Day trip

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka Tour

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
Day trip

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka Tour

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 35.56 per person

Discover Crete and enjoy sandy beaches, shopping and cultural highlights. Visit Agios Nikolaos and the Elounda Lagoon. Explore the fishing village of Plaka as well as the island and former leper colony of Spinalonga.

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Duration 8 - 15 hours
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English, French, German
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Pickup for this option is only from the areas of Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, and Gournes. Pickup begins earlier than the stated starting time and is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).


  • Get in touch with Crete's history in the old town of Spinalonga
  • Visit picturesque Elounda on the shores of Mirabello Bay
  • Enjoy some free time in Agios Nikolaos and Plaka
Full description

Discover the highlights of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, and Plaka on this multi-stop trip from Heraklion. Take in the sights from onboard a ferry and savor a BBQ or tavern lunch. See Spinalonga Island, the Lake of Voulismeni, and more.

Meet your local guide, and make your first stop at Agios Nikolaos on the Gulf of Mirabello. This place is famous for its picturesque lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau. Walk along the city on your own or relax at a cafe. After that, drive to the harbor of Elounda where you'll get on a ferry to visit the Island of Spinalonga. This small isle carries within the history of Ancient Greece, as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous.

Choose to join a guided tour or explore the island by yourself. If you don't want to visit the archaeological site, you can join a 1-hour boat trip to a secret location and dive into the crystal-clear water (cost not included). After visiting Spinalonga, depart for one of the nearby bays.

Get plenty of time for swimming and enjoying BBQ served on board. The menu includes pork BBQ, greek salad, feta cheese, bread, seasonal fruit, wine, and Fanta. If your trip is on a Sunday, you'll get to enjoy dinner in a tavern instead of having BBQ on board.

After a short drive, reach Plaka, a small fishing village. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. The last stop of the day is the capital town of Lasithi, Agios Nikolaos. Relax in a café next to the bottomless Lake of Voulismeni or explore the local shops. Enjoy a refreshing swim before heading back to your accommodation.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tour guide
  • Transfers with air-conditioned bus
  • Boat ticket and BBQ(12€ for adults, 6€ for children aged 5-11 years). Every Sunday (7€ for adults, 3,5€ for children aged 5-11 years)
  • Spinalonga entry fees 8€
  • Tips and Individual expenses

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Important information

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  • Infants must seat with their parents on the bus and will not have their own seats
  • On Sunday, the lunch is in a tavern and no BBQ takes place onboard the boat
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based on 27 reviews

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Świetna wycieczka i cudowna przewodniczka- Dagmara, która ma ogromną wiedzę i widać, że kocha to co robi. Rejs drewniana łodzią ma swój niepowtarzalny klimat. Sama Wyspa piękna i przerażająca zarazem. Dzięki pani Dagmarze poznaliśmy dogłębnie jej historie. Zadbała również, żebyśmy nie stali zbyt długo w kolejce po bilety wstępu plażowanie w oczekiwaniu na obiad też miało swój urok. Jedzenie bardzo dobrej jakości. Wizyta w fabryce oliwy połączona z degustacja i kolejna porcja ciekawostek. Niewiele czasu w Agios Nicolaos co jest jedynym minusem całej wyprawy, ale na pobieżne zwiedzanie wystarczy. Wszystko bardzo sprawnie zorganizowane! Polecam serdecznie!

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March 26, 2023

Basierend auf den anderen Rezensionen denke ich, dass die Tour leicht überarbeitet wurde. Wir sind pünktlich in einen klimatisierten Reisebus eingestiegen und sind dann direkt nach Elounda gefahren. (Die Olivenfarm wurde erst auf dem Rückweg besichtigt) In Elounda ging es vom Bus direkt aufs Boot und direkt nach Spinalonga. Die Zeit war recht knapp aber nur durch die Führung. Einige haben sich etwas früher ausgeklinkt und haben die Insel selbst erkundet. Wir haben fast bis zu Ende zugehört und sind dann noch über den Rest der Insel gelaufen. Etwas mehr ins Innere sind wir dann nicht mehr gelaufen. Von Spinalonga ging es dann zur Bucht in der man schwimmen konnte. Das BBQ wurde dann an Land zubereitet und an Bord nach ca. 1,5 Stunden schwimmen serviert. Dann ging es wieder nach Elounda zurück, allerdings hatten wir dort keine Zeit sondern sind direkt nach Nikolaos gefahren und hatten dort noch 1 Stunde zur freien Verfügung bevor es weiter zum kurzen Stop an der Olivenfarm ging.

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March 26, 2023

La visite de la fabrique d’huile n’était pas indiquée et nous a fait perdre du temps sur la visite suivante Ágios Nikólaos au pas de course sinon génial le spot pour nager au top !!! Barbecue super bon !!!! Pensez à prévoir sur le bateau une 2ème poubelle pour les déchets alimentaires afin de les différencier des plastiques et de remplacer les pailles en plastique par des pailles en carton. Belle journée merci encore

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March 26, 2023

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