We can enjoy our walk around the lake Voulismeni. Legend has it that the lake is bottomless, and that the goddess Athena used to bathe in it. Different to all other towns in Crete, Agios Nikolaos, the capital town of Lassithi, is a medium-size town. You can enjoy walking here, you have several distinct waterfronts – you can get to know it quickly and feel familiar with the place, like an old friend.
The city provides you with interesting museums (Archaeological, Folklore, and Natural History), Byzantine churches, a well-organised marina, bustling pedestrian streets (ideal for leisurely walks), and traditional squares with buzzing cafés and restaurants.
You can learn the history and enjoy the sight of this wonderful place by walking around.
At first we will go to Plaka Elounda and from there we will visit Spinalonga island with a private boat ride. After all we will visit a beautiful beach! It will be a wonderful full-day experience.
We will pick you from the airport of Heraklion at the time of your arrival (best before 8.00 a.m.)
There will be a small van waiting to transfer you to the hotel we will book for you.
A tour guide will inform you about the plan of the first day.
When you are on the way to Agios Nikolaos our experienced tour guide will tell you which spots we will visit.
After one hour or so we will arrive at our destination and we will go to your hotel to leave your baggage and after that our tour starts.
After half an hour the guide will be waiting for us to take us for a walk at the lake of Agios Nikolaos, visit the big church located in the center of Agios Nikolaos and then we will go for shopping.
One hour and a half later (best before 11.30 a.m.) we will go to the port and from there will take the private boat and we will visit a tiny deserted island- Spinalonga which is located in the gulf of Elounda. There we will learn the history of the island; how people lived there and many other interesting things.
Maybe you already know much more about this island by Victoria Hislop’s first novel “the island” that became international bestseller. We will have a deep insight into the local history through a local resident who used to work as archaeologist in the past on the island and starred in the movie that was filmed there.
A short stop to drink a coffee or a refreshment in the café of the island is as vital as to swim and enjoy the blue waters.
After our visit to Spinalonga we’ll get the boat and go swimming at Kolokytha beach. Kolokytha is a small island just opposite the Peninsula of Spinalonga, 12km north of Agios Nikolaos and close to Elounda. It is a beautiful and clean beach with clear crystal water. There are a lot of different watersport facilities. After swimming the schedule is to have barbecue on the beach. When we finish lunch we will return to Agios Nikolaos by boat. After having enjoyed our meal we will back to Agios Nikolaos and will take some time to rest in the hotel. At 6:30 in the afternoon we will go to a café which is located above the lake and has a great view of Agios Nikolaos. After sunset we will start our journey back to Heraklion airport, happy with what we have discovered and learned.
COST (bus go- and- return transfer from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, 4* hotel, BBQ on the beach, boat transfer to Spinalonga, entrance to Spinalonga) 65 euros per adult and 35 euros per child.
Bus to- & from- Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos
4 Star Hotel
BBQ on the beach
Boat transfer to Spinlonga
Entrance to Spinalonga