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Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

1. 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.

Crete: Day Trip to Chrissi Island by Bus and Boat

2. Crete: Day Trip to Chrissi Island by Bus and Boat

Ierapetra is situated on the southern coast of Crete. As it is the only town in the south, it is referred to as the Bride of Libyan Sea. With the rising of the sun, head to the gorgeous port of Ierapetra and set sail toward Chrissi Island.   Chrissi Island, or Gaidouronisi, meaning Golden Beach or Donkey Island, is an uninhabited island around 15 kilometers south of Ierapetra. 7 kilometers in length and covering an area of 4,743 km, the island is covered in golden sand and a rare variety of Lebanon cedars.  Anchoring on the south side of the island, head to the nearby beach for swimming and sunbathing. Walk the path running through the island and the cedar forest to the otherworldly beach of Chrissi Ammos. Hunt for seashells, check out the rockier coast of the island, or make the trek to the island’s lighthouse.  Swim in turquoise crystal clear waters and soak up the sun in this magical and totally undisturbed place of natural beauty.

Crete: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos & Kolokitha Tour

3. Crete: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos & Kolokitha Tour

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.

Crete: Balos & Gramvousa Boat Cruise including Bus Transfer

4. Crete: Balos & Gramvousa Boat Cruise including Bus Transfer

Take in the beauty of Crete and its nearby islands on this boat trip. Travel to the pirate’s island, Gramvousa, explore the Venetian fortress, and head to the idyllic Baloos lagoon, filled with rare species of fauna and flora, for a refreshing swim. Your trip starts with a bus to Kissamos. From the port of Kissamos, the boat will depart to Gramvousa. While on the boat trip, you’ll observe the geological phenomenon of Crete, with the island rising out of the sea on the west side – and sinking in the east. Your first stop is the island Gramvousa, with its Venetian fortress, built between 1579 and 1584 by the Venetian occupiers. Take your time exploring the fortress, which was also used by pirates – a legend claims that there’s a great treasure buried there. An old shipwreck near the beach has become a part of the landscape, and the turquoise water is ideal for snorkeling. The next stop is the Balos lagoon, with its white sand and shallow, warm water, perfect for a swim. Due to millions of crushed shells, in many places, the sand has a lovely pink hue. The protected area houses many rare species of flora and fauna, such as Eleonora falcons, shags, and cormorants. Swim or explore, then head back after your full experience around these islands.

Crete: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, & Plaka Day Trip

5. Crete: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, & Plaka Day Trip

Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable transportation. Make your first stop at Agios Nikolaos, on the Gulf of Mirabello. The place is famous for its picturesque lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau. Walk along the city on your own, stroll through the shops or relax. After that,we drive to the beautiful harbor of Elounda where we will get on board to visit the island of Spinalonga.At Spinalonga Island you can choose to join an English guided tour or explore the island by yourself. If you do not wish to visit the archaeological site at all, you can join a one-hour boat trip to a secret location and dive into the crystal clear water. The history and the culture of the island of Spinalonga became one with human tragedy in the course of time. This small isle carries within the history of Ancient Greece, as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous; the history of Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement (english-speaking guided tour on the island). After our visit to the island of Spinalonga (stay 1 ½ hours), we depart for one of the bays around. Here you have plenty of time for swimming at the crystal clear waters, tasting the BBQ served on board. The menu includes pork* chop BBQ, greek salad, feta cheese, bread, wine or Fanta and seasonal fruit.(EVERY SUNDAY the dinner is in a tavern we DONT have BBQ on board) After a short drive, reach Plaka a small fishing village. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Last stop the capital town of Lasithi, Agios Nikolaos. Relax in a café next to the bottomless Lake of Voulismeni and enjoy your walk to the local shops.Visit the filming sites or have a refreshing swim before heading back to your accommodation.

Agios Nikolaos: Private Motorboat or RIB Boat Rental

6. Agios Nikolaos: Private Motorboat or RIB Boat Rental

Rent your own motorboat or RIB boat and discover the picturesque islands and scenic views around Crete. Create your own itinerary and explore islands such as Agioi Pantes or Spinalonga, or the beaches of Agriomantra and Kolokytha. After check-in, set off from the port of Agios Nikolaos on your adventure. Choose a route that interests you and explore lesser-known areas off the coast of Crete. You can sail to the uninhabited island of Agioi Pantes. Spot the former church which is located at the top of the island. You may also see the endangered species of Cretan mountain goats, called “Kri-Kri”. Sail to the beautiful island of Spinalonga located 800 meters off the coast. Admire the views of the 16th-century Venetian fortress, which also served as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. Make a stop for swimming at Kolokytha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete. Hike along the pathway that takes you from the beach to the church of Agios Loukas and the Byzantine chapel of Agios Fokas. You may also choose to sail towards Agriomantra, a beach that is found at the end of Agriomantra’s gorge and is of outstanding natural beauty. Relax beneath the Tamarisk trees which offer natural shade, while there are barbecues and benches to have a picnic on the beach.

