The Most Amazing Tours in Chania: Top Day Trips from Chania, Crete

Check these great ideas to make the most of your days in Chania, Crete.

Chania, on the western side of Crete, is a spectacular region with some of the most stunning landscapes you will find in Greece.

Exploring the area with an organized tour can be a great way to save money… and to see more when you don’t have all the time you’d love to have to discover the region.

These day trips in Chania are convenient, reasonably priced, and a great idea if you’re not planning on driving on Crete. Take a look!

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Day Trips from Chania – Crete

Great Day Trips from Chania, Crete

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Chania, Crete… Endless Things to Do!

There are thousands of things you could do in Chania during your vacation.

The more time I spend in town (four years and counting…!), the more I discover things that would easily transform your holiday into an unforgettable experience.

Heavenly beaches, breathtaking gorges, lonely hamlets, high mountains… you name it!

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I’ve often stated that traveling the island by car is the best way to discover hidden gems and to have unique freedom otherwise cut short by bus schedules.

I’ve even written a guide to help you when it comes to car rental on the island.

However, the more I talk with visitors during my tours, the more I discover that there’s a good number of tourists that simply don’t feel like driving on their holidays.

Either they drive back home all year round, they hate driving, or they simply can’t.

Should they miss Chania’s most stunning places only because they don’t feel like sitting behind a wheel? Hell no!

This guide has been specially crafted for you not to miss the best Chania tours and day trips in Chania (and around the region).

It includes the best Chania excursions that will help you better explore Crete even if you don’t want to drive!

Top Day Trips from Chania, Crete

In no particular order (I love them all!), these are some of the top tours you can take in Chania, Crete

Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania

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Elafonisi Beach Day Trip: Probably the most visited place in the whole Chania region, Elafonisi is often featured as one of the top beaches in Europe (…and the world) for its striking beautiful pink and white sand and the unique turquoise shades of the sea.

As part of the Natura 2000 program, Elafonisi has a rich diversity when it comes to its flora and fauna.

Taking this organized tour will save you the hassle of driving through the mountains to reach this heavenly spot on the southern coast of Crete.

With this tour, you can also be picked from and dropped off at your hotel, and spend a day swimming in the shallow lagoon or walking your way to the Elafonisi islet.

Once in the area, you can choose to break free from the group and explore the part of the beach that’s not organized. You can also choose to practice water sports by renting all the necessary equipment on-site.
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Day Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa Island

Island, Peninsula, Balos beach, Sea, Crete

Day Cruise to Balos Beach and Gramvousa: Another top destination in the Chania region, Balos is a unique destination you cannot miss when visiting West Crete.

Driving to Balos in your car is not for everyone. What’s more many car rental companies don’t allow drivers to venture along this road. Cruises come to the rescue!

This day trip is a top seller in Crete. It offers great value for money and convenience while it lets you see a great deal of Crete’s natural beauties from the comfort of a boat.

You’ll visit the spectacular Balos Beach and Lagoon as well as enjoy a couple of hours on the uninhabited Gramvousa island, with pristine clear waters, and an imposing Venetian Fortress.

Even if you are renting a car, you can drive along the National Highway to the port of Kissamos (about 40 minutes from Chania town) to board the fantastic day cruise. You can even forget about packing a lunch since there’s a buffet on board.
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Full-Day Samaria Gorge Trekking Excursion

Great day trips from Chania, Samaria Gorge

Day Trip and Hiking Excursion of Samaria Gorge: Often included among the most visited places in the region, the imposing gorge of Samaria, one of the longest in Europe, is a top travel reason for those visiting Crete each summer.

The trekking experience can take anything from 4 to 7 hours to cross and doing it with an experienced guide can be the best way to add some peace of mind to the adventure.

The trip includes pick-up and bus tickets, while the entrance to the gorge and the boat back to Chania is not included.

The 12-hour day trip lets you admire the imposing local nature, get in touch with the history of the gorge, and reach the unique southern coast of Chania to make your way back to the north.
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Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour

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Crete wine and olive oil in Chania: This is one of the best-selling tours in Chania and it has fantastic reviews!

The activity will allow you to treat your senses to the ancient flavors of Crete.

You will depart from Chania and travel through the mountains of the Kisamos region to reach two family-run wineries where you’ll taste award-winning regional wines. You will sample another prized Cretan product at an olive oil factory and stand before one of the world’s oldest olive trees.

This tour is done in a small group which ensures personal service and it also makes a great excursion for cruise ship passengers.
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The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour with Lunch

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The 7 Villages of Apokoronas: One of my favorite day trips in the region, the guided tour takes you to discover the traditional villages of this historic area, east of Chania, at the foothills of the White Mountains.

During the day in the Apokoronas area, you’ll visit small towns, including the well-known Vamos and Gavalochori, and discover unique local traditions.

You’ll stop for a tour of a Historical and Folklore Museum where you will marvel at the fascinating knitting craft of kopaneli, typical of Crete.

