a 15 minute trip.
Near the mouth of Souda bay, between the Akrotiri and the town of Kalives, there is a group of small islands with Venetian fortifications.
The largest island is Souda Island, giving its name to the bay. Souda Bay is now a popular tourist destination although there are no real public beaches due to the presence of the naval base.
Villages such as Megala Chorafia and Kalives afford fine views of the bay, and house-building, particularly for foreigners and tourist companies, is spreading along the bay.
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The old town of Chania: Delightful Chania Old Town is centered around the old harbor and the narrow alleyways with shuttered houses behind. The buildings date back to the 17thcentury, when the Venice Republic bought the island of Crete, and developed Chania as amajor center for shipbuilding and trade. Stroll through the cobbled streets and visit ornate churches, quiet squares, bubbling fountains, and boutique shops.
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The market that you are dropped with the bus at is an easy walk to the Chania harbor area.
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Public Services: open Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 2.00pm. Retail Stores & Specialty Shops: Monday to Friday, 9am – 1.30pm and then again from 5pm – 9pm. Saturdays, 9am – 2pm. Supermarkets: Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm, and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm. Tourist Shops and Convenience Stores: most of these do not have official opening hours and are usually open from dawn to well after midnight during the summer months. For public holidays click here
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If you are cruising to Chania in Crete this summer, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your day! We also have travel tips for Rhodes and Santorini which you can check out after this post.
Where does the Cruise Ship dock in Chania Crete?
Cruise ships dock in the Port of Souda which is actually a neighbouring town to Chania. From the ship there were some beautiful views of the coastline of Crete but the other way it was a busy working port which serves the ferry’s that go around the Greek Islands. It’s is a 20 minute bus ride to Chania and approximately 6 kms.
Docked in the Port of Souda
Some ships do tender, when we were there the Azamara Quest was anchored just outside the Venetian Port and tendering their passengers in. So do check with your cruise line.
How do you get to Chania Crete?
In our case the bus stopped about 50 metres from the ship and tickets were available at a booth. The bus trip into town was not very inspirational, passing lots of run down buildings and graffiti so we were pleasantly surprised when we actually arrived in Chania. The bus stops just outside the Municipal Market Building Agora.
Bus stop in Chania Crete
The market was great to wander through with lots of local produce to buy if you chose too. We came across numerous lovely squares whilst wandering the streets and soon found ourselves at the picturesque Old Venetian Harbour.
Venetian Harbour Azamara Tender
Venetian Harbour Chania Crete
The Venetian Harbour is beautiful and vibrant, it had a really relaxed vibe to it, we liked it a lot. As like all places eating and drinking right on the front isn’t cheap however if you just go back a couple of alleyways from the water you will find some perfect little Greek restaurants.
Cafe in Chania Crete
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We stopped for a Greek Salad and some refreshments and were not disappointed.
There are horse and carts all around the harbour so if you wanted a trot around then that is available. Must admit we tend to avoid that type and thing as always feel sorry for the animals dragging tourists around in the heat.
Horse and cart tours in Chania Crete
Chania really has it all, it is a great port of call with so many shops restaurants and bars most with free WiFi. It was a shame we were only here in the day as we would of liked to experience it at night too. We would imagine it is a lively little town.
The maze of tiny streets – very easy to get lost!
The buses run regularly back to the ship but do note that when the bus gets back to the port that it makes multiple stops to all the ships that are docked in the port. We got off as it stopped and joined a queue which we thought was back to our ship however, we didn’t realise we were in the queue to get on the MSC Sinfonia. A fifteen minute walk through the docks got us back to where we needed to be and back on board.
Our Verdict of Chania Crete
We loved Chania, it is a pretty Greek destination that appears to have everything that we enjoy, plenty of restaurants and bars and free WiFi! It is a mixture of old and new with shopping centres and old style greek tavernas. We both agreed that it was somewhere we would of loved to had more time to explore and no doubt we will return in the future to do that.
Pottery shop in Chania Crete
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Souda Bay, Greece
Located in western Crete, Souda Bay is a large natural harbor and strategic point for commercial and military uses. The town holds restaurants and cafes for visitors to enjoy, but the beaches can be found by taking a ferry over to Akrotiri. For those interested in the history of the island, the fortress ruins have been restored recently and show barracks, supply depots, churches, and houses. Visitors can also take a trip to the Moronis River Lagoon for great bird-watching, unique vegetation, and a chance to fish with the locals.
Chania, Crete: A Cruise Port Guide
Posted on December 28, 2022
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Are you cruising to Chania, Crete? If so, here’s a guide to what to do when your ship docks in this beautiful port town. This guide will tell you all you need to know about the city and what there is to see and do while you’re there. Don’t miss out on this amazing destination!
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Chania is located about 7 Km east of Souda Bay, on the north coast of Crete. The area is mostly known for its military installations with both Hellenic and NATO bases positioned on its Akrotiri peninsula. However, the area is increasingly being seen as a popular tourist destination with many people wanting to explore the area’s rich heritage and ancient historical sites.
