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From Heraklion: South Crete Small-Group Day Trip with Lunch

From Heraklion: South Crete Small-Group Day Trip with Lunch

From US$ 83.59 per person

Discover everything the beautiful southern coast of Crete has to offer. Explore scenic landscapes, visit an archaeological site and monastery and swim in extraordinary caves on this action-packed excursion.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible


  • Learn about the history of Phaistos on a guided tour
  • Tuck into a delicious traditional lunch by the sea
  • Admire panoramic views of the Ida Mountains
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea
  • Enjoy a small-group tour for an intimate and personal experience
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Explore the highlights of southern Crete on a guided full-day trip from Heraklion. Enjoy a small-group tour of some of the region's most popular sights. 

Meet your guide at your hotel and hop on the bus that will take you to your first stop, Phaistos. Along the way, take in scenic views of the Messara winegrowing region's mountains and vineyards. At Phaistos, explore the ruins of a medieval city and the second-largest palace in Crete. Learn more about the history of the complex from your guide and enjoy panoramic views of the Ida Mountains and the Lassithi Massif.

Afterward, swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea in the former fishing village of Matala and take a walk to the world-famous cliffside caves. Then, tuck into a delicious lunch with views over the bay.

On the way back to Heraklion, stop at the monastery of Odigitria. Here, witness 2 tholos tombs and let yourself be enchanted by the monastery's charm before heading back to your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Phaistos entrance fee
  • Audio guide
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Lunch is not available for children under the age of 2
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August 14, 2021

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