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Rethymno Land Rover Safari in Southwest Crete

4.7 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider: Safari Club Crete

Rethymno Land Rover Safari in Southwest Crete

Activity provider: Safari Club Crete

From US$ 82.24 per person

Explore southwest Crete on a full-day extreme off-road Land Rover safari. See stunning gorges and plateaus that are only accessible by 4WD vehicles, as you pass through remote villages, and stop off for a refreshing swim at Preveli Beach.

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Duration 8 hours
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Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels in Platanias Rethymnon


  • Explore southwest Crete on a full-day extreme Land Rover safari
  • See breathtaking mountain scenery and visit remote villages
  • Buy local handicrafts in the enchanting village of Spili
  • Sample traditional Cretan cuisine at a local taverna
  • Swim in cool mountain water and the sea at the unique and hard-to-reach Preveli Beach
  • Get panoramic views of Rethymno
Full description
Get off the road and out into the wilderness of southwest Crete on this 8-hour Land Rover safari of stunning mountains and remote beaches. A professional driver will navigate the difficult terrain, taking you to places inaccessible to other vehicles, while teaching you about Cretan culture. The day starts with a drive through the wilderness, up to high altitudes, where you will get aerial views of the magnificent gorges. Look out for vultures and eagles high above. Pass through small traditional villages full of character, and make a brief stop for coffee at one of the remote mountain villages. Back in the vehicle, drive through the mountains to the village of Spili, famous for its spring water. Located under the shadow of Mount Vorizi, the village has a Venetian fountain with a row of more than 25 lion heads supplying cold mountain water all year round. Stroll around the small shops selling handmade souvenirs and traditional handicrafts. Continue along dirt tracks and bumpy roads through more villages, where time has virtually stood still. Passing Kerame, guests will see panoramic views of the southern Cretan coast and the Libyan Sea. Stop for a swim at Preveli Beach to wash off the dirt and dust. Fringed with tall palm trees and boasting crystal clear water, Preveli is one of the most beautiful beaches on Crete, and was chosen by Bacardi as an ideal location for its TV adverts. It is also the only beach in Crete where you can swim in cold mountain water or ocean water in the same place! Working up an appetite, walk back from the beach and stop for a traditional Cretan meal with unlimited wine. After lunch, drive back into the mountains for more dramatic scenery, and more photos as you climb through the stunning Gorge of Kroustaliotico. As you head back towards the end of the tour, look at a magnificent panorama of the entire city of Rethymno from the top of a mountain that can only be reached by Land Rover.
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Barbecue lunch
  • Unlimited wine
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
    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
    • You must fill out a travel information form

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Bring comfortable walking shoes, shoes for the beach, towel, and camera
    • Pick-up times depend on the location of your hotel. The exact pick-up time will be arranged with you after booking
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 18 reviews

    Review summary

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    The booked tour exceeded our expectations. The places we visited are worth the tour. From the Podamon reservoir, via the Priveli palm forest to Spili. But that may also have been due to our guide Georgeous (Schorsch), who guided us safely through the hinterland with great information about the country and its people. He alone deserves 5*. Ps. By the way, the food in the tavern in Preveli also deserves 5*. A fantastic day trip and highly recommended. Thumbs up.

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    July 21, 2022


    It was a great safari. If you want to enjoy the landscape: join this safari !!! The staff was kind of friendly too. We can only recommend it. The nagative thing is that there are 3 participants in the back seat. This makes it tight. Even the hotel pickup worked great. Again any time. Fam. Sommer from Reutlingen

    July 10, 2016

    A very fun way to learn the culture of Crete

    Starting with our driver, Stavros and fellow travelers, at all times we felt very comfortable especially with Stavros, who was very interested in making us understand everything, since our level of English was not adequate. Both he and the fellow travelers insisted on letting us know everything that was being explained about Crete. The views were spectacular, we were surrounded by nature and knowing inland villages. I recommend this tour 100%, fun, laughs and culture go hand in hand. Thanks for everything Stavros & company. Patxi and Yolanda

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    August 25, 2013

    Product ID: 24227