To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Chania or Souda Bay until the day we arrived. Our cruise ship, Holland America’s Koningsdam was originally supposed to be docking in Santorini. However, much to everyone’s disappointment, the captain had been advised by the Santorini port authority that the weather was too bad for us to dock and the winds too strong for the tender boats. So we were woken to the news that although we could see the beautiful island of Santorini in the distance, we wouldn’t be able to venture ashore.
However, the captain announced that they had found an alternative port that was willing to let us dock and that would be Souda Bay in Crete. So after a few more hours sailing we arrived at midday in port without a clue of what to do or see. Luckily, as this was an unscheduled stop, Holland America put on free transport to the Old Venetian Port of Chania.
History Of Chania & Souda Bay
The area has a long history, with port facilities being in the bay since ancient times, serving the city of Aptera which was founded in the 7th century BC. Aptera was eventually destroyed by the Saracens in the 800s AD.
The Venetians occupied the area in 1207 and fortified the bay and its islands with many fortifications to protect themselves from Ottoman raiders and pirates. During this time the Venetians constructed salt evaporation ponds which produced around 150,00 kilos of salt each year! During these times the area was flourishing with many inhabitants enjoying a lavish lifestyle.
However, Crete and the rest of Greece were under constant threat of invasion by Turkey during the last years of Venetian rule. Eventually In 1645, after two months of siege, the town sundered to the Turks. Incredibly extensive material destruction followed the conquest. Many churches were levelled whilst others were converted into mosques, and roads and fortifications fell into disrepair.
Over the years there were various attempted uprisings against the Turks, which led to the Greek War of Independence in 1821. In May 1822, 10,000 troops made up of Ottomans, Egyptians and Albanians led by Hassan Pasha disembarked warships in Chania and successfully suppressed the revolt of the Cretans.
Later In 1832, a Greek state was established, however, this did not include Crete and the island passed to the Egyptians, in acknowledgement of their assistance against the revolt.
In 1870 Rauf Pasha drained the salt ponds and built a settlement with around 150 Turkish families. During this time the Cretans were subjected to hard treatment and high taxes, finally, after years of struggle, the British alongside the French, Italians and Russians decided that Turkey could no longer maintain control and intervened with the expulsion of Turkish forces in 1898 which led to the formation of the independent Cretan Republic.
Finally, in 1913, the union with Greece was realised. Under the Treaty of London, Sultan Mohammed II relinquished his formal rights to the island. In December, the Greek flag was raised at the Firkas fortress in Chania, with Venizelos and King Constantine in attendance, and Crete was unified with mainland Greece.
During World War 2, the Cretan desire for independence resurfaced after the Italian forces of Mussolini tried to gain control of northern Greece. After Mussolini’s failure, Greece became the target of Hitler’s forces. In April of 1941, Nazi Germany began its attack against mainland Greece, rapidly penetrated the Greek defences, and occupied the country. The battle for Crete lasted only 10 days with huge losses on both sides. Eventually, allied forces had to retreat and evacuate to Egypt. The German occupation lasted 4 years until the end of the war.
Today, Souda bay still holds a massive allied military base as well as a large War Cemetery where more than 1500 commonwealth servicemen are buried.
Where Do Cruise Ships Dock:
Most cruise ships will dock at Souda Bay port, however, some ships may dock near the old Venetian port and use tenders to ferry people into the port.
Our ship arrived in Souda Bay and although transport was already arranged by Holland America there is a regular bus running straight from outside the port into the old Venetian port which takes around 15 minutes and costs €1.50. You will also find plenty of taxis willing to take you into town as well as other places further afield.
Things To Do In Chiana:
The old harbour.
The first thing you need to do once you get off the bus in Chania is to make your way down to the old harbour. This place was an unexpected highlight of our cruise. At first, when we got off the bus we were a little disappointed as we had been dropped off in what looked like a typical Greek urban town with nothing looking particularly interesting.
However, we followed a little map, given to us at the port and made our way to the harbour. As we got closer we found more and more tourist shops and it started to look more like the typical tourist destination I generally expected in Greece with the usual leather sandal shops and trinket stores. Eventually, we found ourselves looking at one of the most beautiful harbour views I’d seen in a long time!
This large harbour is surrounded by lots of shops and restaurants all painted lovely pastel colours looking out onto the most beautiful clear blue sea. In the distance, you can see the old Venetian walls wrapping around the harbour with Its Venetian lighthouse sitting proudly at the mouth of the harbour!
The Venetian Lighthouse
The Venetian lighthouse is one of the most prominent attractions in Chania. Although you can’t go inside, it’s a beautiful walk giving you fabulous views of the harbour and the mountains behind.
To get to the lighthouse you need to walk along the promenade towards the right side of the harbour towards the marina. It’s a bit of a walk but eventually, you will reach the old stone wall where the harbour meets the sea. From here you can walk along its walls right towards the lighthouse. Be careful walking along its top tier though as there are no safety rails!
