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Spinalonga island
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A day trip that combines relaxation and history gives you the chance to visit the highlights of the Northeast part of Crete, where the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos with the magnificent lake can be found. Elounda, a small village on the shore of Mirabello bay with spectacular views, is where the boat begins the cruise heading to Spinalonga island, a small uninhabited island used during the history as a fortress and later on as a leper colony.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Russian, English, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Russian, English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 91263P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Pickup and Drop off from hotels and designated meeting points.
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan.
  • Guide
Exclusions
  • Food & Drinks
  • Admission fee to Spinalonga island 8.00 EUR. People up to the age of 25, from EU member states free
  • Entry/Admission - Spinalonga Fortress
Duration
8–9 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup and Drop off provided from the areas of Sissi, Malia, Stalida Hersonissos, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Heraklion, Amoudara. Pickup time depends on the location of the accommodation hotel. The exact pickup time and location will be sent via email.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Inclusions
  • Pickup and Drop off from hotels and designated meeting points.
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan.
  • Guide
Exclusions
  • Food & Drinks
  • Admission fee to Spinalonga island 8.00 EUR. People up to the age of 25, from EU member states free
  • Entry/Admission - Spinalonga Fortress
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup and Drop off provided from the areas of Sissi, Malia, Stalida Hersonissos, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Heraklion, Amoudara. Pickup time depends on the location of the accommodation hotel. The exact pickup time and location will be sent via email.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8–9 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 10 Jul 2020
A note from Spinalonga island
Face masks required for travelers in the bus You must fill out a travel information form
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Agios Nikolaos
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Elounda
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Spinalonga Fortress
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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Clare F
7 contributions
Striking island
Sep 2021
This island is especially significant if you have read Victoria Hislop's book, but still worth a visit. Access is easy from the mainland. We took a small ferry from Plaka. You can walk around the island in an hour and it's historical interest is described as you walk around the island.
Written 30 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Richard G
High Wycombe, UK365 contributions
Fascinating history - a must visit when on the east of Crete
A truly fascinating history that dates back to Venetian times and right up to the 1950’s. A short boat ride for €10 from Plaka Elounda on a boat that goes every 30min. We would really suggest taking guide we at random picked Pavlos (+30 6940102990) a grey haired gentleman from the area who knew so much from personal understanding and who was a font of knowledge and interesting facts on the history and life on the island. Worth reading the book ‘The Island’ before hand - staggering how this sad but amazing history of incredibly resourceful people is/ was trying to wiped away by the government. A must see when in the area
Written 15 September 2021
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Milodog73
Southend-on-Sea, UK164 contributions
Tui Tour - Rep ++ Tour --
Sep 2021
We travelled with an excussion via Tui. £65 per head, including lunch in the bay and a further visit to Nicoli (spelling is wrong). So please bare in mind my comments are via their sale.

The Island offered a great rep 'Veta' full of info and in depth knowledge of the local area/history and obviously the Island. A walk around the Island is perhaps an 60-90 mins max, is plesant and like many tourist areas where it is historic ruins, there is not much else once you visit the main area.

Great views back towards land and a pleasant sea breeze to help with the heat. The Ferry crossing is around 20mins either way and drinks can be pruchased onbaord. 4 euros a bottle a beer.

The lunch was in the harbour/bay at a large resturant and whilst not a bad meal was also simple tasting, chicken, potatoes in a weak tomatoe gravy. Drinks at extra cost. Then perhaps 30-60mins to yourselves. There are a few sovenior shops and other bars. You can swim in the sea if you chose. You will not require more time, unless your sun bathing.

We then moved onto the next town and allowed free time...more shops and resturants...

The early start, being collected at 7.30 and returned at 4pm tired us out. If i was Tui , I would look to either start a little later and/or remove the Nicoli visit or at least have lunch in Nicoli. Both villages/towns offer similar shops/resturants so its a duplication.
Written 14 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tanya S
Portland, OR45 contributions
Not covid safe at all
Aug 2021
Tour was ok, but Covid safety was NOT at ALL. The driver kept wearing his mask under his nose or not at all. I had to tell the tour guide multiple times to please ask people to wear their masks.

