Best Tours and Activities in Crete

Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands, and it’s a great place to explore and create lasting memories. A tour of Crete can be incredibly rewarding; between visiting historic Minoan palaces like Knossos - renowned for its incredible architecture and frescoes - or Phaistos located in south Crete, there’s no shortage of things to do.

Of course, one of the island’s main attractions has to be its stunning beaches. Elafonisi beach is especially popular for its dazzling crystal-clear waters and pink sand, but don’t forget about boat tours out to nearby islets Gramvousa and Spinalonga - perfect for taking a dip!

For those looking to soak up Crete’s culture and history, Gortyn mustn't be missed. Once a major city-state in ancient Greece, today it's an archaeological site with well-preserved ruins that are sure to amaze. If you're after wonderful views of natural landscapes on your travels, look no further than Samaria Gorge - one of the longest gorges in Europe.

There really is something for everyone when it comes to exploring Crete. With countless amazing sights and experiences in store, you won't want to miss out on this incredible destination!

41 Crete Tours and Experiences Available to Book Online

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  • Knossos Palace Guided Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

    Knossos Palace Guided Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

      1.5 hours


    Join a guided tour of Knossos and explore the remains of a mighty Bronze Age palace. Once home to over 1500 rooms, Knossos is considered Europe's oldest city. The first palace was built soon after 2000 BC but was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1700 BC. A new palace was immediately erected, and for 300 years it remained the pre-eminent centre of power in Bronze Age .....

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  • Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch in Heraklion

    Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch in Heraklion

      8 hours


    Enjoy a unique wine-tasting experience in Heraklion on Crete and explore the flavours of the island's vineyards. Learn about local gastronomy and terroir from wine experts, and taste 15 different wines during a private session. Meet producers from the central regions of Archanes and Peza, where wine production began in Crete,and discover the flavours of the wines during a private .....

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  • Full Day Private Fishing in Kolimbari Chania

    Full Day Private Fishing in Kolimbari Chania

      7 hours


    Experience the best of deep-sea fishing in the Mediterranean with our private boat and fishing experience! Our experienced local fishermen will take you off the coast near Kolimbari to teach you different techniques such as jigging, spinning, and bottom fishing. Your main targets will be Groupers, Snappers, Dentex, Squids or smaller fish while we provide all necessary equipment and baits. Enjoy a memorable adventure learning from some of the .....

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  • Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos Heraklion

    Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos Heraklion

      4 hours


    The Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village offers a 30-minute tour of the museum of rural history and folk craft. In Heraklion, you can also learn how to cook traditional Cretan dishes from the masters, before making your own. Dishes you can prepare include stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables, pork with wine sauce, lamb with green beans, traditional Cretan ntakos, tzatziki and sarikopites, and coiled cheese pies. After enjoying your creations, .....

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  • Samaria Gorge Trek Full-Day Excursion

    Samaria Gorge Trek Full-Day Excursion

      12 hours


    The Samaria Gorge is a well-known gorge located in Europe that is 12 hours long. The excursion begins with a pick up from Rethymno and a drive to Omalos where breakfast is served. The hike itself covers many different terrains including forests, rivers, and mountain ranges. You are also likely to see mountain goats during the hike. There is a professional mountain escort that will speak English, German, and .....

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  • Finikia Horse Riding Day Tour with Lunch in Heraklion

    Finikia Horse Riding Day Tour with Lunch in Heraklion

      5 hours


    After meeting your guide at the stables, you'll have a cup of coffee and then go through a basic training session on horseback riding. Then, you'll ride for an hour into the mountains with your guide, stopping at the top of Finikia to take in the views and snap some photos. On the way back down, you'll stop for a traditional Cretan lunch before heading back to the .....

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  • Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine in Rethymno

    Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine in Rethymno

      3 hours


    Sample native varieties of Cretan wine at the Cretan House of Wine in Rethymno. Discover delicious flavor and delicate aromas within every glass. Get to know different grape varieties by tasting various vintages. This event offers the unique opportunity to taste a variety of different wines from the Cretan region and learn about their individual .....

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  • 3 Day Wine, Culture and Gastronomy Holiday in Heraklion

    3 Day Wine, Culture and Gastronomy Holiday in Heraklion

      3 days


    What's not to love about a place that has rich flavors and aromas? Join us for three days as we explore the culture of Crete. For two full days, you will be immersed in local life by getting acquainted with their diet (the world-renowned Cretan food), exploring vineyards on your journey through this beautiful island country while learning more than just how many kilometers there are between landmarks; but also what makes each one .....

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  • Aerial Sightseeing Tour of Chania

    Aerial Sightseeing Tour of Chania

      30 minutes


    Fly over Chania, the second largest city of Crete and marvel at its rich history and stunning beaches from the air. You will have a chance to view within minutes after takeoff the famous Venetian Lighthouse of Chania as well as the Old City from above. Get an aerial view of Chania Town and its beauty - crystal clear water, pink sand, and spectacular .....

