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Rethymno Regional Unit Shore excursions

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From Crete: Santorini Day Trip by Boat with Oia & Fira Visit

1. From Crete: Santorini Day Trip by Boat with Oia & Fira Visit

Board a high-speed vessel which has an open deck and coffee-bars and have a nice time during the ferry cruise from Heraklion to the island of Santorini (Duration: 2 hours approximately). Upon arrival to Santorini you will be transferred from the port to the magnificent Oia village on the north. During the transfer you will hear many interesting facts about the Santorini, its history, features and secrets from an experienced guide on the bus. In Oia you will have free time of about 2 hours to visit the picturesque spots and viewpoints, enjoy the breathtaking views and even visit the ruins of the old fortress. The town of Oia is famous worldwide for its iconic panoramic views, Cycladic architecture with white houses and churches with blue domes. Here you will find shops with collections of clothes, souvenirs and jewelry from greek designers, so you can enjoy the shopping as well while you are exploring Oia village. And if you get hungry you can try some local dishes in one of the restaurants with a spectacular view over Caldera and Oia village (lunch cost is not included in the price). After Oia the tour continues to the capital of Santorini - the town of Fira. Fira is as beautiful as Oia, the views to the sea and Caldera from its streets are truly breathtaking. You can visit a big Orthodox Cathedral on the main square in the center of Fira, walk through the city to find yourself on the very top with the unique panoramic view of the island. Fira is full of interesting and picturesque spots and corners. You will have almost 1.5 hour there to explore on your own. The last part of the excursion on Santorini is the Pyrgos village. You will climb up to the ruins of the old fortress from where you can see the whole island, because it is located on top of the very high hill right next to the highest mountain of the island. While you are climbing up and down you will see dozens of small churches. Pyrgos is famous for a very big quantity of churches especially comparing to the size of the village and the amount of local citizens. After spending 45 minutes in Pyrgos there is a transfer back to the port of Santorini so that you board the boat to return to Crete. The day trip ends at the port of Heraklion or at your hotel area if you select the option which includes hotel transfer.

Full-Day Trip to Chania from Rethymno

2. Full-Day Trip to Chania from Rethymno

The bus departs around 09:00 from Rethymno for the drive to Crete’s capital city of Chania, the most beautiful town on the island. Settled more than 4,000 years ago, Chania is one of the oldest cities in Europe. On this full-day excursion you’ll have 5 hours to explore Chania, with plenty of free time for a romantic walk through the idyllic old town. Visit historic neighborhoods, churches and museums and take a walk to the beautiful Venetian Port for shopping, a cup Greek coffee and lunch (not included in the tour price). At around 16:00 the bus will depart for the return trip to Rethymno.

From Chania: West Crete and Elafonisi Custom Private Tour

3. From Chania: West Crete and Elafonisi Custom Private Tour

Somewhere between heaven & earth, there is a Cretan beach paradise sculpted by nature over ancient times. On some days, this geological masterpiece is connected to the coastline of South-West Crete, and on others, it is an island you can easily wade to through a shallow sea corridor. Imagine yourself basking in crystal blue waters of the intermingled Cretan & Libyan Seas. With your toes sinking in the fine white sand that is blissfully blended with flecks of pink from millions of crushed shells as the fresh sea breeze touches your cheeks leaving salt crystals in its wake. There are many ways to appreciate Elafonisi, but none is quite as rewarding as a tailored & stress-free escape for discerning travelers who pursue experiences at their own pace. On the road trip across West Crete rely on our top local insider to immerse in a true adventure by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. This is your relaxation rhythm. Take things slower, breathe deep & luxuriate in your freedom

From Chania: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace Private Day Tour

4. From Chania: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace Private Day Tour

Come with us on a journey along East Crete reveling in the endless luxuries of the Lassithi Plateau which is basked in allure forests & fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal, our knowledgeable local insider will ensure you experience the best of the whole itinerary. Discover quaint villages, local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries & Cretan art. Tuck into a culinary odyssey & savor genuine tastes loved by our legendary forefathers. It’s our job to hook you up with only the most authentic eateries. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace & sense the sanctity of this ancient site. When in Knossos Palace, luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins & frescoes. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide & let us stimulate you with eclectic information by ensuring a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.

Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

5. Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

Enjoy a full-day excursion with pick-up and drop-off service from the Rethymnon and Chania areas. Your professional guide will accompany you as you depart from the port and cross the bay of Kissamos, passing through Tarsanas, a cave believed to be an ancient shipyard. You will sail the turquoise water around Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape before arriving at Gramvousa Island, where you can visit the Venetian Castle and have time to sunbathe and cool off in the sea. If you choose to spend your time on the island exploring rather than relaxing, you can admire the spectacular views from the top of the fortress. The next stop is the famous lagoon of Balos, Tigani. Enjoy the incredible beach known as one of the most beautiful locations on all of Crete. You will also enjoy a meal on board and be able to rest in the air-conditioned underdeck of the boat, whenever you feel to. After arriving back at Kastelli the air-conditioned busses are waiting for you to transfer you back to your hotels.

