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  • From Rethymno: Half-Day Quad Bike Safari

    1. From Rethymno: Half-Day Quad Bike Safari

    Choose from a morning or afternoon Quad Bike safari, and benefit from a hotel pick-up from Rethymno, Bali or Georgiopoulis. Journey to the base in Rethymno town and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment from your guide. Listen to a detailed briefing before you set off for some serious off-road fun! Journey up into the mountains of Maroulas, and head for the summit for a 10-minute break to take in the panoramic views. Then, continue on your bike for another 20 minutes to reach a spot where you can relax over coffee at a traditional kafeneion (Greek coffee house). Soak up the peace and quiet of Café Gidospito overlooking beautiful Lake Potami. Then, make your way to the picturesque village of Prassies for a quick snack to recover from your Quad Bike experience. Return to Rethymno and get dropped off at your hotel to relax and freshen up after you dusty adventure! Each...

    A wonderful excursion and excellent way to see the island. Loved the stops we made and the professional photos were a nice touch.

  • Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

    2. Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

    Hop in a 4x4 vehicle for a full-day safari adventure, where you will learn about Cretan traditions and indulge in delicious food. Visit an old village with a Byzantine Church, a café with traditional Cretan products like herbs, raki and honey, historical museums, a secluded beach, a family winery and an olive oil factory. Climb to an altitude of 1,200 meters, where you will experience the quietness of the White Mountains and Cretan dances in a fascinating landscape. If you’re lucky, vultures will take your breath away with their imposing appearance. Find an old castle connected to a myth, swim in the pristine waters of the South Cretan Sea and taste traditional dishes from a family tavern. Learn how wine, raki, ouzo and olive oil are made in Crete, including ways to distinguish grades of olive oil.

    The trip was great, especially for people who want to experience other face of Crete, not so turistic and crowded. If you like moutains and small villages, great views and wild animals, this trip is for you! :)

  • Rethymno: Sunset Cruise on a Wooden Pirate Boat

    3. Rethymno: Sunset Cruise on a Wooden Pirate Boat

    Board the wooden pirate boat named "Captain Hook" at the port of Rethymno and get set off on a serene cruise into the sunset. Enjoy the glorious views of the city and the Cretan mountains in the background while the sun sets on the horizon. Snap some photos of Fortezza Castle, the Venetian Port, and the city of Rethymno lit up in the twilight. Sip on a beer or a refreshing soft drink with your partner, family, or friends for a perfect and relaxing end to the day.

    I can't fault this trio at all. The only thing I would say is to get there early on the day and that way your first on the boat and will get a much better seat. The sunset is stunning and the cruise also takes you into the old harbour which is beautiful at night with all the cafes and restaurants lit up. Highly recommend this trip

  • Rethymno: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swimming Stops

    4. Rethymno: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swimming Stops

    Boart the pirate-themed boat "Captain Hook" at marina port of Rethymnon. Set sail on a five-hour cruise and take some time for swimming, snorkeling, or simply admiring the beautiful views. Sail west and enjoy the views of the Venetian port of Rethymnon. Traveling along the coastline of Crete, pass Gerani Bay before the boat anchors at the Bay of Kevalas. Enjoy some time swimming or snorkeling from the boat for approximately one hour. Next, enjoy a lunch of tuna salad with fresh local vegetables, followed by more time for swimming and sunbathing. On the return leg of the journey, admire the views of the caves of Kefalas before returning to the harbor of Rethymnon.

    Best day out ever ! I never thought I would be brave enough to go into the water but the captain and his crew were amazing! The food and service was amazing I would highly recommend this trip

  • From Rethymno: Full-Day Land Rover Safari to Preveli

    5. From Rethymno: Full-Day Land Rover Safari to Preveli

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in the Rethymno region in your shared or private group. Start by taking in a breathtaking view of the Prasses Gorge. Look for resident wildlife, including the impressive vultures that live in the gorge. Continue to the Potamon Dam and admire the small church built by the lake as a reminder of the importance of religion on the island. Pass through typical villages, such as Karines and Spili and learn about the local customs and habits. Savor an authentic raki produced in the village along with other specialties at a traditional tavern overlooking the Libyan Sea. Swim in the crystal clear waters of Preveli and explore the palm forest. Feel the wind in your hair as you get back to nature in the Kourtaliotiko Gorge. End with a panoramic view of Rethymno before drop off at your hotel.

    Our driver Manolis has a great energy and Frank is a very good guide! the two were a great team! the tour was informative, great nature, nice food. Thank you guys!

  • From Rethymno: Winery Tour & Cretan Folk Show with Dinner

    6. From Rethymno: Winery Tour & Cretan Folk Show with Dinner

    Enjoy a fun introduction to Cretan culture on this evening tour. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting session. Continue to a traditional village to enjoy live Cretan music and dance. Sip Greek wine and feast on typical island dishes for dinner. Depart from Rethymno at 6:30 PM with a convenient pickup service near the hotel. Settle in on your comfortable ride and be driven for 30 minutes to a family-run winery near Rethymnon. Learn the process of wine production from expert winemakers. Then, taste 3 different kinds of wine. Pair white, rosé, and red wine with local cheese. Let the entertainment begin with an evening of Cretan folklore performances. Reach your dinner venue at 8:30 PM and unwind for a traditional Greek night in a charming taverna. Enjoy a Cretan dance show along with a traditional Cretan music group till 11 PM. After relaxing to dances and songs of Crete over dinner,...

