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From Chania: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

1. From Chania: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Travel to the southwest corner of Crete on a guided day trip from Chania to Elafonisi Island, with hotel transfers included. Spend a relaxing day swimming in the clear blue waters, relaxing on the pink sand beach, and soaking in the unique landscape of Elafonisi. Start with a hotel pick up and take in the lush green landscape en route to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many traditional villages. Stop to purchase coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. After arriving at Elafonisi, enjoy 4 hours of relaxing on the beach and swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local tavern (not included). Situated just off the island of Crete, Elafonisi is easily reached by walking through the shallow waters. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty.

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island Pink Sand Beach

2. From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island Pink Sand Beach

Following pick-up by bus, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize. Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Rethymno for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:30.

From Chania: Elafonisi & Falasarna Shared Tour with snacks

3. From Chania: Elafonisi & Falasarna Shared Tour with snacks

Explore three of the most divine and sought-after destinations on Crete with a small group up to 15 people on this full-day shared tour. Enjoy the convenience of pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle fully equipped with Wi-Fi service. Visit the 2 most popular beaches of Greece, Elafonisi and Falasarna, in one day. Start your journey in Elafonisi, a beach with unique, pink sands which pop in contrast to the blue waters. Continue west to Falasarna, a blinding white sandy beach famous for its striking turquoise waters. Then head to the last stop, Vouves, where you'll visit the oldest olive tree in the world. Grab the kids and splash about in the shallow waters of the small, exotic lagoons. In all, you'll enjoy nearly 5 hours of leisure time swimming and sunbathing by the sea. Listen as your guide tells you about Cretan customs and sample local cuisine from a prepared snack box. Return to your hotel once again in cool comfort in a quality vehicle.

Elafonisi Island Day Tour by Bus From Rethymno

4. Elafonisi Island Day Tour by Bus From Rethymno

Ride in a comfortable coach through small traditional villages and typical Mediterranean scenery. See the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge and have a stop for coffee and refreshments. Arrive at Elafonissi beach. Here, you have four hours of free time to marvel at the different colors from the soft pink and white sand to the turquoise waters. As well as exploring the wonders of the beach, discover the small island. This lies just off the shore and you can reach it by strolling through the water. Both the beach and the island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty and included in the Natura 2000 Protection Programme.

Chania to Elafonissi Beach Private Transfer

5. Chania to Elafonissi Beach Private Transfer

Craving to swim in one of the world’s most famous beaches? This private transfer tour to Elafonisi from Chania is for you! Our professional guide will transfer you to the beach of Elafonisi where you can swim in its crystal clear blue shallow waters: Contrary to our bus excursion to Elafonisi this Elafonisi beach private transfer gets you to the awarded beach fast and effortlessly. We start the private transfer to the beach of Elafonisos with a refreshing coffee in one of the cafeterias of mainland Chania, where we admire the view of the various villages and valleys nearby. After a worthy drive, we pass through the daring Topolia Tunnel and the mighty Topolia Village as we head over to the Beach in Elafonisi. On this private transfer, guests have 3:30 to 4 hours of free time, in order to enjoy the lovely beach and coves of Elafonisi, as well as to step on and visit the island of Elafonisos, the Church of Agia Irini, and the Lighthouse of Elafonisi. After our rewarding swim, our private guide in Crete leads us to one of the picturesque villages of Chania mainland, where we have our lunch for the day, bonding with the locals and eating authentic food. Various sightseeing stops are possible on the way back from this private tour to Elafonisi as we are approaching our drop-off point, for this private full-day transfer.

From Chania: Private Tour To Elafonisi and Falasarna

6. From Chania: Private Tour To Elafonisi and Falasarna

Escape to Crete’s amazing beaches Elafonisi and Falasarna, swim in turquoise crystal clear waters, explore traditional villages along the way and absorb the beauty as we are safely navigating through the Cretan Countryside.  There’s something undeniably artistic in the way the Cretan landscape unfolds, from the amazing sandy beaches in the north coast to the rugged canyons spilling out at the cove-carved and cliff-lined southern coastline. In between, orange and olive tree valleys, traditional villages, and spectacular views of the White Mountains. Our escort will pick you up from your accommodation for a private tour with premium off-road vehicle from Chania to Elafonisi beach for swimming and 2 hours free time for area exploration. On the way to the South Coast we are crossing many historic Cretan villages like Topolia, Vlatos, Elos and Gorges whose views are breathtaking, with many photo stop opportunities. After our dive at the famous Elafonisi beach we are heading west travelling next to the gleaming sea and crossing Cretan villages of west coast like Chrisoskalitisa, Amygdalokefali, Sfinari. Then we reach Falasarna sandy beach for swimming and 2 hours free time to relax and enjoy the crystal clear waters. Here your lunch packages will be provided by us, ready to take with you down to the beach at any time of the day you wish. The day closes with a smooth ride through the North coast line of West Crete back to your hotel or villa or accommodation. A unique premium backcountry day escape, an exciting adventure embraced by the renowned Greek hospitality while enjoying the sights and professional but relaxed service!!!

