Heraklion Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Heraklion Cruises & boat tours

Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

1. 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.

From Crete: Santorini Full-Day Tour by Boat

2. From Crete: Santorini Full-Day Tour by Boat

Visit Santorini on this full day-trip from the island of Crete. After pick-up from your hotel, head to the harbor and begin your sightseeing boat tour on the Cretan Sea. Upon arrival, see the white houses of Fira that lie high above the edge of the crater, and decide whether you would like to spend more time on this volcanic island. Wander the small town of Fira or visit the picturesque town of Oia. Enjoy the leisurely Greek lifestyle and visit a taverna or two. Relax on the beach, enjoy the day by the sea, and simply leave your cares behind.

Heraklion: Morning Cruise to Dia with Snorkeling and Lunch

3. Heraklion: Morning Cruise to Dia with Snorkeling and Lunch

Join a city cruise from Heraklion to the protected island of Dia. Snorkel in crystal-clear water, enjoy a Mediterranean meal with drinks, snorkel or fish with the gear provided, and watch goats skedaddle across the wild hillside.  Begin the tour at Heraklion harbor in the morning and be greeted by a healthy Mediterranean breakfast on board. Meet the captain and crew and undergo a safety briefing before setting sail for Dia. Upon arrival at the uninhabited island off the northern coast of Crete, choose from an array of activities such as snorkeling, SUP paddling, fishing, and sunbathing, with all gear and swimming accessories available on board. If you're traveling with kids, head to the special entertainment area with board games. If your little one needs a nap, the boat's comfortable cabins are fully equipped for it.

Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

4. Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

Embark on a multi-stop cruise from Heraklion to St. Georges Bay, Sissi, Stalis, and more. Hop on board the Black Rose pirate boat and enjoy a pirate-themed experience with face painting, music, dancing, and a BBQ meal. The Black Rose sails daily from the Port of Hersonissos through the clear waters of the Cretan Sea. The first stop on the trip is St. Georges Bay. You’ll have around 2 hours to swim and snorkel and explore the area. By the time you’re back on the boat, the pirate crew will have prepared a delicious BBQ meal for you to enjoy. Later, head for the coast of Malia and Stalis for the second swimming stop.

Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

5. Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

Charter a sailing vessel privately and escape to the seas. From Heraklion, sail to unique and beautiful Dia Island, where you will have plenty of free time to swim, fish, and snorkel. Several hours later, continue on to another bay, where you will swim in crystal blue waters or take some time to relax in the shade. If you're lucky, you might even spot some dolphins and sea turtles. Relax and spend the day enjoying life while setting sail on the Sea of Crete.

Heraklion: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise With Meal and Drinks

6. Heraklion: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise With Meal and Drinks

Enjoy an incredible catamaran day tour to Dia island. See the awe-inspiring beauty of the bay and take lots of photos, enjoy a full breakfast and Mediterranean lunch, relax, snorkel or fish, and more, on this all-inclusive trip. Start at Heraklion harbor and board the luxury catamaran, to enjoy a welcoming breakfast. Meet the team, receive thorough safety instructions from the captain, then it’s time to depart for Dia Island. Be amazed by the surrounding beauty of the picturesque bay. Enjoy the waters of Dia island to the full – the boat is equipped with full-face masks and fins for snorkeling, fishing gear and tackle, a stand-up paddleboard, and all the equipment you could need for a leisure-filled day at sea. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal with fresh vegetables, homemade lasagna with spinach, grilled fish, and Banoffee and seasonal fruits for dessert. Finally, head back to Heraklion harbor revitalized from an unforgettable day.

From Heraklion: Private Agia Palagia and Dia Island Cruise

7. From Heraklion: Private Agia Palagia and Dia Island Cruise

-Dia Island (Hot Peak!!) "Located about 6 nautical miles north of Heraklion city. It is 5 km long and 3 km wide and covers an area about 12 sq km, extending from west to east." -Agia Pelagia "Located 20km west from Heraklion city. The small fishing village which the last 25 years been a popular vacation resort." *Includes: Water, Beverages, Wine, Greek Salad, Seasonal Fruits Crete is one of the biggest islands of Greece and has plenty of experiences to offer. There may be many ways to explore the island, but the most exceptional and memorable is from the deck of a boat and it offers a beautiful trip to the endless blue. Dive into the turquoise waters of Crete and sunbathe under the sun, while our experienced captain takes you to all the best-hidden spots of the area. Once you are on board, our crew member will greet you and show you around the boat. You will be offered fresh fruit, snacks, and water to accompany you along the trip. If you wish for more, please let us know and we will be more than happy to accommodate your requests.. Our captain has mapped out all the best spots for your trip but if you wish for different routes just let us know and we will assist you. Looking forward to seeing you on board!

From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

8. From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

Dive into the extraordinary coastal landscape of Crete on a private tour from Heraklion. Visit the imposing neighboring island of Spinalonga, then explore the quiet village of Plaka, known for its seafood. Discover the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos, with a gorgeous lake and chic bars. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation in Heraklion aboard your private vehicle for the day. Hop on a boat for the ride over to Spinalonga. Take in the deep blue water and sandy coves of this uninhabited island with a striking 16th-century Venetian fortress. Disembark in the village of Plaka to indulge in the fresh seafood of the waterfront taverns at your own expense. Continue on to Agios Nikolaos and revel in the gorgeous streets of the iconic town, oozing a chic vibe. Soak up the splendor of the lake as you unwind at the eclectic cocktail bars. Toward the end of the day, visit a family olive oil production estate and allow them to teach you about their techniques for producing delectable olive oil. Ride back to your accommodation in Heraklion to finish off your adventure.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

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!!!

Belle excursion à Agios Nikolaos, le car nous a amené récupéré à l’heure à un lieu de rendez vous proche de notre hôtel. A l’arrivée nous avons eu 2h pour visiter Agios Nikolaos et ensuite nous avons mangé un repas sur le bateau (poulet, salade et fruit). Nous avons eu 30 minutes pour nager à côté du bateau et ensuite arrivée a spinalonga ou un guide nous a expliqué l’histoire et ensuite nous a laissé temps libre pendant une heure.

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

This was a major highlight of our trip to Crete, highly recommend