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From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

1. From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

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. 

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From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

2. From Rethymno: Agia Galini, Matala, & Spili Small Group Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rethymno, and then travel by air-conditioned minibus to the pretty village of Agia Galini on the south coast of Crete. Get an hour to explore the village and its traditional houses and enjoy a traditional Greek coffee in the harbor area. Continue to the village of Matala to enjoy 3 hours on the golden sandy beach, or use the time to explore the artificial caves carved into the bay in the Minoan period. Occupied by a hippy commune in the late 60s and 70s, the amazing attraction inspired artists such as Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan. End your tour with a visit to the village of Spili, located in the foothills of Mount Vorizis, 430 meters above sea level. Wander the cobblestone streets to see the famous lion-head fountains and browse the gift shops for souvenirs of traditional products from Crete. Return to Rethymno by minibus and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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From Rethymno: Damnoni & Preveli Palm Beach Small Group Tour

3. From Rethymno: Damnoni & Preveli Palm Beach Small Group Tour

Following pick-up at your hotel, journey to the traditional village of Spili to admire the Venetian fountain of Kefalovrissi with its 19 lion heads. Sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Kourtaliótiko Gorge as you make your way to the medieval Monastery of Preveli. Continue to Palm Beach below the monastery at the mouth of the Kourtaliótiko Gorge. Get breathtaking views of the blue waters of the Aegean Sea contrasting with the lush green of the palm forest and lagoon. Walk down the steps to spend about 2 hours on the beach before sailing to Damnoni by boat. Enjoy lunch and refreshments in Damnoni and admire its beautiful clean beach. Journey back to Rethymno and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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From Rethymno or Heraklion: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

4. From Rethymno or Heraklion: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

Discover the southern coast of Crete in a Jeep and enjoy a genuine adventure through old towns and past impressive olive fields and vineyards. Visit the picturesque town of Spili and indulge in a little break with a refreshing drink from the town's freshwater spring. Continue to the beautiful palm tree-lined beach of Preveli. Enjoy a typical Cretan lunch in a traditional taverna on the beach, then take a dip in the crystal clear water of the Libyan Sea or relax in the shade of the palm trees. Continue your tour in the afternoon and take a look at the unique landscape around the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, then head back to Rethymnon on the old main road.

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From Rethymno: Cretan Villages Tour & Traditional Lunch

5. From Rethymno: Cretan Villages Tour & Traditional Lunch

If you are interested in learning about life in authentic Crete, then take a ride through some of the most traditional Cretan villages and ending with a home-cooked lunch at a traditional Cretan home located at Vatos village. There’s something about experiencing village life in another country that gives the traveler a feeling of deep authenticity. Village life is a fascinating thing. It’s slow. It’s authentic. It’s traditional. And on this 4-hour tour through the countryside of Crete, you can get a deep sense of what life is like on this Greek island. After your hotel pick-up, prepare to get an impressive peek at a way of life many outsiders don’t get the chance to see. Depending on your pick-up location, on your way to your destination, you will experience the picturesque Cretan province, and will arrive at Vatos at approximately 10:00. You will experience the art of making fresh bread, visit the local church, its beautiful yard, the school, the fountain where the locals used to wash their clothes, Sofia's distilleries and the Cretan Spiti, where you will see how a traditional house in Crete is like. After Vatos, visit Spili, where you will have free time to enjoy the local coffee and some souvenir shopping. Next stop is Lambini, for a visit at the local church and a stop at the village 'kafeneio' (coffee house) for a taste of raki.  When the village tour comes to an end, you will arrive back at Vatos village and Vangelio's house where its owner will invite you into its premises.  Vangelio was born and raised in a Cretan village, and will wholeheartedly invite you into her traditional Cretan home and create a unique atmosphere that will turn this visit into a highlight of your trip. You will first taste freshly baked bread from a traditional oven. She will teach you about Cretan culture and history, share stories about her family’s life and make you feel just as if you are visiting close relatives or friends. She will also share stories about true Cretan lifestyle and chat with you while you taste and enjoy some Cretan meze snacks, wine and Cretan raki. All the dishes are made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine and of course, all the ingredients are fresh and local. Enjoy the experience of meeting new people and become part of the family.

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From Rethymno: Guided Day Trip to the South Coast

6. From Rethymno: Guided Day Trip to the South Coast

Experience Cretan nature with a local guide on this day tour. Pass through olive groves and traditional villages, smell wild flowers and herbs, and admire the natural beaches of the South Cretan Sea. Commence your tour by departing from Rethymno after meeting your guide. You'll soon arrive at the dam that gathers water from the gorge of Patsos. There, take amazing photos of one of the most important lakes in the southeast Mediterranean, which also boasts many species of birds and animals. Next, stop at the magnificent gorge of Patsos itself. See a small church in a rocky cave and pass through traditional villages before heading over to a higher point for a panoramic view of Rethymno and the two highest mountains of Crete. Afterwards, visit a botanical garden and discover Crete's medicinal plants and flowers. Take a break from walking and enjoy some tea as you bask in Cretan nature. Then, proceed to Spili, a village famous for its natural springs. Lastly, visit the Folklore Museum and end your tour by going to Plakias Beach for a swim with a view of the South Cretan Sea.

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What people are saying about Spili

What a fabulous experience we had on this tour, led by Enda and exceptionally driven through the mountains by Maniolis. Enda really knew his stuff and the day was smattered with interesting stories, histories and anecdotes. It was truly packed with interest. The day was very well paced & did not feel rushed. There were lots of interesting little stops and some bigger: it was a smorgasbord of interest to suit all. The trip takes you through spectacularly beautiful and interesting terrain which, being high up and not driving, you get to absorb. The flora and fauna we saw were exceptional and the beauty blew a lot of us away. There were many places we saw along the way I'd like to see more of. I can't wax lyrical enough about this trip, it was a thrill to go on it and I'd definitely recommend you go on it. In fact I wouldn't hesitate to go on it again myself: that's how good it is! Many thanks to the team behind it.

That was a really great day! Felt more like a trip together with a friend than a guided tour. Angelina picked us up on time and showed us several wonderful places over the course of the tour that we would certainly not have seen on our own. The swim stop was wonderful, the gorge was an experience. And in Spili, too, we saw beautiful alleys and peculiarities that would probably have remained hidden to us on our own. We had a good chat all day and learned a lot about the area and life here. Angelina speaks excellent English and also very good German. We can unreservedly recommend the tour to anyone who wants to get a taste of the south of Crete! Thank you for the nice day, Angelina!

The best tour in 2021! Pickup in time, stops well organized,enough time everywhere, lovely stories about Crete from the guide, perfect little tips about where to go, what to photograph.. excellent german and english, genuine love for Crete, quite excellent skills in communication, a long with very scenic places in south crete, driving through magnificent Mountains. Love it and recommend!

Such an amazing tour with a personal touch. You get to visit a hidden gem in Crete which was the most beautiful place we visited on the whole holiday, and no other tours include this. Not to be missed!! You also do not take up too much time travelling.

I would recommend this excursion to anyone, it was definitely worth it! You got a lot to see and had enough time to explore the place and cool off in the water.