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Fragma Potamon, Arcadi Monastery, 3 Gorges, Spili Village & Preveli Palm Forest

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Trip highlights

4X4 Vehicle Safari2
Experience stunning places, led by an expertly trained driver in a 4X4 vehicle.
Arcadi Monastery Safari1
Explore the historic Arkadi Monastery, a testament to the resilience of Crete.
Fragma Limno Potamon Rethymno, Crete Safari1
Marvel at the natural wonders of Fragma Potamon, and St Antonios Gorge.
Spili Village Springs Rethymno Safari1
Immerse yourself in the authentic Cretan lifestyle at Spili Village and savor a traditional Cretan meal.
Preveli Palm Beach Forest Safari2
Venture to the enchanting Preveli, where a lush palm forest fringes the azure sea.
Wrap up your exploration with the stunning panoramic views of Kourtaliotis Gorge, leaving you with lasting memories of Crete's beauty.
Greek Tavern Crete island
Enjoy a traditional lunch of cretan cuisine (included in price)


Embark on a thrilling 4X4 Adventure from Rethymnon that guides you across the stunning terrains and ancient wonders of the Rethymno Region in Crete. Exploring Rethymnon from north to south offers a diverse and captivating journey through the island's landscapes and cultural heritage. Journey towards the rugged terrain of Mount Psiloritis, the highest mountain on Crete. As you ascend, you'll encounter breathtaking vistas and remote villages nestled among the peaks. Fragma Potamon, nestled in the heart of Rethymno, is a stunning dam offering breathtaking views of Crete's natural landscape. This tranquil spot is perfect for those seeking a serene escape amidst the beauty of the island's mountains and waters. Arcadi Monastery. Head inland towards the village of Arkadi to visit the historic Arkadi Monastery. This monastery played a significant role in the Cretan resistance against Ottoman rule and is a symbol of Crete's struggle for independence. Explore the monastery complex and learn about its rich history. Spili Village, nestled in the heart of Crete, known for its fresh spring water and charming stone paths lined with local flora. Explore the breathtaking Kotsifos and Kourtaliotiko Gorges, where the natural beauty of Crete is on full display through dramatic cliffs and vibrant ecosystems, completing a journey through some of Crete's most captivating and diverse locations. The Kotsifos Gorge  is known for its rugged terrain, towering cliffs, and narrow passageways. As you venture into the gorge, you'll be surrounded by dramatic rock formations and lush vegetation. The drive or hike through Kotsifos offers breathtaking views and a sense of adventure as you navigate through the winding paths. Further south from Kotsifos, you'll find the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, which is larger and more accessible than Kotsifos. This gorge is renowned for its dramatic scenery, with sheer cliffs rising hundreds of meters on either side. Book now online and get a 4x4 Adventure Rethymnon and get best rates!  
Duration of trip
8 hours
Mobile ticketing
Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Pick-up and drop-off service are both included in the price of your booking. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the details and time for the pick-up!
Free cancellation
In order to obtain a full refund, it is necessary to cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before the scheduled event or booking.
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating. However, if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule

8:00 - 9:00

Morning Pick-up

Our comfortable 4x4 vehicle will graciously pick you up right at your hotel's entrance. Your personalized pick-up time will be thoughtfully scheduled according to the convenience of your accommodation's location, ensuring a seamless start to your adventure.

Set off on an enthralling expedition across the splendid landscapes and ancient marvels of Crete, beginning in the lively city of Rethymno. This full-day escapade merges the island's profound historical roots with its breathtaking scenic vistas.

Arkadi Monastery: A Testament to Independence

The journey commences at Arkadi Monastery, a pivotal symbol of the island's fight for freedom. We explore the moving history of 1866, with its vivid imagery and symbols that recount the sacrifices made for independence. The monastery's design and relics epitomize the spirit of perseverance and the struggle for liberty.

Enchanting Path to Fragma Potamon

We proceed along an off-the-beaten-path to the captivating Fragma Potamon dam. Here, the sweeping vistas promise awe-inspiring tranquility, presenting an ideal chance for creating lasting memories with fellow travelers.

Saint Antonios Gorge: A Secluded Haven

A brief journey leads us to the tranquil Saint Antonios Gorge, a haven for rare natural ecosystems. Explore the trail to a hallowed temple set against a backdrop of remarkable geological formations. We pause to take in the lush visuals and hues, indulging in authentic local treats and coffee in this magical locale.

Spili: A Village Carved in Harmony

Our adventure navigates through charming hamlets to reach Spili, famed for its natural springs. Wander through its idyllic alleyways, under the shadow of ancient plane trees, and past the celebrated lion head fountains, where the cool spring waters flow incessantly.

Gastronomy in a Traditional Setting

The journey pauses for a gastronomic delight in a classic tavern, where an assortment of Cretan appetizers, entrees (with vegetarian alternatives), and local wines are served to tantalize your taste buds.

Kourtaliotis Gorge: A Spectacular Natural Wonder

We then explore the majestic Kourtaliotis Gorge, renowned for its dramatic cliffs and a river nourished by five springs, allegedly formed by the touch of St. Nikolaos. Descending to the river's edge, we immerse in the gorge's invigorating atmosphere, observing its flora and fauna, and possibly sighting the elusive vultures.

Preveli: Echoes of an African Vista

Our route takes us to the Preveli palm forest, offering landscapes akin to those of Africa. Marvel at the ancient stone bridge and follow a short trek to experience the dominance of palm trees among incredible rock structures, a river blending into the Libyan Sea, and expansive views of the coastline. The trail concludes at a pristine beach, perfect for swimming and unwinding.

Kotsifos Gorge and Quaint Villages

On our return, we traverse the imposing Kotsifos Gorge and pass through a series of traditional villages, each contributing to Crete's rich historical narrative.

This exploration into the heart of Crete transcends a mere journey; it's an immersive voyage that intimately connects you with the essence of the island, leaving behind a collection of cherished memories and a refreshed sense of awe.

17:00 - 17:30

Evening Drop-off

As our tour draws to a close, we will ensure a smooth return journey aboard our SUVs, taking you back to the very spots where your adventure began in the morning, completing the circle of a day filled with exploration and discovery.

Extra information

  • Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off
  • Comfortable 4X4 Vehicle Travel
  • Off-Road Exploration
  • Expert driver also doubles as your knowledgeable guide
  • Cretan Lunch with local fresh ingedients
  • All tour fees and taxes
  • Public Liability Insurance Coverage
Not Included
  • Tips / Personal Expenses
  • Arcadi Monastery Entrance Fee: 3€
What to bring
  • Sun Protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Comfortable Footwear
  • Swimwear
Know before you go
  • Walking through the paths isn't excessively difficult for someone with moderate fitness, but it does require a certain level of physical activity, especially to navigate uneven ground and potentially slippery rocks. Essential tips include, wearing good walking shoes, carrying water, and being prepared for the heat are important.
  • If you're prone to motion sickness, the winding and bumpy roads might affect you. Consider taking motion sickness medication before starting the tour.
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