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The Greek city of Heraklion, on the island of Crete, serves as an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding Minoan archaeological treasures, hidden coves, historic towns, deep gorges, and soaring peaks. Here are a few of the top day trips you can enjoy from Heraklion.
 
Santorini—89 miles (144 kilometers) from Heraklion
Romantic rewards await those who take the 2-hour cruise across the Aegean Sea from Heraklion to Santorini. Greece’s premier honeymoon destination boasts soft-sand beaches, rugged cliffs, and azure-blue seas—and there are plenty of options for exploration. Take the funicular to the clifftops and visit the white-washed town of Oia, explore the steaming volcano caldera, swim in the Cretan hot springs, or simply lie on a beach and listen to the waves. On your return cruise to Heraklion, capture the often spectacular sunset on camera.
 
Spinalonga Island—41 miles (66 kilometers) from Heraklion
Heading east along the coastal road from Heraklion, you reach the quaint village of Elounda—and it’s from here that you can take the short ferry journey to the uninhabited island of Spinalonga. Full-day tours from Heraklion include a walking tour of the ruined 17th-century Venetian fortress, a seaside BBQ on the neighboring island of Kolokytha, and free time for a refreshing dip in the Aegean Sea. Back on Crete, enjoy a harborside stroll in the coastal town of Agios Nikolaos and watch the sunset before returning to Heraklion.
 
Chrissi Island—66 miles (107 kilometers) from Heraklion
One of the smallest islands in Europe, Chrissi is a remote landmass off the southern coast of Crete, and day trips here are all about rest and relaxation. Chrissi is home to beautiful beaches, ancient cedar forests, and crystal-clear waters—everything you need to enjoy an escape to nature. Hike along trails beneath the leafy canopy to hidden coves along the shoreline, collect seashells, and enjoy free time to swim in the island’s warm waters at your leisure.
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Jeep Safari 4x4 Crete real off road mountain tracks with Lunch from Hersonissos
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Jeep Safari 4x4 Crete real off road mountain tracks with Lunch from Hersonissos

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You are the whole day, with your Eye Travel guide, inside the countryside of Crete. The roads are almost all off road, the chance to see the real inland of Crete! We drive through the mountains towards the grape yards of the wine areas, passing small villages, through a river bed, sheltered by bamboo, a lot of nature. Crossing the river where we may have some water flowing in the months April, May and again from half of September. One of the highlights is a visit of a cave. We stop in a very authentic mountain village, on the square next to the church, for a coffee. We continue our trip along several small villages, on dirt tracks and through the green nature and herbs, passing olive groves and grape fields. We stop for lunch in a very small mountain village with a spectacular beautiful view. After lunch we drive through a mountainous area. On the way down we see a magnificent view of the north coast of Crete. We end this interesting day with a swim in the refreshing sea. Join us!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.15
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Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Heraklion

Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Heraklion

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When you're staying on the island of Crete, discover the island's eastern stretches where traditional villages, storied monuments, and authentic culture awaits. With a local driver-guide for your group, you'll explore with ease, visiting the landmarks you want to see. The Cave of Zeus, Knossos Palace, and the Lassithi Plateau are a few of the sites that can feature on your private tour; just note that entry fees are extra.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$668.60
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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch
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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

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Discover ancient Minoan history, Cretan farming culture, and magnificent island views on this full-day off-roading adventure from Heraklion. Travel in a rugged Land Rover along historic mountain trails, stopping along the way to visit the mythological Diction Cave, shepherds’ villages, the scenic Lassithi Plateau, and an eco park where traditional ways of life are still practiced. Replenish your energy with an included lunch and taste of ‘raki’ liqueur at a local tavern.
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  • 8 hours
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$90.21
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$90.21
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Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

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Travelers with a range of interests will enjoy this private full-day tour of Crete, including Knossos, the Lasithi Plateau Windmills, and the Cave of Zeus. History enthusiasts will love learning about the island’s ancient history, while nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful views. As this is a private tour you can customize the itinerary to suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$583.69
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Zeus Cave-Traditional-Villages-Old Wind Mills-Olive Oil Factory-Small Group.

Zeus Cave-Traditional-Villages-Old Wind Mills-Olive Oil Factory-Small Group.

