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From Heraklion Area: Koufonisi Island Boat Cruise

1. From Heraklion Area: Koufonisi Island Boat Cruise

Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning. Drive along the beautiful coast of Crete and the southernmost town of Europe, Lerapetra, before reaching Makrigialos, a picturesque village in the South-East of Crete. Here, hop on the boat and start the cruise to Koufonisi. Cruise around the island of Koufonisi, a totally uninhabited island, away from any kind of human activity. The boat sails around the whole island so you can admire the beautiful coastline and caves surrounding it. Make a stop at Koufonisi Bay for 1 hour. Enjoy some time for swimming in crystal clear, turquoise waters. You can then choose to enjoy lunch on board, at an additional cost. The boat then approaches the caves of Koufonisi so you can take photos of the unique scenery. Stop at the beach of Koufonisi for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Umbrellas can be rented on board. Finally, head back on the return leg of your journey to Heraklion.

Heraklion: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

2. Heraklion: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

Venture into the ocean’s depth with a 1-day admission ticket to the CRETAquarium. One of Europe’s largest aquariums, over 2,000 sea creatures lice the CRETAquarium's 60 diverse habitats. Delve into the caves and crevices of the Mediterranean, where stingrays and rock-like scorpionfish slither about. Pop out into the open ocean, where menacing sharks circle, waiting to be fed. Get up close and personal with jellyfish and schools of vibrant tropical clownfish through shallow, open-topped tanks, which allow a new viewing perspective of well known species.  Above all, gain a new appreciation for the unending diversity of the world’s most mystifying environment. When you’ve had your fill of looking at the ocean’s residents, why not pop in for a dip? The CRETAquarium is, fittingly, right on the beach.

Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

3. Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

Travel to northeastern Crete, visit Agios Nikolaos and see its beautiful scenery, and take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island on this exciting day tour of some of Crete's most interesting sites. Begin the day with the visit to Agios Nikolaos, and see the shore of Mirabello Bay. Explore the town, famous for the lake at its center and its shopping and cafes. Take your time for a walk to enjoy the views, enjoy some shopping or have a drink in one of the numerous cafes around the lake. Explore an open-air market on Wednesdays. Move on to see Elounda village, a former fishing village on the northern coast of the island. Depart from Elounda for the cruise to Spinalonga Island. Learn about the island's vibrant history, from a home for the Venetians and Turks to a place of isolation for those suffering from leprosy. Experience the island, more popular after the 2005 historical novel “The Island” about how lepers lived in Spinalonga. Join the hundreds of people who come to the island every day to visit and learn its history.

Chersonissos: Mini-Train City Highlights Tour

4. Chersonissos: Mini-Train City Highlights Tour

Explore Chersonissos while riding a mini tourist train. Roll past the picturesque old town, two beaches, and the boats in the port. See more of Crete with the half-day option to the country villages of Avdou, Gonies, and Potamies. Hop on the train and listen to Greek music and your audio commentary as you see the lively old town in Chersonissos. Admire the narrow streets and churches. Snap pictures of the boats at the port. View the sandy beaches at Analipsi and Anisaras. On the half-day trip head to the villages of Avdou, Gonies, and Potamies. Enjoy views of the countryside and water as you ride along. Dink Raki (a traditional liquor) and snack on some local sweets.

From Rethymno: Evening Catamaran Cruise with Sunset Views

5. From Rethymno: Evening Catamaran Cruise with Sunset Views

Boat trip in Rethymno. Sea excursion starts in the evening in Rethymno port. Welcome on board, acquaintance with the team, captain gives instructions concerning safety rules and then departure. In bay, plenty to do, swimming, snorkeling with full-face masks, SUP paddling, floating on flamingo, all necessary gear and swimming accessories are provided. Finger food is included: Cretan cheese plate, fruits and beverages. Meeting beautiful sunset in open sea. Enjoy the tranquility and harmony of the place.

Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

6. Zeus Cave and Lassithi Plateau Day Tour

Start your tour with pick up in an air-conditioned Land Rover from your accommodations at 10 AM and head into the Dikti Mountain Range. You'll pass through several traditional and very picturesque mountain villages. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or to have a coffee at a real taverna. At the Lassithi Plateau, you might see eagles and vultures, as both nest around this area. Next, you’ll reach the base of Mount Spathi. The Psychro Cave, the birth place of the Greek god Zeus, is located on the north face of Spathi. You’ll walk 15 minutes up the steep hill to the entrance of the cave and from there follow the path down into the spectacular cave.   Next, enjoy a traditional Cretan meze lunch with local wine. After lunch, you'll continue around the plateau and then descend taking in views of the north coast and the impressive Aposelemis Dam. You will then visit a 2400-year-old plane tree, the oldest on the island, as well as the Selinari Monastery.