Maritime Museum of Crete
Towards the left side of the harbour near the fortress, you will find the Maritime museum. If like me you love history, you will love this little museum. It houses various displays setting out Crete’s maritime history including an exhibition about the battle for Crete in 1941. The entrance fee is €3.00
Exhibition of Ancient Naval Architecture
As you are walking towards the harbour walls towards the lighthouse you will pass the old Moro docks which date back to the 17th century. Within one of these buildings, you will find the Exhibition of Naval Architecture. Inside you will find a reconstructed 15th-century Minoan ship as well as other artefacts and displays relating to ancient navigation and shipbuilding. This is a great little exhibition and worth its €2 entrance fee.
Wander the ancient streets
Like lots of other old Greek settlements, the streets of Chania are perfect little places to wander and explore. There are so many old cobbled streets lined with well-preserved historic buildings all with various Venetian, Ottoman and neoclassical influences. It really is a picture-perfect place to explore.
This once mosque is the oldest Islamic structure in Crete. The mosque was built in the 17th century where once a Venetian church stood. The building hasn’t been used as a mosque since 1923 and today it’s used as an exhibition space. The building is situated in the harbour and looks out towards the Venetian lighthouse.
Check out the Cathedral
As you walk towards the harbour from the bus station you will most likely walk past the old Venetian Cathedral. During the Ottoman era, the cathedral was used as a soap factory. The belfry you see today was once where cauldrons were housed in which the materials for the production of soap were boiled. In another part of the church that was used as a warehouse, there was once a picture of the Virgin Mary.
Legend says that in the mid- 19th century, a man named Tserkaris was working at the soap factory. Apparently, the Virgin Mary appeared, in a vision, and told him to leave as this place was her home and not a place for soap making!
The craftsman left, taking the picture with him. Shortly thereafter, the child of Pasha fell into the well, to the south of the temple. Full of despair, the Turk Pasha appealed to Virgin Mary to help him save his child and promised that in return, he would give the church back to the Christians. The child got out of the well safe and sound and the Turk Pasha kept his promise and started the construction of the new church.
Pick up some souvenirs
One of the things I love when travelling is walking around the souvenir shops; Although I usually stick to buying fridge magnets to add to my ever-growing collection! However, I was travelling with my parents who can’t help but come home with a multitude of souvenirs from every trip! This trip was no exception.
There are so many beautiful shops to buy jewellery, ceramics and other souvenirs in Chania; however, one place is defo worth a mention, Melody Ceramics. This mother and son duo work together and produce some beautiful handcrafted ceramics, I would highly recommend a visit to their shop. You can even watch them making some of their products and they are also happy to answer any questions about the shop and the local area.
Final Thoughts On Souda Bay
I have got to say; although I’d never heard of Souda bay before I arrived I was pleasantly surprised. Even with only the afternoon in this lovely place, we managed to see quite a lot and explore some of the local histories. It has definitely made me want to book a trip to Crete with the view of exploring more of the area. If you have the chance to visit Chania and Crete I would very much recommend it, fabulous history as well as beautiful surroundings all thrown together with that famous Greek hospitality.
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- History buffs will want to visit the Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery, designed by architect Louis de Soissons. Containing burials from World War I and World War II, there are a number of soldiers interred here who fought in the Battle of Crete. It's a lovely and peaceful place to reflect as well as take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
- The unique Museum of Typography sounds like it would be mostly educational. It is, but it's also housed in a modern facility that displays the art of printing in a well thought-out manner. The guides are friendly and helpful, and the original machines are an interesting look into the history of the printed word.
- The archaeological site of Aptera in Akrotiri has a place in Greek mythology, where a contest took place between the Sirens and the Muses. The Sirens lost, and forfeited their wings; thus, Aptera means "without wings." Look for the small sanctuary that may have been dedicated to the goddess Demeter, along with other fascinating relics.
- If you do want beaches, the area has several excellent soft sand or pebble beaches within a short distance, including the family-friendly Loutraki and even closer Souda Beach.
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Souda (Chania), Greece
Souda is a port about four miles from Chania on Crete’s northern shore. Chania’s picturesque old Venetian harbor is guarded by a lighthouse, and the facades of the old Venetian Shipyards still stand. The town is ancient, with historic occupations from the earliest Greco-Roman through Byzantine and Arab, Venetian and Ottoman periods all having left their marks on the town’s character. It has nearly a dozen museums, but a visitor should not miss the Archaeological Museum, and the Nautical Museum will appeal to many as well. Like its history, the old town has quarters influenced by the occupying power. The oldest sections are nearest the harbor, and invite exploring the narrow streets and alleys, lined with atmospheric buildings around the open central square with its octagonal marble fountain.
