Kourtaliotiko Gorge

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From Heraklion: Guided Trip to Preveli Palm Beach & Rethymno

1. From Heraklion: Guided Trip to Preveli Palm Beach & Rethymno

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive: 2 hour 30 minutes 1st stop: Damnioni Beach Arrive by bus at the beach of Damnioni and embark the boat which will take you to the unique Palm Forest of Preveli. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 2nd stop: Preveli Palm Beach – 1 hours 30 minutes Arrival at the famous beach of Preveli. Our participantswill have plenty of free time to enjoyswimming, explore a unique mix of sandy beach and green river flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 3rd stop: Damnioni Beach – 1 hour Arrival at Damnioni, free time for 1 hour to enjoy lunch at a local tavern (optional, with extra charge). Bus Drive: 20minutes 4th stop: Kourtaliotiko Gorge – 10 minutes Experience the wild natural landscapes of Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Our participants will have 10 minutes of free time in order to admire the view of the Cretan Nature and take some pictures! Bus Drive: 30minutes 5th stop: Rethymnon Town – 1 hour 20 minutes Visit the picturesque old townof Rethymno. Enjoy your free time to walk along the old port, its iconic small streets with local cafes, and its beautiful beach road. End of the tour – Arrival to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Bus Drive: 1 hour 30 minutes Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

From Rethymno: Damnoni and Preveli Palm Beach Tour

2. From Rethymno: Damnoni and Preveli Palm Beach Tour

Following pick-up at your hotel, journey to the traditional village of Spili to admire the Venetian fountain of Kefalovrissi with its 19 lion heads. Sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Kourtaliótiko Gorge as you make your way to the medieval Monastery of Preveli. Continue to Palm Beach below the monastery at the mouth of the Kourtaliótiko Gorge. Get breathtaking views of the blue waters of the Aegean Sea contrasting with the lush green of the palm forest and lagoon. Walk down the steps to spend about 2 hours on the beach before sailing to Damnoni by boat. Enjoy lunch and refreshments in Damnoni and admire its beautiful clean beach. Journey back to Rethymno and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Rethymno: Open-Top Jeep Nature Safari with Lunch

3. Rethymno: Open-Top Jeep Nature Safari with Lunch

Your tour starts with a drive down a beautiful off-road track that will lead you away from the city. After an hour of driving, arrive at a small village and take a walk to visit a Byzantine church and old primary school. Here, you will enjoy some Cretan hospitality as you are welcomed into a 500-year-old Cretan home. You will be served Greek coffee and a local pastry handmade by the beloved ‘Aunt Soula’ before continuing your adventure. After coffee, get back in your jeep and head to the south coast of the island. You’ll follow an adventurous route with mesmerizing views all the way to the beach. Hop in the water for a refreshing swim before sitting down for a delicious Cretan buffet. Your last stop will be the popular beachfront center of Plakia. Enjoy some free time for shopping or a coffee, before heading back to Rethymno through the breathtaking "Kourtaliotiko" canyon - where you can take some of the most amazing photos of the day.

From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

4. From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

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. 

Crete: Day Trip to Sfakiá, Plakias and Kourtaliotiko Gorge

5. Crete: Day Trip to Sfakiá, Plakias and Kourtaliotiko Gorge

Start with pickup from your and meet your guide for the day. Drive up into the White Mountains to the famous Askifou Plateau. After a short coffee break, travel along ravines and gorges to the village of Chora Sfakion, a former rebel stronghold against Venetian and Turkish occupations in centuries past. Following the rugged south coast, enjoy the views of Gavdos, the southernmost island of Europe. Arrive at the picturesque village of Plakias and enjoy some free time for relaxation and swimming in the crystal-clear Libyan Sea. On the way back along the north coast, stop at the Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Walk down approximately 200 steps to the bottom of the gorge and enjoy the views of a beautiful waterfall. Finally, be returned to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Kourtaliotiko Gorge

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 116 reviews

Wow..... where should I start?! From start to finish this tour was just beautiful, fun, relaxing and an experience in so many ways! Thank you Angi for making this experience a moment we will never forget. This tour takes you a little off the tourist traps to a Crete that locals appreciate. It doesn't matter whether it's coffee in Spili or a wonderfully authentic lunch in a village tavern that is almost exclusively frequented by locals! We drank water from a spring in a beautiful gorge and bathed in a secluded bay. It was just wonderful to talk to Angi about God and the world and to completely absorb the feeling for Crete.

The tour organised by Markidis Travel is really good. We had a very comfortable vehicle with plenty if leg space which is very helpful for a long travel. We had a small group so it seems that everyone is your family. Our lovely tour guide Andreas was really funny and he gave us a lot of information all throughout the journey. Our driver Giannis was good as well even if he seems shy in talking (he talked a lot at the end part of the trip). The places that we went to are really amazing and I can definitely say people here are really friendly.

We had an unforgettable day with Angelina. She is very welcoming and we felt very comfortable. We also had great personal conversations and laughed a lot. She also gave us lots of tips on what to do on the island. We saw places we would never have found on our own. This excursion is definitely recommended if you want to spend a wonderful day in Crete. Thank you Angelina for the great experience!

We had a great day with our “charming guide”. The places explored: gorges, beach, monastery, village of spili seduced us. We ate a delicious traditional meal in a tavern, not to mention the glass of raki. Thank you again for all the explanations about these beautiful places! We will return !

A really nice guide who showed us the original Crete away from the big tourism. A varied tour through mountains, beautiful villages and to paradisiacal beaches. It was all there. The warmth that you encounter everywhere makes it a very special experience that we can recommend to everyone.