Day trip

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Preveli Beach & Damnoni Beach

4.5 / 5

82 reviews

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Preveli Beach & Damnoni Beach

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 30.50 per person

Get an introduction to some of the best beaches on the south coast of Crete. Travel on a guided day trip to Plakias and Preveli Beach, and venture through the island's palm forests.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
German, English
Pickup included
Pickup 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
  • Visit the beautiful beaches on the south coast of Crete
  • Soak up the sun at the beaches of Preveli, Damnoni and Plakias
  • Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Kourtaliotis Gorge and Kotsifou Gorge
  • Swim in the turquoise waters and get some free time to shop
Full description

Discover 3 of the most famous beaches on the south coast of Crete. Travel through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge where you will stop to see the magnificent waterfalls and the springs of the river Preveli that flow inside the gorge and which result in the river at Preveli Beach.

The first stop in the south is at the sandy beach Damnoni, where the boat is waiting to take you to Palm Beach Preveli at the south-end of Kourtaliotis Gorge, at the mouth of the river Preveli.

Enjoy some time for a splendid swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, sunbathe and relax, and embark on a short hike through the tropical forest. Visit the south of Crete and stop at the viewpoint above where you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view and take some fantastic pictures.

Hop on the boat to take you to Preveli, a unique mixture of the sandy beach and the green river which is flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Here you will have time to enjoy the refreshing Libyan sea and the Cretan Sun. Continue to the sandy beach of Damnoni, where the boat is waiting to take you to Palm Beach Preveli at the south-end of Kourtaliotis Gorge, at the mouth of the river Preveli.

Enjoy some time for a splendid swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, sunbathe and relax, and embark on a short hike through the tropical forest. Hop back on the boat and return back to the sandy beach of Damnoni. The next stop is the small resort Plakias, situated in a natural bay. Here you can have lunch, go for another swim or do some shopping. We will take another road to return to Rethymno, driving through the impressive Kotsifou Gorge.

Includes
  • Bus ticket Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses and bus tickets
  • Guide English German
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Sfakaki, Stavromenos and Atsipopoulo)
  • Boat ticket to Preveli Beach (€10)
  • No pickup from remote hotels (such as Grand Rimondi)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 82 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5

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Great spots that are visited, super nice and competent tour guide (Barbara), who explained a lot of interesting things in German and English. Picking up at the agreed meeting point worked great (we were even sent the exact directions in advance). Priced at only 1/3 of the comparable tour that Tui offered at our hotel. For the stop in the gorge, it is advisable to have sturdy shoes with you; It is best to bring water shoes for the other stops on the beaches and at the palm forest. All in all highly recommended! We would book the tour again at any time.

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October 16, 2022

The transfer was on time, the tour guide Barbara was very friendly, the bus ride wasn't boring because we learned a lot about Crete, and the stops were really well chosen, the longest route was about 50 minutes to an hour. The palm beach was of course the highlight & really recommendable, but the other stops were also nice. All in all a really nice trip! Any time :)

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October 4, 2022

Our favourite day when in crete all because of the ease of this tour, the numerous locations included and the fantastic tour guide. Very easy pick up location with the bus as sent information by email the day before. The tour itself covers a gorge and waterfall and 3 beaches. It also included a boat trip - you have to pay an extra €10 on the bus for this. But it is well worth it. You have enough time to explore each beach and villiage and the views and scenery are breath taking! Away from 0830hr and back in rethymnos by 1800hr. Our tour guide was very friendly and gave us lots of great facts and historical/cultural insights to the surrounding area. Our most enjoyable day of the trip :)

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September 16, 2022

Product ID: 109378