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Spend a full day exploring Crete with a local guide. Visit Psychro Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, and a platanus tree that is according to local legend, the oldest tree on the island. You’ll also tour the villages of Mochos and Krasi and enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.52
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$92.52

Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

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A day trip that combines relaxation and history gives you the chance to visit the highlights of the Northeast part of Crete, where the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos with the magnificent lake can be found. Elounda, a small village on the shore of Mirabello bay with spectacular views, is where the boat begins the cruise heading to Spinalonga island, a small uninhabited island used during the history as a fortress and later on as a leper colony.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.39
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Jeep Safari 4x4 Crete real off road mountain tracks with Lunch from Hersonissos
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Jeep Safari 4x4 Crete real off road mountain tracks with Lunch from Hersonissos

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You are the whole day, with your Eye Travel guide, inside the countryside of Crete. The roads are almost all off road, the chance to see the real inland of Crete! We drive through the mountains towards the grape yards of the wine areas, passing small villages, through a river bed, sheltered by bamboo, a lot of nature. Crossing the river where we may have some water flowing in the months April, May and again from half of September. One of the highlights is a visit of a cave. We stop in a very authentic mountain village, on the square next to the church, for a coffee. We continue our trip along several small villages, on dirt tracks and through the green nature and herbs, passing olive groves and grape fields. We stop for lunch in a very small mountain village with a spectacular beautiful view. After lunch we drive through a mountainous area. On the way down we see a magnificent view of the north coast of Crete. We end this interesting day with a swim in the refreshing sea. Join us!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.15
Price varies by group size
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$63.15
Price varies by group size

The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area

The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area

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Taste the bounty of ancient Cretan vineyards and olive groves on a delicious, full-day wine tour from Heraklion. Travel with an oenophile and chef guide through the island’s fertile heartland, visit a winery for a vineyard tour and tastings of different varietals. Sample some of the Mediterranean's finest olive oil at a family domain, and indulge in a gourmet chef’s lunch at a local restaurant, complete with plenty of wine! Tour size is limited to 8 for a more personalized, small-group experience.
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  • 8 hours
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$159.19
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$159.19

Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

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Book a private Crete day trip that offers a bespoke service with a chauffeur-guide, premium transport, and an itinerary that's tailored to you. You'll visit Knossos Palace to discover Crete's Minoan history, get a taste of island culture with a visit to a Cretan winery, and explore the city of Heraklion. All visits can be tailored to your interests; just note that entry fees and tastings are extra.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$668.60
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$668.60
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Private Heraklion Wine Country Tour

Private Heraklion Wine Country Tour

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The region of Heraklion is the largest wine region of Crete where the majority of wineries are situated. On this private and exclusive tour, dive into the world of Crete’s indigenous grapes, explore some of the region’s most beautiful scenery and vineyards, lightly trek to ancient wine presses, hidden Byzantine churches and taste some of the best wines that Crete has to offer. Explore two authentic Cretan wineries, their vineyards and cellars while learning their stories. Finally, indulge in a full wine and Cretan lunch pairing at a winery, one of the healthiest cuisines of the Mediterranean.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.58
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$200.58
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Day Tour to Elafonisi Beach with Pickup Included

Day Tour to Elafonisi Beach with Pickup Included

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Spend a day on this beautiful exotic landscaped beach of Crete, Elafonisi. One of the most famous place on the West Part of the island that attracts more and more tourists every year. Its clear blue waters, pink sand, and its unique landscape will leave travellers speechless. It belongs to the Natura network because of its unique natural beauty.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.06
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$53.06

Private Tour West Crete: Rethymno Region from North to South

Private Tour West Crete: Rethymno Region from North to South

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Discover scenic villages and dramatic gorges on this fully customizable tour of the Rethymno region. A typical day might begin with Spili village, the Kortialotiko Gorge and the Church of St. Nicholas of Kortialoti. Next, head to the Holy Monastery of Preveli and Preveli Beach with its natural palm forest. Finally, explore Rethymno’s Venetian old town. Your package covers door-to-door private guided transfers: meals and tickets are at your expense.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$679.21
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Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up

Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up

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At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation in a private vehicle ready to immerse you into the Greek culture and lifestyle. If you are a history lover, get ready to travel back in time on this full-day tour. Knossos Palace is the biggest Minoan Palace of Crete. The archaeological museum is one of the most significant museums in Greece and its collections come mostly from central and eastern Crete and cover a span of 5.500 years. You will also have the chance to visit Koules Fortress that dominates the entrance to the Venetian Harbour of Heraklion. The Venetians called it "Sea Fortress", but today it is known by its Turkish name, Koules. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights, but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.73
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$114.73
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Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos from Heraklion region

Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos from Heraklion region

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Travel on the north-east coast with a boat ride on the picturesque bay of MIRABELLO. Visit the small fortified island of SPINALONGA. Accompanied by a professional tour guide you will stroll through the streets of the Venetian castle and get acquainted with the interesting history of the island. Continuing the sea voyage, the ship docks in the bay KOLOKITHA where you have free time for swimming in the crystal clear waters. Then you will head to the next stop, the town of AGIOS NIKOLAOS. You can enjoy walking on your own in this beautiful place, have a coffee or beer with the view to the famous lake VOULIAZMENI. *Pick-up (from the specific bus stops outside of your hotel) is arranged after booking. From villages of the North Heraklion region (Agia Pelagia, Gouves, Hersonissos,etc).
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.68
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$63.68

Gramvousa and Balos 5h beach included Boat and Lunch

Gramvousa and Balos 5h beach included Boat and Lunch

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Starting early, heading west and after a short breakfast stop near Rethymnon, driving past Chania, we reach the port of Kissamos. Here we take our boat for approximately a one hour pleasant sail along the coastline. Arriving in the port of the ex­-pirate island of Gramvousa we hear how, during the Turkish occupation, the residents of the island started looting passing boats thus giving the island its pirate reputation. It is a protected biotope and is host to more than 400 plant species and over 100 birds species. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Venetian castle on top of a steep rock as this is one of the most impressive castles in Greece. There is plenty of time for swimming or lunch on board. Our boat then departs for the Blue Lagoon of Balos, a shallow and warm water lagoon which brings to mind similar lagoons in the Caribbean. Here the crystal­ clear, azure coloured sea water in combination with the white sand makes this place unique.
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  • 14 to 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.98
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$68.98

Semi Private or Private Wine and Olive Oil tasting tour (Transfer & Lunch Incl.)
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Semi Private or Private Wine and Olive Oil tasting tour (Transfer & Lunch Incl.)

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Skip the tourist food, and get a real taste of Crete with a tour that's created and led by locals. In a small group that's capped at just eight people, you'll visit two locations to sample olive oil and wine, and learn how to create some Cretan specialities with help from a local cook. Lunch with wine completes the experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.29
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$126.29
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Full Day Samaria Gorge 10-Mile Walking Tour

Full Day Samaria Gorge 10-Mile Walking Tour

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With its sheer walls and tight passageways, the Samaria Gorge is one of Crete’s most striking natural wonders. With this tour, all the logistics are taken care of so all you need do is complete the challenging 10-mile (18-kilometer) hike. Set off from Chania in early morning and arrive at the trailhead ahead of the crowds. After the guided hike, board a boat back to Chora Sfakion, then a bus back to Chania.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.45
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$42.45

From Heraklion: Spinalonga Island ,Elounda and Agios Nikolaos Tour
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From Heraklion: Spinalonga Island ,Elounda and Agios Nikolaos Tour

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Go beyond Heraklion to visit the island of Spinalonga on a day trip by coach and boat. Offering an easy way to get from the city to the scenic Elounda Gulf area, this excursion covers transport direct from your hotel, a boat ride, and a barbecue lunch, along with ample free time to explore the island, Kolokitha Bay, Elounda, and postcard-perfect Agios Nikolas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.21
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$38.21

Full-Day 4x4 Self-Drive Safari in Crete with Lunch
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Full-Day 4x4 Self-Drive Safari in Crete with Lunch

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Perfect for adventurous travelers, this full day 4x4 Jeep Safari tour puts you behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle. Led by two expert guides, your group convoys from downtown Crete into the more rugged parts of the island, passing olive groves, traditional villages, and dramatic scenery. Have lunch in Kastelli, then go for an exhilarating off-road ride to Gournes Beach on the north coast before driving back to town.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.53
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$78.53

