Private Day Trip in Crete Margarites, Arkadi and Patsos - Grekaddict

Private Day Trip in Crete Margarites, Arkadi and Patsos

From EUR 110

Travel through Crete’s beautiful villages, countryside and gorges on this private day trip! Feel the heartbeat of Crete with this road trip specifically designed for nature lovers! Explore Crete’s unspoiled nature through this private day trip, visiting Margarites, Arkadi and Patsos along the way. Observe the history and understand the Cretan culture through the knowledge of your expert guide. This private day trip in Crete is for the true nature lovers out there who want to explore and feel the heart of the island. Begin your private tour by visiting Margarites village where you will explore the village and watch a pottery demonstration before heading to Arkadi Monastery. Continue your private day trip in Crete as you visit Patsos. Get in touch with Crete’s beautiful landscape as you hike through the gorge there. Finally, end your perfect road trip in Crete with a traditional Cretan meal.


  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off (Rethymno District)
  • English, Greek, French speaking guide
  • Air-Conditioned bus transportation
  • Tasting of different Cretan products
  • Full lunch
  • Photos and videos sent to you for free electronically after the tour
  • All taxes, liability insurance, fees and handling charges


  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off for non Rethimno District hotels

Additional info

  • Inform us of ANY food allergies


8 hours

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  • Your private tour of Margarites, Arkadi and Patsos begins at 9 AM. Your guide for the day will pick you up from your hotel then.
  • Your first stop of the tour is Margarites, a beautifully, well-hidden village. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this village and you will be able to find an elder to show you how the pots are hand thrown.The village, which has some extraordinary architecture and lovely narrow winding streets, is worth being explored. Along with your guide, you will wander through the village, enjoy traditional coffee at a small cafe and watch a demonstration of creating unique pottery products at an expert's workshop.
  • After a 20' drive, you will reach Arkadi Monastery, one of the best known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866. However, its location and impressive architecture make it all more special. It is a large fortified complex built during the end of the period of Venetian rule. Your guide will escort you to explore this magnificent monument.
  • Next stop along your tour of Crete is the gorge of Patsos, a small yet magnificent gorge, which begins at Ano Assites. In the gorge one can see rare species of flora and fauna, which are protected by European legislation. You will enjoy a small picnic at the facilities of the gorge, as you watch a spring of running water near the river. A beautiful attraction of the gorge is the cavernous church of St. Anthony in the rocky walls, a former temple of Hermes. From there you will follow the trail to Potami dam. On the sides of the gorge there is an observation deck for birds in the area. Usually, you hike for about 3 1/2 hours but depending on the weather and physical condition of the voyagers you could hike more or less.
  • Your private tour through Crete ends with the most wonderful way. Full lunch and house wine in a traditional local restaurant so as to taste the Cretan way of cooking.
  • We will be back around 5:30 PM.


  • Visit the historically important monastery of Arkadi.
  • Watch a pottery demonstration at Margarites village.
  • Hike the beautiful landscape of gorge Patsos.
  • Enjoy a traditional Cretan meal after a day of exploring.