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Agios Nikolaos: Fun Cruise Around Elounda Bay

1. Agios Nikolaos: Fun Cruise Around Elounda Bay

Experience a boat trip on the bright blue Mirabello Bay with this unforgettable cruise from Agios Nikolaos. Begin your cruise from Agios Nikolaos harbor. It takes about an hour of a slow cruise along Mirabello gulf to arrive at Kolokytha beach. The boat will anchor there and you will be able to enjoy the turquoise, crystal clear waters for about one hour and fifteen minutes. Relax on the boat, and explore these isolated beaches. Then, head to Spinalonga, the famous lepers’ island. Take a cruise around the waters of the Island and then head to the second hidden paradise, the Skistra gulf. Revel in a perfect place for snorkeling and relaxing. Stop there for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and more. Access many “sea toys” to enjoy your time there. The romantic atmosphere of the island along with the extraordinary landscapes makes the cruise ideal for unforgettable memories surrounded by your family and closest friends.

From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, and Margarites Tour

2. From Rethymno: Arkadi, Melidoni, and Margarites Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Rethymno area, and then explore the traditional lifestyle and historical legacy of Crete. Learn the Neolithic history of the Melidoni Cave and discover the pottery traditions of the village of Margarites. Discover the oldest monastery in Crete at the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery, and then go to the village of Apostoli to visit an old olive oil factory. Enjoy lunch in a traditional tavern and listen to the beautiful sound of live folk music before making your way to St. Antonios Gorge. Stop at the Fragma Potamon dam before making your way back to Rethymno.

Heraklion: Minoan Experience Live Show with Dinner & Wine

3. Heraklion: Minoan Experience Live Show with Dinner & Wine

Start with pickup from your hotel and transfer to a scenic open-air theater. Begin the night with a theatrical dancing and acrobatics performance which has its origins in the ancient Minoan civilization. Enjoy this one-hour performance of ancient rituals with traditional costumes and live music. After the performance, be welcomed to the dining area, where you can feast on ancient and modern Cretan cuisine. As you enjoy a hearty buffet dinner and local wine, listen to music played on ancient and modern Greek instruments by a live band. After dinner, enjoy some Cretan dancing and popular folk songs. Feel free to join in on the dancing and experience a memorable cultural evening.

Heraklion: Cretan Folklore Night at Karouzanos Village

4. Heraklion: Cretan Folklore Night at Karouzanos Village

Experience a night dedicated to music, dancing, and tasty local food during this Cretan folklore night in Karouzana, a traditional village near Heraklion. Sip on wine and taste local products such as cheese, olive oil, and meat during a buffet meal. Reaching the ancient village after pickup, walk through this magnificent place and experience the locals’ hospitality. At dusk, enjoy a traditional feast. Taste delicious dishes with cheese, virgin olive oil, meat, and other products of Cretan soil. Get treated with the wine, listen to the sound of the Cretan Lyra (Greek musical instrument), and take delight in looking at the dancers, dressed in their traditional costumes performing Cretan and Greek folk dances. At the end of the night, join the dancers, who will teach you the basic steps. Dance with others using a special 2-meter band so that everyone can keep a safe distance while having fun. Have a good time while still feeling safe: eating and drinking will be individual and sterile as required by law and waiters will wear masks and gloves. The seats and the tables will also have the appropriate spacing in accordance with legal requirements.

From Rethymno: Cretan Night

5. From Rethymno: Cretan Night

Enjoy a fun introduction to Cretan culture on this evening tour. Continue to a traditional village to enjoy live Cretan music and dance. Sip Greek wine and feast on typical island dishes for dinner. Depart from Rethymno at 6:30 PM with a convenient pickup service near the hotel. Settle in on your comfortable ride and be driven for 30 minutes to a family-run winery near Rethymnon. Let the entertainment begin with an evening of Cretan folklore performances. Reach your dinner venue at 8:30 PM and unwind for a traditional Greek night in a charming taverna. Enjoy a Cretan dance show along with a traditional Cretan music group till 11 PM. After relaxing to dances and songs of Crete over dinner, hop back on your ride to return to Rethymno.

