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Rethymno: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swimming Stops

1. Rethymno: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swimming Stops

Boart the pirate-themed boat "Captain Hook" at marina port of Rethymnon. Set sail on a five-hour cruise and take some time for swimming, snorkeling, or simply admiring the beautiful views. Sail west and enjoy the views of the Venetian port of Rethymnon. Traveling along the coastline of Crete, pass Gerani Bay before the boat anchors at the Bay of Kevalas. Enjoy some time swimming or snorkeling from the boat for approximately one hour. Next, enjoy a lunch of tuna salad with fresh local vegetables, followed by more time for swimming and sunbathing. On the return leg of the journey, admire the views of the caves of Kefalas before returning to the harbor of Rethymnon.

Heraklion: Minoan Night Live Show Experience with Dinner

2. Heraklion: Minoan Night Live Show Experience with Dinner

Your Minoan experience begins with a theatrical dance and acrobatic show performed by traditional Greek dancers. Join the Minoans to play a game where you will dance to the sound of drums and become intertwined within Ariadne’s "mitos" (thread). After the performance, you’ll be invited to the Minoan dining area. While live music plays in the background, tuck into a freshly prepared feast of traditional Minoan treats. Enjoy wine, bread, salads, olives, meats, moussaka, souvlaki, dessert & more. Visit the traditional Minoan kitchen to see how your food has been prepared. As the night continues and the live music picks up the pace, enjoy a traditional Greek fiesta and dance the night away.

Crete: Private Transfer from or to Ports & Airports

3. Crete: Private Transfer from or to Ports & Airports

Use a reliable, safe and low cost private one-way transfer for any Heraklion Airport in Crete, Chania or Heraklion Port to hotels in the Rethymno area and vice versa.  Based on your flight, the local operator will confirm the time you wish to depart from your hotel. In the same manner, the local driver will meet you from the airport or port to transfer you to your hotel. The transfer will be conducted with an 8 seat minibus or bus with 18 seats. You will be notified by email about the pick-up details. Choose between a variety of one-way transfer options between Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno areas.

Heraklion: Minoan Experience Live Show with Dinner & Wine

4. Heraklion: Minoan Experience Live Show with Dinner & Wine

Start with pickup from your hotel and transfer to a scenic open-air theater. Begin the night with a theatrical dancing and acrobatics performance which has its origins in the ancient Minoan civilization. Enjoy this one-hour performance of ancient rituals with traditional costumes and live music. After the performance, be welcomed to the dining area, where you can feast on ancient and modern Cretan cuisine. As you enjoy a hearty buffet dinner and local wine, listen to music played on ancient and modern Greek instruments by a live band. After dinner, enjoy some Cretan dancing and popular folk songs. Feel free to join in on the dancing and experience a memorable cultural evening.

Crete: Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing

5. Crete: Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing

Spend a special evening with a local family on the beautiful grounds of their olive oil factory. First, see how virgin Cretan olive oil is produced onsite. Then discover the origins of famous Cretan honey with a beekeeping demonstration. After discovering the grounds, enjoy a traditional Cretan buffet meal, with plenty of local wine. Enjoy live Greek music and a dancing performance after your meal in beautiful scenic surroundings.

From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

6. 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. 

From Chania or Rethymno: Limnoupolis Water Park Trip

7. From Chania or Rethymno: Limnoupolis Water Park Trip

Enjoy a fun day out for all the family with a visit to Limnoupolis Water Park. After getting picked up from your hotel in Chania or Rethymno, enjoy a short journey to the park. Slide down one of the many freefall rides or experience the thrill of the black hole. If you prefer to chill out, float down the lazy river or kick back and relax on one of the sunbeds where you can enjoy views of the White Mountains. After working up an appetite, choose from a wide array of lunch options, including pizza, burgers, and pasta, all served with a scoop of refreshing ice cream. Re-energized, get your adrenaline pumping on the giant slides and crazy river before heading back to your hotel in the evening.

From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

8. From Rethimno: Private Tour of Traditional Crete & Cuisine

Immerse yourself in the traditional customs of Crete on a private tour from Rethimno. Meet the only living nun at Vossakos monastery and be introduced to Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni at a local pasture. Learn about goat-herding and beekeeping from the experts and indulge in delicious Cretan cuisine. Get picked up from your accommodations in Crete and leave the city center behind for the picturesque countryside. Arrive at the historical Vossakos monastery, settled in a landscape of beautiful flowers, lush trees, and aromatic herbs. Walk towards the monastery and be welcomed within by the one remaining nun who lives here. Be treated to her smile and a taste of the sweet loukoumi, learning about the stories surrounding these holy walls. Depart from the monastery to visit a local pasture. Pass through the entrance of three huge trees and meet Mr. Andreas, the resident shepherd. Listen to him detail his daily routine, including taking care of the goats and the process of producing milk. Indulge in the delicious flavors of traditional Cretan appetizers, such as cheese, olives, and a glass of raki. With a happy stomach, follow the shepherd out to his flock and watch as 100 goats rush out of their pen into the high hills. Say goodbye to Mr. Andreas and be introduced to his wife, Mrs. Eleni. Slide into your beekeeping uniform as she leads you to the hives, demonstrating her mastery over the honey-loving insects. Observe the procedure for honey extraction that Mrs. Eleni undertakes with her bare hands! Learn the family secrets behind why she has no need for her own beekeeper's uniform. Bee welcomed into the home of Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Eleni, situated high up in the mountains with breathtaking views over the village. Take a walk through the peaceful environment, relaxing into this fairytale-like world. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass while a traditional lunch is prepared for you. Tuck into a range of local organic products and finish off your meal with a delicious dessert, such as pitakia with honey on top. After lunch, be guided to the heart of Apladiana, one of the most ancient villages on the island which still adheres to Cretan customs. Cross through a field full of orange trees, reveling in the citrusy breeze, and finish your tour in the village square.

Rethymno: Open-Top Jeep Nature Safari with Lunch

9. 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.

Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

10. Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

Taste 6 of wines on a luxury wine tasting tour of Crete, and sample exceptional wines, including local dishes and more. Travel through the wine-producing villages of one of the world's most famous wine regions. Admire the vineyards of Crete, where great wines are produced. Stop on the hillside of the village to experience a unique location for red and white local varieties of wines. Take part in a prestigious wine tasting in a wine cellar, where you can choose wines paired with typical Cretan dishes, cheeses, and elegant cuisine. Learn more about the local wine growing practices and history of Crete wines. Visit a boutique winery and meet the winemaker.

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What people are saying about Papagianades

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 158 reviews

Surprising, very personal and warm. Our guide responded to our wishes, took us to places we would never have found on our own and was very patient with my numerous photos. She knew a lot to tell and always drove safely. The selected restaurants were very cozy, authentic and delicious. The tour was our best day in Crete. Unforgettable. Thank you very much!

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.

Nikos was amazing. Very friendly & accommodating, even offered to stop if we wanted to get water. He also gave us suggestions for what to do & where to go along our route.

Manousos was great, extremely friendly and a good driver. Highly recommended to use for your transfer to Rethymno!

The driver was extremely courteous, safe and friendly. Gave us some tips of what to see on the island on the way.