Day trip

Heraklion: Spinalonga Island & Agios Nikolaos Tour with BBQ

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

Heraklion: Spinalonga Island & Agios Nikolaos Tour with BBQ

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From US$ 44.94 per person

Sail to the island of Spinalonga on a guided cruise and day trip from Heraklion. Drift through the beautiful waters of Mirabello Bay, enjoy free time on the island, and discover Agios Nikolaos.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
French, Polish, English, German
Pickup included
Pickup is available from the areas of Sisi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Agkisaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia and from centrally located points in Heraklion town.


  • Enjoy a BBQ lunch paired with a glass of wine or juice on the beach of Kolokytha
  • Explore the streets of Agios Nikolaos with free time to shop, eat, and stroll
  • Discover one of the last leper colonies in the world on a tour of Spinalonga
  • Sunbathe on the beach and go for a swim in the crystal-clear water of Kolokytha
  • Be picked up and dropped off from select locations on the island of Crete
Full description

Take a bus and boat tour from Heraklion, step back in time on a guided tour of Spinalonga, chill out on the beach in Kolokytha Bay, savor a delicious BBQ lunch, and have free time in Agios Nikolaos.

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in selected locations on Crete in the morning. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable bus and sit back and relax on the drive to the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos and board a ship. 

Feel the sea breeze as you cruise through Mirabello bay towards the island of Spinalonga. Take a guided tour Spinalonga which has a rich history from defending the area from sea raids to housing a leper colony. Have some free time to capture photos of the island. 

Continue to Kolokytha Bay where you can unwind on the beach, go for a dip, and dig into a lunch of grilled pork steak or chicken, bread, and a salad of tomatoes, cucumber, and feta. Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy a tortilla with vegetables, bread and salad.

End your meal with fresh fruit and compliment it with a glass of wine or juice. Cruise to Agios Nikolaos and spend some free time exploring at your own pace. Sit at a cafe with lake or port views, do some shopping, or wander around this small Cretan town.

Return to your accommodation in at the end of your tour. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations
  • Transportation in air-conditioned bus
  • Guided tour of Spinalonga
  • BBQ lunch
  • A glass of wine or juice
  • Boat tickets
  • Liability insurance coverage by Allianz
  • Entry fee for Spinalonga (8€)
  • Additional drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with recent surgeries

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Beachwear
  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • This tour is subject to sea and weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

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The day trip was lovely. We got picked up in front of a hotel 2 minutes from our apartment, which was convenient. Traveloling from Heraklion, be ready for a pretty long commute and pick up in various different spots along the coast- we were picked up in a van, switched to a larger one in Heraklion and to a double decker bus somewhere along the coast. All these changes notwithstanding, the pick up was efficient and we were not made to wait at all, pretty much, which is impressive. The boat tour was relaxing, the beach lovely, the food good, and the tour of Spinalonga very informative and lively. All in all, a very nice day discovering areas of Crete we would not have accessed otherwise. Recommended!

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September 29, 2022

Very nice excursion. Exeperienced tour guide with a lot of knowledge. To take guided tour to Spinalonga is a must. Relaxed and beutiful stop for swimming and lunch. Pork chop was delicious and grilled perfectly, greek salad and fruit were refreshing. Agios Nikolaos is beutiful small town with nice vibe.

July 31, 2022

Very nice tour, but it was a bit too touristic for me and my wife. Good food at the bbq. Price for drinks at Spinalonga is absurd 5 euro’s for a bottle of sparkling water, prices on the boat are good. Bring both flipflops and normal shoes! Overall a good experience.

July 28, 2022

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