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From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

1. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the world on this day trip from Rethymno to Elafonissi. Experience a heaven on earth, with soft white and pink sand, exotic crystal-clear water, and cedar trees that extend down to the coastline. Visit traditional villages like Elos and Kaloudiana. Get picked up from your hotel area in the morning, then stop for a short break in the traditional village of Elos. Time permitting, enjoy time to have breakfast or a coffee (cost not included). Afterward, depart for Elafonissi. On the way, see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery. Admire the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. At Elafonissi, get 4 hours of free time to soak in the sun and enjoy the spectrum of shades of blue that this beach has to offer. At the end of your tour, stop at the village Kaloudiana, where you can explore the village and have refreshments or food (not included). Later, get driven back to your accommodation in Rethymno.

Rethymno: Gramvousa & Balos Lagoon Tour, Boat Ticket Extra

2. Rethymno: Gramvousa & Balos Lagoon Tour, Boat Ticket Extra

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, spend 1-hour and 45-minutes exploring 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 3 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: Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala Tour

3. From Rethymno: Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala Tour

For this excursion, you will be picked up from your hotel area by our airconditioned bus. The first stop is at the Spili village. You will have a chance to see a 100% traditional village with its well know lion-head fountains in the middle of the village. Walking along its cobbled streets you can explore the tourist shops which are full of traditional Cretan products. The next stop is at Matala where you will have 2,5 hour of free time to enjoy the golden sandy beach. Matala is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also for its artificially carved caves that date all the way back to the Minoan period. These same caves were later occupied by a hippy commune in the late 6 0’s and 7 0’s. Many musicians have composed song about the beauty of Matala including Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. The next stop is at the amphitheatrically built village of Agia Galini. Here will have 1,5 hours to explore the village. The small, traditional houses and the harbor make the perfect match for a coffee οr lunch break. The bus will then take you back to your hotel ending this amazing excursion.

Crete: Samaria Gorge Hike

4. Crete: Samaria Gorge Hike

Stop to purchase a hearty breakfast in Rethymno on this full-day Samaria Gorge excursion. Begin your trek at Xiloskalo, where you'll enter the vast, 18-kilometer canyon. Hike along a path that follows the route of the ancient Taras River. Admire the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans in war times and now are home to wild goats. See the abandoned village of Samaria before reaching the Iron Gates, 3 kilometers before the end of the gorge. Rest and enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli. Cool off with a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea before boarding the ship that takes you back to the village of Sfakia.

From Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Full-Day Hike

5. From Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Full-Day Hike

Embark on a guided hike in the Samariá Gorge on a day trip from Rethymno. Get your daily dose of exercise, enjoy the panoramic views, and take a swim. Following an early morning pickup from the nearest point to your accommodation in Rethymno, travel through the mountains, passing the plateau of Omalos. Arrive at some wooden stairs at the start of Samariá Gorge. You can opt to start the walk straight away or get some breakfast at the taverna before you begin. Experience the magnificent landscapes on a 16-kilometer walk. Discover the longest gorge in Europe, an area of stunning natural beauty. See its many flowers and herbs and the crystal-clear spring waters that flow from the mountains. Once you have finished the hike, there will be ample time for a swim and lunch at a tavern in Agia Roumeli.

From Rethymno: Santorini Day Trip by Boat, Visit Oia & Fira

6. From Rethymno: Santorini Day Trip by Boat, Visit Oia & Fira

Explore the beautiful island of Santorini on a guided day trip by boat and bus from Rethymno. Visit the charming towns of Oira and Fira and take some free time to wander through the winding streets, and admire the scenic views and stunning architecture. Start with pickup from your hotel or meet directly at the port in Rethymno. Board the open-deck boat and relax during the journey across the Aegean Sea to Santorini. Arrive at Santorini port and board a bus for a transfer north to Oia. During the transfer, hear interesting facts about the Santorini, its history, features, and secrets from your guide. Upon arrival in Oia, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the charming narrow streets. Visit some of the stunning viewpoints and admire the fantastic panoramic vistas. Admire fine examples of Cycladic architecture in the form of white houses and churches with their iconic blue domes. Next, continue south to the town of Fira, the capital of Santorini. Take 90 minutes to explore its bustling streets and admire the fantastic views of the Santorini caldera. Visit the Orthodox Cathedral located in the main square, or make your way to one of the scenic viewpoints. Finally, hop back onboard the bus and travel back to Santorini port. Board the boat and relax on the return journey to Rethymno port.

