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Heraklion: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka Tour

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Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka Tour

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
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Discover Crete and enjoy sandy beaches, shopping and cultural highlights. Visit Agios Nikolaos and the Elounda Lagoon. Explore the fishing village of Plaka as well as the island and former leper colony of Spinalonga.

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Duration 8 - 15 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Pickup for this option is only from the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli). Pickup begins earlier than the stated starting time and is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).

Experience

Highlights
  • Get in touch with Crete's history in the old town of Spinalonga
  • Visit picturesque Elounda on the shores of Mirabello Bay
  • Enjoy some free time in Agios Nikolaos and Plaka
Full description

Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable transportation. Make your first stop at Agios Nikolaos, on the Gulf of Mirabello. The place is famous for its picturesque lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau. Walk along the city on your own, stroll through the shops or relax. After that, drive to the beautiful harbor of Elounda where we will get on board to visit the island of Spinalonga. At Spinalonga Island you can choose to join a guided tour or explore the island by yourself. If you do not wish to visit the archaeological site at all, you can join a one-hour boat trip to a secret location and dive into the crystal clear water. The history and the culture of the island of Spinalonga became one with human tragedy in the course of time. This small isle carries within the history of Ancient Greece, as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous; the history of Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement. After our visit to the island of Spinalonga, we depart for one of the bays around. Here you have plenty of time for swimming in the crystal clear waters, and tasting the BBQ served on board. The menu includes pork* chop BBQ, greek salad, feta cheese, bread, wine or Fanta, and seasonal fruit. After a short drive, reach Plaka a small fishing village. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Last stop is the capital town of Lasithi, Agios Nikolaos. Relax in a café next to the bottomless Lake of Voulismeni and enjoy your walk to the local shops. Visit the filming sites or have a refreshing swim before heading back to your accommodation.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tour guide
  • Bus tickets
  • Tour in English on Spinalonga
  • Boat ticket (12€ for adults, 6€ for children aged 5-11 years). Every Sunday (7€ for adults, 3,5€ for children aged 5-11 years)
  • Spinalonga entry fees
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • Infants must seat with their parents on the bus and will not have their own seats.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    3/5

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Pick up and drop off was long but otherwise a great day! The island of Spinalonga is free for EU members under 25! And the plaka beach was beautiful with crystal clear water, too bad the day was punctuated by appointments due to the change of cities (a little stressful)

July 5, 2022

A very nice tour, although the bus manager was unfortunately difficult to understand, even after repeated instructions. On the other hand, the guide on Spinalonga (Pawel? Paul?) was great! He really explained the history of the island with a lot of dedication, so that you completely forgot the heat in the blazing sun.

May 30, 2022

Visit in April A splendid wooden boat took us there. The place is very beautiful, its history a little less. 20 minutes more in stopover on this beautiful pebble would have been marvellous, because two minutes away the boat escaped without us on board. The water was really clear (it would be one of the cleanest waters in Europe according to the guides and it shows).

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April 20, 2022

Product ID: 400263