1. Greece
  2. Crete
  3. Heraklion
  4. Spinalonga

Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

Product ID: 71252
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Discover Crete during a day trip in an air-conditioned coach. Visit Agios Nikolaos and the Elounda Lagoon. Explore the fishing village of Plaka as well as the island and former leper colony of Spinalonga.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German

Pickup included

Your hotel or the main road in Ammoudara - Heraklion, Heraklion, Kokkini Chani, Gouves, Gournes, Anissaras, Analipsi, Hersonissos and Malia. After booking the tour operator will contact you with a detailed description of your pick-up point and time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Agios Nikolaos and walk around the famous Lake Voulismeni
  • Enjoy views of the Gulf of Mirabello and the Elounda Lagoon
  • Take a short boat ride from Plaka to Spinalonga
  • Learn the history of Kolokitha and Spinalonga
  • Explore the former leper colony
  • Round off the day with a walk in the idyllic fishing village of Elounda
Full description
Reach the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos on the Gulf of Mirabello, passing the north-east coast and St. George’s Gorge. Agios Nikolaos is famous for its picturesque bottomless lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau and the subject of numerous legends. Discover the pretty city on your own, stroll through the shops, or relax in one of the cafes and watch the world go by.

Continue to Elounda, enjoying some of the most beautiful views of Crete. Look across the Elounda Lagoon at the enchanting islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha. Spinalonga has been an important place throughout history: for the ancient Greeks as natural protection for the city of Olous; for the Saracens as a hiding place for their pirates; for the Venetians as a fortress; for the Turks as a settlement; and for a long time the island served as a leper colony. At Spinalonga Island you can choose to join an English guided tour or explore the island by yourself. If you do not wish to visit the archaeological site at all, you can join a one-hour boat trip to a secret location with a surprise, and dive into the crystal clear water.

After a short drive you will reach Plaka, a small fishing village directly opposite Spinalonga. From there a 10-minute boat ride takes you to the island. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim.

The last stop of the day is Elounda, a former fishing village but today a famous holiday resort with the most 5-star hotels in Greece. Take plenty of time to stroll through the picturesque harbor and have a cup of coffee before heading back to your accommodation.
Includes
  • Ride in a modern, fully air-conditioned coach
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Boat ticket (€5)
  • Admission to Spinalonga (adults €8; children up to 18 years - free; EU citizens over 62 years with an ID card and students with an ID card €4)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 188 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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A really nice day

We had a fab time! The scenery was stunning, to say the least, and the guides and staff were really nice. Our guide Mary provided really insightful stories and we enjoyed learning more about the story of Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos. The only downside was that the BBQ lunch on the boat was a bit chaotic. You had a tray of food with a piece of meat, salad and a drink on your legs and had to balance it out to take a bite. I wish we would have had something a bit more convenient like sandwiches, but other than that it was amazing. Would definitely recommend it to anyone!

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September 9, 2019

Good day out in the beautiful east coast of Crete.

Comfortable bus ride to East coast of Crete, followed by a boat ride by a local charter, lunch on board with a stop on Spinalonga, finishing with a short stop in Agios Nikolaos. Wish we would have visited the island before swimming in the bay. Avoid buying any food/drink at Spinalonga: huge rip off (5 euro for 330 ml of water???). Otherwise, decent way to spend the day.

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August 14, 2019

Basically very good, but more time to visit Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos would have been nice and the food or the food distribution was unfortunately chaotic.

August 20, 2019

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Product ID: 71252