North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

7. North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

Before reaching Chania city and wander to the narrow streets of the old city, firstly stop at the peninsula of Akrotiri. There it is the grave of the important politician Eleftherios Venizelos, where we can enjoy a fabulous view over Souda Bay. Chania, the second largest city of the island of Crete will be next stop. After a city tour, your steps will leads you to the city port where you will enjoy some small Cretan specialties. Free time to explore the city on your own will be next. You can also visit the famous market hall here. We continue with the stop at the ruins of "Aptera" and spend some time for the sensational view over the north coast. Final stop is the freshwater lake "Kournas", here you can end the day with a Greek coffee on a terrace from one of the numerous coffee shops.

From Rethymno: Arkadi- Margarites - Melidoni Cave - Axos

8. From Rethymno: Arkadi- Margarites - Melidoni Cave - Axos

After you will be picked off in the morning from your hotel in Rethymnon, this unique village tour begins from Arkadi. There you will visit the historic Arkadi Monastery, renowned for its pivotal role in the resistance against the Turks. You will learn a lot about local history from the icons and the weapons there. After this enriching visit, you will enjoy a majestic route towards Eleutherna where you will stop to glaze the landscape and enjoy the view. The next station will be the village of Margarites, in which you can learn about the art of pottery and create your own ceramic in their local pottery workshop. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this village and the ladies there will be more than happy to initiate you to the Cretan pottery art. Afterwards, you will be heading to Melidoni cave, also called “Gerodospilios,” which is a historic cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. This 220-meter altitude cave was a place of worship for Talos the bronze giant guardian of Crete who protected the island of Crete from enemies. You will have an hour to explore the cave. Before heading back to Rethymnon, you will stop at Axos Village, where you will have the chance to experience firsthand the production process of fresh cheese. Along with the local people you can take part in the milking process, witness the production of local cheese pies and cheese and of course taste the fresh traditional handmade snacks. After the relaxed time for snacks and resting you are ready to depart and get dropped off at your hotel in Rethymnon, with a full experience of Crete's history, art and flavors.

Crete: Private Transfer to/from Chania Port/Airport/Town

9. Crete: Private Transfer to/from Chania Port/Airport/Town

Explore the secrets of Crete, get to know the real Crete off the touristic path. Enjoy a low cost private one-way transfer with Mercedes (1-4 persons) and Mercedes Vito (5-8 persons) for any Airport in Crete, Chania/Heraklion or Heraklion Port or Chania port (Souda Port) to hotels in Rethymno Areas ,Bali ,Georgioupolis ,Gerani ,Kavros ,Plakias ,Myrhios Damnoni and Spili. Depens your flight, the local operator will confirm the time you wish to depart from your hotel. In the same, the local driver will meet you from the airport or port to transfer you to your hotel. The transfer will be conducted with an 8 seat minibus or 4 seat taxi. You will be notified by email about the pick-up details. Choose between a variety of one-way transfer options between Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno areas. Enjoy easy transfer to the local attraction or place you want to visit. If you have luggage, this can be accommodated too. All vehicles come fully air conditioned with a driver.

South Crete Sailing

10. South Crete Sailing

Southern Crete is a natural beauty which begs to be explored, while the region's turbulent history has left behind some of the most beautiful remains. Come with us on a day trip with no planned destinations and let us explore together the hidden gems of this magnificent part of Crete! Our crew will meet you at Agia Galini port and welcome you on board, where you will be given a briefing about safety and boat handling. We set our sails to the unexplored beaches of South Crete. We arrive at the beach of our choice. We drop our anchor and you will have free time for swimming, snorkelling, enjoying the sun and nature. We carefully approach the coves that are surrounded by the protected wildlife. Our team will tell you everything about the history and the myths of the places we will visit while a delicious meal from fresh and local organic ingredients is being prepared. After your lunch and perhaps after a quick dive, we will set our sails again to return back to Agia Galini port. We only wish to see the dolphins on the way back! Places of interest: Agios Georgios, Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Preveli, Komos Beach, Matala, Kokkini Ammos (Red Beach), Vathi Beach, Akra Lithino, Martsalo, Agiofarago, Kaloi Limenes. **Please note that the itinerary might change due to the weather condition and the duration of the trip!

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The trip was excellent, Ms.Ananastia (our lovely guide) and Mr.Costas our expert bus driver were amazing. The whole journey ride via mountain were a new experience up to the beach. The way to beach is a small walk, so good to wear shoes and carry chapels. suggest to carry some food and drinks as not much option at beach. Toilet is €0.50 at car park. The overall experience at beach was good, very clear and shallow water...must trybfor swimming and laying near pink sand. 💗 highly recommend for beach lovers with a different experience.

Spiro is a hilarious guide, a skilled driver, and very knowledgeable and passionate about the island. The tour was well-organized, the bus was on time, and the stops were enjoyable. If you want a true Cretian experience, book this trip!

We had a lovely day! Our guide was friendly, funny and informative. An interesting variety of things to do.

Lovely day, saw lots. Great tour guide. Would definitely recommend