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Heraklion: Preveli Palm Beach Boat Trip & Rethymno Town Tour

1. Heraklion: Preveli Palm Beach Boat Trip & Rethymno Town Tour

Morning Pickup: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive to the destination will differ (between 2.5 - 4 hours). 1st stop: Damnioni Beach Arrive by bus at the beach of Damnioni and embark on the boat which will take you to the unique Palm Forest of Preveli. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 2nd stop: Preveli Palm Beach – 1 hour 30 minutes Arrive at the famous beach of Preveli. Our participants will have plenty of free time to swim and explore a unique mix of sandy beach and green river flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Chill out and enjoy the exotic landscape of the south coast. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 3rd stop: Damnioni Beach – 1 hour Arrival at Damnioni, free time for 1 hour to enjoy lunch at a local tavern (optional, with extra charge). Bus Drive: 20 minutes 4th stop: Kourtaliotiko Gorge – 10 minutes Experience the wild natural landscapes of Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Our participants will have 10 minutes of free time to admire the view of Cretan Nature and take some pictures! Bus Drive: 30 minutes 5th stop: Rethymnon Town – 1 hour 20 minutes Visit the picturesque old town of Rethymno. Enjoy your free time walking along the old port, its iconic small streets with local cafes, and its beautiful beach road. End of the tour – Arrival at resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Bus Drive: between 2-3 hours Depending on traffic and the hotel location, the time of the journey back to the hotel will differ.

Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

2. 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.

Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

3. Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

After pickup from your hotel, drive to Chania in the West of Crete. According to ancient writers, it was the “mother of the Cretan cities”, and an important Minoan city. Explore the Old City and see elements from all the civilizations that flourished here in the past: archaeological Minoan sites, Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, and Venetian fortresses. See dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, and the Lighthouse. You can enjoy lunch at the picturesque harbor or visit the famous Agora, a market hall that is home to small traditional shops and taverns. Next, the bus will take you to the quaint Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake on the island. Admire the area's lush vegetation, steep hills, and rare species of fish and birds, like eels, moorhens, and two-color turtles. Here you can enjoy a swim in the lake, or take a leisurely afternoon walk. Continue to Rethimnon, the third biggest town in Crete, where monuments of the ancient Greek, Ottoman, and Venetian eras coexist. Explore the small alleys in the old town, see the Turkish minarets, and visit the Venetian fortresses. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy a Greek coffee at the vibrant old port. You will then board the bus for the return journey back to your hotel.

From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

4. 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: Day Trip to Sfakiá, Plakias and Kourtaliotiko Gorge

5. Crete: Day Trip to Sfakiá, Plakias and Kourtaliotiko Gorge

Start with pickup from your and meet your guide for the day. Drive up into the White Mountains to the famous Askifou Plateau. After a short coffee break, travel along ravines and gorges to the village of Chora Sfakion, a former rebel stronghold against Venetian and Turkish occupations in centuries past. Following the rugged south coast, enjoy the views of Gavdos, the southernmost island of Europe. Arrive at the picturesque village of Plakias and enjoy some free time for relaxation and swimming in the crystal-clear Libyan Sea. On the way back along the north coast, stop at the Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Walk down approximately 200 steps to the bottom of the gorge and enjoy the views of a beautiful waterfall. Finally, be returned to your hotel.

Spinalonga Island Guided Day Trip with Tavern Lunch & Wine

6. Spinalonga Island Guided Day Trip with Tavern Lunch & Wine

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by spacious bus through small towns to the picturesque fishing village of Elounda. Then, board a privately booked traditional wooden fishing boat which will take you on a short cruise to the island of Spinalonga. Hear as your professional guide will share insights and stories of a former leper colony and the history of Spinalonga Island. After a guided walking tour on the island, board the boat and sail to the beautiful village of Plaka. Upon arrival, enjoy a lunch of local specialties in a traditional Greek tavern with a cozy atmosphere. Choose between fresh fish or chicken, enjoy some local wine, and enjoy the views of the coastline. Next, visit a local herb plantation where a variety of natural plant products are cultivated. Learn about the various essential oils produced at the site and then enjoy a leisurely stroll through the large gardens. Finally, visit the town of Agios Nikolaos for some time for further exploring and shopping. At the end of the tour, the bus will take you back to your pickup point near your hotel.

Georgioupolis: Rent a Boat Safari Sea Tour

7. 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!

Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

8. Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

Pair up with a local insider and journey along the golden expanse of west Crete in the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle on this day trip from Heraklion. Choose from a range of vehicles that range from 3-12 seats. Visit destinations like the mountain village of Argyroupoli.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, or Hersonissos and begin your journey into western Crete. Sip on mineral water and snack on fresh fruit during the drive. Wander the village of Spili which is known for its monuments and medicinal herb garden. Travel to the foot of a mountain to visit the Byzantine Monastery of Preveli which overlooks the vast blue Libyan Sea. Expereince views the Kourtaliotiko and Kotsifou gorges. Encounter hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature.  Visit the village of Argyroupoli a local spring give birth to the Mouselas river. Get local recommendations on where to tuck into the genuine flavors of Crete. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the food is an art.  Prepare to be mesmerized by the delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb, melt-in-your-mouth river fish placed around an open fire. Go for a stroll in the seaside town of Rethymno and admire the charm of the labyrinthian streets and Venetian fortifications. Revel in the glamour of the old town's authentic street markets and eclectic wine-cocktail bars. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Papagianades

The booking was super easy, and the confirmation came quickly. We were picked up on time and warmly welcomed by the tour guide. The bus was great. Luckily we were one of the last to be picked up, we didn't have a free choice of seats, but we saved a lot of time getting there and back. The route with the individual stations were all a highlight. I highly recommend it. The beach of Damnioni Beach is a dream, from there we went by boat (also a great experience) to the palm forest of Preveli. Of course the beach is crowded, but it's your own fault if you don't hike into the palm forest. Then the crowd gets lost again and it's so beautiful there in the gorge and the river. After the return trip by boat we went swimming at Damnioni Beach and didn't eat in the tavern. Finally we went to Rethymnon. A very nice city. We would have liked to stay here longer, but for the first impression it was OK.

The beach was very crowded and you have to climb a lot of stairs, but the view and the dismounting are worth it! The palm forest along the river gives you a tropical vibe!

Very nice excursion with a very nice guide. Pick up and drop off worked very well. Only to be recommended!

Everything worked out great and it was a fantastically beautiful day ☀️. Can be recommended to everyone.

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