Day trip

Heraklion: Matala Beach, Hippie Caves, and Gortyn Day Trip

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27 reviews

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

Heraklion: Matala Beach, Hippie Caves, and Gortyn Day Trip

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From US$ 42.15 per person

Enjoy a guided day trip to South Crete from Heraklion. Explore the archaeological site of Gortyna, chill out in the beautiful historical village of Matala and visit the caves of hippies by the beach.

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Duration 9 hours
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English, German, French, Italian, Dutch
Pickup included
Pickup is from specific points in the areas of Sisi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Agkisaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia, and from centrally located points in Heraklion town.


  • Step back in time as you admire history at the archaeological site of Gortyna
  • Trace the history of Crete with artifacts that date back to the Neolithic Age
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea or sunbathe on Matala beach
  • Purchase a ticket to see the caves where the hippies once lived in Matala
  • Be picked up and dropped off from select locations on the island of Crete
Full description

Take and airconditioned bus trip through South Crete on this day trip with pickup from Heraklion. Travel back in time as you explore Cretan history at the Gortys archeological site and have plenty of free time to soak up the vibes of at the colorful, seaside town of Matala.

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in selected locations on Crete in the morning. Drive for 1.5 hours to the Gortys archeological site. Purchase a ticket to the site to uncover sights from 5000 years of Cretan history.

Take a short drive to Matala and spend 4.5 hours of free time where you can go swimming, sunbathe at the beach, purchase a ticket to the local caves or have lunch at a charming seaside café.

Return to your accommodation in Crete at the end of your free time in Matala.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus
  • Driver
  • Guide
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Archaeological Site entry (6€)
  • Entrance to the caves (4€)
  • Food and drinks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Beachwear

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 reviews

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Very good organization, we pick you up and drop you off on your return. The journey takes around 1h30 with a one-hour stop at an archaeological site for 6€/person. If you don't want to visit you can stay in a café at the entrance while waiting. Then head to Matala beach where you will stay for 4h30. Once there you can visit caves, eat or even visit the village which is full of alleys and very beautiful shops. Very beautiful landscape during the journey by coach. Beautiful beach but lots of people, there are deckchairs available on the beach but good luck getting one! Overall I recommend this day! Thanks again to the guide and her driver who are very kind!

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August 29, 2022

Everything went smoothly. We had 1h during the first stop, and exploring the historical ruins was truly magical. There was also an alternate option to sit in a cafe instead. Matala and the beach were BEAUTIFUL. I particularly enjoyed climbing to the caves (note: bring good shoes as you will need them, there are no stairs). The waves were high and the current strong when I was there, so unfortunately snorkeling was difficult due to low water visibility. That’s not a negative point though, that’s just nature and the weather.

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August 22, 2022

Very nice trip. The village and the beach of MATALA are very pretty. We have plenty of time to visit and enjoy the beach in 4 hours. For the visit of the caves, it is necessary to provide good shoes because the paths are difficult to access. Our guide was really great. Very nice day.

July 28, 2022

Product ID: 419103