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  • From Heraklion: Afternoon Sailing Trip to Dia Island

    1. From Heraklion: Afternoon Sailing Trip to Dia Island

    Benefit from optional pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship, or meet at the Venetian harbor at Heraklion Port at 14:30, and then relax on a 1-hour cruise to Dia Island on an intimate boat with space for no more than 8 passengers. Relax aboard the elegant sailing boat before dropping anchor in the romantic Gulf of Saint George at 15:30. Discover an idyllic location with a great history as an ancient Minoan port and one of the favorite destinations of the underwater explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.  Enjoy 2.5 hours at leisure to fish, swim in the crystal clear water, take a walk among the island's cedar trees or just relax in the quiet bay overlooking Heraklion. Snorkeling and fishing equipment is provided for your comfort and convenience by the attentive crew, along with unlimited refreshments and seasonal fruits. Feast from a delicious Mediterranean menu of roasted chicken fillets, ri...

    Very nice trip out to Dia island. It was great to be able to snorkel around the area and the meal was very nice in the evening.

  • Heraklion: Finikia Horse Riding Day Tour with Lunch

    2. Heraklion: Finikia Horse Riding Day Tour with Lunch

    Start your day by meeting your guide at the stables, where you will have a relaxed cup of coffee before taking a basic training session to make sure you feel safe and comfortable while riding a horse. Then, hop on your horse and wagon to begin your ride out into the mountains. After riding for about an hour, you'll arrive at the top of the Finikia mountains, where you'll stop for a break. Help yourself to a soft drink, or fruit, and take a moment to admire the amazing views and snap a picture or two. In the distance, you can spot the nearby mountain of Archanes, the place where the Greek God Zeus is said to be sleeping. Then get back on your horses and wagon and make your way back to the starting point. After riding for another hour, you'll arrive at the stables and then sit down for a delicious traditional Cretan lunch, including homemade wine. After lunch, have a seat out in the gar...

    Great experience- great team and the fellow participants were also very nice. Overall we had a great time and lots of fun with the organisers as well as the horses! The lunch was also great at the end with most of the products being home grown! We would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to get some good views, have fun and see more of Crete!

  • From Heraklion: Morning Sailing trip to Dia Island

    3. From Heraklion: Morning Sailing trip to Dia Island

    Enjoy a cruise, snorkeling and fishing in crystal clear waters on this relaxing and fun trip to Dia Island. Relax on the 1-hour trip to the island, taking in the scenery and enjoying the comfort of your boat, which will have a maximum of 8 passengers onboard. Next, visit the romantic gulf and ancient Minoan port of St. George. Spend 2.5 hours swimming in the turquoise water, walking on the beautiful trails, fishing or just relaxing on the beach. Relax and let the crew take care of you by providing you with any snorkeling and fishing equipment you need. Enjoy unlimited refreshments, seasonal fruits and a delicious Mediterranean lunch served by the crew.

    I have had a wonderful time during the trip, very relaxed and enjoyable. More important to mention is that the skipper Monos and his assistant John are so responsible and friendly, which gave me so much extra pleasure besides the leisure trip itself. It is a 4.5h trip only but the nice memory will for sure last forever in the life. So, definitely I will recommend my friends to take this trip if they visit Crete. Cheers~

  • Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

    4. Crete: Land Rover Safari on Minoan Route

    Explore Crete by Land Rover on a full-day adventure along the Minoan Path, and experience a blend of ancient myths, spectacular landscapes, and a barbecue lunch on the Lassithi Plateau. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive through spectacular mountains on route to the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir, and see an ancient aqueduct of the Roman Empire. Continue to the village of Kastamonitsa in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Stop for a Cretan-style breakfast and raki tasting. Next, brace yourself for the dirt tracks of the Minoan Path. Drive through a stunning mountain landscape to see wildlife and unbelievable scenery. Learn the myths and legends of Crete on the way to a shepherds' mitato (mountain shelter). Feed the animals as you watch the shepherds produce cheese according to traditional methods. Taste some of the fresh, rich cheese. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view ...

