Crete Itinerary - Tours and Activities
Updated: Mar 13
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. The island is vibrant and packed with ancient ruins, buzzing cities and breathtaking beaches. There's no shortage of things to do. So lets dive into my extensive collection of things to do while in Crete.
Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.
Prices listed below are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.
The Real Crete
On this excursion you will have the opportunity to see many places that represent the traditional lifestyle and some historical facts of Crete. The first stop is at Melidoni Cave which is a cave full of history and dates back to Neolithic Period based on tools and items found it the cave. The second stop is at the village of Margarites. Margarites is famous for its pottery that goes back many generations. The third stop is at the Museum of Eleftherna before you get to the Arkadi Monastery. The Arkadi Monastery is the oldest monastery in Crete. You then continue on the village of Apostoli. Here you will visit an old olive oil factory and see how the production of our olive oil is made. In this village you will also eat in a traditional tavern whilst enjoying the beautiful sound of live Creta music. The second last stop is at Saint Antonios Gorge for photos and finally the last stop which is the Dam known as "Fragma Potamon" which is the home of many animals and flowers.
Sundays at 8:30am
$44 per person
Day Trip to Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka - $36 per person
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island - $43 per person
Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip - $46 per person
Margarites, Rethymnon, Argyroupoli Full-Day Tour - $60 per person
Chania & Kournas Lake From Rethymnon - $27 per person
Lake Kournas and Villages Full-Day Tour From Rethymno - $35 per person
Discover South Crete from Rethymnon - $38 per person
Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala Tour From Rethymno - $38 per person
Arkadi, Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna Tour From Rethymno - $38 per person
Chania Sightseeing Tour by Trikke - $30 per person
Chania Bike Tour - $32 per person
Old City and Harbor Segway Tour in Chania - $42 per person
Old Town Highlights Private Tour with Street Food in Chania - $107 per person
Full-Day West Crete Tour From Heraklion - $71 per person
South Crete Festos and Matala with Lunch From Heraklion - $78 per person
The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour with Lunch - $102 per person
Knossos Palace and Heraklion City Day Trip From Rethymno
Visit the Palace of Knossos and the capital of Crete in one day without the hassle of arranging transport. Explore the archeological site and take in the museum and other wonders of Heraklion.
Fridays at 8am
$27 per person
Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace - $49 per person
Knossos Palace Guided Walking Tour - $54 per person
Knossos Palace and Heraklion City Day Trip From Chania - $54 per person
Lasithi Plateau, the Birthplace of Zeus! Tour from Heraklion - $33 per person
Zeus Cave & Lasithi Plateau - $97 per person
Sunset Jeep Tour in Crete
Enjoy the most idyllic and beautiful sunset of Crete! Enjoy the sunset to end your day in the most special way in the historical Minoan settlement, Karfi. Combine an unforgettable off road in a wonderful part of Crete crossing its hinterland where in addition to traditional settlements you will see its natural beauty until you enjoy the magnificent sunset in an amazing panorama.
5 - 6 hours
Everyday at 5:30pm
$71 per person
Georgioupolis Safari - $64 per person
Self-Drive Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach & Canyons - $73 per person
Full-Day Land Rover Safari to Preveli From Rethymno - $79 per person
Land Rover Safari on Lassithi Route - $91 per person
Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route - $91 per person
Land Rover Safari in Southwest Crete From Rethymno - $91 per person
Full-Day Land Rover Safari From Heraklion with Lunch - $93 per person
Samariá Gorge Guided Hike from Chania or Rethymno
The Samaria Gorge is one of Europe’s longest gorges. Traverse it in safety with a professional mountain guide on this small-group door-to-door tour. Your hike begins in Omalos, as you follow the path of an ancient river through rugged mountain landscapes. Finish in Agia Roumeli then board a boat to Sfakia, where the bus will return you home. Please note: Boat tickets and gorge admission are at your own expense.
Everyday at 5am
$39 per person
Hiking Day-Trip to Imbros Gorge From Georhioupoli - $27 per person
Imbros Gorge & Libyan Sea Tour From Chania - $33 per person
Imbros Gorge & Libyan Sea Tour From Rethymno & Heraklion - $34 per person
Samaria the Lazy Way From Chania - $44 per person
Samaria Gorge: Day Trip from Agia Pelagia, Heraklion & Malia - $52 per person
Full-Day Kourna lake & Argyroupoli Crete Nature From Rethymno - $32 per person
Kournas Lake ,Argyroupolis and Olive Oil Factory From Rethymno - $32 per person
Agiofarago Gorge Matala - $90 per person
Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour - $95 per person
Richtis Waterfall, Minoan History, Oldest Tree, North Coast Luxury Adventure - $97 per person
The Monastery of Arkadi & The Gorge of Patsos - $137 per person
Elafonisi Full-Day Tour From Rethymno & Chania
Skip the self-drive stress and indulge as much as you want on this full-day trip to Elafonisi Beach, a 90-minute drive from Chania. Stop at Agia Sofia Cave, a dramatic cave that contains a historic church, then head to the white sands and turquoise waters of Elafonisi Beach. Enjoy the dunes, the lagoon and facilities such as umbrellas, showers and snack bars (own expense), before heading home.
