Day trip

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna Tour

Activity provider: Markidis Travel
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From US$ 35.64 per person

Take a break from the beach and discover the small villages and rural landscapes of Crete on a group tour. Visit an old olive oil mill, see the island's oldest monastery and learn more about ancient Eleftherna.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German


  • Explore the village of Margarites and admire the local pottery
  • Discover the magnificent Melidoni Cave
  • Visit the new museum at Eleftherna and the Arkadi Monastery
  • Enjoy lunch at a family-run tavern and listen to live music typical of Crete
Full description

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Rethymno area, and then explore the traditional lifestyle and historical legacy of Crete. Learn the Neolithic history of the Melidoni Cave and discover the pottery traditions of the village of Margarites. Continue to the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, where artifacts found in the nearby archaeological site of Eleutherna and the necropolis of Orthi Petra are on display. Discover the oldest monastery in Crete at the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery, and then go to the village of Apostoli to visit an old olive oil factory. Enjoy lunch in a traditional tavern and listen to the beautiful sound of live folk music before making your way to St. Antonios Gorge. Stop at the Fragma Potamon dam before making your way back to Rethymno.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch and drinks

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 49 reviews

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This was a most interesting and varied trip led by a fantastic guide and a brilliant driver. We visited 6 sites the most poiniant being the monestary at Arkadi which had an air of historic significance. It was slightly disappointing that we only saw the museum at Eleftherna and not the actual ancient sites being uncovered.

June 6, 2022

Full, fun packed trip covering some important aspects of Crete. Really well organised and Barbara the guide was excellent. Started with Melidoni Cave (home of the bronze giant Talos) we also visited Arkadi monastery, Margrites pottery village, a gorge and had lunch with music in a local taverna. By far the best of the tours we have done in Crete.

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October 3, 2021

A quality course that allows you to learn more about the history and personality of the Cretans. Our guides are committed to making the experience rewarding and are very friendly. Multiple talents, varied and very striking stages, especially the Arkadi Monastery which is charming and worth the detour. A very good atmosphere, I let you discover the stages full of surprises ... Downside: speak English or German to be able to follow, which was fortunately the case for me.

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August 26, 2021

Product ID: 134412