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Heraklion: SUV Tour to Matala and Ancient Phaistos

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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
Starting time 9:30 AM
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  • Encounter the Palace of Phaistos
  • Walk through the famous Matala Hippie Caves
  • Witness the fertile plain of Messara
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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
What’s Not Included
  • Food
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility

From US$ 178.72 per person

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Product ID: 317967