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From Agios Nikolaos: Guided Boat Cruise to Spinalonga

1. From Agios Nikolaos: Guided Boat Cruise to Spinalonga

Spinalonga is a magnificent island with fortresses dating from the Venetian period. It is an island of legends, a triumph to survival in the early 20th century from the scourge of leprosy, now a place of great archaeological and historical significance. On Spinalonga island, enjoy the opportunity to visit the Interpretive Centre there and discover the settlements of the victims and survivors of this former illness. Explore the Venetian fortifications and learn all about the long and fascinating history of the island. Take time to walk around the island and see the views of the bay and the fortifications. Later the cruise continues, passing along other points of interest in the Bay of Mirabello such as the cave of the legendary Pirate Barbarosa, the sunken ancient city of Olous, and the island where the endemic and hardy Cretan Kri Kri goats live. Have time to relax and swim in the exquisite turquoise waters of Kolokitha Bay. The 40 m boat features two bars, a lounge, and a restaurant serving Greek and international cuisine at reasonable prices with high-quality service from the crew.

Cruise to Spinalonga & BBQ at Kolokytha From Agios Nikolaos

2. Cruise to Spinalonga & BBQ at Kolokytha From Agios Nikolaos

Enjoy a fun cruise in the Greek sun with a barbecue by the sea. Explore  Kolokytha Bay and the historical island of Spinalonga. Start your day boarding the boat at the pretty harbour of Agios Nikolaos. Cruise across the beautiful Bay of Mirabello before arriving at the legendary island of Spinalonga.  On Spinalonga island you will have an hour and a half to tour around and explore the Venetian fortifications and old homes of the victims of leprosy. Learn about the history and people who lived on the island during the first half of the 20th century from the printed guide that will be given to you free of charge. Later the boat takes you on the other side of the Kolokytha island and moors at the beach of the same name. Kolokytha is a beautiful bay with crystal-clear turquoise waters. Relax, swim and sunbathe while the boat crew prepares a hearty barbecue for you. Enjoy grilled pork chops, Greek salad, feta cheese, bread, wine and seasonal fruits. 

Agios Nikolaos: Fun Cruise Around Elounda Bay

3. 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 at 11:00 AM every Thursday and Saturday and at 4:00 PM every Tuesday. 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.

Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

4. 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.

Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port

5. Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port

Board one of the traditional wooden boats from Elounda port and let the experienced local crew take you to Spinalonga island. The boat trip begins at approximately 9:30 AM every day from the main port of Elounda village. Stay on the island for an hour and 10 to 20 minutes. In case you stay longer due to the covid situation you might not get on the next one because the capacity of the boats has been reduced and have to wait an extra hour. The last boat trip from Spinalonga usually departs at 6:30 PM. If you want to learn more about the island, you can find local licensed guides on the pier who will bring the island's history to life. Originally, Spinalonga was not an island – it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation, the island was carved out of the coast for defensive purposes and a fort was built there. During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island. The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.

Heraklion: Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos, BBQ at Kolokytha Bay

6. Heraklion: Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos, BBQ at Kolokytha Bay

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive: 1 hour 1st stop: Agios Nikolaos Explore the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos. That’s where the boat sails from, towardsthe island of Spinalonga. Boat Trip: 1 hour 2nd stop: Spinalonga – 1 hour 20 minutes After the cruise through Mirabello bay, our groups will arrive at Spinalonga, the island of tears. There will be a guided tour by professional guides for about 45 minutes and some free time to admire the views and take photos! Boat Trip: 15 minutes 3rd stop: Kolokytha Bay – 1 hour 30 minutes On a quick cruise trip the group will arrive at the beautiful bay of Kolokytha. Enjoy your time by the beach, for swimming, sunbathing and have a BBQ lunch prepared on the spot. Boat Trip: 40 minutes 4th stop: Agios Nikolaos – 1 hour 30 minutes Enjoy somefree time, to explore on your own pace, sit at a cafewith views of the beautiful lake or the port, and wander around this small Cretan town. End of the tour Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ. Bus Drive: 1 – 1.5 hours

