Things to do in Analipsi

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Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

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

Embark on a full-day guided trip to northeastern Crete and take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island. Visit Agios Nikolaos with its famous lake, and explore the picturesque village of Elounda. 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.

Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

2. Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

Explore Crete by Land Rover on a full-day adventure along the Minoan Path, and experience a blend of ancient myths, spectacular landscapes, and a barbecue lunch on the Lassithi Plateau. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive through spectacular mountains en route to the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir, and see an ancient aqueduct of the Roman Empire. Continue to the village of Kastamonitsa in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Stop for a Cretan-style breakfast and raki tasting. Next, brace yourself for the dirt tracks of the Minoan Path. Drive through a stunning mountain landscape to see wildlife and the unbelievable scenery. Learn the myths and legends of Crete on the way to a shepherd's mitato (mountain shelter). Feed the animals as you watch the shepherds produce cheese according to traditional methods. Taste some of the fresh, rich cheese. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Lassithi Plateau and north coast. Continue to Dikteon Cave to marvel at the birthplace of Zeus. Work up an appetite before your lunch at a local taverna. Try a selection of traditional dishes (vegetarian option available) and a glass or two of wine. Then, go to Lassinthos Eco Park to admire traditional handicrafts. Back on the Lassithi Plateau, experience a wilderness and farming land where time has stood still. See donkeys put to work to help farm the land. Then, go to Seli to take photos of the unique scenery. Drive to the village of Krassi, famous for its 2,000-year-old tree and natural spring water source. Continue down the mountain roads, passing ancient olive groves before you reach the spectacular coastline and deep blue sea.

Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

3. Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

Start your day with pickup from selected regions in Crete and first head to Heraklion for a guided tour of Knossos Palace. Walk through this Minoan palace with your guide and find out how people lived here 4,000 years ago. The Throne Room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns will allow you to imagine how the Minoans once lived. Continue towards the city center of Heraklion where you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the town itself. The Archaeological Museum brings together findings from all over Crete, covering over 5,500 years of the island's history.   Head to the Heraklion town center and walk through Daidalou Street to Lion Square and the famous Morosini Fountain of the Venetian era. Explore the permanent outdoor market of the town and the Valide Mosque, a remnant of Turkish influences. Explore the Venetian Loggia and head to the sea and the Koules Fortress before being dropped back off at your hotel.  

Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

4. Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

The first stop is the town of Rethimno, the third biggest town in Crete west of Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. Here, archeological monuments of the Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist. Enjoy a stroll in the alleys of the old town, a visit to the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses, or a coffee at the magnificent harbor. The next stop is Chania town, the second largest town of Crete on the north coast west of Rethymno. The city of Chania is divided into the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor, and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”. You can find Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia and the Lighthouse. Visit the famous Agora (market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. The last stop of the day is Kournas lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind in Crete. The whole area of Kournas is protected under 'Natura 2000', as it's a designated wetland. Vast greenery, steep cavities between hills, and rare species of fish and birds make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy an early afternoon walk.

From Analipsi: E-bike Off-Road Tour

5. 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.

Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Matala Beach Tour

6. Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Matala Beach Tour

Hop down to the heart of Central Crete, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the Minoan world collide on this luxurious passage of time. From the comfort of a premium chauffeured vehicle & escorted by our top local insider revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara plain where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves stretch perennially toward the horizon. Visit a family award-winning winery set on the peak of allure panoramas & let our passionate winemakers immerse you into their intoxicating world. Luxuriate in ages unearthing the Bronze Age palaces of Phaistos & Gortyna along with storied villages & monasteries. In the afternoon, tuck in the bohemian vibe of Matala that captivated Bob Dylan & Janis Joplin. Bask in the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind in the charming village irresistible for its freshly caught grilled fish & finest ouzo. To us, travel means putting fire in your soul with the best stories.

From Heraklion: Eastern Crete and Psychro Cave Private Tour

7. From Heraklion: Eastern Crete and Psychro Cave Private Tour

Discover all of eastern Crete's unspoiled beauty on a private tour from Heraklion and Hersonissos regions. Unearth the mystery of the sacred Psychro Cave in Lasithi as you stroll through it. Immerse yourself in Greek culture in the authentic villages of Mochos, Krasi, and Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy a transfer from your Heraklion hotel or villa and drive over to the eastern side of Crete. Travel through the mountain region of the Lasithi Plateau on your way to traditional villages. Explore the charming streets of Mochos and Krasi, interact with local people, and engage with nature. Reach the ancient Psychro Cave for a scenic walk along the sacred Minoan path, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. Add a guided wine tasting or typical lunch if you'd like to upgrade your experience. Finally, visit a ceramics workshop in the town of Agios Nikolaos.

