Day trip

Rethymno: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Day Trip

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10 reviews

Activity provider: Markidis Travel
Day trip

Rethymno: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Day Trip

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From US$ 37.69 per person

Explore the coastal town of Agios Nikolaos on this day trip from Rethymno. Catch a boat to the island of Spinalonga and see Kolokythas bay and the archeological site Olous from the water.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Please wait on the main street in front of your hotel. The driver will not wait longer than 2 minutes.


  • Dive into the turquoise waters of Kolokythas bay for a refreshing swim
  • Have some free time to explore the highlights of the town of Agios Nikolaos
  • Marvel at an ancient Cretan city that is now partially underwater at Olous
  • Chart your own course to the pebble beaches and leper colony in Spinaloga
  • Enjoy rest stops on the bus ride to and from the town of Agios Nikolaos
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Discover the charming coastal town of Agios Nikolaos on this day trip from Rethymno. Step back in time as you view the archeological site of Olous from a boat. Go for a dip in Kolokythas bay and take a stroll on the uninhabited island of Spinaloga.

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation, then sit back and relax aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned bus. Stop for a coffee break on the way to Agios Nikolaos. 

Spend some free time discovering the beauty of Agios Nikolaos where you can see the picturesque Lake Voulismeni, visit the marina, admire neoclassical buildings, and walk along the pedestrian roads. Have some time to purchase lunch at a local establishment before boarding the boat to Spinaloga.

View the partially submerged archeological site of Olous from the ship. Soak up some sun on board or go for a dip in the crystal waters of Kolokythas bay. Reach the island of Spinaloga where you will have a 1.5-hour visit to the leper colony and the surrounding pebble beaches and shallow waters.

Return to Agios Nikolaos where your bus will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Multilingual guide
  • Multi-stop tour
  • Boat ticket (15€ per person)
  • Spinalonga entry fee (8€)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

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What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Cash
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4.6 /5

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Spinalonga is worth seeing Excursion booked with Markidis Travel. Fully air conditioned coach with pick up and drop off at our hotel. Anastasia is an excellent multi lingual tour guide who pointed out all the sites on route and explained the history of the island plus informing everyone of the days itinerary. Our driver Costa manoeuvred some really unbelievable narrow roads and turns.On route money was collected for the ferry crossing by Anastasia so that she could purchase all the tickets instead of needing to queue. We travelled to Agios Nikolaos with time to explore then boarded our ferry for a lovely lunch. After sailing the ferry stopped at Kolokitha for a swim in the open sea, then onto Spinalonga. Here you need to purchase your entrance ticket and join a guided tour if you wish or explore yourself. We joined a tour where our guide explained in detail the history of Spinalonga then explored on our own. Excellent!

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September 16, 2022

We had a really great day. We were picked up on time from our agreed location. The tour guide and the bus driver were very accommodating and announced at the same time in English, German and even French. The journeys to the destination were very informative and you could express your wishes or questions. We can recommend it again at any time, in Spinalonga we also had a very nice tour guide who talked about the island in detail and not boringly. The return trip was also smooth and the times were all kept.

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September 11, 2022

Well organised guide delightful very enjoyable

September 11, 2022

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