Heraklion Beach trips

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Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

1. Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

Embark on a full-day guided trip to northeastern Crete and take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island. Visit Agios Nikolaos with its famous lake, and explore the picturesque village of Elounda. Begin the day with the visit to Agios Nikolaos, and see the shore of Mirabello Bay. Explore the town, famous for the lake at its center and its shopping and cafes. Take your time for a walk to enjoy the views, enjoy some shopping or have a drink in one of the numerous cafes around the lake. Explore an open-air market on Wednesdays. Move on to see Elounda village, a former fishing village on the northern coast of the island. Depart from Elounda for the cruise to Spinalonga Island. Learn about the island's vibrant history, from a home for the Venetians and Turks to a place of isolation for those suffering from leprosy. Experience the island, more popular after the 2005 historical novel “The Island” about how lepers lived in Spinalonga. Join the hundreds of people who come to the island every day to visit and learn its history.

Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

2. Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day excursion from Heraklion to Preveli Beach on a bus trip with a local guide. Discover South Crete's Grand River, Kourtaliotikos Gorge, and a colony of Theophrastus palm trees. Sunbathe on the sandy beaches, swim in the turquoise waters, watch for wildlife, or hike regional trails.  Begin your tour with a bus ride from the north coast to Preveli Beach, where you can swim in the turquoise Mediterranean water or stroll the sandy beaches. Look for a rock shaped like a heart, known as The Stone of Lovers, and marvel at the steep cliffs and misty hilltops of nearby Kourtaliotikos Gorge.  Continue your tour by hiking along the banks of the Grand River to discover the Forest full of Theophrastus palm trees. Hike further up the river trail to a canyon and beach where you can further swim, hike, or sunbathe, before heading back down the path to the bus and returning to Heraklion.

From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

3. From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

Experience a very special Tour that leads you to Crete's most southwestern part on the small island of Elafonisi. Drive from the north coast to the southwest and enjoy a scenic ride through beautiful nature and picturesque mountain villages to one of Crete's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy pure relaxation on exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise water. Jump into the refreshingly cool water and admire the pink shimmering sand in some locations, which has arisen from broken shells. The small lagoon provides an ideal place for paddling and bathing for children as well. Cross the shallow lagoon and reach the small idyllic island, where you can admire beautiful dunes and the local nature. Towards the sea, Elafonisi shows a steep rocky ridge, which is the real core of the island. Between the ridge and the coast, the island arose from alluvial deposition over thousands of years. That's why the island looks like a big sandy desert. Elafonisi is the nesting site of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta and the last resting place for migratory birds on their flight from Europe to Africa.

Crete: Private Ship Wreck Scuba Dive at Kaloi Limenes Beach

4. Crete: Private Ship Wreck Scuba Dive at Kaloi Limenes Beach

Discover a shipwreck during 2 scuba dives with an instructor. Head over to Kaloi Limenes Beach, gear up, and swim through the now bustling aquatic life living around the cargo ship wreck. Tuck into local snacks in between your dives, reenergizing yourself. Drive through varying landscapes, past mountains and traditional villages before arriving at Kaloi Limenes Beach, where the "Byron I" cargo ship wreck is laying down on the sea floor. During your dive briefing learn the history of the wreck. The "Byron I" was a cargo ship carrying 11,000 tons of sugar. On January 17, 1985 the ship sunk in bad weather conditions, dropping its sugary cargo around it. Luckily, the crew managed to survive and was saved from the wreck. Nowadays. this 100-meter ship wreck is home to divers aquatic life, from groupers to octopuses, and from moray eels to lionfish, and more. Dive in crystal clear waters with great visibility, making this dive site a unique place for underwater photography. Tuck into a delicious local snack with fruits and drinks between your 2 dives, and enjoy a debrief with your instructor after both dives, as your dive log is filled out.

Crete: Guided Almyros River Kayaking Tour with Cretan Meze

5. Crete: Guided Almyros River Kayaking Tour with Cretan Meze

Explore the Almyros River and surrounding wetlands on a guided kayaking Tour. Spot local wildlife as you float gently down this calm stretch of water, surrounded by lush vegetation. Start the tour at the beach of Ammoudara and head upstream southwest towards the source of the river. The waters of the river are quite deep and crystal clear and to the right and left are reeds and a variety of trees and plants. Admire the views of the Stroumboulas mountain as you paddle along the river. Explore about 1500 meters of the river and then return to the beach of Ammoudara. Here, you will enjoy a variety of local Cretan delicacies or meze, with local wine.

Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

6. Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

Journey into the wild and untamed side of Crete by Land Rover. Visit quiet, spiritual Agiofarago with its wild beauty, then experience the contrast of noisy Matala with its hippie style. After being picked up from your hotel, drive south through the plain of Messara, to Agiofarago: the gorge of the Saints. Enjoy a drink in the traditional village of Siva, then stop at the 14th century Odigitria Monastery. From there the rugged dirt tracks will lead you to Agiofarago. Stretch your legs along a 30 minute path crossing the gorge, scattered with oleander and olive trees. Discover a beautiful beach stretching to the Libyan Sea, where you can swim and snorkel. Enjoy a delicious picnic with local Cretan products. Continue to Matala, a small but crowded village, with a long sandy beach and crystal clear deep waters. Explore carved Roman tombs, have a swim at the beach, and eat lunch in a traditional local tavern.