Crete: Day Trip to Chrissi Island by Bus and Boat

7. Crete: Day Trip to Chrissi Island by Bus and Boat

Ierapetra is situated on the southern coast of Crete. As it is the only town in the south, it is referred to as the Bride of Libyan Sea. With the rising of the sun, head to the gorgeous port of Ierapetra and set sail toward Chrissi Island.   Chrissi Island, or Gaidouronisi, meaning Golden Beach or Donkey Island, is an uninhabited island around 15 kilometers south of Ierapetra. 7 kilometers in length and covering an area of 4,743 km, the island is covered in golden sand and a rare variety of Lebanon cedars.  Anchoring on the south side of the island, head to the nearby beach for swimming and sunbathing. Walk the path running through the island and the cedar forest to the otherworldly beach of Chrissi Ammos. Hunt for seashells, check out the rockier coast of the island, or make the trek to the island’s lighthouse.  Swim in turquoise crystal clear waters and soak up the sun in this magical and totally undisturbed place of natural beauty.

From Hersonissos: Quad Bike Safari in the Mountains of Crete

8. From Hersonissos: Quad Bike Safari in the Mountains of Crete

Depart Hersonissos on a Quad Bike safari into the mountains of Crete and discover a more authentic side of the island as you get back to nature on small, traffic-free roads. Drive to the traditional villages of Koutouloufari, Piscopiano and old Hersonissos before heading to the Lasithi plateau. Continue along the riverbed en route to the village of Potamies, and pass small gardens of fruit trees and olive groves along the way. Enjoy the scent of different herbs and listen to the sound of millions of tiny tsitsikia (insects). Visit some small churches and see sheep and goats grazing as you continue to the traditional village of Karouzanos. Stop at a café before driving towards Askous village. Get an amazing view of Lyttos and Kasteli before traveling downhill to the village. Enjoy an authentic tsikoudia (raki) and some tasty snacks. Then, continue downhill to the Aposelemis dam and underwater village of Sfentili en route to the Panagias monastery. 

From Analipsi: E-bike Off-Road Tour

9. From Analipsi: E-bike Off-Road Tour

Embark on an off-road e-bike tour from Analipsi and discover the beauty of the Cretan countryside. Travel at a slow to moderate pace with many stops to rest, take photos, learn about Crete, admire the views, and visit the highlights of the area. After a short safety introduction, jump on your bike and travel through low-traffic roads to the countryside following a route of farmer and quiet tarmac roads. Go uphill on rural smooth dirt tracks and back downhill on asphalt roads. Hear stories about the cultivation of the olives, the use of plants, the traditional life, ethics, and the nature of Crete from your guide.

From Hersonissos: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Dinner

10. From Hersonissos: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Dinner

All inclusive yachting tour: Mediterranean cuisine with grilled fish, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits, local and import beverages, entertainment (SUP, snorkeling masks and fins, floating flamingo and unicorn, fishing rods). This sea excursion is designed especially for those who prefer to have lazy mornings and start activities in the afternoon. Perfect experience for couples and groups of friends. Program starts in Hersonissos harbor in the afternoon.

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What people are saying about Hersonissos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 594 reviews

The tour was great! Great organization, meeting point was easy to find, communication was pleasant. You were greeted with coffee and biscuits and after a short briefing we went straight out to sea. Besides, wine and beer was always served :) However, we caught a very extreme swell, which is why it was not possible for us to swim/snorkel/fish/... and some got seasick. It was very good that you got a pill and water right away - they also took good care of you there! On the way back to the port, everyone felt better again and we were able to enjoy a great dinner with Greek specialties in the port at sunset. We had a nice chat over wine, beer and raki and enjoyed the sunset with a small photo session. Conclusion: a well-organized excursion, very good service and above all a very personable and friendly boat crew! Lovely again!

This was a absolutely great day trip! Our guide Minas was the best, we really enjoyed the day with him. We were picked up in a nice Range Rover, first stop was Olive Oil plant, we leaned a lot and got to taste samples. Minas knew so much about the island, wild herbs as we stopped along the way, visited local villages, saw a gorge, stopped and met a local woman, tasted wild herbs, it was so much more then we expected!! The hike up to Zeus Cave was a bit longer and harder then expected, we were slower then the rest of our group, so we did feel a little rushed only having an hour total. ( Took us 30 min. up) But we all met up a restaurant nearby and had a wonderful authentic greek meal. Overall it was a fabulous day, with lots of stopes, and a great local guide, Minas made it even better!

Sehr schöne Tour, kein Massentourismus. Der Weg zum Wasserfall ist wunderschön. Beim Wasserfall hat man etwas Zeit um ins Wasser zu gehen, allerdings im Mai noch etwas kühl. Die Besichtigung zum alten Olivenbaum war auch sehr interssant. Das Essen in der Taberne war sehr lecker und die Aussicht super. Vielen Dank!

This is a sensational place! Seeing fish swimming freely in a very naturalistic environment was spectacular!! Very informative and rather magical.

Nice experience to get out of the city and see some lovely towns