Silversea Luxury Cruises To Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Ayios Nikolaos is clustered on a peninsula alongside the gulf of Mirabello, a dramatic composition of bare mountains, islets, and deep blue sea. Behind the crowded harbor lies a natural curiosity, tiny lake Voulismeni, linked to the sea by a narrow channel. View more

Hilly, with narrow, steep streets that provide sea views, the town is a welcoming and animated place, far more pleasant than Mallia and the other resort centers in this part of Crete: you can stroll miles of waterside promenades, cafés line the lakeshore, and many streets are open only to pedestrians. Ayios Nikolaos and the nearby Elounda peninsula provide an excellent base for exploring eastern Crete.

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Excursions in Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Aghios Nikolaos at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Aghios Nikolaos at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Aghios Nikolaos at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Aghios Nikolaos at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

The Palace of Knossos: Guided in German

Explore the storied past of the Palace of Knossos during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion to Heraklion.


Palace of Knossos

Depart the pier for the approximate 70-minute drive to Knossos, the ancient capital of the great King Minos. Constructed around 1900 B.C., the original Palace of Knossos was destroyed by an earthquake about 200 years later, then rebuilt on a grander scale. Knossos was devastated again with the eruption of the volcano in Santorini around 1500-1450 B.C. Despite this blow, people continued to live here for another fifty years until a fire swept throughout the city circa 1400 B.C.


Upon arrival, take a guided tour through the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex, which served as the administrative and religious centres for the whole region. Along the way, see the living quarters of the king, queen and members of the royal court, rooms for state occasions, the theatre area, store rooms, and potters' workshops.


Following your tour, re-board the coach and proceed to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves approximately 1 km / 0.6 miles of extensive walking on uneven surfaces, and steps to climb while exploring the palace grounds. Comfortable walking shoes, preferably with rubber or non-slip soles, are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear light-weight clothing bring sun protection. The tour sequence may vary to avoid overcrowding. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

The Palace of Knossos

Explore the storied past of the Palace of Knossos during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion to Heraklion.


Palace of Knossos

Depart the pier for the approximate 70-minute drive to Knossos, the ancient capital of the great King Minos. Constructed around 1900 B.C., the original Palace of Knossos was destroyed by an earthquake about 200 years later, then rebuilt on a grander scale. Knossos was devastated again with the eruption of the volcano in Santorini around 1500-1450 B.C. Despite this blow, people continued to live here for another fifty years until a fire swept throughout the city circa 1400 B.C.


Upon arrival, take a guided tour through the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex, which served as the administrative and religious centres for the whole region. Along the way, see the living quarters of the king, queen and members of the royal court, rooms for state occasions, the theatre area, store rooms, and potters' workshops.


Following your tour, re-board the coach and proceed to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves approximately 1 km / 0.6 miles of extensive walking on uneven surfaces, and steps to climb while exploring the palace grounds. Comfortable walking shoes, preferably with rubber or non-slip soles, are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear light-weight clothing bring sun protection. The tour sequence may vary to avoid overcrowding. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Journey to Lassithi Plateau

Explore the scenic ancient countryside and mountains of Crete during this half-day journey to Kera's Monastery and the Lassithi Plateau.


Mt. Dikti

Depart the pier for the approximate 60-minute drive into the interior of Crete, then ascend 3,000 feet (about 914 metres) to Mt. Dikti; the island's easternmost mountain range. En route, pass through the fertile countryside and many picturesque villages.


Kera's Monastery

Your first stop is a guided walking tour at Kera's Monastery, or 'Kardiotissa'. Built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Virgin of Kera, this structure is adorned with lovely Byzantine icons and 14th-century wall paintings.


Lassithi Plateau

Next, you will continue on through wooded villages to the Lassithi Plateau and Seli Village to admire the breathtaking views and photo opportunities of the surrounding mountains, which are dotted with over 100 picturesque windmills for which the area is famous. Following your photo stop, walk to a nearby tavern to enjoy local treats and the hospitality that these warm people are known for before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one hour, with a moderate amount of stairs (approximately 30) to negotiate at the entrance of the monastery. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, however it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing, and sun protection. The tour sequence may vary to avoid overcrowding. Shorts are not permitted inside the monastery, and ladies must have their shoulders covered before entering. Windmills are generally adourning sails only during July and August.

Aghios Nikolaos, Elounda & Spinalonga

Discover the seaside beauty and ancient history of Crete during this half-day walking tour of Aghios Nikolaos, and visit to Spinalonga Island via boat.


Aghios Nikolaos Walking Tour

Depart the pier for a guided, approximate 45-minute walking tour of Aghios Nikolaos. Built on the western recess of Mirabello Bay, Aghios Nikolaos is undoubtedly the most picturesque harbour in Crete. A Byzantine church of the same name is located on the peninsula of the port. This ancient town served as a harbour during Roman times and the first Byzantine period. A fortress, Mirabello, was erected here during a period of Venetian occupation due to its beautiful view. Following your walking tour, board a coach for the brief drive to Elounda.


Elounda and Spinalonga Island

Upon arrival in Elounda, embark a boat for the approximate 30-minute ride to the nearby island of Spinalonga, also known as 'Kalidon'. Located on the eastern section of Crete, Spinalonga was once linked with the adjacent peninsula of Kolokitha and fortified to protect the entranceway of the ancient port of Olous. Spinalonga also served as the setting for Victoria Bishop's best-selling novel, The Island, and Werner Herzog's experimental short film, Last Words. Today, this unoccupied island is one of the main attractions in Crete.


Following an hour-long visit to Spinalonga, embark your boat for the approximate 30-minute return ride to Elounda. Upon arrival, a stop is made for some free time to explore your surroundings or have a refreshment on your own before commencing the brief drive back to the pier in Aghios Nikolaos.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.