Set off in a fishing boat from the picturesque Cretan village of Plaka nestled on the coast of Mirabello Bay to the uninhabited island of Spinalonga. Once part of the island of Crete, it was later separated from the mainland and became a Venetian fortress before becoming a leper colony in 1903.
Your tour will include exploring the ruined 17th century fortress and the ancient buildings where lepers were relegated, before returning to Plaka to drive to the coastal town of Agios Nikolaos for sightseeing and a glimpse of Lake Voulismeni.
Next, you will move on to the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera, renowned for its colorful frescoes dating back to the 14th century and then enter Kritsa, one of the most beautiful villages on Crete. Perched on the slopes of Kastellos and surrounded by olive groves, it boasts panoramic views over the gulf of Mirabello Bay and the surrounding villages, as well as having a long tradition of weaving, which you can see in local stores.
Crete is Greece’s largest island so pay special attention to the location of the tours you choose.
Check with your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for holidays or week days where museums and archaeological sites may be closed.