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Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port

Product ID: 155973
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Take a traditional Greek wooden boat to the amazing island of Spinalonga! Explore one of Europe's last leper colonies, built on the old Venetian fortress. Take a long walk around the island and learn about the Venetian fortifications.
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  • Enjoy a wonderful cruise on a traditional wooden boat to the island of Spinalonga
  • Stay on the island 1 hour or even longer and take one of the many boats to return to Elounda port, at no extra cost
  • Explore the former leper colony and the fortifications of the old Venetian castle-town
  • Sail in the Elounda bay and feel the sea breeze while admiring the Cretan scenery
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Board one of the traditional wooden boats from Elounda port and let the experienced local crew take you to Spinalonga island. The boat trip begins at approximately 9:30 AM every day from the main port of Elounda village.

Stay on the island for at least an hour or even longer if you wish, and take a boat to return to the port later in the day. The last boat trip from Spinalonga usually departs at 6:30 PM. If you want to learn more about the island, you can find local licensed guides on the pier who will bring the island's history to life.

Originally, Spinalonga was not an island – it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation, the island was carved out of the coast for defensive purposes and a fort was built there. During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island. The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.
  • Return boat trip to Spinalonga island
  • Experienced English-speaking captain and crew
  • Option for late return with another boat of the same operator
What’s Not Included
  • Entry ticket to the Spinalonga Island (8€ adult)
  • Food and beverages
  • Guided tour on the island
  • Hotel transfer

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Meeting point

Port of Schisma Eloundas (easily accessible by bus/taxi/private car from Agios Nikolaos).

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Important information
Know before you go
• You must purchase a separate entry ticket to enter the Spinalonga island (8€)
• Either stay 1 hour on the island or, if you want to stay longer, you can take another boat from the same supplier later, without extra cost
• The boat trips begin at approximately 9:30 AM and depart every 30 minutes. The last return trip is at approximately at 6:30 PM during summer and at 3:30 PM during April and October
• The total minimum duration of the activity is 2 hours (boat trip + stay on the island)
• There is a toilet and a bar/coffee shop on the island but you can also bring drinks and snacks
• The port of Elounda is easily accessible by bus/taxi/car from Agios Nikolaos and there is parking space available at a cost
• The island gets crowded between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM so visits in the early morning or late in the afternoon are often more relaxing

From US$ 14.49 per person

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Elounda 18 Boat Cooperative

Product ID: 155973