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From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel
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From US$ 32.63 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 11 times yesterday

Embark on a full-day trip to Elafonissi Island in the southwest of Crete. Travel on an air-conditioned bus, and stop at the beautiful Aghia Sophia Cave on the way.

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Duration 12 hours
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Hotels in Panormo, Scaletta, Stavromenos, Pigianos Kampos, Adelianos Kampos, Platanias, Rethymno City, Atsipopoulo, Gerani, Kavros and Georgioupoli


  • Spend leisure time on Elafonissi Island, admiring its unique scenery
  • Pass old villages and rugged hills on a drive to Crete's southwest coast
  • Relax on the clean pink sand beach of Elafonissi
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Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is truly a heaven on earth, with soft white/pink sand, exotic crystal-clear water and cedar trees that extend down to the coastline. It is located in the easily accessible, south-western side of Crete.

Get picked up from your hotel area in the morning. Stop for a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose.

Following this, depart for Elafonissi. On your way, see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, along with the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge.

Once you reach Elafonissi, have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy the spectrum of shades of blue that this beach has to offer. The last stop is at a taverna where you can buy some lunch. At the end of your tour, return to your accommodation in Crete.

  • Air-conditioned mini bus
  • English and German-speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • No pickup from remote hotels or Grand Rimondi

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please bring swimwear
  • Remember your camera
  • Please remember cash for food, drinks, sunbeds and an umbrella (should you require these things)
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4.8 /5

based on 239 reviews

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The tour was amazing. The drive to Elafonisi was very comfortable. We had a 30 min stop at a cave and it was really worth it going all the way up. Elafonisi is a beautiful beach, however, it gets very crowded so maybe bring your own sun umbrella. On the way back we stopped at a Taverna for dinner and the food was delicious. Very authentic dishes and great food. Our tour guide and the driver were very kind and friendly. Overall, we really recommend this tour.

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August 7, 2022

Costas & Anastasia were fantastic hosts who along the way were really good at communicating. They lifted the mood and were helpful throughout the trip. It can definitely be recommended! On our way to Elafonissi, we stopped at a cave in the mountainside, we had some breakfast at a cafe by the cave, where the view was fantastic. The stairs to the cave are a bit steep, but the cave was cool to see. Elafonissi Beach was a little piece of paradise and the water was clear and delicious. However, there are many people, and already in the morning all the deckchairs were taken. However, we found a spot on the beach in the sand, which was also delicious. It's quite windy, and you shouldn't be sensitive to all the sand you can get blown in your face. The sand was a bit pink, but we didn't really notice this as everything else was really nice! On the way home we had a stop at a family restaurant, which was nice as we were quite hungry. We were back home at around 8pm. It was worth

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August 6, 2022

Our guide was really super friendly and was able to give us interesting information about the island on the way there. The pickup and return transport were very well organized. The caves at the first stop were really beautiful, but we had exactly 25 minutes to get there and back + something to eat or drink. So the time was very, very tight. Destination Elfafonissi was incredibly beautiful :-) I would recommend everyone to visit this place on their Crete holidays. The 4 hour stay here was absolutely sufficient. On the way back we stopped at a tavern for dinner. Here it was clearly noticeable that busloads of tourists were being processed and as a result some of the food was not really fresh (dried vegetables, etc.) and the staff seemed super stressed. Otherwise the atmosphere was really nice. All in all, I would recommend the excursion destination, but unfortunately not the tour.

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July 19, 2022

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