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Cruise to Spinalonga Island, Kolokytha Bay, Ag. Nikolaos town

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Trip highlights

Spinalonga Island panoramic view of bay
Navigate by boat from Agios Nikolaos, passing through the scenic Mirabello Bay.
Kolokytha Bay Spinalonga tour from Agios Nikolaos
Take a dip in the pristine, crystal-clear waters of Kolokytha Bay & enjoy the BBQ meal (included in price)
Spinalonga Fortress
Participate in a guided tour of Spinalonga Island, once one of the world's last leper colonies.
Agios Nikolaos Crete Port
Explore Agios Nikolaos, marvel at the Lake Voulismeni, and relish some leisure time in this picturesque setting.

Overview

Cruise to Spinalonga Island, Guided tour, Kolokytha Bay, BBQ meal, and at Agios Nikolaos town

Embark on a memorable tour that combines the charming town of Agios Nikolaos, a visit to the iconic Spinalonga Fortress, and a delightful stay on the picturesque bay of Kolokytha for a BBQ and swim stop. This unique experience offers a scenic cruise through the breathtaking Mirabello Bay, the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of Kolokytha Beach, and an exploration of the historic island of Spinalonga with a Professional Guide.

Spinalonga is best known for its Venetian fortress, which was built in 1579 and later used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. The island served as a place of isolation for lepers, who were sent there to prevent the spread of the disease. It was one of the last active leper colonies in Europe.

The Venetian fortress on Spinalonga is well-preserved and offers panoramic views of the surrounding sea and landscapes. The fortress has a rich history, having been under Venetian, Ottoman, and later, Greek control.

Spinalonga gained international fame through the novel "The Island" by Victoria Hislop, which tells the story of a family affected by leprosy during the time when the island served as a leper colony. The leper colony was closed in 1957 when a cure for leprosy became widely available.

Apart from the fortress, visitors can see the abandoned buildings that once housed the lepers, including the hospital, church, and residences. The island's architecture reflects the various periods of its history, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past.

In addition to its historical significance, Spinalonga boasts beautiful landscapes and clear waters, making it a picturesque destination for a day trip.

Book now a cruise to Spinaloga Island and join us for a day filled with beauty, history, and relaxation.

Duration of trip
Total Duration of the tour: 9 - 11 hours The trip duration varies depending on the location of your hotel.
Mobile ticketing
Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Pick-up and drop-off service are both included in the price of your booking. Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
Free cancellation 48 hours prior departure
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating. However, if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule

6:40-9:10

During the morning pick-up, participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame. The exact pick-up time will be determined according to the location of your accommodation.

The adventure begins with a comfortable bus ride to Agios Nikolaos, setting the stage for what promises to be a day full of discovery and relaxation. Upon arrival, our awaiting boat beckons us for a captivating 1-hour cruise through the serene Mirabello Bay, guiding us toward the famed Kolokytha bay first and then to Spinalonga Island.

Kolokytha Bay

The boat brings us to the picturesque Kolokytha Bay, where you can indulge in swimming, sunbathing, and savoring a delicious BBQ lunch prepared on-site for the next 1,5 hours.

Spinalonga Island Guided Tour

Next, a 15-minute boat trip brings us to the historic island of Spinalonga. Marvel at the island's rich history during a 45-minute guided tour, followed by free time to capture breathtaking views and take memorable photos.

Agios Nikolaos Town

After a scenic 50-minute boat ride, we return to Agios Nikolaos. Here you'll have 1.5 hours of free time to wander along the vibrant Marina and admire the luxury yachts, explore the charming Lake Voulismeni, surrounded by cafes and tavernas where you can enjoy local Cretan cuisine, and stroll through the picturesque streets, discover eclectic shops and the warm hospitality of the locals.

As the day winds down, we gather once more for the bus ride back to Heraklion and to your hotels, marking the end of a day filled with cultural enrichment, natural beauty, and moments of relaxation.

17:45 - 18:45

Evening Drop-off

Upon the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses and head back to their respective points, where they were originally picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the individual pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

Included
  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Travel in comfort aboard our air-conditioned bus
  • Professionally trained driver & tour guide
  • Guided Tour on the island of Spinalonga
  • Cruise tickets for the round-trip
  • BBQ Lunch on the beach of Kolokytha (please see at Know Before You Go section below what's included in the meal)
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
  • Participants covered by Public Liability Insurance
Not Included
  • Entrance to Spinalonga site: 8€
  • Extra snacks/drinks
What to bring
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit/ BeachTowel
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
  • Your tour guide will be there to assist you while on the ferry and on the bus. On this island of Spinalonga, you will enjoy a guided tour while in Agios Nikolaos town you will enjoy free time.
  • The island can get very hot, especially in the summer months. There's minimal shade, so bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen) and water. There are no shops on the island, so it's essential to come prepared.
  • Children under the age of 18 from EU countries could enter Spinalonga Island for free. However, policies regarding ticket prices and concessions can change.
  • The included meal features chicken freshly prepared on the BBQ, a personal portion of Greek salad, a slice of bread, and a fruit serving as dessert.
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