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  2. Crete
  3. Chania
  4. Elafonisi

Elafonisi Island: Day Trip by Bus from Chania or Rethymno

Product ID: 55773
Discover Crete and the impressive foothills of the wild mountain landscape and admire the idyllic beach in the far south west of Crete. Explore the small island of Elafonisi and find the Golden Step of the Chrissoskalitissa Nunnery.
About this activity
Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 7:15 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Hotel pick-up from Rethymnon and Georgioupolis
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the beautiful beaches and nature of Crete and visit the small island of Elafonisi south west of Crete
  • Admire the fascinating mountain streams, visit the church in the middle of a dripstone cave and discover the village of Topolia
  • Listen to the legend of the Golden Step at the Chrissoskalitissa Nunnery and wade through the turquoise lagoon to the island of Elafonisi
Full description
Visit the small island of Elafonisi, south west of Crete, and admire the most beautiful beaches in the area.

Follow the green north coast just before Kastelli and finally reach the rock chapel of Agia Sophia through the village of Topolia. This small church is hidden in a dripstone cave, reached by a small uphill climb. Continue through quaint villages to the Chrissoskalitissa Nunnery. Listen to the legend of the Golden Step and try to find it among the 99 steps that lead to the nunnery.

Then head towards the water and admire the shimmering pink beach in front of pine and juniper covered dunes. Walk to the opposite island of Elafonisi through the shallow turquoise lagoon and spend the rest of the day on the beach.
  • Bus transfer
  • Guided tour in German
What’s Not Included
  • Food
  • Entry fees
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Pick-up begins earlier than starting time and is done from central points in the areas of Chania and Rethymno
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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A nice day!

Our trip was rescheduled from our original date, which was a little tricky for us but it worked out. Our pick-up was on-time and as described. The bus was very comfortable. Our guide was friendly and informative. The beach was beautiful, but restaurant we stopped at for lunch was the highlight of the trip. Amazing food and prices. Highly recommend!

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4 October 2017

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Product ID: 55773