Day trip

Rethymno: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Day Trip

4.5 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider:Markidis Travel
Day trip

Rethymno: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Day Trip

Activity provider:Markidis Travel

From US$ 37.48 per person

Explore the coastal town of Agios Nikolaos on this day trip from Rethymno. Catch a boat to the island of Spinalonga and see Kolokythas bay and the archeological site Olous from the water.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Grand Rimondi pick up available only from Opap shop in Stavromenos


  • Dive into the turquoise waters of Kolokythas bay for a refreshing swim
  • Have some free time to explore the highlights of the town of Agios Nikolaos
  • Marvel at an ancient Cretan city that is now partially underwater at Olous
  • Chart your own course to the pebble beaches and leper colony in Spinaloga
  • Enjoy rest stops on the bus ride to and from the town of Agios Nikolaos
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Discover the charming coastal town of Agios Nikolaos on this day trip from Rethymno. Step back in time as you view the archeological site of Olous from a boat. Go for a dip in Kolokythas bay and take a stroll on the uninhabited island of Spinaloga.

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation, then sit back and relax aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned bus. Stop for a coffee break on the way to Agios Nikolaos. 

Spend some free time discovering the beauty of Agios Nikolaos where you can see the picturesque Lake Voulismeni, visit the marina, admire neoclassical buildings, and walk along the pedestrian roads. Have some time to purchase lunch at a local establishment before boarding the boat to Spinaloga.

View the partially submerged archeological site of Olous from the ship. Soak up some sun on board or go for a dip in the crystal waters of Kolokythas bay. Reach the island of Spinaloga where you will have a 1.5-hour visit to the leper colony and the surrounding pebble beaches and shallow waters.

Return to Agios Nikolaos where your bus will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Multilingual guide
  • Multi-stop tour
  • Boat ticket (15€ per person)
  • Spinalonga entry fee (8€)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

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What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Cash
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4.5 /5

based on 12 reviews

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Spinalonga is worth seeing Excursion booked with Markidis Travel. Fully air conditioned coach with pick up and drop off at our hotel. Anastasia is an excellent multi lingual tour guide who pointed out all the sites on route and explained the history of the island plus informing everyone of the days itinerary. Our driver Costa manoeuvred some really unbelievable narrow roads and turns.On route money was collected for the ferry crossing by Anastasia so that she could purchase all the tickets instead of needing to queue. We travelled to Agios Nikolaos with time to explore then boarded our ferry for a lovely lunch. After sailing the ferry stopped at Kolokitha for a swim in the open sea, then onto Spinalonga. Here you need to purchase your entrance ticket and join a guided tour if you wish or explore yourself. We joined a tour where our guide explained in detail the history of Spinalonga then explored on our own. Excellent!

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May 30, 2023

Spinalonga was well worth seeing. The boat trip was enjoyable and there was an option to swim in beautiful waters. My only complaint was that lunch was included on the boat before we set off an it wasn't very nice. I would have preferred to choose a place myself.

May 30, 2023

Wir hatten einen ganz tollen Tag. Wir wurden pünktlich abgeholt von unserem vereinbarten Standort. Die Reiseleitung und der Busfahrer waren sehr zuvorkommend und haben gleichzeitig auf Englisch, Deutsch und sogar französisch angesagt. Die Fahrten bis zum Ziel waren sehr informativ und man konnte seine Wünsche oder Fragen äußern. Wir können es jederzeit wieder empfehlen, in Spinalonga hatten wir auch eine sehr nette Tourbegleitung, die ausführlich und nicht langweilig über die Insel erzählt hat. Die Rückfahrt war auch reibungslos und die Zeiten waren alle eingehalten worden.

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May 30, 2023

Product ID: 411832