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From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

4.1 / 5

18 reviews

From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

From $63.74 per person

Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at Elafonisi and experience the seclusion and the special ambience of seemingly untouched nature. See sand dunes and lava-like rock formations and enjoy the wonderfully cool water.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Polish
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your hotel in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara and Heraklion. The tour operator will contact you after booking to arrange your exact pick-up location and time.


  • Discover the small island of Elafonisi in the southwest of Crete and recharge your batteries at one of the most unusual places on the island
  • Enjoy a dip in the turquoise sea or relax on one of the world's most beautiful beaches
  • Look forward to a journey from the north to the south of Crete and admire the diverse and beautiful landscape of the island
Full description
Experience a very special Tour that leads you to Crete's most southwestern part on the small island of Elafonisi. Drive from the north coast to the southwest and enjoy a scenic ride through beautiful nature and picturesque mountain villages to one of Crete's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy pure relaxation on exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise water. Jump into the refreshingly cool water and admire the pink shimmering sand in some locations, which has arisen from broken shells. The small lagoon provides an ideal place for paddling and bathing for children as well. Cross the shallow lagoon and reach the small idyllic island, where you can admire beautiful dunes and the local nature. Towards the sea, Elafonisi shows a steep rocky ridge, which is the real core of the island. Between the ridge and the coast, the island arose from alluvial deposition over thousands of years. That's why the island looks like a big sandy desert. Elafonisi is the nesting site of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta and the last resting place for migratory birds on their flight from Europe to Africa.
  • Trip in a modern, fully air-conditioned coach
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Children under 2 years
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This tour is not suitable for disabled people or children under 5 years old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 18 reviews

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It is a heavenly place, the sand is pink (not everywhere) and the waters are blue crystalline. The trip is long, I had an appointment at stalida at 5.15 am, and arrived at elafonissi at 10 am. But it's really worth it. The guide and driver were nice. Too bad the guide, despite her efforts, spoke poor English, it was not always easy to understand her. The bus stays at the top before the parking lots, so it takes about 10, 15 minutes to the beach.

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August 29, 2019

Spectacular beach

A must see beach if you go to Crete! Along the way, but it is worth the hours to see the pink shore. Take goggles to see the rocky bottom in some places and the swimming fish. The pink of the shore is very visible in the morning, in the afternoon it tends to fade a bit, but it still remains to be seen!

August 22, 2019

The tour was quite adventurous and is not for people who are very afraid of heights, as you take the bus through mountain roads. The tour guide was very competent and a nice contact. The bus driver was awesome and was in a good mood at all times and had something nice to tell. He is very experienced and there was no need to worry about security. The beautiful beach is definitely worth the trip, unfortunately we were still stuck in a traffic jam on the way back from the beach, because a lot of vehicles wanted to leave the parking lot at the same time and there is only one way back and forth from the beach. All in all a very exhausting tour, as it went almost 18 hours until you were back in the hotel, but still worth seeing. I can only recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a breathtaking view at Elafonisi Beach. Communication via the guide via e-mail and WhatsApp worked perfectly and you were reliably informed.

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August 8, 2019

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