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From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

4.8 / 5

54 reviews

From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

From $41.04 per person

See the artificial Minoan caves of Agia Galini and relax on a beautiful beach in Matala on a full-day trip by minibus from Rethymno. Browse the souvenir stores of the mountain village of Spili and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Rethymno.

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the resort gem of Agia Galini on the south coast of Crete
  • Explore the artificial caves of Matala and get some time to relax on the beach
  • See the lion-head fountains of the traditional village of Spili
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rethymno, and then travel by air-conditioned minibus to the pretty village of Agia Galini on the south coast of Crete. Get an hour to explore the village and its traditional houses and enjoy a traditional Greek coffee in the harbor area. Continue to the village of Matala to enjoy 3 hours on the golden sandy beach, or use the time to explore the artificial caves carved into the bay in the Minoan period. Occupied by a hippy commune in the late 60s and 70s, the amazing attraction inspired artists such as Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan. End your tour with a visit to the village of Spili, located in the foothills of Mount Vorizis, 430 meters above sea level. Wander the cobblestone streets to see the famous lion-head fountains and browse the gift shops for souvenirs of traditional products from Crete. Return to Rethymno by minibus and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus
  • Tour leader
  • Fuel costs and taxes
  • Passenger insurance
  • Entry tickets
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Infant seats are available on the minibus on request
  • Bring your own sunscreen, a towel and your swimming costume
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 54 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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The trip was smooth and they take you to the great places, such as a small village, a quiet beach and a more energetic beach afterwards with so many small and cool shops! Barb and Costas were so welcoming for our 2nd participation after Elafonissi Beach and we were so glad we joined the tour again! Highly recommend:) Thank you Markidis Travel! Satoko and Paul

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August 27, 2021

The tour with Barbara and Pedros is awesome! Barbara tells you all sorts of exciting things during the relatively long journey and Pedros maneuvers us safely into the small towns. There is all sorts of beautiful things to see, in Agia Galini and Matala there is also enough time to cool off while wet. I would definitely do the tour again with them!

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July 30, 2021

The tour was an unforgettable experience and is highly recommended. The mountain village of Spili, the coastal town of Agia Galini and the hippie town of Matala are unique and well worth seeing. It was my first time in Crete and so I was able to gain many different impressions of the island in one day. The driver Costa safely maneuvered the minibus through the winding mountain roads past an impressive panorama. Barbara is not only a tour guide, she also emigrated from Germany to Crete a few years ago and is part of it with all her heart. She patiently answered all questions, gave tips and also told some stories from Greek mythology. I would book a tour with Markidis again at any time.

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June 15, 2021

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