• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Crete Itinerary - Tours and Activities

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.


Unless otherwise noted, prices listed for each activity are when booking for a single adult and 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.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Sundays at 8:30am

Price

$44 per person

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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.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Fridays at 8am

Price

$27 per person

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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.


Duration

5 - 6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 5:30pm

Price

$71 per person

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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.


Duration

12 hours

Availability

Everyday at 5am

Price

$39 per person

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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.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7:30am

Price

$33 per person

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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.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday at 7:30pm

Price

$13 per person

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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.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Sunday - Friday at 9:30am

Price

$48 per person

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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.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Monday - Saturday at 9:30am and 4pm

Price

$76 per person

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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.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am and 5pm

Price

$60 per person

Private Paragliding

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.


Duration

15 mins

Availability

Everyday from 10am - 6pm

Price

$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.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 12:30pm

Price

$86 per person

Alternative

Traditional Cretan Night with Live Music - $131 per person


Pottery Classes

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.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 3pm

Price

$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.


Duration

45 mins

Availability

Monday - Saturday at 12pm - 7pm

Price

$15 per person

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Watercity Waterpark

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!


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Everyday from 10am - 5pm

Price

$32 per person

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Private Food Tour

A unique opportunity to see & learn about local life through the eyes of a local expert. Visit family owned olive groves and learn how olive oil trees were harvested in the past and how its down now. Visit the family's greenhouses and learn everything around the way we cultivating and planting vegetables. After that, have a tasty picnic with local handmade delicacies & raki under the shadow of big olive tree! See how Cretan cheese and you will have the chance to taste it right away.


Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Wednesday - Sunday at 6pm

Price

$38 per person

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"YAMAS" Estate Wine Tasting

Experience this unique flight of six estate-crafted wines. The wine selection ranges from Cretan indigenous grapes, like Vidiano and Liatiko, to a variety of luscious international reds and whites. Douloufakis winery produces and bottles quality wines made from indigenous and international grape varieties. During your visit here, you can be guided at the facilities of the winery and learn more about the way of wine production. In the tasting room, you can taste wines, discover their features and find out more about the grape varieties and the Cretan vineyards.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Monday - Friday at 12pm and 2pm

Price

$22 per person

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