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Rethymno (Rethimno) Tours

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Rethymno (Rethimno)
The third-largest settlement on the Greek island of Crete, the port town of Rethymno (Rethimno) has been occupied since the Late Minoan period. Its Venetian- and Ottoman-era old town—a knot of narrow, flower-bedecked lanes overlooked by a fortified Venetian castle—oozes history and character. A series of sandy beaches stretch out along the coastline to the east. 

The Basics
Though often overlooked by tourists in favor of Heraklion and Chania, Rethymno makes an excellent base on Crete as well as a worthwhile day-trip destination for those staying elsewhere. Guided walking tours provide an intimate look at the town’s Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman connections, as well as ticking off top sights such as the Venetian Fortezza and the Mosque of Kara Musa Pasha. Some city tours include tastings of local Cretan food and wine. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Rethymno is a must for history buffs and the culturally curious. 
  • If exploring in summer, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat for protection. 
  • Lots of artisan shops and tavernas can be found around town. 

How to Get There
Rethymno is situated on the north coast of Crete, the largest of Greece’s Aegean Islands. Ktel bus lines 1 and 2 connect Chania to Rethymno, a journey of about an hour. The trip between Heraklion and Rethymno via Ktel bus line 1 takes around 1.5 hours. 

When to Get There 
The midday heat in July and August can be intense, so it’s best to explore early in the day or in late afternoon. Be sure to take ample rest stops to hydrate and cool down. One of the liveliest times to visit is during the annual Carnival of Rethymno in January and February, when the streets are the setting for parties, dances, and parades.  

Highlights of Rethymno
Rethymno is home to several notable sights, ranging from historical landmarks to natural attractions. Enclosed within sturdy walls is the 16th-century Venetian Fortezza, a fortified castle complex built to protect against Turkish attacks. Also of note is the Venetian Harbor, dominated by a 17th-century lighthouse, and the 17th-century Rimondi Fountain in the old town, featuring three water-spouting lion heads. 
Address: Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Rethymno (Rethimno)

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Private Tour West Crete: Rethymno Region from North to South

Private Tour West Crete: Rethymno Region from North to South

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In one day you have a chance to explore Rethymno region highlights from North to South! During this tour you will visit beautiful Cretan village Spili, then enjoy a route along Kourtalioti gorge by car, where we recommend to stop for an easy walk and visit St.Nicholas Church. Then, you will reach the South coast and admire beautiful view of Preveli beach. You can visit the Preveli monastery and go down by stairs up to the beach to swim and walk in the virgin Palm Forest. Finally, you will explore the picturesque Rethymno town and have a lunch in the old town. Our professional guides will give you all the information about the route and advise you about the best activities, restaurants and must-see spots. It is a private tour, so it is up to you, how much time to spend at each destination, the program is flexible. Tell us about your preferences and we will adopt the program for your needs. We give you options, you choose! Book now and discover Rethymno region with Status MLB!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day trip with Guide to Rethymno Chania & Kournas lake

Day trip with Guide to Rethymno Chania & Kournas lake

Get to know the west side of the island in a guided tour, enjoying a morning bus trip towards the cosmopolitan town of Rethymno, followed by a visit to Chania, the little “Venice” of Crete. Complete your day trip to the picturesque lake of Kournas, the Crete’s only freshwater lake.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.90
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Rethymno Inland

Rethymno Inland

Enjoy a day that combines nature with beautiful lush landscapes along with history and time to relax. An excellent opportunity to discover the real character or Crete. The excitement to discover is second to none, Try it!
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$728.69
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From Heraklion : Full-Day Bus Trip to Chania city , Kournas lake & Rethymno city

From Heraklion : Full-Day Bus Trip to Chania city , Kournas lake & Rethymno city

This excursion brings us to West Crete and our first stop in Chania, the most ravishing city of Crete. It was an important Minoan city and the “mother of the Cretan cities”, according to ancient writers. The city is divided in the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.05
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Crete Amazing places Rethymno - Margarites - Arkadi

Crete Amazing places Rethymno - Margarites - Arkadi

Full of archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, quaint villages, Rethymno is one of the most beautiful places in Crete
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  • 1 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$529.01
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