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  3. Chania
  4. Elafonisi

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Product ID: 106006
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
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, German, Russian

Pickup included

Please provide your hotel details upon booking.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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)
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

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

4.2 / 5

based on 197 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Everything perfect except an email error. We received an e-mail saying that the bus would pass at 8:15 am, then in another e-mail (and on the app) it said it would be between 6: 45/7: 00, so we arrived for security at 6:45 am at the point where they came to pick us up, but then the bus arrived at 8.15am !!! Apart from that, the beach and the beautiful sea! A bit windy but it was God! Several positions for the umbrellas located on the beach, actually a little close to the umbrellas and sunbeds, but we didn't bother anyone. The cost of € 9 of the umbrella is excellent compared to Italy !! Even the kiosks for eating, with great prices, a small baguette € 3.50! We were lucky not to find so many people! Fresh sea water! The pink beach is visible but becoming a tourist place is going to fade and not always seen.

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July 29, 2019

Lovely day our to a dream beach location

This was one of our favourite days of our stay in Crete. Seeing and experiencing the beautiful Elafonisi beach was awesome... The crystal lagoon waters and pink sands are unique and relaxing. The trip was well organised with a lovely well timed stop in between at a local town both to and from the beach. We had a lovely guide who gave us great insight to both Crete and Elafonisi.

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July 12, 2019

An absolutely brilliant experience! we were the first bus to arrive so had the pick of the sunbeds, which was important because by 11/12 o clock, there were people waiting to get a bed. The beach itself is stunning, the waters are beautiful and we were very lucky with the weather not being too hot. the first stop isn't a village, but a simple taverna where you can get pastries and drinks and use the bathroom. the cave was also a lovely stop. overall it was a fantastic trip and the price was brilliant for what the trip was.

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July 9, 2019

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Product ID: 106006