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Heraklion: Preveli Palm Beach Boat Trip & Rethymno Town Tour

4.4 / 5

36 reviews

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey
Water activity

Heraklion: Preveli Palm Beach Boat Trip & Rethymno Town Tour

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From US$ 54.30 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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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Beachwear

Know before you go

  • On Tuesday, this tour is in English, German, and French
  • On Saturday, this tour is in English, German, and Italian
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

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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.

March 23, 2023

100% recommended experience when in Crete. We loved our guide, she made our day so pleasant. The bus drive is long but we didn't mind as we saw many beautiful places of Cretan nature and the kids took some great pictures of the Gorge. The palm forest by the beach is a unique place to see! Plus, this tour includes not only Preveli and Damnioni beach but we got to visit Rethymno town as well.

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March 23, 2023

Très bonne excursion Super guide qui explique beaucoup de choses en différentes langues dans le bus et très bon chauffeur également La plage de preveli est vraiment un endroit à visiter en crête, on se croirait dans une jungle avec ses nombreux palmiers et l'on peut également marcher dans une sorte de lac au milieu des palmiers c'est très joli, cela vaut le détour ! La ville de Rethymmon ressemble à Heraklion mais avec un peu plus de charme, il y a beaucoup de magasins ! J'ai préféré la plage mais cela restait une ville à voir quand même ! Je recommande cette excursion !

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 419552