Private tour

Heraklion: Palace of Minoa & Spinaloga/Elounda Village Tour

Activity provider: Private Tours Greece

Heraklion: Palace of Minoa & Spinaloga/Elounda Village Tour

Activity provider: Private Tours Greece

From US$ 728.46 per group up to 4

Enjoy a private day tour in Crete to visit the third-largest Minoan palace in Crete, visit the Island of Spinalonga, and explore the traditional Cretan villages of Agios Nikolaos & Elounda area.

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Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time
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  • Explore the third-largest Minoan palace in Crete and its Archaeological Site
  • Visit the Church of Panagia Kera to see Byzantine wall painting decorations
  • Pay a visit to Spinaloga, former Venetian fortress used as a Leper Colony
  • Enjoy the visit to Kritsa, an old and picturesque village built on a rocky hill
  • See the traditional fishing village of Elounda, and admire idyllic scenery
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Experience a private day tour in the Heraklion area and visit the third-largest Minoan Palace in Crete, stop at the Island of Spinalonga, and explore Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Learn more about the history and culture of the Heraklion area on this private tour.

Start the tour with pickup from your designated pickup point, and first go to the Archaeological site of Malia, dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. See this majestic site, the third-largest Minoan Palace in all of Crete, built close to a beautiful beach.

Move on to Kritsa Village, one of the oldest and most picturesque villages in the area, built atmospherically on a rocky hill called Kastellos, and surrounded by olive groves. Explore the local village with narrow winding lanes, renowned for the skill of its weavers, and see their craftsmanship

Visit the Church of Panagia Kera, one of the most important monuments in Crete because of its well-preserved wall paintings representing various periods of Byzantine Art. See the original church, dedicated to the Dormition of Theotokos, built in the middle of the thirteenth century. Make a stop in Agios Nikolaos, one of the first cities in Crete where tourist development began. Admire the picturesque harbor and see two of the sweet water lakes of Crete. Pass by the fishing village of Elounda on the northern coast, and enjoy the traditional and idyllic scenery.

Reach the marina of Plaka and from there travel to the Island of Spinalonga, famous as it was a former Venetian Fortress and Leper Colony. Learn more about the site's history and its significance as it left an unfading mark on Crete's history.

  • Pickup and drop-off from your designated meeting point
  • Private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver
  • All taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • Tickets for the boat to Spinaloga
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Drones

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Make sure to eat breakfast before you start the activity

Product ID: 432643