at least 30% of the people were NOT wearing masks on the bus. Do not go on bus tours if you are high risk for covid. Viator advertised this as Covid safe which is such a joke.
Written 23 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Konstantinos K
Thanks for your feedback, we will investigate further. Regarding face masks, our policy is to make multiple announcements while onboard and strict individual reminders to passengers that don't comply with the health and safety protocols.
Written 26 August 2021
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Andras J
London, UK114 contributions
Interesting history, nice views from the top
The little island is worth a visit but I'd say the architecture is not something to die for. The history of the place is what brings people here. The views from the top of the island are quite nice and the boat trip from Elounda is fun too (30 min, 12€).
Try to avoid tourist groups which are very annoying. We got stuck between 2-3 groups and this made the first part of the visit not very enjoyable. But once these groups moved on it was nice to discover the island. The little descriptions of the life in the leper colony were interesting.
You need about 90 minutes or max two hours to discover the island.
Written 18 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kallellak1819
1 contribution
Tour was okay - too long time in bus
Jul 2020 • Couples
All in all okay - but no „sailing-trip“ & there are changes due to COVID-19! Pick-up time by bus about 7:30 am, very early. It took us about 1,5 h to get to the first stopp. Lots of time in the bus, no sailing, just about 60-90 minutes on a vessel. Due to COVID-19 no swimming in Kolokýtha and no bbq on board but a little packed lunches for everyone and swimming later in elounda for about 2 h. About 1 h staying on spinalonga island.
Written 18 July 2020
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Chia-lin
1 contribution
非常不錯的行程
Oct 2019
Very good trip, it is worth going, the price is reasonable,
The sea is really blue and beautiful, and the swimming is great.
Food is full,
The explanation on the island is detailed,
It will take us back to the hotel, very convenient, very recommended.
Written 18 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

paul d
Newark-on-Trent, UK44 contributions
Wonderful and memorable day out.
Day tour to a swimming location and guided tour of Spinalonga. Medium sized boat which was busy but not too full. Great staff both on board and guiding around the island. Spinalonga was a really interesting place but the guide made it even more memorable with her telling of the islands people, their exploits and achievements. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 1 October 2019
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Roger L
Melbourne, Australia115 contributions
Don't do it!
Sep 2019
Our supposed 11 hour excursion took 13 hours, 6 hours of which were in the bus picking up from some 15 hotels etc. on the way. Whilst everyone else seemed to be picked up from these hotels, we had to walk 25 minutes to a designated pick up spot (at 10:30 on the evening before, our hotel was telephoned to tell us we had to be there 35 minutes before the time previously set) - both typical of the poor organisation.

We met our English-speaking guide (Roxani) for the first time when got off the bus at the end of the excursion - no idea where she was for the rest of the time.

The whole experience was topped off by being offered "rubber" meat and a plastic knife and fork at lunch.

We couldn't wait for it to end - in short, don't do it!
Written 22 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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F4389MPannaw
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Lovely day at the island
Totally recommended!!! We had a lovely day at Chrissi and the option of pick-up and drop off was much appreciated i
569natalijaz
569natalijaz
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Very nice island!
Very nice trip! First you can have a quick look at St. George monastery and have a cup of coffee. Next stop is in t
mladenamo
mladenamo
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Visit to Chriss island
We had a great trip to Chriss Island! We can absolutely recommend it! The Island is beautiful and you have to see
ormshawd
ormshawd
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Amazing places
I had an amazing day with my guide Helen ,she was full of information for the trips we were on ,I really enjoyed my
Vacation577904
Vacation577904
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This is a large group tour and was impossible to hear the guide
My error in thinking that this was a small group tour because pick-up was offered. We got ferried to a big bus and
Anzeigename
Anzeigename
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Nice Beaches - Turquouis Water - but a LOT of PEOPLE will be with you on that boat and on the beach.
Every day two large and one very large ships full of tourists (approx. 700 in total) leave from Kissamos port to a
PerthPensioner
PerthPensioner
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Wonderful day
We were picked up from outside the hotel by a lovely lady in a minibus. Taken to meet the bus and our English spea
Annamidance1967
Annamidance1967
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Great Customer Service
We booked this cruise with collection and drop off at a hotel near where we were staying. Booking was very straight
Garrett S
Garrett S
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Great deal!
Can't beat a deal like this. Hotel pick-up and a guided tour of Knossos palace and the archaeological museum. Tour
eroticjellybaby
eroticjellybaby
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Great way to see the history of Crete
Great early morning pick up, main tour was a full coach with 2 guides 1 speaking English/Germany the other speaking
wise_ice
wise_ice
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Excellent!
It was very interesting tour to Knossos! We also visited ancient cave of Zeus and Keras Kardiotissas Monastery. We
davidhI701DH
davidhI701DH
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One of the most beautiful places on earth
The early start out off the rest of the family but I do wanted to do the trip to the Samaria Gorge I undertook this
Carol B
Carol B
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A truly memorable day trip
We were picked up by car and taken to the tour bus early am. The guides spoke in English, French and Russian. Irini
Escape625430
Escape625430
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Spinalonga trip via agio Nikolaios and elounda
Expected a trip to a sandy beach along the way to Spinalonga island to sunbathe and have barbecue but due to “the w
BRJ82
BRJ82
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Knossos and Lassithi plateau
Took the above trip with my partner in October 2018. The staff were very friendly, but unfortunately this is where
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