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From Rethymno: Preveli Beach and Plakias Full-Day Trip

4.3 / 5

22 reviews

From Rethymno: Preveli Beach and Plakias Full-Day Trip

From £21.66 per person

Get an introduction to some of the best beaches on the south coast of Crete on a guided day trip to Plakias and Preveli Beach. Venture through some of the island's amazing palm forests and then relax at the beach!

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English
Pickup included
Pickup available in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, and Atsipopoulo. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).


  • Visit the beautiful beaches on the south coast of Crete
  • Soak up the sun at the beaches of Preveli, Damnoni and Plakias
  • Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Kourtaliotis Gorge and Kotsifou Gorge
  • Swim in the turquoise waters and get some free time to shop
Full description
Discover 3 of the most famous beaches on the south coast of Crete on a journey through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge. Benefit from hotel pick-up, and then travel to the gorge, where you can walk down to the springs and waterfalls flowing towards the river at Preveli Beach. Discover a unique mix of sandy beach and green river flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Get some time to relax in the sun and take a dip in the sea. Continue to the popular Damnoni Beach at the exit to the valley, protected by high mountains, where you can take a boat trip to Preveli Beach. Then, go to the small resort of Plakias, situated in a natural bay, and get some time to enjoy lunch, do some shopping and go for another swim in the turquoise waters. Return back to Rethymno along a different route to experience the dramatic landscapes of the Kotsifou Gorge.
  • Bus ticket
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli)
  • Boat ticket to Preveli Beach
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Tours are available in English and German on Mondays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 22 reviews

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Preveli Beach is beautiful. Crystal clear, turquoise, green shimmering water surrounded by mountains and a fresh water river surrounded by palm trees. It is a dream stand that has to be seen. The hotel pickup worked very well. The bus was modern and a double decker. The boat ride from Damnoni Beach was also lovely and enjoyable. I would have liked to be longer in Damnoni Beach because it is also a beautiful beach with crystal clear green water, where you can swim wonderfully. He is much more beautiful than Plakia. I don't understand why you have 2 hours in Plakia, although Damnoni is much nicer. In Damnoni we only had 40 minutes. Time to go into the sea for a moment and then the boat came. Therefore also a star deduction. Personally, I didn't like Plakia very much. The beach has a lot of stones, both in the water and on the beach itself. The sea was a bit choppy there and you couldn't swim very well.

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1 September 2020

Best excursion you can do!

Don't miss this excursion. The additional 10 € for the boat trip to Preveli are very fair and really worth it. The palm beach is super beautiful and the perfect planned tour never made it boring. During the entire bus trip there was interesting information about Crete and the places that are visited are very nice. The beaches are clean, uncrowded and beautiful. Must do!

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1 July 2019

Nice day, beautiful locations!

Nice day. On preveli beach I definitely recommend to go through the palm forest and definitely climb off the stones off road to end up in a great location. Beginning of the river between the mountains. We visited 3 beaches, although the last one was too much. You were tired and had already seen 2, the 3rd beach, plakias was not special or oh so beautiful. At the start of the day I also drove to a gorge, got out there, 280 steps down, great views of the waterfall. A nice guide, speaking both German and English. A nice addition to our vacation

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7 August 2018

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