Private tour

From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

4.9 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: Your Cretan Local
Private tour

From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Your Cretan Local

From US$ 130.13 per person

Discover the natural beauty of Crete, as you explore Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Relax on the picturesque Kalypso beach and dine with a delicious, traditional lunch in Mariou Village.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Rethymno
Private group


  • Relax in the mountainous village of Spili
  • Explore the Kourtaliotiko Gorge and listen to the bouncing wind
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Kalypso
  • Indulge with a fresh, local lunch
Full description
Start your day at the breathtaking Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Walk through the rising rock walls and admire the incredible natural scenery, before you reach the lonely chapel in Agios Nikolaos. Listen to the ethereal sound of the wind, created by its movement through the gorge. Reach the springs of Kourtaliotis, where you can purchase rare herbs, which only grow in the mountains, from the locals. Arrive at the exotic coastal resort of Kalypso, an old pirate shelter. Relax on Karavos beach, which has recently become a national park. Clamber across the towering rocks and dive into the turquoise water of the Libyan Sea. Travel to the village of Mariou and enjoy a delicious local lunch, complimented with their traditional drink, raki. Finish your adventure at the stunning village of Spili, carved into the heart of the mountains. Escape the sun as you relax under the trees and view the famous Lion Fountain. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from Rethymno
  • Transport
  • Lunch, dessert, and coffee
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Swimwear
    • Towel

    Not allowed

    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • Please remember to bring a swimming costume, sunscreen, a towel, and a complete change of clothes
    • The complimentary drink of raki will only be available to guests over 18 years of age
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 27 reviews

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    Such an amazing tour with a personal touch. You get to visit a hidden gem in Crete which was the most beautiful place we visited on the whole holiday, and no other tours include this. Not to be missed!! You also do not take up too much time travelling.

    March 30, 2023

    My tour guide was Angelina (please forgive me if I have your name wrong), who was absolutely fabulous: ). She picked us up in her very clean car, on time. She took us to the many beautiful places of South Crete and we had such wonderful conversations. I loved our personal attention and that I was able to ask questions. She then took us to a wonderful restaurant called Mythos. The food was plenty and absolutely delish. She made sure to tell them I did not eat pork, so the meat was chicken and lamb. It was so delicious! Especially the fried zucchini with tzasiki sauce, yummy! The day was extremely windy, but she still took us to a lovely beach where the waves were gentle and the water was swimmable. Spili is beautiful city, the water so crisp and clear.... If ever you are in the US, where-ever you are, please contact me. You will always have a friend not far away!!!

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    March 30, 2023

    Es war ein tolle Tag mit Angie und wir haben wirklich viele schöne Orte wie Spili, dessen kleines Heimatmuseum, die Piratenbucht Calypso und die Samaria Schlucht mit ihrem wunderschönen Wasserfall besucht. Gegen Nachmittag gab es ein tolles und sehr leckeres Mittagessen bevor wir gegen 17 Uhr wieder am Hotel waren. Ein toller Tag mit einer super deutsch sprechenden Guidess, die wir jedem nur empfehlen können. Die Tour war jeden Euro absolut wert. Es war wirklich sehr schön. Danke Angie!

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    March 30, 2023

    Product ID: 173988