Full-Day West Crete Tour: Chania & Rethymnon Old Town and Kournas Lake

Full-Day West Crete Tour: Chania & Rethymnon Old Town and Kournas Lake

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Join us on a combined tour to the West Side of Crete! You will enjoy a visit to two beautiful and traditional old towns, those of Chania and Rethymnon as well as a visit to the Lake of Kournas! Experience the charming town of Chania which attracts many tourists every year, walk around its picturesque streets and admire the unique old harbor of this town. Enjoy a visit to the Lake of Kournas and relax in this beautiful landscape of Cretan nature. Lastly, visit the town of Rethymnon and walk through its streets along the port to the old town.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.06
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$53.06

Knossos Palace and Plateau of Lassithi from Heraklion Region

Knossos Palace and Plateau of Lassithi from Heraklion Region

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Great chance to visit the highlights of the Minoan civilisation in this full day tour and learn more about Cretan traditions, enjoy panoramic views of the scenic route in the mountains and visit a fantastic natural sight in the end. ‱ See the main attractions of the island and learn a lot of interesting information about the customs of the local population. ‱ Find out how mysterious myths about the Minotaur and the real story are intricately intertwined while visiting famous KNOSSOS PALACE. ‱ Get the experience of traveling on the beautiful mountain routes to the delightful LASSITHI PLATEAU and marvel at the miraculous icon in one of the most revered monasteries from the locals “KERA CARDIOTISA - Our Lady of Heart”. ‱ Descend to the bottom of the ritual DIKTAION CAVE where according to the legend the Zeus was born and enjoy the beauty of the underground lake. At the end of the tour, you will have time to dine in the traditional Cretan tavern or visit a pottery workshop.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.17
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$72.17

Cruise to Spinalonga Island - BBQ at Kolokytha Bay & Fortress Entrance Included

Cruise to Spinalonga Island - BBQ at Kolokytha Bay & Fortress Entrance Included

Exclusivity: We operate the only tour that starts sail from Agios Nikolaos and gives travellers the joy of cruising across Mirabello Bay for 1 hour! In addition, our boat is the only one that makes a stop at the beach of Kolokytha and give participants the time to swim and enjoy a BBQ lunch there. This tour combines both a visit to the town of Agios Nikolaos, Spinalonga Fortress and a unique stay on the beach of Kolokytha for a BBQ and a swim stop. Our participants will enjoy a cruise through Mirabello bay, the crystal clear waters of Kolokytha beach, and the historic island of Spinalonga.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.06
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$53.06

Crete Elounda and Spinalonga Island Cruise Day Trip

Crete Elounda and Spinalonga Island Cruise Day Trip

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Visit Elounda and ride a boat to Spinalonga Island on this day trip.  Travel to Elounda and cruise to Spinalonga in Mirabello Bay, where a Venetian fortress and old village once housed a leper colony. Explore the ruins where lepers were confined, and enjoy a swim and barbecue lunch. After docking back at Elounda, drive to Agios Nikolaos’ to see its harbor and reputedly bottomless lake. Pickup and drop-off from selected hotels included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.68
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$63.68

Full-Day Hiking at Samaria Gorge and Agia Roumeli Beach

Full-Day Hiking at Samaria Gorge and Agia Roumeli Beach

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Samaria gorge is the longest in Europe and one of the most impressive gorges in Greece. Follow the path through this famous gorge, marvel its natural landscape, from the White Mountains to thousand-year-old forests and the river across it. At the end of the path, you will find the village of Agia Roumeli, where people can swim, relax at the beach, or find a tavern to have lunch within full view of the Mediterranean Sea.
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  • 16 to 17 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.06
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Zeus Cave-Traditional-Villages-Old wind mills-Olive Oil Factory-Private Tour .

Zeus Cave-Traditional-Villages-Old wind mills-Olive Oil Factory-Private Tour .

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See a side of Crete that many tourists miss, with this private day trip to the places off the tourist map. You’ll head away from the island’s busy beaches to discover the real Crete, visiting an olive oil producer, traditional wind mills, sleepy inland villages, and even the Cave of Zeus, where the Greek god was rumored to have been born. Note that entry to the cave is extra.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$498.79
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