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Private Full-Day East Crete Tour from Heraklion
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Private Full-Day East Crete Tour from Heraklion

By Stagakis Grand Prestige
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 8–10 hours
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Live guide: English
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  • Bottled water
  • Private transportation
  • V.I.P. Class air-conditioned vehicle
  • Honey/Raki tasting
What's not included
  • Drinks and Meals
  • Souvenirs and personal expenses
  • Ticket to the cave of Zeus (6€)
  • Boat and entrance tickets to Spinalonga (12€+8€)
  • Entry/Admission - Cave of Zeus
  • Entry/Admission - Spinalonga (Kalydon)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up guests from their hotel at an arranged time.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • N. Kazantzakis Airport, Heraklion, Crete Greece
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Heraklion Port, Pl. Kountourioti, Iraklio 712 02, Greece
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 235747P5

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        • 1
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        • 2
          Krasi
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        • 3
          Cave of Zeus
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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        • 4
          Agios Nikolaos
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        • 5
          Nisida Kolokythia
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        • 6
          Plaka
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        • 7
          Spinalonga (Kalydon)
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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        • You'll return to the starting point
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        • Stagakis Grand Prestige
          161
          Greece
          Joined in January 2020
        • Go22402855112
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The tour guide made the trip fun
          What a fantastic day. The tour guide was very cool and funny. We explored so many sights, took lots of pictures and really enjoyed the historical knowledge conveyed by our tour guide.
          Written 7 February 2024
        • G1049YUenriquem
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect
          This guy knew so much history and he was funny. Our travel group really enjoyed talking with him and seeing the cave of Zeus and the museum and all the various locations he showed us. Big thumbs up from my wife and i and our group from Los Angeles. Thank you so much.
          Written 2 February 2024
        • dianelC1357KQ
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highlight of our Greek Isle tour
          This tour was the highlight of our entire trip. Kostas was great! Funny, witty and knowledgeable. We had a great time visiting the caves of Zeus, and enjoyed a wonderful authentic Greek lunch..The olive factory was good too and gave us a chance to purchase Some great olive oil products. Kostas was also kind enough to provide us with some treats along the way - real organic honey, small desserts and key chains. We only had 1 day in Heraklion, Crete and with Kostas we were able to maximize our day. I highly recommend this tour!
          Written 24 January 2024
        • Resort02923014277
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful all day excursion
          Our tour guide, Kostas, was incredibly helpful and made the tour so fun. He had excellent knowledge on the history and culture of Crete. The views and sights were amazing and he made the tour so memorable by making it personalised to our group’s needs.
          Written 15 January 2024
        • charmena2024
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          It was so good, I would do it again. There aren’t enough stars…
          This tour was above and beyond expectations. Not only did our guide, Kostas, enlighten us about Greek mythology and history, we were taken to places that highlighted the amazing beauty of Crete. The quaint luncheon spot chosen by our guide was not only scenic, but the best food we had in all of Greece. My family still raves about it! We loved the tour, but more importantly we were thankful to have Kostas as our guide due to several unexpected circumstances. First, Kostas contacted me well in advance of our tour and was accommodating to pick us up early since our ship arrived before the normal time of the tour. He took our group to help rent cars (not part of the tour) and became I could not find my confirmation, he patiently drove around until we finally found our rental place. After our delightful day, Kostas returned us to pick the rental car. It had been hit by another car in the parking lot of the golf course where we had left it. After a long day, Kostas stayed with us to help handle a situation that could have been very difficult when it is not your native country. By the end of the day, we felt we had not only had a great tour, but now we had a great friend.
          Written 15 January 2024
        • IntanZapina
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Crete is simply fabulous!
          Crete was an unplanned trip and I booked this full day private tour at the last minute. It surpassed my expectation! Kostas was a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide, and recommended a great restaurant for dinner. I had an amazing day!
          Written 15 January 2024
        • taylort185
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The Heart, Soul and Mind of Crete
          This tour was way beyond our expectations! Kostos was Brilliant in every sense- his knowledge of Crete and insights into ,the history, culture, geology, agriculture , etc transcending anything you could read about. His understanding and passion about Crete and the Cretan people is amazing and fascinating. He embodies the heart, soul and mind of Crete. He is kind, generous, witty, intelligent and a lot of fun! The highlight of our trip to Crete- now a place we would love to return to.
          Written 23 October 2023
        • LittleWingBene
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great adventure !
          You gotta get Kostas ! He is probably the best host/driver/tour guide my wife and I have ever had. Smart, funny, safe, hospitable, sociable, knowledgeable. We can’t say enough good things about him. He was very flexible on the trip too, we could go with the major stops or change it up. And he had plenty of excellent alternatives too. Plenty of water, drinks, snacks. Some from his own family ! My wife left a pair of sneakers in the van(which was like brand new) and he managed to have a cousin of his deliver them to our hotel on another island ! Don’t pass up in this trip. And GET KOSTAS !
