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Rethymno: Between East And West Self-Guided Mobile Tour

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Activity provider: Clio Muse Tours

Rethymno: Between East And West Self-Guided Mobile Tour

Activity provider: Clio Muse Tours

From US$ 12.64 per person

Rethymno was dominated for centuries by the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks. This long history has endowed the city with a charming mixture of Italian and oriental flair. Follow this tour to interesting places where this heritage becomes tangible.

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Duration 2 hours
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Audio guide included


  • Visit the Venetian Harbor and the Fortezza
  • Tour the city’s main commercial and historical streets
  • Learn about the lives and accomplishments of key historical figures in the history of Rethymno
Full description
This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by a tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule. Rethymno: between East and West is a tour through space and time. It begins with the purchase of Crete by the Venetians in 1210 and culminates in the struggle for union with Greece in the late 19th Century. As you walk from the Venetian harbor to the heart of the city you are constantly reminded of the town’s tumultuous past. Fortifications preserve the memory of the bloody conflicts between the Venetians and the Ottomans for control of Crete and the Mediterranean. Mosques and churches glorify the generals, admirals, bishops, artists, and pirates that once fought and triumphed (or perished) here. Every building has a story to tell. The Kara Musa Pasha Mosque was initially a Venetian monastery dedicated to Saint Barbara, but upon the city’s conquest, the Ottomans replaced the roof with a dome and added a minaret. Today the complex houses the Byzantine Antiquities Department. There is even a distant connection with Miguel Cervantes, the celebrated author of Don Quixote. The Spanish writer fought in the Battle of Lepanto (1571) and in his writings he mentions Uluç Pasha, a Roman Catholic from Italy who was captured by the Turks, converted to Islam and rose to become an Ottoman admiral and ruler of Algiers. Along the way he managed to capture and plunder Rethymno a few months before his participation in the battle of Lepanto, opposite Cervantes.
  • Self-guided tour for your smartphone in English and German
  • Offline content with offline interactive map and signature stories
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app with no extra fees
  • Smartphone
  • App not available for Windows phones
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Old Venetian Harbour Nearchou, Rethymno

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • Please note that this is a self-guided tour. No VR/AR is included, no physical guide will accompany you
  • You must have an Android or iOS smartphone for this digital tour. The tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, or iPad Mini 1st generation
  • Please provide your e-mail to send you your personal promo-code to access/unlock your tour
  • Seven days before your selected visit date, you will receive an email from the local partner with instructions on how to access and download your audio tour.
  • The tour is yours to use at any moment you wish according to your schedule and also repeat any time
  • Usage of headphones is recommended, in order to best enjoy this multimedia (audio, photos, and text) self-guided tour
  • Book per device to be used, not per participant
  • Non-refundable once activated
  • Please ensure you have 100-150 MB of free storage space on your device
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

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Helpful information but was read by an automatic voice which really bothered me. Also, automatically played each section so I ended up having to pause or reposted when I was actually at the location.

November 9, 2021

Ok, nothing special

Computer generated voice was annoying at times eg it reads “A.D” out as “add”. Some of the tracks seemed to miss key words at the start, so it wasn’t clear which historical figure was being spoken about. There were also so many interesting landmarks that it would have been nice to know more about but which weren’t included. It felt like wikipedia articles/extracts added together and read out by computer. The map was useful.

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August 18, 2019

Very organized and easy to follow walking tour that worked perfectly.

May 19, 2019

Product ID: 133920