Day trip

From Heraklion Area: Full-Day Bus Trip to Elafonisi Island

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16 reviews

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Heraklion Area: Full-Day Bus Trip to Elafonisi Island

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 54.46 per person

Spend a relaxing day on the small island of Elafonisi and soak up the sun on a paradise beach in Crete. Get back to nature on a day trip from Heraklion and enjoy a hassle free journey aboard your comfortable bus.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French, Polish
Pickup included
Pickup for this option is only from the areas of Heraklion City and Ammoudara beach resorts. Pickup begins earlier than the stated starting time and is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches of Elafonisi
  • Swim in crystal-clear waters in a protected wildlife area
  • Take in lush green landscapes as you travel through Topolia Gorge
Full description
Start your day of discovery with a pick-up service. Right after you board your comfortable, air-conditioned bus, you will 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 4:00 PM and return to Heraklion for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop-off at around 7:30 PM.
Includes
  • Pick up and drop-off in Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos, Anissaras, Analypsi, Gouves, Gournes,Heraklio, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia/Lygaria, and Fodele
  • Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses and bus tickets
  • Guide English and German,English,French & Polish
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Biodegradable sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Please provide your hotel name and location during the booking process
  • The bus trip takes almost 3-hours
  • Due to environmental law, it is forbidden to take sand from the beach or to enter the sand dunes
  • Please bring a swimsuit, sunscreen and a hat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4/5

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The bus driver and guide were great and the guide pointed out many spots along our drive to Elafonisi and spoke about the history of the island. It is a long day (pickup at 6:30am, drop off after 7pm) but it was a great way to get to Elafonisi if you don't plan on driving there and we got to spend 5 hours at Elafonisi which was amazing. The bus ride there was comfortable but it did not have a toilet and there is only 1 stop on the way there so just be prepared for that.

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July 23, 2021

The bus ride from our location took a good 5 1/2 hours, by car you would be there in just under 4 hours. On site you only have 4 hours stay. The bus driver and co. were totally friendly, but I would rather advise to come by rental car, that would have come to the same money in our case, but then we could have stayed as long as we wanted and the drive would have been much shorter and more pleasant. But the beach is definitely worth a visit!

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July 13, 2022

I recommend. The excursion was great and the guide too. Cheer

October 13, 2021

Product ID: 293335