          Written 16 October 2023
        • Dream28179832663
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Enjoy the sites of Crete with this small group tour!
          Excellent tour! Kostas is a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide. He made a point to make our experience extra special with his stories and special Crete treats. Together we created a unique tour of the island. While driving, we saw packed safari jeeps and we were grateful to be traveling between the sites in a comfortable van. Definitely would recommend this tour!
          Written 14 October 2023
        • Trail621478
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nice ride, would have liked more history
          Comfortable car and lovely treats. We had hoped for more information. We were dropped off at the temple of Knossos with no introduction. We were looking for a more informative experience.
          Written 13 October 2023
        • StephW38
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great communication, exceeded expectations
          TDLR; I cannot recommend this tour enough!! Not only was it affordable but the experience was amazing from beginning to end. I initially booked through the website and Kostas reached via iMessage to rebook through his associates instead of with him. I booked two private vans with him with payment to the drivers at the end of the tour. Upon arrival, Kostas explained that one of the associates had a health problem and his son (Yannis) was going fill in. Our second driver, Nikos, was a hoot! He had a breadth of knowledge and personality that provided entertainment to our tour. Throughout the trip, they provided us treats and cookies (which we didn’t expect!). The van was spacious and clean. We first stopped a viewpoint to see the Aposelemis dam. He gave us our first surprise of baked treats filled with stuff. Then drove to the Krasion Platanus Tree, a 2500-year-old tree known to promote fertility tree and took some raki (Cretan national drink) shots at a nearby local shop!! Then we were taken to see a local restored windmill next to Restaurant Tzanakis Michael where we ate lunch (which btw was phenomenal and affordable!) We treated the two drivers to lunch. Again, another surprise box of Greek cookies! We also went to the Zeus Caves (a moderate elevation hike up) on our own. Finally, we were dropped in the old town near the Knossos Palace (which I would recommend getting a separate guide to provide you history or download the app ahead of time for a self-guide. The plaques there don’t give much context). Due to time constraints, we missed the olive oil factory part which I wish we did. Thank you Kostas for a wonderful experience in Crete! Highly recommend.
          Written 5 October 2023
        • ianbK541JY
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Had a great experience and would most definitely recommend.
          Amazing experiences! Interesting historical and cultural perspectives. Vehicle was outstanding, clean, spacious, comfortable! A real personal touch to it. Also stopped at a pretty amazing restaurant by the windmills with delicious and highly affordable food. Would highly recommend.
          Written 2 October 2023
        • nhadinef2023
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The Best Tour in Crete
          The tour with Kostas was above and beyond our expectations. He was very personable, thoughtful, and really cared about making sure we had a great time. The trip was worth every penny. The best part was all the little Greek snacks and treats he gave us throughout the trip, which gave us a little taste of the Greek culture. He took the time in every stop and we didn't feel rushed at all. He was very knowledgeable, we learned a lot from him We highly recommend this tour.
          Written 2 October 2023
        • 280chadd
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Overall a great time, but a bit pricey for 2 ppl
          So many things to comment on! Our contact for the event Kostas was very friendly with updates a day or two before to confirm. His brother Lefteris was our driver to each of the spots, and he was kind and informative as well, bringing us around in a lovely electric vehicle around the area. He provided cold water, had a couple of snacks for the car ride, and was conscious about cabin temperature and comfortability. We completed the Windmills, Lasitihi Plateau, the Cave of Zeus, and a lovely Olive Oil and Pottery store (the items were made in-store and had displays that were neat, as well as sampling!) all before lunch. FYI, it is a HIKE of about 3/4 of a mile to get to the cave, at a semi-steep angle. They do have donkeys available for rent to bring you up to the top of the cave. The descent into the cave was a lot of stairs, and was quite stunning as far as caves go! Lunch was also very yummy, he had a great spot to stop at. Warning- serving sizes are immense if you go to Seli Ampelou, and it's all delicious! the Greek salad was a sharing salad, it was HUGE! On the way back after lunch, we stopped at the Writers Tree, which was a quick and minor pit stop. It is around 140 years old, which was kind of amazing to see! From there we went to Knossos Palace, which, well was a little lackluster IMO. While it may be a "palace", it's more like ruins with a few walls that are still standing and that a few have been rejuvenated. There were a few options available: rent a guide (around 120 euros), rent a tablet (around 15 euros), or do self-guided and read the placards. We opted for the placards- while it would have been nice to have a guide, we were getting tired at this stage (on our 5th hour of tour), and wanted to go through it a little quicker. Once done with the Palace, we decided to call it a day but could have gone to the follow-up museum. It was pretty warm out, so from the hike to the cave, as well as being roasted in the sun for the Palace, we weren't ready to be done. All in all, I am giving it a 4-star. Reasons why: * Pricing was a private group rate and we were only 2 people. I waited too long to join a bigger group event, as they were all sold out 3 weeks in advance for my specific date. So, for only 2 people, it was a bit more expensive than I would have preferred to pay, so try to book sooner rather than later, or have some friends come along to help keep costs down. * Because of the pricing, I would have preferred if our driver was more of a tour guide and could have come into the different areas ( cave, palace, museum if we had gone) to "guide" us. Having to pay additional for those services is understandable, but it was already a little pricey for us being only 2 people. Entry to the different places as well as lunch costs are not included either. * Lefteris was a great driver and did share GREAT information and kept it easy going. He was very open to adjusting what we did very easily, and gave suggestions for places for dinner afterwards, which was very helpful. He was also early to pick us up at our hotel, which is always greatly appreciated!
