Chania
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From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Small Group Tour

1. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Small Group Tour

This is your chance to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is truly a heaven on earth, with soft white/pink sand, exotic crystal-clear water and cedar trees that extend down to the coastline. It is located in the easily accessible, south-western side of Crete. You will be picked-up you from your hotel area around 8.00AM, with these trips being conducted in small groups allowing for better comfort. Your first stop where you will be able to have a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Here you can visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose. Following this, you will depart for Elafonissi. On your way to Elafonissi you will be able to see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, as well as the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once you have reached Elafonissi, you will have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy the spectrum of shades of blue that this beach has to offer. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Crete.

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From Souda Port of Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Meal

2. From Souda Port of Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Meal

At 9:30 AM sail east out of the bay past the Souda Fortress on a small uninhabited island. If the winds are favorable stop to take a dip or some photos at the pebbled beach of the scenic white chapel of Agiannis. Follow the coast on the wind and marvel at views of the Ottoman fort high up on the hills and the fort of the Idjedin prison just below it. Continue past the seaside villages of Kalyves and Almyrida, around the Isle of Karga before reaching the lighthouse on the peninsula of Drapano. Again, if the gods of the winds are with you the boat will anchor in a tiny, secret cove for another quick swim. The wind will dictate if the boat sails northeast to a very small cove with beautiful sandy waters or otherwise northwest around another small island to a beautiful lagoon. Either way, the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) will be in view, serving as the backdrop to the cruise. After dropping anchor, enjoy a swim or snorkel and play in crystal clear turquoise waters while a freshly cooked Cretan/Spartan lunch is prepared with Greek specialties such as local pasta, sautéed vegetables, fresh salad, mama’s olives, goat cheese and fresh bread with wine and beer to wash it down and a dessert of fresh yogurt and sweet fruit.  Following a relaxing meal sail back to the port as the sun starts to set, arriving back by around 5:30 PM. Even if you’ve never sailed before have a go at taking control of the boat with expert supervision for a roughly 30 nautical mile trip.

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Chania: Milia Mountain Safari with Wine Tasting and Lunch

3. Chania: Milia Mountain Safari with Wine Tasting and Lunch

After pick-up at your hotel in the Chania region, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Ano Vouves to marvel at a 3,000-year-old olive tree that still produces fruit. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a french orange juice and learn about the olive oil production in the past. At Anoskeli's olive mill and winery, learn more about how olive oil is produced today, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil on warm bread with oregano and continoue with a wine tasting in 5 different labels of local wine with some authentic snacks from Crete.  Drive across the dramatic Mesavlia Gorge to experience the island's wild nature up close. Then drive along the dirt roads to the amazing Milia Mountain Retreat agro-tourism complex. Step back in time at a retreat where the lack of electricity and stone houses invite visitors to get back to basics and switch off from the everyday stress of the modern world. Discover how an authentic 17th-century mountain settlement has been transformed into an eco-friendly tourist complex. Enjoy a lunch of traditional food and local wine. Driving back to Chania, marvel at the wild landscapes of the Topolia Gorge.

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What people are saying about Chania

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

The most amazing place I have ever seen in my whole life !!! Our guide, Costa Our guide was great from start to finish! Great atmosphere During the whole trip, he explained us all the history and gave us the guided tour. Thanks to the great driver Petro who took us and brought us back safe and sound. Sarah saidi and Lola Hayes

The knowledgeable tour guide Barb and the efficient driver Costa took us to the beach swiftly and the time management was so perfect and excellent. Barb gave us so many useful advice and Costa dropped/picked us at the best location by the beach. It was one of the best tour for me:) thank you!!!! Satoko and Paul

A long, but very relaxed and informative excursion. Barbara is there with body and soul. We only had a non-German speaking lady with us and still everything was told in English. All questions were answered and tips were given. All in all, a recommendable and successful day trip. Thanks!

What a day!! Captain Nikos was amazing. He made us feel very comfortable. I would HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone who wants to have a wonderful, relaxing day on the water.

Very good organization! Everything on time. A very nice guide, and Elafaonisi is such a little paradise on earth!