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  • Olive Oil Tasting with Food Pairing in Crete

    Olive Oil Tasting with Food Pairing in Crete

      3 hours


    Experience an olive oil tasting in Rethymno, under the shade of olive trees in a 2,000-year-old monumental olive grove and discover the history, culture, and Cretan civilization of olive oil throughout the centuries. The activity includes a tasting of 4 different olive oils and pairing food with more types of olive oil. You'll also receive more information about harvesting and olive oil .....

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  • Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Chania

    Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Chania

      12 hours


    At 10:20 AM, set sail for the island of Gramvousa, which takes approximately 45 minutes. During the cruise, you'll be able to see the elevation of the land along the cliff edges of Crete. Once you arrive at Gramvousa, you can either swim or hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. You'll then have 3 hours at the lagoon of Balos before the boat takes you back to the port of Kissamos. Return time to Chania is approximately 7:00 .....

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  • Full-Day Herbs, Tea and Wine Tour in Chania

    Full-Day Herbs, Tea and Wine Tour in Chania

      Full day


    If you're looking for an enlightening and relaxing day out, this guided tour of Crete's growing herb and wine industries is perfect for you. Departing from Chania, you'll head to an organic herb farm, admiring panoramic views of Samaria Gorge along the way. Start by learning all about Cretan flora and the island's precious herbs from a professional agronomist, before harvesting your own batch of tea to take .....

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  • Full-Day Samaria Gorge Trek Excursion from Chania Crete

    Full-Day Samaria Gorge Trek Excursion from Chania Crete

      Full day


    The Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe and is located 4,000 feet above sea level. It can be reached by a 12-hour excursion that begins with a pick-up from Chania. The trek through the gorge includes crossing rocks and stones, walking through a forest of thousand-year-old trees, along a river and by freshwater springs. The views of Crete’s most beautiful mountain range are spectacular and mountain goats can be seen roaming in the .....

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  • Arkadi Monastery e-Bike Tour with Lunch in Crete

    Arkadi Monastery e-Bike Tour with Lunch in Crete

      6 hours


    Discover the beauty of Rethymno as you cycle along its coastline. Stop at Arsani Monastery, then continue uphill through olive groves to Amnatos village. Admire the mansion of Sanguinazzo before stopping at Arkadi Monastery to learn about its rich history. Enjoy a traditional lunch with panoramic views before heading back to your starting .....

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  • Food Tastings Walking Tour in Heraklion

    Food Tastings Walking Tour in Heraklion

      4 hours


    Start your food tour in Heraklion with a traditional Greek coffee and learn why Greeks love coffee. Then, see how it's brewed the traditional way in sand and be taught "cup reading". Next, enjoy a bougatsa in a family-owned business that has mastered its bougatsa technique since 1922. Consisting of semolina custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo, bougatsa is a must-taste pastry that you shouldn't miss while being in the .....

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  • Cretan Meat Tasting Tour in Galatas Heraklion

    Cretan Meat Tasting Tour in Galatas Heraklion

      1.5 hours


    Learn about the traditional production methods of Cretan meat cold-cuts on a guided tour in Heraklion of modern certified facilities, and taste some of the traditional products while relaxing on the front yard with stunning views. You will also learn about the benefits of the Cretan .....

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  • Couples Only Tango Lessons in Chania

    Couples Only Tango Lessons in Chania

      1 hour


    Tango is an art form that can be found all over the world, and now it's available in Chania too! Private lessons are offered between 10 AM and 10 PM to help couples understand the fundamentals of embraced improvisation. Exercises will be used to introduce guests to the technique, with more basic material provided as they progress. One lesson isn't enough - tango is a lifelong journey - but with our guidance you'll soon have the confidence to .....

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  • Soap Making Workshop in Chania

    Soap Making Workshop in Chania

      3 hours


    This seminar hosted by Filio Sika is a unique opportunity for participants to learn about the history and craft of soap making in an environmentally friendly and human-friendly way. Participants will have the chance to observe, sniff, and try natural products made at FISIKA’s factory as well as actively participate in soap making with guidance from Filio. In addition, participants will be able to take home their very own handmade .....

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  • Family-friendly Mythology Tour of Knossos Palace

    Family-friendly Mythology Tour of Knossos Palace

      2 hours


    This family-friendly shared tour is perfect for all those who are fond of Greek Mythology, with a touch of Hollywood! Your guide will take you through the Palace of Knossos, where you'll see numerous chambers and learn about the Greek Myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and its Minotaur. You'll also get to see the throne of King Minos, the beautiful dolphin apartment of Queen Pasiphae, and the road taken by Theseus upon arrival to Crete from .....