Southern Crete: Land Rover Safari With Lunch and Wine

7. Southern Crete: Land Rover Safari With Lunch and Wine

See Crete from a different angle on this all-day Land Rover safari tour. Begin the day in Heraklion, where you will get to know your guide and listen to a short presentation of the excursion before heading south, to the foot of Mount Giouchtas, where, according to myth, Zeus is buried. Continue the journey via the provincial roads through some of the oldest and historically rich villages of Crete until you reach Vasiliki. There, have a coffee or soda before heading to Tripiti Beach. Swim in the crystal water of southern Crete, enjoy the sun, and have a drink at a small hippie-style tavern. Later, visit the isolated and lesser known Fylakas Beach, and explore the seabed with a snorkeling mask. Enjoy lunch at an authentic tavern that offers delicious, high-quality traditional Cretan food, located inside the oldest known olive tree grove. Continue the journey toward the village of Krotos, and see the wild beauty of an untouched landscape. After a short drive, reach Panagia Vithano, where you can should be sure to take more photos.

Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Matala Beach Tour

8. Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Matala Beach Tour

Hop down to the heart of Central Crete, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the Minoan world collide on this luxurious passage of time. From the comfort of a premium chauffeured vehicle & escorted by our top local insider revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara plain where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves stretch perennially toward the horizon. Visit a family award-winning winery set on the peak of allure panoramas & let our passionate winemakers immerse you into their intoxicating world. Luxuriate in ages unearthing the Bronze Age palaces of Phaistos & Gortyna along with storied villages & monasteries. In the afternoon, tuck in the bohemian vibe of Matala that captivated Bob Dylan & Janis Joplin. Bask in the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind in the charming village irresistible for its freshly caught grilled fish & finest ouzo. To us, travel means putting fire in your soul with the best stories.

Private: All in One Ecobike Tour-Food tasting-Wine Tasting

9. Private: All in One Ecobike Tour-Food tasting-Wine Tasting

Explore the ancient city of Heraklion and learn about its historic architecture on a guided e-bike trip. Come across iconic landmarks, covering more terrain than you would on foot. Immerse yourself in Cretan culture with delicious food and wine tastings, then relax at a local beach. Meet your guide and listen to a quick safety briefing before hopping on your bike. Glide alongside the city’s imposing Venetian Walls, stop to take some photos, and learn about its history. From here, ride into the Old Town district to see WWII monuments, as well as some modern sights. Pass by Heraklion's Orthodox church next and get a better insight into the area's history with the Ottoman Empire. Head into Lakkos to cycle through the narrow streets and admire this picturesque neighborhood. Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy some local wines and Cretan food. Finally, stop at Ammoudara Beach for a refreshing swim and relax before heading back to the meeting point.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 203 reviews

This tour was an absolute dream! We were picked up by bus, since we were one of the first, we had quite the longest ride. After everyone was on the bus, our tour guide told us a bit about the area where we were. Very interesting. Our first stop was in Agios Nikolaos, a great town especially the small streets. The time of about 1.5 hours was enough for us. Then it was on to Elounda. Here, too, we had about 1.5 hours to eat. So it was a bit tight, but it was enough to see a little bit of the place beforehand. Then I took the boat to the island of Spinalonga. Again, our tour guide informed us about the islands. We were able to explore the island ourselves (entrance was the only thing not included). On the way back we stopped by the sea and were able to jump into the sea. That was one of the best things I've done in my life! Absolute heartfelt recommendation!

Great day out! Michael, our tour guide, was brilliant and knew a lot about the local areas. As it was the national Independence Day of Greece , we had our schedule moved around a little so we were able to experience the parades that were happening - a really lovely consideration for the team to have made! Our pick up was very smooth and the bus journey was a beautiful route that allowed us to see the Cretan scenery. Elounda and Agios Nikolaos are stunning places and definitely worth a visit!! We had a good amount of free time in each place - the best part, jumping off our boat into the sea on our way back from Spinalonga Island! Bucket list check! Highly recommend this day out to everyone!

Great day. Very well organised by Altino travel. Very efficient with booking, pick up etc. Elena was friendly and efficient, a good guide throughout the day. Even drove us personally back to our hotel as we were travelling from Cretan Village. Loved Spinalonga…. So much history there( especially if you’ve read The Island!). Only thing to improve… maybe give the history and info of Spinalonga on the coach before boat trip as we couldn’t hear what Elena was saying above the wind and the noise of the boat. But overall, a great day and would highly recommend this company!!!

First time I used getyourguide, and I am absolutely satisfied. Everything was clear, the guide was excellent, it was a great experience!

Brilliant day out, lots to see and enough of time to explore each stop.