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Spinalonga Island Full Day Tour (1D)

Spinalonga Island Full Day Tour (1D)

 

The history and the culture of the island of Spinaloga became one with human tragedy in the course of time. It carries the history of Ancient Greece as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olou, the history of the Saracens pirates, the history of the Venetians as their fortress, the history of the Turks as their settlement and the history of the Greeks as the place where their leper would be sent into exile until 1957.

 

Operates every Sunday from April 1st to December 31st

Duration: 1 day

The departure times depend on the pick-up location. Below you will find all the indicative pick up and drop-off times, according to each location:

  • Chania (07:00-19:00) / 30 euro per person
  • Georgioupoli (07:45-18:15) / 20 euro per person
  • Rethymno (08:00-18:00) / 15 euro per person
  • Bali (08:15-17:45) / 10 euro per person
  • Fodele (08:30-17:30) / 10 euro per person
  • Agia Pelagia (08:45-17:15) / 10 euro per person
  • Heraklion (09:00-17:00)
  • Gouves (09:15-16:45)
  • Hersonisos (09:30-16:30)
  • Stalida (09:30-16:30)
  • Malia (09:45-16:15)
  • Agios Nikolaos (10:00-16:00)
  • Elounda (10:15-15:45)
  • All other locations are upon request.

In 1578 the Venetians constructed on the island of Spinalonga an impressive fortress. They built bastions on the northern and southern side of the island, as well as a fortification wall.The island is also well-known as a “leper colony”. The disease Leprocy was one of the most feared diseases of the ancient times also known as “Hansen disease”. It was the last active leper colony in Europe from 1903 to 1957, the last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962. The tour also includes a visit to a traditional Cretan winery estate where few of the best Cretan wines are produced.

Program

The Tour starts after breakfast by driving along the Northern coast of the island to Kritsa, one of the oldest and most picturesque villages of Crete. Here we will visit the 12th century Byzantine church of Panagia Kera located 1km from the village. The church contains the finest-preserved Byzantine-era frescoes in Crete, and for that reason , has become one of the most culturally and historically significant churches on the island. We continue our tour through the villages of Nikithianos, Fourni, Karydi,Kato Louma and Valto to the sea-front village of Plaka where we will board the boat to take us on the now deserted island of Spinalonga. Our guide will guide us through the ruins of what used to be a leper-colony from 1903 to 1957 where lepers could have a better life, medical help and economic support. Upon returning to Plaka we will enjoy our lunch at a seafront traditional tavern. After lunch our tour continues to the Scalani Hills vineyard and winery. At an altitude ranging between 170 and 215 meters, on a 7-hectare plot, the privately-owned vineyard is cultivated based on the principles of organic farming, hosting various Greek and international varieties. The density of the planting is 3300 plants/hectare. Here we will enjoy a tour of the cellar, the production area and the rest of the estate. We will also visit the wine-tasting hall and enjoy tasting 3 labels of typical wine produced at the winery, served with crispy puff pastry with aromatic olive paste. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel.

    • Air-conditioned Motorcoach
    • Professional Guide during the tour
    • RT Boat tickets from Plaka harbor to Spinaloga Island
    • Lunch during the tour
    • Wine tasting tour
    • All taxes

    • Spinaloga Entrance Fee (from 01/04 8,00€ per person)
    • Drinks and beverages during the tour
    • Gratuities
    • Anything that is not specified in the program as included

2018 Adult Child 4-13,99years old
Spinalonga Tour 90€ 45€
Optional Supplements per operation
Private operation 280€

The entrance fees, that are not included in the above rates, are the following:

 from 1/4/2017
8€ per person
Spinalonga: 8,00 €

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, Diners & Discover. Payments are taken securely online through Viva Payments services.

Upon receiving the online payment notification, which will be send via e-mail, you would be redirected to Viva Payments's site where you can make your payment. At present, all payments are in Euros.

For Bank Transfer payments:

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Account Number: 41647018286

Bank Name: National Bank of Greece S.A.

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Bank Address: Mykonos Island, 84600 Greece

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We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you at our home.
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