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From Hersonissos Amazing east crete sarakinas gorge

1. From Hersonissos Amazing east crete sarakinas gorge

Through this route we explore the south-eastern Crete. We head to Agios Nikolaos and stop in the traditional village of Kritsa, one of the most famous villages of Crete with its narrow picturesque alleys and its traditional shops. Afterwards we ascend through a beautiful route with magnificent views and end up at the Katharo Plateau at an altitude of 1250 meters where we stop for coffee in a traditional cafe. We cross the forest of SELAKANO and end up in the SARAKINA Gorge which will surprise you with its beauty. Continuing and after our amazing meal, we reach the southernmost end of eastern Crete, the village of Myrtos with its amazing beach where you can have a swim in the crystal clear waters of the LIBIAN SEA. Returning through a very beautiful route we arrive at your hotel. This route will leave you with the very best memories.

Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

2. Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

Embark on a full-day guided trip to northeastern Crete and take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island. Visit Agios Nikolaos with its famous lake, and explore the picturesque village of Elounda. 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.

Heraklion Area: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

3. Heraklion Area: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

Venture into the ocean’s depth with a 1-day admission ticket to the CRETAquarium. One of Europe’s largest aquariums, over 2,000 sea creatures lice the CRETAquarium's 60 diverse habitats. Delve into the caves and crevices of the Mediterranean, where stingrays and rock-like scorpionfish slither about. Pop out into the open ocean, where menacing sharks circle, waiting to be fed. Get up close and personal with jellyfish and schools of vibrant tropical clownfish through shallow, open-topped tanks, which allow a new viewing perspective of well known species.  Above all, gain a new appreciation for the unending diversity of the world’s most mystifying environment. When you’ve had your fill of looking at the ocean’s residents, why not pop in for a dip? The CRETAquarium is, fittingly, right on the beach.

Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

4. Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

Explore Crete by Land Rover on a full-day adventure along the Minoan Path, and experience a blend of ancient myths, spectacular landscapes, and a barbecue lunch on the Lassithi Plateau. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive through spectacular mountains en route to the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir, and see an ancient aqueduct of the Roman Empire. Continue to the village of Kastamonitsa in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Stop for a Cretan-style breakfast and raki tasting. Next, brace yourself for the dirt tracks of the Minoan Path. Drive through a stunning mountain landscape to see wildlife and the unbelievable scenery. Learn the myths and legends of Crete on the way to a shepherd's mitato (mountain shelter). Feed the animals as you watch the shepherds produce cheese according to traditional methods. Taste some of the fresh, rich cheese. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Lassithi Plateau and north coast. Continue to Dikteon Cave to marvel at the birthplace of Zeus. Work up an appetite before your lunch at a local taverna. Try a selection of traditional dishes (vegetarian option available) and a glass or two of wine. Then, go to Lassinthos Eco Park to admire traditional handicrafts. Back on the Lassithi Plateau, experience a wilderness and farming land where time has stood still. See donkeys put to work to help farm the land. Then, go to Seli to take photos of the unique scenery. Drive to the village of Krassi, famous for its 2,000-year-old tree and natural spring water source. Continue down the mountain roads, passing ancient olive groves before you reach the spectacular coastline and deep blue sea.

From Heraklion Santorini Guided Day Tour

5. From Heraklion Santorini Guided Day Tour

Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, approximately 200 kilometers south of Greece's mainland. It is the most active volcanic center in the Aegean Arc, though it is mostly a caldera today. The Venetians gave it the name Santorini in the 13th century as a tribute to Saint Irene. It was previously known as Kallisti, Strongili, or Thera. Santorini is the world's only inhabitable Caldera (volcano cauldron). Unlike other Greek islands, the towns and villages sit densely on top of the Caldera's massive cliffs, resembling snow on the towering mountain peaks from a distance. The colored layers of the volcanic rock of these cliffs are spectacular in their own right: cocoa brown, rust red, yellow ochre, white, and cream. Duration of the trip of 11 hours Transfer from your hotel to the Heraklion port. The ferry boat departs from Heraklion to Santorini at 8:30 a.m. Arrival in Santorini, port of Athinios at 10:45 a.m. Departing from Athinios by bus to Oia, accompanied by guides who will be at your disposal throughout the expedition. OIA: Santorini's oldest village. Stroll through its narrow alleys and stone-built streets, which are rich in culture and heritage. The harmony of the colors of the sea and the sun, as well as the breathtaking perspective, represent Hellenism and make Oia exceptional. FIRA: Santorini's capital, where you may spend your free time exploring the gorgeous medieval small alleys. There, you will be able to enjoy the most beautiful view, including the volcanic surrounds, sea and sun colors, and traditional building style. Departure from Santorini with Sunset view at 17:30 p.m. Arrival in Heraklion Port at 19:45 p.m.

Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine

6. Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine

Explore the Cretan mountains outside of Heraklion from the seat of a Land Rover during a guided day tour. Witness a stunning sunset over the Lassithi Plateau before stopping off for a local-style BBQ dinner with wine. Begin your journey with hotel pickup and make your way through the magnificent mountains of Crete. Visit the Aposelemis Dam and an ancient Roman aqueduct as your guide shares interesting insight. Next, stop off in the picturesque village of Kastamonitsa, nestled in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Enjoy the chance to sample local products such as olive oil and raki, a distilled alcoholic drink made with grapes and anise. Back in the vehicle, brace yourself as you venture down dirt tracks and follow the Minoan path through mountain passes. Catch spectacular views of wildlife and unbelievable scenery, learning about mythology and history along the way. Take a break to relax over a glass of prosecco and fresh fruit salad while admiring the sunset. Be sure to take plenty of photos to share of the amazing backdrop. After building up an appetite, head to a local tavern for a delicious Cretan-style meal that will include appetizers and main courses as well as vegetarian options. Wash down the food with unlimited wine served with dinner. Make your way back down the mountain roads as you head toward your hotel, marveling at the views of the moonlit coastline and illuminated towns along the way.

Heraklion: Samaria Gorge Guided Hiking Day Tour

7. Heraklion: Samaria Gorge Guided Hiking Day Tour

Join us on an ultimate hiking experience of the Samaria Gorge. This is one of the longest gorge and the most beautiful in Europe. Our activity starts at 05:30 in the morning from Heraklion areas with a pick up point close to your hotel or your hotel. The gorge is located at the south of Chania Prefecture in southwest Crete. It was created by a small river flowing off the White Mountains (Lefka Ori). The gorge is 13 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250m at the northern entrance (Omalos), and ending at the shores of the South Cretan Sea in Agia Roumeli. One of the most impressive mountain regions of Crete. After 2 two hours drive we arrive at the entrance on the plateau Omalos of the White Mountains. The entrance of the longest gorge in Europe (11 miles) lies at 4000 ft. You have the option to enjoy your breakfast on the top of the mountain close to nature and the fresh air before you start your activity. The hiking starts from Xiloskalo, we step over rocks and stones down the gorge, through a fantastic forest among thousands of years old trees, along a little river and fresh-water springs. The walk is partially difficult. It lasts approximately 5-6 hours and you need absolutely good shoes- mountain boots or, at least, strong trainers. The path follows the route of Taras, a river with gurgling, lucid water. It gave its name to the ancient town which was located at the end of the gorge. On the way, we can get a glimpse of the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans. In war times and now they are the natural habitat of the well-known wild goats, or kri-kri, as they are also called. Halfway we come across the village of Santa Maria, which was abandoned by its last inhabitants in 1962. Three kilometres prior to our exiting this majestic gorge, we reach the Iron Gates (Sideroportes), the narrowest spot of the route, just a few meters wide, but 300 meters high – an amazing contradiction that can cause nothing but awe. At the end of the gorge, we reach the Lybian sea and the village of Agia Roumeli, where you can relax and enjoy swimming and after a meal at the local taverns, before you join the group to take ferry to Chora Sfakion, where our bus waiting to take you back to your original pick up point, arriving approximately at 21:30 at night after unforgettable day experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Crete: Day Trip To Gramvousa & Balos Lagoon

8. Crete: Day Trip To Gramvousa & Balos Lagoon

This day starts with a drive along the north coast. We leave Heeraklion 06:30 in the morning, pick up service near the hotel. After 3 hour and 30 min. drive we get to Kastelli- Kissamos, where we take the boat from the port and sail around the peninsula of Gramvousa. stop: Gramvousa Peninsula The island of Gramvousa is associated with the struggle to liberate Crete from the Ottoman occupation. Three thousand revolutionaries used the island as their shelter for 3 years; to solve the problem of food scarcity, they took to piracy. Gramvousa nowadays is an important bird habitat in the Eastern Mediterranean region and is located along one of the bird migration ways in this part of the world. It is the habitat of over 100 bird species and 400 kinds of plants. Built 137m above sea level on this rocky island, it is one of the most impressive castles in Crete and worth the 15 minute hike up the footpath. Appropriate footwear is advisable & a hat in summer. stop: Balos Lagoon The other destination is the lagoon of Balos, there we will enjoy the paradise of the Island of Crete. This really is one of the best beaches on Crete. After we take the boat back so we can start our return journey. Around 20:00 we will have returned to Heraklion.

