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Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

1. Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day excursion from Heraklion to Preveli Beach on a bus trip with a local guide. Discover South Crete's Grand River, Kourtaliotikos Gorge, and a colony of Theophrastus palm trees. Sunbathe on the sandy beaches, swim in the turquoise waters, watch for wildlife, or hike regional trails.  Begin your tour with a bus ride from the north coast to Preveli Beach, where you can swim in the turquoise Mediterranean water or stroll the sandy beaches. Look for a rock shaped like a heart, known as The Stone of Lovers, and marvel at the steep cliffs and misty hilltops of nearby Kourtaliotikos Gorge.  Continue your tour by hiking along the banks of the Grand River to discover the Forest full of Theophrastus palm trees. Hike further up the river trail to a canyon and beach where you can further swim, hike, or sunbathe, before heading back down the path to the bus and returning to Heraklion.

Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

2. Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

Take a tour to Richtis beach on the far side of Mirabello Bay and trek through the forest to the stunning Richtis waterfall. After pickup from your accommodation, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the 1-hour drive to the bay of Mirabello. Leave the asphalt and travel off road down to Richtis beach, hugging the mountainside.  Park at the bottom and enter Richtis gorge to start the 30-minute walk to reach the falls. Follow a trail through the forest, listening to the sounds of birds and running water. Stop to admire the incredible waterfalls, with time to climb up the stairs to the top of the falls, take photos, or swim in the cool waters.  When you are ready to leave, head back to the beach along the same trail. During the tour you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch at a local tavern, with wine and water included. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Elounda area.

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

3. Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

This tour will take you high into the mountains of the Lassithi Range (or Dikti Range), offering you an abundance of stunning panoramic views. Picking you up from your accommodation at 10:00AM, you will then start your climb up through several very picturesque traditional villages, one of which you shall stop at for a short break to shop or grab coffee. You will next go off road and move on up through the Kroustas Forest to a point approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. From way up there you will be able to see both the Lybian Sea (south coast) and the Aegean Sea (north coast). You will also be able to view the stunning peaks of the snow capped Mount Spathi (2,140 meters above sea level, second highest on the island), whose north face is home of the Psychro Cave, birth place of the Greek god Zeus. The views you will encounter throughout your tour can't be beaten, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs. Whilst in the mountains you will be taken to a traditional Greek taverna for a meze lunch with local wine, and at the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

From Ierapetra: Hiking in Crete

4. From Ierapetra: Hiking in Crete

Hike or walk in southeastern Crete with its beautiful mountains and breathtaking views of land and sea. Olive groves, chapels and villages turn up in the rich and varied landscape. Peace and quiet in a tranquillity where all you hear is the wind and the goat bells. Spend time in nature, take in greenery and views, enjoy the present. Both body and soul get rest and recovery, new energy and power. Let your thoughts wander over the mountains. Marked hiking trails are rare in Crete. After some years of hiking, an excellent range of personal and unique hikes have been collected. With a hiking leader, you can relax, do not have to worry about getting lost and will experience hidden gems. The hiking leader will give information about the area, culture and history that will enrich your hiking experience. The hikes begin in Ierapetra, in southeastern Crete, away from the main tourist areas. Here, the pace is calmer and everyday life goes on. The area is rich in sights with such charming villages, historical landmarks and nice beaches. Enjoy the wonderfully delicious food and the famous Cretan hospitality. The hikes follow mainly small dirt roads. The hiking season runs from early September to mid-June. Welcome to the magical island of Crete.

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What people are saying about Lasithi Regional Unit

I can absolutely recommend this tour, already on the way to the waterfall there was one or the other stop to take a picture of the beautiful landscape, I was particularly happy about the stop at Gournia, so that I could take a few pictures of the Minoan from the hill village. The way to the waterfall was an adventurous one-lane serpentine road with a great view that our guide Rolf mastered blindly. The short hiking trail to the waterfall was also mastered well by my older fellow adventurers, we were particularly enthusiastic about the section that goes through the small grove, we had to cross the small creek again and again. Finally we arrived at the waterfall and took a refreshing dip in the cool water. On the way back we made another stop and visited the ancient site of Azorias and an olive tree that is over 3000 years old. The food by the sea was also fantastic and absolutely delicious. I had a wonderful day.

I really recommend this tour!!! Have booked a few tours, but my son (8 years) and I liked this one the most! Rolf our guide was just great with his many languages and friendliness! The hike through the forest was exhilarating and arriving at the waterfall just breathtaking! Eating together the homemade Greek cuisine is just great! You rarely get it like this as a tourist! Many many thanks to Rolf and also to the great group we were traveling with! Wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty! Water shoes are recommended at the waterfall because of the many stones.

Highly recommend! Our guide, Jessica, was great - very knowledgable about the island. Definitely worth the money - hotel pick-up, hike to Richtis Gorge, lunch (great view, lots of food and local wine), visit to the oldest olive tree & drop-off. As it says, wear suitable shoes. I was wearing trainers but with little grip and ended up having a tumble but Jessica was very helpful (thank you!). If you’re in Crete, you should do this excursion!

Sehr schöne Tour, kein Massentourismus. Der Weg zum Wasserfall ist wunderschön. Beim Wasserfall hat man etwas Zeit um ins Wasser zu gehen, allerdings im Mai noch etwas kühl. Die Besichtigung zum alten Olivenbaum war auch sehr interssant. Das Essen in der Taberne war sehr lecker und die Aussicht super. Vielen Dank!

The excursion to Richti's waterfall was a very nice experience, our guide was very punctual and very nice, explained everything to us with great passion and showed us, even our 8-year-old daughter was very enthusiastic, we can definitely recommend this tour