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Margarites Arkadi Patsos provided by Eco Events

Margarites Arkadi Patsos
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We will start our tour by visiting a beautiful well-hidden village, Margarites. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this village and you will be able to have a small demonstration of pottery.After a 20' drive, we will continue to the religious part of our tour. Our goal is to make you familiar with our culture and religious customs. Arkadi Monastery is perhaps the best known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866.Let’s explore together the nature of Crete. The gorge of Patsos is a small yet magnificent gorge, which begins at Ano Assites. The whole area around the gorge is of particular natural beauty. If the weather does not permit our entrance to the gorge, we may visit a very interesting museum and archeological site in the nearby ancient village of Eleftherna. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the local taverna.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 106813P9
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Only Rethymno district)
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Local driver / guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned car​ / mini bus
  • Entrance to the monastery​
  • Learn about the religion of Crete
  • Walk in the beautiful gorge of Patsos
  • Lunch (vegetarian option included)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges​
  • Lots of raki and laughter :)
  • Entry/Admission - Margarites Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Arkadi
  • Entry/Admission - St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos)
Exclusions
  • The guide will not enter with you in the Monastery of Arkadi
Duration
6–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Private pick-up at each client’s hotel, only in the district of Rethymno Pick up time depending on the hotel
  • Ελεϋθερίου Βενιζέλου 39, Rethymno 741 00, Greece
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Only Rethymno district)
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Local driver / guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned car​ / mini bus
  • Entrance to the monastery​
  • Learn about the religion of Crete
  • Walk in the beautiful gorge of Patsos
  • Lunch (vegetarian option included)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges​
  • Lots of raki and laughter :)
  • Entry/Admission - Margarites Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Arkadi
  • Entry/Admission - St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos)
Exclusions
  • The guide will not enter with you in the Monastery of Arkadi
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Private pick-up at each client’s hotel, only in the district of Rethymno Pick up time depending on the hotel
  • Ελεϋθερίου Βενιζέλου 39, Rethymno 741 00, Greece
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Ελεϋθερίου Βενιζέλου 39
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Monastery of Arkadi
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos)
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Ελεϋθερίου Βενιζέλου 39
    Ελεϋθερίου Βενιζέλου 39, Rethymno 741 00, Greece
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Jasmin
5 contributions
Wonderful guide, magical places
Jul 2019 • Friends
I took this trip with my mother on our visit to Crete and it really was a highlight. Our lovely guide Vincent was an excellent careful driver, and even though air con was an option we drove with the windows down so that we could smell the beautiful thyme/pine/herb-y mountain air of Crete. Margarites was wonderful, and Vincent was careful to make sure we arrived in between busloads of other tourists so we had the whole village to ourselves, and the demonstration was done in the best, most traditional pottery in town. We weren't keen on doing the whole gorge hike as we're not very athletic and wanted a chill day, so we stopped off at the Eleftherna museum in addition to everything else. The Arkadi Monastery was incredibly moving, and Vincent told us the history of the place before we went in, which made it all even more meaningful. He's a natural storyteller and makes everything so interesting and emotionally resonate - a really fantastic guide. Last, we did the gorge, including lunch in the most wonderful traditional taverna. You can also visit the little church in the gorge and, if you're spiritually minded, I recommend taking a little something as an offering - or, as we did, some change for the candles. The gorge was shady and full of streams, and we did a short hike that wasn't too taxing but did go fairly high up. I would thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommend taking this tour, and if we had had time to take more tours with this company we would do again. Being just us and the guide was a real luxury as well, as we could follow al our little whims and curiosities about the places we were in without having to rush. Eleven out of ten, what a great day!
Written July 31, 2019
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EcoEventsR
Dear Jasmin and Martine, Thank you is not enough for this beautiful review on the Margarites-Arkadi-Patsos (and Eleftherna!) tour we had together. We love to hear our guests' honest opinions always, and this was definitely very moving to read! We really hope to see you again in the near future and to enjoy more experiences like this together :)
Written May 27, 2020
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Jeff G.
New York City, NY19 contributions
Wonderful day-long tour
May 2019 • Couples
Excellent guide. Provided lots of detail about not only the places we visited, but Cretan culture as well. Had good connections in Margarites, so we were able to watch a local potter create new products and he then answered our questions. Arkadi was fascinating historically. The Patsos hike was just the right length - beautiful and a good workout but not too strenuous. Also enjoyed the delicious lunch at a local tavern - food and hospitality both phenomenal.
Written July 18, 2019
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Dear Jeff, Thank you for this amazing review of the Margarites/Arkadi/Patsos tour we had! We're glad that you loved the experience and we hope to have created a wonderful experience of Crete for you :) Please, take care during this difficult time and we hope to see you again soon in our island!
Written April 14, 2020
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DaveSuzanne
Daly City, CA9 contributions
Kostas, guide, now ranks first of all the travel guides we have had!
May 2019
This was a tour beyond all expectations. Part of our afternoon was to hike a gorge, but late rains the gorge under a foot of water. Kostas contacted us early with his proposed changes: We visited a goat herder, and his wife, a bee keeper who made Thyme Cretan honey in the mountains. She invited us to her home for lunch. We also went to a local monastery as well as the historic one advertised. We attended a pottery demonstration of art made in the old ways, mountain villages, and were entertained by Kostas explanation of life in the Cretan mountains. I recommend this tour greatly, and suggest one ask for Kostas and request his personal tour. It was wonderful meeting his people and seeing a glimpse of life.
Written May 20, 2019
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Dear friends, Thank you for this amazing review! It is great to see that you loved the experience we had together and I'm glad to have surpassed your expectations and have created a wonderful memory :) Please, take care of yourselves during this time and I hope to see you again soon in Crete!
Written April 14, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gary W
3 contributions
The best way to experience Crete in a day!
Dec 2018
Kostas reached out to connect a few days prior to the private tour so he could get to know us and personalize the experience. He was extremely knowledgeable and offered great suggestions based on our input, which made it an extraordinary experience. We started with a local family owned olive oil business then walked around the Monastery, hiked in the gorge, ate an authentic and delicious Cretan tavern lunch, and finished with a very cool walking tour of Rethymno. This experience is one-of-a-kind and highly recommended to anyone who appreciates outstanding customer service, hospitality, and knowledge :)
Written January 28, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Gary, Thank you for your kind review! We are glad that you had a great experience and hope to have created wonderful memories of Crete for you :) Please, take care during this difficult time and we hope to see you again soon!
Written April 13, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Excellent food tour
Excellent private food tour. Learned the history and culture with food. Enjoyed the food we ate. Vincent our guide
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Put on your Crete Bucket List
Wow! What an incredible experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable, fun, and passionate about Crete culture. I felt
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The Perfect Introduction to Rethymno
The gastronomy tour delivered the perfect introduction to Rethymno. Vincent, our guide, provided an excellent tour
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More historical than gastronomical
Not a bad tour but 3 main issues... 1. Far too much focus on history and architecture for a food tour 2. Too few
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Worth the Time!
Hara was my guide she was very flexible and adjusted the experience based on things I had already done in the city.
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Highly recommended
We had a wonderful time in Rethymno with Alia, our tour guide – the walking tour was informative and interesting, a
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Awesome!
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Absolutely recommended!
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Amazing Sites
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Fun and personal tour
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Interesting and tasty wine and olive oil tour and tasting
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