This was a very enjoyable tour, starting off with a visit to the lovely town of Agios Nikolaos. After sometime to walk around we were taken to Elounda to catch the boat to Spinalonga. Spinalonga is a very beautiful island with a very sad past though, our driver was really good and the swim afterwards was lovely. Highly recommended tour!
You can visit all the places from the list or pick only the ones you like. Just inform your driver about your choice before the ride. During the stops you can do whatever you want: visit the landmarks, take pictures, ask your driver about the place e.t.c. Take as much time as you want within the overall time limit of the trip.
Heraklion City / Starting Poing
Your Welcome driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Heraklion at a convenient time of your choice.
In the nearby town of Agios Nikolaos, the setting is mythical: a lake that legend says is bottomless.
Elounda Village, once a picturesque fishing village in lovely Mirabello Bay and nowadays is an ideal destination for people who want a seaside holiday.
Plaka is a village in Lasithi, Crete. It neighbors the town of Elounda and is close to the historical island of Spinalonga.
Heraklion City / Starting Poing
About the ride
Reach the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos on the Gulf of Mirabello, passing the north-east coast and St. George’s Gorge. Agios Nikolaos is famous for its picturesque bottomless lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau and the subject of numerous legends. Discover the city on your own, stroll through the shops, or relax in one of the cafes and watch the world pass by.
Continue to Elounda, enjoying some of the most beautiful views of Crete. Look across the Elounda Lagoon at the enchanting islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha. Spinalonga has been an important place throughout history: for the ancient Greeks as natural protection for the city of Olous; for the Saracens as a hiding place for their pirates; for the Venetians as a fortress; for the Turks as a settlement; and for a long time, as a leper colony.
After a short drive, you will reach Plaka, a small fishing village directly opposite Spinalonga. From there a 10-minute boat ride takes you to the island. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim.
The strategic position of the rocky islet for the control and defense of Elounda harbor could not but mark Spinalonga with a turbulent history of fierce battles and much human suffering. Afterward, enjoy time to swim in the turquoise waters of the neighboring island of Kolokytha, and sit down to a delicious barbecue lunch.
Enjoy your travel to a maximum
You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
We hand-pick the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the city
Our customers rate us excellent on Tripadvisor and other platforms
Included in the price
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free wifi onboard
- Fuel and tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and snacks
- Entrance fees for all attractions
- Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
- Lunch, other beverages and meals.
- BBQ lunch at Kolokytha island
- Ticket for the boat to Spinaloga
- Ticket for temporary exhibitions on the island.
- Tips and gratuities
Frequently asked questionsExpand
What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive a confirmation email. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions regarding your booking.
What is the cancellation policy?
100% cancellation penalty applies when service is cancelled 24 hours or less prior to service delivery date or in case of no-show.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas, such as the walking at Spinalongka island contains many steps and may have uneven or rocky ground.
In the summer months, the sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Photography is permitted in most historical sites unless otherwise mentioned.
We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.
Accessibility & Special Needs
Please be at the meeting point 10-15 minutes before the tour begins.
From Elounda to Spinalonga: €10 per adult | €5 per child of 5-11 years old
From Plaka to Spinalonga: €8 per adult
*This price does not include the cost of the entrance ticket to the Spinalonga archaeological site.
Entrance fee to Spinalonga (€8 per adult, €4 per child)
Admission to Spinalonga (adults €8 | children up to 18 years - free | EU citizens over 62 years with an ID card & students with an ID card €4)
Terms of serviceExpand
- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost.
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions.
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws.
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