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From Chania: Crete World War II History Tour

4.9 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: GE ES TOURS CHANIA LTD

From Chania: Crete World War II History Tour

Activity provider: GE ES TOURS CHANIA LTD

From US$ 93.41 per person

Learn the history of the glorious Battle of Crete and discover why it became one of the great events of World War II. Visit key locations where the battle took place, including the site where the German army first landed.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Pickup included
Pickup is available from the following locations: 8:45 AM – Kriti hotel (for hotels around Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town, and Chania city center) 8:50 AM – Quick Film (for hotels around East and Central old town/harbor, and Chania city center) 9:00 AM – Sansal Boutique Hotel (for hotels around West old town and harbor, and East Nea Chora) 9:05 AM – Sunny Rent Car (for hotels in Nea Chora) 9:15 AM – Loca Cafe (Agioi Apostoloi area) 9:30 AM – For pickups from Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, and Tavronitis


  • See the Maleme airfield from above and visit Tavronitis Bridge
  • Learn about the battle of Galatas
  • Discover remnants from the war at different monuments and battle sites
  • Visit small museums and secret shelters
  • Go to the war cemeteries of the German and Allied forces
Full description

Explore the World War II history of Crete and learn about its wider impact in southeast Europe and Greece. Explore the story of the Greek-Italian War of 1940 and the circumstances that lead to Hitler's Operation Mercury. Hear how the Battle of Crete and the resistance to the invasion helped revive the morale of the Allied troops around the world. Visit key location sites such as the pretty village of Maleme, where the German paratroopers first landed. Discover remnants of the war at Tavronitis and Galatas, and visit the war cemeteries of the German and Allied troops. Be amazed as your guide brings history to life and tells you about secret shelters and other monuments from the war. Hear untold stories that take you behind the scenes and explore the role the partisans played as they helped the British, Australian and New Zealand armies change the course of history.

  • Pickup and drop-off from specific locations in Chania region
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Small group tour
  • Snack and a bottle of water (per person)
  • Optional gratuities

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour only departs from the Chania region
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4.9 /5

based on 11 reviews

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Very interesting tour that covers the main events of the battle focusing on locations in the Chania area where the battle was won and lost. Hill 107, Malame, prison valley etc. This isn't a guide who has learnt some lines, he's immersed in his subject and has wonderful knowledge, and he invites questions and discussions. The battle is looked at in a very balanced way and it's an honest appraisal of the events including overviews of pre invasion and the occupation periods.

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August 13, 2020

We recommend.

I was on the tour with my two sons-in-law. The tour was carried out by Janis and Janis. The introduction to the starting position at point 107 was tactically precise and very entertaining. The other site discussion points were chosen very well. I have already recommended the tour to several friends.

August 3, 2019

The guide was very knowledgeable and explained the battle of Crete and the events leading up to the events very well. The private collection of artifacts that we had access to was extensive but the explanation was too long. The owner of the collection described every single article and where it was discovered. Be aware there was no break scheduled for lunch. those points aside, an excellent trip with a very friendly guide.

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May 10, 2019

Product ID: 136637