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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: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

3. Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

Start your day with pickup from selected regions in Crete and first head to Heraklion for a guided tour of Knossos Palace. Walk through this Minoan palace with your guide and find out how people lived here 4,000 years ago. The Throne Room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns will allow you to imagine how the Minoans once lived. Continue towards the city center of Heraklion where you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the town itself. The Archaeological Museum brings together findings from all over Crete, covering over 5,500 years of the island's history.   Head to the Heraklion town center and walk through Daidalou Street to Lion Square and the famous Morosini Fountain of the Venetian era. Explore the permanent outdoor market of the town and the Valide Mosque, a remnant of Turkish influences. Explore the Venetian Loggia and head to the sea and the Koules Fortress before being dropped back off at your hotel.  

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: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

5. Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

The first stop is the town of Rethimno, the third biggest town in Crete west of Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. Here, archeological monuments of the Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist. Enjoy a stroll in the alleys of the old town, a visit to the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses, or a coffee at the magnificent harbor. The next stop is Chania town, the second largest town of Crete on the north coast west of Rethymno. The city of Chania is divided into the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor, and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”. You can find Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia and the Lighthouse. Visit the famous Agora (market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. The last stop of the day is Kournas lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind in Crete. The whole area of Kournas is protected under 'Natura 2000', as it's a designated wetland. Vast greenery, steep cavities between hills, and rare species of fish and birds make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy an early afternoon walk.

Crete: Monastery, Lasithi Plateau & Dictaean Cave Day Trip

6. Crete: Monastery, Lasithi Plateau & Dictaean Cave Day Trip

Visit an Orthodox nunnery, the village of Psychrom the Dictaean Cave, and see a local potter at work in his workshop. Explore the Lasithi Plateau, and make a stop for lunch while learning about the Plateau's history. Visit a small traditional village on the slope of Selena Mountain, and enjoy beautiful views of Crete on this interesting and unique day tour. Visit the Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, an Orthodox nunnery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, situated near the village of Kera at an altitude of 650m. See the nunnery, famous for the icon of Mary believed to be miraculous, the nunnery's fortified walls, and its 14th and 15th-century murals. Stop next at the village of Psychro, and walk to reach the Dictaean Cave, just above the village of Psychro. See the cave, considered a sacred place of cult worship, and according to Greek mythology, it is believed to be the place where Zeus, the father of Greek gods, was kept and fed from Amalthia. See the most impressive sight is the lake at the lowest point, surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites, before moving on to the village of Psychro, where a local potter displays the steps of ceramic art at his ceramic workshop, where anyone interested may give pottery a try. Reach the northern entrance of the Lasithi Plateau, and stop at Seli Ambelou for a lunch break. Take in a panoramic view of the plateau, where in the 1950s and 1960s, was one of Europe's first wind farms. Stop in Krasi, a small traditional village set on the slope of Selena Mountain, and see its huge ancient plane tree, where the leaves and the branches of the tree provide shade all over the square in a unique and unspoiled environment. Finish the tour at Krasi, and return to your hotel.

Crete: Samaria Gorge Day Trip

7. Crete: Samaria Gorge Day Trip

After pickup from your hotel in Agios Nikolaos or Elounda, you’ll head straight to the Omalos plateau, followed by Xyloskalo, the northernmost entrance to the Samaria Gorge. The walk begins with a descent into the bottom of the gorge, changing altitude by over 600 meters. Gaze up at the stark, lush cliffs that line the narrow canyon, keeping your eyes peeled for the rare kri-kri goat, a species endemic to Crete and known for its massive, curled horns. About halfway into the walk, you’ll find the ruins of the Samaria Village, whose inhabitants were relocated after the region was designated as a national park. After a small rest, you’ll continue through the Gorge, passing the church of Osia Maria, from which the gorge takes its name. Shortly thereafter, reach the most famous portion of gorge—the Gates, where the path narrows to less than 10 feet, while cliffs rise over 1,000 feet in the air. With the majority of the path behind you, you’ll soon enter the Agia Roumeli village, set against the stunning Aegean Sea, where you’ll hop on a boat bound for a bus to take you back to your accommodation.

Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

8. Crete: Lasithi Plateau and Knossos Palace Day Tour

Visit the monastery of Kera Kardiotissa and the Dictaean Cave then meet a potter at work on this exciting day trip. You’ll see panoramic views of the Lasithi Plateau and discover the epic Minoan Palace of Knossos. Your first stop is the Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, an Orthodox nunnery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, situated near the village of Kera. Famous for the icon of Mary, believed to be miraculous, it’s surrounded by fortified walls and the church features murals dating back to the 14th century. The next stop is the village of Psychro, where you’ll take a walk to reach the Dictaean Cave, found above the village of Psychro at 1025 meters altitude. According to Greek mythology, it’s believed to be the place where Zeus, the father of Greek gods, was kept and fed from Amalthia, a goat, in secret to be protected from his father.  A most impressive sight is the lake at the lowest point, surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites. In the village of Psychro, a local potter will show the process of making his art at his ceramic workshop, following centuries-old traditions. A great opportunity to try it for yourself!  The next stop is Seli Ambelou for lunch with a panoramic view of the Lassithi Plateau.  It’s then time for the final destination, a visit to Knossos Palace, the capital of Minoan civilization. You’ll walk through the ancient site and learn how the citizens, believed to be the first Europeans in an organized community, lived 4,000 years ago. You’ll explore the palace and learn about the throne room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns. 

From Athens: Peloponnese 6-Day Private Tour to Meteora

9. From Athens: Peloponnese 6-Day Private Tour to Meteora

DAY 1: ATHENS - ARGOLIS - SPARTA: Mete your driver at the lobby of your hotel at 08.30 to start your adventure with hotel pickup in Athens and drive along the mainland coast to the Peloponnese. Stop at the Canal of Corinth before reaching the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. Stop for lunch or a coffee break in Nafplio, the first capital city of Modern Greece. Then, continue to the archaeological site of Mycenae and spend the night in Sparta. DAY 2: SPARTA - MYSTRAS - MONEMVASIA – SPARTA: The driver pick you up at 08.30 at your hotel to visit the Museum of Olive Oil in Sparta. Discover the Byzantine town of Mystras and be captivated by its medieval splendor. Visit the famous Tower Town of the Peloponnese, Monemvassia, a mystical stone-built settlement. Wander around its narrow cobbled streets and admire the beautifully restored stone buildings. Return to Sparta in the late afternoon and spend the night. Day 3: SPARTA - ANCIENT OLYMPIA: After breakfast, the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 and leave Sparta and make a quick stop at the picturesque coastal town of Gythi. Then, make your way to Areopolis and Diros, famous for its subterranean caves that are part of an underground river. Visit the local museum and then continue to some of the most beautiful places of Southern Peloponnese. Visit the coastal villages of Stoupa and Kardamili for swimming or lunch. Then, arrive at Ancient Olympia to stay overnight. DAY 4: ANCIENT OLYMPIA - DELPHI: Mete your private driver at 08.30 at the lobby of your hotel to start your day with a visit to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum. Leaving Ancient Olympia, cross over the bridge of Rio-Antirio, one of the biggest in Europe, to reach Naupactus, where you can enjoy lunch. Then, make your way to Delphi for an overnight stay. DAY 5: DELPHI - METEORA: After breakfast, the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 to visit the archaeological site and museum of Delphi. Then, continue to the village of Arachova, the most bustling winter destination in Greece. Continue to Kalambaka, a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of the Meteora Monasteries. Stay in Kalambaka for overnight. DAY 6: METEORA - ATHENS: Meet your private driver at your hotel at 009.00 to start your day early to visit the monasteries of Meteora, built on top of towering rocks. End your tour of the monasteries in the picturesque village of Kalambaka for a traditional Greek lunch. Afterwards, return to Athens with a stop at Thermopiles to admire the statue of Leonidas. End your tour with drop-off at your hotel in Athens.

Laconia: Olive Oil and Wine Tasting on an Organic Farm

10. Laconia: Olive Oil and Wine Tasting on an Organic Farm

Your tour will begin with a guided tour around the facilities of the farm throughout which you will find out all about the sustainable farming methods and techniques. Following that, take a majestic stroll through the vineyards and olive groves. Some of the olive trees have been standing on this land for more than 500 years, and you’ll also discover the history and the mentality behind organic farming. It will then be time to discover the rich taste and texture of fresh, extra virgin olive oil and the Greek olive varieties. This unique olive oil experience will teach you how to distinguish among the various olive oil varieties, as well as how to choose the best one for your cooking or dinner table. You’ll also receive tips from the resident experts on how to best store your olive oil. Next up you’ll get to taste 5 different labels of organic wines: Agiorgitiko, Avgoustiatis, Athyri, Kydonitsa, and Moschofilero. Your wine sommelier will guide you through the whole experience and introduce to you to the magnificent world of organic wines. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover varieties unknown outside of Greece, allowing you to embark on a beautiful journey through the unique Greek terroir.

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What people are saying about Laconia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 214 reviews

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