From Heraklion: South Crete Festos and Matala with Lunch

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Discover everything the beautiful southern coast of Crete has to offer. Explore scenic landscapes, visit an archaeological site and monastery and swim in extraordinary caves on this action-packed excursion.

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Highlights

  • Learn about the history of Phaistos on a guided tour
  • Tuck into a delicious traditional lunch by the sea
  • Admire panoramic views of the Ida Mountains
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea
  • Enjoy a small-group tour for an intimate and personal experience

Description

Explore the highlights of southern Crete on a guided full-day trip from Heraklion. Enjoy a small-group tour of some of the region's most popular sights.  Meet your guide at your hotel and hop on the bus that will take you to your first stop, Phaistos. Along the way, take in scenic views of the Messara winegrowing region's mountains and vineyards. At Phaistos, explore the ruins of a medieval city and the second-largest palace in Crete. Learn more about the history of the complex from your guide and enjoy panoramic views of the Ida Mountains and the Lassithi Massif. Afterward, swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea in the former fishing village of Matala and take a walk to the world-famous cliffside caves. Then, tuck into a delicious lunch with views over the bay. On the way back to Heraklion, stop at the monastery of Odigitria. Here, witness 2 tholos tombs and let yourself be enchanted by the monastery's charm before heading back to your hotel.

Includes

Hotel pickup and drop-off Licensed tour guide Phaistos entrance fee Audio guide Lunch

Important Information

  • Lunch is not available for children under the age of 2

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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