Day trip

From Heraklion: Elounda and Spinalonga Full-Day Tour

4.1 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: MTM D.M.C Ltd

From Heraklion: Elounda and Spinalonga Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: MTM D.M.C Ltd

From US$ 44.11 per person

Learn about the ancient civilizations of Crete on a private full-day tour to Spinalonga and Elounda near the Roman city of Olous. Take a coffee break in Agios Nikolaos or have a walk around the lake.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Free pick-up possible from Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos. Pick-up possible from other areas on the island subject to an additional fee.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the ancient history of the tiny island of Spinalonga
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Visit the pretty town of Agios Nikolaos
Full description
Journey back in time and explore the ancient civilizations of Crete on a private full-day tour to Spinalonga. Drive along the north coast of the island and get an amazing view of the Selinari gorge on the way to the small fishing village of Elounda, known for its gorgeous beach. Board a boat to the small island of Spinalonga, and learn the local history dating back to Ancient Greece. Take a guided tour of the island to explore how it served as a natural defense for the ancient city of Olous and was later used by the Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates. Discover the remains of the Venetian fortifications and learn more about the period of Ottoman rule. Proceed to the sandy Bay of Kolokitha where the boat will be anchored. Enjoy some free time to swim in the crystal clear waters and feast from a BBQ lunch. Return to Elounda to take the bus to the pretty town of Agios Nikolaos, where you can browse the shops and visit the bottomless lake.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • Boat ticket
  • Light box lunch (sandwich, croissant, juice, and water)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Boat trip and BBQ lunch at Kolokytha (€12 per person)
  • Entrance to Spinalonga (€8 per person)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Free pick-up is only possible from Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos due to the size of the island. Pick-up is possible from outside these areas subject to an additional fee
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Guide was excellent and I liked hearing the info given in English French and German - somehow made for better comprehension. People in the group were considerate of each other. The boat trip to Spinalonga and time spent there was the main event and Spinalonga is amazing for its history and architecture; and taking a stroll there felt like being on a nature preserve surrounded by sea. There was free time to do this as well as to relax or shop in Elounda and Agios Nikolaos and I really appreciated the loose structure. It was a long day and by the end I was pretty exhausted. The final stop was at an olive oil plant. Wish I had been prepared with a gift list because there were choice products there besides the oil including products made with olive wood.

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May 25, 2022

Amazing day

A must do! Amazing crew and great experience. Jumping off the side of the boat into the crystal clear water was so much fun! BBQ was plenty and delicious :-) The bus ride from Herkaloin took about 2 hours from pick up to Elounda (because of the pick ups) but it was a good opportunity to see the sights.

August 11, 2018

a good day

A very pleasant day even if the bus journey was a bit long. We were unable to visit the town of Elounda because the bus was late. Despite that, the barbecue and the beach where we swam was great. the visit of the city of spinalonga was good but no guide visit in french.

June 20, 2018

Product ID: 81888