Day trip

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
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Spend a relaxing day on the small island of Elafonisi and soak up the sun on a paradise beach in Crete. Get back to nature on a day trip from Rethymno.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 10 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup is available in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).


  • Spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches of Elafonisi
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters
  • Go for a stroll in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty
Full description

Following pick-up by bus, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees.

Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize. Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Rethymno for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:30.

  • Bus tickets
  • Guide
  • Pick-up and drop off from selected points (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli)
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Please provide your hotel name and location during the booking process. Your exact pick-up details will be sent by email after booking
  • Pick-up begins earlier and is done from a meeting point near hotels in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli
  • The bus trip takes almost 3 hours
  • Due to environmental law, it is forbidden to take sand from the beach or to enter the sand dunes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 327 reviews

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We booked the excursion for Thursday (on Monday). This booking was also confirmed and paid for. We had been called twice the day before but were on another excursion at the time. When we called back we were told that the trip had been moved from Thursday to Friday. The statement on this was because we were not available, they moved us to another day because they were not sure whether we would appear even though this excursion was planned that way. Since we were only on vacation for a week, we decided on that. Now we had to reschedule our days because we didn't get any information by email and had to contact customer service twice. After the first call when we were told that the excursion would take place on Friday, we received a confirmation e-mail for Thursday for the excursion on Friday, we had no confirmation, only the pick-up time by phone.

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July 30, 2022

Super great crystal clear water. The beach is nice too, but unfortunately the beach is NOT pink. Occasionally it has a pink shimmer, but it's nothing like the pictures. The whole area is pretty crowded. You should weigh up whether you take on this long journey. If you just want a paradise beach, it's worth it. When it comes to pink beach, probably not. You can rent loungers with umbrellas on site (€15). There are also a few kiosks and shops. The transfer and the guide were really reliable and nice.

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June 9, 2022

Lovely day out!! we got picked up outside out hotel and the first stop was a taverna with a cave at the back (pee/coffee break) where we enjoyed some amazing views of a gorge and some fresh orange juice and pastries. We then carried into elafonisi which was amazing!!! the water was so clear and warm and it was only €15 for two deck chairs and a parasol. The beach had toilets, showers and changing rooms too. On the way back we stopped at elos for lunch/dinner where we sat in a streamside taverna and got to try the local chesnut raki . For anyone thinking of doing this tour or any other tour run by markidis BOOK IT NOW. The staff are lovely and they teach you so much about the surrounding areas, the coach journey just flies by!

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June 9, 2022

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