Day trip

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

From US$ 36.12 per person

Spend a relaxing day on the small island of Elafonisi and soak up the sun on a paradise beach in Crete. Get back to nature on a day trip from Rethymno.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup is available in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches of Elafonisi
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters
  • Go for a stroll in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty
Full description

Following pick-up by bus, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees.

Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize. Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Rethymno for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:30.

Includes
  • Bus tickets
  • Guide
  • Pick-up and drop off from selected points (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli)
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
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 must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Please provide your hotel name and location during the booking process. Your exact pick-up details will be sent by email after booking
  • Pick-up begins earlier and is done from a meeting point near hotels in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli
  • The bus trip takes almost 3 hours
  • Due to environmental law, it is forbidden to take sand from the beach or to enter the sand dunes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 287 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Great trip with great tour guide (Ingrid)! Everything worked out great, on the way there you have a short break for breakfast / pee and on the way back you will also stop to visit a cave or have a snack. Of course there was a lot going on on the beach, after all it is a tourist attraction, but with a 4-hour stay it was really great. If you want, you can go windsurfing or SUP or just enjoy the sun and the view. Tip - take your own parasol with you, then you can also lie down in the quieter areas. We definitely recommend the trip.

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August 27, 2021

Really great. Super punctual, super bus, the travel guide personable and fluent in 4 languages. Interesting information during the trip, a stop on the way there, one on the way back, great views and a small cave to visit. 4 hours on the beach are enough. You really have to be careful in the sun. And the beach is beautiful.

June 24, 2021

The beach is absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit. The shallow, crystal clear waters are so relaxing. The day trip by coach does make for a long day but it is nicely broken up by refreshment stops to and from the beach. It’s also worth mentioning that the trip is really engaging and feels like much more than just a bus service.

September 6, 2020

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