From Rethymno: Explore the Real Crete in a Small Group

From Rethymno: Explore the Real Crete in a Small Group

From $41.52 per person

Take a break from the beach and discover the more authentic side to Crete on a small group tour of the small villages and rural landscapes. 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
Starting time 8:30 AM
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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 in a small group. 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 minibus
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • You will be notified by email about your pick-up details. Please check your spam folder
  •  This is a small group of no more than 20 people
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 23 reviews

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Informative and fun.

Highly recommended tour. Costas drives safely albeit gets rather cross with idiot drivers on the mountain roads. Justly so!. Christos a knowledgeable guide worked hard in his dialogue in English and German. He even missed us when we sloped off for a sneaky coffee! Lunch accompanied by traditional music provided by Costas and another accomplished musician was a highlight of the tour. By the end of the day we both considered that we knew a little about Cretan life, history and culture.

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October 21, 2019

Nektarios and Costa make it really great to cater to every request, we had enough time everywhere to take photos and see everything. On the way back we even made a stop at the St. Antonio gorge for photos and a dam. The excursion is more than recommended, you really learn a lot about the culture and history of Crete and the real life of the Cretans off the coast. A little tip: sturdy shoes

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August 19, 2019

A successful day tour

we were picked up at the hotel on time and it was a friendly atmosphere. We were with 20 people and our tour guide Nektarius and driver Kosta brought us closer to Crete in a great way. Everything as described in the brochure and the highlight was the lyra game by kosta and the Cretan dance by Nektarius. Can only recommend the tour.

June 10, 2019

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