    The trip was great! Only reason the review is 4 stars and not 5, is because the rest of the group was very indifferent about all the activities and that affected everyone's mood.

  • Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

    5. Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

    Get an introduction to the best food that Heraklion has to offer by treating your palate to traditional Cretan dishes and exceptional local wines! Go on an unforgettable tasty journey through Heraklion’s local neighbourhoods. After meeting your local guide, start off with a traditional Greek coffee also known as ellinikós kafés. Learn why Greeks love coffee and see it brewed the traditional way in sand and be taught “cup reading”, a centuries-old tradition that reads your future. Enjoy Heraklion’s well-known bougatsa in a family-owned business that has mastered its bougatsa technique since 1922. Consisting of semolina custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo, bougatsa is a must-taste pastry that you shouldn’t miss while being in the city. Continue to a local market where you’ll meet the local vendors and learn about their products. Sample some of the basic e...

    Our guide Eva was the best! Food and drinks were super local and she took us also on excursion to 4 churches and historic sites of Heraklion. Due to COVID group is max 6 persons,we were 4 in the group. Definitely worth the money!

  • Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

    6. Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

    The Black Rose sails daily from the Port of Hersonissos through the clear waters of the Cretan Sea. The first stop on this 5-hour trip is St. Georges Bay. You’ll have around 2 hours to swim and snorkel and explore the area. By the time you’re back on the boat, the pirate crew will have prepared a delicious BBQ meal for you to enjoy. Next you’ll set sail for Sissi, Malia and Stalis. During the trip, the boat is likely to be accompanied by dolphins and sea turtles. Stop at the Gulf of Stalis for another chance to swim. Enjoy a refreshing glass of fruit juice before returning to Hersonissos.

    we were swimming in 2 different places, jumped from a boat, was great, dinner was ok.

  • Land Rover Safari on Lassithi Route

    7. Land Rover Safari on Lassithi Route

    This Land Rover excursion is the perfect way to explore the central part of Crete, visiting 2 different plateaus and learning about mythology as well as local life. We head out in the Land Rover to the plateau of Katharo, passing through the largest forest on Crete. The roads here are basically non-existent and the mountains reach heights of 1,500 meters. You’ll have a refreshment stop at a kafenion (coffee shop) somewhere in the wilderness. The tour continues on along dirt tracks, through valleys, and across rivers, and the journey starts to get exciting! At the next stop you’ll have the opportunity to take photos from a spectacular viewpoint above the Lassithi Plateau. You’ll then head to the plateau to enjoy your BBQ lunch, along with unlimited wine. After lunch you’ll travel back in time as you visit the Eco Village, where you can see local crafts being made by traditional methods...

    Unsere Tour mit dem Guide Thomas brachte eine willkommene Abwechslung zu den Strandtagen. Der Tag war sehr abwechslungsreich gestaltet, das Landesinnere bringt völlig neue Eindrücke, man gewinnt einen guten Eindruck vom Leben in den Bergdörfern, der durch sehr viel Informationen zu Fauna Flora, Geschichte, Alltagsleben durch Thomas noch vertieft wurde. Die Tourführung war sehr umsichtig, die kleine Gruppengröße ideal. Preis-Leistungsverhältnis passt. Das Mittagessen in der Taverne bei der Zeushöhle war von sehr guter Qualität und die off-road Passagen im Landrover machten viel Spaß und brachte uns in Gegenden, die mit dem Mietauto nicht zu erreichen sind. Der Tour kann auf jeden Fall empfohlen werden.

