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$91.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Katharo Route Tour from Agios Nikolaos

Our day is the perfect way to explore the central part of Crete with two different plateaus, mythology and lots of fun and interesting information about Crete and the local life. Our first stop is Kritsa which is a traditional lower mountain village where you get to have a little walk to see the local craft shops and you have time for a refreshment stop. Moving onwards to a magnificent view point of Mirabello Bay, which follows the views of the north and south coast of the island. Then our journey takes us to the plateau of Katharo passing through the biggest forest on the island, where the roads are non-existent, and the mountains reach a height of 1.500 meters, there will be a refreshment stop at a local kafenion somewhere in this wilderness!! We then continue through the dirt tracks and the goat valley this is where the journey really gets exciting.Our next stop gives you the opportunity to take photographs from a helicopter view of the Lassithi Plateau from where we drop down to the plateau for your BBQ lunch, with unlimited wine (vegetarian option available). Our next stop is Zeus’s cave where mythology says that Zeus, the father of all the gods was born, there is a 6-euro entrance fee and walking shoes are recommended. Then on to Lassithi plateau where time has virtually stood still, the local people are mainly farmers and you will see many donkeys at work.As we continue driving, we reach the village of Krassi, which is famous for a 2,000-year-old plane tree and has a natural spring water source. Heading back, we pass through the area of Selinari where you will see vultures, which are now an endangered species.This is a day full of many surprises. Upon completion of the tour you will be returned to your place of pickup.

$103.94 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Guided Spinalonga Island Tour

In 1578 the Venetians constructed on the island of Spinalonga an impressive fortress. They built bastions on the northern and southern side of the island, as well as a fortification wall.The island is also well-known as a “leper colony”. The disease Leprocy was one of the most feared diseases of the ancient times also known as “Hansen disease”. It was the last active leper colony in Europe from 1903 to 1957, the last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962. The tour also includes a visit to a traditional Cretan winery estate where few of the best Cretan wines are produced.The Tour starts after breakfast by driving along the Northern coast of the island to Kritsa, one of the oldest and most picturesque villages of Crete. Here we will visit  the 12th century Byzantine church of Panagia Kera located 1km from the village. The church contains the finest-preserved Byzantine-era frescoes in Crete, and for that reason , has become one of the most culturally and historically significant churches on the island. We continue our tour through the villages of Nikithianos, Fourni, Karydi,Kato Louma and Valto to the sea-front village of Plaka where we will board the boat to take us on the now deserted island of Spinalonga.  Our guide will guide us through the ruins of what used to be a leper-colony from 1903 to 1957 where lepers could have a better life, medical help and economic support. Upon returning to Plaka we will enjoy our lunch at a seafront traditional tavern.  After lunch our tour continues to the Scalani Hills vineyard and winery. At an altitude ranging between 170 and 215 meters, on a 7-hectare plot, the privately-owned vineyard is cultivated based on the principles of organic farming, hosting various Greek and international varieties. The density of the planting is 3300 plants/hectare. Here we will enjoy a tour of the cellar, the production area and the rest of the estate. We will also visit the wine-tasting hall and enjoy tasting 3 labels of typical wine produced at the winery, served with crispy puff pastry with aromatic olive paste. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel.

$187.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Crete Countryside Small-Group Adventure and Sightseeing Tour

Are you ready for your adventure into the picturesque countryside of ancient Crete? Your day will begin with a drive through the traditional village of Kritsa, where we will stop for a coffee at a kafeneio (local café). This will be our first and only stop in ‘civilisation’ as we know it; our tour from here on out leads you into the mountains and ancient forest of Kroustas, away from the hustle and bustle of the resort towns on the coast. Kroustas is a rare forest that has been consistently colonised and utilised by humans for the last 4,000 years. Ancient stone constructions from the time of the Minoans are still visible today. Nowadays, the landscape has special protection status. We will discover hidden churches and ancient water irrigation channels as we drive, stopping to admire stunning vistas. The views from the Fortezza, an old Minoan watch point, are particularly picturesque. More natural beauty can be found amid the vineyards, fields of olive trees, colourful beehives and, of course, the impressive pine and oak trees of the forest. Here we will do some foraging for local herbs to take home to make a fresh cup of herb tea. An unmarked road will truly allow us to escape from the rest of the world as make our way along it to meet our host for lunch. The local shepherd will greet us in his unique metoxi (a typical Greek shepherd’s hut only found in remote areas of the country). Our shepherd contends with the elements every day and has no access to electricity or modern comforts, so for a couple of hours at least, you will experience a wonderfully simple way of life that doesn’t exist in modern cities. All this fresh air, silence, and the smell of pine trees is enough to give anyone an appetite, so we have a very special and unique treat planned for you. Your host will cook a delicious and entirely organic Cretan lunch for you over an open fire. And of course, no lunch finishes in Crete without raki, so you will discover first-hand the secrets of how to make it and, most importantly, drink it. After a memorable day exploring the wilds of ancient Greece, it is time to take you back on the road towards civilisation.

