Rethymno
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Our most recommended Rethymno Safaris & Wildlife Activities

Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

1. Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

Hop in a 4x4 vehicle for a full-day safari adventure and learn about Cretan traditions while indulging in delicious food. Tour the paradisical countryside and swim in the clear water of the South Cretan Sea. Climb to an altitude of 1,200 meters and experience the quietness of the White Mountains and Cretan dances in a fascinating landscape. Keep an eye out for vultures that will take your breath away with their imposing appearance. Visit an old village with a Byzantine Church and a café stocked with Cretan products, including herbs, raki, and honey. See a castle and swim in the pristine waters of the South Cretan Sea before heading to a tavern to try traditional dishes. Visit a family-owned winery and learn how wine is produced on the island. Discover the secrets of Creten olive oil at an old factory and learn how to identify various grades of olive oil. Step into the island's past with visits to historical museums.

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From Rethymno: Half-Day Quad Bike Safari

2. From Rethymno: Half-Day Quad Bike Safari

Choose from a morning or afternoon Quad Bike safari, and benefit from a hotel pick-up from Rethymno, Bali or Georgiopoulis. Journey to the base in Rethymno town and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment from your guide. Listen to a detailed briefing before you set off for some serious off-road fun! Journey up into the mountains of Maroulas, and head for the summit for a 10-minute break to take in the panoramic views. Then, continue on your bike for another 20 minutes to reach a spot where you can relax over coffee at a traditional kafeneion (Greek coffee house). Soak up the peace and quiet of Café Gidospito overlooking beautiful Lake Potami. Then, make your way to the picturesque village of Prassies for a quick snack to recover from your Quad Bike experience. Return to Rethymno and get dropped off at your hotel to relax and freshen up after you dusty adventure! Each quad is for 2 people, if you like single quads, please make different bookings for each person.

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Self-Drive Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach & Canyons

3. Self-Drive Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach & Canyons

Explore the island of Crete in a self-drive off-road vehicle. This Jeep Safari Tour is ideal for all age groups and it is a superb way of getting to know the magical island of Crete. Spend the full day in an open-top jeep and take in unobstructed views of valleys, mountains and more. Experience the excitement of traveling off the beaten track and into the unique landscapes of Crete. Your professional safari leader will guide you throughout the day, leading you to places that even local people haven't seen. A stop for swimming is part of the program. You’ll also be served a typical Cretan lunch and enjoy sampling a selection of local specialties.

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From Rethymno: Half-Day Off-Road Polaris Buggy Safari

4. From Rethymno: Half-Day Off-Road Polaris Buggy Safari

Start your half-day buggy safari early in the morning or afternoon with a pick-up from your hotel. Journey to the base in the town of Rethymno to get kitted out with all the professional equipment you need. Benefit from a detailed briefing before the fun begins! Drive off road and up into Maroulas Mountain to stop at the summit for about 10 minutes and take in a magnificent panoramic view of the town. Continue off road to a second stop to relax and enjoy a coffee at a traditional kafeneion (Greek coffeehouse) in Gidospito overlooking the beautiful lake of Potami. Next, make your way to the picturesque village of Prassies for a quick snack (included). Journey back towards your hotel and savor the beautiful memories and moments of your dusty adventure after drop off.

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Rethymno: Open-Top Jeep Nature Safari with Lunch

5. Rethymno: Open-Top Jeep Nature Safari with Lunch

Your tour starts with a drive down a beautiful off-road track that will lead you away from the city. After an hour of driving, arrive at a small village and take a walk to visit a Byzantine church and old primary school. Here, you will enjoy some Cretan hospitality as you are welcomed into a 500-year-old Cretan home. You will be served Greek coffee and a local pastry handmade by the beloved ‘Aunt Soula’ before continuing your adventure. After coffee, get back in your jeep and head to the south coast of the island. You’ll follow an adventurous route with mesmerizing views all the way to the beach. Hop in the water for a refreshing swim before sitting down for a delicious Cretan buffet. Your last stop will be the popular beachfront center of Plakia. Enjoy some free time for shopping or a coffee, before heading back to Rethymno through the breathtaking "Kourtaliotiko" canyon - where you can take some of the most amazing photos of the day.