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Souda (Chania), Greece
The port of Souda on the Aegean Sea is home to a Greek and NATO naval base and is located six kilometers (three miles) from Chania—the second-largest city on Crete, which itself is the largest of the Greek Islands. Once you’re in Chania, set your compass for the historic waterfront with its famous Venetian Harbor dating to the 14th century. Walk along the breakwater to the restored 500-year-old lighthouse for views that are particularly photogenic from late afternoon until sunset. The atmospheric tangle of streets that is Old Town is easily explored on foot, and you can stop at one of the many outdoor cafés for a bouyatsa (custard pastry) or a glass of Cretan red wine.Soúda can also be a jumping-off point for a visit to Rethymnon, located about 54 kilometers (33 miles) to the east. Shaped by centuries of invasion, namely by the Venetians and Turks, its Fortezza was built by the Venetians in the late 16th century and captured by the Ottomans in 1646. The Old Town has the same kind of architectural character as Chania, but on a smaller scale.
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On Greek Island cruises to Crete, you’ll be swept up in the beauty of the island and the small, bustling towns there, like Chania, where your cruise ship will dock. There’s just enough to do here during a day-long excursion from a Crete cruise, whether that’s a visit to the Maritime Museum of Crete or a trip to Elafonisi. Since Chania is the second-largest city in Crete, it provides the perfect introduction to the island. Dramatic gorges and the old harbor, which was modeled after the beauty of Venice, make Chania seem both rugged and cosmopolitan depending on what activities you choose.
One unforgettable experience is a day trip to Samaria Gorge, a winding and rocky hike ideal for nature buffs and travelers who are craving a physical challenge. Chania is an undiscovered gem for foodies, where traditional Cretan dishes are introduced to the world in an approachable, friendly way. End your time in Chania with a cold drink and a kebab, or sample local seafood fresh from the harbor.
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Top sights & attractions for cruises to chania (souda), old venetian harbor.
Chania’s harbor has played a signficant part in the history of Crete, making it a worthwhile stop on Chania cruises. Admire the influence of thousands of years of history in one place as you stroll through this part of town and stop in its shops and restaurants
Maritime Museum of Crete
Understanding Crete’s strategic importance as a force in trade and maritime relations will give you a new appreciation for ancient shipbuilding practices. At the Maritime Museum of Crete, you’ll see a reconstructed ship up close. It’s a perfect afternoon excursion for history buffs in your group.
Another way to spend an afternoon on a Crete cruise is to take a monastery tour in nearby Akrotiri, where you can walk through the olive oil farms and orchards that seem to harken you back to a simpler, slower life in Greece.
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Top things to do in chania (souda), swim at apostoli beach.
Grab your swimsuit and head to Apostoli Beach, a local favorite. At this busy beach, you can rent sunbathing equipment like chairs, beds, and umbrellas for just a few euros. There’s a cafe within a short walking distance, too.
Day Trip to Elafonisi
This protected nature reserve is the ideal place to enjoy some peace and quiet, get away from the crowds, and recharge. While it gets busy during peak season, you can’t beat the beauty of the pink sand and the calm turquoise water rolling in.
Explore Samaria Gorge
In Samaria Gorge, you’ll find a species of goat not native to anywhere else in the world that lives protected from human interaction. The gorge makes for one of the best, most challenging local hikes in the area. It’s a short 30-minute drive from Chania, and well worth it for the dramatic views and sinuous paths that are sure to leave you breathless.
Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Chania (Souda) Cruise Port
During your Crete cruise, you’ll discover new culinary delights that you have likely never heard of or tried before, like sfakia pies, which are crepe-like pancakes that often come stuffed with sweet cheese. The seafood in Crete is a focal point on many restaurant menus, and in Chania, you can’t go wrong sampling the fresh catches that are brought in from the harbor. Don’t miss the chance to try bougatsa, which is essentially a cheese danish rolled in cinnamon sugar. Of course, kebabs and skewered meats are a staple of the Cretan and Greek diets on the island, as well as the tangy and savory dipping sauces that often accompany the meat dishes in this part of the world. Chania’s food is meant for adventurous palates and lovers of cheese, meat, and pastries.
Culture & History of Chania (Souda) Cruise Port
Crete has changed hands many times over thousands of years, between the Minoans, Romans, Ottoman Turks, and, eventually, Nazi occupation during World War II. Crete was also one of the first Mediterranean towns during the Roman Empire to embrace Christianity as a widespread religious movement. Still, the island of Crete has persevered despite all sorts of hardship. Today, the town of Chania is the capital of Crete and has a population of over 150,000 people. The picturesque and preserved Old Town and the city’s modern spirit make it an unforgettable travel destination for all who visit.
Chania (Souda) Port Facilities & Location
Because the Port of Souda is the next town over from Chania, it’s not recommended that you walk to Chania from where your ship docks. The port is minimally equipped, but you can hop on a bus or taxi from there to get to all the main city sights.
Transportation in Chania (Souda)
A bus arrives every five minutes during the busy season to accommodate the cruise traffic, and it’ll take you into Chania in less than 15 minutes. After you take the bus, conquering the city on foot is how most travelers approach getting around here. There are also taxi services available.
Shopping Near the Chania (Souda) Cruise Port
There are some shops located near the cruise port, but not many. The majority of good shopping will be found in Chania along the waterfront. Clothing and handmade goods are the two most popular types of items to shop for, including locally made leatherworks like purses and belts along Skridlof Street.