$462.84 Kid Friendly

Excursion Agios Nikolaos - Elounda | GROUP PRICE |

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kritsa Gorge, Kritsa, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteKritsa is a small village, situated just 10 km away from Agios Nikolaos, with a highly traditional character. It is one of the oldest villages on the island and the locals have managed to retain, to a large extent, its old architecture.The archaeological site of the ancient Greek city Lato confirms that the place was particularly well developed even since the Minoan times. Over the years this development continued and, during the Middle Ages, Kritsa was thought to be the largest village in Crete.In present times, Kritsa has been considered one of the most important centers of weaving art. As a result, the village and its woven fabrics became known the world over. Wefts from Kritsa have long adorned all the traditional houses of Crete and have always been a special, unique gift for relatives and friends.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Agios Nikolaos Beach, Agios Nikolaos, Messenia Region, PeloponneseAgios Nikolaos, a different and distinct town, is the capital of the prefecture of Lassithi, where the proliferation of local tourist development has not altered at all its peace and quiet. Culture, tradition, natural beauty, idyllic landscapes, beautiful beaches and modern life coexist in absolute harmony.The famous lake of Agios Nikolaos is its most famous attraction and landmark as the town center is built around it. The former freshwater lagoon, as the legend has it, is a volcano crater or is bottomless.These rumors were confuted, however, by the renowned Jacques Yves Cousteau and other scientists who conducted research at the place.Nevertheless, nothing can ever change the unique beauty, the breathtaking view and the unforgettable moments of relaxation it offers.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Elounda Beach, Elounda, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteElounda, a popular holiday destination, combines the picturesque landscape of a fishing village of Crete with dozens of luxurious beach resorts.It became particularly known as the location of the BBC television series “Who pays the Ferryman” in the 1970s, as well as the place where the novel "Out of the Blue" by Belinda Jones takes place.The archaeological site of Ancient Olous and the nearby salt marshes are the connecting links of the past with the present.Stop At: Spinalonga (Kalydon), Elounda, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteThe 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 the Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement; and the history of contemporary Greeks as their dwelling, or better, as the place where their leper would be sent into exile until 1957. The natural beauty of the island and the buildings that have survived time make up an astonishing atmosphere.It was this sorely tried island and its heartbreaking history around which Victoria Hislop weaves her tale in her best-seller “The Island”.Duration: 2 hours

$57.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Excursion Agios Nikolaos - Elounda

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Agios Nikolaos Beach, Agios Nikolaos, Messenia Region, PeloponneseAgios Nikolaos, a different and distinct town, is the capital of the prefecture of Lassithi, where the proliferation of local tourist development has not altered at all its peace and quiet. Culture, tradition, natural beauty, idyllic landscapes, beautiful beaches and modern life coexist in absolute harmony.The famous lake of Agios Nikolaos is its most famous attraction and landmark as the town center is built around it. The former freshwater lagoon, as the legend has it, is a volcano crater or is bottomless. These rumors were confuted, however, by the renowned Jacques Yves Cousteau and other scientists who conducted research at the place. Nevertheless, nothing can ever change the unique beauty, the breathtaking view and the unforgettable moments of relaxation it offers. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kritsa Gorge, Kritsa, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteKritsa is a small village, situated just 10 km away from Agios Nikolaos, with a highly traditional character. It is one of the oldest villages on the island and the locals have managed to retain, to a large extent, its old architecture.The archaeological site of the ancient Greek city Lato confirms that the place was particularly well developed even since the Minoan times. Over the years this development continued and, during the Middle Ages, Kritsa was thought to be the largest village in Crete.In present times, Kritsa has been considered one of the most important centers of weaving art. As a result, the village and its woven fabrics became known the world over. Wefts from Kritsa have long adorned all the traditional houses of Crete and have always been a special, unique gift for relatives and friends.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Elounda Beach, Elounda, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteElounda, a popular holiday destination, combines the picturesque landscape of a fishing village of Crete with dozens of luxurious beach resorts. It became particularly known as the location of the BBC television series “Who pays the Ferryman” in the 1970s, as well as the place where the novel "Out of the Blue" by Belinda Jones takes place. The archaeological site of Ancient Olous and the nearby salt marshes are the connecting links of the past with the present.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Spinalonga (Kalydon), Elounda, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteThe 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 the Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement; and the history of contemporary Greeks as their dwelling, or better, as the place where their leper would be sent into exile until 1957. The natural beauty of the island and the buildings that have survived time make up an astonishing atmosphere. It was this sorely tried island and its heartbreaking history around which Victoria Hislop weaves her tale in her best-seller “The Island”. Duration: 2 hours

$69.68 Outdoor Activities

Secrets of Crete and Hiking the Gorge - 4x4 Excursion with Land Rover

Experience a tour that will take you deep into the spectacular gorge of Kritsa just to the side of the picturesque village of the same name. We pick you up from your accommodation at 10.00am and then head for the traditional village of Kritsa where you will enter the mouth of the gorge to begin your 2 hour ramble into what must be one of the most stunning gorges on the island, it's fairly short but beautifully formed. You will pass through channels that have been eroded by many centuries of running water , some as narrow as 50 cm, and that coupled with the shear walls on either side give you a true understanding of the power of nature. Bird song and goats clinging to the rock faces all add to flavour of this natural bonanza. There are sections of this gorge that will take you breath away so don't forget those cameras. After about an hour the terrain levels and becomes far less interesting so at this point we will take a drinks stop before heading up and over, offering great views of the gorge from above and return to the starting point. Sensible shoes will be required (no flip flops) as the ground is uneven and whilst there is no rock climbing as such, there is some scrambling involved, most able bodied adults and older children will find this reasonably comfortable. After your trek there will also be an opportunity to spend a while at the delightful village of Kritsa, where you can visit the local shops and tavernas. Feel free to spend as little or long as you need in Kritsa and after that you'll be taken back to your accommodation via a high scenic route. Inclusive: Land Rover Discovery with air condition, experienced driver, refreshments/water, energy snacks. Hiking: 2 hours, good physical condition necessary and please.... good shoes Inclusive: Land Rover Discovery with air condition, experienced driver, refreshments/water 

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