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From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

1. From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

Experience East Crete like a local on a private guided tour from Heraklion. Get the inside track as you uncover the region's best-kept secrets, venturing from village to village to marvel at sights like the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park, Agia Fotia, and much more. Start your guided day trip with a convenient pickup from your hotel and travel in your choice of luxury vehicle as you set out to explore East Crete. Venture from village to village to see the island through the eyes of a local. Stop at the hanging Byzantine monastery of Kremasta, an oasis of calm. Then, head to the villages of Kritsa and Kroustas for a glimpse into the past. Connect with locals as you wander around these traditional Cretan villages where time seems to have slowed. Next, go off the beaten track and follow ancient trails across the Minoan mountains as you visit the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park. Admire Crete's natural beauty as you breathe in the clean mountain air and take in panoramic views of the Libyan and Aegean Seas. From here, you'll make your way to Agia Fotia, the ideal spot to break for lunch at one of the local taverns (cost not included). Then, travel to Sarakinas Gorge to discover a canyon with gurgling water, rich vegetation, and bird life. Finally, head to Ierapetra to bask in the warm turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea. Hop back into your vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy some complimentary snacks as you travel back to your accommodation in Heraklion, where your tour comes to an end. 

From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

2. From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Heraklion to some of Crete's best sights. Immerse yourself in the island's history in the Rethymno's authentic Old Town, pause at the relaxing Kournas Lake, see the UNESCO-listed Arkadi Monastery, and encounter the charming village of Margarites. Begin your experience by savoring the unique atmosphere of Rethymno's Old Town. Take a journey back in time as you walk through its charming narrow streets. Admire the Venetian and Ottoman-style architecture. Experience the smell of fresh bread from wood ovens as you enjoy one of the island's best-preserved towns. Next, leave the town behind as you head for the calming atmosphere of Kournas Lake. Relax in a tranquil setting, with the lake located in a small valley surrounded by high hills. Take a break for some coffee, and have a stroll in the picturesque countryside. After the lake, move onto the 12th-century Arkadi Monastery, designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument. Encounter a site located at an altitude of 500-meters, and surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, pines, cypress and oak trees. Conclude your tour at the village of Margarites. Witness a village which is the centre of the ceramics industry in Crete. Have a walk through its delightful small streets, and pause at one of its ceramics ateliers before your journey back to Heraklion.

Heraklion: E-bike Tour through Villages with Wine and Lunch

3. Heraklion: E-bike Tour through Villages with Wine and Lunch

Join a guided day trip from Heraklion to Dafnes, one of the major wine-growing regions of Crete. After a transfer to Dafnes, discover the history of the area with a biking tour that takes you past vineyards and olive groves. Savor the rich flavors of the local cuisine along with wine. Meet your guide in front of the Pancretan Stadium in Heraklion and jump aboard a car for a drive to Dafnes. Upon arrival, enjoy breakfast on a terrace, followed by a safety briefing for your e-bike. Follow your guide to the center of Crete, riding over hills through vineyards, olive groves, and rural roads with little traffic. On the way, visit the Roman tombs in the village of Agios Thomas. Next, stop at the Saint George Monastery. Then, head to your final destination, the Yannis Tavern in the village of Kyparissi where a wine tasting awaits the thirsty e-bikers. Finally, after working up an appetite, tuck into a delicious lunch accompanied by unlimited wine and shots. Enjoy a convenient pickup by a minibus for the return trip to Heraklion.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Heraklion?

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