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

7. Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

This tour will take you high into the mountains of the Lassithi Range (or Dikti Range), offering you an abundance of stunning panoramic views. Picking you up from your accommodation at 10:00AM, you will then start your climb up through several very picturesque traditional villages, one of which you shall stop at for a short break to shop or grab coffee. You will next go off road and move on up through the Kroustas Forest to a point approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. From way up there you will be able to see both the Lybian Sea (south coast) and the Aegean Sea (north coast). You will also be able to view the stunning peaks of the snow capped Mount Spathi (2,140 meters above sea level, second highest on the island), whose north face is home of the Psychro Cave, birth place of the Greek god Zeus. The views you will encounter throughout your tour can't be beaten, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs. Whilst in the mountains you will be taken to a traditional Greek taverna for a meze lunch with local wine, and at the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Agios Nikolaos: Elounda Bay and Kolokytha Beach Boat Cruise

8. Agios Nikolaos: Elounda Bay and Kolokytha Beach Boat Cruise

Experience a boat trip on the bright blue waters of Mirabello Bay with this unforgettable cruise from Agios Nikolaos. Sip on local drinks while tasting fresh fruits. Swim thorugh azure waters at two swim stops and admire views of the former leper colony at Spinalonga island. Cruise starts from Agios Nikolaos harbor at 11:00 AM. 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 able to enjoy the turquoise, crystal clear waters for about one hour and a half. Relax on the boat, explore this isolated beaches, and have fun while making new friends from all over the world. Then head to Spinalonga, the famous lepers’ island. Cruise around the Island and then before heading to a second hidden paradise for snorkeling and relax Have the chance to stop for approximately one hour and a half. Enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling .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. Get access on the boat to two bars, a lounge, and a restaurant serving Greek and international cuisine with high-quality service from the experienced crew. Return to your meeting point at the end of the cruise.

Agios Nikolaos: Private Boat Cruise with Soft Drinks

9. Agios Nikolaos: Private Boat Cruise with Soft Drinks

Chart your own course from Agios Nikolaos on a private half-day cruise to destinations like Dianiskari and Kolokutha beach or visit towns like Plaka and Elounda. Sip on complementary soft drinks and have access to showers and snorkeling equipment.  Choose an option that meets your group size and space needs with options for a 4.3-meter RIB boat for up to 4 people, a 5.3-meter motorboat for up to 6 people, or a 9-Meter RIB boat for up to 9 people. Hop aboard the ship at the port of Agios Nikolaos and begin your sailing adventure. Listen to music on board with a Bluetooth connection and craft your own itinerary to destinations like Skistra Bay and San Fwkas beach. Have the option to snorkel through crystal-clear waters or stop to purchase lunch at a seaside restaurant in the charming resort town of Elounda. Head to the island of Spinalonga where you can admire natural beauty and historical ruins on this island that was once a leper colony. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Agios Nikolaos: Mirabello Bay Fishing Trip

10. Agios Nikolaos: Mirabello Bay Fishing Trip

Start your boat trip from the port of Ormos Bay of Agios Nikolaos and marvel around the calm waters of the gulf, which has been of vital significance for the development of the region and enjoy an unforgetable fishing exprience The boat provide all the available fishing equipment you need independently you are an experience fisherman or not. You can try all the available technique of rod fishing such as jigging, live bait fishing, trolling and such more. You have the opportunity to live with a professional fisherman the relaxing experience of fishing, while enjoying the tour by a local who knows stone by stone the unique destination of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda The captain explains the types of fish that are found in the area depending on the season, talks to you about the history of the island and its culture, guides you to the most beautiful places of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda and stops in many drylands until you catch fish. In addition, you can reach quiet beaches, inaccessible and enchanting, to enjoy your swim in the waters of the Aegean, or indulge in snorkelling to admire the seabed of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda You can choose the cruising places, the places you will like to swim, so that you can enjoy every moment! Explore the beautiful island of Spinalonga, a fortress-island that was built when the Venetians occupied Crete, which survives to this day. It is a remarkable monument of World Cultural Heritage and is worth visiting! The island’s history was a source of inspiration for many movies and Victoria Hislop’s best seller “The Island”.

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What people are saying about Elounda

From Heraklion to Kissamos about 2:30 hrs by bus on the highway was tiring but once you arrive at Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island it is totally worth the long journey. TIP: There are certain viewpoints in both places, but they are 20 minutes away, you should think twice about whether you do this or rather swim on the fantastically beautiful beach and enjoy the water.

Très belle excursion. J’ai trouvé ce que je recherchais au sein de celle-ci, c’est-à-dire pouvoir me déplacer sans me préoccuper de quoi que ce soit, découvrir différents endroits qui méritent d’être vu, tout en ayant du temps libre pour soi. Le guide est présent au sein de la journée sans être trop présent à mon goût. Je recommande!

The whole day was lovely, The guides Michael and Eleanor were helpful and informative, with just the right amount of information. Everything went to plan, time to have coffee and shop in Agios Nikolaus and Elounda and walk around Spinalonga island. Thank you to all involved on the coach and boats.

Nice experience to get out of the city and see some lovely towns

Brilliant day visiting a couple of great places, would recommend