Crete: Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing

6. Crete: Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing

Spend a special evening with a local family on the beautiful grounds of their olive oil factory. First, see how virgin Cretan olive oil is produced onsite. Then discover the origins of famous Cretan honey with a beekeeping demonstration. After discovering the grounds, enjoy a traditional Cretan buffet meal, with plenty of local wine. Enjoy live Greek music and a dancing performance after your meal in beautiful scenic surroundings.

Heraklion, Knossos & Minoan Culture Show

7. Heraklion, Knossos & Minoan Culture Show

Immerse yourself in the history of Crete and visit one of the most famous archeological sites. The Minoan Palace of Knossos, first built in 2000 B.C., was the residence of the legendary King Minos. The building, with an estimated 1,300-1,400 rooms, was excavated around 1900 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed. Afterwards, embark on a short journey into more recent history and discover the old town of Heraklion with the well-known Morosini Fountain in Lions Square, the Loggia and St. Mark's Basilica. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere, hike through the narrow streets, visit the market, browse the local shops, or visit the Venetian port with its fortress. Explore small parks, street cafés, and many historical buildings and fountains from Venetian and Turkish times. After visiting the excavation site see a very special performance. Once more experience Minoan culture with 3D video and traditional dancers wearing original costumes. Eat small appetizers prepared according to traditional Minoan recipes to bring history back to life.

Rethimno: Margarites & Gorge Tour with Live Music and Lunch

8. Rethimno: Margarites & Gorge Tour with Live Music and Lunch

Admire the ceramic artwork in the town of Margarites and take a nature hike on this van tour from Rethimno. Take your taste buds on a journey with a delectable Cretan lunch. Immerse yourself in Cretan culture with a live music demonstration and dancing.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Rethimno. Sit back and relax on your air-conditioned van ride to the mountains. Begin a leisurely walk near the foothills of mountain of Psiloritis. Reach the charming village of Margarites. Step back in time as you walk down narrow paths of Margarites and admire stone-built homes surrounded by old Venetian mansions. Marvel at the colorful and creative ceramic artwork as you walk. See how villagers have kept the pottery tradition alive.  Pass by the remains of Venetian and Ottoman pottery workshops and notice how their work affected how they built their workshops. View how they kept large rocks next to their windows, so villages would have a place to tie up their horses.  Explore the winding streets with your guide and take in the vibrant colors before continuing to the gorge of Margarites. Capture pictures of this stunning natural landscape that is dotted with cypress trees and low shrubs. Go into the gorge and listen to the sound of running water.  See traces of an old irrigation system before heading to a goat pasture. Follow a small stream which gives way to rock formations, before finishing your hike in a forest glade with a splendid chapel overlooking breathtaking views.  Stop for a delicious lunch of mezes, olives, rusks bread, and gruyere cheese. Sip on plenty of raki (grape and anise liquor) and listen to live Cretan music. Delight your ears with songs played on laouto and lyra instruments.   Hear about traditional styles of song like the mantinada and erotokritos. Be moved to dance like a local. Return to your accommodation in Rethimno at the end of your tour. 

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It was a very nice tour, where you could gather many impressions of the Cretan culture. The small village of Magarites with its pottery and ceramics was particularly beautiful. The highlight was eating together in the tavern and the Cretan live music. Kostas and Nektarius have always created a good atmosphere and are very welcoming. Top.

Such great value for money. I was actually booked onto a similar tour with another company that was cancelled and I am so glad that it was. Anastasia and Costas were amazing tour guides. Anastasia has so much knowledge of the history of the island and Costas provides insight into the local culture (I don't want to ruin any surprises).

We had a wonderful day with lots of information about the country and people and lots of fun (party in the tavern)! A great trip thanks to the Greek power couple Anastasia and Costas!

Lots of fun with a great team managing the experience. The addition of a DJ made it a lot more fun!

Superb activated! A DJ who plays chill music throughout the excursion