Day trip

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel
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From US$ 35.66 per person

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Take a break from the beach and discover the small villages and rural landscapes of Crete on a group tour. Visit an old olive oil mill, see the island's oldest monastery and learn more about ancient Eleftherna.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German


  • Explore the village of Margarites and admire the local pottery
  • Discover the magnificent Melidoni Cave
  • Visit the new museum at Eleftherna and the Arkadi Monastery
  • Enjoy lunch at a family-run tavern and listen to live music typical of Crete
Full description

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Rethymno area, and then explore the traditional lifestyle and historical legacy of Crete. Learn the Neolithic history of the Melidoni Cave and discover the pottery traditions of the village of Margarites. Continue to the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, where artifacts found in the nearby archaeological site of Eleutherna and the necropolis of Orthi Petra are on display. Discover the oldest monastery in Crete at the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery, and then go to the village of Apostoli to visit an old olive oil factory. Enjoy lunch in a traditional tavern and listen to the beautiful sound of live folk music before making your way to St. Antonios Gorge. Stop at the Fragma Potamon dam before making your way back to Rethymno.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch and drinks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 51 reviews

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This was one of the best excursions I've ever done! Nektarios spoke fluent German and English almost like his mother tongue. He told us a lot of interesting things about the sights and we always had enough time to see everything. Also the nice little restaurant where we had lunch was great! And to the live music he swung a leg for and with us. Sensational! Vangelis our driver drove us safely across the country. If I fly to Crete again next year I would go on tour with Nektarios again in a heartbeat!

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June 13, 2022

This was a most interesting and varied trip led by a fantastic guide and a brilliant driver. We visited 6 sites the most poiniant being the monestary at Arkadi which had an air of historic significance. It was slightly disappointing that we only saw the museum at Eleftherna and not the actual ancient sites being uncovered.

June 6, 2022

Great tour with lots of information and a lot of fun!!! Andreas is a great guide with a lot of humor and heart in the right place and Kostas is a top driver, great musician and dancer!! Together an unbeatable team. Kind regards and a big thank you to Martin & Britta

May 23, 2022

Product ID: 134412