Day trip

Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

Activity provider: TOURLINE

Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

Activity provider: TOURLINE
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Discover Crete during a day trip in an air-conditioned coach. Visit Agios Nikolaos and the Elounda Lagoon. Explore the fishing village of Plaka as well as the former leper colony Spinalonga.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup is offered at hotels from Sisi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, and Ammoudara. You will meet your driver outside your hotel on the main road or at your designated meeting point. Your pickup time may be different from the start time listed on your voucher. After the booking, the activity provider will contact you within 24 hours with a detailed description of your pickup place and time.

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Agios Nikolaos and walk around the famous Lake Voulismeni
  • Enjoy views of the Gulf of Mirabello and the Elounda Lagoon
  • Take a short boat ride from Plaka to Spinalonga
  • Learn the history about Spinalonga and explore the former Leper colony
  • Taste authentic Cretan products
Full description

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel along the north-east coast and by St. George’s Gorge. After a short ride, visit an olive oil farmwhere you can experience first-hand the standardization of extra virgin olive oil, table olives, and olive paste. Taste authentic Greek olive oil, which is famous worldwide for its great taste as well as other authentic Cretan products like “raki” and honey.

Travel next to the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos on the Gulf of Mirabello. Agios Nikolaos is famous for its picturesque bottomless lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau and the subject of numerous legends. Discover the pretty city on your own, stroll through the shops, or relax in one of the cafes and watch the world go by. Continue to Elounda, enjoying some of the most beautiful views of Crete. Look across the Elounda Lagoon at the enchanting islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha.

Spinalonga has been an important place throughout history. Have some time to explore the island on your own.

After a short drive, you will reach Plaka, a small fishing village directly opposite Spinalonga. From there a 10-minute boat ride takes you to the island. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim. The last stop of the day is Elounda, a former fishing village but today a famous holiday resort with the most 5-star hotels in Greece. Take plenty of time to stroll through the picturesque harbor and have a cup of coffee before heading back to your accommodation.

Includes
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
  • Guide
  • Olive oil tour and tasting of local Cretan products
  • Boat ticket (€7 adults, €3.50 children aged 4 to 12)
  • Admission to Spinalonga (adults €8; children up to 18 years - free; EU citizens over 62 years with an ID card and students with an ID card €4)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
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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What to bring

  • Cash
  • Passport or ID card
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 243 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Great day, so well organised and the guides were lovely and really great. We got on at hersonnisos and that meant the longest part of the bus journey was only an hour in between stops which was great for us with 2 kids. Aghios Nikolaos was lovely and then on to Plaka to board boat. The island of Spinalonga was incredible for me as I have read The Island book a few times, first over 15 years ago so it was a big deal for me to go and I found it very interesting and moving. Such a beautiful yet eerie place.. Then had a meal in Plaka at Maria’s Taverna which is over 90 years old having been there since 1930, the most incredible Moussaka I have ever had, can’t stop thinking about it. Just beautiful, full of character having been a restaurant for such an amazingly long time. Would love to know more of its history. Then on to Elounda where some people went swimming, we visited the church.great day. Only criticism is that 1hr15 is nowhere near long enough on Spinalonga. 2.5 or 3 hrs would be!

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October 18, 2021

Among the Venetian fortresses that I have visited in the various cities of Crete, that of Spinalonga is perhaps the most impressive and well kept. The guide "Mary" had excellent English and thoroughly explained the history of the island from the times of the Republic of Venice to the modern age. On the return trip the boat stopped in the stretch of sea between Spinalonga and Elounda, so that we could enjoy swimming in those wonderful blue waters. A little subdued the visit to the port city of Agios Nikolaos, which turns out to be a bit too modern and touristy. I warmly thank the tour operator "Viola" for saving and postponing this excursion, which unfortunately had been canceled due to the emergency from Covid-19.

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July 19, 2020

A really nice day

We had a fab time! The scenery was stunning, to say the least, and the guides and staff were really nice. Our guide Mary provided really insightful stories and we enjoyed learning more about the story of Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos. The only downside was that the BBQ lunch on the boat was a bit chaotic. You had a tray of food with a piece of meat, salad and a drink on your legs and had to balance it out to take a bite. I wish we would have had something a bit more convenient like sandwiches, but other than that it was amazing. Would definitely recommend it to anyone!

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September 9, 2019

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