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Heraklion Area: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

1. Heraklion Area: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

Venture into the ocean’s depth with a 1-day admission ticket to the CRETAquarium. One of Europe’s largest aquariums, over 2,000 sea creatures lice the CRETAquarium's 60 diverse habitats. Delve into the caves and crevices of the Mediterranean, where stingrays and rock-like scorpionfish slither about. Pop out into the open ocean, where menacing sharks circle, waiting to be fed. Get up close and personal with jellyfish and schools of vibrant tropical clownfish through shallow, open-topped tanks, which allow a new viewing perspective of well known species.  Above all, gain a new appreciation for the unending diversity of the world’s most mystifying environment. When you’ve had your fill of looking at the ocean’s residents, why not pop in for a dip? The CRETAquarium is, fittingly, right on the beach.

Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

2. 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: Sailing Trip to Dia Island

3. Heraklion: Sailing Trip to Dia Island

Kick off your shoes and come onboard an elegant yacht on a sailing tour with us. Embark on a private cruise or a group trip to Dia Island from Heraklion and explore this rugged island with plenty of time to swim, snorkel, or relax on its pristine shores. Enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshment. Benefit from optional pick-up from your hotel or apartment, and then relax on a 1-hour sailing cruise to Dia Island on a luxury yacht with your family or friends. After dropping anchor in the romantic Gulf of Saint George, spend your day discovering an idyllic location with great history, such as the underwater ancient Minoan port, which was one of the favorite destinations of the explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Enjoy fishing, swimming in the crystal clear water, taking a walk among the island's cedar trees, or just relaxing in the quiet bay overlooking Heraklion. Snorkeling and fishing equipment are provided for your comfort and convenience by the attentive crew, along with unlimited refreshments and seasonal fruits.

Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

4. Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

The first stop is the town of Rethimno, the third biggest town in Crete west of Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. Here, archeological monuments of the Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist. Enjoy a stroll in the alleys of the old town, a visit to the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses, or a coffee at the magnificent harbor. The next stop is Chania town, the second largest town of Crete on the north coast west of Rethymno. The city of Chania is divided into the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor, and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”. You can find Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia and the Lighthouse. Visit the famous Agora (market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. The last stop of the day is Kournas lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind in Crete. The whole area of Kournas is protected under 'Natura 2000', as it's a designated wetland. Vast greenery, steep cavities between hills, and rare species of fish and birds make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy an early afternoon walk.

Crete: Off-Road Quad Safari with Hotel Transfers and Lunch

5. Crete: Off-Road Quad Safari with Hotel Transfers and Lunch

Set out on a self-driving quad safari and explore the Cretan countryside with a guided tour with hotel transfers from Malia, Heraklion, Sisi, and surrounding spots. Drive to Milatos, featuring rock-hewn caves and a little beach. Visit an olive oil factory, and discover the Palace of Malia. Before starting your quad tour experience, get acquainted with your ATV vehicle, including lessons for beginners, by an instructor. Begin by going uphill on off-road terrain to reach your first stop, the chapel of the Prophet Elias, where you will be greeted by panoramic views of the surroundings. Descending through this lush place, hit an off-road route between the vineyards and olive groves to explore Cretan nature in all its glory. Stop at an olive oil factory to see how locals extract olive oil, followed by a brief tasting. Continue on the dirt roads to Milatos to explore a series of caves hewn into rocks, surrounded by mountains, rich flora, and fauna. This is your chance to collect some local herbs and be one with nature. After the hike on the path to Milatos cave, head to Milatos beach for a swim. Next, it's time for a seaside safari tour through the narrow streets of the quaint fishing villages of Milatos and Sissi. Then, we'll drive through impressive off road around the picturesque countryside, where the Malia palace archaeological site once stood. Finally, unwind over lunch after a full day of adventure in Crete.

Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

6. Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

Start your day with pickup from selected regions in Crete and first head to Heraklion for a guided tour of Knossos Palace. Walk through this Minoan palace with your guide and find out how people lived here 4,000 years ago. The Throne Room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns will allow you to imagine how the Minoans once lived. Continue towards the city center of Heraklion where you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the town itself. The Archaeological Museum brings together findings from all over Crete, covering over 5,500 years of the island's history.   Head to the Heraklion town center and walk through Daidalou Street to Lion Square and the famous Morosini Fountain of the Venetian era. Explore the permanent outdoor market of the town and the Valide Mosque, a remnant of Turkish influences. Explore the Venetian Loggia and head to the sea and the Koules Fortress before being dropped back off at your hotel.  

Hersonissos: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Finger Food & Drinks

7. Hersonissos: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Finger Food & Drinks

Sailing trip suits better for newlyweds and couples, it can become as well a budget option for family vacation. We take on boat tours snorkelling & fishing equipment, sup, inflatable flamingo & unicorn, guests’ popular photo shoot objects. You will dive in crystal clear Mediterranean water. White Cretan wine and light snacks: cheese, fruit are served on board. Products are purchased from local farmers market. The highlight of the cruise - meeting sunset at the bay exit. Incredibly beautiful and exciting sight.

