Day trip

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos w/ BBQ Lunch

Activity provider: TOURLINE

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos w/ BBQ Lunch

Activity provider: TOURLINE

From US$ 34.83 per person

Go back in time and explore the beautiful and historic island of Spinalonga where Turkish, Saracen, Venetian and Greek history coalesce. Enjoy sandy beaches, shopping, and cultural highlights.

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Duration 9 - 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Polish, German
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off is conducted from the main roads outside your hotel. After booking the tour operator will contact you within 24 hours with a detailed description of your pickup point and time.


  • Visit picturesque Elounda on the shores of Mirabello Bay
  • Explore Spinalonga Island and the Venetian Fortress
  • Swim and savor a fresh BBQ lunch, with a choice of chicken, pork, or vegetarian
  • Stroll around the quaint alleys of Agios Nikolaos
Full description

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.

  • Round-trip bus transfer
  • Guided tour on Spinalonga in English every day
  • Every day guided tour on Spinalonga in French, German, and Polish, except on Saturdays
  • Boat ticket with BBQ (12€ for adults, 6€ for children aged 4-11 years with a choice of chicken, pork, or vegetarian)
  • Spinalonga entry fees
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • 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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Cash
  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • For the BBQ, choose between chicken, pork, or vegetarian
  • The tour operator will send you an email with the exact pick-up time after the booking
  • The ticket fee for Spinalonga is 8€ for adults, 4€ for students and seniors, and free for those under 18
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 115 reviews

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We were picked up on time, we were the 1st and last drop off which made it a long drive. The day good, following the boat trip we stopped in a olive oil factory then had an hour free time we did some shopping and had an ice cream and a beer. The tour guide was friendly

July 25, 2022

Tour was well Organised. Spinalonga island was highlight of tour. Unfortunately the BBQ / meal was terrible. We opted for vegetarian and received a serving of slimy corn, some baked beans, tomato and cucumber with a small piece of feta, small slice of bread and 2 vine wrapped around some rice.

July 1, 2022

The excursion to the island of Spinalonga is very exciting, recommendable and well organized! For us personally there were just too many people, especially on Spinalonga. And the program was too full, or the times, especially on the island, were calculated too tightly. The island is so beautiful and exciting! After the initial, interesting tour by our great German-speaking tour guide, there was still time to explore the island on your own. But in our opinion, this time should have been at least half an hour longer! This resulted in a photographic marathon for us. The time lapse is quite tight, which is a shame. Swimming in Kolokitha Bay was very pleasant and refreshing, the BBC meal was fine and well organised, just rather late at 2:15 p.m. The navigation was pleasant. The town of Agios Nikolaos is also worth seeing! We would have appreciated if we could have learned a little more information about Crete during the long car ride.

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June 14, 2022

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