The private tour of Spinalonga historical islandfrom
Explore the lovely city of Agios Nikolaos & the historical leper island of Spinalonga on a private, personalized guided tour.
All pick-up points for this tour are within Chania region. For pick-up from the other regions in Crete, please contact us.
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- Explore the former leper colony
- Learn the history of Kolokitha and Spinalonga
- Take a short boat ride from Plaka to Spinalonga.
- Enjoy views of the Gulf of Mirabello and the Elounda Lagoon.
- Visit Agios Nikolaos and walk around the famous Lake Voulismeni.
- Round off the day with a walk in the idyllic fishing village of Elounda
Reach the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos on the Gulf of Mirabello, passing the north-east coast and St. George’s Gorge. Agios Nikolaos is famous for its scenic deep lake, the subject of numerous myths. Discover the stunning city on your own, stroll through the shops, or relax in one of the cafes and watch the world go by.
Continue to Elounda, enjoying some of the most beautiful views of Crete. Look across the Elounda Lagoon at the enchanting islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha. Spinalonga has been an important place throughout history: for the ancient Greeks as a natural protection for the city of Olous for the Saracens as a hiding place for their pirates. For the Venetians as a fortress, for the Turks as a settlement and for a long time the island served as a leper colony.
After a short drive, you will reach Plaka, a small fishing village directly opposite Spinalonga. From there, a 10-minute boat ride takes you to the island. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim.
The last stop of the day is Elounda, a former fishing village but today a famous holiday resort with the most 5-star hotels in Greece. Take plenty of time to stroll through the picturesque harbour and have a cup of coffee before heading to Agios Nikolaos for traditional Cretan lunch and finally back to your accommodation.
If you wish to explore more options return to the Cultural & Historical Tours page.
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Bottled water per person
- English speaking, local driver
- Licensed and professional local guide
- Island’s entrance fee
- Boat ticket
- Traditional Cretan lunch
- Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Private tour
- Gratuities (optional)
We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can participate up to 18 travelers maximum on a trip. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes.
The availability listed on our website is updated every minute however on some tours we must confirm arrangements with our people on the ground, a process which usually takes no more than 24 hours. When you book online you will receive a follow-up email confirming your arrangements or a timeframe for when they will be confirmed.
Every departure is guaranteed to run. Yup, all of them. Once you’ve booked and paid, that’s it, you’re going. Guaranteed. Your trip won’t be cancelled by us for any reason (beyond harsh weather or safety issues). Promise.
All documentation is sent electronically by email. Shortly after we receive your payment we will send you your initial documents. Final documentation will be sent by email no later than two days prior to the departure.
Yes, all of our Tour Managers and Tour Drivers speak English, some speak additional languages as well, but your tour will be conducted in English
You will automatically receive an e-voucher to your email address. Please print your voucher/ticket or keep a picture to your mobile phone which contains your unique reference number. Please remember to bring this with you on the day. You will not be allowed entrance to an attraction without a valid ticket.
If there is any problem with your booking or payment details, we will contact you on the telephone number or email address stated in your booking. Sometimes tours may not operate due to insufficient numbers, and we may need to contact you to advise you of any such changes.