The Private Tour Of Spinalonga Historical Island

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Indulge in an exceptional historical tour without breaking the bank, as you embark an off the beaten path experience.

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Explore the lovely city of Agios Nikolaos & the historical leper island of Spinalonga on a private, personalized guided tour.

History, Myths and Legends

Learn the history of Crete and the amazing story of Spinaloga leper colony. Explore East Crete like never before.

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Tour Highlights

  1. Explore the former leper colony.
  2. Learn the history of Kolokitha and Spinalonga.
  3. Take a short boat ride from Plaka to Spinalonga.
  4. Enjoy views of the Gulf of Mirabello and the Elounda Lagoon.
  5. Visit Agios Nikolaos and walk around the famous Lake Voulismeni.
  6. Round off the day with a walk in the idyllic fishing village of Elounda.


Embark on a scenic journey along the northeast coast and St. George’s Gorge, as you make your way to the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos, nestled on the Gulf of Mirabello. Famous for its myth-laden deep lake, Agios Nikolaos invites you to explore its charm at your own pace – wander through inviting shops or unwind in a café, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. The adventure continues to Elounda, where breathtaking views of Crete unfold. Gaze across the Elounda Lagoon to the captivating islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha. Spinalonga’s historical significance ranges from protecting ancient Olous to serving as a fortress for the Venetians and later as a leper colony. Delve into its storied past as you enjoy the picturesque drive to Plaka, a quaint fishing village opposite Spinalonga. A brief boat ride takes you to the island, revealing the captivating history documented in a book and Greek television series. Explore filming sites, stroll around, or take a refreshing swim in this unique setting. Concluding the day in Elounda, a former fishing village turned premier holiday resort with numerous 5-star hotels, indulge in a leisurely stroll along the picturesque harbor. Enjoy a cup of coffee before heading to Agios Nikolaos for a traditional Cretan lunch (optional), culminating in a seamless return to your accommodation. Immerse yourself in the beauty, history, and gastronomic delights of this memorable Cretan experience.  


  1. Hotel pick up and drop off
  2. Bottled water per person
  3. English speaking, local driver
  4. Licensed and professional local guide
  5. Island’s entrance fee
  6. Boat ticket
  7. Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  8. All taxes, fees and handling charges
  9. Private tour


  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Lunch

Guest Stories

Great Tour What a great tour! We chose the tour on a windy day in Chania and were so glad we did! It was excellent. Andreas was so knowledgeable about the area and the wine and he answered all questions we had. The group was small enough that it felt personal and the wineries we visited were absolutely brilliant! We loved the stop off at the oldest olive tree too. Great way to spend a day of our holiday!
The World War II battle for Crete Yanis, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He shared a lot of facts and photos of the battle for Crete and he explained the significance of each stop along the tour. The stop at the military collector’s mini museum was excellent. There were many unique and rare items in his collection that are tied to the battle. The pace and timing of tour was just right, along with a fresh sandwich from a local shop. I would recommend this tour to any interested in the history of the battle for Crete.
Rich S
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Battle for Crete. As a former New Zealand Army officer I was very much looking forward to this tour and it did not disappoint. The whole tour was excellent and covered so much ground literally and figuratively. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and a great person to spend the day with. Being able to visit the actual battlefield sites really put so much into context. Highly recommended.
Tata C
Fantastic cooking class on Crete Everything about this experience was wonderful! The driver, Nikkoli was very knowledgeable and hospitable, the hosts for the class were gracious and warm, the good was amazing and the other guests were terrific. I am so lucky to have found this class and highly recommend!
Sue T
Relaxing excursion This was such a nice relaxing tour. Very simple and easy day! We were picked up at our hotel, it happened to be one of the pickup locations luckily. We drove to two different wineries but also made some stops along the way for cool lookout spots and even a 3,000 year old olive tree.
Sarah S
Cooking in Crete!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The staff and tour were excellent. We had such a good time being taught how to cook stuffed peppers, zucchini and tomatoes. I highly recommend this tour. The food that we created was simply delicious. Just a high quality experience.
Top bloke as guide Our guide had superb knowledge about the area we went to. He was friendly and accommodating. Despite our lack of knowledge and messing this company around we still got to Di our tour.
It was a great tour! This tour allows you to learn more about the culture and history of Crete. They will explain in detail about the food and the background to it. I thought it was a little pricey due to the strong yen, but it was a valuable experience that money can't buy. I'm really glad I participated. I recommend it.
Awesome Wonderful experience. We were taken up into the mountains of Crete to a host house. Over the next 4 hours, we had a tour of the house, learned about Cretan history, had a local wine tasting, and made an incredibly delicious meal. It is vegetarian friendly and comes with a few surprises. I gained a newfound appreciation for olive oil—there can never be too much. One of the highlights of my trip.
Richard Z
A Real Cretan Cooking Experience Yannis led us on a wonderful trip to a farm in the countryside with great views, warm and gracious hosts and cooks, and a night of fun and friendship. This was well worth the time to learn about Crete style cooking and Greek history
Todd W









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