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Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour

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Rethymno, Greece

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get under the skin of Old Rethymnon on a 4-hour morning walking tour, including a food and wine tasting. Join your informative guide and hear about the city’s Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and even piratical conquerors through the ages. Trace the steps of warriors, sultans and nobles around the cobbled Old Town; view churches, mosques, markets and fountains, and gaze at the Venetian Fortezza. On route, get insider tips on local foodie hotspots, and stop to sample Cretan wine and snacks such as delicious ‘koulouri’ sesame-sprinkled bread, juicy olives and cheese.
  • 4-hour morning walking tour of Rethymnon Old Town, with a local guide
  • Learn about the empires and pirates that conquered Rethymnon down the centuries
  • Stroll through cobbled Old Town lanes past churches, old mosques and Venetian mansions and fountains
  • Take in views of the Fortezza, one of the largest Venetian castles ever built
  • Sample classic Cretan specialities such as 'koulouri' bread and local wine
  • Get insider tips on local food haunts and other places of interest
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Local English-speaking guide
Local food and beverage samples
Coffee or soft drink
Additional food and drink
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities for your local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Lynne, Gerakari 2, Rethymno 741 00, Greece

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Fortezza Castle, Rethimno 741 00, Greece
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • As this is a walking tour, we advise you wear comfortable walking shoes. During summer, don’t forget your sunglasses and, of course, a camera as Rethymnon is sure to amaze you!
  • 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
  • Small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: This tour supports local artisans such as a traditional instrument maker, a wood craftsman and a leather bag maker. In promoting their work and their enterprises, this tour works to support them financially.
  • By joining this tour, you’ll meet a phyllo maker in the last remaining workshop of Rethymnon that produces the main ingredient for baklava following the old traditional process.
  • All the food you sample during the tour is sourced from local villages, farmers & stock-breeders of Crete.
  • On this tour you will visit a 100% local, family-owned restaurant that serves traditional Cretan dishes.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Greece

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour.

Reviews

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Great architectural walking tour of...
Linda A
, Oct 2017
Great architectural walking tour of Rethymnon with stops to sample food. Guide was very knowledgable and had an architectural background making the tour really informative regarding the Turkish and Venetian influences on the city.
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The husband and wife team I feel...
ChicagoGretchen
, Aug 2017
The husband and wife team I feel very badly that I don't remember their names! who provided us with an in-depth tour of Rethymnon was exceptional. I've NEVER been on a tour with better service, knowledge, kindness and hospitality! However, they went above and beyond when one woman in our group became ill and had to be taken to the emergency room. The husband took care of navigating the emergency room, made sure she was taken care of, translated everything from English to Greek, and ensured she received excellent medical attention. In the mean time, we continued on with our tour, receiving regular updates about our friend's condition she had a mild concussion complicated by heat exhaustion. The wife was exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of Crete and Rethymnon, and we started the tour at the Martyr's Church, followed by Cretan breads and coffee at the cafe nearby. She then took us to a place where a grandfather, father and son demonstrated making baklava and other sweets, an olive oil store where we learned about the olive oil market, a local cheesemonger, and had wine tasting with local nibbles. Along the way, we learned about the various countries who lived and inhabited the island, pointing out significant architectural additions and the affects of war on the population. At the end of the tour, our guide took us to a hidden gem...a local hotel with a tropical pool, where we enjoyed raki and cooled off from the heat. I cannot thank them enough for their exceptional service...it truly was a fantastic memory from our trip, and I'd give 10 stars if I could!!!
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While our tour leader was quite...
Shane E
, Jul 2017
While our tour leader was quite knowledgeable about Rethymnon old town, there really wasn't that much to see. We checked out a few Venetian and Ottoman buildings, walked past a couple of mosques that you couldn't enter, and walked past the fortezza down to the rather small Venetian harbour. The best part of the tour was lunch.
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Our guide was really nice. But it...
Amanda D
, May 2017
Our guide was really nice. But it was difficult to figure out where to meet her. And starting out tour at 9, none of the shops were open, so we missed some of the places we were supposed to stop. We had a lovely time at lunch. Our guide struggled with English. Ended up ending tour early.
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What a fantastic experience. We...
Julia L
, Oct 2016
What a fantastic experience. We learned about the history of Rethymnon while eating and drinking our way throughout old town visiting local stores we probably would have just walked by and not even realized the great treats that awaited us inside. The guides were knowledgeable and lots of fun. They really made it interesting. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
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This was my first visit to Rethymno...
Nikki K
, Jun 2016
This was my first visit to Rethymno but will definitely go back! My guide was very knowledgeable and got to understand Crete's unique character through the stories behind the monuments and its people. A great walk through the backstreets and tasting local food and wine at spots favored by the locals.
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The guide for this tour was very...
Diane L
, Jun 2016
The guide for this tour was very sweet- she was a nice girl just out of university and she tried very hard to show me around and made sure I got the most for my money. However, the tour itself lacked structure and I didn't get any background on Rethymnon's history or it's signifiance. When I asked questions in regards to the history she was able to answer, but the tour itself was more about pointing out landmarks than actually telling you about what your seeing and it's significance.
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I discovered the old city of...
MARIA DOLORES G
, Aug 2016
I discovered the old city of Rethymno having a really good conversation with my guide, who commented on history of the city, the historic places we were visiting main squares, relevant architectural sites, old streets and main churches, etc. and cretan traditions, while tasting traditional products. I really recommend this tour for those who like knowing a city by walking it around. El tour me permitió descubrir la ciudad vieja de Rethymno a través de una muy amigable y cordial conversación en inglés con mi guía, que comentaba aspectos relevantes de la historia de la ciudad, sus sitios históricos que se visitaban plazas, portadas, calles, iglesias, etc. y sus principales tradiciones mientras degustábamos varios productos típicos de la zona. Recomiendo encarecidamente este tour a aquellos a quienes gusta descubrir una ciudad callejeándola.
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