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“Well worth a visit”

Boat Day Trips Spinalonga
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Full Day Tour to Spinalonga Island with BBQ Lunch
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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

A day trip out in a boat to Spinalonga is a definite must. You start your trip on a boat which takes you to the island where you will have a guided tour of the island which is filled with history, after that you get a bit of free time to explore yourself. You leave the island and set off for Elounda where you swim in the crystal clear waters and have a wonderful BBQ for lunch, ours consisted of a Greek salad, pork chop, bread roll and a drink, (wine or Fanta)

Finishing you head back to the coach which takes you to the lovely town of Agios Nikolaos where you can wonder around and have a drink an a bit of shopping, a great day out.

1  Thank Josiejo2
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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Although we would not have liked to have missed the trip to Spinalonga, we would not chose to make it part of an excursion package in future. It was a long day, mostly because the bus seemed to pick people up from every hotel in the region and we did not have much time to explore at any of the stops - Spinalonga, a beach or Agios Nikolai. Apart from the beach, the other two venues bore much more exploration.

The schedule was coach to Agios Nikolai, straight aboard the boat to Spinalonga, tour of the island, sail to beach along the coast with a change to swim while the crew cooked lunch, back on the boat for lunch, return to Agios with an hour to wander and back on the coach.

We loved Spinalonga, but our guide who spoke English and French was extremely grumpy and was obviously much more fluent in French than English as her French commentary was much more detailed. Luckily we speak French, as we were approached by an English couple who were aware that they seemed to be missing a lot of detail and wondered if we could fill in the gaps - which were many.

The boat was very crowded and dominated by one large group, who basically shoved everyone else out of the way.

We left the island and headed for a beach to swim. This was the worst part of the trip as there was not enough space on land for all the people, the paths were steep and rocky and to call the shore a beach was a bit of an exaggeration. Back on to the boat for a BBQ. More queuing pushing and shoving for a pretty inedible piece of meat - one of us had chicken the other pork and a half decent salad. We also noted that the vegetarians in the group were offered canned tuna as their option.

Back to Agios Nikolai which was lovely, but too nice to visit for an hour!

All in all, glad we went to Spinalonga, but would advise using local buses which are regular, air conditioned and cheap to get to Agios and taking a boat from there. Then you can spend as long as you like in each place and buy some lovely food in the many cafes and restaurants in Agios.

1  Thank noexcessbaggage
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Reviewed May 22, 2018

Lovely trip over taking about 20 minutes. You have an hour before boat returns however as the boatmen are in a cooperative you can stay longer and return on a different boat. The old shops have been renovated and are now a series of museum rooms. These is a nice cafe at entrance and a ticket office for site if not on a tour. Toilets at cafe are clean but well used ie queues for both sexes. well worth a visit especially if youhave read "The Island" by Victoria Hislop.

1  Thank Fillipos
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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

Look carefully at what you are buying. We wanted a boat trip, but ended up with a coach trip to Aggios Nikos for a two hour stop (took us 1.5 hours to get here), a ferry to the Spinalonga island for a guided tour, sail around the harbour, stop at a beach, BBQ at 3:30pm and a long bus ride home. If you like that kind of thing, awesome. However, would have been much cheaper to get the local bus to Aggios Nikos and pick up one of the boat trips from here. We would have spent longer on the boat and less on the bus.

5  Thank Edz1967
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Spinalonga was as I imagined it to be. Could have spent a lot longer there. We took this trip as an overall day trip. The Island was a treasure and our guide Mary was very interesting. We were then taken to a beach which was overcrowded and quite frankly dangerous with slippy rocks. We then got taken to Saint Nicholas which was a sweet place, but again not for long enough...overall too long at beach and not long enough at the two other attractions. The BBQ was good though.

2  Thank barbyk
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