Crete
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Our most recommended Crete Shore Excursions

From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

1. From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

Travel by air-conditioned coach to the west of Crete. Enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast at the small village of Skaleta and then continue to Kissamos to board a boat and start your cruise. Admire a vast cave that was most likely an ancient shipyard. See sea turtles and dolphins playing in the water. Disembark on the island of Gramvousa, also known as "Pirates' Island". Here, you can encounter over 100 bird and 400 plant species. Enjoy plenty of free time to swim at a gorgeous beach. Alternatively, feast from an (optional) lunch on board. Continue your cruise to the lagoon of Balos and discover one of the loveliest sites in Greece. Get a breathtaking view of the lagoon, before the return journey to the meeting point.   

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Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

2. Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Explore Heraklion on an open bus tour with a 48-hour ticket. See city’s famous landmarks and visit the famous beach of Ammoudara. Use the ticket for 2 days and board the bus at various points around the city.  Familiarize yourself with the Cretan civilization, history, and architecture and learn all about the old and modern city of Heraklion in your own language with the commentary on board, available in 8 languages.  Admire the view of the streets and the landmarks from a safe distance, Hop on and off at all the bus stops to visit major attractions such as Knossos Palace, the Archaeological Museum, Ammoudara Beach, the Venetian Port, the Market, and many others.  The 8 bus stops along the route are: • Old port square • Historical Museum of Crete • Knossos Palace • Heraklion Archaeological Museum • Grave of Nikos Kazantzakis • Venetian Walls • Port bus station • Jesus Gate

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Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

3. Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

Enjoy a full-day excursion with pick-up and drop-off service from the Rethymnon and Chania areas. Your professional guide will accompany you as you depart from the port and cross the bay of Kissamos, passing through Tarsanas, a cave believed to be an ancient shipyard. You will sail the turquoise water around Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape before arriving at Gramvousa Island, where you can visit the Venetian Castle and have time to sunbathe and cool off in the sea. If you choose to spend your time on the island exploring rather than relaxing, you can admire the spectacular views from the top of the fortress. The next stop is the famous lagoon of Balos, Tigani. Enjoy the incredible beach known as one of the most beautiful locations on all of Crete. You will also enjoy a meal on board and be able to rest in the air-conditioned underdeck of the boat, whenever you feel to. After arriving back at Kastelli the air-conditioned busses are waiting for you to transfer you back to your hotels.

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Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

4. Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

The ideal way to discover the island of Crete is with a private tour. Share a car and enjoy a full day with your group. Embark on an incredible island adventure with your friends or family, after planning the tour together with your professional guide. Beginning with pickup at your accommodation in Elounda, Agios Niklaos, Ierapetra, Malia, Crete, Hersonissos, or Ammoudara, the world is your oyster.  Settle into a comfy and luxurious Land Rover Discovery equipped with 6 seats and air conditioning. Discover local sites, hit the beach, or simply drive around taking in panoramic views. Perfect for a wedding trip or a birthday, relish in total privacy and the utmost luxury. Included in the tour is a fresh, high-quality dinner at a local taverna.

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From Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Safari Tour w/ Lunch

5. From Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Safari Tour w/ Lunch

After pick-up at your hotel in the Chania region, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Ano Vouves to marvel at a 3,000-year-old olive tree that still produces fruit. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a fresh orange juice and learn more about the olive oil production in the past.  At Anoskeli's olive mill and winery learn how olive oil is produced today, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil on warm bread with oregano and continue with a wine tasting in 5 different labels of local wine with some authentic snacks from Crete.  Visit one of the more than 100 gorges in the Chania region. Take photos of the gorge from above and enjoy the views. See local mountain goats and watch the vultures fly from their nests up to the sky for a real safari experience. Your delicious lunch will consist of a traditional Cretan flavor with Cretan salad, wine and dessert. End with a visit to the traditional village of Spilia and get stunning views of the surrounding countryside from the cave of Saint John the Hermit.

