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Ask around the village or at one of the tavernas about boats to Spinalonga Island (about €10 return); they depart regularly with tour companies and on demand.

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$81.07 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.

$217.74 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Combo-Saver Private Tour: Essential Athens highlights with Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon plus Delphi

Day 1: Athens and Cape SounionFrom one awe inspiring site to the next is how your day starts, unfolds & just keeps going! After meeting at your hotel, start with the Acropolis learning of the turbulent history of the site, its construction, and aspects such as the mythological struggles of the gods over the name of the city. Passing picturesque Neoclassic houses, you arrive at the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s arch for an insight into the important Roman period of the city and continuing to the Plaka area, Roman Agora, Hadrians library, Keramikos & Ancient Agora, the market place of the ancient Athenians with the near complete Temple of Hephaestus.Pausing for lunch with wonderful views to the ancient site, discuss how the ancient Greeks would have gathered to trade, exchange news, worship & carry out the street politics of the day before driving out of the city for around 50 minutes enjoying the Aegean coast line to explore the beautiful area of Sounion and the breathtaking Temple of Poseidon perched on the shear cliff edge. Learn of its importance in Greek history, its story & mythology and of previous visitors from Theseus to Lord Byron during his own Grand Tour before returning you to your hotel in the evening. Day 2: DelphiDead north passing through some of the most beautiful countryside of Greece towards the slopes of Mt Parnassus to arrive at Delphi. Centre of the ancient world as designated by Zeus, home to the sacred Oracle and Pythian Games. This unique site dating back as far as 1500BC provides a tangible connection in history between the pre-classical and classical periods up to Roman times. Take all the time you need to enjoy the magnificent scenery & visit the impressive on-site museum with highlights such as the Naxian Sphinx and bronze sculpture of a charioteer. On your return, take time to stop at the pretty mountain village of Arachova perched at 3,116 feet (950 meters) to enjoy the village atmosphere, views and local craft shops before heading back to Athens.A private tour exclusive to your group allowing flexibility and consideration for the needs of small philosophers & experienced travelers alike, your English speaking driver will take full and special care of you during you trip and provide all the historical, mythological, ancient & modern context along the way to help you make the most of the sites you will visit. Your driver/guide is not allowed to accompany you into ticketed sites but for those wanting professional guiding inside any of these, there may be on site guides provided upon request.

$1605.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Tour of Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

> DAY 1 | Arrival in Athens.  Arrival at Athens airport - Reception by our assistant, waiting for you and transfer by lyxurius car to the center of Athens - Accommodation at your hotel .Free afternoon.  For the night we propose you Optional tour. Athens by night.  > DAY 2 | Panoramic tour of Athens. Departure to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city.  Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop).  Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon.  Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.  Enjoy the rest of the day.Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street  of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Dont forget to discover the Night life of Athens. > DAY 3 | ATHENS / MYKONOS. Early morning transfer to the port of Athens (Piraeus) to board the ferry to the island of Mykonos. Uponyour arrival on the island, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.> DAY 4 | MYKONOS. Day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy this unique island. > DAY 5 | MYKONOS / SANTORINI. At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port to board the ferry to Santorini. Upon arrivalin Santorini, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.> DAY 6 | SANTORINI. Tour in the Island. We will enjoy the Akrotiri Archaelogical Site, the Perivolos black sand beach and the Profitis Ilias Mountain.> DAY 7 | SANTORINI / ATHENS. At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferry to Athens. Upon arrival in Athensyou will be transferred to your hotel.> DAY 8 | ATHENS / AIRPORT. According to your departure flight, you will be transferred

$86.86 Day Trips & Excursions

Spinalonga Island and Cretan Culture Tour with Boat Ride

With this unique minibus tour (max 8 persons) your Eye Travel guide shows you the Spinalonga island and other interesting places. Our first stop is in Agios Nikolaos where we have a fantastic view over the "Bottomless lake". You have some free time for a coffee and a stroll along the most eastern main city of Crete.We pass the charming fishing village of Elounda, well known from the 70's TV series Who pays the Ferryman. After Elounda it is time for SPINALONGA, the last leper colony of Europe. A typical Cretan fishing boat brings you to the island, this takes no more than 10 minutes. On the island our private professional guide waits for you and provide you a tour in the leper village.After finishing the trip on Spinalonga, a fishing boat brings you back to the small village of Plaka. Here you have the chance to enjoy a lunch with a beautiful view on Spinalonga. Plaka is a tiny harbor, so the unique opportunity to eat fresh fish.After our lunch we are heading to an olive oil factory. You get a guided tour through the factory. All facts about olive oil, the pressing methods and grades of olive oil are explained. At the end of the tour you can taste different olive oils and other local products.

$68.33 Day Trips & Excursions

Segway Advanced Beach Tour

Explore all the nice places with our experienced local Guide. Have fun on our Segways. Drive near the beaches from Elounda to Plaka, take a beak, relax, perhaps enjoy some light food and a drink, or swim in the crystal clear water of the bay with a spectacular view of Spinalonga.Later we return to Elounda. What a ride !We provide you all the necessary savety equipment including helmet. After this tour you are qualified to rent our 2-Wheelers for 1, 2 hours or a whole day (and go wherever you like). Start: Our office in Elounda (near the center, about 100 Meters in direction of Agios Nikolaos)

$91.50 Outdoor Activities

Adventure Tour and Private Speedboat to Spinalonga Island - 4x4 Excursion with Land Rover

Tour around the area of the north eastern peninsula of the Gulf of Mirabello taking in various points of interest including the cave at Milatos and the windfarm above Plaka, followed by the highlight of the tour, an exhilarating speedboat trip to the former leper colony island of Spinalonga. After picking you up from your accommodation at 12 noon, we work our way north through the local mountains to the cave at Milatos, passing through some stunning scenery and traditional cretan villages. On arrival at Milatos we follow the path carved in the rock to the entrance of the cave. There is a macabre story associated with the cave, about the slaughter of around 1500 local villagers by the brutal turk invaders and the remains of some of the murdered are now kept in a small ossuary (kind of shrine) next to the chapel built in memory at the entrance to the cave. The full story will be explained to you at the site. The cave has no lighting so exploring will be done by torch light (provided) & just be aware that the entrance has a very low ceiling so you'll need to be able to duck down a little. From here we travel north east to the wind farm high above the village of Plaka where you can take in some spectacular views of Mirabello bay and Spinalonga Island. We then travel off road down the side of the mountain adjacent to Spinalonga to join the speedboat for your exciting ride to the former Leper colony. Only officials are permitted to guide on Spinalonga, however your driver will give you plenty of info and guidance before you enter. In our experience employing a guide is not required but of course you are free to do so at the entrance if you wish, but please bear in mind the speedboat will return to pick you up after 1 hour. There is a small entrance fee to pay and then enter through Dantes gate where the lepers were brought to begin their confinement. You can now explore the island and its ruins at your leisure before catching the speedboat for a trip around the island and then back to Plaka. Inclusive: Land Rover Discovery with air condition, experienced driver, refreshments/water, speedboat transfer