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Melidoni Cave: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Chania: Private Local Highlights & Knossos Palace Tour

1. From Chania: Private Local Highlights & Knossos Palace Tour

A priceless day trip to immerse into the Cretan culture, history, stunning escapes, gastronomy, wines, and the authentic Cretan local lifestyle. Within this chauffeur-driven private tour, you will visit the world-famous Palace of Knossos. Your private local insider guide will ensure for you skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, and extra-personalized attention. From the history and cultural experience, you will be immersed into another time wandering the unspoiled Cretan landscape along with authentic layers of flavors, wines, and village life of the island of Crete. You will also enjoy personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal, like a true VIP

Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

2. Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

See Crete on a guided tour that combines history and craft for a hands-on experience. Visit the most historical spots on the island, learn their history, and enjoy a pottery lesson and olive oil tasting. Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Melidoni Cave, and more. Start by getting picked up from your accommodation in Rethymno, then arrive at the most important monastery of Crete: the Monastery of Arkadi. Explore the museum where many icons, monastic relics, and weapons reveal the monastery’s history. Enjoy an hour of free time. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its historical findings from Homer’s era. This is the first archaeological site museum in Crete. The museum hosts the whole history of Eleftherna from 3000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the pottery workshop “TSIKALARIO” in the village of Margarites to learn about the art of pottery and create your own ceramic. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this villa. Later, visit Margarites village where you will have free time for lunch or a walk. Next, head to an olive oil manufactory. Learn how Cretan people made olive oil in the past and see the evolution up to today. Take part in an olive oil tasting before heading to the next stop, Melidoni Cave. Lastly, arrive at Melidoni, also called “Gerodospilios,” a historic cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. This 220-meter altitude cave was used for religious ceremonies and as a place of worship. Learn the cave's archaeological and historical significance before heading back to Rethymno.

Rethymno:Day Trip to Margarites with Lunch and Pottery Class

3. Rethymno:Day Trip to Margarites with Lunch and Pottery Class

Get in touch with the history and the art of the Cretan pottery on this tour from Rethymno. Learn about local honey and bees at the Honey Museum. See natural stalactites at Melidoni cave. Taste Greek and Cretan dishes in a local taverna in the village of Melidoni. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax on a scenic drive through the countryside. Arrive in Margarites and take a tour of a ceramic shop. Immerse yourself in local crafts during pottery workshop.  Take a guided tour of the Honey Museum to discover the secrets of one of Crete's most popular foods. Travel to Melidoni to visit the subterranean chambers and stalactites in Melidoni cave. Hear about the facinating history of this cave. Finally, stop at a local taverna for an authentic Cretan lunch. Return to your accommodation in Rethymno at the end of your tour. 

From Heraklion: Knossos, Melidoni Cave, & Argyroupolis Tour

4. From Heraklion: Knossos, Melidoni Cave, & Argyroupolis Tour

A priceless day trip to immerse into the Cretan culture, history, stunning escapes, gastronomy, wines, and the authentic Cretan local lifestyle. Within this chauffeur-driven private tour, you will visit the world-famous Palace of Knossos. Your private local insider guide will ensure for you skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, and extra-personalized attention. From the history and cultural experience, you will be immersed into another time wandering the unspoiled Cretan landscape along with authentic layers of flavors, wines, and village life of the island of Crete. You will also enjoy personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal, like a true VIP

Crete: Rethymno Guided Bike Tour & Monastery of Arkadi

5. Crete: Rethymno Guided Bike Tour & Monastery of Arkadi

First we collect you by bus from your hotel and drive to the monastery of Arkadi. Before we set off on our bikes you will have a chance to visit the historic and very famous monastery. Arkadi played a very important part in Crete's history of resistance against the Turks and you will also be able to see a fascinating collection of icons, weapons and clerical items in the museum. We then get on our bikes and cycle through stunning scenery, olive groves and orange trees, passing through the villages of Amnatos, Kyrianna, Loutra and Asteri. Here you will get a glimpse of how Cretan people still live and work in the traditional way. We then pass through Hamalevri and eventually arrive at Stavromenos and then Scaleta. We will stop for a coffee break at the lovely village of Scaleta, next to the beach, just before we load all the bikes back to the trailer and drive to Margarites pottery village. Just outside the village we get back on the bikes and you will get a chance to explore this beautiful location, which has been famous for its pottery for centuries. Then we'll meet up and have a relaxing snack in the picturesque countryside and under a carob tree. After the snack we cycle down to Perama, before hopping back on the bus to drive to Melidoni and visit the famous cave. The history of this amazing archaeological site goes back thousands of years and it is said to be the mythical home of Talos, the giant bronze protector of Crete. From here we get back on the bus and visit a sandy beach, where you can swim or just laze in the sun, before we take you back to your hotel at the end of a perfect day.

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What people are saying about Melidoni Cave

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The description of GYG did not come to full reality. The tour started at 09:20, instead of 06:00, what ist good if you like sleeping like me... :) But the bad thing about it was, that we had to rush rush rush through the whole day. There has been no free time between Arkadi and Eleftherna as described and don't expect to do your own pottery as the text suggests... this was really sad for me, because I would have loved to do that. :( But all the places and people we have seen, where really nice and the tourguide has been really funny and helpful, so it was a good experience at least. :)

Very good day ! Really nice guide. We made some superb discoveries and the day was well paced. It is good to know that the pottery activity consists in attending a realization made by a professional. And not to do it yourself, as we understood. On the other hand, it would take less time in the monastery and more in the cave (which is beautiful!).

The world's best guide. The cutest and most personal trip. Felt really comfortable and this trip with yourcretanlocal is so recommendable. Thanks for the best day. Regards Stina and Christoffer.