Food Odyssey: A Historical Culinary Walking Tour of Chania - in Chania - LikeALocal Guide

Food Odyssey: A Historical Culinary Walking Tour of Chania


95 EUR

When people think of Chania, Cretan food naturally comes to mind. However, Chania was also home to a variety of diverse cultures that influenced the tastes of the city.

Duration: 4 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Mariana
Local Ambassador

I am an experimental archaeologist-food historian, who recreates Greek historical recipes using ancient or modern techniques for spectacular food events.

In 2000 I founded 'Greek Culinary History & Cooking Adventures' to create interactive, edible experiences that bring historical Greek gastronomy to life through experimental, sensory and public archaeology.

My work takes many forms, including history -themed dinners, historic cooking courses, edible installations, and historical food walking tours.
The walking food tours showcase Cretan gastronomy, culture and history in a unique and attractive way to whoever comes to Chania, with a need to understand and experience the historic and at the same time modern, adventurous and enigmatic city by using all the senses.

I am the author of a Gourmand award-winning cookbook, The Language of Taste, which is a dictionary (in Gr.) of the history and culture of Greek food and the founder and organizer of the biennial Symposia of Greek Gastronomy (conference).

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  • Enjoy a tour guided by an experimental archaeologist-food historian and Gourmand Award winner
  • Get to know the exciting history of Chania through its food
  • Sample a variety of local delicacies and flavours
  • Taste historical foods made according to experimental archaeology
  • Savour a delicious lunch
  • The tour is also available on request, if time permits

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This multi-sensory food experience combines delicious food tastings, food history, politics, and culture. It begins with a light breakfast and an unforgettable Cretan beverage.

We’ll follow the trail of Arabs, Jews, Venetians, Ottomans, Greeks from Asia Minor, and immigrants who have passed through Chania and added their flavours to the local cuisine. As you sample delicacies from one-of-a-kind specialty food shops, you’ll get a better understanding of the city’s culinary history and how the locals eat.

Our walk ends with a dive into the distant past. We’ll visit an archaeological site to talk about ancient food and rituals. We’ll then visit a local taverna, where we’ll enjoy a short lesson in ancient cooking.

We’ll also be treated to home-baked bread, made according to a Byzantine baking method, cheese made according to ancient Greek writings, and other historical Cretan delicacies.

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What’s included & not included

  • Experimental archaeologist-food historian as your guide
  • Food tastings
  • Traditional beverage
  • Alcohol
  • Hotel pick up

Meeting point

Kydonias 29

Reviews from travellers (5)


Amazing tour & lovely host
Mariana, thank you so much for this really great historical food tour through Chania. We enjoyed your knowledge and the tour so much. You’re a great host and we felt so comfortable joining the real Cretan historic food way and diet. Thank you so much for this lovely time. All the best & love
The perfect way to discover Chania.
Mariana is the perfect guide for this city tour. Friendly, knowledgable, and passionate about food. We learned about the history of the city, experienced wonderful food and were introduced to places we never would have found otherwise.
The highlight of our stay in Chania. It truly felt like being shown around by a friend, thank you Mariana.
A perfect mix of history, culture, and food
We had a wonderful historic food tour with Mariana. She is the perfect tour guide, so knowledgeable and interesting. We liked the combination of a walking tour, meandering the streets and learning about Greek culture, traditions, and food history. And we loved the food stops - more food than we could eat! Exploring on our own now is so much more interesting, now that we know the background on some traditional food. And we loved Mariana - she a fascinating guide, answered so many questions we had, and so many more. Her passion for Greek food history is catching, we were all immersed in the stories and facts of history. And of course, the food was all amazing! Thank you Mariana for a fabulous tour!

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Excellent!! Wonderful experience!
Mariana presented, upon our arrival, an array of Ancient Greek herbs and spices, dried grains and fruits. She served Cretian mountain tea as she showed us us how to cook flatbread, myttotos, lentils, myma, artolaganon and plakous. Cooking with fire and stones or clay ovens, we could imagine what life could have been like thousands of years ago. This was the highlight of my holiday in Chania, Crete. Highly recommended!
Wonderful Experience!
My husband and I were amazed at Mariana’s knowledge in food archeology and in the ancient cooking methods she demonstrated. Her warm hospitality, knowledge and the incredible meal she prepared and served made it a wonderful afternoon. Hands down one of the best meals we had in Chania during our five day visit. A truly delightful experience!
Wonderful and informative
for Mariana’s tour (Bites of Chania Food Tour)
Mariane was very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the tour very much. She was intent on meeting our needs. We appreciated the stops and types of food she shared with us. She also gave us a history lesson on the influences on Crete's cuisine. We loved it.
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