Our trip starts with a stop in Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lassithi. In this city with the colorful blend of bars, traditional taverns, various clothes shops, small coffee shops, and an open-air market, we have free time to explore the picturesque surroundings, the green lagoon of Voulismeni or enjoy our coffee in one of the cafés at the shores of the glittering bay of Mirabello.
Leaving this quaint city, we head for the wind-blasted Plaka, a delightful bijou village of attractive boutiques, inviting restaurants and cafés, as well as some very cozy taverns hugging the waterfront. From here we take the boat that sails around famous Spinalonga, while we listen to our guide narrating the fascinating, yet dramatic and heartbreaking story of the island. Spinalonga was a former leper colony, where Greeks suffering from Hansen’s disease were quarantined, until it was closed in 1958. Then the boat drops anchor at the island and we disembark to experience from up-close the atmosphere of this place with the extraordinary story, around which Hislop weaves her tale in her renowned book “The Island”.
After leaving Spinalonga, we get to a small sandy bay, where we have plenty of time for swimming in the crystal clear waters and tasting the BBQ that is served on board.
Early in the afternoon, we return back to Plaka, where we board our bus for the return journey.
- Drive through St. George’s Gorge to the town of Aghios Nikolaos
- Visit Aghios Nikolaos with its open-air market and the bottomless lake of Voulismeni
- Enjoy bird's eye spectacular views of the bays of Mirabello and Elounda
- relax on a short cruise from Plaka to Spinalonga with live guiding onboard
- explore Spinalonga since there is a stop on the island (optional)
08:30: Departure from Hersonissos
10:00: Arrival in Agios Nikolaos –free time for 1 hour & 30 minutes
11:30: Departure from Agios Nikolaos
12:00: Arrival in Plaka – boarding the boat to Spinalonga and guided
trip around the island.
12:30: Arrival in Spinalonga – free time on the island
13:15: Departure from Spinalonga
13:30: Arrival in a beautiful bay - time for swimming while
the crew is preparing barbeque on board.
15:30: We board the boat that takes us back to Plaka, from
where we will take our bus to Hersonissos
17:00: Aprx return time back to Hersonissos
-Hotel pick up & drop off by the areas of: Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis,
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses
-Professional live guide
-Boat tickets, Barbeque on board
-Printed or mobile voucher accepted
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior departure time and receive full refund)
(Payable on the day of the tour)
-8€ per adult entrance fee for Spinalonga Isle / FREE for children under 18yrs old
-The boat trip is subjected to weather conditions. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather conditions you will be refunded the price of the ticket or you will be given the option of an alternative date.
-Boat's departure and arrival times, as well as the excursion schedule might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic at ports
-Comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sun cream and a swimsuit are required.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult
-You are kindly requested to proceed at the meeting points 10 minutes prior departure time