Heraklion: Spinalonga Cruise & Agios Nikolaos with Lunch

7. Heraklion: Spinalonga Cruise & Agios Nikolaos with Lunch

Explore the many natural wonders Crete has to offer on a multiple-destination boat tour departing from Heraklion with lunch included. Visit the coastal town of Agios Nikolaos, cruise through the scenic Mirabello Bay, stop for a swim in Kolokytha Bay, and admire the sights of Spinalonga Island. Enjoy a pickup from your Heraklion hotel and drive to the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos with its picturesque lake. Take a leisurely morning walk and have a coffee while gazing at the beautiful port and the local lake, before setting sail. Later on, you'll board your boat. Have a light lunch on board before starting the cruise and then take in the views while crossing the unique Mirabello Bay and the Agios Nikolaos and Elounda coast. Stop at Kolokytha Bay, where you can swim and dive from the boat into the crystal clear waters, then make your way over to Spinalonga Island. Join a Guided Tour of the island and enjoy some free time to wander around and snap amazing photos. Sail back to Agios Nikolaos and get dropped off back at your Heraklion accommodation. The regular meal consists of grilled chicken, mixed salad with tomatoes and cucumber, feta cheese, and a slice of bread. For a vegetarian option, the grilled chicken will be replaced with a tortilla with vegetables.

Heraklion: Spinalonga Elounda, Agios Nikolaos with BBQ Lunch

8. Heraklion: Spinalonga Elounda, Agios Nikolaos with BBQ Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to the island of Spinalonga from Crete and enjoy a walking tour of the island. Visit the towns of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda and take a swim in the crystal water. Be picked up from the Heraklion area and taken along the picturesque northeast coast through the gorge of St George, reaching the small fishing village of Elounda. Today Elounda is a popular holiday resort, often visited by celebrities for the luxurious white beaches. From there, take the boat to the small island of Spinalonga. The history and the culture of Spinalonga are laced with different diverse strands of history. In Ancient Greek times it served as a natural guard for the city of Olous; later it was used as a hide-out for Saracen pirates, turned into a fortress by the Venetians, and later settled by the Turks.  After your visit to the island of Spinalonga (1.5 hours), the boat will head for one of the bays in the area. Swim in the crystal clear waters, and then savor a delicious barbecue served on board. Later, return to Elounda, where you take the bus to go to the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy shopping, exploring and marveling at the bottomless lake there. At the tour's end, the bus will take you back to Heraklion area.

Rethymno: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Day Trip

9. Rethymno: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Day Trip

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.

Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

10. Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel along the north-east coast and by St. George’s Gorge. After a short ride, visit an olive oil farmwhere you can experience first-hand the standardization of extra virgin olive oil, table olives, and olive paste. Taste authentic Greek olive oil, which is famous worldwide for its great taste as well as other authentic Cretan products like “raki” and honey. Travel next to the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos on the Gulf of Mirabello. Agios Nikolaos is famous for its picturesque bottomless lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau and the subject of numerous legends. Discover the pretty city on your own, stroll through the shops, or relax in one of the cafes and watch the world go by. Continue to Elounda, enjoying some of the most beautiful views of Crete. Look across the Elounda Lagoon at the enchanting islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha. Spinalonga has been an important place throughout history. Have some time to explore the island on your own. After a short drive, you will reach Plaka, a small fishing village directly opposite Spinalonga. From there a 10-minute boat ride takes you to the island. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim. The last stop of the day is Elounda, a former fishing village but today a famous holiday resort with the most 5-star hotels in Greece. Take plenty of time to stroll through the picturesque harbor and have a cup of coffee before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Spinalonga

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 396 reviews

Great trip - say my sons (18 and 15). On the bus ride to Agios Nikolaos you get a further impression of Crete - coastline, hotel resorts (possibly Crete for next time), mountain landscapes... Agios Nikolaos is a magical little place. We really enjoyed the stop and, among other things, used it to visit a small cafe with X kinds of ice cream (according to our tour guide Chrissi, that's what the place is known for). Pleasant onward journey to Elounda, again with lots of interesting information. After lunch split into 2 boats and cruise to Spinalonga - an experience, cruise and island! Finally, the opportunity to cool off from the boat in the sea. Whether coincidence or organization, everything worked out perfectly! No queuing. Chrissi was kindness personified. We would do this trip again in a heartbeat!

A very pleasant excursion. A very professional Katerina guide who listens to everyone and who speaks several languages. We spend 2 hours with free time, from the fishing port to a fortress and a very refreshing swim in the open sea. The pick-up and return on time and at home are done by the really friendly coach driver.

Very nice excursion. Exeperienced tour guide with a lot of knowledge. To take guided tour to Spinalonga is a must. Relaxed and beutiful stop for swimming and lunch. Pork chop was delicious and grilled perfectly, greek salad and fruit were refreshing. Agios Nikolaos is beutiful small town with nice vibe.

Excellent! Brilliant value compared to some other tours. A total unanticipated joy was the music! Awesome set by the on boat DJ. Cool and sophisticated. Two swim breaks. Only minor point - not quite enough snorkel to go round so if your kids are invested here, grab one early.

I liked it a lot! The bus was only too late to pick up so we first thought they weren't coming anymore