  • Self-Drive Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach & Canyons

    7. Self-Drive Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach & Canyons

    Explore the island of Crete in a self-drive off-road vehicle. This Jeep Safari Tour is ideal for all age groups and it is a superb way of getting to know the magical island of Crete. Spend the full day in an open-top jeep and take in unobstructed views of valleys, mountains and more. Experience the excitement of traveling off the beaten track and into the unique landscapes of Crete. Your professional safari leader will guide you throughout the day, leading you to places that even local people haven't seen. A stop for swimming is part of the program. You’ll also be served a typical Cretan lunch and enjoy sampling a selection of local specialties.

    The guide was on time to pick us up. The jeep was clean and well maintained. While traveling the beautiful countryside, the guide provided background on any historical sites along with answers to any of our questions. The views were breathtaking and we were allowed to stop and take pictures to remember this once in a lifetime experience. We were also given suggestions on places to eat and visit that only a local would know. You can tell that Discovery Safari is the original provider of tours and has been doing excursions for years. I would recommend this trip to someone who wants a unique and custom experience of Rethymno.

  • Crete: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

    8. Crete: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

    Create lasting memories in Crete as you enjoy an olive oil tasting experience under the shade of olive trees. This entire experience will be enjoyed in the middle of a 2,000-year-old monumental olive grove. Discover the history, culture, and Cretan civilization of olive oil throughout the centuries. During your walk around the peaceful olive groves such as the holy Gethsemane Garden, you will discover the beauty of the Cretan landscape as well as the myths, flavors, and aromas of olive oil. The activity includes an olive oil tasting of 4 different olive oils at a tasting table in the shade of some olive trees. During the tasting you will be pairing food with more types of olive oil, and you will receive tips on how taste, preserve, choose, cook, and fry olive oil. You'll also receive more information about harvesting and olive oil extraction.

    This was an amazing experience. Aspassia, our hostess, was a delightful, friendly and experienced lady. She explained all about the different kinds of olive oil and had us sample a few. This was then followed by wonderful Cretan plates to sample with the different oils. We went back home to check all the information on our current olive oil bottles :) I would definitely recommend this activity to anyone who is looking for a nice, relaxing afternoon in an olive grove.

  • From Rethymno: Half-Day Off-Road Polaris Buggy Safari

    9. From Rethymno: Half-Day Off-Road Polaris Buggy Safari

    Start your half-day buggy safari early in the morning or afternoon with a pick-up from your hotel. Journey to the base in the town of Rethymno to get kitted out with all the professional equipment you need. Benefit from a detailed briefing before the fun begins! Drive off road and up into Maroulas Mountain to stop at the summit for about 10 minutes and take in a magnificent panoramic view of the town. Continue off road to a second stop to relax and enjoy a coffee at a traditional kafeneion (Greek coffeehouse) in Gidospito overlooking the beautiful lake of Potami. Next, make your way to the picturesque village of Prassies for a quick snack (included). Journey back towards your hotel and savor the beautiful memories and moments of your dusty adventure after drop off.

  • From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

    10. From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

    Start your day at the breathtaking Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Walk through the rising rock walls and admire the incredible natural scenery, before you reach the lonely chapel in Agios Nikolaos. Listen to the ethereal sound of the wind, created by its movement through the gorge. Reach the springs of Kourtaliotis, where you can purchase rare herbs, which only grow in the mountains, from the locals. Arrive at the exotic coastal resort of Kalypso, an old pirate shelter. Relax on Karavos beach, which has recently become a national park. Clamber across the towering rocks and dive into the turquoise water of the Libyan Sea. Travel to the village of Mariou and enjoy a delicious local lunch, complimented with their traditional drink, raki. Finish your adventure at the stunning village of Spili, carved into the heart of the mountains. Escape the sun as you relax under the trees and view the famous Lio...

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What people are saying about Rethymno

Great tour! My fiancé and I really enjoyed it! Great views at all the stops! Especially enjoyed the sunset on the mountain and the beautiful lake. Sandwich that was included was delish and loved that we enjoyed during the sunset! Guide was informative and always made sure everyone was doing well throughout the tour! There was a compartment on the quad for our backpack which was great. You’ll be supplied with both a helmet and a goggles for the tour. We did the afternoon tour and were glad we brought jackets as it was pretty cold and windy once the sun started to set. A bit dusty and muddy, but we were able to complete the tour without getting any mud on our clothing and shoes (my fiancé took it slow while driving through the puddles). Highly recommend!

The quad tour was mega.! The guide was extremely courteous and the price / performance ratio was great. Of the 4 hours, about 2.5 / 3 hours were pure travel time with 3 larger stops for breaks and sights. I am very satisfied and got my money's worth. Different terrain from road to off-road to water crossings! Top!

This meal was one of the highlights of our trip to Crete. Sitting in a family owned olive grove, we were introduced to the flavors and recipes of the healthiest food culture in the world with authenticity and heart. Will recommend to everyone in the area.

Such an amazing tour with a personal touch. You get to visit a hidden gem in Crete which was the most beautiful place we visited on the whole holiday, and no other tours include this. Not to be missed!! You also do not take up too much time travelling.

Very good price / performance ratio with a helpful guide and a varied tour.