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East Crete

East Crete

from: 50.00


Visiting the best parts of east Crete by going to one of the biggest cities in 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 towns of Crete (Sitia)! The excursion operates every Sunday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara, Lygaria, Agia Pelagia). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, and guided tours. Available Tour Languages are: English, French, and German.


Tour info

1 day
Tour Type:
Land Excursion
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


Morning Pick-up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ.

Bus Drive to Ierapetra: approx. 1.5 – 2 hours

1st stop: Ierapetra - 40 minutes: Visit the most southern and warm town of Europe, famous worldwide for its agricultural products distributed all year round. Enjoy some free time for a walk on the lovely beach road.

Bus Drive to Ierapetra: 1 hour 30 minutes

2nd stop: Toplou Monastery – 40 minutes: Our participants will enjoy a visit to the historical and beautiful Monastery of Toplou. There they will spend about 40' of guided time and free time to take photos of the unique architecture and the Cretan Natural landscape outdoors.

Bus Drive to Vai Beach: 20 minutes

3rd stop: Vai Beach – 2 hours: Stop at Vai, the biggest natural palm forest in Europe. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to swim, sunbathe, have lunch and take photos of this exotic landscape of Crete.

Bus Drive to Sitia: 30 minutes

4th stop: Sitia– 40 minutes: Participants will enjoy some free time to explore the town on their own pace, walk by the cosmopolitan beach road, have a coffee at a traditional cafe or taste the delicious local homemade sweets.

End of the tour – Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

Bus Drive: approx. 2 – 3 hours hours

Special offer


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)!

Pick-up's from:
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]

Operating Days:
Every Sunday

English, French, German: All days

Tour includes:
✔ 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

Tour highlights:
• 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
• Water

Southeast Crete

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.

Age Definition:
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

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
Sissi 08:50
Nikos hotel - Filipidis S/M 08:50
Malia church 08:45
Malia Bay - Malia Park - Sirens 08:50
Drossia - Kernos Beach - Ikaros Village 08:50
Alexander Beach - Ariadni 08:45
Cactus - Aktia 08:40
Mochos Cross 08:35
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
Hersonissos Village 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
Amirantes B/S 07:55
Gouves Beach  Road 07:50
Gouves Cross-Lavris 07:45
Gournes Church 07:40
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
Natural History Museum 07:00
Talos Plaza (outside Envy Cafe) 07:00
Giofyros (Meliriton) 06:55
Amoudara 06:50
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. 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.


For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560


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