Things to do in Papagianades

Our most recommended things to do in Papagianades

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.

Crete: Private Transfer from or to Ports & Airports

2. Crete: Private Transfer from or to Ports & Airports

Use a reliable, safe and low cost private one-way transfer for any Heraklion Airport in Crete, Chania or Heraklion Port to hotels in the Rethymno area and vice versa.  Based on your flight, the local operator will confirm the time you wish to depart from your hotel. In the same manner, the local driver will meet you from the airport or port to transfer you to your hotel. The transfer will be conducted with an 8 seat minibus or bus with 18 seats. You will be notified by email about the pick-up details. Choose between a variety of one-way transfer options between Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno areas.

Heraklion: Minoan Experience Live Show with Dinner & Wine

3. Heraklion: Minoan Experience Live Show with Dinner & Wine

Start with pickup from your hotel and transfer to a scenic open-air theater. Begin the night with a theatrical dancing and acrobatics performance which has its origins in the ancient Minoan civilization. Enjoy this one-hour performance of ancient rituals with traditional costumes and live music. After the performance, be welcomed to the dining area, where you can feast on ancient and modern Cretan cuisine. As you enjoy a hearty buffet dinner and local wine, listen to music played on ancient and modern Greek instruments by a live band. After dinner, enjoy some Cretan dancing and popular folk songs. Feel free to join in on the dancing and experience a memorable cultural evening.

From Chania or Rethymno: Limnoupolis Water Park Trip

4. From Chania or Rethymno: Limnoupolis Water Park Trip

Enjoy a fun day out for all the family with a visit to Limnoupolis Water Park. After getting picked up from your hotel in Chania or Rethymno, enjoy a short journey to the park. Slide down one of the many freefall rides or experience the thrill of the black hole. If you prefer to chill out, float down the lazy river or kick back and relax on one of the sunbeds where you can enjoy views of the White Mountains. After working up an appetite, choose from a wide array of lunch options, including pizza, burgers, and pasta, all served with a scoop of refreshing ice cream. Re-energized, get your adrenaline pumping on the giant slides and crazy river before heading back to your hotel in the evening.

Georgioupolis: Rent a Boat Safari Sea Tour

5. Georgioupolis: Rent a Boat Safari Sea Tour

From ± 9:00 Until 12:30 Without captain(Only Guide) No licenses needed Boats available for safari exploration that can accommodate from 1 to 5 people The Rent a Boat Safari category includes a sea tour, which is an adventure worth choosing. The duration is 3:30 hours and takes place in the wider area of Georgioupolis, Obrogialos near a cave. You will be drawn by the crystal blue waters, where you will have enough time to jump in for a refreshing swim. Each boat is 5 meters long, has 5 seats and its engine is 30hp YAMAHA. Tour guide safety will be on the first boat to give directions on navigation and show you the route while the rest of the rental boats will follow. There is also pick up and drop off service and we can supply you with sandwiches and water. Do not forget your swimsuit!

From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

6. From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

Immerse yourself in the traditional customs of Crete on a private tour from Rethimno. Meet the only living nun at Vossakos monastery and be introduced to Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni at a local pasture. Learn about goat-herding and beekeeping from the experts and indulge in delicious Cretan cuisine. Get picked up from your accommodations in Crete and leave the city center behind for the picturesque countryside. Arrive at the historical Vossakos monastery, settled in a landscape of beautiful flowers, lush trees, and aromatic herbs. Walk towards the monastery and be welcomed within by the one remaining nun who lives here. Be treated to her smile and a taste of the sweet loukoumi, learning about the stories surrounding these holy walls. Depart from the monastery to visit a local pasture. Pass through the entrance of three huge trees and meet Mr. Andreas, the resident shepherd. Listen to him detail his daily routine, including taking care of the goats and the process of producing milk. Indulge in the delicious flavors of traditional Cretan appetizers, such as cheese, olives, and a glass of raki. With a happy stomach, follow the shepherd out to his flock and watch as 100 goats rush out of their pen into the high hills. Say goodbye to Mr. Andreas and be introduced to his wife, Mrs. Eleni. Slide into your beekeeping uniform as she leads you to the hives, demonstrating her mastery over the honey-loving insects. Observe the procedure for honey extraction that Mrs. Eleni undertakes with her bare hands! Learn the family secrets behind why she has no need for her own beekeeper's uniform. Bee welcomed into the home of Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni, situated high up in the mountains with breathtaking views over the village. Take a walk through the peaceful environment, relaxing into this fairytale-like world. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass while a traditional lunch is prepared for you. Tuck into a range of local organic products and finish off your meal with a delicious dessert, such as pitakia with honey on top. After lunch, be guided to the heart of Apladiana, one of the most ancient villages on the island which still adheres to Cretan customs. Cross through a field full of orange trees, reveling in the citrusy breeze, and finish your tour in the village square.

