Duration 🌞 Full Day

Venetian Crete! Melidoni Cave & Rethymno City | Departure from Heraklion region


Every Thursday from July till October


From Agia Pelagia, Ammoudara, Analipsi, Anissaras, Chersonissos, Gournes, Gouves, Heraklion city center, Karteros, Kokkini Hani, Malia, Stalis


Duration 10 hours approximately / Stay in Melidoni approximately 40 minutes / Stay in Rethymno 4 hours


Experience the natural beauty and rich history of Venetian Crete with our Melidoni Cave and Rethymno tour. This approximately 8 hours tour adventure takes us to two of the most popular destinations in the region, offering a perfect blend of nature, history and culture.


We begin our tour in the morning by picking you up from specific locations. After almost one hour and fifteen minutes, we arrive at the stunning Melidoni cave where we’ll have approximately 40 minutes to explore the magnificent cave and learn about its fascinating history as a place of worship and refuge during ancient times.

After 30 minutes from our departure, we arrive to Rethymno, a charming town with narrow streets and ancient Venetian architecture. Enjoy 4 hours of free time to explore the impressive Venetian Fortezza, wander through the charming alleys of the old town, and sample some of the delicious local cuisine. Additionally, you may go swimming at the beautiful palm beach, which is located close to the town’s center.

At the end of the tour, we will all meet at the bus to return to Heraklion. Depending on traffic and your drop-off  location, the trip will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Indicative Time-Table:

11:45  Arrival in Melidoni
12:30  Departure from Melidoni
13:00  Arrival at Rethymno
17:00   Departure from Rethymno
18:30  Arrival Heraklion

The timing of the program will be approximate, depending on traffic and weather conditions as well as the unexpected overcrowding.



Pick-up & Drop-off service (mainly from hotels at Agia Pelagia, Ammoudara, Analipsi, Anissaras, Chersonissos, Fodele, Gournes, Gouves, Heraklion city center, Karteros, Kokkini Hani, Malia, Stalis, is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not possible you will be picked up from the closest pick-up point)

Transport by air-conditioned luxury bus

Professional Guide


Not Included:

Melidoni entrance fee (4€ per person) – Paid on the spot in cash



Children up to 3 years old free of charge and travelling on parents’ lap

Children 4 – 12 years old 50% discount


Cancellation policy:

For cancellation up to 2 days prior to arrival no cancellation fees

For cancellations 1 day prior to arrival 100% cancellation fees

Non-show 100% cancellation fees



  1. For bookings 2 days before departure please contact us in order to check availability!
  2. Please provide fullname, telephone number (country code included), e-mail and accommodation details (hotel name & address) upon booking.
  3. Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.
  4. The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.


Upon booking you will receive from us in a separate mail your activity’s voucher with specific pick-up details (please check your spam folder as well)


For clarifications please send us a mail at online@travelid.gr or contact us at +30 2810 335 227

We are at your disposal from Monday to Friday 09:00 am till 20:00 pm and Saturday 09:00 till 15:00 pm