Elafonissi, Greece
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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English


Relax on the paradise-like island of Elafonisi and visit rocktop Chrissoskalitissa Monastery on this family-friendly day trip. Admire western Crete’s hills and traditional villages on a drive to the southwest coast, and visit medieval Chrissoskalitissa, perched on a clifftop and famous for its ‘golden step.’ Then, spend the afternoon on the idyllic protected islet of Elafonisi, enjoying its pink sands and clear seas. Includes round-trip transport plus select hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Full-day trip to Elafonisi Island in southwest Crete
  • Pass old villages and rugged hills on a drive to Crete’s southwest coast
  • Visit the medieval Chrissoskalitissa Monastery, a rocktop retreat famed for its ‘golden step’
  • Wade through shallows to Elafonisi Island, a nature reserve lined with pink sands
  • Enjoy free time to sunbathe, swim or snorkel, or explore the footpaths
  • Round-trip coach transport, plus select hotel pickup and drop-off included
After pickup from your Crete hotel (select hotels only), travel west along Crete’s northern coast by air-conditioned coach.
Absorb the sea views on route, and then turn southward, heading into the foothills of the White Mountains. Pass through sleepy villages and after a breakfast stop (own expense) at the hamlet of Elos, continue to the Chrissoskalitissa Monastery.
Perched above the west coast, the name of this medieval rocktop retreat means ‘golden step,’ reflecting a legend that one of its steps is made from gold, but only visible to devout Christians.
Try and identify the ‘golden step’, and then visit the atmospheric building (own expense), admiring the spectacular sea-and-countryside views from its elevated location.
Next, drive to nearby Elafonisi Bay, home to the tiny protected nature reserve that is Elafonisi Island, whose name translates as ‘Deer Island.’ Hop out, and wade across the knee-high lagoon to the island's stunning, pink-hued sands.
Then, enjoy ample time to relax in the paradise-like setting. Laze on the sands, explore the island’s footpaths, or swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear seas — it’s your choice.
When it’s time, reconvene with your guide and return to the original starting point, where your trip ends.


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, Sep 2017

We had difficulty with meeting the bus at the designated pick up point. I would suggest that anyone using the travel tours in Crete use a hotel for the pick up point. however after many calls a cab was dispatched to pick us up and reunite us with our bus. The day trip through the White Mountains was very nice and the beach is very nice...get their early as the sunbeds get occupied early.

, Jun 2016

The beech was indeed beautiful however we paid 190 Euros for this trip for me my husband 13 and 11 year old only to be told on the trip day itself this did not include boat tickets we ended up having to pay another 68 euro out of the limited money we had brought for food awful we were not made aware

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