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  • Private Fishing Trip Chania Crete

    Private Fishing Trip Chania Crete

      4 to 7 hours


    Are you ready for a new adventure? Our experienced captains will help you fulfill your dream of catching that big fish! You can either go fishing or spearfishing/freediving and after enjoying the day out at sea, we’ll dine on board with your freshly caught fish. Full-day trips are available as well as half-day trips departing from Kissamos. Get ready to set sail and explore the deep blue .....

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  • Chania Highlights Trikke Tour

    Chania Highlights Trikke Tour

      2 hours


    This Chania highlights tour with an electronic Trikke, takes you through the Old Town, past the Venetian Harbor, and into the Halepa area. You'll see some of the great houses with their new classic architecture, including the magnificent church of St. Magdalene. Then it's on to the old neighborhood of the tanners and the graphical port with the fisher sloops. The tour ends with a drive through the picturesque beach of Nea Hora. .....

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  • Private Squid Fishing Trip in Paleochora Chania

    Private Squid Fishing Trip in Paleochora Chania

      2 hours


    Join us for an unforgettable fishing experience in the southern waters of Crete! Our tour will provide you with a chance to catch squid, and we can also arrange for a cooking session on the beach. Enjoy long and entertaining hours at sea as you get all the pleasures that come from fishing. Book your trip now and make memories that will last .....

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  • Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting in Heraklion

    Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting in Heraklion

      2 hours


    On a luxury wine tasting tour of Crete, travelers can sample wines from some of the world's most famous wine regions. The tour includes visits to vineyards and wine cellars, where travelers can learn about the local wine-growing practices and history. The tour in Heraklion also includes a visit to a boutique winery, where travelers can meet the .....

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  • Aerial Sightseeing Tour of Balos in Chania

    Aerial Sightseeing Tour of Balos in Chania

      1 hour


    Experience a unique feeling of flying over the crystal clear waters and exotic blue lagoon of Balos with its magical scenery. Located northwest of Chania, between Cape Gramvousa and Small Cape of Tigani, you will be mesmerized by the vibrant turquoise waters that make this destination so popular among visitors. Don't miss out on this unforgettable .....

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  • Gourmet Walking Tour by Night in Rethymno

    Gourmet Walking Tour by Night in Rethymno

      4 hours


    On this private walking tour of Rethymnon's old town, you'll sample some of the best local cuisine. Along the way, you'll stop at a kafenion (cafe) for freshly brewed coffee, a 100-year-old bakery for Kalitsounia, and a wine cellar for a wine and food tasting session. Soak up the local atmosphere and learn about the history and traditions of Cretan cuisine. .....

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  • Full-Day Tour of Knossos and Heraklion from Chania

    Full-Day Tour of Knossos and Heraklion from Chania

      10 hours


    This amazing full-day tour will take you to the Palace of Knossos, a historical site in Crete. After exploring the palace, you can spend some time in Heraklion city and visit the Archeological Museum at your leisure. The museum is filled with Minoan artifacts that provide insight into ancient civilizations. Finally, you will get to experience the contrast between modern and ancient Crete when spending time in .....

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  • Traditional Cretan Dancing Lessons in Chania

    Traditional Cretan Dancing Lessons in Chania

      6 hours


    Experience the culture of Crete with a visit to Alikianos, where you will be welcomed with a walk around the village and a coffee at the local café. Then, dress up in traditional Cretan attire before learning how to dance like a local! With guidance from an experienced instructor, you'll learn three traditional dances and then enjoy lunch at a restaurant near the academy. After this fun-filled day, your hotel drop-off marks the end of your .....

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  • Historic Walking Tour in Heraklion

    Historic Walking Tour in Heraklion

      4 hours


    Heraklion, the capital city of Crete, is home to a well-known Archaeological Museum that you will visit on this walking tour. The museum houses Minoan civilization treasures and artifacts from Knossos dating back to the Bronze Age. With your professional guide, you will also visit an archaeological site, the palace of Knossos, as well as the 16th-century Koules Fortress. The fortress stands at the entrance to the old port and is still in great .....

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  • Aerial Sightseeing Tour of Chania and Heraklion

    Aerial Sightseeing Tour of Chania and Heraklion

      45 minutes


    Heraklion is a stunning city in Crete, offering visitors the chance to explore the fascinating Minoan civilization. With its Knossos palace and Archaeological Museum, tourists can gain insight into this ancient culture as well as enjoy breathtaking views of Rethymnon and Dia island from above. This itinerary allows travelers to make the most of their time in Heraklion while taking in some incredible .....

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  • Off-Road Tour at Sunset with Wine Tasting in Chania

    Off-Road Tour at Sunset with Wine Tasting in Chania

      4.5 hours


    Enjoy an off-road experience in an unmarked vehicle as you head towards the White Mountains. Pass through orange and lemon tree orchards, and see traditional villages along the way. At a viewpoint overlooking Chania, enjoy panoramic views of the sunset before heading to Manousakis Winery for a wine tasting session. Try local delicacies along with the wine before being dropped off back at your .....

