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Panormo is located beween two mountains, 22 km from the seaside City Rethymnon in the northwest of Crete. The sandy coves are small but each one is allocated to a hotel, making them fairly private. The traditional small coastal village Panormo has a small harbour surrounded from taverns and cafes. Things to do and to see in the area Panormo:
1. The old town of Rethymnon
The third largest town in Crete with approx. 30,000 inhabitants is, like Chania, much influenced by its Venetian occupation. In early Christian times the place was sparsely populated, but the Venetians shaped the town with the construction of the enormous fortress, Fortezza Castle. Today Rethymnon is a mixture of Cretan, Turkish and Venetian elements and competes with Chania, the former seat of government. Rethymnon has a very long beach (12km) primarily of sand. There is a lot of ship traffic in the harbour and during the season there are mini cruises to Santorin which take four hours one way. The old Venetian harbour is the heart of the old town. There is one tavern after the other and colourful fishing boats to see. The way to the crooked alleyways of the old town starts here. Large wooden balconies decorate houses which stem from Turkish times and marble blocks with arabic inscriptions adorn other buildings.

2. organised full day tour pick up point from Panormo " The traditional Crete"
This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads. On this excursion you will have the opportunity to see many places that represent the traditional lifestyle and of course some historical facts of Crete.
3. organised full day tour pick up point from Panormo " Crete South-Coast-Tour Duration 08.30-17.30 This excursion begins with the traditional village of Spili. Here you will have enough time to explore the village and have a look at the Venetian fountain ‘kefalovrissi’ with 19 lion heads. Passing through the extravagant scenery of the Kroutaliotiko Gorge you reach the Preveli Monastery. After Preveli Monastery the next stop is the Palm Beach of Preveli. From the top you will see one of the most breathtaking views of the blue waters combined with the lagoon and palm forest. You then continue to walk down the steps where you will end up on the best and palm forest. Here you will have about 2 hours of free time to soak it all in before continuing to Damnoni. The boat will take you from Preveli to Damnoni where you will have a break for lunch or refreshments. Damnoni is also an amazingly beautiful place and has an organized beach. When this incredible excursion ends you will be taken back to your Hotel area.

4. day tour The Lagoon Elafonissi ( Nature Reserve) pick up point Panormo duration 08.30 - 19.30
This is your chance to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is a heaven on earth, with soft white – pink sand, exotic crystal waters and cedar trees reaching the coastline. It is located in the southwestern side of Crete. We pick you up from your Hotel area around 8:30am. Our trips are done in small groups for better comfort so we would like to remind you to be at your assigned location promptly to avoid delays.
Our first stop, for a short break is Agia Sophia cave. Here you can visit the cave (free entrance) and have a coffee or refreshments if you feel like it (not included in the price). On our way to Elafonissi you will be able to see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery as well as the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once we have reached Elafonissi, you will have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy all the shades of blue this beach has to offer.



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Panormo is located beween two mountains, 22 km from the seaside City Rethymnon in the northwest of Crete. The sandy coves are small but each one is allocated to a hotel, making them fairly private. The traditional small coastal village Panormo has a small harbour surrounded from taverns and cafes. Things to do and to see in the area Panormo:
1. The old town of Rethymnon
The third largest town in Crete with approx. 30,000 inhabitants is, like Chania, much influence
d by its Venetian occupation. In early Christian times the place was sparsely populated, but the Venetians shaped the town with the construction of the enormous fortress, Fortezza Castle. Today Rethymnon is a mixture of Cretan, Turkish and Venetian elements and competes with Chania, the former seat of government. Rethymnon has a very long beach (12km) primarily of sand. There is a lot of ship traffic in the harbour and during the season there are mini cruises to Santorin which take four hours one way. The old Venetian harbour is the heart of the old town. There is one tavern after the other and colourful fishing boats to see. The way to the crooked alleyways of the old town starts here. Large wooden balconies decorate houses which stem from Turkish times and marble blocks with arabic inscriptions adorn other buildings.

