Crete
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From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

1. From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

Travel by air-conditioned coach to the west of Crete. Enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast at the small village of Skaleta and then continue to Kissamos to board a boat and start your cruise. Admire a vast cave that was most likely an ancient shipyard. See sea turtles and dolphins playing in the water. Disembark on the island of Gramvousa, also known as "Pirates' Island". Here, you can encounter over 100 bird and 400 plant species. Enjoy plenty of free time to swim at a gorgeous beach. Alternatively, feast from an (optional) lunch on board. Continue your cruise to the lagoon of Balos and discover one of the loveliest sites in Greece. Get a breathtaking view of the lagoon, before the return journey to the meeting point.   

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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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From the Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Chrissi Island

3. From the Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Chrissi Island

Enjoy a day tour to the uninhabited island of Chrissi. Admire this small island with its natural cedar forest and beautiful sandy beaches. Drive to the south of Crete and reach the picturesque old town of Lerapetra. Climb aboard the boat at the port of Lerapetra and travel through the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. With luck you will see dolphins, and finally reach Chrissi – also called the Golden Island. Admire untouched nature – a paradise of unparalleled flora and fauna. Stroll through a natural cedar forest, enjoy the incredible tranquility and discover corals and shells, dunes and salt marshes.

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Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

4. Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

The Black Rose sails daily from the Port of Hersonissos through the clear waters of the Cretan Sea. The first stop on this 5-hour trip is St. Georges Bay. You’ll have around 2 hours to swim and snorkel and explore the area. By the time you’re back on the boat, the pirate crew will have prepared a delicious BBQ meal for you to enjoy. Next you’ll set sail for Sissi, Malia and Stalis. During the trip, the boat is likely to be accompanied by dolphins and sea turtles. Stop at the Gulf of Stalis for another chance to swim. Enjoy a refreshing glass of fruit juice before returning to Hersonissos.

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

5. 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

6. 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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Horse Riding with Lunch in the Mountains near Heraklion

7. Horse Riding with Lunch in the Mountains near Heraklion

Discover the wonderful mountain landscape around Heraklion and decide between riding comfortably in a coach or riding a horse yourself. After around 50 minutes, arrive at the top of the Finikia Mountains - a perfect place for a cozy picnic with soft drinks, raki and fruit. Enjoy the fantastic view of the sleepy mountains of Zeus, father of the gods, said to have been born in the Dikti Cave on the Lasithi Plateau. Continue your ride over the incredibly beautiful landscape and enjoy a hearty lunch in Cretan style with traditional house wine. Spend a little time on the lands, relax with a glass of wine and watch as your children take the reins.

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Crete: Land Rover Safari Through the Plateaus

8. Crete: Land Rover Safari Through the Plateaus

Discover Crete with a drive through the plateaus. Follow the path of your choice and admire the rugged nature. Begin in the idyllic little town of Kastamonitsa at the foothills of the Afentis Mountains and enjoy a typical Cretan breakfast. Drive through the unbelievably beautiful landscape, along rural roads and mountain passes and discover the diversity of animal life. At the next stop, enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of the Lassithi Plateau and the northern coast of Crete. Visit the Psychro Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, father of the gods.  Then enjoy a selection of local and regional specialties in a local tavern. Discover the Lassithi Plateau, where time seems to stand still. The local people are mostly farmers and still use donkeys in their daily lives. Visit the little town of Krasi, known for its millennia-old sycamore trees and natural springs. On your way back, pass olive groves and admire the spectacular coast of Crete with its deep blue waters beyond. 

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Luxury Jeep Safari to South Coast, Palm Beach and Canyons

9. 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 or Heraklion: Jeep Safari to Preveli Beach

10. 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 Crete

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!

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!

A magnificent place, where we can rest, discover another landscape Take a magnificent photo !!

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