In the small hamlet of Xirosterni, you can taste raki, Crete’s famous spirit, and then discover the spectacular riverside area of Vrysses.

At Emprosneros, another forgotten village, you will taste local cheese and take a look at the beautiful hidden ruins. Finally, in the village of Fres, you’ll be able to sample an authentic Cretan lunch.
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Crete World War II History Tour

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World War II History Tour: The area of Maleme, west of Chania, was one of the most important battle theaters during WWII in Crete, and home to the most impressive airborne invasion in history. This guided tour takes you to discover the places of the glorious Battle of Crete.

During the day, you’ll visit key locations where the battle took place, including the site where the Maleme battlefield, and where the German army first landed.

You’ll also be able to check some small museums and secret shelters, as well as the war cemeteries of the German and Allied forces.

A 7-hour experience to explore the World War II history of Crete and learn about its wider impact in southeast Europe and Greece.
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The Miracle of Wine and Olive Oil

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The Miracle of Wine and Olive Oil: This is an awesome experience to learn everything about two of the most iconic staple ingredients produced on the island, wine and extra virgin olive oil.

When booking this day trip from Chania, you’ll spend an enjoyable day touring family wineries and an olive oil factory.

Spend time exploring the olive groves and vineyards of the island, sampling award-winning local wines made in the region of Kissamos.

A 6-hour experience that is ideal to explore winery cellars and see where wine is bottled and matured, as well as checking one of the oldest olive trees in the world and learning even more about the local history and Greek mythology.
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Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania

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Knossos Palace and Heraklion from Chania: You don’t need to stay in Heraklion to discover the Archaeological Palace of Knossos!

You can simply book a whole day tour to Heraklion, including a visit to the Palace, and forget all about driving, parking in Crete’s capital or waiting in line.

This is a fantastic tour, offering one great value-for-money experience that takes you to explore Knossos, the center of the mysterious Minoan civilization.

You’ll visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and enjoy a few free hours in the city of Heraklion.
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Stand-Up Paddle Board & Snorkeling

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Stand Up Paddle Board: SUP in Crete has become one of the top-pick activities in the area, trending especially during the past seasons.

This tour from Chania takes you to explore the west coast of the island with all the necessary equipment to practice stand-up paddleboard.

You will be surrounded by the spectacular waters of Chania as well as swim and snorkel to discover fantastic underwater landscapes.
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You might also want to find out about many other water activities you can enjoy in Crete!

Balos Lagoon & Falasarna 4WD Road Trip

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Balos Lagoon and Falassarna Safari: If boat trips are not your thing but you still want to explore the spectacular landscape of Balos Beach, then join an adrenaline-packed adventure getting on a 4WD vehicle that drives you along the breathtaking coastal road leading to Balos.

You’ll hike to the beach and swim in the crystal-clear lagoon.

Finally, your trip will continue to the endless sandy beach of Falasarna, for you to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Crete.
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White Mountains Land Rover Safari

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Safari in the White Mountains: One of the most fun adventures you can choose in the region! Take a day trip away from the beach and the overcrowded touristic resorts to get back to nature.

This guided tour of the White Mountains shows you unexplored traditional villages while you learn about the culture and the history of the island.

The trip also takes you to explore everything about the life of local shepherds and enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch.
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Half-Day Gastronomic Tour: A Taste of Crete

day trips from Chania
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A Taste of Crete: Yes, that’s me in the picture! Join my gastronomic experience of Chania spending half a day tasting your way in the old town. We will have a blast!

I don’t feel comfortable telling you how wonderful my walking-tasting tour is, so I’ll let you check the all-five-start reviews here.

Want to meet me, discover the secrets of our mesmerizing old town, and taste the authenticity of Chania? Join my experience!
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As you can see, there are experiences and adventures for every taste and pocket. Chania is a wonderful region where you can live and explore the best of Crete. Are you ready?
Which day trips in Chania would you like to book?

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More resources to enhance Your Crete adventure

Start by checking out my ultimate guide to planning your trip to Crete, packed with helpful essential information. Explore the articles on prices in Crete, common mistakes to avoid, and insider secrets for an unforgettable experience.

Use this comprehensive Crete packing list to ensure you have everything you need. Explore the best places to visit on Crete Island, discover my tours and activities, be amazed at Crete’s incredible beaches, and check out the best times to experience its beauty.

If you are exploring specific areas like Heraklion or Chania, I’ve got detailed guides to help you make the most of your time.

Suggested accommodation in Chania

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More useful travel resources

  • Check out all the digital travel guides I’ve specifically written about Crete. They are affordable and practical to check from your mobile.
  • Discover Cars is my favorite engine for finding a rental car on the island.
  • Finally, to book adventures, tours, and cultural experiences, I always recommend Get Your Guide.

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Great Day Trips from Chania, Crete


About me:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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