Local Currency & Tipping Customs
Use the euro when you’re traveling in Greece. On Chania cruises, you’ll quickly discover that it’s handy to carry some cash with you, as not all establishments in this part of Greece accept credit or debit cards. At restaurants and when you’re taking a taxi ride, a 5% to 10% tip is best practice, though some restaurants will already include a service charge. Be sure to check the bill, and know that tipping is much appreciated though not mandatory in Crete.
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Chania, Crete cruise ship port calendar shows all scheduled arrival and departure dates in a timetable format. The cruise calendar displays the ship’s estimated time of arrival including related information such as how crowded is the port, as well as the ship’s next port-of-call.
The following timetable provides valuable information and keeps track of the future cruise ship arrivals from all major cruise lines. In order to find out more about the cruise ship itineraries such as ports, dates, and arrival/departure times just follow the ship’s link.
- Celestyal Crystal 1.452 passengers 27 Mar 2024 - 13:30
- Azura 3.737 passengers 02 Apr 2024 - 00:00
- Mein Schiff 2 2.894 passengers 04 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- Celestyal Crystal 1.452 passengers 05 Apr 2024 - 13:30
- AIDAblu 2.500 passengers 08 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- Silver Spirit 648 passengers 09 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- Mein Schiff 2 2.894 passengers 18 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- ms Oosterdam 2.429 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- Mein Schiff 2 2.894 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- Mein Schiff 6 2.700 passengers 02 May 2024 - 08:00
- Marella Discovery 2 2.198 passengers 03 May 2024 - 08:00
- Crystal Symphony 1.040 passengers 04 May 2024 - 08:00
- AIDAblu 2.500 passengers 06 May 2024 - 08:00
- Oceania Vista 1.200 passengers 06 May 2024 - 10:00
- Odyssey Of The Seas 4.819 passengers 07 May 2024 - 10:00
- Azura 3.737 passengers 12 May 2024 - 00:00
- Crown Iris 1.970 passengers 14 May 2024 - 08:00
- Marella Discovery 2.074 passengers 16 May 2024 - 08:00
- Mein Schiff 6 2.700 passengers 16 May 2024 - 08:00
- Crystal Serenity 1.254 passengers 16 May 2024 - 08:00
- Celestyal Crystal 1.452 passengers 27 Mar 2024 - 20:30
- Mein Schiff 2 2.894 passengers 04 Apr 2024 - 19:00
- Celestyal Crystal 1.452 passengers 05 Apr 2024 - 20:30
- AIDAblu 2.500 passengers 08 Apr 2024 - 20:00
- Silver Spirit 648 passengers 09 Apr 2024 - 18:00
- Mein Schiff 2 2.894 passengers 18 Apr 2024 - 19:00
- ms Oosterdam 2.429 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 17:00
- Mein Schiff 2 2.894 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 18:00
- Mein Schiff 6 2.700 passengers 02 May 2024 - 19:00
- Marella Discovery 2 2.198 passengers 03 May 2024 - 18:00
- Crystal Symphony 1.040 passengers 04 May 2024 - 18:00
- Oceania Vista 1.200 passengers 06 May 2024 - 19:00
- AIDAblu 2.500 passengers 06 May 2024 - 20:00
- Odyssey Of The Seas 4.819 passengers 07 May 2024 - 18:00
- Crown Iris 1.970 passengers 14 May 2024 - 18:00
- Marella Discovery 2.074 passengers 16 May 2024 - 18:00
- Mein Schiff 6 2.700 passengers 16 May 2024 - 18:00
- Crystal Serenity 1.254 passengers 16 May 2024 - 18:00
THE 5 BEST Souda Tours & Excursions
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1. Battle of Crete Full Day Private Tour in Chania
2. WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour
3. Chania Old Town Private Tour with pick up (price per group of 6)
4. Battle of Crete WW2 Private Tour (price per group of 6)
5. Private Exclusive Manousakis Winery and Vineyard Tour in Chania
6. Chania Boat Rental with or without Skipper
7. Full Day Lake Kournas, Chania City and Souda Bay Tour
8. Full Day Private Shore Tour in Chania from Souda Cruise Port
Keep the fun going with other experiences in the area.
The Real Cretan Cooking Experience
Chania Cooking Class-The Authentic Enjoy traditional Cretan meal
Walking “Food tasting tour” in the town of Chania
Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour
The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Street Food Tour
The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland
Small-Group Old City and Harbor Segway Tour in Chania
Samaria Fygou and Agia Irini gorge Loop Day Hiking tour
Chania Luxury Jeep Safaris: Balos Beach. A Lagoon For Bliss.
Private Boat Trip Chania - Balos (price is per group-up to 9 people)
Chania Food Stories Half-Day Small-Group or Private Tour with Lunch
Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Chania
Spearfishing in Chania, Crete (price is per group)
Chania's Turbulent History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of it's Old Town
Your Private Driver & Chauffeur Service in Crete from Chania
Your Tailored Samaria Tour That Nobody Will Believe. From Chania.
