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Full-Day Guided Spinalonga Island Tour

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    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.

    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Heraklion, Gouves, Hersonissos, Stalida, Malia, Agios Nikolaos & Elounda are free-of-charge. All other locations are upon request and will have an extra cost.
    Departure Time
    The departure times depend on the pick-up location. Travelers will be informed about the exact pick-up time upon confirmation.
    Duration
    24h
    Inclusions
    • Air-conditioned motor coach
    • Professional guide during the tour
    • Lunch during the tour
    • Wine tasting tour
    • All taxes
    Exclusions
    • Spinaloga entrance fee (from April 1, 8,00€ per person)
    • The pick-up and drop off from your hotel is not included in the price. From Heraklion, Gouves, Hersonissos, Stalida, Malia, Agios Nikolaos & Elounda there is no extra charge, but from other pick-up points (depending on the location), there may be an extra charge.
    • Drinks and beverages during the tour
    • Gratuities
    • Anything that is not specified in the program as included
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Travelers are kindly informed that there may be an extra fee for transportation, according to the pick-up place
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Our company is not responsible for the client’s failure to appear at the meeting point for the booked tour or activity.
    • Last minute cancellation of flights or inability to disembark from a cruise ship, is not our company’s responsibility, therefore any refund requests due to such incidents will not be accepted. Should the client be aware of such a change, he/she is requested to communicate with our company more than 24 hours before the tour or activity starts, in order to discuss possible date or time amendment (subject to availability)
    • Refund requests for last minute cancellations (up to 24 hours before the tour or activity), for any reason, will not be accepted.
    • All clients are kindly requested to send their preferred meeting point and location until 3:00pm of the previous date, regarding their pick-up for the booked tour or activity. Should they fail to do so, our company will do anything it can in order to locate them (telephone, email, etc), however it is not responsible for any failure to meet them. Meeting points could be, anywhere on the island and the information necessary is either the hotel name or the name of the cruise ship they are arriving with. In the occasion that they are staying at an apartment, clients are requested to send us a google map, a nearby hotel or any information that would help us locate them. Any delay of behalf of the client (up until 15 minutes that we will be waiting for them) affects the transfer schedule and disrupts the smooth conduct of the tour/activity.
    • For no-name accommodations, our company will set the most convenient location for the pick-up.
    • For accommodations that are located in a pedestrian zone, our company will set the best possible pick-up point.
    • Our company is not responsible for knowing whether the client is supposed to book transfer or not. The transfer schedule is prepare less than 24 hours before the operation, therefore we cannot predict such necessity.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 August 2018

    Loved this tour, our guide Karen was great fun and very well informed. bbq on Blue Star 1 very tasty. I would advise takeng some water and drinks as very pricey on Spinalonga.

    Date of experience: July 2018
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