2. organised full day tour pick up point from Panormo " The traditional Crete"
This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads. On this excursion you will have the opportunity to see many places that represent the traditional lifestyle and of course some historical facts of Crete.
3. organised full day tour pick up point from Panormo " Crete South-Coast-Tour Duration 08.30-17.30 This excursion begins with the traditional village of Spili. Here you will have enough time to explore the village and have a look at the Venetian fountain ‘kefalovrissi’ with 19 lion heads. Passing through the extravagant scenery of the Kroutaliotiko Gorge you reach the Preveli Monastery. After Preveli Monastery the next stop is the Palm Beach of Preveli. From the top you will see one of the most breathtaking views of the blue waters combined with the lagoon and palm forest. You then continue to walk down the steps where you will end up on the best and palm forest. Here you will have about 2 hours of free time to soak it all in before continuing to Damnoni. The boat will take you from Preveli to Damnoni where you will have a break for lunch or refreshments. Damnoni is also an amazingly beautiful place and has an organized beach. When this incredible excursion ends you will be taken back to your Hotel area.

4. day tour The Lagoon Elafonissi ( Nature Reserve) pick up point Panormo duration 08.30 - 19.30
This is your chance to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is a heaven on earth, with soft white – pink sand, exotic crystal waters and cedar trees reaching the coastline. It is located in the southwestern side of Crete. We pick you up from your Hotel area around 8:30am. Our trips are done in small groups for better comfort so we would like to remind you to be at your assigned location promptly to avoid delays.
Our first stop, for a short break is Agia Sophia cave. Here you can visit the cave (free entrance) and have a coffee or refreshments if you feel like it (not included in the price). On our way to Elafonissi you will be able to see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery as well as the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once we have reached Elafonissi, you will have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy all the shades of blue this beach has to offer.



More infos for day tours with pick up point Panormo please take a peek at our menu " Crete Day Tours" You’ve booked your flights, and now you need to find the perfect place to stay in Panormo? Please scroll down to see the best selection in Panormo................
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Things to know before you go most of our tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation. Pick up points in the region around Panormo, Rethymnon and Georgioupolis

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The first stop of this trip is at a local oil mill. Here you have the opportunity to see how we produce the famous Crete olive oil .
The second stop is the white chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas in the village of Georgioupolis. Then we make a short stop at the Argyroupolis waterfalls. These waterfalls ensure the rich vegetation surrounds the village. It is a magical and refreshing experience. The last stop of the trip is at Lake Kournas, the largest freshwater lake in Crete. Surrounded by high mountains with a good climate. Here we have a stop for about 2 hours. You have enough time for bathing walking and enjoy the Cretan local cusine in the range of taverns around the lake.

This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads

Please bear in mind that this excursion is non-refundable. If you must cancel this tour you won´t get money back. You can book this tour till 48 hours before arrival ( subject to availability), payment with credit-card. After booking you´ll get an email-voucher from us with all information needed.
Things to know before you go most of our tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation. Pick up points in the region around Panormo, Rethymnon and Georgioupolis

Bathing and snorkeling in the Lagoon Elafonissi

THE NATURE RESERVE THE LAGOON ELAFONISSI

This is your chance to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is a heaven on earth, with soft white – pink sand, exotic crystal waters and cedar trees reaching the coastline. It is located in the southwestern side of Crete. We pick you up from your Hotel area around 8:30am. Our trips are done in small groups for better comfort so we would like to remind you to be at your assigned location promptly to avoid delays.
Our first stop, for a short break is Agia Sophia cave. Here you can visit the cave (free entrance) and have a coffee or refreshments if you feel like it (not included in the price).
On this tour the way is the goal: On our way to Elafonissi you will see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery as well as the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once we have reached Elafonissi, you will have 4 hours free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy all the shades of blue this beach has to offer.

Elafonissi is a lagoon in the South West of Crete and one of the most popular nature reserve of the Island. Sand dunes with fine sand enclose a large area. Small sandy islets are reachable on foot. The sea is so shallow here that one can walk from isle to isle. Coral reefs serve as wave breakers. Fine traces of red coral leave a deposit on the waterfront and offer a fantastic light show in the water. Driving southwards to the Lagoon Elafonissi you will see varied landscapes, all what Crete can offer. The Beach of Elafoniss is well organized. you will find there toilettes, a café and a small fast food restaurant, and a water-sport-centre for canoe and pedalos and stand up boards, there are also sun beds and sunshades for rent. On the offshore Island “Elafonissi” you will find a nature trail through the dunes.

