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Crete: Elafonisi Full-Day Private Customized Tour

1. Crete: Elafonisi Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Choose your own pace on this private and customized day tour of Elafonisi. Take a dip in the crystal-clear water, relax on the warm white and pink sands, and marvel at the stunning coastline of southwest Crete. Choose the pickup location that suits your travel plans, and begin your private exploration of southwest Crete. Travel in a comfortable vehicle with a local driver to Elafonisi. As you drive, don't miss the beautiful scenery outside your window. Stop by Topolia Gorge and spot the rare plants that grow in this massive expanse stretching from Strovles to Topolia. Visit the mysterious Agia Sofia cave and benefit from its soothing atmosphere. After reaching Elafonisi, stop at a beach and wander across beautiful pink sands created by millions of crushed shells as the fresh sea breeze touches your cheeks. Go for a swim in the refreshing water and then relax on the beach. When you get hungry, ask your driver for restaurant tips that the locals prefer and enjoy delicious, traditional Cretan food. Before and during your trip, benefit from full support from your trip planner. Work with them to create the perfect, customized itinerary for you and your vacation style.

Chania: Elafonisi and Milia Mountain Retreat Trip with Lunch

2. Chania: Elafonisi and Milia Mountain Retreat Trip with Lunch

Join a semi-private tour to explore a part of southwest Crete. Get plenty of time to admire the clear blue waters, pink sand, and unique landscape of Elafonisi beach. For lunch, relax at Milia Mountain Retreat. Start early in the morning to avoid the crowds at Elafonisi beach. A part of the Natura 2000 nature reserve, this beach is famous for its pink sand that was created from seashells over thousands of years. As you walk around the beach, get an insight into life in Cretan villages, olive oil production, local wine, honey-making, and the distillation of Cretan grappa. Learn about the regional culture, cuisine, history, and traditions from your guide. Then, tucked away in the lush mountains of western Crete, visit the eco-friendly paradise of Milia Mountain Retreat. Once a deserted 17th-century settlement, this restored property is your stop for a delicious local lunch paired with wine or beer.

Chania: Balos and Falassarna Beach Tour with Lunch

3. Chania: Balos and Falassarna Beach Tour with Lunch

Visit two of the most famous beaches in Greece, Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach. Be guided up to the lagoon viewpoint by an experienced guide. Admire panoramic views and stunning skylines from the coastal viewpoint. Snap your own momentous memories to share with your family and friends. Hop in an air-conditioned 4wd and head to the next beach. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea at Falassarna beach, a favorite destination of the locals. Have sunbeds and umbrellas already reserved for when you arrive at the beach for a smooth and easy trip. Finally, savor a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant for lunch. Taste traditional food and wine at your reserved table and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

From Chania: Spili, Matala Beach, & Kournas Lake Day Trip

4. From Chania: Spili, Matala Beach, & Kournas Lake Day Trip

Travel from Chania to the villages of Spili and Matala on this day trip. Stop to take in the views at Kournas Lake. Keep cool with refreshing soft drinks, beer, wine, and bottled water. Keep your energy up on the trip with sandwiches and local kalitsounia (sweet cheese pastry).   Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax on the drive to the picturesque village of Spili. Watch an audiovisual presentation on Cretan customs on the bus ride. Once you arrive in Spili, have an hour-long break to explore the fountains, springs, chapels, and murals in the village. Make your way to the village of Matala which is known for its alternative housing community that sprung up in the 60s. Take some time to enjoy the azure waters at the sandy Matala beach and admire the colorful homes, cafes, and street art. Head to lake Kournas where you can see the White Mountains reflected in the deep blue waters of the lake. Return to your accommodation in Chania at the end of your tour. 

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We had a great day with Andreas our guide and Nasos. It was a well-planned trip, with excellent information shared along the way. Having small groups made it much easier to get a lot out of the experience. Elafonisi is beyond description - so beautiful - and we arrived early so there was very little in the way of crowds. They brought us a snack that was perfect to hold us until lunch. We learned a lot about the history of Crete and much detail about everything you can imagine along the road - products, economy, flora and fauna - you name it. If you see Andreas, be sure to ask him about his MMA experience too :) Milia Mountain is also breathtaking. To be able to see the beach and the top of a mountain in one day is very special. The food was great at the mountaintop retreat and we enjoyed the view as well as the tour there. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to explore these specific areas of Crete more thoroughly.

This day trip with our amazing guide Dimitris was absolutely perfect!! Dimitris picked us up in a very nice, very comfortable 4x4 and we headed out to two of the most gorgeous beaches ever! First we picked up a lovely couple… Jim and Janice from South Carolina from the port, and then headed off in our 4x4 to head up to the STUNNING Balos Beach!! Now let me start by saying that the road up to this place is no joke… In fact even sitting in the backseat I was a bit intimidated when I looked to my right and saw that we were literally on t as a bit intimidated when I looked to my right and saw that we were literally on the side of a cliff and the terrain was extremely rocky so I can’t lie… It was a bit scary! But… I have faith that Dimitrios knew exactly what he was doing and he would get us there alive LOL On the way up we got to listen to quite a bit of interesting information about the island of Crete!

I have enjoyed the trip very much…Dimitris picked me up near my hotel in a 4WD at 8:30am in the morning. First we have been to Balos lagoon where we walked up a hill overlooking the lagoon. The view was stunning and after taking some pictures there, we continued to Falassarna beach where we spent the rest of the day. At Falassarna, we had sun beds and we could go for a swim. We had lunch at 2:30pm and then returned to Chania. Overall I had a fantastic time and I particularly enjoyed talking with Dimitris and learning from him about Cretan and Greek culture and history.

We had the most wonderful experience with George! He was so kind, shared so much good information, good driving, and great conversation. The beach was beautiful and not crowded. We had sun beds with an umbrella, a free drink of choice and the mountain retreat for lunch was amazing. The view and food was wonderful. I can’t say enough good things about this experience. I would 100% do it again.

Our experience could not have been any better! Andreas was a perfect host sharing cultural and historical highlights on our drive. He took excellent care to ensure all went well. The bay was breathtaking and the beach time and delicious lunch afterwards rounded out a lovely and picture perfect day. Thank you!