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Heraklion: Preveli Palm Beach Boat Trip & Rethymno Town Tour

4.5 / 5

37 reviews

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey
Water activity

Heraklion: Preveli Palm Beach Boat Trip & Rethymno Town Tour

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From US$ 53.61 per person

Discover the beautiful sceneries of Preveli Palm Beach and Damnioni Beach on this day trip from Heraklion. Go on a journey through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge and the town of Rethymno with your guide.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German
Pickup included
You will be picked up from specific points in the areas of Sisi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Agkisaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia and from centrally located points in Heraklion town. You will receive a personalized email about the exact place and time of pickup within 24 hours after the booking. Please check your spam folder.


  • Enjoy a boat trip through its turquoise waters
  • Visit the Palm Forest of Preveli
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Damnioni Beach
  • Stop at Kourtaliotiko Gorge and take pictures of the impressive moutains
  • Explore the town of Rethymnon
Full description

Morning Pickup: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive to the destination will differ (between 2.5 - 4 hours). 1st stop: Damnioni Beach Arrive by bus at the beach of Damnioni and embark on the boat which will take you to the unique Palm Forest of Preveli. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 2nd stop: Preveli Palm Beach – 1 hour 30 minutes Arrive at the famous beach of Preveli. Our participants will have plenty of free time to swim and explore a unique mix of sandy beach and green river flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Chill out and enjoy the exotic landscape of the south coast. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 3rd stop: Damnioni Beach – 1 hour Arrival at Damnioni, free time for 1 hour to enjoy lunch at a local tavern (optional, with extra charge). Bus Drive: 20 minutes 4th stop: Kourtaliotiko Gorge – 10 minutes Experience the wild natural landscapes of Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Our participants will have 10 minutes of free time to admire the view of Cretan Nature and take some pictures! Bus Drive: 30 minutes 5th stop: Rethymnon Town – 1 hour 20 minutes Visit the picturesque old town of Rethymno. Enjoy your free time walking along the old port, its iconic small streets with local cafes, and its beautiful beach road. End of the tour – Arrival at resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Bus Drive: between 2-3 hours Depending on traffic and the hotel location, the time of the journey back to the hotel will differ.

  • Transportation in Air-Conditioned bus (pick-up / drop-off)
  • Professional Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • Boat Tickets for the cruise to Preveli Palm Forest
  • All the legal taxes
  • Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ
  • Lunch and drinks

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What to bring

  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Beachwear
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4.5 /5

based on 37 reviews

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Pick-up at the top in front of our hotel. The activities offered are great and we were able to take the time for most of them. Just missing 30' to enjoy Rethymnon and have a quiet drink there. We ate at the tavern suggested by the guides, it was excellent! If not it allowed us to visit key places in Crete without worrying about renting a car. If you have, take shoes to go in the water. Going down the river in the gorge above Prelevi beach is a bit painful for the feet because they are pebbles.

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September 19, 2022

Beach nice; look for a spot under the trees as soon as you arrive as it gets very busy. Bring a good book and relax! Don't buy the orange juice at the first stop- really diluted down. The Rethymno addition was a bonus for us - good for shopping and an excellent coffee house. Long day though - we got back to the hotel at 8pm.

September 18, 2022

The booking was super easy, and the confirmation came quickly. We were picked up on time and warmly welcomed by the tour guide. The bus was great. Luckily we were one of the last to be picked up, we didn't have a free choice of seats, but we saved a lot of time getting there and back. The route with the individual stations were all a highlight. I highly recommend it. The beach of Damnioni Beach is a dream, from there we went by boat (also a great experience) to the palm forest of Preveli. Of course the beach is crowded, but it's your own fault if you don't hike into the palm forest. Then the crowd gets lost again and it's so beautiful there in the gorge and the river. After the return trip by boat we went swimming at Damnioni Beach and didn't eat in the tavern. Finally we went to Rethymnon. A very nice city. We would have liked to stay here longer, but for the first impression it was OK.

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August 23, 2022

Product ID: 419552