Full-Day Kournas lake & Argyroupoli from Rethymno

6. Full-Day Kournas lake & Argyroupoli from Rethymno

See traditional villages, churches, mountains, gorges and beaches on this full-day tour from Rethymno. Stop at Kournas, Crete’s only fresh-water lake. Enjoy a short drive through the countryside to the traditional village of Argyroupoli, where you can enjoy a cup of Greek coffee. As the drive continues toward the island’s southern coast, notice the changes in the landscape. Just before the first glimpse at the Libyan Sea, stop at the Kotsifou Gorge and visit a beautiful old stone church. Take a break at the Bay of Plakias and enjoy some time relaxing on the beach or exploring the village. On the way back to Rethymno, drive through the Kourtaliotis Gorge and admire the natural wild landscape.

From Elounda: Crete Christian Landmarks Private Tour

7. From Elounda: Crete Christian Landmarks Private Tour

Discover the remnants of centuries-old Christian monuments in central Crete. Take a private day trip from Agios Nikolaos or Elounda to dive into the rich religious history of the island. Follow the path walked by Apostle Paul thousands of years ago and admire imposing monasteries. Get picked up from your Agios Nikolaos/Elounda hotel or villa and take a journey to central Crete from north to south. Explore the land where Apostle Paul found fertile soils with lavish vineyards and olive groves stretching toward the horizon. Allow your guide to take you on a journey through history. Explore the village of Agios Myron and its holy cave, as well as the Pailani and Odigitria Monasteries. Meander through the Minoan wonders of the vast Messara Plain to take in magnificent views of Phaistos Palace. Finally, visit the village of Matala to unwind at the typical fish tavernas on the waterfront.

From Elounda: Minoan Palaces with Winery & Matala Beach Tour

8. From Elounda: Minoan Palaces with Winery & Matala Beach Tour

Hop down to the heart of Central Crete, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the Minoan world collide on this luxurious passage of time. From the comfort of a premium chauffeured vehicle & escorted by our top local insider revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara plain where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves stretch perennially toward the horizon. Visit a family award-winning winery set on the peak of allure panoramas & let our passionate winemakers immerse you into their intoxicating world. Luxuriate in ages unearthing the Bronze Age palaces of Phaistos & Gortyna along with storied villages & monasteries.

Rethymno: Rural Crete and Beaches Day Trip with Buffet Lunch

9. Rethymno: Rural Crete and Beaches Day Trip with Buffet Lunch

We have designed an amazing excursion that showcases the diverse and captivating aspects of rural Crete. With our carefully crafted itinerary, visitors can explore all the different "faces" of this breathtaking region in just one day. Our tour will take you through verdant forests, winding valleys, quaint villages, and narrow canyons, and even to some of the most secluded and stunning beaches in the area. Throughout the journey, our knowledgeable and friendly guide will provide fascinating insights into the history, culture, and daily life of the region, allowing visitors to truly immerse themselves in the authentic spirit of Crete. But our tour is more than just a sightseeing trip; it's a chance to forge meaningful connections and relationships with the local people and culture. From the moment you step into our vehicle, you become more than just a tourist; you become our Friend, welcomed into the warm embrace of the Cretan community. So come and experience the magic of rural Crete with us on our private tour, and discover all the hidden gems and treasures that this amazing region has to offer. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure, our excursion has something for everyone. So join us today, and let us show you the real Crete!

From Chania: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

10. From Chania: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

Join us on this private day tour and discover all of Eastern Crete's unspoiled beauty. Unearth the mystery of the sacred Psychro Cave in Lasithi and feel its ancient energy. Then immerse yourself in the vivid Cretan culture of the authentic villages of Mochos, Krasi, and visit the iconic town of Agios Nikolaos. Venture through the mountainous region of the Lasithi Plateau on your way to the emblematic villages. Explore the charming streets of Mochos and Krasi, interact with local people, and engage with dramatic nature. Let's take the sacred Minoan path to reach the ancient Psychro Cave fueled with stalactites and stalagmites. Add a guided wine tasting with a ceramic workshop or a delicious Cretan lunch if you'd like to upgrade your experience.

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What people are saying about Rethymno Regional Unit, Greece

Impeccable price-performance ratio. Well prepared tour to Chania. The tour guide was very entertaining and, in addition to an overview map, gave a few small insider tips for the city stay.

Have a nice trip in a good one. is to Chania. Enough time to look around independently. During the ride, information about the city and the island was given.

Bus/coach trip to chania then opportunity to explore the place yourself. Tour Guide explained where to go and what was around the area

It was a really great trip! Chania is the most beautiful city in Crete.

Very friendly tour guide. Bus times absolutely on time.