From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

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From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

From $41.98 per person

See the artificial Minoan caves of Agia Galini and relax on a beautiful beach in Matala on a full-day trip by minibus from Rethymno. Browse the souvenir stores of the mountain village of Spili and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Rethymno.


  • Visit the resort gem of Agia Galini on the south coast of Crete
  • Explore the artificial caves of Matala and get some time to relax on the beach
  • See the lion-head fountains of the traditional village of Spili
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rethymno, and then travel by air-conditioned minibus to the pretty village of Agia Galini on the south coast of Crete. Get an hour to explore the village and its traditional houses and enjoy a traditional Greek coffee in the harbor area. Continue to the village of Matala to enjoy 3 hours on the golden sandy beach, or use the time to explore the artificial caves carved into the bay in the Minoan period. Occupied by a hippy commune in the late 60s and 70s, the amazing attraction inspired artists such as Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan. End your tour with a visit to the village of Spili, located in the foothills of Mount Vorizis, 430 meters above sea level. Wander the cobblestone streets to see the famous lion-head fountains and browse the gift shops for souvenirs of traditional products from Crete. Return to Rethymno by minibus and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus
  • Tour leader
  • Fuel costs and taxes
  • Passenger insurance
  • Entry tickets
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Infant seats are available on the minibus on request
  • Bring your own sunscreen, a towel and your swimming costume
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 37 reviews

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Great tour with Barbara and Costa from Markidis Reisen. By chance we had three tours with this team (Barbara and Costa) and were extremely enthusiastic about both. With what joy and herukichkei they do the tour and the information you get about Crete - just great! Really highly recommended! We have already done a lot of tours and trips, but Barbara was by far one of the best tour guides we have had. Costa the driver is also worth mentioning. The art and serenity with which he guides the bus through the narrow streets and mountains is an art!

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June 12, 2021

New minibus, very good and careful driver and an excellent tour guide (Barbara). Punctual pick-up, exact adherence to the individually desired route (Arkadi Monastery - Matala - Agia Galini - Spili). Barbara is a competent tour guide in many areas (botany, history, mythology, local history, etc.), who led the almost 11-hour tour with a lot of commitment and very entertainingly, taking into account the personal interests of our group. Praise also for the selection of the excellent restaurant in Matala (Petra & Votsalo, right on the beach with a great view).

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August 15, 2020

I booked this day tour with Markidis Travel. The trip in an air-conditioned minibus in a small group across the island was very entertaining even for my two boys aged 7 and 9. We will definitely book excursions with Markidis Travel again on our next visit to Crete. The bus driver and the guide were extremely competent and answered the questions of younger guests with a lot of patience and a lot of sympathy. We have learned a lot about the country, the island, the culture and also society. My two boys only want to go on vacation to Crete in the future! If we could, we would also like to give 6 stars! :-)

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September 10, 2019

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