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From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

1. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is truly a heaven on earth, with soft white/pink sand, exotic crystal-clear water and cedar trees that extend down to the coastline. It is located in the easily accessible, south-western side of Crete. Get picked up from your hotel area in the morning. Stop for a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose. Following this, depart for Elafonissi. On your way, see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, along with the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once you reach Elafonissi, have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy the spectrum of shades of blue that this beach has to offer. At the end of your tour, return to your accommodation in Crete.

From Rethymno: Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala Tour

2. From Rethymno: Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala Tour

Embark on a group tour from Rethymno to visit the charming ancient villages of Crete. Visit the quaint village of Spoli and discover the caves of Agia Galini, and 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 will have 2 hours to explore the village. Admire the views of small, traditional houses and the harbor, the perfect place to take a break for a coffee break. Continue next to Matala where you will have 3 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.

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna Tour

3. From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna Tour

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. Continue to the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, where artifacts found in the nearby archaeological site of Eleutherna and the necropolis of Orthi Petra are on display. 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.

From Rethymno: Sfendoni Cave & Psiloritis Day Trip with Meal

4. From Rethymno: Sfendoni Cave & Psiloritis Day Trip with Meal

Discover real Crete during this multi-stop trip starting from Rethymno. Explore the Sfendoni Cave, one of the most important caves in Greece, and join hands-on activities at a local farm on the Psiloritis Mountains before enjoying dinner surrounded by unbeatable views.  Depart Rethymno toward the first stop at the unique cave of Sfendoni. Spend time exploring a 270 m route amongst the mountain’s impressive rocks that will transport you to another period. Marvel at the colorful stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cave’s chambers. Head next to a traditional farm in the mountains featuring impressive views on the Psiloritis Mountains. Meet Priest Andreas, who will talk about his shepherd life. Then, roll up your sleeves and get some milk from goats and make your own cheese. Collect some products from the garden before sharing a traditional Cretan meal together with all the products you’ve collected and made. Get the unique chance to taste a lamb prepared via a special cooking method called Antikristo.

Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

5. Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

See Crete on a guided tour that combines history and craft for a hands-on experience. Visit the most historical spots on the island, learn their history, and enjoy a pottery lesson and olive oil tasting. Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Melidoni Cave, and more. Start by getting picked up from your accommodation in Rethymno, then arrive at the most important monastery of Crete: the Monastery of Arkadi. Explore the museum where many icons, monastic relics, and weapons reveal the monastery’s history. Enjoy an hour of free time. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its historical findings from Homer’s era. This is the first archaeological site museum in Crete. The museum hosts the whole history of Eleftherna from 3000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the pottery workshop “TSIKALARIO” in the village of Margarites to learn about the art of pottery and create your own ceramic. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this villa. Later, visit Margarites village where you will have free time for lunch or a walk. Next, head to an olive oil manufactory. Learn how Cretan people made olive oil in the past and see the evolution up to today. Take part in an olive oil tasting before heading to the next stop, Melidoni Cave. Lastly, arrive at Melidoni, also called “Gerodospilios,” a historic cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. This 220-meter altitude cave was used for religious ceremonies and as a place of worship. Learn the cave's archaeological and historical significance before heading back to Rethymno.

Rethymno:Day Trip to Margarites with Lunch and Pottery Class

6. Rethymno:Day Trip to Margarites with Lunch and Pottery Class

Get in touch with the history and the art of the Cretan pottery on this tour from Rethymno. Learn about local honey and bees at the Honey Museum. See natural stalactites at Melidoni cave. Taste Greek and Cretan dishes in a local taverna in the village of Melidoni. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax on a scenic drive through the countryside. Arrive in Margarites and take a tour of a ceramic shop. Immerse yourself in local crafts during pottery workshop.  Take a guided tour of the Honey Museum to discover the secrets of one of Crete's most popular foods. Travel to Melidoni to visit the subterranean chambers and stalactites in Melidoni cave. Hear about the facinating history of this cave. Finally, stop at a local taverna for an authentic Cretan lunch. Return to your accommodation in Rethymno at the end of your tour. 

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4.9 / 5

based on 38 reviews

Great tour - Anastasia and the driver Kostas were great. There was information about the area and history and different music during the ride, which made the ride go by comparatively quickly. We were the first bus on the absolutely magnificent beach and were therefore able to secure a nice spot. Later we stopped at a small cave and could eat something there before we went back to the hotel. A great trip - we can recommend it unconditionally. Just great.

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!)

The tour was led by tour guide Anastasia and bus driver Costas, both did an excellent job. A lot has been said about Crete. Costas played the lyre for us, . All stops had a lot of charm, Matala caves and beach is a must see destination.

Very good tour with nice tour guides. Unfortunately not in German, but they could still speak a little German if you asked them personally. The food on the farm was delicious and more than enough in quantity.

Very nice staff and an incredibly beautiful beach. Can just be recommended.