          Written 25 September 2023
        • Q5229DDdianep
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Zeus Cave, Olive Oil tasting, windmills, Knossos Palace
          Angie, our tour guide was fabulous. She made the whole day fun and interesting! Learned so much about the island of Crete and its rich history.
          Written 20 September 2023
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        FoodieTravelDoc
        Boston, MA21 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2024 • Family
        The best tour I had while in Greece. Kostas is by far the best tour guide I've ever had. Family was able to see different sites of East Crete. Car used for this was the most comfortable for our family. At each stop he gave us homemade food including his own families honey, which was amazing!!!! Kostas made the trip very informative and was able to make it very enjoyable with his jokes! Learned a lot of the history of Crete and Greece. Took us to authentic Greek restaurant and helped our family order food with dietary requirements. If go to Crete highly recommend this tour and ask for Kostas!
        Written 15 January 2024
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        Rodney S
        Houston, TX66 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2023 • Friends
        Excellent Private tour in a new, clean Mercedes mini bus to Zeus’s cave, several quaint villages, Spinaloga Island (former leper colony) and more. Our wonderful guide, Kostas, was great!! We had a scrumptious lunch at a family run eatery with an incredible view and also sampled many traditional homemade treats and delicacies. At least moderate uphill walking is required to visit the cave of Zeus but you can also just sit at a local cafe should you choose. This is a very unique, one of a kind tour of lesser known but fantastic sites and scenery and a highlight of our stay in Crete! Thank you Kostas for showing us traditional Crete!!
        Written 16 October 2023
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        Лера И
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2021
        you can ride up and down, zigzaging left and right beautiful roads of Crete on a rented car, or you can leave it to Kostas and enjoy incredible views from his comfortable VIP limo listening to interesting stories about Crete, its history and people. You will visit the most interesting places, relax and get maximum of one day tour. Then you can go for his west Crete tour, and get the full picture. We did
        Written 18 August 2021
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        Margo G
        6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2022 • Family
        The drive was beautiful. The stops were fantastic. Kostas was an excellent guide for food, culture, sites and history. He shared interesting stories and insight and we were able to experience the food and local culture that we would have missed out on had we tried to do it on our own. Our entire group, including teenagers! Had a wonderful time and would love to go back to Crete to find out what other adventures Kostas could guide us through.
        Written 7 April 2022
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        WonderingDigitalCat
        Cambridge, UK20 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2021 • Friends
        Kostas is charming, professional and a excellent guide. He doesn’t rush, and let’s you pick your itinerary. The van is very comfortable and he is a great driver. Besides knowing a great deal about Crete he is knowledgeable on a variety of topics and the conversation is never boring. If you are looking for personalized experience and a fantastic guide this is it. One suggestion is for him to be more explicit about time limits, we felt guilty after we realized that we kept him with us longer than we should have and he was too nice to tell us.
        Written 15 August 2021
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        btnewman
        Plano14 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2023 • Family
        Kostas was excellent! Quite a character to make things interesting! We opted for an off the grid interior tour of Crete to stay away from the crowds. A real taste of Crete. Great van with plenty of room as well. Very accommodating with a few surprises here and there!
        Written 1 June 2023
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        chris
        York, UK1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023 • Family
        An absolutely brilliant tour with Kostas! If you want a trip anywhere in Crete, I couldn’t recommend him highly enough. Kostas sorted a fantastic itinerary - based exactly on the sort of tour we wanted. This included some great historical sites, a boat trip, and the best off-the-beaten-track coastal village for lunch and a swim you could ever imagine 👌 He’s exceptionally knowledgable about all things Crete and ancient history too (if you want him to be!) Clearly knows the island inside out.

        Really great full day out for us and for the kids. Kostas’s vehicle is superb -absolutely top-end and really comfortable with loads of room. Great communication beforehand - we booked at really short notice when we were already in Crete - but he sorted everything very quickly and very easily. Tailors everything to what you want. Top stuff 👍👍
        Written 16 January 2024
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