Explore Rethymno and its hinterland

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Explore Rethymno and its hinterland

A unique guided road trip with wonderful scenery as well as a real insight into traditional Cretan life. Visit Margarites village, Arkadi monastery and Rethymno town with your local guide.

8 hours
book this excursion
up to 2 days in advance
departures from Chania:
daily upon request
departure place:
Chania center or from your hotel - please indicate your pick up point when booking ( for pick up points 15km+ away from Chania's center, an additional fee will be charged)
departure time:
9.30am (flexible time)
services included:

personal pick up and drop off with flexible start time

private sightseeing tour with a local insider guide

transfers with a fully airconditioned car/van

mini ceramics workshop

entrance ticket to the monastery

traditional Cretan lunch (including drinks)

all taxes

services not included:

Personal expenses

prices (VAT included)

Prices per person:

1 adult  – 330 euros per person

2 adults – 180 euros per person

3 adults – 150 euros per person

4 & 5 adults –  130 euros per person

6 & 7 adults –  100 euros per person


infants 0-3.99 years old      free of charge 

YOUTH 4-12 years old       40 euros per child


Persons per private tour: min 2 adults – max 7 persons

cancellation policy

2 days in advance before departure - retention of deposit

less than 2 days before departure – 100%

Your local guide will meet you at your preferred location within the Chania town region. Your private daytrip will start by heading towards the region of Rethymno. We shall first visit the village of Margarites which is located on a picturesque green rolling hill of the Rethymno region. The village is well known for its pottery. We will learn of the tradition of pottery that goes back many generations in this village from Mrs. Eleni, the owner of a family pottery workshop and why not try yourselves the art of ceramics.
We shall then stroll on the lovely narrow winding streets of the village, which has some extraordinary architecture, lovely byzantine churches worth exploring and many ceramic workshops. On its central square we shall enjoy a Greek coffee with great views over the local countryside.
Going further inland we will next visit the famous Arkadi monastery. Unique natural beauty, prestigious history, numerous legends deeply rooted in time, heirlooms and thesaurus richness can perfectly describe this monastery. It has been a continuous and inseparable part of the Cretan history during the last eight centuries. Your local guide will introduce you to its history and let you soak up the beauty of the monastery.
Our next destination will be Rethymno town. Let your local guide curate you step by step to Rethymno’s rich cultural identity through storytelling, experiencing local hangouts and discovering the hidden treasures of the Old Town.
Your tour would not be complete without a delicious lunch in a traditional taverna in the alleys of the Old town.
At the end of your tour, our mission will be accomplished – you will leave with enjoyable memories and a much better understanding of Rethymno’s hinterland and Old town.
PLEASE NOTE: As this tour involves walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended, please do not forget your sunglasses and sun hat.

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