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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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Visit the former leper colony and Venetian fortress on Spinalonga Island during this private tour. Sail to this rocky island, and explore the streets, houses, and ruined Venetian fortifications where lepers were confined from 1903 to 1957. Then, relax with a swim stop and barbecue lunch before cruising back to port. Return coach transport, the boat ride to Spinalonga, and select hotel pickup and drop-off in north-coast resorts included.
  • Full-day private trip to Spinalonga Island from north Crete
  • Ride a boat to Spinalonga, formerly a Venetian fortress and leper colony
  • Tour the crumbled fortifications, streets, churches, and houses
  • Learn why the lepers were confined here and how they lived
  • Coach transport, Spinalonga boat ride, and pickup and drop-off at select north-coast hotels included
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Spinalonga Entrance: 8 euro per person

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8:00 AM
Hotel pick up and drop off is included only for the preselected areas at indicated hotel or nearby appointed area of our pick up routing. In case of outside proximity property (hotel, AIRBNB, villas) you have to reach meeting point by your own transportation means.
After pickup from your hotel on Crete’s north coast, including hotels in Hersonnissos, Malia, and Agios Nikolaos; travel by air-conditioned coach to the harborside at Elounda, where your boat awaits.

On route, hear about Spinalonga, the island facing Elounda in the Gulf of Mirabello. Once joined to the mainland, this now-uninhabited island houses a ruined 16th-century Venetian fortress, originally built to defend the bay. After the Venetians left, it was used as an Ottoman settlement and then a leper colony from 1903 to 1957.

Go ashore and tour the one-time colony buildings (own expense). Enter through the main gate as the arriving lepers did a century ago, and explore the market street, churches, hospital, houses, and Venetian fortifications. Learn about the lives of those confined here, and hear how Spinalonga has featured in recent books, movies, and various TV series.

Then, sail to nearby Kolokytha Island (additional cost). Enjoy an optional swim in the crystal-clear seas and savor a delicious barbecue lunch. Finally, sail back to Elounda, and enjoy a sightseeing drive around nearby Agios Nikolaos, admiring its harbor and Lake Voulismeni, known as the ‘bottomless lake.’

Your trip finishes back at the original starting point.
Stop At:  
Our tour starts with a visit at the Olive Factory In Malia, there you can taste the famous Cretan Olive oil.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Spinalonga (Kalydon)
By boat we visit the island of Spinalonga. This island was used as a Leper Colony until 1957. In the small village under the Venetian fortress the stigmatised lepers shared fates when exiled to the island. We make a stop to take a swim in the clean waters of Kolokitha beach in the area of the remains of the ancient sunken city of Olous.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Agios Nikolaos
We visit the eastern part of the island. Passing through Heraklio, we reach Agios Nikolaos, a small town with a picturesque harbour. The hilly town is built around a former sweet water lake.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Elounda port, take the boat to Spinalonga
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that hotel pick up/ drop off is included only for the preselected areas.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Spinalonga - Agios Nikolaos From Heraklion?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Spinalonga - Agios Nikolaos From Heraklion.
What is the social distancing policy during Spinalonga - Agios Nikolaos From Heraklion?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Spinalonga - Agios Nikolaos From Heraklion.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Spinalonga - Agios Nikolaos From Heraklion?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Spinalonga - Agios Nikolaos From Heraklion.


11 Reviews
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I loved the whole day, so nice, wel...
, Jun 2018
I loved the whole day, so nice, wel done, the BBQ too!. Spinalonga, very, very interesting, you have to listen to the story of this island, super profesional lady. You have free time to walk around of Island, back to the boat. Beautiful vieuws over the sea!. Higly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments regarding your recent tour. It is always a pleasure to receive such a positive feedback. Such comments are very encouraging for all of us and enhance even more our commitment for constant upgrade of our services. Looking forward to see you again in the near future to one of our tours. Best regards
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Jane F
, Oct 2016
Continued from previous submission Spar supermarket. That is not the name of the supermarket anymore. Fortunately, our concierge knew this. Also, we had no idea which bus we were to go on, as the tour guide did not come out of the bus with her list. The trip to Spinalonga island was great though!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for posting your feedback of your recent tour. Your detailed review helps us to see our product through your eyes. Have in mind that you have selected a shared tour option and since you visit this great island in the peak season r/t collection of customers is taken longer than expected to serve all customers. As far as it concerns your pick up time and place specific instructions were given out the day prior service which you failed to comply with. We hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back for another tour. Best Regards

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