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Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

6. Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

This tour is for those who would like to get to know Cretan culture and traditions while enjoying a four-hour off-road excursion. You will visit a modern olive mill, so that you can see how olive oil is produced, and you can also enjoy the opportunity to sample some of the oils. After this, you will explore some myths and stories hidden in the stones of an early Christian church which was used as a hiding place by people who were evicted by the Turks. You also learn about the history of a 400-year-old tower which was built by the most fearsome Turkish Janissary and is still almost intact to this day. After that you will climb 1000 metres above sea-level on an off-road route. You will travel through the Lefka Ori woods and you will be stunned by the panoramic views from the trail. Later, you will meet a shepherd who will show you how Cretan cheeses are made and you can try some of the cheeses he makes himself.   Finally, the evening will come to a close with a traditional evening meal. There will be lots of food and traditional dishes for everyone to enjoy, and the evening will leave you with fond memories of your day spent exploring Crete. 

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Luxury Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach and Canyons

7. Luxury Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach and Canyons

In the morning, you'll be picked-up at your hotel. Head out on an 8-hour safari, traveling both on and off-road, and take in the spectacular natural scenery of rural Crete. Visit remote villages and experience the traditional life of Crete. Visit the famous Preveli Palm Beach and enjoy a leisurely lunch at a traditional tavern. While you’re there you’ll also have the opportunity to swim in the Libyan Sea. At the end of the safari, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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From Rethymno: Off-Road Vehicle Safari with Lunch

8. From Rethymno: Off-Road Vehicle Safari with Lunch

Embark on a guided off-road driving adventure in discovery of the history and traditions of Crete. Meet locals, see nature and wildlife, and embrace the renowned Cretan hospitality. Then enjoy a relaxing lunch featuring local food and wine. Head south from Rethymno, passing through the villages of Halepa, Garazo, Faratsi, and Veni, known for their dense vegetation, fresh aromas, and unique views. Stop off at the historic Halepa Monastery, former refuge for Cretan rebels during civil wars. Take pictures of the magnificent mountain tops and valleys that surround you. Continue the drive while taking in the panoramic views and trying to spot wild eagles and goats along the way. Arrive at a mitato (shepherd’s hut) and learn all about the shepherd lifestyle and cheese-making process. Satisfy your appetite at a traditional Cretan tavern in the village of Axos and savor the local cuisine and wine before returning to Rethymno.

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From Rethymno or Heraklion: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

9. From Rethymno or Heraklion: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

Discover the southern coast of Crete in a Jeep and enjoy a genuine adventure through old towns and past impressive olive fields and vineyards. Visit the picturesque town of Spili and indulge in a little break with a refreshing drink from the town's freshwater spring. Continue to the beautiful palm tree-lined beach of Preveli. Enjoy a typical Cretan lunch in a traditional taverna on the beach, then take a dip in the crystal clear water of the Libyan Sea or relax in the shade of the palm trees. Continue your tour in the afternoon and take a look at the unique landscape around the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, then head back to Rethymnon on the old main road.

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What people are saying about Rethymno

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 101 reviews

Great tour! My fiancé and I really enjoyed it! Great views at all the stops! Especially enjoyed the sunset on the mountain and the beautiful lake. Sandwich that was included was delish and loved that we enjoyed during the sunset! Guide was informative and always made sure everyone was doing well throughout the tour! There was a compartment on the quad for our backpack which was great. You’ll be supplied with both a helmet and a goggles for the tour. We did the afternoon tour and were glad we brought jackets as it was pretty cold and windy once the sun started to set. A bit dusty and muddy, but we were able to complete the tour without getting any mud on our clothing and shoes (my fiancé took it slow while driving through the puddles). Highly recommend!

The quad tour was mega.! The guide was extremely courteous and the price / performance ratio was great. Of the 4 hours, about 2.5 / 3 hours were pure travel time with 3 larger stops for breaks and sights. I am very satisfied and got my money's worth. Different terrain from road to off-road to water crossings! Top!

The trip was great, especially for people who want to experience other face of Crete, not so turistic and crowded. If you like moutains and small villages, great views and wild animals, this trip is for you! :)

Highly recommended, be sure to take part. A really great experience with a really worth seeing route. It was a lot of fun. We will definitely do it again!

Very good price / performance ratio with a helpful guide and a varied tour.