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From Rethymno & Heraklion: Full-Day Trip to Preveli Beach

4.5 / 5

77 reviews

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno & Heraklion: Full-Day Trip to Preveli Beach

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 27.96 per person

Get an introduction to some of the best beaches on the south coast of Crete. Travel on a guided day trip to Plakias and Preveli Beach, and venture through the island's palm forests.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup available in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, and Atsipopoulo. 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). All the pick ups from Rethymno old Town will be from the bus stop of church of four martyrs (4 martyres church).
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the beautiful beaches on the south coast of Crete
  • Soak up the sun at the beaches of Preveli, Damnoni and Plakias
  • Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Kourtaliotis Gorge and Kotsifou Gorge
  • Swim in the turquoise waters and get some free time to shop
Full description

Discover 3 of the most famous beaches on the south coast of Crete. Travel through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge where you will stop to see the magnificent waterfalls and the springs of the river Preveli that flow inside the gorge and which result in the river at Preveli Beach.

The first stop in the south is at the sandy beach Damnoni, where the boat is waiting to take you to Palm Beach Preveli at the south-end of Kourtaliotis Gorge, at the mouth of the river Preveli.

Enjoy some time for a splendid swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, sunbathe and relax, and embark on a short hike through the tropical forest. Visit the south of Crete and stop at the viewpoint above where you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view and take some fantastic pictures.

Hop on the boat to take you to Preveli, a unique mixture of the sandy beach and the green river which is flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Here you will have time to enjoy the refreshing Libyan sea and the Cretan Sun. Continue to the sandy beach of Damnoni, where the boat is waiting to take you to Palm Beach Preveli at the south-end of Kourtaliotis Gorge, at the mouth of the river Preveli.

Enjoy some time for a splendid swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, sunbathe and relax, and embark on a short hike through the tropical forest. Hop back on the boat and return back to the sandy beach of Damnoni. The next stop is the small resort Plakias, situated in a natural bay. Here you can have lunch, go for another swim or do some shopping. We will take another road to return to Rethymno, driving through the impressive Kotsifou Gorge.

Includes
  • Bus ticket
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (in Panormo, Scaletta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno old town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli)
  • Boat ticket to Preveli Beach (€10)
  • No pickup from remote hotels (such as Grand Rimondi)
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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Tours are available in English and German on Mondays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5

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Our favourite day when in crete all because of the ease of this tour, the numerous locations included and the fantastic tour guide. Very easy pick up location with the bus as sent information by email the day before. The tour itself covers a gorge and waterfall and 3 beaches. It also included a boat trip - you have to pay an extra €10 on the bus for this. But it is well worth it. You have enough time to explore each beach and villiage and the views and scenery are breath taking! Away from 0830hr and back in rethymnos by 1800hr. Our tour guide was very friendly and gave us lots of great facts and historical/cultural insights to the surrounding area. Our most enjoyable day of the trip :)

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September 16, 2022

A really nice and successful trip. Our tour guide Barbara was very friendly, organized and told us interesting facts about the island during the bus ride. The Kourtaliotiko Gorge is impressive and the 250 steps down to the waterfall are really worth it! Damnoni beach and Preveli palm forest are also beautiful. We recommend bathing shoes, especially if you want to explore the river. Only the last point of the excursion (Plakias) did not please us particularly well. We would have preferred to have spent more time at the other two beaches.

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August 22, 2022

The organization and tour guide were very good. First we went by bus to a gorge, where sturdy shoes are an advantage. Then we spent an hour at Damnoni beach, which is very beautiful. We took the boat (30 minutes ride + 10 € boat ticket) to the beach of Preveli, where unfortunately we only had 2 1/2 hours. We would have liked more time there, as we only made it through the palm beach and tropical forest, we did not reach the viewpoint in time. It is advisable to take bathing shoes with you for the palm beach, as the floor is full of stones. Then we drove to the beach of Plakias and had another 2 hours, which we unfortunately found superfluous and we would have liked more time for the actual highlight, the palm beach of Preveli.

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July 26, 2022

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