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Chania: Boat Trip with Guided Snorkeling & Stand-Up Paddling

1. Chania: Boat Trip with Guided Snorkeling & Stand-Up Paddling

Discover what lies below the surface of the water on an amazing 3-hour boat trip off the northwest coast of Crete. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Chania, and then journey by air-conditioned minivan to the resort town of Almyrida. Avail of the services of experienced instructors who will give you a short theory lesson on arrival. Then, sail to secluded beaches that can only be reached by boat and swim with your provided snorkeling equipment. Learn the names of all the fish with the help of a book as the crew takes photos and videos of your experience to send by email as a souvenir. Relax and enjoy the good company in the warm sun, and get fantastic views of the coastline.

From Souda Port of Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Meal

2. From Souda Port of Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Meal

At 9:30 AM sail east out of the bay past the Souda Fortress on a small uninhabited island. If the winds are favorable stop to take a dip or some photos at the pebbled beach of the scenic white chapel of Agiannis. Follow the coast on the wind and marvel at views of the Ottoman fort high up on the hills and the fort of the Idjedin prison just below it. Continue past the seaside villages of Kalyves and Almyrida, around the Isle of Karga before reaching the lighthouse on the peninsula of Drapano. Again, if the gods of the winds are with you the boat will anchor in a tiny, secret cove for another quick swim. The wind will dictate if the boat sails northeast to a very small cove with beautiful sandy waters or otherwise northwest around another small island to a beautiful lagoon. Either way, the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) will be in view, serving as the backdrop to the cruise. After dropping anchor, enjoy a swim or snorkel and play in crystal clear turquoise waters while a freshly cooked Cretan/Spartan lunch is prepared with Greek specialties such as local pasta, sautéed vegetables, fresh salad, mama’s olives, goat cheese and fresh bread with wine and beer to wash it down and a dessert of fresh yogurt and sweet fruit.  Following a relaxing meal sail back to the port as the sun starts to set, arriving back by around 5:30 PM. Even if you’ve never sailed before have a go at taking control of the boat with expert supervision for a roughly 30 nautical mile trip.

Chania: Lazareta Stand-up Paddle Boarding Experience

3. Chania: Lazareta Stand-up Paddle Boarding Experience

Grab a paddleboard and journey to the secluded island of Lazareta on this SUP trip from Chania. Experience a water activity that is easy and suitable for everyone. An instructor will teach you the basics of stand-up paddle boarding so you'll feel confident during the trip. After learning the basics, follow your instructor to the picturesque oasis, the island of Lazareta, located in front of New Chora beach in the center of Chania. Discover the small beaches of the island and hear about the history that dates back to the Venetian period in the 16th century. You'll have time to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters and see a variety of fish. While you’re relaxing in the sun, you can enjoy the breathtaking view above the town, where the White Mountains open wide and big behind.

Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

4. Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

Arrive to Kissamos Port by car or regional bus and board the sailboat with the green sails. Enjoy the company of only your private group and the crew and skipper as you cruise along the coast to Balos Lagoon and then to Imeri Gramvousa Island.  After about 1.5 hours of sailing, reach the lagoon, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise water, or treat yourself to some relaxing and sunbathing on the white sand for the next two hours.  Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch onboard the ship. Your next stop is the island of Imeri Gramvousa, where you can enjoy the stunning beach and swim in the crystal-clear water. If you'd like to snap an amazing photo of the Balos Lagoon, you will have the opportunity from the top of Gramvousa after a leisurely, 20-minute hike. At the top, built into the rock, you will spot the Venetian Castle, one of the most famous fortresses in Crete.  The views from here are seriously breathtaking. After a full day of sun and sea, your skipper will start the journey back to Kissamos Port. Onboard, rest or nap in the covered cabin, hang out in the covered dining area, and utilize the bathroom with shower.

