Things to do in Panormos in Rethymno

Our most recommended things to do in Panormos in Rethymno

Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvoussa Island & Balos Lagoon

1. Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvoussa Island & Balos Lagoon

Set off on a day trip by bus and boat to the magnificent Balos Lagoon and the Gramvousa island, on the northwestern coast of Crete. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the port of Kissamos and board the boat for a cruise with swim stops and a visit to a castle. After an early morning pickup near your hotel, sit back and relax as you pass through beautiful scenery to get to the Port of Kissamos. There, you'll pay for the cruise and board the boat which will take you in the sea for about an hour till you reach Gramvousa island. Once at Gramvousa, you'll have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the Venetian Fortress which offers breathtaking views from the top. Otherwise, you can stay on the boat to take advantage of the bar restaurant or you can relax at the beachside. Afterward, the boat will continue for about 20 minutes to reach the Balos Lagoon. There, you'll have 2.5 hours of free time on the beach. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the dunes in the background. In the afternoon, the boat will begin the cruise back to Kissamos and from there you will be driven back to your Hotel area in Rethymno.

From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

2. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is truly a heaven on earth, with soft white/pink sand, exotic crystal-clear water and cedar trees that extend down to the coastline. It is located in the easily accessible, south-western side of Crete. Get picked up from your hotel area in the morning. Stop for a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose. Following this, depart for Elafonissi. On your way, see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, along with the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once you reach Elafonissi, have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy the spectrum of shades of blue that this beach has to offer. At the end of your tour, return to your accommodation in Crete.

From Chania: East Crete Secrets Off the Beaten Track

3. From Chania: East Crete Secrets Off the Beaten Track

There still exists a purity of experiences in this world, and you can find it here in East Crete. Have the inside track from our top local insider unearthing gateways to an unseen world by the comfort of luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal. Venture from village to village to see the island through the eyes of a local. Get off the beaten track & follow archaic trails across the Minoan mountains embraced by ancient forests. From a perfect mountainside peak take in the bird’s eye panoramas of the Libyan & Aegean Seas. Then lose yourself in the deep veins of magnificent gorges that host wild beauty with a soft heart. Somewhere between heaven & earth, discover a secret paradise of our forefathers nestled within an oasis of towering-aged trees & perennially flowing waters. Revel in genuine tastes of Cretan cuisine with local cooking techniques on a wood oven or open fire. Looking for stories that define people & culture, we want to give you access to Crete’s best-kept secrets.

From Chania: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

4. From Chania: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

Explore the glorious Cave of Zeus and East Crete's unspoiled landmarks with maximum comfort and privacy. Your private local insider guide will customize for you uncharted itineraries to the mountainous region of Lassithi where you will visit authentic Cretan villages, connect with locals, and engage with the stunning nature of East Crete. Furthermore, you will experience local wine-tasting and savor traditional lunch in a picturesque place. Last but not least, you will visit a ceramic workshop and the iconic town of Agios Nikolaos. Don't forget that among Crete's iconic gems like Elafonisi beach, Chrissi island, Knossos Palace, and safari there are so many other things to explore!

From Chania: West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

5. From Chania: West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

Pair up with our top local insider and journey along the golden expanse of West Crete by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. Submerge into a bespoke adventure fueled by the shimmering authenticity of ancient villages, hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature, lavish gorges spilling their rivers into the sea, and storied Byzantine Monasteries nestled among utopian wonders. Tuck into the genuine flavors of our legendary forefathers. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the local knowledge of food is an art. Prepare to be mesmerized by delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb and melt-in-mouth river fish placed around an open fire straight in front of you. Luxuriate along the seaside town of Rethymno basking in the charm of the labyrinthian streets and Venetian fortification. Revel in the glamour of the old town that makes it a minor playground for authentic street markets and eclectic wine-cocktail bars.

From Chania: Knossos Palace, Museum, & Wine Private Day Trip

6. From Chania: Knossos Palace, Museum, & Wine Private Day Trip

Discover some of the highlights of Crete on a day tour from Chania. Travel in luxury in a private chauffeured vehicle. See the striking frescoes of Knossos Palace, explore Heraklion and its archaeological museum, and soak up the local wine and food culture with recommendations from your guide. After hotel pickup, travel to the Palace of Knossos. Use the luxury vehicle's free Wi-Fi, charge your phone, or tuck into snacks on the drive. On arrival, explore the ruins and frescoes of Knossos Palace with your local guide who specializes in history and archaeology. See where myths were born. Next, visit the heart of central Crete, a rich Minoan land of olive groves and wine-red earth. Visit boutique award-winning estates to sample Cretan vintages with divine flavors. Then, soak up the entire collection of unique artworks at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum at your own pace. In the evening, take a stroll through the fortified city of Heraklion. Get recommendations from your guide on where and what to eat and drink. Dazzle your senses with delicious aromas of garlic and basil pouring from superb restaurants with local cuisine. Finally, return to your hotel in Chania.

From Chania or Rethymno: Samaria Gorge Full-Day Hiking Trip

7. From Chania or Rethymno: Samaria Gorge Full-Day Hiking Trip

Embark on a guided hike through the Samaria Gorge from Chania or Rethymno and soak up the dramatic views across the canyon. Continue to a seaside village to explore and unwind in the sea, before being chauffeured back to your hotel. After being picked up early in the morning from your hotel in Chania or Rethymno, meet your expert guide and journey to Xyloskalo on the Omalos Plateau. From there, together you will start the 18-kilometer hiking tour. As you hike through the Samaria Gorge, admire the ever-changing, dramatic landscapes and scenery. Head downriver on the south side of the White Mountains for incredible photos. At the end of the canyon, find yourself in the small village of Agia Roumeli, where the great canyon meets the Libyan Sea. Explore this seaside fishing village and enjoy a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters. Get recommendations from your guide on where to have lunch. Take the boat to the Hora Sfakion, where your private driver will meet you and take you back. Travel in comfort after your hike as you relax in a modern, chauffeured vehicle.

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What people are saying about Panormos in Rethymno

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 373 reviews

We absolutely loved it. Especially how the tour was well organized and on time. Also our driver Kostas was very nice and his bus was very clean and comfortable with air conditioner very well set that it was cool enough but we didn’t feel cold neither. We experienced both Balos and Elafonissi beach tours with Markidis travel and we would have chosen them again. We very much appreciated that the tour was a bit adjusted and we went to the beach directly and avoided crowdy beach. When it comes to the tours themselves, if you don’t have enough time and want to experience something new, go for Balos tour. If you prefer a sandy comfortable beach, go with Elafonissi. Elafonissi beach is very pretty but it is a bit “boring”- comfortable sandy beach with sunbeds and umbrellas. Also, you have to search for the pink sand, so you might take it as a challenge. On the way back we went to see a cave which was very interesting because the cave used to be used as a chirch and for ceremonies.

Great tour - Anastasia and the driver Kostas were great. There was information about the area and history and different music during the ride, which made the ride go by comparatively quickly. We were the first bus on the absolutely magnificent beach and were therefore able to secure a nice spot. Later we stopped at a small cave and could eat something there before we went back to the hotel. A great trip - we can recommend it unconditionally. Just great.

The tour was well organised and everything was on time. The tour guide Anastassia was very helpful and shared a lot of information about the island and its history. Really enjoyed the tour.

Very good excursion, well organized. The guide and the driver were lovely and provided interesting information all the way. We stopped at nice places where we could taste local food.

Very nice staff and an incredibly beautiful beach. Can just be recommended.