Iraklion (Crete), Greece
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Approximately 5¼ Hours
Meals not included
Here's your chance to explore the intriguing island of Spinalonga and the pretty town of Elounda.
Discover the dramatic coastal vistas that Crete offers in abundance on a panoramic drive to the jetty in Elounda. From here, a short island hop by boat brings you to the intriguing island of Spinalonga. Dating back to the days of Venetian occupation, the name Spinalonga is Italian, meaning 'long thorn'. In 1579, the Venetians built a fortress here, right over the ruins of a Greek acropolis. They kept control of the island until the Ottoman Empire came along in 1715. The island is noted for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe -- hence its nickname -- the Island of Tears. It was abandoned in1957. Enter through Dante's Gate to explore the village with its shops, houses and small church.
Cross Mirabello Bay to return to Elounda, whose charm and elegance have been carefully maintained despite its growing popularity as an upmarket holiday resort. Enjoy some free time to explore this famous town and its interesting boutiques and souvenir shops. Chill out on the award-winning blue flag beach or relax in the village square. Feel free to sample a glass of Raki and dine on mezes (at your own expense).
Approximately one hour of walking is required over uneven terrain, with some steps to negotiate when embarking the boat. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes. Guests who suffer from motion sickness should consider this before booking and/or take appropriate medication. Tour operates weather permitting.