1. Greece
  2. Crete
  3. Agios Nikolaos
  4. Toplou Monastery, Crete

Agios Nikolaos: Toplou and Vai Palm Beach Day Trip

Product ID: 317652
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Explore the largest palm forest in Europe, as you take a day trip to Vai's Palm Beach. Once there you will discover unspoiled beaches, with time to swim in the ocean before your tour concludes with a stop at a remarkable sunset location.
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Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Hotel pickup is available from any of the aforementioned areas.

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  • Visit a palm beach
  • Explore the Toplou Monastery
  • Encounter other nearby beaches
Full description
Following collection from select areas, the experience starts from Agios Nikolaos heading east. This is an excellent opportunity for you to admire the sublime Gulf of Mirabello, which is Eastern Crete's riviera. You will then pass through many picturesque villages before reaching the 15th-century Toplou Monastery.

The compound features a small museum with notable exhibits of Christian-Orthodox art, such as sacred utensils and chalcography by the monks of Mount Athos. There is also an olive press which produces olive oil of outstanding quality, as well as wine-making facilities. Both the olive oil and the wine produced in the monastery are exported all over the world.

You may participate in a wine and spirit tasting session (optional) at the monastery’s cellar, after which you will pay a visit to one of the main attractions in eastern Crete, the protected Palm Forest of Vai. It is unique in Europe and is located next to one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. At this location there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy swimming, as you bask in the rare beauty of the landscape. On your way back, you will stop at Platanos where you can watch the sunset in an area which boasts an enchanting view.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

From US$ 177.83 per person

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Product ID: 317652