Luxury Private Tour

Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Routes & Iconic Matala Beach Private Tour

Gems of South-Central Crete

Why We like It

Ideal for Cruise Travelers
History & Archaeology
Local Flavors
Cretan Wine-Tasting
Beach & Sun Escape

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560 €


8 hours


Ancient ruins of the Minoan empire, the best Crete wine, & radiant seas.

It’s why we love our Heraklion tour.


To us our custom private tours in Crete means putting fire in your soul, giving you stories, and banking memories. Our discerning travelers and luxury-minded adventurers are on the hunt of shaping their own idyllic connection with the island. Let us create for you meaningful moments on this handcrafted Central Crete tour.


Hop down to the heart of Iraklio, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the archaic Minoan civilization collide on this local guide tour of Crete.


From the comfort of a chauffeured vehicle and escorted by our brilliant Crete guide soak up the Minoan earth of generosity. Revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara valley where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards and the oldest olive groves seem to stretch perennially toward the horizon as the mesmeric aromas of wild herbs envelop your surroundings.


What does Crete taste like in a wine glass? Let us take you to a family-owned winery set on a peak amongst awe-inspiring panoramas of Iraklio wine country and introduce you to the passionate winemakers of this award-winning domain. Immerse into their intoxicating world of wine tasting Crete vintages that embody the essence of the island from antiquity.


Luxuriate in the ages as we guide your tour at the Bronze Age Phaistos Palace and Gortyna along with storied Byzantine Monasteries nestled within otherworldly landscapes. Monuments that exude timeless energy from the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Succumb to our private guided tour expertise and beyond-the-guidebook tour organization access to spark the emotional reaction that the island can bring out in you.


In the late afternoon, tuck in the carefree vibe of boho Matala beach and once the prehistoric port of Festos. An idyllic seascape heaven of the flower children that captivated even Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. Bask in the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea, then unwind in the charming Matala village that is irresistible for its freshly caught grilled fish enlivened by splashes of lemon and shellfish deliciously prepared to perfection accompanied by the finest ouzo.


Inspired by our private Heraklion tour? Now, imagine yourself overlooking the orange melting sunset as the dark-wine sea sings serenely with myth and the warm breeze touches gently your cheeks leaving salt crystals in its wake. There is a kind of flame in South Central Crete - let us call it "soul" – something that becomes an everlasting part of you.


Day Tour Itinerary Highlights

  • Plunge into the guide tour of the land of old-world splendor of Minoan Crete with our brilliant local guide
  • Wander the picturesque village of Agios Myronas and step into the sacred cave of the Saint where still flows the holy water
  • Stroll the Gortyn archaeological site famous for the great Gortyn Code in Doric dialect that later became the Spartan Law
  • Wallow in the central Crete vineyard tour along the emerald expanse of Messara valley and visit a boutique winery to taste luxuriant wine tasting Heraklion flavors
  • Embrace the legendary Faistos Palace, the seat of king Rhadamanthus, where the Phaistos disc hieroglyphic script was excavated
  • Discover the Cretan sacred jewel of Odigitria monastery (Agiofarango) with a strong monastic tradition linked to Apostle Paul
  • Delight in scenes of the spectacular sunset fading behind the iconic Matala caves as you bath in the azure waters of the Libyan Sea
  • Taste delicious seafood dishes from the fresh local catch of the Matala village fishermen by indulging in the culinary significance of South Crete

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Private Day Trips from Heraklion Crete by Snami Travel

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For cruise travelers we can fully customize our private shore excursions in Crete from all major ports of the island:

Chania, Rethimno, Iraklio and Agios Nikolaos.


Want to learn more about why we run the best private Crete day trips?


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Welcome to the playground of the Minoans. Our Heraklion tour detailed itinerary.


Luxury tours in Heraklion: Into the generous land of the Minoan Crete

Start with convenience upon a flexibly adjusted pick-up time of the day and touch down to South-Central Crete from the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. Spoil yourself with a bespoke service accompanied by your personal tour guide who will ensure you experience the best of the whole tours in Heraklion itinerary.


With an expert local tour knowledge, it's our privilege to unveil to you a destination where the Minoans and Mycenaeans cultures along with archaic stunning landscapes remain as they have for thousands of years. Central Crete is the beating heart of this vast island, and the region is a microcosm that the very best Crete island can provide.


A guided walking tour in the village of Agios Miron & his sacred cave

Follow your knowledgeable Crete tour guide to the fertile plains of South-Central Crete. Weaving your way through the ancient land of generosity, at an altitude of 400m discover the village of Agios Myron dominated by overwhelming panoramas of age-old cropland and luxuriant pastures sprawling up the rolling hills.


As you stroll the picturesque village alleyways, one of the paths will take you to the time-honored church which hosts the relics of Agios Myronas the Cretan. Let us guide your tour to the ascetic cell of the Saint, a sacred cave under the church where healing water gushes from within the rock.