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  • Wine and Olive Oil Tasting in Rethymno

    Wine and Olive Oil Tasting in Rethymno

      5 hours


    This tour in Rethymno will take you through some of the best traditional producers of olive oil and wine on the island of Crete. Start by learning about olive oil production at the Kanakis mill, then move on to taste some amazing wines at the Dourakis Winery. Finish up with a delicious lunch in either Nipos or Vryses .....

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  • Presentation of Cretan Folk Musical Instruments

    Presentation of Cretan Folk Musical Instruments

      3 hours


    This unique experience in Cretan culture allows visitors to explore the traditional musical instruments of Crete, some of which have been around since antiquity. After a presentation lasting 1.5 hours, participants then get to enjoy an evening at Dalabelos Estate Restaurant where they can play music with the instruments they just learned about while enjoying treats and refreshments such as raki and other products from the estate. It is sure to .....

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  • Margarites Pottery Workshop in Rethymno

    Margarites Pottery Workshop in Rethymno

      6 hours


    This pottery workshop tour in Crete offers a unique experience for guests, combining visits to the Melidoni Cave and an olive oil factory with a 15-minute ceramic shop tour and 1-hour pottery workshop. Guests will be guided by local artisans as they learn first-hand how pots are made on the wheel, decorated, and fired in a furnace before having lunch at a traditional taverna in Margarites village. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience .....

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  • Half-Day Private Fishing Trip in Chania

    Half-Day Private Fishing Trip in Chania

      3 hours


    Join us for an unforgettable fishing experience off the coast of Marathi and learn different techniques from expert fishermen. Our skipper will provide all the necessary equipment and bait for you to target Groupers, Snappers, Dentex, Squids or smaller fish. Enjoy an amazing adventure with some of the best fishermen in .....

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  • Pottery Classes in Heraklion

    Pottery Classes in Heraklion

      2 hours


    This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the techniques and processes involved in creating unique items with clay. Participants will be guided through each stage, from transforming an amorphous mass into a useful object to glazing and baking their creations. Depending on the process used, it may take 3-4 days for the item to dry before they can pick it up or have it shipped at their own expense. The finished product can then be .....

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  • Full-Day Cruise to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay from Heraklion

    Full-Day Cruise to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay from Heraklion

      10 hours


    Experience the beauty of Crete on a scenic bus and boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay. Enjoy the stunning views of white sand beaches, unique blue-green waters, and breathtaking landscapes as you cruise for 1 hour across the lagoon. Take 2.5 hours at Balos Bay to explore this paradise before heading back .....

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  • Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania

    Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania

      12 hours


    This full-day trip from Chania takes you to the southwest corner of Crete to the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Relax on the beach and swim in the crystal-clear waters for 4 hours, then enjoy lunch at a local tavern (not included). Situated just off the island of Crete, Elafonisi is easily reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare .....

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  • Full-Day Private Fishing Experience in Chania

    Full-Day Private Fishing Experience in Chania

      8 hours


    At our company, we offer a unique and exciting experience for those looking to explore the waters of the Mediterranean. Our private boat tours will take you to the seaside of southern Crete where you can enjoy fishing, snorkeling and even cooking on the beach (upon request). Spend an entertaining day out in nature with us as you get all the pleasures that a single fishing day at sea may .....

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  • Traditional Village Bakery Class & Tour in Rethymno

    Traditional Village Bakery Class & Tour in Rethymno

      6 hours


    In this activity in Rethymno, you will learn how to make delicious village bread. You will focus on mastering the fundamentals and discussing traditional techniques as you practice making bread on the stone mill and wood ovens. Your instructor is talented and passionate about the craft of baking, and she will be excited to pass along her tips and recipe to .....

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  • Abseiling Day Trip at Tsoutsouros Gorge in Crete

    Abseiling Day Trip at Tsoutsouros Gorge in Crete

      7 hours


    Discover Tsoutsouros gorge by abseiling down the beautiful and technical canyon. The canyon is suitable for beginners and anyone up for a challenge. Your adventure begins with a short hike to the entrance of the canyon, followed by a safety and equipment briefing. Then, you'll strap up and start your descent through the constantly changing terrain. Depending on the weather conditions, you may come across water in the gorge until the beginning of .....

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  • Chania City Tour from Rethymno

    Chania City Tour from Rethymno

      6 hours


    Discover the old Venetian town of Chania, Crete and experience its unique charm. Walk through its picturesque alleys filled with beautiful local shops, explore the old harbor for romantic walks and dinners, and visit the market hall to browse interesting artifacts from different cultures. Enjoy traditional cuisine in small taverns and cafes as you soak up the atmosphere of this historic .....

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