Heraklion Bites and Sights

4 hr

One of the most vibrant cities in all of Greece, Heraklion has been at the crossroads of civilisations for centuries. In its infancy the city was known as “Kastro”, which historians believe indicates that the city was surrounded by fortification walls. Join this Heraklion walking tour to get to know the city as it is now, but also as it was centuries ago, uncovering remnants of occupations by the Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Turks, and pirates…yes...
One of the most vibrant cities in all of Greece, Heraklion has been at the crossroads of civilisations for centuries. In its infancy the city was known as “Kastro”, which historians believe indicates that the city was surrounded by fortification walls. Join this Heraklion walking tour to get to know the city as it is now, but also as it was centuries ago, uncovering remnants of occupations by the Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Turks, and pirates…yes, pirates.  Heading off from “Freedom Square” aka Eleftherias Square, our tour of Heraklion will continue through lesser-known streets and neighbourhoods to give you the opportunity to see the real city as a local insider. Appropriately, you’ll start off with a freshly brewed traditional coffee paired with a wander through the local market, where you can sample local products such as barley rusks and olives and cheese (what else would you expect?!), and chat with local shop owners.  From there, take a hop back in time with a walk atop Heraklion’s great Venetian wall fortifications for some of the best view of the city. It’s also a great vantage point to see how these walls (ahem, the longest in Europe, ahem) divide the old city from the new city. Continue along to the lonesome tomb and monument of Nikos Kazantzakis, the son of Crete, and discover what inspired him to write Zorba.  Moving on, we’ll walk along the pedestrian street, 25 August, admiring some of Heraklion’s major highlights, like St. Titus Cathedral and the Morosini Fountain in the heart of the city. Continue along the hidden backstreets of Heraklion, where your local guide will discuss the city’s history and point out further evidence of how the city has been shaped into the lively place it is today.  After our morning exploration, our Heraklion walking tour will end at a local favourite – a meze tavern, where you’ll finish things off with a bang, or, rather, a drink! Dig in to a meze platter and sip local specialties like raki and tsikoudia, the island’s famous (and oh so strong) distilled spirit. Opa! 
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Important Details

Highlights
  • Dive into heraklion’s history with stories of its turbulent past and visits to its legendary churches, fountains, and monuments
  • Learn the secrets of the cretan diet by sampling its best products at a local market
  • Discover the local side of heraklion through its lesser-known streets, forgotten laneways, and old city walls
  • Admire art collections in unique locations
  • Indulge in local flavours like a meze platter and oh-hey-that’s-strong raki and tsikoudia
  • Local impact: how you will help the local community by joining this tour:
  • On this tour you will visit 100% local, family-owned businesses and meet vendors at a local market who sell their own and cretan-only products.
  • All of the food you sample during your tour is locally sourced from villages, farmers, and stock-breeders of crete
  • You'll have the chance to buy from stores and eateries and support locals that don’t generally benefit from tourism.
Included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Food and beverage samples as indicated in the itinerary
  • Rusks
  • Olives and cheese
  • Coffee or soft drink
  • A meze platter.
Not Included
  • Additional food and drink
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips / gratuities for your local guide.
Departure Point
Eleftherias Square, in the city centre. Eleftherias Square is the main square in Heraklion, near the Archaeological Museum, the Astoria Hotel, the Prefecture, and the Gate of Saint George.
Additional Info
  • 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.

Voucher Requirements

Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.

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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 72 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.