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CRUISE TO THE ISLAND OF KOUFONISI FROM MAKRIS GIALOS

Half Day - 7 hours
Free Cancellation

Makrys Gialos and Koufonisi island and much more...

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From USD 26.89 USD 24.20

Daily morning departures from mid June to mid September.

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What is included in this tour

  • Cruise Boat tour tickets.

Not included & Optionals

  • Pick and drop off
  • Towels.
  • Lunch and drinks.
  • Personal expenses and gratuities (optional).
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Half-day cruise from Makrys Gialos to the island of Koufonisi on a pirate ship. In this sightseeing cruise tour you will enjoy Koufonisi Island, its rugged and rocky coasts, the caves with white and yellow rocks and the beaches of fine white sand and emerald blue waters. Swim or simply enjoy the sea sailing with this indispensable half-day excursion from Makrys Gialos.

Departure from the port of Makrys Gialos.

The tour departs at 10: 45hrs from the Port of Makrys Gialos. Upon reservation, we will send you a confirmation of your excursion.

Language

The tour takes place in English.

Duration

This is a half-day excursion and lasts approximately 7 hours. Daily departures from June to September.

When to book?

We recommend booking as early as possible in order to ensure availability.

Payment Method

Reservations can only be paid by credit card via our website.

Cancellations

Full refund for cancellations at least 24 hours in advance. For cancellations or modifications later than 24 hours prior to departure, 100% of the total cost will be applied as cancellation fees.

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Once the reservation is made you will receive an email with your reservation number or receipt. Vouchers are not essential for this tour.

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Excursion Itinerary: Cruise To The Island Of Koufonisi From Makris Gialos

FROM MAKRYS GIALOS TO THE ISLAND OF KOUFONISI
FROM MAKRYS GIALOS TO THE ISLAND OF KOUFONISI

Your cruise boat will depart from the port of Makrys Gialos, a lovely seaside village in Ierapetra, at about 10.30am and head to Koufonisi island in the Libyan Sea.  You will be dazzled by the steep rocky shorelines, the caves with white and yellow rocks and unearthly dunes.

Koufonisi was known in antiquity as Lefki (meaning white) because of the white limestone and marl reflected in the sunlight.  Its current name Koufonisi (meaning hollow island) may owe its name to the many caves and caverns carved out by the sea and the wind or to the rats, called "koufa" by the locals.  It is the largest of a cluster of five islands and, although uninhabited now, it is full of ruins that point to human activity from the Early Minoan times.  Due to the significant findings unearthed on the island the locals also call it Delos of Crete. These findings include a stone theater, a settlement with an eight room impressive villa and a Roman public baths complex, which are currently not open to the public.  The island was also an important hub for sponge fishing and porphyry production, an extremely valuable purple dye.   

Your cruise boat will moor in a wind protected beach, where you will disembark to explore the island.  There are 36 beaches with fine white sand and emerald blue waters.  It was in one of these, Hiliaderfia, where a British yacht carrying Prince Charles and Princess Diana anchored years ago.  

If you feel like hiking there is a path leading from the harbour to the other end of the island, through small fields and barren expanses dotted with drystone walls.  

A little north of the trail that connects the ancient theater and the ancient temple and lighthouse, there is the desert region Elia (olive), a really strange phenomenon in Greece, which is covered by sand and dunes with bushes.  

Your departure is scheduled for about 5.00pm but please make sure that you ask the crew about the exact time.

Greca Tip: Remeber to pack extra towels or consider buying a beach umbrella before you get on the boat.

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