Updated: April 21, 2017
The 13 Best Tours in Crete
Walking the 18 km gorge is the activity highlight of Crete. It’s a little tricky to arrange on your own but with a tour they get you from your hotel to the start of the hike – then pick you up at the other end of the gorge and return you back to your hotel. There’s a tour guide and a couple other interesting stops that you wouldn’t do on your own. Free hotel pickup from these towns: Chania, Heraklion, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Hersonissos, Malia, and Stalida.
A wonderful 7-hour tour from Chania that explores the local farms and wineries of western Crete. Lots of food, olive oil, and wine tastings (but still kid-friendly).
Great tour of Chania’s highlights and history. Highly recommended.
Santorini is the the most amazing island in Greece. This one-day tour involves a 4 hour boat trip (2 hours each way) and about 7 hours on Santorini to explore Fira, Oia, and the fantastic views. (This is a worthwhile tour but if you can stay overnight on Santorini you’ll see much more of the island. I typically do not recommend day trips to other islands as they’re a pour use of time, but I make an exception for Santorini as it’s so unique and special.)
Elafonisi is the best beach on Crete (maybe the best beach in Greece). It’s pretty easy to get there on your own with local buses but the tour makes it effortless and you also get to stop at some local villages along the way.
Food/walking tours are my favorite way to explore a new city and this is a good one. Heraklion is not as picturesque as Chania but is loaded with true Greek character and lots of history.
Rethymnon (also spelled Rethymno) is a very interesting city that is often overlooked. This 4-hour tour gives a good overview of its fabulous history and interesting culture.
Great tour with lunch, wine and olive oil tastings, and vineyard tours.
10 hour tour that takes in the highlights of eastern Crete.
The Lasithi Plateau is amazingly beautiful. The tour is filled with vineyards, olive groves, and windmills.
Cook Cretan dishes with a local cook and learn about the life and history of Crete through food. Eat what you cook.
Good tour if you’re based in Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Rethymnon, or one of the nearby beach towns. Start with Knossos (one of the best historical sites in Greece) then tour Heraklion and learn the history of the island. 10 hours long and includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
An easy tour of Chania’s history and highlights on an electronic Trikke. I’ll be honest, I find these “Trikke” riders annoying – but the tour is good.