Heraklion City Tour with Visit to Open Market & CretAquarium

9. Heraklion City Tour with Visit to Open Market & CretAquarium

Explore the sights in Heraklion with this bus tour from selected areas of Crete. Discover sights like Liberty Square and Koules fortress on a sightseeing tour. Spend some free time downtown and stop at the Pateles Farmers Market and the Cretaquarium Enjoy the convenience of pickup from locations outside of select hotels in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara, and Heraklion. Sit back and relax on a spacious, comfortable, and air-conditioned bus.  Start with a sightseeing tour around the city with a first stop at Liberty Square to take in the statues and fountains. Explore the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian influences on the city. Admire the imposing fortress of Koules at the harbor and the Venetian Walls that surround the old city. Have some free time to sit at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops in Lions Square or to see one of city museums, the Municipal Library, or the Art Gallery. Make your way to the Pateles Farmers Market where you can peruse dozens of stalls and haggle for excellent deals. Next, stop at the Cretaquarium where you can purchase a ticket to view various Mediterranean species, including sharks and tuna. Spend some time to get a coffee in a café before transferring back to your hotel.

From Heraklion: Imbros Gorge Hike and Sfakia Private Tour

10. From Heraklion: Imbros Gorge Hike and Sfakia Private Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of Crete, where history, culture, and natural beauty come alive. Experience the breathtaking Imbros Gorge on an 8-kilometer trek through a dramatic canyon adorned with vibrant flora and intriguing rock formations. Our knowledgeable driver-guide will drop you off at the beginning and pick you up at the end, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable adventure. Refresh with a swim in the pristine Lybian Sea at a carefully chosen beach, where crystal-clear waters and soft golden sands provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation. Soak up the sun and let the gentle waves wash away your fatigue. Explore the charming village of Sfakia, immersing yourself in authentic Cretan life. Stroll through narrow streets, admire traditional architecture, and engage with friendly locals. Savor mouthwatering Cretan cuisine at local tavernas, indulging in the rich flavors of freshly made dishes. Cap off your day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Aradena Bridge. Marvel at panoramic views of lush green valleys, rugged cliffs, and the sparkling sea from 138 meters above the Aradena Gorge. Capture unforgettable photos and take in the beauty of this island paradise. This expertly crafted tour offers the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. Don't miss your chance to discover the enchanting beauty of Crete and create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your tour now and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Great day out! Michael, our tour guide, was brilliant and knew a lot about the local areas. As it was the national Independence Day of Greece , we had our schedule moved around a little so we were able to experience the parades that were happening - a really lovely consideration for the team to have made! Our pick up was very smooth and the bus journey was a beautiful route that allowed us to see the Cretan scenery. Elounda and Agios Nikolaos are stunning places and definitely worth a visit!! We had a good amount of free time in each place - the best part, jumping off our boat into the sea on our way back from Spinalonga Island! Bucket list check! Highly recommend this day out to everyone!

Great day. Very well organised by Altino travel. Very efficient with booking, pick up etc. Elena was friendly and efficient, a good guide throughout the day. Even drove us personally back to our hotel as we were travelling from Cretan Village. Loved Spinalonga…. So much history there( especially if you’ve read The Island!). Only thing to improve… maybe give the history and info of Spinalonga on the coach before boat trip as we couldn’t hear what Elena was saying above the wind and the noise of the boat. But overall, a great day and would highly recommend this company!!!

Everything was perfect from the beginning! Our friendly guide Kostas, the trip, the goats, the Minoan route, the food (very tasty), the cheese, zeuz's cave, etc. 100! Recommended

Very nice trip. They picked me up in a van very close to my hotel because the streets were very narrow. Recommended!

Brilliant day out, lots to see and enough of time to explore each stop.