  • From Hersonissos: Quad Bike Safari in the Mountains of Crete

    8. From Hersonissos: Quad Bike Safari in the Mountains of Crete

    Depart Hersonissos on a Quad Bike safari into the mountains of Crete and discover a more authentic side of the island as you get back to nature on small, traffic-free roads. Drive to the traditional villages of Koutouloufari, Piscopiano and old Hersonissos before heading to the Lasithi plateau. Continue along the riverbed en route to the village of Potamies, and pass small gardens of fruit trees and olive groves along the way. Enjoy the scent of different herbs and listen to the sound of millions of tiny tsitsikia (insects). Visit some small churches and see sheep and goats grazing as you continue to the traditional village of Karouzanos. Stop at a café before driving towards Askous village. Get an amazing view of Lyttos and Kasteli before traveling downhill to the village. Enjoy an authentic tsikoudia (raki) and some tasty snacks. Then, continue downhill to the Apose...

    I had the absolute best time on the quad bike tour. Andrea is the best guid out there !! Me and my friend shared a quad bike and it was completely comfortable and nice. We switched drivers every once in a while. The pictures don’t do the tour justice, it’s absolute gorgeous!!! The entire tour takes place in the most beautiful places and we got to experience awesome views throughout the day. The tour was extremely family friendly but as teenagers, also allowed us to experience the speed of the bike and at times we got to feel the extreme aspect of the tour. The food provided was delicious and the stop at a local village in the mountains was breathtaking. Personally loved the small group of the tour, everyone including Andreas the tour guide, the civilians at the small local villages and the restaurant were extremely friendly, generous, understanding and delightful. Could not recommend this trip more. 10/10 do yourself a favor and book it now.

  • Spinalonga and Milatos Cave: Safari Excursion & Speedboat

    9. Spinalonga and Milatos Cave: Safari Excursion & Speedboat

    This adventure is a perfect blend of a safari and boat ride to the main area of the region. Venture through the breathtaking mountains and valleys, passing through the small villages, and explore smaller islands off the coast. Visit the local olive oil factory and learn how traditional olive oil is made on a free guided tour. On the way back, take in picturesque views of the Gulf of Mirabello and the historical island of Spinalonga. Once arriving at the village of Plaka, board a speedboat for the short ride to Spinalonga, which once served as a leper colony. Take a short tour of the island before heading back to Crete.

  • Heraklion: Finikia Horse Riding in the Cretan Mountains

    10. Heraklion: Finikia Horse Riding in the Cretan Mountains

    Take a trip to the Cretan Mountains as you ride a horse along the paths and hilltops of the mountains. Admire the panoramic view of Giouhtas mountain and Agios Silas village. Start your day by meeting your guide at the farm. Take a basic training session to make sure you feel safe and comfortable while riding a horse. Then, hop on your horse to begin your ride out into the mountains. Stretch your legs with a short break made during the trip with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape of the mountains. Refresh yourself with a glass of orange juice and take amazing pictures with the beautiful scenery. Feel the fresh Mediterranean breeze at the top of the mountain.

    Perfect scenery! Beautiful nature! Original people! Perfect condition of horses! These guys truly love their horses! They treat and respect them, we were amazed by their whole attitude to the animals but also to the guests! Genuine Cretan experience and hospitality! They made their very best to make sure we enjoy every second! Thanks a lot for this day! Worth time and every penny!

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Despite a complicated start, because the meeting point indicated was not the right one (for the next ones contact them beforehand to be sure and not to end up like us) Excellent experience! Our instructor George was awesome, he took the time to explain every point to us and he was listening. The diving is extraordinary, with all these fish, black sponges, etc ...

Very nice! Our guides were very informative and helpful and it was amazing to scuba dive for the first time! Directions were very clear from an English-speaking perspective. We also were provided lots of water. Only issue I ran into was the tour was not actually 1.5 hours long. It was more like 5 hours with the wait time!

We had a great day diving at Aqua dive. Everything worked out very well and we had two great diving instructors. The transport was very nice as well. I‘d definitely recommend the tour for beginners! Thank you!

Very fun. They made us feel safe. Id recommend doing this with adults or if you have kids with mature teenagers. Diving is fun but no place to fool around.

Great experience. Maybe I will choose different part of beach.