All Day Private Family Tour to Elafonisi Beach & Agia Sofia

7. All Day Private Family Tour to Elafonisi Beach & Agia Sofia

We will pick you up from your Hotel at 9:00 am and we will make a stop on the road for coffee at Topolia Village! Enjoy a fascinating natural wonder at Agia Sofia Cave located near the village of Topolia in the region of Chania on the Greek island of Crete. This remarkable cave has gained significant attention for its unique geological formations and historical significance. Then we will proceed to Elafonissi Beach so you can enjoy the stunning beach, which features soft pink sand and turquoise waters. It is often referred to as the “Pink Beach” due to the pinkish hues created by crushed seashells. The shallow and clear waters make it ideal for swimming, while sunbeds and umbrellas are available for relaxation. Discover the natural beauty of Elafonissi by following the walking and hiking trails in the surrounding area. These trails offer scenic views of the coastline, the surrounding mountains, and the peaceful countryside. Then by 16:00 we will head back to your respective Hotels.

Your Tailored Elafonisi Escape. Luxury Day Tour from Chania.

8. Your Tailored Elafonisi Escape. Luxury Day Tour from Chania.

Somewhere between heaven & earth, there is a Cretan beach paradise sculpted by nature over ancient times. On some days, this geological masterpiece is connected to the coastline of South-West Crete, and on others, it is an island you can easily wade to through a shallow sea corridor. Imagine yourself basking in crystal blue waters of the intermingled Cretan & Libyan Seas. With your toes sinking in the fine white sand that is blissfully blended with flecks of pink from millions of crushed shells as the fresh sea breeze touches your cheeks leaving salt crystals in its wake. There are many ways to appreciate Elafonisi, but none is quite as rewarding as a tailored & stress-free escape for discerning travelers who pursue experiences at their own pace. On the road trip across West Crete rely on our top local insider to immerse in a true adventure in the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. This is your relaxation rhythm. Take things slower, breathe deep & luxuriate in your freedom.

Chania to Elafonisi: Luxury Mini-Van Beach Day Trip

9. Chania to Elafonisi: Luxury Mini-Van Beach Day Trip

Embark on an unforgettable journey departing from the captivating region of Chania, aboard a luxury Mercedes Vito or Peugeot Traveller. Prepare to be whisked away to the southwest corner of Crete, where the enchanting beach of Elafonisi beckons with its renowned pink sand beaches. As you venture towards this hidden gem, immerse yourself in the lush, green landscapes of Crete, traversing through the awe-inspiring Topolia Gorge and passing by charming, time-honored villages that dot the countryside. Upon arrival at Elafonisi, surrender to the allure of its pristine shores and crystal-clear waters. Spend your day basking in the warm Mediterranean sun or taking leisurely strolls along the soft, rose-tinted sands. Discover the unique charm of Elafonisi as you explore the protected wildlife areas that encompass both the beach and its adjacent island. Accessible by a delightful walk through the shallow waters, Elafonisi promises a sanctuary of unparalleled natural beauty and tranquility, making it an essential stop on your Crete adventure.

Chania:Private tour to Elafonisi & Chrisoskalitisa Monastery

10. Chania:Private tour to Elafonisi & Chrisoskalitisa Monastery

A unique experience exploring the hinterland, passing through traditional villages of wild beauty, and ending up at the tropical beach at Elafonisi. The guide/host guides you and explains everything along the way starting the private transfer to Elafonisi relaxed and in a good mood enjoying every moment. The experience begins by crossing the hinterland and the mountain from north to south. During the route, we passed through the tunnel in the village of Topolia and made the first stop for a visit to the cave of Agia Sophia. Then we enjoy a refreshing coffee at a local cafe with a magnificent view of the gorge. If we are lucky we may see or hear the Cretan ibex or goat, known as Kri Kri. After the first stop lasting 60-90 minutes, we continue to the next stop which is the unique beauty and architectural monastery of Chrysoskalitisa, built on top of a 35-40 meter rock with an incredible view of the Libyan sea. Free time for photos while enjoying a cold refreshment. Then we continue and after 10-15 minutes we reach Elafonissi. The magic of nature with the pink sand, the dunes with the protected sea lilies, and the clear blue waters promises us a unique life experience. Visitors have free time for enjoyment for 3:30 - 4 hours. Leaving Elafonisi with unforgettable images in our minds, we head for a meal with traditional, authentic Cretan food and a conversation with local people exploring their traditions and culture.On the way back to the disembarkation point, any other interesting sights, we stop and enjoy.

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Our day with Apostolis was very enjoyable. He is a good driver on the difficult roads through the mountains. He is professional and tries to make sure the customer has a memorable tour. He is also very knowledgeable about the history of Crete and was willing to answer our questions. He had helpful and good suggestions for restaurants and things to see. Our time on the beach was relaxing as we rented lounge chairs right by the water. We enjoyed our tour so much that we ended up booking more tours with him during our time on Crete.

Top! Based on the comments, it is better to go there in September. Although the journey is long, it is definitely worth it. The small stops on the way out and back also allow you to pace the day and make some purchases of honey, olive oil and others. Georges, our guide, was very friendly and he speaks German, French and English perfectly. Perfect day!

This was an excellent day trip! Elafonisi is easily one of the best beaches in the world and definitely worth a visit... and we've been to many, many beaches! The tour also includes a visit to an olive farm that is at least 2000 year old tree. Remarkable. You quickly learn why olives are so important in Crete and in Greece.

Guide spoke 3 languages (German, English, French) and provided nice information on the way to the destination. Excursion was super nice and beautiful. I would book it again. Also great for children (ours was 4).

Hello, relaxed tour, great beaches and something informative afterwards. Well organized, picked up on time (very important for the German lol), driver professional, guide lovely! Completely satisfied 😁