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Heraklion: Samaria Gorge Easy Way Short Hike Day Trip

6. Heraklion: Samaria Gorge Easy Way Short Hike Day Trip

Be picked up at your accommodation and head to Sfakia. Board a ferry to Agia Roumeli, where you’ll begin your hike to Samaria Gorge. Walk for 3km until you reach the national park entrance. Continue your walk to Samaria Gorge. Once at Samaria Gorge, you can choose where you want to explore and for how long. After the walk to Samaria Gorge, walk back to Agia Roumeli. In Agia Roumeli, you can go for a swim, enjoy some coffee or try some local food. Catch the ferry back to Sfakia at the end of the day. Once in Sfakia, take the bus back to your accommodation.

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Chania: Milia Mountain Safari with Wine Tasting and Lunch

7. Chania: Milia Mountain Safari with Wine Tasting and Lunch

After pick-up at your hotel in the Chania region, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Ano Vouves to marvel at a 3,000-year-old olive tree that still produces fruit. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a french orange juice and learn about the olive oil production in the past. At Anoskeli's olive mill and winery, learn more about how olive oil is produced today, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil on warm bread with oregano and continoue with a wine tasting in 5 different labels of local wine with some authentic snacks from Crete.  Drive across the dramatic Mesavlia Gorge to experience the island's wild nature up close. Then drive along the dirt roads to the amazing Milia Mountain Retreat agro-tourism complex. Step back in time at a retreat where the lack of electricity and stone houses invite visitors to get back to basics and switch off from the everyday stress of the modern world. Discover how an authentic 17th-century mountain settlement has been transformed into an eco-friendly tourist complex. Enjoy a lunch of traditional food and local wine. Driving back to Chania, marvel at the wild landscapes of the Topolia Gorge.

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Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

8. Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

Leaving Chania, you will venture into a completely different landscape, going deep into the unique region of Sfakia. The White Mountains will be your stomping ground for a day of activities for the whole family. Your first stop of the day is at a family owned small-scale cheese factory for a Cretan cheese and yoghurt tasting. You will learn about the traditional local production from this expert cheesemonger, and have the opportunity to sample what locals consider to be the best yoghurt on the island. Afterwards, you’ll head to Askifou Plateau at an altitude of 730m, a picture-perfect valley surrounded by the White Mountains. From there, you’ll start your hike into the 8km Imbros Gorge. It is an easy walk for the whole family with multiple stops for photos and discussions around the flora and fauna in the area. The gorge is spectacular, with several very narrow passages. Your guide will share thrilling stories about how this area was used by Australia, New Zealand and British soldiers in the war. Then, get ready to experience the local culture through gastronomy with your hands-on food workshop. Amongst the delicious flavours and aromas mixed in with local wine, you will discover the secrets of local cuisine while you enjoy a traditional meal, delicious desserts and locally-farmed fruit. At the end of the day, enjoy a glass of wine as you will visit one of the best wineries in Crete for a tasting. You can taste 4 different wine varieties in the traditional cellar, taking in the experience with all of your senses. The tasting is a fitting finale in Crete’s Far West.

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What people are saying about Crete

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Wonderful and intimate tour! We were able to see the oldest olive tree in the world on a family-owned farm, then travel to Anoskeli winery where we tried olive oil and wines from the winery. The olive oil was the best we have ever had. We then traveled to a lovely restaurant for lunch, where our meals were already ordered and we were able to try traditional Cretan food like stuffed zucchini flowers (our personal favorite). We were shown around the countryside as well, and while it was good amount of driving, the views were fantastic! There were supposed to be 4 of us, but the other couple did not show up so we got a personal tour from George who was incredible! He was extremely friendly and we really enjoyed his company throughout the day. Overall, a great tour that we highly recommend.

Hop on Hop of Bus / Tour is a great way to get to know the city and, above all, to get an overview of the existing sights and most important tourist points. I definitely recommend it :)

Surely it is a very long trip but the place is beautiful and if you do not have the possibility to go on your own I highly recommend it! The guide was also really nice and kind.

It was an interesting and enjoyable outing. We experienced beautiful mountainous countryside, great local food and drinks. Our driver/guide was amazing!

A magnificent place, where we can rest, discover another landscape Take a magnificent photo !!