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Crete: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip with Boat Ticket & Transfer

1. Crete: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip with Boat Ticket & Transfer

Experience a full-day boat trip to the westernmost part of Crete and visit two of the most famous landmarks, Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island. Spend time paddling and enjoying the sun at Balos Lagoon and have the chance to hike up to the castle on Gramvousa on this day cruise. Be picked up by an air-conditioned bus at a pickup point close to your hotel and you be driven to Kissamos port in Kasteli. There you will board a large comfortable boat with an open deck and a bar-restaurant. Begin your cruise along the coast and see the dramatic rockface from the water. Reach the well-known Balos Lagoon and be fascinated by the white sand which covers the area and the shallow clear waters. Relax here for a couple of hours and enjoy the divine nature. Sunbathe, swim, snorkel or even hike to the hills surrounding the beach and take memorable photos. Next, float over to Gramvousa island which used to be a pirate's cove. Enjoy at least 90 minutes of free time to explore. Choose to hike for 20 minutes to the Venetian castle which is built on a steep 137m high rock. Enjoy panoramic views over the Aegean sea and unique landscape from here. Finally, return to the beach, and take a quick dip before hopping back on the boat to Kissamos port. From here the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel area. Trip Itinerary 10:40 – departure from Kissamos port 11:20 – arrival at Balos Lagoon (or Gramvousa island depending on the captain's decision based on weather conditions) 13:30 – departure from Balos for Gramvousa island (or vice versa) 13:50 – arrival to Balos lagoon 16:30 – departure from Balos 17:45 – Arrival to Kissamos port

From Chania: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

2. From Chania: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Travel to the southwest corner of Crete on a guided day trip from Chania to Elafonisi Island, with hotel transfers included. Spend a relaxing day swimming in the clear blue waters, relaxing on the pink sand beach, and soaking in the unique landscape of Elafonisi. Start with a hotel pick up and take in the lush green landscape en route to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many traditional villages. Stop to purchase coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. After arriving at Elafonisi, enjoy 4 hours of relaxing on the beach and swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local tavern (not included). Situated just off the island of Crete, Elafonisi is easily reached by walking through the shallow waters. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty.

From Heraklion Area: Koufonisi Island Boat Cruise

3. From Heraklion Area: Koufonisi Island Boat Cruise

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive: 2 hours Makrigialos Driving along the beautiful coast of Crete and the southernmost town of Europe, Ierapetra, we reach Makrigialos. A picturesque village in the South-East of Crete. Here we embark on the boat and start the cruise to Koufonisi. Cruise Program – 5-6 hours 1st stop: Cruise around the island of Koufonisi A totally virgin island, away from any kind of human activity. The boat sails around the whole island so guests can admire the beautiful coastline and caves surrounding it. 2nd stop: Koufonisi Bay - 1 hour Swiming: In a protected bay, the boat stops for swimming in the crystal clear, turquoise waters. Lunch: Meal and drinks are served on board. 3rd Stop: Koufonisi Caves Then the boat approaches the caves of Koufonisiso all participants can take photos of the unique scenery. 4th stop: Beach of Koufonisi– 2 hours 30 minutes The next stop is one of the 36 exotic beaches of the island, where guest have plenty of time to relax and explore the hills and different bays. Umbrellas can be rented on board. What an amazing adventure cruise! Makrigialos: Arrival back to out starting point. End of the tour – Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ. Bus Drive: 1.5 - 2 hours

From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

4. From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Explore Santorini by boat on this day trip from Crete. Take part in a guided bus tour of the island, walk through charming villages, and witness stunning views. Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

From Chania or Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Guided Hike

5. From Chania or Rethymno: Samariá Gorge Guided Hike

Embark on a guided hike in the Samariá Gorge on a day trip from Rethymno or Chania. Get your daily dose of exercise, enjoy the panoramic views and take a swim.  Discover the longest gorge in Europe, an area of stunning natural beauty. See its many flowers and herbs and the crystal-clear spring waters that flow from the mountains. Following an early morning pickup from the nearest point to your accommodation in Rethymno or Chania, travel through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos. Arrive at some wooden stairs at the start of Samariá Gorge. You can opt to start the walk straight away or get some breakfast at the taverna before you begin. Hike for approximately 6-7 hours and experience the magnificent landscape on a 16-kilometer walk. Once you have finished the hike, there will be ample time for a swim and lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli.

