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From Rethymno & Chania: Elafonissi Island Day Tour by Bus

From Rethymno & Chania: Elafonissi Island Day Tour by Bus

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From US$ 33.11 per person

Explore the unique island come peninsula of Elafonissi, a place of exceptional natural beauty.

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Duration 10 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, German, Italian
Pickup included
Your hotel or accommodations.
Private group available


  • See the contrast between pink and white sand and the shallow turquoise sea
  • Discover an exotic place
  • Relax in an area of exceptional natural beauty
Full description
Ride in a comfortable coach through small traditional villages and typical Mediterranean scenery. See the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorgeand and have a stop for coffee and refreshments.  Arrive at Elafonissi beach. Here, you have four hours free time to marvel at the different colors between the soft pink and white sand to the turquoise waters. As well as exploring the wonders of the beach, discover the small island. This lies just off the shore and you can reach it by strolling through the water. Both the beach and the island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty and included in the Natura 2000 Protection Programme. 
  • A guide
  • Bus tour
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Please bring water and wear a hat, comfortable shoes and comfortable beach clothing
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 103 reviews

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    If you are in Crete, you should definitely not miss this excursion! It was a super nice trip with a great guide and a beautiful destination! We were picked up at 7:20 a.m. and then drove about 2 hours, during which time we picked up other guests. Then we took a half hour break in the middle of the mountains of Crete in a small cafe. There everyone could have something to eat and drink before it was about a 40 minute drive to Elafonissi Beach. When we got there we had 4 hours of free time. We were at the second beach at the back because it was a bit quieter there and we enjoyed the good weather. On the way back we made a stop at a cave where there was also the possibility to have something to drink or eat. Around 6:00 p.m. we were back at the hotel and had a super nice day!

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    October 21, 2021

    The tour guide told a lot about the island - the drive through the countryside was very insightful! The beach was great - but quite touristically developed ... the pink sand and the dunes were quite an experience! The driver was great - kudos!!! The drive through the mountains is not for people with weak nerves. On the bus, the tour guide only pointed out once that the mask was worn - but she rarely wore the mask correctly herself - a pity! About half of the travelers used the mask more as a chin and spit protection - the nose was always free. That's why I understand when people are afraid to go on trips during Corona times! It doesn't matter in the fresh air - but you should pay attention to it on the bus!

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    October 8, 2021

    The beach was a great experience. However, I had imagined this larger. The front area is commercialized. Hiet it got very crowded during the day despite the off-season. The stretch of beach on the peninsula was very nice and there was plenty of space. Since there is no supply here, it makes sense to have your own water, a snack and sun protection. The journey was an experience. I was picked up from the hotel very early as the distance was quite far. So we were the first bus on the parking lot and the beach was still empty. The guide Ingrid explained a lot about Crete on the way. On the very long journey there were organized stops to have a coffee or a snack. Hygiene standards were observed. So all in all a great day.

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    October 7, 2021

    Product ID: 162698