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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Visit the former leper colony buildings and Venetian fortress on Spinalonga Island on this 8-hour tour. Sail to this rocky island, and explore the streets, houses, and ruined Venetian fortifications where lepers were confined from 1903 to 1957. Then, relax with a swim stop and barbecue lunch (own expense) before cruising back to port. Return coach transport, the boat ride to Spinalonga, and select hotel pickup and drop-off in north-coast resorts included.
  • Full-day trip to Spinalonga Island from north Crete
  • Ride a boat to Spinalonga, where a Venetian fortress once housed a leper colony
  • Tour the crumbled fortifications, streets, churches, and houses
  • Learn why the lepers were confined here and how they lived
  • Sail to Kolokytha Island (additional cost) for a barbecue lunch (additional cost) and swim stop
  • Coach transport, Spinalonga boat ride, and pickup and drop-off at select north-coast hotels included
After pickup from your hotel on Crete’s north coast, including hotels in Hersonnissos, Malia, and Agios Nikolaos; travel by air-conditioned coach to the harborside at Elounda, where your boat awaits.
On route, hear about Spinalonga, the island facing Elounda in the Gulf of Mirabello. Once joined to the mainland, this now-uninhabited island houses a ruined 16th-century Venetian fortress, originally built to defend the bay. After the Venetians left, it was used as an Ottoman settlement and then a leper colony from 1903 to 1957.
Go ashore and tour the one-time colony buildings (own expense). Enter through the main gate as the arriving lepers did a century ago, and explore the market street, churches, hospital, houses, and Venetian fortifications. Learn about the lives of those confined here, and hear how Spinalonga has featured in recent books, movies, and various TV series.
Then, sail to nearby Kolokytha Island (additional cost). Enjoy an optional swim in the crystal-clear seas and savor a delicious barbecue lunch (additional cost). Finally, sail back to Elounda, and enjoy a sightseeing drive around nearby Agios Nikolaos, admiring its harbour and Lake Voulismeni, known as the ‘bottomless lake.’
Your trip finishes back at the original starting point.

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, Jun 2018

I loved the whole day, so nice, wel done, the BBQ too!. Spinalonga, very, very interesting, you have to listen to the story of this island, super profesional lady. You have free time to walk around of Island, back to the boat. Beautiful vieuws over the sea!. Higly recommended.

J
, Oct 2016

Continued from previous submission Spar supermarket. That is not the name of the supermarket anymore. Fortunately, our concierge knew this. Also, we had no idea which bus we were to go on, as the tour guide did not come out of the bus with her list. The trip to Spinalonga island was great though!


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