Heraklion: Spinalonga Island Cruise and Agios Nikolaos Tour

6. Heraklion: Spinalonga Island Cruise and Agios Nikolaos Tour

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive to Agios Nikolaos: 1 - 1,5 hours 1st stop: Agios Nikolaos for 2 hours Explore the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos, the place where the boat sails from, towards the island of Spinalonga. Enjoy a morning walk and have a coffee around its beautiful port and Lake of the town. During Wednesdays, visitors can also enjoy the traditional bazaar as an additional attraction of this town. At 12:00 we will embark onto the boat and start our cruise. Boat Trip: 50minutes Lunch: During the first 50 minutes of our cruise, lunch will be served on boat so travelers will enjoy their meal while crossing the unique Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos coast and Elounda. 2nd stop: Kolokytha Bay for 35 minutes Then the boat will stop at the beautiful bay of Kolokytha where travelers will have the chance to swim and dive from the cruise boat into the crystal clear waters. Life jackets are provided by the crew on board. Boat Trip: 15 minutes 3rd stop: Spinalonga for 30 minutes After the short boat trip, our groups will arrive at Spinalonga, the island of tears. There will be a guided tour by professional guides for about 30 minutes and some free time to admire the views and take photos! Boat Trip back to Agios Nikolaos Port: 1 hour End of the cruise - Arrival to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ. Bus Drive: 1 – 1.5 hours

From Heraklion: Spinalonga Island Guided Cruise Trip & BBQ

7. From Heraklion: Spinalonga Island Guided Cruise Trip & BBQ

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive: 1 hour 1st stop: Agios Nikolaos Explore the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos. That’s where the boat sails from, towardsthe island of Spinalonga. Boat Trip: 1 hour 2nd stop: Spinalonga – 1 hour 20 minutes After the cruise through Mirabello bay, our groups will arrive at Spinalonga, the island of tears. There will be a guided tour by professional guides for about 45 minutes and some free time to admire the views and take photos! Boat Trip: 15 minutes 3rd stop: Kolokytha Bay – 1 hour 30 minutes On a quick cruise trip the group will arrive at the beautiful bay of Kolokytha. Enjoy your time by the beach, for swimming, sunbathing and have a BBQ lunch prepared on the spot. Boat Trip: 40 minutes 4th stop: Agios Nikolaos – 1 hour 30 minutes Enjoy somefree time, to explore on your own pace, sit at a cafewith views of the beautiful lake or the port, and wander around this small Cretan town. End of the tour Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ. Bus Drive: 1 – 1.5 hours

From Heraklion: Lasithi Plateau & Psychro Cave Guided Trip

8. From Heraklion: Lasithi Plateau & Psychro Cave Guided Trip

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive: 30 minutes 1st stop: Village of Krasi – 20 minutes This little traditional village with the beautiful freshwater springs and the oldest and biggest tree on Crete, will be our first stop to enjoy the Cretan landscape and the countryside. Bus Drive: 10 minutes 2nd stop: Monastery of Kera – 30 minutes Explore the Monastery dedicated to Virgin Mary that is situated near the village of Kera. Bus Drive: 15 minutes 3rd stop: Vidiani Monastery – 25 minutes A small, male monastery located at the foot of Louloudaki Mountain will be our next stop. Bus Drive: 1 hour 20 minutes 4th stop: Psychro Cave (Cave of Zeus) - 1 hour 10 minutes Explore the mythical birth place of the king of gods Zeus. Admire the unique site decorated with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Bus Drive: 10 minutes 5th stop: Ceramics Workshop – 45 minutes Our participants will enjoy a professional workshop to see how traditional ceramics are made and why not try to create their own! Bus Drive: 10 minutes 6th stop: Traditional Tavern for lunch There will be a big variety of local dishes made from local products of the Lasithi plateau, homemade wine and products from the surrounding mountains. (The meal is not included.) End of the tour – Arrival at resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

