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From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

From US$ 136.88 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
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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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

    5 /5

    based on 11 reviews

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    That was a really great day! Felt more like a trip together with a friend than a guided tour. Angelina picked us up on time and showed us several wonderful places over the course of the tour that we would certainly not have seen on our own. The swim stop was wonderful, the gorge was an experience. And in Spili, too, we saw beautiful alleys and peculiarities that would probably have remained hidden to us on our own. We had a good chat all day and learned a lot about the area and life here. Angelina speaks excellent English and also very good German. We can unreservedly recommend the tour to anyone who wants to get a taste of the south of Crete! Thank you for the nice day, Angelina!

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    October 2, 2021

    Basically, I can't give this experience anything but 5 stars! We booked the private trip the evening before and were immediately informed about the pick-up by our guide after a short time. On time and as announced, Angelina picked us up in front of our hotel with her car. After a warm welcome, we went from the picturesque village of Spili over the Kourtaliotiko gorge to the dreamy Kalypso beach. After we spent some time here, we moved to a typical quaint Greek tavern with really delicious food, where we were also received with a lot of hospitality. The way back was at around 5:00 p.m. Regardless of the activities described, the excursion was clearly marked by our guide Angelina. We were welcomed by Angi in a very friendly and lovable manner, she took a lot of time, took pictures of us and talked to us about all kinds of topics. Thank you Angelina, a very clear recommendation from us!

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    July 26, 2021

    Wonderful experience!

    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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    July 30, 2019

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