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From Heraklion: Palm Forest Beach of Vai, Ierapetra & Sitia

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Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From Heraklion: Palm Forest Beach of Vai, Ierapetra & Sitia

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey
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From US$ 46.17 per person

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Discover the picturesque East Cretan Coast on this full day road trip. Visit the largest Palm Forest Beach of Europe, explore the town of Ierapetra, the famous Toplou Monastery, and Sitia town.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
We pick up travellers from specific points in the areas of Sisi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Agkisaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia and from centrally located points in Heraklion town. You will receive a personalised email about the exact place and time of pickup within 24 hours after making the booking. Please check your spam folder.


  • Visit the town of Ierapetra, well known for its local products
  • Spend a relaxing day at the famous Palm Beach of Vai
  • Explore the Toplou Monastery
  • End the tour by visiting the town of Sitia
  • Road trip across the natural landscapes of Lasithi Region on the East Crete
Full description
Start your day tour from the lovely town of Ierapetra, the sounthern most of Europe, known for its warm weather and local products. Continue the tour, to discover the beautiful east part of Crete. Visit the largest palm forest in Europe, Vai Palm Beach. The palm forest draws thousands of visitors each year. They come not only for its wonderful palm forest, but also for the large sandy beach spread out at its foot. The day tour includes a visit to Toplou, a 15th-century monastery located in a dry and barren area. Toplou monastery is one of the most significant monasteries in Crete, dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) and St. John the Theologian. Last stop of the day the cozy town of Sitia, with a lovely beach road and Venetian castle. Detailed Time Schedule: Morning Pick Up We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive to Ierapetra: almost 1.5 – 2 hours 1st stop: Ierapetra. 40 minutes Visit Tthe most southern and warm town of Europe, famous worldwide for its agricultural products distributedall year round. Enjoy some free time for a walk on the lovely beach road. Bus Drive: 1 hour 30 minutes 2nd stop: Toplou Monastery – 40 minutes Our participants willenjoy a visit to the historical and beautiful Monastery of Toplou.There they will spend about 40' of guided time and free time to take photos of the unique architecture and the Cretan Natural landscape outdoors. Bus Drive to Vai Beach: 20 minutes 3rd stop: Vai Beach – 2 hours Stop at Vai, the biggest natural palm forest in Europe. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to swim, sunbathe, have lunch and take photos of this exotic landscape of Crete. Bus Drive to Sitia: 30 minutes 4th stop: Sitia – 40 minutes Participants will enjoy some free time to explore the town on their own pace, walk by the cosmopolitan beach road, have a coffee at a traditional cafe or taste the delicious local homemade sweets. End of the tour – Arrival at resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ. Return Bus Drive to Heraklion: Around 2 – 3 hours hours
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in air-conditioned bus
  • Professional driver
  • Tour guide
  • All the legal taxes
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Sunbeds / Umbrellas at the beach
  • Food / Drinks
  • Toplou Monastery Entrance 2€

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What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Beachwear
Customer reviews

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Very nice trip! The beach of VAI is really very pretty and the bathing time is sufficient. We were able to buy local products there (olive oil and thyme honey), which turned out to be excellent when tasted. Our guide was available and very friendly. She spoke French very well and explained the history of the cities visited and of LASITHI very well. The bus driver is also very knowledgeable. I highly recommend.

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August 1, 2022

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