Heraklion: Lassithi Plateau Guided Truffle Hunting Day Trip

8. Heraklion: Lassithi Plateau Guided Truffle Hunting Day Trip

Travel to the Lassithi Plateau to search for the rare Cretan black truffles with a local hunter on this tour from Heraklion. Watch a cooking demonstration, visit a family-run pottery shop, and see the Cave of Zeus. Capture pictures of windmills in Krasi and admire an ancient monastery.  Choose from a range of tour options that offer luxury vehicles that seat from 3-12 passengers comfortably. Be picked up at your accommodation in Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, or Hersonissos and relax on the drive to the Lassithi Plateau. Stay connected with WIFI and USB charging during your trip. Sip on mineral water and savor fresh fruit and snacks during your trip. Meet your local truffle hunting guide and begin your journey into uncovering local flavors with the help of Lagotto Romagnolo Italian dogs.  Learn how to cook your Cretan black truffles with the help of a local chef during a cooking demonstration. Submerge yourself in an authentic way of life in one of the island’s most beautiful regions with a stop to see the windmills in Krasi and the mythical Cave of Zeus.  Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between recipes, people, and traditions. Check out local art at a family-run pottery shop and be transported in time at an ancient monastery. Return to your accommodation at the end of your day trip. 

Heraklion: Culinary Day Trip to Lassithi Plateau with Dinner

9. Heraklion: Culinary Day Trip to Lassithi Plateau with Dinner

From the Minoan times, Lassithi Plateau is the earth of fertility and love for food. A rich Cretan land to remind us of just how satisfying it is to source and cook your own ingredients. It’s why we love it. We want to take you away from the crowded places of countless Instagram posts to the island’s most untouched escapes where time has slowed down and history persists. That is why our Travel Experts have designed this culinary adventure for lovers of authentic gastronomy, art, and mythic landscapes. This luxury trip will take you through the charming and often forgotten country of Lassithi, across small villages, emblematic Windmills, and the Plateau’s spectacular views. In the late afternoon, find yourself at a Cretan house that was built next to the Cave of Zeus on the ancient ruins that still exude timeless energy. Here you will meet the chef-owner of Mansion Halavro (means playground among archaic ruins) who will indulge you in the artistic pleasures of Cretan cuisine.

Chania: Mirabello, Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos Private Tour

10. Chania: Mirabello, Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos Private Tour

Discover the beauty of Mirabello that majestically captures the soul of Crete. Take a boat ride to Spinalonga, stroll through Agios Nikolaos, and visit a local family-run olive oil farm on this private guided day tour. Start with pickup from your accommodation by luxury chauffeured vehicle. Meet your private guide who will escort you throughout the day and provide historical and cultural insight into the sights you will see. After a short journey, hop on a private boat to discover the island of Spinalonga. Bask in azure waters of secluded sandy coves tucked under cave-studded mountains. Hop off in the village of Plaka to indulge in the seafood tastes of delicious tavernas on the waterfront. On the way to Agios Nikolaos, revel in luxurious panoramic scenes of Elounda's elite haven. Stroll through the iconic town that oozes a chic vibe and soak up the splendor of the mythical lake as you unwind at the eclectic wine-cocktail bars. By the end of the day, visit a family olive oil production estate and discover their techniques for producing delectable olive oil, a key product of Greek cuisine. Afterward, relax on your journey back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Analipsi

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 881 reviews

Great day out! Michael, our tour guide, was brilliant and knew a lot about the local areas. As it was the national Independence Day of Greece , we had our schedule moved around a little so we were able to experience the parades that were happening - a really lovely consideration for the team to have made! Our pick up was very smooth and the bus journey was a beautiful route that allowed us to see the Cretan scenery. Elounda and Agios Nikolaos are stunning places and definitely worth a visit!! We had a good amount of free time in each place - the best part, jumping off our boat into the sea on our way back from Spinalonga Island! Bucket list check! Highly recommend this day out to everyone!

Great day. Very well organised by Altino travel. Very efficient with booking, pick up etc. Elena was friendly and efficient, a good guide throughout the day. Even drove us personally back to our hotel as we were travelling from Cretan Village. Loved Spinalonga…. So much history there( especially if you’ve read The Island!). Only thing to improve… maybe give the history and info of Spinalonga on the coach before boat trip as we couldn’t hear what Elena was saying above the wind and the noise of the boat. But overall, a great day and would highly recommend this company!!!

It had been a very nice trip. The tour of the palace of Knossos was in two languages via a headset, which was set so that only the German language was heard. Was very interesting. Afterwards you were still in Heraklion, there you only had a small tour of about 15 minutes and then free time to discover the city yourself and to eat something. Around 4 p.m. we were back at the hotel.

Altough you don't have to much time, the tour was enough to see the important stuff in Heraklion. The guide was constantly giving us information and the bus driver also was very friendly

Brilliant day out, lots to see and enough of time to explore each stop.