Crete: Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing

7. Crete: Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing

Spend a special evening with a local family on the beautiful grounds of their olive oil factory. First, see how virgin Cretan olive oil is produced onsite. Then discover the origins of famous Cretan honey with a beekeeping demonstration. After discovering the grounds, enjoy a traditional Cretan buffet meal, with plenty of local wine. Enjoy live Greek music and a dancing performance after your meal in beautiful scenic surroundings.

From Heraklion: Guided Jeep Safari with Winery Visit & Lunch

8. From Heraklion: Guided Jeep Safari with Winery Visit & Lunch

Through this route you will have the opportunity to take a wine tour at a local winery with tasting and information on wine production from ancient times to the present day. Also enjoy the route which combines impressive mountains, a panoramic view of southern Crete, the impressive gorge with the incomparably beautiful waterfall Richtra and the charming beaches of southern Crete. Starting from your hotel we head to the winery where the wine experts will introduce you to this special world of wine. You will have the opportunity to taste but also to learn all the secrets of production, of the varieties we have in Crete, as well as winemaking techniques of yesterday and today. Then we will cross a route through small traditional villages surrounded by verdant hills and olive groves. Just before our descent into the gorge we will make a photo stop at a spot with an incredibly beautiful panoramic view of the South Cretan sea that will amaze you! Then we will head to the local gorge by a highly impressive off-road descent with continuous spectacular views amidst nature. The Portela Gorge which has an extremely unspoiled landscape that will be deeply etched in your memory as its river passes through cliffs and sheer cliffs, rich in both flora and fauna ending in the spectacular Richtra waterfall with flowing water until the spring that ends in Keratokambos. Having enjoyed our walking exploration among this magical landscape we will be transferred to the beach of Keratokampos, where you will have enough time to enjoy both the crystal clear waters of southern Crete and a wonderful bbq lunch by the sea. This quiet and welcoming place will enchant you and the photos you will take will be impressive. Full of unique memories and images we take the way back having visited unique places and having experienced life experiences!

Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

9. Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

Taste 6 of wines on a luxury wine tasting tour of Crete, and sample exceptional wines, including local dishes and more. Travel through the wine-producing villages of one of the world's most famous wine regions. Admire the vineyards of Crete, where great wines are produced. Stop on the hillside of the village to experience a unique location for red and white local varieties of wines. Take part in a prestigious wine tasting in a wine cellar, where you can choose wines paired with typical Cretan dishes, cheeses, and elegant cuisine. Learn more about the local wine growing practices and history of Crete wines. Visit a boutique winery and meet the winemaker.

Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa and Amazonas Park Day Trip

10. Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa and Amazonas Park Day Trip

Start with pickup from your hotel and first pass the Selinari monastery with its impressive gorge, and reach the small town of Neapolis. Visit the Vassilakis Estate, one of the oldest and most successful olive oil producers in Crete. Enjoy a detailed tour of their production facility and learn how olive oil is made. Continue to the provincial capital of Agios Nikolaos where you can admire the shimmering blue waters of the bay of Mirabello. Walk along the harbor and over the bridge to the freshwater Lake Voulismeni. Visit a local market and browse for specialty local products such as honey, olive oil, and spices. After a Greek coffee in one of the cozy cafes, continue to Kritsa, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Admire the views of the whitewashed houses of the village located below a steep rocky slope. Take a break for some lunch at your own expense, followed by a stroll through the village. Finally, travel to Amazonas Park and discover a sanctuary for the conservation of endangered species. Take a guided tour of the sanctuary and see a variety of colorful parrots and curious monkeys. See rare parrot species which will eventually be released back into their natural habitat, and enjoy the fantastic views of the foothills of the Dikti Mountains.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 217 reviews

Good experience! You will first be picked up by a small minibus near the hotel and then transferred to a larger coach. From Heraklion it takes a little under 3 hours from pick-up to arrival Preveli with a break in between. The large bus was comfortably air-conditioned and the ride was quiet too. Overall, the trip was on schedule and well organized. The guide was very friendly and in between gave valuable information about the area in different languages. Preveli is a beautiful place with many palm trees and a visit is recommended. The descent/ascent is rocky but can also be done with good flip-flops.

I really wanted to know a little more about the life of the Cretan people, their everyday life. Certainly, the best choice was this Land Rover safari in the central part of Crete from Rethymno to the coast of Preveli. I don't want to reveal all the details ☺️, but you should know that Dionysos, our driver, managed the whole day very professionally, many real stories, and facts about the island, but most importantly; Dionysos has a good sense of humor. The whole day is an unforgettable experience in my life. Thanks Dionysos!

It was a fun and amazing tour through the mountains of Crete to the palm beach of Prevelli. Lunch in a cozy tavern was delicious and there was plenty of it. Our tour guide Nico told us a lot about Crete including herbalism. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

an excellent experience with the competence and good humor of Dionysis - present and considerate throughout this day rich in discoveries

Everything went as planned and they didn't promise too much :)