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Elafonisi Island: Day Trip by Bus from Chania or Rethymno

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Activity provider: Cretanholidays

Elafonisi Island: Day Trip by Bus from Chania or Rethymno

Activity provider: Cretanholidays

From US$ 52.60 per person

Discover Crete and the impressive foothills of the wild mountain landscape and admire the idyllic beach in the far south west of Crete. Explore the small island of Elafonisi and find the Golden Step of the Chrissoskalitissa Nunnery.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pick-up from Rethymnon and Georgioupolis


  • Discover the beautiful beaches and nature of Crete and visit the small island of Elafonisi south west of Crete
  • Admire the fascinating mountain streams, visit the church in the middle of a dripstone cave and discover the village of Topolia
  • Listen to the legend of the Golden Step at the Chrissoskalitissa Nunnery and wade through the turquoise lagoon to the island of Elafonisi
Full description
Visit the small island of Elafonisi, south west of Crete, and admire the most beautiful beaches in the area. Follow the green north coast just before Kastelli and finally reach the rock chapel of Agia Sophia through the village of Topolia. This small church is hidden in a dripstone cave, reached by a small uphill climb. Continue through quaint villages to the Chrissoskalitissa Nunnery. Listen to the legend of the Golden Step and try to find it among the 99 steps that lead to the nunnery. Then head towards the water and admire the shimmering pink beach in front of pine and juniper covered dunes. Walk to the opposite island of Elafonisi through the shallow turquoise lagoon and spend the rest of the day on the beach.
  • Bus transfer
  • Guided tour in German
  • Food
  • Entry fees
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Pick-up begins earlier than starting time and is done from central points in the areas of Chania and Rethymno
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A nice day!

Our trip was rescheduled from our original date, which was a little tricky for us but it worked out. Our pick-up was on-time and as described. The bus was very comfortable. Our guide was friendly and informative. The beach was beautiful, but restaurant we stopped at for lunch was the highlight of the trip. Amazing food and prices. Highly recommend!

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October 4, 2017

Product ID: 55773