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Day Trip to Arkadi, Margarites & Melidoni Cave by Bus & Bike

Product ID: 86843
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About this activity
Duration 8 hours
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English, Greek
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the famous Arkadi monastery, the most important historic monument of the younger history of Crete
  • Presentation of ancient cretan pottery art at Margarites
  • Walk through the Cave of Melidoni
  • Swim and relax at Bali beach
Full description
First, you will be collected by bus from your hotel and driven to the monastery of Arkadi.
Before you set off on bike, you will have a chance to visit the historic and very famous monastery. Arkadi played a very important part in Crete's history of resistance against the Turks and you will also be able to see a fascinating collection of icons, weapons and clerical items in the museum. Then get on your bikes and cycle through stunning scenery, olive groves and orange trees, passing through the villages of Amnatos, Kyrianna, Loutra and the lovely village of Asteri. Here, get a glimpse of how Cretan people still live and work in the traditional way. We then pass through Hamalevri and eventually arrive at Stavromenos and Scaleta, where the bus will be waiting to take us to Margarites. But before we get on the bus you can enjoy a nice coffee next to the sea.

After a pottery demonstration from Eleni Kavgalaki and the unique chance to watch her demonstrating with such a beautiful way how a pottery is being made. After the demonstration and the visit in the shop where you can buy souvenirs for your beloved ones back home, you can enjoy a snack, relaxing just outside the pottery factory under the trees, in the nature.

After and just outside the village, get back on the bikes and explore this beautiful location, which has been famous for its pottery for centuries. Then we cycle down to Perama, before hopping back on the bus to drive to Melidoni and visit the famous cave. The history of this amazing archaeological site goes back thousands of years and it is said to be the mythical home of Talos, the giant bronze protector of Crete. From here, get back on the bus and visit a sandy beach, where you can snorkel, swim or just laze in the sun, before you go back to your hotel at the end of a perfect day.

If at any stage of the day you wish to hop onto the bus for a rest, no problem. Just put the bikes on the trailer and continue.

Please note that all visits are optional.

  • Bikes and all the equipment needed
  • Guide
  • Transfer from and to hotels
  • Supply of water during excursion
  • Fruit
  • BBQ
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance Fees to Arkadi monastery
  • Food/drinks at Tavernas
  • Coffee Shops etc
  • Melidoni cave entrance
Not suitable for
  • People who can't ride a bike

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Meeting point

Guests will be picked up at their accommodation.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
Know before you go
• It is recommended you bring swimming costumes, money (not credit cards) for coffee breaks/extras and wear comfortable shoes and clothing

• Please note that all visits are optional
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Product ID: 86843