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From Gorge to Gulf Cretan Adventure
from €186

Immerse yourself in the Cretan countryside

Experience an action-packed day by hiking, eating and cruising your way around the island! Admire astonishing scenery, taste the traditional Cretan cuisine, soak up sun and sea and conquer Spinalonga, a tiny island with an old fortress. Be prepared to fall in Love with the Cretan countryside, all in one day!

Local impact — How you help the local community by joining this tour

  • You support a local, family-owned business by visiting them and learning about making the traditional Greek dish of dolmades.
  • During this tour, you sample locally-sourced food from Crete’s villages, farmers, and stock-breeders.

Tour Highlights


  • Local English, dutch, german, greek speaking guide
  • Round-trip transportation via private 4×4 vehicle
  • Speedboat ride with a professional driver
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Dolmades
  • Taditional Greek lunch (seasonal dishes)
  • One glass of wine and shots of raki (a local spirit)
  • Coffee, water and refreshments (iced tea, seasonal fruits, energy snacks)

Not Included

  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide


  • Hike through one of Crete’s prettiest off-the-beaten-path gorges with a local mountain guide by your side.
  • Catch a speedboat to explore a spectacular Venetian fortress islet Spinalonga in the Gulf of Elounda.
  • Participate in a hands-on cooking class, making your own traditional Greek dolmades and enjoying a mouthwatering traditional Greek lunch.
  • Enjoy a coffee under the shaded square of Kritsa village
  • Learn all about the ‘green gold’ in a local olive farm and participate in an olive oil tasting session.

Additional Information

  • Food Allergies: Unless you suffer from multiple, combined food allergies, or unless you are a vegan, we will figure it out. Vegetarians are welcome on all tours
  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe and dress codes are similar to those you are used to at home. Please note though that in many churches modest dress is required; no shorts or skimpy tops are permitted
  • If you are happy with the services provided by your local a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour

A beautiful tour to explore

Your adventure into the Cretan countryside will start with a drive away from the coast, through green olive groves.
Compared to the other gorges on the island, the lesser-known Kritsa Gorge is the right place for those who want to admire nature at its best away from tourist hordes, feeling the beauty and the tranquillity of the place. Pass through the spectacular gorge’s entrance where the mountain seems to have been cracked in two and follow the old donkey Minoan path, reaching the middle of the gorge where a valley full of olive groves will be revealed. Apart from one or two boulders to climb over, the 4-kilometer trail is a beautifull hike over uneven terrain. It is absolutely obligated to wear good shoes because there is a little bit of climbing on several places.
Finishing the gorge, you’ll follow an ancient Minoan path, passing along shepherd huts and fields.
After the hike a small stop will be made in the traditional village of Kritsa where you can walk around, drink a coffee and buy yourself some traditional souvenirs if you like.
Next, you’ll participate in a hands-on experience by learning the art of making the traditional Greek dolmades, one of the Greek-favourite dishes.
Landmark Crete NtolmadakiaWrap the vine leaves stuffed with rice and then, enjoy a delicious Greek-style lunch including Cretan Dako (rusks with dressing), salad,  tzatziki, and other small seasonal plates, accompanied with a glass of wine or a shot of local raki. From here, you’ll take a drive out to a traditional Cretan olive oil farm where you’ll participate in an olive oil tasting session. While the farm’s expert will show you around the place, learn all about the high-quality Cretan green gold, such as how to cultivate it and what to look for when tasting olive oil’s different varieties.
After this local experience you’ll head to the seaside village of Plaka where you’ll hop on a speedboat to explore the fortress island of Spinalonga.
The outstanding fortress islet of Spinaloga has a turbulent story starting in the 16th century as an important Venetian fortified spot against the Ottomans. Immerse in islet’s quirky mystery by strolling around the alleys of the abandoned village. A walk around Spinaloga can lavishly offer you some of the finest views of the clear blue sea surrounding the island.
After an hour, the speedboat will pick you up for a fun spin around Spinalonga.
Alternatively, you can have a quick swim at the beach in Plaka village where there are cabins to change into your swimwear.
After soaking up the sun and sea, your speedboat will bring you back to your starting point.

Before we part ways, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more hints and tips on how to get the best of your trip to amazing Crete.

Meeting point

Departure Point, Traveler pickup is offered. We will pick you up from hotels in the area of Aghios Nikolaos and Elounda/Plaka is included in the tour price. We can offer pick up/drop off transfer to any other location at an extra charge.
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Such a great day around Spinalonga thanks to Captain George and his lovely daughter Mathilda! They looked after us and our kids so well from start to end with a great lunch in a beautiful cove before heading back home. The boat is of great comfort and perfect for families. Super clean and well equipped. Overall highly recommended if you want to spend a day around Elounda to be remembered. Thanks again to the Super Team!


Great trip along the coastline of Agios nikolaos, Elounda and Spinalonga. Crew was very friendly! The boat is nice, clean and offers enough space. Definitely to be recommended.


10/10 points


Greece photo dump part 2. First day in Crete! Did some exploring then ended the night with a family reunion! If you ever find yourself in Crete look up “Landmark”, you won’t be disappointed 😀