Please bear in mind that this excursion is non-refundable. If you must cancel this tour you won´t get money back. You can book this tour till 48 hours before arrival ( subject to availability), payment with credit-card. After booking you´ll get an email-voucher from us with all information needed.
Things to know before you go most of our tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation. Pick up points in the region around Panormo, Rethymnon and Georgioupolis

This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads
You will be picked up by our Express Mini Bus in the morning.
The City of Chania is the first destination of this fully day-trip.
You will have 3 hours of free time to explore the city. The experienced guide will give you a perfect introduction for first-time visitors and inside tips. You´ll get a great overview and orientation of Chania - City.
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city.
Chania is one of the oldest cities in Crete. It is famous for its diverse cultural heritage, archeological ruins, classical buildings and fascinating history. The Old Town is the heart of Chania. It is perfectly formed by narrow labyrinth like alleyways and buildings dating back to various ancient periods of time. Chania for many, the most beautiful town in Crete The town is simply unique and alive. Chania is the second largest City of Crete. Large parts of the old town are closed to traffic; the bulk of the Venetian mansions restored or converted into hotels. One of the most important constructions of the Venetian Period is the Entrance of Renier Mansion. In former times Chania was divided in 3 parts the East part for the Muslims the Southwest part for the Jewish and the West part for the Christians. In the East oft he old town there are traces of the Turks: a small minaret or masonry. On the Northeast of the Venetian walls there is the only preserved gate “The rampart Sabbionara” still preserves its Turkish name "koum - kapi (Kum Kapisi = the Gate of the Sand it is constructed in the sea. On the front of the rampart, the circular Venetian emblem of the lion of Agios Marcos is still preserved. The Byzantine Wall was built in 12th century and its outline is irregular with longitudinal axle from the East to the West, where its two central gates were located. For those who like shopping, it is worth looking at Venetian gold jewellery, some leather wares and of course, Cretan olive oil. If you travel by bus you are in the old town in a few minutes. If coming by car, use the pay car park near the Market Halls on Nikiforou Foka Street. The port of Chania cannot be used by modern ships because of the shallow water, which contributed in preserving its old character. In the old town of Chania you will only see the Marina for Yachting and small ships. Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour trough the old tow of Chania which is considered an open air museum. The magnificent beauty that awaits you.

Our next and final destination is Falassarna Beach, which is located on the west coast of Crete. Falassarna beach has been awarded for being the best beach in Crete and one of the top 10 beaches in Europe. It has light pick coloured sand and crystal clear waters with long magical waves coming in from the Mediterranean.

Falassarna is a nature reserve with dunes on the west coast of Crete. It extends over a length of about 2 km. Falassarna is a Paradise for surfing. There are two watersports-stations www.surfingcrete.webs.com and www.surfisland.gr offering Stand Up Boards (SUP), Surfing and Kite Surfing. The area consists of several sandy beaches and a few small apartment houses. There are two beach clubs with good music, where fast food is offered and 5 very good restaurants. The beach clubs also offer sun loungers and parasols (price for booth 2 chairs and an umbrella = 8 €,) There are no shops. On the big beach there are 2 watersports stations. Highlight in Falassarna are the excavations of the ancient port city Polirinia from the 6th century BC. The excavations are at the end of the bay, where it is rocky. My favorite place there is the carved stone throne. What for a function it had is still unclear. The throne is located south of the excavations and anyone can sit down in, what I naturally enjoyed!

Here you will have 3 hours of free time to relax and enjoy the sun. After that we return to Rethymno, where you will be taken back to your hotel.

Please bear in mind that this excursion is non-refundable. If you must cancel this tour you won´t get money back. You can book this tour till 48 hours before arrival ( subject to availability), payment with credit-card. After booking you´ll get an email-voucher from us with all information needed.
Things to know before you go most of our tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation. Pick up points in the region around Panormo, Rethymnon and Georgioupolis

Book in advance to visit the small villages the great Cretan landscape and the warm hospitable people . If you really want to explore a country, head out on a trip.

The inland of Rethymno prefecture hides many secrets .

you´ll visit a Cave, Monasteries, Mountain - Villages, an old olive oil factory, and the "Dam Fragma Potamon". Explore the traditional cretan lifestyle and of course some historical facts of Crete.The first stop is at Melidoni Cave, a cave full of history and dates back to the Neolithic Period based on toold and items found it the cave.