Crete: Private Morning or Sunset Sailing Cruise

5. Crete: Private Morning or Sunset Sailing Cruise

Explore the island of Kri-Kri (Thodorou island) onboard a cruise around Crete. Sail around stunning gulfs, secluded small islands, and enjoy the turquoise blue waters. Begin your cruise in the morning. Sail around Thodorou Island, located near Chania, opposite Agia Marina beach, and see the surrounding secluded islands in the area. Discover Cretan wild goats (kri-kri). Enjoy the calm and tranquil sea. The coastline of the island and the wreck of a German aircraft from WW2 are perfect places for snorkeling.

From Chania: Private Balos Bay & Gramvousa Island Boat Trip

6. From Chania: Private Balos Bay & Gramvousa Island Boat Trip

Find your rigid inflatable boat (RIB) vessel at Chania's old port to begin a memorable half-day boat trip. Your experienced skipper will sail you to the first stop, Menies Beach. Anchor here for one hour and enjoy turquoise waters and ancient ruins as you swim or sunbathe.   Afterward, continue towards the northwestern part of the Chania prefecture, at the end of the land. Arrive at the island of Gramvousa and see its Venetian fortress and a sunken ship. Take memorable photos while your skipper anchors. Have approximately one hour on the island so that you explore on your own and perhaps even take a 40-minute roundtrip hike to the fortress. Finally, continue on for 15 minutes to the famous Balos Beach. Have another two hours to enjoy the breathtaking view of the coast and the sea. Your skipper will call you for the return trip back to Chania's old port. Depending on the weather conditions, the skipper will let you visit one or two secluded bays and beaches on the way back to Chania.

Chania: Sunset Cruise with Cretan Wine

7. Chania: Sunset Cruise with Cretan Wine

Embark on a magical boat trip from Chania Old Harbour. Cruise off the coast of Crete just in time for the sunset while listening to the crew's specially-made sunset playlist. A peaceful boat trip paired with the tranquil sound of the water and the breathing sunset view, this is the perfect way to end your day in Crete. To round off the experience, you'll also have the chance to try wine from Chania's local distilleries, in addition to exquisite Graviera cheese with honey and seasonal fruit or other products. Cherish this special moment with your loved one, or surprise your friends with the best gift for your vacation in Crete. 

From Heraklion: East and South Crete Villages Tour and beach

8. From Heraklion: East and South Crete Villages Tour and beach

We start our trip with a visit to an olive oil park where you can experience first-hand the standardization of extra virgin olive oil, table olives and olive paste. Here you will be able to taste the authentic Greek product, which is famous worldwide for its great taste and its nutritional value, as well as, other authentic Cretan products like “raki” and honey. Later, we visit one of the oldest villages on Crete, which even today retains elements of Venetian architecture, the village of Kritsa. Here, you will have about an hour and a half of free time to stroll around its narrow streets. There you will find a lot of little souvenir shops, picturesque paths, Greek coffee shops, many old chapels, museums and try not to miss the traditional weavings manufactured with looms exclusively made by hand. Then, we head towards Myrtos Beach, 13km west of Ierapetra, at the output of a wide valley filled with greenhouses and citrus groves. You will have plenty of free time to enjoy swimming and sunbathing at the nice beach of Myrtos, with the coarse gray sand that doesn’t stick to your body. The beach is very spacious, isolated with crystal clear water. Moreover, Myrtos has a lot of taverns where you can enjoy traditional Greek food. After 2 and half hours in Myrtos, the day will end and we will make our way back to your hotels. 10:15 Olive oil tour & tasting 11:15 Arrival at Kritsa – Free time 12:45 Departure from Kritsa 13:45 Arrival in Myrtos – Free time 16:15 Departure from Myrtos 18:00 Arrival in Heraklion Stay in olive park: app. 30 minutes Stay in Kritsa: app. 1 ½ hour Stay in Myrtos beach: app. 2 ½ hours Route: 166 km Duration: app. 8 hours Pick up Ammoudara: 08:00 Heraklion: 08:05 Karteros: 08:20 Kokkini Hani: 08:25 Gournes: 08:25 Gouves: 08:30 Analipsi: 08:40 Anissaras: 08:50 Hersonisos: 09:00 Stalis: 09:10 Malia: 09:25 Sissi: 09:40

Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Snorkel, Lunch & Drinks

9. Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Snorkel, Lunch & Drinks

Classic Sail Yacht 40feet long* Full Day PRIVATE Cruise out of the old venetian harbor of Chania Check in: 10am Check out: 5pm Description: A Sailing cruise around the gulf of Chania will give your vacations a different view of the city! We set sails every morning at 10am in the Old Venetian Harbour of Chania making a cruise around the gulf of Chania. We will make two stops, anchoring for swimming and relaxation, one at the nearby island of Ag.Theodori which is a protected area of "Natura" as it hosts many birds as well as the wild Cretan goat named "KRI-KRI", and the second stop will be in a secluded beach named "Maherida" and has beautiful turquoise waters. During the stops we will offer you traditional Cretan snacks, season fruits, drinks from the open bar and of course lunch that will be prepared onboard. snorkelling equipment will be provided as well to those who wish to explore the seabed!!! At about 5pm we will be back to the old Venetian port for disembarkation!!! Destination: Sailing around the gulf of Chania making stops for swimming and relaxation, anchoring at Maherida bay and the nearby island of Ag.Theodori. Icluded: snacks (Cretan traditional dakos), fruits, drinks (soft drinks, beverages, wine and bottled water) and lunch onboard (home-made cooked, based on the local Mediterranean cuisine) Must have: Have with you, your swimsuits, sea towels and your very best mood. Leave the rest to us!!! *Maximum participation 8people

Chania: Private RIB Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa Island

10. Chania: Private RIB Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa Island

After jumping onboard, our first stop on this full day trip is Balos beach, a lagoon of outstanding natural beauty located at the far tip of Gramvoussa peninsula, the most western point of Crete. The whole area is been declared a protected area by the Natura 2000 programme and conservation of the area is our top priority. Leaving only our footprints in the pink-white sand, we take a swim in the turquoise waters of Balos and Gramvoussa island before heading to our next stop, Menies. This hidden cove is located on the northeastern shore of the Rodopou peninsula, parallel to Gramvoussa. Menies is located on the site of ancient Diktynna, that was the most important temple of the goddess Vritomartis, which is believed to be goddess Artemis. After a refreshing swim on the pebbly beach, we make our way back along the coast towards Chania. We cannot miss the opportunity of making a stop alongside Thodorou island, a protected haven for the endangered wild Cretan goat “agrími” (or easier, “kri-kri”). The island is uninhabited and is also a Natura 2000 protected area. After our last dip in the clear blue waters, we head back to Chania harbour, if we´re lucky we might see the turtles!

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4.8 / 5

based on 60 reviews

My husband and I had such a great experience doing this tour. The weather changed 10 minutes before our tour started and it became windy. We were still able to paddle board part of the way and practice in the marina where it was calmer water. Socrates then took us in the boat to the island where we snorkled and he explained the history of the island. You can tell Socrates loves what he does and loves the island of Crete. This ended up being one of our favourite days of our vacation :)

Panos (captain) and George (Skipper) were great. They picked us up right in the Chania harbor. They then sailed is out to one near by island where we laid anchor and got out and swam with snorkels and noodles. Then they brought out snacks and refreshments before getting underway. The views of Crete and the surrounding islands were great from the boat. George and Panos made this the perfect evening sail for my Wife and myself on our honeymoon.

Panos and George were absolutely wonderful! They advised us the day we were going might be rocky but we told them we would like to go anyway. They made us feel very safe, taught us a lot about sailing and truly navigated the water like pros. We had great conversation and food. We’ll be back to visit them again. Katy & Mike

Great morning trip, all of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Scenery beautiful, not much to see when snorkelling but still great to get out, paddle boarding was really enjoyable as well. Would recommend :-)

It is really an exciting trip! I would say it is very friendly to amateurs^_^