Semi-Private Wine Discovery Tour in Chania
Wine, Olive Oil, and Honey Tour with Winemaker
Private Sail in Chania
Chania Cooking Class - Kalitsoyni Workshop
Eat & Crete - Food Tour [out of the box]- Chania White Mountains
Small-Group Segway Chania Old City and Harbor Combo Tour
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Crete - what to do from Chania (Souda)
By tkbell2001 , October 11, 2014 in Greece Ports
I had planned on taking a bus to see Knossos while in Crete in a couple weeks while our cruise ship is in port for the day, but from reading more threads I have realized that there's three ports on Crete, it's apparently a large island, and the port I'm going into, Chania (Souda), is too far to go to Knossos while we're there for the day. Any suggestions on things I could do would be greatly appreciated!
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Do a tour with Lefty !!!!!
Our first visit to Crete we did a tour with him = awesome day. One of our favorite tours ever …… and that is saying a lot.
Our second visit he was already booked but sent an associate and we had another spectacular day ….. we repeated a few things and saw some new stuff. We had my FIL with us and wanted him to see a few things we had already seen but wanted to see again.
We saw Chania (hawn-ee-ah) the port, market and a bit of the city. Then to a large park above the city for some awesome views (cant recall the name of it) then out into the countryside. Our favorite part ! We headed to Aptera (Minoan ruins) which are very near some Roman ruins (large baths etc) and also near Venetian fort up on a hill…… we then went to a small village and had lunch at a tiny taverna (we sat outside under a large tree) and had a SPECTACULAR meal. Try the raki !!!!
Also did a winery tour and a private olive press tour on our FIRST visit with the above.
On our second visit we had less time in port so visited a monastery nearby which was really interesting and beautiful ! No winery or olive factory.
We loved loved loved Crete….. but get out of town to really enjoy this beautiful island and its people :D
I did check with Lefty at the same time I posted this thread, and he has replied that he is booked for the day but is offering to send an associate. So based on your advice that his associate also provided a good tour, I think I will book it! Thank you so much, I really appreciate the time you took to write such a thorough reply!
- 1 month later...
Do a tour with Lefty !!!!! Our first visit to Crete we did a tour with him = awesome day. One of our favorite tours ever …… and that is saying a lot. Our second visit he was already booked but sent an associate and we had another spectacular day ….. we repeated a few things and saw some new stuff. We had my FIL with us and wanted him to see a few things we had already seen but wanted to see again. We saw Chania (hawn-ee-ah) the port, market and a bit of the city. Then to a large park above the city for some awesome views (cant recall the name of it) then out into the countryside. Our favorite part ! We headed to Aptera (Minoan ruins) which are very near some Roman ruins (large baths etc) and also near Venetian fort up on a hill…… we then went to a small village and had lunch at a tiny taverna (we sat outside under a large tree) and had a SPECTACULAR meal. Try the raki !!!! Also did a winery tour and a private olive press tour on our FIRST visit with the above. On our second visit we had less time in port so visited a monastery nearby which was really interesting and beautiful ! No winery or olive factory. We loved loved loved Crete….. but get out of town to really enjoy this beautiful island and its people :D
Can you please post Lefty's information. We just book a cruise for October 2015 and I would like to contact him.
Hello, I am the person who started this thread looking for something to do on Crete. I took the other poster named Texancruzer's advice and booked with Lefty's associate because Lefty was already booked for the day. I must say we were a little disappointed. When I go on a tour I want to hear a lot about what I am seeing. His associate took us to the ruins and basically handed us a brochure. He was very nice and told us what he knew about the land, history and customs of Crete, etc., and he was very knowledgeable about the olive press we visited, but then again also at the monastery he had very little information to share with us once we were there. He was otherwise very nice and a good driver, he didn't worry us with his driving, but I just prefer someone who is more educated on the sites we are visiting. So in sum I would say if Lefty is not available consider this information before booking. That said, you are not going for quite some time in 2015 so hopefully if you book early enough Lefty will be available, and obviously you have read his good review. His e-mail address is [email protected] . Best wishes!
I read your post and was sorry that your day didn't provide you with that awesome experience you were looking for……. I guess each persons idea of the "perfect" tour is different. While I like to get some information about the things I am seeing, I don't want to be overloaded with information. I'm not into dates etc. since I never remember them anyway, but I do like the interesting stories that go with them. I like hearing how people lived, the customs and how the people live now from how those lived before them. I don't even mind periods of silence while we are driving …… I let my mind wander in the scenery.
In summation, I guess maybe a better piece of advice would be to let Lefty (or any other tour guide) know exactly what you are expecting from your tour.
Keep in mind that what you are hiring is basically a driver UNLESS you also hire a licensed guide. Often, these are taxi drivers or private car hires. They vary in the amount of information they provide; some provide a lot of commentary, others primarily drive you to the places you want to go and may provide some basic information.