Crete: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting

9. Crete: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting

Learn about traditional Cretan olive oil and wine on this tasting tour through the island of Crete. Begin your tour at the Kanakis olive oil mill, and learn all about the process of making olive oil. Hear experts describe the steps of production and afterward, enjoy a taste of their exquisite virgin olive oil. Continue on to one of the best wineries of the region, Dourakis Winery. There, enjoy a half-hour guided tour to learn about the history, tradition, and production of Cretan wine. After the tour, move to the wine tasting room, where you can taste up to five types of Cretan wine. Finally, end the tour with a visit to either the village of Nipos or Vryses (depending on the weather and the day). Both villages offer up beautiful natural views alongside a traditional delicious lunch.

From Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos: Day Trip to Santorini

10. From Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos: Day Trip to Santorini

Experience the iconic clifftop villages overlooking the Aegean on a guided day trip to Santorini. Transfer from Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos to a luxury catamaran. Soak up the caldera views, see the pastel-painted houses of Oia, stroll through the streets of Fira, and relax on black-sand beaches. Start your day trip from Crete at the port of Rethymno or Agios Nikolaos. Select the option to be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle, and marvel at the blue and white buildings typical of the island on your way to the harbor. Climb aboard a luxury, high-speed catamaran and journey to Santorini in just 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at the port of Athinios, take a tour of the island by an air-conditioned bus. Learn about the history of one of the most romantic islands in Greece from your guide. Travel through the beautiful countryside en route to the village of Oia at the northernmost tip of the island. Built on the lip of a volcanic caldera, the village offers magnificent views of the blue and white houses studded along the hillside.   Continue in the capital Fira for a 2-hours and get plenty of free time to explore the island's capital. Stroll down the picturesque alleys and take in the views of the architecture typical to the Aegean. Browse the shops or enjoy a drink at a bar with stunning views of the volcano and its caldera cliffs. Alternatively, travel by boat to the caldera (subject to availability) for views of the volcano up close. Depart for Crete in the evening for the return trip to the Port of Rethymno, where the tour ends. Select the transfer option to be dropped off at your hotel.

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This tour provided by Markidis is a must do. Great service and arrangement. The timing, the bus everything in 10 on 10. It is not just the beach but a cave while going there and a village stop for lunch while returning. It makes the complete tour wholesome and fun filling. Anastasia and the driver (forgot his name) are the best people for such tour. Anastasia’s insight about everything makes it great and the fun filling mood which the driver sets is just a great experience. I dont think one should miss this one. And yes the beach is worth 4hours, the water the vibe is just perfect. Overall you will definitely come back very satisfied and will be proud of each penny you spent on the tour.

It was a beautiful experience including the narrow roads challenge but our driver Costa was an excellent driver and pull it through safely. The whole journey was smooth and pleasant. Costa and the tour guide Anastasia are both excellent. They made sure that we had an enjoyable trip to Elafonisi. The island is beautiful with a crystal clear water. I would recommend to anyone who travel to Crete to not miss this experience.

The tour was so wonderful! The guides were so so kind and welcoming. Everything went seamlessly: they were easy to contact and picked us up/dropped us off at our Airbnb. Christine pointed out interesting sights along the drive and happily answered all of our questions. They also provided drinks, snacks, and raki! Highly recommend!!

10/10 trip. Would definitely recommend!! You can’t visit Crete and miss this natural beauty. The tour guide was lovely and very informative. The stop at the tavern on the way home was great too.. the goat, chestnuts and potatoes were to die for!

Great hike from the top of a mountain to the gorge, beautiful scenery from beginning to the end with a lovely beach to dip in at the end. The guide Linda was very lovely.