Rethymno
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Rethymno: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swimming Stops

1. Rethymno: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swimming Stops

Boart the pirate-themed boat "Captain Hook" at marina port of Rethymnon. Set sail on a five-hour cruise and take some time for swimming, snorkeling, or simply admiring the beautiful views. Sail west and enjoy the views of the Venetian port of Rethymnon. Traveling along the coastline of Crete, pass Gerani Bay before the boat anchors at the Bay of Kevalas. Enjoy some time swimming or snorkeling from the boat for approximately one hour. Next, enjoy a lunch of tuna salad with fresh local vegetables, followed by more time for swimming and sunbathing. On the return leg of the journey, admire the views of the caves of Kefalas before returning to the harbor of Rethymnon.

From Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos: Day Trip to Santorini

2. From Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos: Day Trip to Santorini

Experience the iconic clifftop villages overlooking the Aegean on a guided day trip to Santorini. Transfer from Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos to a luxury catamaran. Soak up the caldera views, see the pastel-painted houses of Oia, stroll through the streets of Fira, and relax on black-sand beaches. Start your day trip from Crete at the port of Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos. Select the option to be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle, and marvel at the blue and white buildings typical of the island on your way to the harbor. Climb aboard a luxury, high-speed catamaran and journey to Santorini in just 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at the port of Athinios, take a tour of the island by an air-conditioned bus. Learn about the history of one of the most romantic islands in Greece from your guide. Travel through the beautiful countryside en route to the village of Oia at the northernmost tip of the island. Built on the lip of a volcanic caldera, the village offers magnificent views of the blue and white houses studded along the hillside.   Continue in the capital Fira for a 2-hours and get plenty of free time to explore the island's capital. Stroll down the picturesque alleys and take in the views of the architecture typical to the Aegean. Browse the shops or enjoy a drink at a bar with stunning views of the volcano and its caldera cliffs. Alternatively, travel by boat to the caldera (subject to availability) for views of the volcano up close. Depart for Crete in the evening for the return trip to the Port of Rethymno, where the tour ends. Select the transfer option to be dropped off at your hotel.

From Rethymno: Balos/Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

3. From Rethymno: Balos/Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

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: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

4. From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Following pick-up by bus, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize. Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Rethymno for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:30.

From Chania: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

5. From Chania: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Board the luxury high-speed catamaran for the 2.5-hour trip to Santorini. Enjoy an island tour by air-conditioned bus and hear informative commentary about the history of one of Greece's most romantic islands. Travel to the village of Oia at the northernmost tip of the island and marvel at magnificent views of the blue and white houses scattered on the hillside. Continue to Fira, where you'll have free time to explore the island's capital. Browse the shops or enjoy a drink at a bar with stunning views of the volcano. Depart for Crete at 5:45 PM, where the trip ends in the port of Rethymno.

From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

6. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

This is your chance to 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. You will be picked-up you from your hotel area in the morning. Your first stop where you will be able to have a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Here you can visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose. Following this, you will depart for Elafonissi. On your way to Elafonissi you will be able to see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, as well as the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once you have reached Elafonissi, you will 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. The last stop is in Elos at a taverna where you have the opportunity to have a lunch. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Crete.

Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

7. Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Depart Rethymno at approximately 07:45 and travel by bus along the new national road towards the westernmost tip of Crete. Pass the bay of Souda and the former Cretan capital of Chania before your arrival in Kissamos. Upon arrival, climb aboard a boat and cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula. Relax on the 1-hour boat trip, and get 2.5 hours at Balos Bay to enjoy the soft white sands and unique blue and green waters of the lagoon. Next, take a 20-minute boat ride to Gramvousa Island for plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable swim in the crystal clear waters. If you are feeling energetic, take an optional 137-meter climb up to the 16th-century Venetian Fortress for an incomparable view of the surrounding surroundings. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at peace on Gramvousa Island, and then take a 1-hour boat ride back to Kissamos. Upon arrival, continue to Rethymno by bus at the end of the laid-back tour.

From Rethymno Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

8. From Rethymno Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides (Russian, English, German, French, Polish, and Italian) who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

From Crete: Santorini Full-Day Tour by Boat

9. From Crete: Santorini Full-Day Tour by Boat

Visit Santorini, the island neighboring Crete, and enjoy a short cruise in just 1 day. After pick-up from your hotel, head to the harbor and begin your 4-hour boat tour on the Cretan Sea. Upon arrival, see the white houses of Fira that lie high above the edge of the crater, and decide whether you would like to spend more time on this volcanic island. Wander the small town of Fira or visit the picturesque town of Oia. Enjoy the leisurely Greek lifestyle and visit a taverna or two. Relax on the beach, enjoy the day by the sea, and simply leave your cares behind.

Rethymno: Elafonisi and Balos Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

10. Rethymno: Elafonisi and Balos Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Start your day at Elafonisi beach, with its shallow water and fine white sand. Relax on the shore for 2 hours or explore your surroundings in one of the most beautiful, remote locations in Crete. Dip your feet in the turquoise lagoon or simply stroll along the shore fringed with pink coral sand. Then, get ready for the wild road to Cape Vouxa. Ride 8 kilometers up a dirt track to the national park in a comfortable 4x4 bus. As you travel, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery around you. Finally, arrive at your destination. Step out and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Balos Bay and Gramvousa.

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Overall rating

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based on 410 reviews

This tour provided by Markidis is a must do. Great service and arrangement. The timing, the bus everything in 10 on 10. It is not just the beach but a cave while going there and a village stop for lunch while returning. It makes the complete tour wholesome and fun filling. Anastasia and the driver (forgot his name) are the best people for such tour. Anastasia’s insight about everything makes it great and the fun filling mood which the driver sets is just a great experience. I dont think one should miss this one. And yes the beach is worth 4hours, the water the vibe is just perfect. Overall you will definitely come back very satisfied and will be proud of each penny you spent on the tour.

It was a beautiful experience including the narrow roads challenge but our driver Costa was an excellent driver and pull it through safely. The whole journey was smooth and pleasant. Costa and the tour guide Anastasia are both excellent. They made sure that we had an enjoyable trip to Elafonisi. The island is beautiful with a crystal clear water. I would recommend to anyone who travel to Crete to not miss this experience.

Der Ausflug war Klasse. Balos Lagune sollte man unbedingt wenn man auf Kreta ist, gesehen haben. Die Schiffsfahrt war sehr angenehm! Unsere Reiseleiterin Anastasia gab uns während der Fahrt informationen über den Ausflug und generell über Kreta. Der Bus war pünktlich und Busfahrer ist sehr sicher gefahren. Ich freue mich auf den nächsten Ausflug mit Markidis Travel

Everything was great, were picked up from the hotel on time. Very great tour guide wonderful explanations of the route and the sights. Bus driver who knows how to drive a bus. All in all a very nice trip.

A truly incredible moment and a magnificent day thanks to a great guide Anastasia !! I will definitely come back!