Honestly, it is best to be prepared with your own research whenever you are NOT going with a guide.
As texancruzer says, everyone has different expectations. I do a lot of research in advance, and in most Med ports I am not on my first visit there. I really wish there was a way I could make drivers understand that I prefer NOT to hear a lot of the basic info about their city/port/country that I have already heard multiple times! And when I hire a driver to take me to places A, B, and C, I am NOT looking for recommendations for other or different places to go.
I was just in Crete a couple of weeks ago and a friend and I used Lefty to arrange for a driver from Rethymnon for about a 3/4 day tour. We didn't have Lefty as our driver, but one of his associates who lives near that area. It worked out flawlessly for us.
Keep in mind that what you are hiring is basically a driver UNLESS you also hire a licensed guide. Often, these are taxi drivers or private car hires. They vary in the amount of information they provide; some provide a lot of commentary, others primarily drive you to the places you want to go and may provide some basic information. Honestly, it is best to be prepared with your own research whenever you are NOT going with a guide. As texancruzer says, everyone has different expectations. I do a lot of research in advance, and in most Med ports I am not on my first visit there. I really wish there was a way I could make drivers understand that I prefer NOT to hear a lot of the basic info about their city/port/country that I have already heard multiple times! And when I hire a driver to take me to places A, B, and C, I am NOT looking for recommendations for other or different places to go. I was just in Crete a couple of weeks ago and a friend and I used Lefty to arrange for a driver from Rethymnon for about a 3/4 day tour. We didn't have Lefty as our driver, but one of his associates who lives near that area. It worked out flawlessly for us.
Well said Cynthia… as usual ;)
Our first visit we had Lefty. He was full of information. Was it in depth heavy duty historical info - ummmm not really. He did some names and dates etc. but mostly it was interesting (at least to me) stuff about Crete. History, yes but fun history. Every time we would stop he would open his trunk and pull out a yummy treat. Home baked goods he picked up that morning. One was still warm :)
Our second visit was an associate….. not as much info but still some interesting tidbits. When we visited the monastery he gave us some back ground info but nothing in-depth. As we were heading back to the car he asked if we like raki …. whats raki we asked ? He got a twinkle in his eye and took us around back. Lo and behold there was a huge copper still :eek: Yep they were moonshining raki LOL. We even got to taste the 300% proof stuff. I swear it took the enamel off my front teeth. Ha Ha. Later we had lunch in our favorite little taverna in a small village (big surprise I forgot the name - told you I can't remember names or dates well) and he ordered a carafe of raki….. I shot my lil shot down as did he, but my dh and fil sipped theirs….. well a table of older gents (locals at their favorite table) saw me and ordered me my own carafe :eek: I declined but he said it would be rude - so I did another shot for them. Needless to say when we got back to the ship later that day I took a nice nap !
Thanks to everyone for the information. I have sent him an email and hope to hear from him soon.
- 2 weeks later...
Note that I have provided details on the itinerary. Lefteris is terrific.
Lefteris Nikiforakis (email: [email protected] ) is a superb Crete, Greece guide that provided a perfect fun filled day on his island. His tour is tailored for where you want to go, time you have available and what you want to see. He has the highest rating in Trip Advisor. A Cruise Critic group had recommended him. You can have an air conditioned taxi with up to 4 people that he drives or with a larger group of 5 with a maximum of 12, travel in an air conditioned new mini-van. Tours can be any number of hours depending on what you want to see. Water and sweet cakes are included.
Our Cruise Critic Group of 12 people selected the 7 hour tour that included a mini- van, great tour guide, and wonderful Lefteris. We saw all the great sights in his tailored fun filled tour. Drove to Iraklion and visited the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide. Each selected the 10 euro joint ticket per person to the museum which includes entrance to the Palace of Knossos (4000 years old). We visited the Venetian port with a fort, a cathedral, an open Market and the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. After that travelled through the mountains and through the small villages of Stalis, Mallia- Limnes- Neapoli where we saw the local people and they live, and tasted the local food in a restaurant and then return to your begin location. Fun filled day. Included in his price is water and sweet cakes.
Just to give another idea for something to do on Crete when in port in Chania...
We did the Chania Food Tour through Athens walking tours: http://www.athenswalkingtours.gr/chania-food-tour
We and our teens enjoyed it a great deal. I wrote a review on Tripadvisor:
Our family (teen kids) chose to do the Chania Food Tour while visiting Crete from a cruise ship. We had limited time in port (3 p.m. sail away) but this tour fit our timing just great. We had visited Chania before (another cruise) so wanted to do something a bit different. Maria and her colleague George gave us a wonderful experience on our three hour tour with another family. Like the earlier reviewer, we visited multiple shops in Chania and especially enjoyed the bakery (those tomato/cheese pies were to die for!!), the olive oil shop and the cheese shop. Maria and George taught us a great deal about the history of Chania and its food and also about how Chanians currently live. We never felt pressured to buy anything on the tour although we chose to purchase some spices and olive oil. I might also add that I thought the tour was a good value for the money we paid as Maria buys many items for your to taste.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in delving more deeply into Cretan history and culture. I would, however, make two recommendations. Be sure you understand where you are meeting your tour. We were given a location but neither our cab driver or the locals we asked knew where it was (even though it is a prominent church!). So there were moments of panic that we would miss the tour. And if you have never been to Chania before, be sure that you plan to visit the Venetian harbor (which is picturesque) either before or after your tour as you skirt it on this tour but never actually see it.
