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A great daily (10.30 - 16.30) yacht cruise at one of the most well known areas in Crete (Kolokytha Gulf and Spinalonga Island) in order to spend quality time with family, friends or coworkers in this day-long cruise in eastern Crete aboard a gorgeous yacht.

Elounda lies 11 km north of Agios Nikolaos, and is noted for its coves, rocky coastlines, the beautiful village of Elounda itself, the fishing harbour, the sunken city of Olous and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. It is true that the outstanding natural beauties of secluded Elounda bay and the first-class accommodation services have made Elounda the number one favourite for world leaders, royalties and celebrities alike.

During this daily cruise you enjoy the sun and the sea, explore every bit of the Kolokytha’s gulfs and dive into the crystal clear water, visit Spinalonga island (sightseeing around the island) and swim to the unique pebbled seashore of the picturesque village of Plaka.
 

The Cruise 

We sail form Agios Nikolaos at approximately 10:30 am. We explore every bit of the Gulf of Kolokytha. On the way, we stop at beautiful beaches for a refreshing morning swim in the sea, at midday we pay a visit to the island of Spinalonga (sightseeing around the island). We then go for a swim at the unique pebbled beach of the picturesque village of Plaka. At 14:00, we rest and have lunch at the Elounda bay area. We dive into the crystal clear waters. We rest on the golden beach. We enjoy the sun and the immensity of the Aegean Sea while we explore the seabed as we approach the old lighthouse at the edge of the island of Crete before we return to Agios Nikolaos at around 16:30 pm.
 

What you will discover

The island of Spinalonga. The first signs of settlement date back to Minoan times. In 1579 during the Venetian occupation of Crete, the Venetians built a fortress on the island to guard the bay of Mirabello. In 1715 the Turks, who occupied Crete for almost 200 years took over the fortress. Between 1900 and 1957, it served as a leper colony. At present, the island is an open-air museum.

The sunken city of OLOUS. Olous is an ancient submerged city within the bay of Elounda. This intriguing site can be reached by snorkelling or diving from the narrow strip of land that links the mainland (Elounda) to the Kolokytha peninsula, accessible only from the south. A huge earthquake probably sealed the city’s fate around 780 AD. Some floor mosaic and ruins of walls are still visible on the mainland, on the narrow isthmus between Elounda and Kolokytha.

The Venetian salt pans. The raids by the Arab pirates of the Mediterranean Sea depopulated the ancient city of Olous, and therefore the broader area, in mid-7 th century. Olous remained uninhabited until the mid15th century when the Venetians began creating the salt pans in the gulf’s shallow and salty waters. Subsequently, the region acquired commercial value and its population grew. This fact, and the emerging Turkish threat, particularly after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, and the constant pirate raids, forced the Venetians to fortify the island of Spinalonga.

The village of Plaka is a small picturesque village located about 16 km north of Agios Nikolaos and 5 km north from the sophisticated resort of Elounda. It is an old fishing village with a few taverns located by the shore and various kinds of accommodation. Plaka features lush green surroundings while retaining its natural beauty. There is a beautiful square where all the locals and tourists gather during the day.

The village of Elounda. With its extraordinary natural beauty, world famous guests and classy hotels, Elounda is the favourite destination for presidents, sheiks, royalty and celebrities. One of the most beautiful areas in Crete and home to numerousluxury resorts, with private beaches, marinas and high-quality services. The surroundings are just as impressive. The taverns serve delicious food.

Hidden Caves. This extraordinary trip is full of surprises. While sailing by picturesque beaches, secluded rocky coves and hidden caves you may come across beautiful dolphins, rare turtles and various types of birds.
 

The Yacht

Our yacht is a Cranchi 34 Zaffiro (built in 2007, 11.25 m, berth, 2 cabins and 1 WC) yacht which, is designed so that the voyager becomes one with the big blue.
 

Detailed Information

Prices: 1400.00 Euros per day (10.30 - 16.30) 
In case of a 5 hour daily cruise ( 10.30 - 15.30) : 1200.00 Euros 
Extra hour : 200.00 Euros

Duration:  6 hours (10.30 – 16.30) or 5 hours ( 10.30 - 15.30 ) 

Included : Professional Skipper and Hostess, Champagne, Refreshments and Fruit, Autopilot, Chart plotter, GPS, TV/DVD, Air conditioning, Generator, Wi-Fi, Meal Menu, Drinking water, refreshments, Snorkeling and fishing equipment, Passenger and Yacht insurance, Cleaning, Fuel, 24%VAT

Not included : All passengers should bring their own beach towels. 

What Should I Bring :  Not to much. In Summer you live in your swimwear. But surely you need a sunhat, sunglasses, thin clothing to protect for the sun (daytime) or mosquitoes (evening), sandals and of course your camera. Musical instruments are always welcome during the meal. Do not take with you shoes with black issuing soles.

Facilities:  A warm welcome with champagne and fruits , free water, refreshments and fruit through the whole journey

Main Course: Meat or fish, Cretan delicacies, salad, dessert

Entertainment: Mask – Flippers for underwater explorations, inflatable Toys for the children and the older ones Every passenger has his own beach towel.

Offers : 5% Early Booking Discount (at least a week before) & 5% OFF for all repeaters guests
 

Book

For more info and reservations please contact us: reservations@cretetravel.com

 

Food & Wine Proposals 

Food & wine (proposal 1) / For 6 hour cruise

We welcome you with a glass of sparkling white wine and an assortment of Cretan in-season fruits.  
Before lunch is served and early in the afternoon, you will enjoy fruit salads with Cretan in-season fruits.   

Main course
…. meat  : Mini sticks of pork filet & chicken filet and lamb burgers with BBQ dip
… vegetarian : Stuffed vegetables from “Manolis’ mother” (peppers and tomatoes stuffed with rice, onion and Cretan aromatic herbs)  

All proposals include: 

Assortment of steamed vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beetroots, zucchini, red & green peppers) 
Baked pies
«Greek salad»  with tomato, cucumber, green - red - yellow peppers, onion, Cretan rusk, feta cheese, olives and pure virgin olive oil sauce with olive oil produced by Manolis’ olive groves, Cretan salt and oregano from the village of Dories 

You may complement your meal with organic wine from “Domaine Zacharioudakis”, beer or refreshments.  

desserts…
Greek yoghurt with various sweet preserves (cherry, fig, sour cherry, pistachio, and bergamot)  
… a couple of shots of homemade Cretan raki, produced by Manolis.

 

Food & wine (proposal 2) for 5 hour cruise

We welcome you with a glass of sparkling white wine and an assortment of Cretan in-season fruits.  
During the cruise, you will enjoy fruit salads with Cretan in-season fruits.   

Light meal, assortment of hors d’oeuvres  
Bread bites with anchovies marinated in olive oil, garlic, vinegar, Cretan aromatic herbs and capers.  
Bread bites with Cretan “Galeni” cream cheese, slices of Cretan apaki and cherry tomatoes.   
Rusk with grated fresh tomato, feta cheese, olive oil and oregano
Mini skewer with cheese, cherry tomatoes and olives
Bread bites with pure virgin olive oil produced by Manolis’ olive groves, Cretan salt and oregano from the village of Dories. 
You may complement your meal with organic wine from “Domaine Zacharioudakis”, beer or refreshments.  

desserts…
Greek yoghurt with various sweet preserves (cherry, fig, sour cherry, pistachio, and bergamot)   
… a couple of shots of homemade Cretan raki, produced by Manolis.
 

Book

For more info and reservations please contact us: reservations@cretetravel.com

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