This great tour is to the village of Melidoni and the Melidoni Cave one of the most impressive on the island.
Melidoni cave is just 1,8 km away from the village of Melidoni, near Rethymno. It has an extremely interesting history and amazing archaeological findings some of which are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno.
Talos lived here, a prehistoric giant robot that Zeus gave to King Minos as a present to protect the island of Crete by crossing it from side to side with just a few steps! The cave’s history goes back to the late Neolithic period, as indicated by the various Neolithic tools and items found inside it. During the middle Minoan period the cave was a worship site, probably of some female deity. The cave was used for religious ceremonies.
Among the findings is a double copper axe was found dating back to this period. During the Roman period the cave was used as a sanctuary of “Taleos Hermes” and sacrifices were performed here to honor him. The Chamber of Curtains" is adorned with impressive stalactites and stalagmites

The second stop is at the village of Margarites. Margarites is famous for its pottery that goes back many generations.
The third stop is at the Museum of Eleftherna before you get to the Arkadi Monastery.
The Arkadi Monastery is the oldest monastery in Crete. You then continue on the village of Apostoli. Here you will visit an old olive oil factory. In this village you will also eat in a traditional tavern whilst enjoying the beautiful sound of live Cretan music. The last stop is at Saint Antonios Gorge and finally the last stop which is the Dam known as ‘Fragma Potamon’.
Things to know before you go; most of our tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation. Pick up points in the region around Panormo, Rethymnon and Georgioupolis

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This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads
For this excursion, you will be picked up from your hotel area by our airconditioned mini bus. Minibus Mecedes Sprinter, max. 20 guests
The first stop is at the amphitheatrically built village of Agia Galini in South Crete.
Here you will have 1 hour to explore the village. The small, traditional houses and the harbor make the perfect match for a coffee break. Agia Galini is a small, but all the more so lively location on Crete`s southern coast. Built right up the hillside, tavernas and studios jostle each other (the meaning of the place name is holy sea tranquillity!). Some streets are pedestrian only and a small harbour completes the picture. The beautiful beach (which in summer can get very hot) is only a few minutes walk away.

The next stop is at Malata where you´ll have 3 hour of free time for swimming and enjoying the golden sandy beach. In Matala you can visit the Hippies caves. There are several tavernas where you can take refreshments. According to legend, Zeus, the father of the gods, went ashore here with the king´s daughter, Europa. Today the caves are protected. From the beach one can see the holes in the sand stone cliffs. Matala is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also for its artificially carved caves that date all the way back to the Minoan period. These same caves were later occupied by a hippy commune in the late 60’s and 70’s. Many musicians have composed song about the beauty of Matala including Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens.
On the way back to the north coast we´ll make a stop over at the mountain-village Spili. You´ll experience a traditional cretan village with its well know lion-head fountains in its centre. Walking along its cobbled streets you can explore the tourist shops which are full of traditional Cretan products.
This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads

Please bear in mind that this excursion is non-refundable. If you must cancel this tour you won´t get money back. You can book this tour till 48 hours before arrival ( subject to availability), payment with credit-card. After booking you´ll get an email-voucher from us with all information needed.
Things to know before you go most of our tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation. Pick up points in the region around Panormo, Rethymnon and Georgioupolis

Organised full - day - tour to the South of Crete: Spili, Palm Gorge Preveli, including boat-trip .

This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads.

A small-group tour makes for a comfortable way to see the sights
This excursion begins with the traditional mountain village Spili. Here you´ll have enough time to explore the village and have a look at the Venetian fountain ‘kefalovrissi’ with 19 lion heads. Passing through the extravagant scenery of the Kroutaliotiko Gorge you reach the Preveli Monastery. After Preveli Monastery the next stop is the Palm Beach of Preveli. For enjoying this wunderfull walking-trail right footwear, headgear and a bottle of water is an absolute necessity. From the top you will see one of the most breathtaking views of the blue waters combined with the lagoon and palm forest. Continuing to walk down the steps where you will end up on the best and palm forest. Here you will have about 2 hours free time to soak it all in before continuing to Damnoni. The boat will take you from Preveli to Damnoni where you will have a break for lunch or refreshments. Damnoni is also an amazingly beautiful bay and has an organized beach. When this excursion ends you will be taken back to your Hotel area.

Please bear in mind that this excursion is non-refundable. If you must cancel this tour you won´t get money back. You can book this tour till 48 hours before arrival ( subject to availability), payment with credit-card. After booking you´ll get an email-voucher from us with all information needed.
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