6. Heraklion: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka Tour
Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable transportation. Make your first stop at Agios Nikolaos, on the Gulf of Mirabello. The place is famous for its picturesque lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau. Walk along the city on your own, stroll through the shops or relax.
After that, drive to the beautiful harbor of Elounda where we will get on board to visit the island of Spinalonga. At Spinalonga Island you can choose to join a 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 and dive into the crystal clear water.
The history and the culture of the island of Spinalonga became one with human tragedy in the course of time. This small isle carries within the history of Ancient Greece, as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous; the history of Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement.
After our visit to the island of Spinalonga, we depart for one of the bays around. Here you have plenty of time for swimming in the crystal clear waters, and tasting the BBQ served on board. The menu includes pork BBQ, greek salad, feta cheese, bread, wine or Fanta, and seasonal fruit.
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.
Last stop is the capital town of Lasithi, Agios Nikolaos. Relax in a café next to the bottomless Lake of Voulismeni and enjoy your walk to the local shops. Visit the filming sites or have a refreshing swim before heading back to your accommodation.