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Tour to Preveli Palm Beach & Rethymno town

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Trip highlights

Preveli Palm Forest and beach
Explore the unique South beaches in the Rethymnon Region.
Palm trees in Preveli Rethymno
Visit the Palm Forest of Preveli
Preveli Palm Beach Boat
Enjoy a boat trip through its turquoise waters.
damoni beach Preveli Damnioni Rethymnon tour
Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Damnoni Beach.
Rethymno Old Port boats
Explore the town of Rethymnon.
Greek Tavern Crete island
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant at Damnoni bay (optional – not included)
Kourtaliotiko Gorge
Stop at Kourtaliotiko Gorge and take pictures of the impressive mountainous terrain

Overview

Full-Day Tour to Preveli Palm Beach, Damnoni Beach & Rethymno Town

Preveli Palm beach and Damnoni beach. Discover 2 beautiful unique beaches on the south coast of Crete on a journey through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge. Preveli Palm Beach, also known as Preveli Beach, is a place people should definitely visit while in Crete. It is renowned for its exotic palm forest, scenic beauty, and crystal-clear waters. It's like an oasis, between the wild deserted mountains of SouthCrete. A unique landscape, consisting of a gorge, followed by a river and surrounded by palm trees, ending at the Libyan Sea. The beach's natural beauty, with its soft golden sands and clear, inviting waters, attracts visitors. The surrounding cliffs and the lush greenery of the landscape contribute to the beach's serene and picturesque ambiance. You'll also get to explore the beach of Damnoni. Damnoni Beach is celebrated for its natural beauty, featuring crystal-clear turquoise waters that are ideal for swimming and water activities. The beach is embraced by rocky cliffs and verdant hills, creating a picturesque backdrop. The calm and inviting waters make Damnoni Beach a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. Visitors can unwind on the soft sands and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while taking in the breathtaking views of the Libyan Sea.

Last stop, the capital of the Region, Rethymnon!

Rethymnon is a picturesque town located on the north coast of Crete. It is known for its rich history, stunning beaches, Venetian architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. Rethymnon's Old Town is a well-preserved historic district with narrow streets, Venetian architecture, and remnants of its Ottoman past. The Venetian Harbor in Rethymnon is a scenic area. The visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll and admire the charming blend of Venetian and Ottoman architecture. The harbor is lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The Fortezza Fortress is a significant historical landmark in Rethymnon, offering panoramic views of the town and the surrounding coastline. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, it serves as a reminder of the town's strategic importance during various periods of its history.
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Duration of trip
Total Duration of the tour: 11-12.5 hours The trip duration varies depending on the location of your hotel.
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. Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
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

7:00-8:55

Morning Pick-up:

Participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame. The exact pick-up time will be determined based on the location of your accommodation.

Experience a delightful day trip along Crete's southern coast, featuring an itinerary that takes you to the scenic Damnoni Beach, the exotic Palm Beach of Preveli, the majestic Kourtaliotiko Gorge, and the charming town of Rethymnon. Here's a breakdown of the itinerary:

The journey begins with a 2-3 hour bus ride from your pickup location to Damnoni Beach, where you'll embark on a boat ride to Palm Forest of Preveli. Relish in a picturesque 30-minute boat journey from Damnoni Beach to Preveli Palm Forest, soaking up the stunning coastal scenery and the area's natural splendor along the way.

Upon reaching the renowned Preveli Palm Beach, you're given about 1 hour and 30 minutes to freely enjoy this idyllic spot. Seize the chance to dive into the crystal-clear waters, unwind on the soft sandy shore, and wander through the extraordinary scenery where the beach meets a river, bordered by palm trees and rocky terrains. This location is truly enchanting and offers a postcard-perfect vista.

Afterward, you'll head back to Damnoni Beach on a 30-minute picturesque boat trip, savoring the beauty of the journey once more.

Return to Damnoni Beach for another visit, where you'll have an hour of leisure time to have lunch at one of the local taverns. Take this opportunity to delight in the flavors of authentic Cretan cuisine, all while embracing the relaxed ambiance of the beachside setting.

After leaving Damnoni Beach, set off on a 20-minute bus ride to Kourtaliotiko Gorge. While the visit is brief, around 10 minutes, it's the perfect moment to appreciate the gorge's rugged natural beauty and snap some unforgettable photos of Crete's spectacular landscapes.

The journey then proceeds with a 30-minute bus trip to the delightful town of Rethymnon.

In Rethymnon Town, you're given about 1 hour and 20 minutes to delve into the scenic old town. This is your chance to meander along the historic port, navigate the quaint alleyways filled with charming cafes, and take in the sights along the beautiful beach road.

Once you've soaked up Rethymnon's unique atmosphere, it's time to rejoin the bus for the return trip, which will last around 2 hours, concluding your journey.

19:00-20:00

Evening Drop-off

Upon the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses and head back to their respective points, where they were originally picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the individual pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

Included
  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Travel in comfort aboard our air-conditioned bus
  • Professionally trained driver
  • Experienced tour guide to provides insightful information
  • Boat tickets for the cruise to Preveli Palm Beach (two-way ticket)
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
  • Participants are covered by Public Liability Insurance
Not Included
  • Food & Beverages
What To Bring
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit / Beach Towel
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Change of clothes
Know before you go
  • Consider bringing a change of clothes if you'd like to switch to dry attire after swimming at Preveli and Damnoni, ensuring you're comfortable for your visit to Rethymno Town.
  • Preveli Beach does not offer umbrellas or sunbeds for rent. However, visitors can enjoy a shower facility on the beach and find natural shade under the palm trees and tamarisks.
  • Preveli Beach features a tavern and a small shop under palm trees, offering snacks, meals, and beach essentials, though at higher prices. Many guests opt to bring their own drinks and snacks. Occasionally, a fruit truck at the beach entrance sells refreshments.
  • Damnoni Beach is well-equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds, complemented by several Greek tavernas. Additionally, a van selling hot dogs and gyros can be found a short distance away.
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