1. Greece
  2. Crete
  3. Agios Nikolaos
  4. Spinalonga

Tour From Kritsa Gorge to Plaka & Spinalonga with Meals

Product ID: 107614
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This the best of the Cretan countryside all in one day. You will hike, swim, eat and cruise your way around the island during this action-packed day. Be prepared to fall in love with Crete.
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Duration: 7 hours
Starting time 9:15 AM
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  • Hike through one of the prettiest gorges on the island with a local guide who knows the way
  • Hop on a speedboat to explore a Venetian fortress island in the Gulf of Elounda
  • Learn the art of making traditional Greek dolmades and eat the fruits of your labours during a traditional Greek lunch
  • Taste some of the best olive oil or ‘green gold’ as locals call it, at a local olive farm
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Your immersion into the heart of Cretan life begins with a drive away from the coast, through lush olive groves and ancient woodlands. Your first top will be the traditional village of Kritsa, the gateway to the stunning Kritsa Gorge. Kritsa Gorge isn’t as well-known as other gorges on the island but it is just as beautiful, if not more so because the peace and tranquillity of the place is rarely disturbed by large groups of tourists being herded through it. The entrance to the gorge is spectacular, almost as if the mountain has been torn in two. Following the old donkey path, reach the middle of the gorge, a valley full of olive groves. The trail is approximately 4 kilometers long and is relatively easy apart from one or two boulders to climb over. The gorge ends at an ancient Minoan path, which you will follow past shepherd huts and fields. From here, take a drive out to a traditional Cretan olive oil farm. Your hosts will show you around the farm, sharing their knowledge of the green gold, including how to cultivate it and what to look for when tasting different varieties. Finish with a tasting accompanied by some delicious local wine.

Next, learn the secrets of making one of the most famous and beloved dishes in all of Greece, dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice). Enjoy your culinary creations alongside a traditional and delicious Greek lunch of salads, tzatziki, dako (rusks with dressing) and other small seasonal plates with a glass of wine or shot of local raki, of course. With your bellies full, leave for the village of Plaka where speedboats will be waiting to whisk you off to the fortress island of Spinalonga located in the Gulf of Elounda. Here, have time to wander around by yourself and discover the turbulent history of this tiny islet; conquered by the Venetians in the 16th-century, the ancient fortifications were built to act as a first line of defense in the ferocious wars with the Ottoman Turks.

After an hour, your speedboat will pick you up and take you for a refreshing spin around Spinalonga. If you feel the need to cool off, jump in for a swim at Spinalonga or at the beach in Plaka village, where you will board the boat. (There are cabins there for you to change into your swimwear) After all that fun in the sun, your speedboat will escort you back to the starting point. But before you say goodbye, talk to your in the know local guide if you want the inside track on where to eat, drink and visit during the rest of your stay on magical Crete.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Round trip transportation via private 4x4 vehicle
  • Speedboat ride with professional driver
  • Olive oil tasting, dolmades
  • Traditional Greek lunch (seasonal dishes)
  • 1 glass of wine and shots of raki (a local spirit), coffee, water and refreshments (iced tea, seasonal fruits and energy snacks)
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance ticket to Spinalonga archaeological site (EUR 8)
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs or personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide and driver

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Meeting point

Starting cities are Plaka, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos in Crete. You may join the tour from any one of these meeting points; check the following pick-up times for each city: In Plaka: 09:15 at the Agia Marina Church, next to the Blue Palace Hotel. In Elounda: 09:25 at the square and roundabout of the church side. In Agios Nikolaos: 09:45 at the bridge in front of the tourist information office.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted to join this tour
• Dietary notes: This tour can be customized to cater for vegetarian/ vegan and gluten-free customers. Please notify in advance if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions
• Small group of a maximum of 4 persons
• Please wear comfortable shoes for walking
• Bring a hat and sunscreen in the summer months
• Starting cities are Plaka, Elounda, and Agios Nikolaos in Crete. You may join the tour from any one of these meeting points

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Product ID: 107614