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Heraklion: SUV Tour to Matala and Ancient Phaistos

Heraklion: SUV Tour to Matala and Ancient Phaistos

From US$ 222.90 per person

Explore the Hippie Beach of Matala. Traveling from Heraklion, you will pass through the plain of Messara, before stopping by the Monastery of Panagia Kalyviani and resulting at Matala Beach.

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Duration 6 hours
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Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Encounter the Palace of Phaistos
  • Walk through the famous Matala Hippie Caves
  • Witness the fertile plain of Messara
Full description
Your experience starts from Heraklion, from where it will head south to Matala. In the 1960s, hippies from all over the world flocked to the area and lived in the caves as part of their beliefs and way of life. Along the road, you will come across the many vineyards and olive groves of the fertile plain of Messara. Next, stop at the Monastery of Panagia Kalyviani, which is famous for its charitable work. The compound of the monastery that was gradually formed around the 14th-century single-nave church became very famous in the 19th century, due to its reputation as a miraculous icon. Following that, visit the Palace of Phaistos, where the famous Phaistos Disc was unearthed and whose script was only recently deciphered. Your final stop is the famous Matala Beach, where you will visit the caves where the hippies used to live. It will be there that you can also cool off with a swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan Sea, before heading back to your point of origin.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • 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 will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
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Great driver, great car ... great day again

September 12, 2021

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