East Crete Excursion (Ierapetra - Toplou Monastery - Vai Palm Forest - Sitia)
VAI PALM FOREST EXCURSION: Visiting the best parts of east Crete by going to one of the biggest cities of the south (Ierapetra), the historical Monastery of Toplou, swimming at the famous Palm Forest beach (Vai), ending our journey in one of the most picturesque town of Crete (Sitia)!
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion), Lygaria, Agia Pelagia. [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]
English, French, German: All days
✔ Air-conditioned transportation with pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel or a nearby location
✔ Professional Driver
✔ The assistance of a tour escort throughout the tour
✔ Local taxes are included in the tour package to avoid any additional charges
✔ Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ to ensure your safety and security during the tour
Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Entrance to Toplou Monastery: 3 Euros, all your meals and drinks
• Visit the town of Ierapetra, well known for its local products
• Spend a relaxing day at the famous palm beach of Vai
• Explore the Toplou Monastery
• End the tour by visiting the town of Sitia
Essentials to have with you:
• Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
• Swimsuit/ BeachTowel
• Comfortable shoes
11-12 hours approximately 360 km. (depending on where you get on)
Start your day tour from the lovely town of Ierapetra, the southern most of Europe, known for its warm weather and local products. Continue the tour, to discover the beautiful eastern part of Crete. Visit the largest palm forest in Europe, Vai Palm Beach. The palm forest draws thousands of visitors each year. They come not only for its wonderful palm forest but also for the large sandy beach spread out at its foot. The day tour includes a visit to Toplou, a 15th-century monastery located in a dry and barren area. Toplou monastery is one of the most significant monasteries in Crete, dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) and St. John the Theologian. Last stop of the day, the cosy town of Sitia, with a lovely beach road and Venetian castle.
Adults: Over 12 years old (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 years old (Free of charge)
Booking Guiding Lines:
► Your Tour Language: Please check in the description which tour languages are available per day, and make sure your desired language is available on your chosen date
► Your Pick-up Point: Please check the list with all available pick-up points (and hours) from your area, on the table below
► IMPORTANT UPDATE: leave in the comments box, the following information per passenger, as it's been required by the Greek Law, applicable after July 30th, 2020 due to COVID-19 measurements: Nationality
This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Boat tickets, Lunch and island entrance. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 12 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 4 and 12 years old (50% discount + extra's if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 4 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).
Just to help you see which pick-up suits you best, here's a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-ups:
|Pick up place||Pick up time|
|Nikos hotel - Filipidis S/M||08:50|
|Malia Bay - Malia Park - Sirens||08:50|
|Drossia - Kernos Beach - Ikaros Village||08:50|
|Alexander Beach - Ariadni||08:45|
|Cactus - Aktia||08:40|
|Stalis bus stop - Blue Sea||08:35|
|Nana B/S - Mediterraneo||08:30|
|Belvedere - Eri bus stop||08:30|
|Silva Beach - Pela Maria||08:25|
|National Bank - Chalkiadakis S/M||08:25|
|Koutouloufari (Esperides Resort)||08:25|
|Piscopiano well (pigadi)||08:25|
|Mathioudakis - Creta Maris||08:20|
|Knossos Royal - Royal Mare - Annabelle||08:15|
|Cretan Village - Laguna - Chrissi Amoudia||08:10|
|Serita - Zorbas – Anissa - Bella - Lytos||08:05|
|Analipsi Beach Road||08:00|
|Analipsi Bus stop||08:00|
|Gouves Beach Road||07:50|
|Rinela - Hatzis||07:35|
|Knossos Beach - Arina||07:30|
|Karteros - Amnissos||07:25|
|Astoria Hotel - Galaxy Hotel||07:15|
|Heraklion port - 18 Agglon Sq. (Koules fortress roundabout)||07:05|
|Agia Pelagia - Lygaria: Pick-ups are available from any accommodation in Agia Pelagia and Lygaria via shuttle service. A minimum of 2 adult participants is required.||06:40|
LET US HELP! Please don't hesitate to contact us, in order to help you out choose the best pick-up that suits you best!
1. Customers who for any reason fail to participate in our excursions are obliged to inform us at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be given. Cancelling at least 24 hours prior to departure, 100% full refund!
2. VisitCrete.com reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour, due to adverse weather conditions or, insufficient passenger number or, force majeure.
► We do return money in case of bad weather (when the excursion is cancelled by the organiser tour operator).
► IMPORTANT: You need to be at least 10 minutes prior to your pick-up time at your pick-up point.
► COVID-19: All passengers are required to wear masks at all times when in boats and busses or in indoor areas.
For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560
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