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Rethymno, South Crete & Preveli Monastery [RO]

About this activity

Discover the highlights of Crete on a tour that covers the charming old town of Rethymno, the male monastery of Preveli, Plakias Beach by the Libyan Sea, and Kourtaliotiko Gorge with breathtaking views.

  • Walk through the old town of Rethymno and see unique architecture and landmarks.
  • Learn how to make traditional Cretan sweets at Master Georgos’ pastry shop.
  • Visit the Preveli Male Monastery and see the Holy Miracle Cross.
  • Enjoy Plakias Beach and swim in the blue waters of the Libyan Sea.
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

Full description

In the morning, you will go for a walk around Rethymno. The tour guide will take you through the streets of the old town, showing you Venetian, Turkish, and Greek architecture and landmarks, including the lighthouse and Rimondi Fountain.

You will visit the famous pastry shop of Master Georgos, where he will show you how to make traditional Cretan sweets. Afterwards, you will have enough free time in the old town to take photos or have coffee at one of the cafes on the waterfront.

Next, you will go to the male monastery of Preveli where the Holy Miracle Cross is kept. You will be able to touch the cross, visit the monastery museum, enjoy the sea view, and see the animals in the zoo.

After visiting the monastery, you will go to a traditional tavern for lunch.

Then, you will head to the southern side of the island to Plakias Beach. Here, you can swim in the blue waters of the Libyan Sea and enjoy the view.

Finally, visit the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, where you can see Cretan bearded vultures and wild kri-kri goats. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the cliffs, sheer drops, and small caves.

What's Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to Preveli Monastery: €3 for adults

Meeting And Pickup

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel entrances or meeting points are within a short walking distance. Confirmation of the exact departure time will be received the evening before the tour.

Available from regions: Malia, Stalida, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Analipsi, Kato Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Heraklion, Ammoudara (Heraklion), Ligaria, Agia Pelagia, Fodele, Bali, Panormo, Lavris, Skaleta, Stavromenos, Pigianos Kampos, Adelianos Kampos, Rethymno, Pirgos, Paralia Kourna, Georgioupolis.

Important information

  • The tour begins at 9:30 in the morning (the start time may sometimes vary).
  • Hotel pickup is between 6:00 and 9:30, depending on the distance from the starting point of the excursion.
  • Return to hotels is between 18:30 and 21:30, depending on the distance from the ending point of the excursion.
  • What to bring: Comfortable shoes, Swimwear, Hat, Towel, Sunscreen, Water, Beachwear, Cash.
  • Infants must sit with their parents on the bus and will not have their own seats.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 48 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.


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