Day trip

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, and Margarites Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel
Day trip

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, and Margarites Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From US$ 38.04 per person


Take a break from the beach and discover the small villages and rural landscapes of Crete on a group tour. Visit an old olive oil mill, and see the island's oldest monastery.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Arrive at your pickup point at least 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.


  • Explore the village of Margarites and admire the local pottery
  • Discover the magnificent Melidoni Cave
  • Explore Arkadi Monastery, the oldest monastery on the island
  • Enjoy lunch at a family-run tavern and listen to live music typical of Crete
Full description

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Rethymno area, and then explore the traditional lifestyle and historical legacy of Crete. Learn the Neolithic history of the Melidoni Cave and discover the pottery traditions of the village of Margarites. Discover the oldest monastery in Crete at the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery, and then go to the village of Apostoli to visit an old olive oil factory. Enjoy lunch in a traditional tavern and listen to the beautiful sound of live folk music before making your way to St. Antonios Gorge. Stop at the Fragma Potamon dam before making your way back to Rethymno.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch and drinks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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Such great value for money. I was actually booked onto a similar tour with another company that was cancelled and I am so glad that it was. Anastasia and Costas were amazing tour guides. Anastasia has so much knowledge of the history of the island and Costas provides insight into the local culture (I don't want to ruin any surprises).

April 2, 2023

A wonderful well organised experience with gorgeous sights, delicious food and music. However the highlight of this tour was Andreas the guide, a true treasure of a man. Kind, knowledgeable and funny. (Andreas, from your Irish friend Frank and Brazilian wife Marina, we thank you for such an unforgettable day - also shout out to our lovely bus driver too! we don’t want to misspell your name!)

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April 2, 2023

This was a most interesting and varied trip led by a fantastic guide and a brilliant driver. We visited 6 sites the most poiniant being the monestary at Arkadi which had an air of historic significance. It was slightly disappointing that we only saw the museum at Eleftherna and not the actual ancient sites being uncovered.

April 2, 2023

Product ID: 134412