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From Rethymno: Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From Rethymno: Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From US$ 38.04 per person

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

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Duration 10 hours
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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

Embark on a group tour from Rethymno to visit the charming ancient villages of Crete. Visit the quaint village of Spili, discover the caves of Agia Galini, and enjoy the sandy beach of Matala, with plenty of time to explore on your own.

Start with pickup from your hotel by air-conditioned bus, then make your first stop at the village of Spili for 1 hour of free time. Walk the cobbled streets of a village with its well-known lion-head fountains. Browse the many stores and shopfronts selling traditional Cretan products.

The next stop is at the amphitheatrically built village of Agia Galini. Here, you will have 1.5 hours to explore the village. Admire the views of small, traditional houses and the harbor, the perfect place for a coffee break.

Continue next to Matala where you will have 2.5 hours of free time to enjoy the golden sandy beach. After some time sunbathing on the shore, the bus will then take you back to your hotel.

  • Pickup and drop-off from specific points near your hotel
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Tour leader
  • Entry tickets
  • Lunch and drinks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Pickup is done from specific points near your hotel. Pick up is not available from Kavros and Georgioupoli. After booking, you will receive personalized pickup information in a separate email (check your spam folder too)
  • Infant seats are available on the bus on request
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 137 reviews

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We were picked up punctually from our hotel and welcomed in a very friendly manner by our tour guide and bus driver. The tour guide told us a lot of interesting facts about the island during the trip. Little by little we then approached the individual destinations of the tour, where we had enough time to look at everything. All places were super beautiful and well worth seeing. The bus ride was very pleasant for us, there was great music on the island and the places. Thanks to the perfect driving skills of our bus driver, we were able to fully enjoy the trip and the island. The tour guide made the day perfect with his super great manner, even though the weather was a bit mixed.

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September 26, 2022

The tour guide Anastasia did a good job. She was very friendly and told a lot about the individual stops. It takes 1 hour to stay in Spili, 2 hours in Agia Galini and 3 hours in Matala. Since we didn't swim, the individual stays were quite long for us, since the individual villages are not very big and you can quickly see and explore everything on foot. In Matala we had a delicious meal in a tavern right on the beach. The tour lasted a total of 12 hours and not 10 hours as described here. All in all were very nice Greek villages worth seeing.

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August 30, 2022

Andreas and the driver offered a great tour. In Spili we could marvel at the great lion heads and drink from them. We ate something in agia galini, so unfortunately there was not enough time to go swimming in the beach. The water was clear and very refreshing. At the end in matala it was unfortunately full. But it's high season. :) nice to browse and swim. Everything is available what is needed! Andreas told a lot about the history of Crete. That we didn't know yet, despite being here for the fourth time. Great trip. We would do any other tour with Andreas! Thank you for your commitment, Andreas!

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August 20, 2022

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