Visited June 2014
- 10 months later...
Tkbell, how was Lefty's associate. I think we are in the same situation....Lefty is booked. 😞
Please read my post from Nov. 11, 2014 wherein I state that we were not totally happy with the associate that Lefty sent. To recap, while he was polite and a good driver, nice to talk to, he did not have information to share with us about what we were seeing. As we arrived at some ruins he just handed us a brochure about them. I prefer a guide who can tell us about what we were seeing. Best wishes for you!
- 3 weeks later...
I would totally trust a recommendation from Lefteris, he was phenomenal , our most fun day!
I am going to Crete for the first time next week and want to know what the best way to spend my time there - suggestions would be appreciated. Celebrity Cruises offers a number of tours, including Chania, but I don't have any clue which are best.
Crete is a very large island so we would need to know where you are docking and your interests.
We will be docking at Chania.
We DIYed Chania – explored the harbor, spent one hour at the Archeological Museum (very good!), climbed up to the fort to enjoy the views, had a delicious lunch in a tavern – it was a great leisurely day.
Was it very far once you got off the ship to get around? I am traveling with my Mother-In-Law and she gets around but I don't want to tire her out with too much walking.
How did you get to all your activities?
Just GOOGLE Chania for loads of info.Same for any other port.
We are currently in Crete, on our third trip, and will have spent 6 weeks here, Chania is gorgeous,you could easily spend the day in this beautiful city. See the market, wander the old streets and enjoy the harbour. The Bus system is also very good if you want to go out to a beach near Chania, weather permitting. Maleme is a nearby village with a German war cemetery, very interesting as there was some very intense fighting. You can also visit nearby Souda with an allied war cemetery and the Stavros beach nearby where they filmed Zorba the Greek. You could probably hire a taxi to take you strikes permitting 😉 Enjoy this beautiful island and great food!
We are thinking of 10 days in Crete (probably Chania) either in May or October.
Any comments or other thoughts would be appreciated.
What about mosquitos? Have you seen any?
ay Lucky you! We are thinking of 10 days in Crete (probably Chania) either in May or October. Any comments or other thoughts would be appreciated. What about mosquitos? Have you seen any? Thanks
With 10 days choose either the west or east side. We have spent two weeks on each side and this time we are revisiting. You can fly into Chania or Heraklion from a number of European cities and avoid Athens and ferries. If you choose the west, there are some gorgeous beaches, especially elafonisi and falasarna.
We saw two tiny mosquitoes the first day and none since. Depending on if you like to swim, the water would be warmer in the fall than the spring. Today it was 82 F. There are a number of excellent sights, Knossos, phaestos... Crete is extremely rugged and mountainous, it took an hour and a half to go 30 miles this morning. The food is excellent, the people lovely and the costs extremely reasonable. Enjoy whatever you chose!
With 10 days choose either the west or east side. We have spent two weeks on each side and this time we are revisiting. You can fly into Chania or Heraklion from a number of European cities and avoid Athens and ferries. If you choose the west, there are some gorgeous beaches, especially elafonisi and falasarna. We saw two tiny mosquitoes the first day and none since. Depending on if you like to swim, the water would be warmer in the fall than the spring. Today it was 82 F. There are a number of excellent sights, Knossos, phaestos... Crete is extremely rugged and mountainous, it took an hour and a half to go 30 miles this morning. The food is excellent, the people lovely and the costs extremely reasonable. Enjoy whatever you chose!
Thank you so much, Bennybear. (I love your name!)
We will probably go in October and will probably spend 10 days in Rhodes first. I haven't looked into air yet. This is in the very early stages of planning. I will check out the areas you mentioned. Thank you so much.
Your welcome! Thanks, Ben was my dog, so it was his nickname!
I am sure you will have a great time. We visited Rhodes once on a Cruise and it was lovely. You may want to split your time 1 week Rhodes and 2 Crete, just because it is so much bigger. But whatever you decide I am sure you will enjoy your time. Happy planning!
Your welcome! Thanks, Ben was my dog, so it was his nickname! I am sure you will have a great time. We visited Rhodes once on a Cruise and it was lovely. You may want to split your time 1 week Rhodes and 2 Crete, just because it is so much bigger. But whatever you decide I am sure you will enjoy your time. Happy planning!
That may be an idea (1 wk +2)
Would we have to stay in 2 areas in Crete, or can we see most from Chania.
We won't have a car. How is the bus service for getting around to see and do things?
So happy to have found you.
Hope you don't mind answering all my Questions!
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