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Spinalonga (Kalydon)

Address: Elounda Bay, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece
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Private Tour to Spinalonga Island
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$161*
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Santorini Island Day Trip
89%
Ranked #14 of 467 things to do in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Islands, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Neapolis, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A must for anyone who in interested in history or has read The Island. It really does bring the book to life. My sister was very moved by the experience. I recommend either a boat trip from Elounda or Aghios Nikolaos if you want to make a day of it. If you like a more relaxed experience then take the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Went with my girlfriend on an excursion from Agios Nikolaos and really enjoyed the history. Take something to drink and/or eat as there's nowhere to buy anything, it's purely about the history which is nice as it doesn't feel commercialised.

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The fortress of Spinalonga is definitely a must. The entrance fee is 2 euro and you can visit the fortress either from Elounda by boat (cost 7 to 9 euro both ways) or from Agios Nikolaos ( cost 22 euro aproxx ). From Elounda is closer ( 15 min ). It's also possible to go from Plaka village . There... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This Island is a must for anybody going to Crete. Used as a Lepepr colony till early 50's . the history hits you as soon as you enter the tunnel that takes you to the village. Imagining what the people who entered must have felt like to feel the world suddenly blocked out.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We took a short boat journey to this island. One thing to be aware of is that we had to pay to enter the building on top of the cost for the boat. This was not explained to us beforehand. The site was interesting and informative and I would recommend i.

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Leigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Uunusual place when the history is explained , Leper colony for many years until 1950's, some of the houses still remain plus a small church which is still used today for special occasions. When you arrive on the island you walk through a dark tunnel to enter the area which was the town occupied by the lepers, guide claims a... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Highly recommended to read the Novel about Spinalonga, 'The Island' either before or after visiting. Took almost a whole day to explore properly and the views were simply incredible. Even the boat ride to the island felt like part of the day. However, take plenty of water as there is no shade, a lot of walking and the cafe on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Interesting for someone who like one-day trips with historical touch. Long drive but totally worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Great day trip hoisted by nice locals. Good but of information however Crete as a whole is a boring place. Used a tour company at our hotel for this and included bbq on the beach.

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Siauliai, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Once you enter the island you get the feeling of escaping from there as soon as possible. This small piece of land conceives a lot of sadness. Strongly recommended to read a novel The Island by V.Hislop before visiting Spinalonga in order to fully experience the touch of recent history.

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