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Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

1. Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

Travel to northeastern Crete, visit Agios Nikolaos and see its beautiful scenery, and take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island on this exciting day tour of some of Crete's most interesting sites. Begin the day with the visit to Agios Nikolaos, and see the shore of Mirabello Bay. Explore the town, famous for the lake at its center and its shopping and cafes. Take your time for a walk to enjoy the views, enjoy some shopping or have a drink in one of the numerous cafes around the lake. Explore an open-air market on Wednesdays. Move on to see Elounda village, a former fishing village on the northern coast of the island. Depart from Elounda for the cruise to Spinalonga Island. Learn about the island's vibrant history, from a home for the Venetians and Turks to a place of isolation for those suffering from leprosy. Experience the island, more popular after the 2005 historical novel “The Island” about how lepers lived in Spinalonga. Join the hundreds of people who come to the island every day to visit and learn its history.

Chersonissos: Mini-Train City Highlights Tour

2. Chersonissos: Mini-Train City Highlights Tour

Explore Chersonissos while riding a mini tourist train. Roll past the picturesque old town, two beaches, and the boats in the port. See more of Crete with the half-day option to the country villages of Avdou, Gonies, and Potamies. Hop on the train and listen to Greek music and your audio commentary as you see the lively old town in Chersonissos. Admire the narrow streets and churches. Snap pictures of the boats at the port. View the sandy beaches at Analipsi and Anisaras. On the half-day trip head to the villages of Avdou, Gonies, and Potamies. Enjoy views of the countryside and water as you ride along. Dink Raki (a traditional liquor) and snack on some local sweets.

Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

3. Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

Explore Crete by Land Rover on a full-day adventure along the Minoan Path, and experience a blend of ancient myths, spectacular landscapes, and a barbecue lunch on the Lassithi Plateau. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive through spectacular mountains on route to the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir, and see an ancient aqueduct of the Roman Empire. Continue to the village of Kastamonitsa in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Stop for a Cretan-style breakfast and raki tasting. Next, brace yourself for the dirt tracks of the Minoan Path. Drive through a stunning mountain landscape to see wildlife and unbelievable scenery. Learn the myths and legends of Crete on the way to a shepherds' mitato (mountain shelter). Feed the animals as you watch the shepherds produce cheese according to traditional methods. Taste some of the fresh, rich cheese. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Lassithi Plateau and north coast. Continue to Dikteon Cave to marvel at the birthplace of Zeus. Work up an appetite before your lunch at a local taverna. Try a selection of traditional dishes (vegetarian option available) and a glass or two of wine. Then, go to Lassinthos Eco Park to admire traditional handicrafts. Back on the Lassithi Plateau, experience a wilderness and farming land where time has stood still. See donkeys put to work to help farm the land. Then, go to Seli to take photos of the unique scenery. Drive to the village of Krassi, famous for its 2,000-year-old tree and natural spring water source. Continue down the mountain roads, passing ancient olive groves before you reach the spectacular coastline and deep blue sea.

Crete: Gramvousa and Balos Boat Trip

4. Crete: Gramvousa and Balos Boat Trip

Take in the beauty of Crete and its nearby islands on this boat trip. Travel to the pirate’s island, Gramvousa, explore the Venetian fortress, and head to the idyllic Baloos lagoon, filled with rare species of fauna and flora, for a refreshing swim. Your trip starts with a bus to Kissamos. From the port of Kissamos, the boat will depart to Gramvousa. While on the boat trip, you’ll observe the geological phenomenon of Crete, with the island rising out of the sea on the west side – and sinking in the east. Your first stop is the island Gramvousa, with its Venetian fortress, built between 1579 and 1584 by the Venetian occupiers. Take your time exploring the fortress, which was also used by pirates – a legend claims that there’s a great treasure buried there. An old shipwreck near the beach has become a part of the landscape, and the turquoise water is ideal for snorkeling. The next stop is the Balos lagoon, with its white sand and shallow, warm water, perfect for a swim. Due to millions of crushed shells, in many places, the sand has a lovely pink hue. The protected area houses many rare species of flora and fauna, such as Eleonora falcons, shags, and cormorants. Swim or explore, then head back after your full experience around these islands.

From Analipsi: E-bike Off-Road Tour

5. From Analipsi: E-bike Off-Road Tour

Embark on an off-road e-bike tour from Analipsi and discover the beauty of the Cretan countryside. Travel at a slow to moderate pace with many stops to rest, take photos, learn about Crete, admire the views, and visit the highlights of the area. After a short safety introduction, jump on your bike and travel through low-traffic roads to the countryside following a route of farmer and quiet tarmac roads. Go uphill on rural smooth dirt tracks and back downhill on asphalt roads. Hear stories about the cultivation of the olives, the use of plants, the traditional life, ethics, and the nature of Crete from your guide.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 182 reviews

The tour was really well organized and on the way to Agios Nikolaos and Elounda you learned a lot about Crete and the two cities. You also had enough time to look at Agios Nikolaos. In Elounda you had almost an hour and a half to buy something to eat or drink and even go swimming (unfortunately the water was very cold, so nobody went :D) On the boat towards Spinalonga, the guides told a lot about them Island and you could explore this also just under 1 hour and 20 minutes, which was more than enough time. Then we went by boat near a hotel where we could swim again. And then from Elounda back to the pick-up stations. All in all it was a very nice trip with very nice and helpful guides who spoke English, German and Greek. We would definitely repeat the tour again when it's warmer and you can swim in the sea.

We (family of 5 aged 10-36) thoroughly enjoyed our day trip. Our guides/drivers/sailors were lovely, instructions were all clear about where to meet etc. The coach was nice. The towns we visited were delightful and we had lunch during the trip by the lake. Spinalonga was an amazingly beautiful island and we all enjoyed the boat trip. I even got the opportunity to jump off the boat for a swim on the return trip, which was great. All round fantastic experience and lots of stunning photo opportunities along the way. We even got dropped back directly by our hotel by our lively lady driver on return as we were the last passengers. Wonderful group of people and would highly recommend to anyone wanting an enjoyable sightseeing experience.

The day trip was a complete success. Everything was well organized and the guides were very nice. During the bus ride and on the boat, interesting facts about the respective surroundings were told. Everything was also very well timed for us with the stays in Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and on the island of Spinalonga. We really enjoyed the day.

Excellent day trip, Mike our guide was very helpful and informative. We had plenty of time to explore the two fishing villages as well as looking around the island of Spinalonga. Great value, would recommend it to all.

It was a fantastic trip with the best guide Gregor. He had a lot of information about the island of Crete. The food (including vegetarian options) was great. We recommend the tour 1000%.