Everyday at 7:30am
$33 per person
Bus Tour to Kissamos Port/Balos Cruise from Georgioupolis - $16 per person
Full-day Koufonisi Island Cruise Tour from Makris Gialos - $29 per person
Boat Cruise to Spinalonga from Agios Nikolaos - $19 per person
Cruise to Spinalonga & BBQ at Kolokytha From Agios Nikolaos - $27 per person
Full-Day Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island Tour From Rethymno - $16 per person
Full-Day Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island Tour From Chania - $25 per person
Full-Day Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island Tour From Kissamos Port - $29 per person
Full-Day Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island Tour From Heraklion - $45 per person
Preveli Beach and Plakias Full-Day Trip From Rethymno - $28 per person
Preveli Beach Full-Day Trip From Rethymno/Chania - $30 per person
Damnoni and Preveli Palm Beach Tour - $35 per person
Chania and Falasarna Beach Tour From Rethymno - $28 per person
Full-Day Chrissi Island Cruise from Lerapetra - $29 per person
Sailing Full Day Island DIA with Lunch from Heraklion - $33 per person
Day Cruise to Paxi Islands & Blue Caves From Corfu Island - $50 per person
Chania Sunset Boat Cruise
Admire the sunset across the Gulf of Chania and watch as the sky is painted an array of colors on this romantic evening boat cruise.
Everyday at 7:30pm
$13 per person
Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port - $13 per person
Rethymno Sunset Cruise on a Wooden Pirate Boat - $24 per person
Pirate Boat Cruise with Swimming Stops From Rethymno - $45 per person
Traditional Boat Cruise to Lazaretta Island - $29 per person
Evening Catamaran Cruise & Sunset Views From Rethymno - $91 per person
Elounda Snorkeling Excursion to Discover Olous Sunken Ancient City
A Dorian city, Olous sank below the waves after an earthquake around the second century AD. Today, its remnants form an eerie journey into the past. Just 2–3 feet (50–80 centimeters) below the surface, they’re too shallow for scuba but perfect for snorkeling. Start with a presentation on the site and its history, then travel to Olous and snorkel with a guide in a group no larger than eight.
Sunday - Friday at 9:30am
$48 per person
Lazareta Stand Up Paddle Adventures - $55 per person
Chania Stand-Up Paddleboard - $63 per person
Crete Snorkeling and Boat Tour - $67 per person
Kayak & Snorkel Tours in West Crete - $74 per person
Discover Scuba Diving - $66 per person
Private Scuba Diving Experience for First-Timers - $75 per person
Half-Day Quad Bike Safari From Rethymno
Head up into the mountains of Crete and get back to nature on a half-day Quad Bike safari. Drive through shallow waters and impressive canyons of amazing archaeological structures.
Monday - Saturday at 9:30am and 4pm
$76 per person
Quad ATV Safari from Georgioupolis - $71 per person
50 Km Quad Safari Rethymno Crosscountry Experience - $82 per person
Quad Bike Safari in the Mountains of Crete From Hersonissos - $113 per person
Polaris Buggy 4-Hour Safari from Rethymno Town - $153 per pair
Finikia Horse Riding in the Cretan Mountains - Heraklion
Take a trip to the Cretan Mountains as you ride a horse along the paths and hilltops of the mountains. Admire the panoramic view of Giouhtas mountain and Agios Silas village.
Everyday at 9am and 5pm
$60 per person
Soak up stunning views of lagoons, lakes, beaches and mountains as you soar over Chania in a tandem paratrike glider on this short-but-sweet adventure with a professional instructor plus full safety equipment. Professional photos and videos will be available to purchase after you land, while an intercom system ensures you can communicate with your pilot at all times.
Everyday from 10am - 6pm
$120 per person
Cretan and Greek Dance Lesson at Arolithos From Heraklion
Learn to dance like a Greek at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village. Enjoy a 2-hour dance lesson that will teach you all the famous dance moves, not to mention a trip to the local Rural History and Folk Craft Museum.
Everyday at 12:30pm
$86 per person
Traditional Cretan Night with Live Music - $131 per person
Creating each pot is a unique moment. The ability that clay gives you from a piece of amorphous matter to create objects that will make everyday life more beautiful give it invaluable value. The workshop is located 16 kilometres from Heraklion in a unique location in the nature, with a spectacular view of Cretan mountains. The area around offers many opportunities for walking and visiting the nearby villages.
Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 3pm
$76 per person
Minoans World 3D Museum & 9D Cinema
Step back in time to ancient Minos and immerse yourself in the island’s exciting myths and legends at Minoan’s World Museum and Cinema. With life-sized 3D exhibits, discover the island’s many stories – its rich history and ancient legends – in an interactive and family-friendly way. Then step into the museum’s 9D cinema and thrill at the mythology of Minos, told with a variety of immersive special effects.
Monday - Saturday at 12pm - 7pm
$15 per person
Herakleidon Museum of Ancient Greek Technology - $5 per person
Kotsanas Ancient Greek Technology - $6 per person
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum - $6 per person
CRETAquarium Admission - $6 per person
WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour - $86 per person
Located just off Crete’s northern coast, Watercity Waterpark is a family-friendly adventure destination full of wild water slides, rides, pools and games for young and old alike. There are over 30 attractions at Watercity, from relaxing jacuzzis to powerful hydro-slides, and this ticket gets you access to them all. And don’t get tied down to just one rigid entry time: with this ticket, visit Watercity at your leisure during its opening hours, from morning until early evening!
At your leisure
Everyday from 10am - 5pm
$32 per person
Limnoupolis Water Park Trip From Chania or Rethymno - $37 per person