Day trip

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 31.37 per person

Spend a relaxing day on the small island of Elafonisi and soak up the sun on a paradise beach in Crete. Get back to nature on a day trip from Rethymno.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
• Pickup is available in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli • Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle • You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the activity provider (please check your spam folder) • All the pickups from Rethymno old town will be from the bus stop of the 4 martyrs church


  • Spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches of Elafonisi
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters
  • Go for a stroll in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty
Full description

Following pick-up by bus, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees.

Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize. Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Rethymno for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:30.

  • Bus tickets
  • Guide in English, German, and French (Wed-Fri)
  • Pick-up and drop off from selected points (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli)
  • Lunch
  • Pickup from remote hotels such as Grand Rimondi
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Please provide your hotel name and location during the booking process. Your exact pick-up details will be sent by email after booking
  • Pick-up begins earlier and is done from a meeting point near hotels in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli
  • The bus trip takes almost 3 hours
  • Due to environmental law, it is forbidden to take sand from the beach or to enter the sand dunes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 357 reviews

Review summary

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It was an amazing experience. It is a combination of an exotic beach, crystal clear water and pink sand. Our guide, Ingrid was so kind and provided lots of information with respect to Crete, the beach and how the local people live in that part of Crete. One of the best trips ever.

August 28, 2022

The beach may not be so rosy, it is certainly the most touristy but rightly so! Apart from the pink sand, the water and the landscapes are sublime. Despite the crowds, you will find space to lounge and tan in the sun or under an umbrella, stroll around the island, go canoeing or paddleboarding, spend the day swimming and enjoying the warm, crystal-clear water of 'Elafonisi. We were there as a couple, and it is the best memory of our stay in Crete. Only downside, much too short! 4 hours is very little to make the most of it. The guide was very friendly, despite our 5min delay on the scheduled departure time (we hadn't seen the time pass). The stop at the small village for breakfast was very pleasant, then at the rather impressive cave. In short, an excursion that is worth it but once again, much too short.

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August 28, 2022

The activity was a good way to get to know Elafonisi while staying in Rétimo, since we were picked up near the hotel and the beach in an orderly and punctual manner. Personally, the trip seemed quite long, you have to take into account that the time on the beach is 4 hours, which is the same time it takes to travel from Rétimo. In addition, there is a 30-minute stop at a cafeteria on the way there and on the way back, which lengthens it even more, and you barely have time to eat anything with the queue that forms. But as I say it is a comfortable option.

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August 25, 2022

Product ID: 106006