Spinalonga - Elounda - Agios Nikolaos - Heraklion
Daily cruise program - Boarding time: 7:30 am -Arrival time: 22:30 pm
An overnight on boat at: - Agios Nicolaos Or - Elounda Or Heraklion
We welcome you on boat and we begin our trip to the east part of Crete and travel to the north part: from Bali,Agia,Pelagia ,Heraklion and from another Dias island and do some stops to see the island , after Dias island we go to Elounda and stay one night where you can visit the most luxury hotels in Crete and the rest of our country . Next stop is a visit to Spinalonga and then return to Rethymno , with stops to have a swim at Fodele, a green-water beach, anytime you like.
Description of the Cruise
In spite of its long and turbulent history, today Spinalonga is mainly known as the Leper Island.
In 1903, a leper colony was established on Spinalonga, to isolate people suffering from Hansen’s Disease from the healthy population.
The cure for leprosy had not yet been discovered, and the contagious disease was regarded with horror. Hansenites, as lepers are known, were quarantined in leper colonies outside towns, living off the charity of passers-by.
In Crete the place-name Meskinia, meaning “lazar house”, survives in several places, for instance in Heraklion and Rethymno. In Heraklion it refers to the neighborhood of Chryssopigi south of Ikarou Avenue, before Poros.
People were terrified of leprosy and lepers had to wear bells to warn people of their approach. It was not known that most of the population is naturally resistant to the disease and that the risk of contagion was much lower than thought. But who would run the risk of catching an incurable, fatal disease?
So a small island was the ideal solution for isolating sufferers from the healthy population, who could thus feel safe. Spinalonga was ideal because it was close to shore, permitting the easy transfer of patients, food and supplies. There were also many empty houses there after the departure of the Muslim inhabitants.
On 30 May 1903 the decision to transform Spinalonga into a leper island was signed, and 250 patients were moved there from various parts of Crete. More came following the unification of Crete with Greece in 1913, while later patients were even brought here from abroad and it was classified an International Leper Hospital.
Elounda is located 10km north of Agios Nikolaos, near the northwest side of the bay of Mirabello. The area is a renowned tourist resort with luxurious hotels for the most expensive tastes. Each year Elounda hosts in utmost secrecy several Heads of States and celebrities of the international economic, political, athletic and artistic elite.