Hersonisos: Boat Cruise with Swim Stops and Lunch

8. Hersonisos: Boat Cruise with Swim Stops and Lunch

The company operates a 19 meter/62 feet (total capacity of 100 people) new built traditional wooden boat, cozy enough to provide high quality services. From the moment you step onto the vessel you will experience Greek hospitality at its best from Cpt.Panos, George and Leftheris. Our mission is to offer our guests a relaxing experience where they live, feel and taste the best Crete has to offer through a unique journey of authentic moments. The standard trip includes two stops for swimming and snorkelling at St.George bay and Stalis area. On the first stop, one hour after sailing, the crew will prepare a grilled meal (lunch) and on the second stop (at Stalis area) a fruit platter will follow. Kindly note that there is always the option of booking the vessel for a private trip and personalize the experience according to your group's needs. Come aboard, experience Greece with all your senses and make memories that will last for a lifetime.

From Rethymno: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Wine and Cheese

9. From Rethymno: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Wine and Cheese

Join an evening catamaran cruise from the Marina of Rethymno and watch the sunset from the water. Enjoy unlimited wine and beer paired with fresh fruit and cheese as you admire the view. Meet the captain and crew at the Marina and hop aboard the catamaran for a romantic journey on the open seas. Sit back and relax as you set sail, traveling along the coast of Rethymno towards Scaleta. Watch as the sun begins to set, bathing the landscape in warm, golden hues.

Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine

10. Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine

Explore the Cretan mountains outside of Heraklion from the seat of a Land Rover during a guided day tour. Witness a stunning sunset over the Lassithi Plateau before stopping off for a local-style BBQ dinner with wine. Begin your journey with hotel pickup and make your way through the magnificent mountains of Crete. Visit the Aposelemis Dam and an ancient Roman aqueduct as your guide shares interesting insight. Next, stop off in the picturesque village of Kastamonitsa, nestled in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Enjoy the chance to sample local products such as olive oil and raki, a distilled alcoholic drink made with grapes and anise. Back in the vehicle, brace yourself as you venture down dirt tracks and follow the Minoan path through mountain passes. Catch spectacular views of wildlife and unbelievable scenery, learning about mythology and history along the way. Take a break to relax over a glass of prosecco and fresh fruit salad while admiring the sunset. Be sure to take plenty of photos to share of the amazing backdrop. After building up an appetite, head to a local tavern for a delicious Cretan-style meal that will include appetizers and main courses as well as vegetarian options. Wash down the food with unlimited wine served with dinner. Make your way back down the mountain roads as you head toward your hotel, marveling at the views of the moonlit coastline and illuminated towns along the way.

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based on 1,923 reviews

This tour was just about impossible to capture in words. No other tour could possibly compare, especially if you are trying to truly experience the beauty and magnificence that is the island of Crete. My wife and I frequently told each other that it felt as though we were in a movie. The schedule was excellently planned and paced, we had plenty of time at each stop to take it all in. We were truly able to enjoy every activity. The sights were incredible, and special, not locations that any other tour would take you on, but locations authentic to the island. We also ate the best food we have had in the eleven days we’ve been here! Finally, our guide, Stavros, made the entire thing as special as it was. He bought us coffee, picked us local fruits to enjoy, told us stories, laughed with us, educated us, and truly created a lifetime experience. There were so many little details that made it feel so special. You’ll truly have to experience the tour for yourself to understand how amazing

We would 100% recommend this tour (and our amazing guide Ed) to anybody visiting Crete. The tour still took place despite my partner and me being the only people who booked it this time in December which turned it into a private tour! The warm memories and unforgettable experiences we made there will forever stay in our hearts. Our tour guide Ed is a knowledgeable, funny, warm-hearted person who made us feel incredibly welcome and who clearly has a passion for his job and lots of love for his home island which he generously shared with us ^^ He was super flexible and even brought us to the Palace of Knossos which wasn't officially part of this tour since we had plenty of time left due to the mini-size of the group. Thank you, Ed, for being amazing and keep doing what you do. I hope we visit Creta again in the future and if we do, we will surely book another tour with your agency :) Wishing you all the best and until the next time! Warm greetings from the cold Germany, Daria

We had a fantastic tour with Ed and Alex! We could not have imagined how fun it would be. Ed was very knowledgeable and passionate about the island and its history. The vehicle was clean and in excellent condition, and Ed was so kind to have amenities for us on hand also. We very highly recommend booking this tour for an authentic, interesting and exciting tour of olive oil factory, cave of Zeus, oldest tree, monastery/convent, mountain villages, local food and drinks, and special visit to a local house. On top, Ed and Alex are wonderful funny people who made the trip very fun. 5 Stars, Highly Recommend

We had an amazing time and our guide was very knowledgeable of the areas.. The Zeus cave was more than we expected and we were able to stop for oil tasting along the way. Would definitely recommend this experience.

Great day out. The bus was comfortable and on time to pick up. Places were great