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From Rethymno & Chania: Elafonisi Island Day Tour by Bus

From Rethymno & Chania: Elafonisi Island Day Tour by Bus

From US$ 35.16 per person

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

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Duration 11 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, German, Italian
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your accommodation to start the tour
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 Gorge and have a stop for coffee and refreshments.

Arrive at Elafonissi beach. Here, you have four hours of free time to marvel at the different colors from 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. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Bus tour

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Hat
    • Swimwear
    • Change of clothes
    • Towel
    • Water
    • Comfortable clothes

    Know before you go

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

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 152 reviews

    Review summary

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    Very nice excursion, we were picked up outside our hotel, nice journey there, despite the narrow and winding roads there, you felt safe with the bus driver who drove very well. A stop in the mountains on the way there, with a long staircase up to a cozy cafe with a fantastic view. Once you arrived at Elafonissi, you were there for four hours, and it was too little, but it's not the organizers' fault, you have to get home the same day. Fantastic beach☀️ Was there in September and there were some people, but not packed, can imagine what it looks like in July/August. On the way home, we stopped in a super cozy little village called Elos. There you could eat or have coffee. We were picked up at 8.35 and got home at about 6pm. Will definitely use Getyourguide in the future!

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    October 4, 2022

    The most incredible experience I had in Crete. All the way to the Elafonisi beach we were driven through the beautiful mountain scenary and authentic villages. The beach itself was amazing, with the crystal clear water and beautiful pink sand. The water was shallow and warm enough to stay in for a long time. The beach facilities and the cantinas were also present in the area. Our guide Ingrid deserves a special mention, she has provided us with an interesting information about the island and the surrounding areas we went through, she was very nice and polite and paid a special attention to everyone on the bus.

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    September 27, 2022

    Unfortunately I can't say anything about the Elafonisi tour because the provider called us the day before and told us that this tour had unfortunately been cancelled. But we were offered to rebook on the tour to the palm beach in Preveli and that was just a fantastic alternative that is absolutely recommendable! Thank you for the great service and that we were rebooked so easily.

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    September 15, 2022

    Product ID: 162698