Private tour

From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

4.9 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: Your Cretan Local
Private tour

From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Your Cretan Local

From US$ 128.23 per person

Discover the natural beauty of Crete, as you explore Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Relax on the picturesque Kalypso beach and dine with a delicious, traditional lunch in Mariou Village.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Rethymno
Private group


  • Relax in the mountainous village of Spili
  • Explore the Kourtaliotiko Gorge and listen to the bouncing wind
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Kalypso
  • Indulge with a fresh, local lunch
Full description
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 Lion Fountain. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from Rethymno
  • Transport
  • Lunch, dessert, and coffee
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Swimwear
    • Towel

    Not allowed

    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • Please remember to bring a swimming costume, sunscreen, a towel, and a complete change of clothes
    • The complimentary drink of raki will only be available to guests over 18 years of age
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 27 reviews

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    In a word; fantastic! Angelina is incredibly friendly. We were picked up on time at the hotel in a comfortable neat car and she can drive well. First we went for coffee and we visited a small museum in Spili, super cute village. Then we drove through a gorge to Kalypso beach. Really beautiful there! After we had swam there and made the necessary pictures (also walk up the path at the hotel for a breathtaking view) we drove back to the gorge to make the descent down. It is absolutely worth it! The climb to the top is equally tough, but you will survive it. At the end we had a delicious lunch at a tavern and my husband even ate vegetables! It was a fantastic day :) we made great memories.

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    June 18, 2022

    Thanks to Angelica, we experienced a wonderful tour to the south of Crete. Picked up at the hotel on time, we went south via Spili to Kalypso Bay. The great cold clear waters of the Libyan Sea should be enjoyed, as well as a walk on top of the cliffs. Then back over the deep Kourtaliotiko Gorge, not easy but a great experience. Finally, a meal with Greek specialties. It wouldn't have been half as nice without Angelica. She is a great young woman, knows a lot about her country and island. We had good conversations and laughed a lot. Many Thanks

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    June 13, 2022

    Wow..... where should I start?! From start to finish this tour was just beautiful, fun, relaxing and an experience in so many ways! Thank you Angi for making this experience a moment we will never forget. This tour takes you a little off the tourist traps to a Crete that locals appreciate. It doesn't matter whether it's coffee in Spili or a wonderfully authentic lunch in a village tavern that is almost exclusively frequented by locals! We drank water from a spring in a beautiful gorge and bathed in a secluded bay. It was just wonderful to talk to Angi about God and the world and to completely absorb the feeling for Crete.

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    May 23, 2022

    Product ID: 173988