Now let’s turn our attention back South by following the Crete trip that goes deeper into this majestic region. A verdant backdrop of serene landscapes with the added charm of colors, Minoan culture, and cities from a bygone era are seemingly around every corner.


Discover Bronze Age palaces & Central Crete wine tour routes

Soak up our custom private Heraklion tours as we take you on a true passage of time meandering through the Minoan wonders of Messara the largest plain in Crete tucked among the mountains of Asterousia, Psiloritis, and Lassithi Plateau.


Step foot on the prehistoric city of Gortyna archaeological site and plunge into the sensations of rich history reflected in the stellar ruins with aesthetic shapes and flawless architecture. Let us stimulate you with our best guided tour to this legendary site which gloriously appears in the Homeric poems. The place where the law code of Gortyn the oldest and most complete Greek law was found.


We always say that where there’s culture, there’s wine. Everywhere you look, you see abounding Crete vineyards grow blissfully next to olive orchards. Why not take you on a Crete wine tour to a family-owned winery? Meet our passionate producers and immerse into the intoxicating flavors and aromas of the wines of Crete. Step on the domain's highest peak and lose yourself in the glorious views of this ancient land that bore the ancient Minoan art and hosted others such as the Roman and Byzantine.


Have the inside track to discover the perfect spot to embrace the magnificent views of the Phaistos archaeological site while we draw you back to a time when myth and history were indistinguishable. Get inspired by the legacy of the mythical King Rhadamanthus, brother of Minos the ruler of Knossos Palace, and the Phaistos disk whose secrets still puzzle many leading linguists and cryptographers of the world.


Open your eyes and heart, as this destination has more old-world’s gems to spark your travel curiosity on our majestic South Central Crete day tours.


A jewel of monastic Crete: Odigitria Monastery– Agiofarango

Have a local tour to uncover the unique allure of Odigitria Monastery– Agiofarango one of the most historic monasteries in Crete. With a strong monastic tradition that is linked to Paul the Apostle and a cradle of asceticism in Crete, developed in the sacred gorges of Agiofarago and Martsalo.


Let your Crete vacation guide take you to the fortified Monastery that echoes its extraordinary cultural legacy and marvel at the eye-catching views of the Libyan Sea from the glorious Tower of Xopateras. On this Crete culture trip, we will tell you stories from way back that have been passed down for generations and continue to resonate with luster and exuberance.


Hop again on your chauffeured vehicle and set off to Matala, once the prehistoric port of Phaestus and Gortina, with iconic artificial caves from the Neolithic Age.


An idyllic escape to Matala. From the ancient times to hippies & Bob Dylan era.

Beach and food are the essential elements of our private day tours in Crete Greece. So let us chauffeur you to Matala beach to discover the carefree bohemian vibe and abundant flavors in this corner of the Libyan Sea.


It's an ancient land and very special. Inhabited from Neolithic Ages and attracted civilizations as varied as the Minoans and Romans along with its recent past when Matala hippies put this once tiny fishing village on the map in 1960. Boho Matala’s sea, sun, and chic village paradise also attracted Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Cat Stevens, and Joan Baez who dwelled in the emblematic Matala caves.


Bask in the sapphire blue waters of the Libyan Sea. Indulge in the delicious aromas from the rustic fish tavernas on the waterfront, as the spectacularly idiosyncratic island scene is enhanced with octopuses hung out to soften in the sun. Everything is fresh, original, and local because this is the part of Crete that nurtures the authentic way of living and encourages travelers to submerge in its pure world.


It is this meaningful moment when waves wipe away worries, seashells bring good luck, toes in the sand grounding your soul, warm salty air ruffles your hair as the sun is diving into the ancient sea in an explosion of warm orange, pink and red.


Suddenly, everything that resembles this archaic island is in front of you. Believe us when we say that these are the day trips from Crete Greece to remember.


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For cruises travelers we can fully customize our private Heraklion shore excursions from all major ports of Crete:

Chania, Rethymno, Iraklio and Agios Nikolaos.


Want to learn more about what makes our custom private Heraklion tours different?


Call us on ​+30 698 70 97 639 (WhatsApp) or tell us what you're looking for here.


This itinerary is ideal for the shorex Crete tours from heraklion in terms of timeframe with your corresponding cruise. In addition, we can customize your Heraklion wine tour experience by including some of the boutique family-owned estates such as Lyrarakis winery Heraklion | Boutari winery Heraklion| Douloufakis winery | Domaine Gavalas | Domaine Paterianakis | Mediterra Wineries or Creta Olymbias | Minos-Miliariaki Winery.

Do not forget to bring along

Comfortable shoes, proper dress code in Byzantine Monasteries, sun and beach amenities.


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