Private Tour to South Crete: Ancient Gortyn, Monasteries and Matala Beach

An exciting journey from the North to the South! The route passes through the entire island capturing part of the Psiloritis massif. From the foot of the mountains stretches the delightful beauty of Messara valley, which has been the island's breadbasket for centuries. During the ride you will hear the information about the history of the island and the sights that you will visit. Then, you can enjoy a walk in the preserved part of the ancient Roman capital of Crete Gortis, which is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sights in Greece. Then you have the unique opportunity to visit 2 of the most ancient Orthodox monasteries on the island: Panagia Paliani and Kalyviani. Finishing the trip, you will have time to swim in the crystal clear waters of Matala beach and dine in one of the traditional taverns located along the coast. For pick-up from different location than listed, please, contact us.

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HIPPIE BEACH - Matala Private Tour

The experience starts from Heraklion heading south to Matala. In the 1960's, hippies from all over the world flocked to the area and lived in the caves as part of their beliefs and way of life. Along the road, we come across many vineyards and olive groves of the fertile plain of Messara. We stop at the Monastery of Panagia Kalyviani, a monastery that is famous for its charitable work. The compound of the monastery that was gradually formed around the 14th-century single-nave church became very famous in the 19th century because of the presence of a miraculous icon. We then visit the Palace of Phaistos, where the famous Phaistos Disc was unearthed and whose script was only recently deciphered. Our next stop is the famous Matala beach where you will visit the caves where the hippies used to live (Roman tombs) and cool off with a swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan Sea.

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South Crete-Matala Beach and Caves - Phaistos Palace - Organic Winery.

This Tour gives you the opportunity to Explore South Crete , away from big cities and tourist areas . We get the chance to visit a family organic winery, Festos Palace the second biggest in Crete and Matala Caves and beach .

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South Crete - The gorge of the Eremits, Sunset in Matala

Don't miss this highlight and capture the South of Crete. Walk in the footsteps of the hermits and find your peace of mind when an extensive bath in one of the most stunning beaches of the South coast of the Libyan Sea. A wonderful combination of history, nature, hiking, swimming and a romantic sunset on the famous beach of Matala. Once a hippie and back.

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Matala - Agia Galini - Spili ( Small Group Tour)

For this excursion, you will be picked up from your hotel area by our airconditioned mini bus. The first stop is at the Spili village. You will have a chance to see a 100% traditional village with its well know lion-head fountains in the middle of the village. Walking along its cobbled streets you can explore the tourist shops which are full of traditional Cretan products. The next stop is at the amphitheatrically built village of AgiaGalini. Here will have 2,5 hrs to explore the village. The next stop is at Matala where you will have 3 hr of free time to enjoy the golden sandy beach. 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. The bus will then take you back to your hotel ending this amazing excursion.

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Excursion to South Crete - Gortys Festos Matala

Discover the beautiful South Crete, Wonderful landscapes, archaeological sites and popular sandy beaches await you. Festos, Gortys, Matala are some of our top destinations.

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South Crete - Matala

Visit one of the most historic monasteries, the holy patriarchal and sacropelic Monastery of Odigitria. The Monastery of Odigitria is located on the mountainous massif of Asterousia Mountains in the south of the prefecture of Heraklion, which constitute the "Mount Athos" of Crete. The monastery includes a multitude of old chapels with remarkable frescoes. After a short drive through the Messara plain you reach Matala. Known for the colony of hippies in the Sixties, where they lived in large holes formed on the mountain.The rocks are holes with a Roman burial. In Matala you will have time for a refreshing dip in the water, eat something or just enjoy a drink on the beach.

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South Crete Tour

Drive through beautiful scenery and  the vineyards of South-Central Crete to the plain of Messara, the largest plain in Crete. Visit Phaestos Palace, an important center of Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful ancient city in southern Crete. It was inhabited from the Neolithic period through the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C. We will visit the palace with its superb architectural composition and construction, considered to be the finest and most typical of all Minoan palaces.  The tour ends at the coastal Matala, known for its wonderful sandy beach and the caves carved into the rocks. You can enjoy a swim and lunch before the return journey back.

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Royalty South Crete-Matala Tour

Matala Excursion, South Crete This time we set out for the south of Crete. Our first stop is the ancient city of Gortys, one of the most significant ancient cities of Crete, with a very rich history. It is also one of the largest archaeological sites of Greece.

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Messara

Enjoy a day filled with pretty scenery, history and time to relax. Feel the essence of Crete in the ideal combination of culture and tradition with a well-deserved break at one of the most beautiful beaches, swimming, sunbathing or experiencing the local gastronomy.

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