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From Rethymno: Explore the Real Crete in a Small Group

From Rethymno: Explore the Real Crete in a Small Group

From £29.22 per person

Take a break from the beach and discover the more authentic side to Crete on a small group tour of the small villages and rural landscapes. Visit an old olive oil mill, see the island's oldest monastery and learn more about ancient Eleftherna.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German


  • Explore the village of Margarites and admire the local pottery
  • Discover the magnificent Melidoni Cave
  • Visit the new museum at Eleftherna and the Arkadi Monastery
  • Enjoy lunch at a family-run tavern and listen to live music typical of Crete
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Rethymno area, and then explore the traditional lifestyle and historical legacy of Crete in a small group. Learn the Neolithic history of the Melidoni Cave and discover the pottery traditions of the village of Margarites. Continue to the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, where artifacts found in the nearby archaeological site of Eleutherna and the necropolis of Orthi Petra are on display. Discover the oldest monastery in Crete at the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery, and then go to the village of Apostoli to visit an old olive oil factory. Enjoy lunch in a traditional tavern and listen to the beautiful sound of live folk music before making your way to St. Antonios Gorge. Stop at the Fragma Potamon dam before making your way back to Rethymno.
  • Transportation by minibus
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

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  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Oversize luggage

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  • You will be notified by email about your pick-up details. Please check your spam folder
  •  This is a small group of no more than 20 people
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 38 reviews

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Full, fun packed trip covering some important aspects of Crete. Really well organised and Barbara the guide was excellent. Started with Melidoni Cave (home of the bronze giant Talos) we also visited Arkadi monastery, Margrites pottery village, a gorge and had lunch with music in a local taverna. By far the best of the tours we have done in Crete.

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3 October 2021

A quality course that allows you to learn more about the history and personality of the Cretans. Our guides are committed to making the experience rewarding and are very friendly. Multiple talents, varied and very striking stages, especially the Arkadi Monastery which is charming and worth the detour. A very good atmosphere, I let you discover the stages full of surprises ... Downside: speak English or German to be able to follow, which was fortunately the case for me.

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26 August 2021

It was a wonderful day with Nectarius and Costas! The two are so friendly and easy-going that you feel like you are with old friends. The trips to the respective sightseeing points were sweetened with entertaining contributions to the country and culture and with local music. Both speak perfect German and English. You learned a lot about the sights and the proud character of Crete. Masks were always worn on the bus so that everyone felt safe despite Corona.

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25 August 2021

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