Heraklion Bus & minivan tours

Our most recommended Heraklion Bus & minivan tours

Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

1. Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

Explore Heraklion on an open bus tour with a 48-hour ticket. See city’s famous landmarks and visit the famous beach of Ammoudara. Use the ticket for 2 days and board the bus at various points around the city.  Familiarize yourself with the Cretan civilization, history, and architecture and learn all about the old and modern city of Heraklion in your own language with the commentary on board, available in 8 languages.  Admire the view of the streets and the landmarks from a safe distance, Hop on and off at all the bus stops to visit major attractions such as Knossos Palace, the Archaeological Museum, Ammoudara Beach, the Venetian Port, the Market, and many others.  The 8 bus stops along the route are: • Old port square • Historical Museum of Crete • Knossos Palace • Heraklion Archaeological Museum • Grave of Nikos Kazantzakis • Venetian Walls • Port bus station • Jesus Gate

Heraklion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Heraklion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Explore Heraklion city at your own pace using a hop-on hop-off bus. Enjoy a combo ticket good for 48hours and for 2 different bus lines. See famous attractions, visit the beach of Ammoudara and the Knossos archaeological site. Take your chance to see it all with one combo ticket. Discover the Cretan civilization, history, and architecture and learn all about the old and modern city of Heraklion. Enjoy onboard commentary in 8 different languages explaining important details and facts. On the first route, embark on a 12 stop line that tours Heraklion city over one hour. Get off and on when you please and appreciate hours from 830am until 530pm every day. The second route provides a 6 stop line that leads to Ammoudara beach.

Heraklion: Tour to Cave of Zeus, Mochos Village, & Knossos

3. Heraklion: Tour to Cave of Zeus, Mochos Village, & Knossos

Explore the history of Crete on this tour from Heraklion. Soak up local culture at the villages of Mochos and Krasi. Find out where the mythological figure Zeus was thought to have been born. Travel to the archaeological site of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in a comfortable van from your accommodation in Heraklion. Sit back and relax on the way to the traditional mountain village of Mochos. Admire its narrow alleys, cobbled streets, and colorful gardens.  Continue to Krasi village to view a Platanus tree that is 2,400-year-old. Stand in the shade of this tree which is locally known as the Writer's Tree. Travel to the cave of Diktaion Andron, which is believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. Have the chance to purchase tickets to go inside the cave. Admire views of the Lasithi Plateau before heading to the archaeological site of Knossos. Buy a ticket to the site to see richly colored frescos amid the remains of this Bronze Age palace. Purchase a ticket to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum to explore collections of Minoan art and artefacts. Feel free to stop and purchase lunch during the tour. Return to your accommodation in Heraklion at the end of the tour. 

Heraklion: Private Knossos Palace & Archaeology Museum Tour

4. Heraklion: Private Knossos Palace & Archaeology Museum Tour

You will begin your day by visiting the most important archaeological site on Crete and the second most visited archaeological site of the country, the Minoan palace of Knossos and the mythical Labyrinth of Homer. You will be visiting an amazing area which consists of 22,000 square meters. A prehistoric "city", this is the place where the oldest European civilization started and flourished some 5,000 years ago. Following this, in the center of Heraklion Town, you will visit the biggest Archaeological collection of artifacts on Crete. You will explore these pre-hellenic artifacts, focusing on the Minoan period and going deeper into its significance and development throughout time.

Heraklion: Private Tour to Cave of Zeus & Palace of Knossos

5. Heraklion: Private Tour to Cave of Zeus & Palace of Knossos

Take a day trip from Heraklion to Crete’s important mythological sites. Travel to the palace of Knossos, home to the legendary labyrinth that contained the Minotaur. Climb to the Psychro Cave, a sacred Minoan site associated with the birth of Zeus, and visit traditional Cretan villages as you go. Start in Heraklion, where you will meet your driver and, optionally, your guide. Drive into the hills to Knossos, the large Bronze Age site of ancient Crete’s major city and the political center for the Minoan civilization. Wander through the remains of large palace buildings and past the intricate foundations of what is believed to be the labyrinth built by Deadelus to hide the Minotaur. Next, head into the center of the island to the traditional village of Krasi, home to the enormous 2,400 year-old Platanus tree. Drive further into the hills toward Psychro. After a short climb, admire panoramic views of Crete from the top of the hill before descending into the cave. The cave was an important site for cult worship during the Minoan period and is associated with the legend of the birth of Zeus. Your final stop will be at the CretAquarium to admire the variety of sea creatures that inhabit the Mediterranean sea bed, including sharks and ghost jellyfish. Finish the tour back in Heraklion, where your driver will drop you off.

Heraklion: Palace of Minoa & Spinaloga/Elounda Village Tour

6. Heraklion: Palace of Minoa & Spinaloga/Elounda Village Tour

Experience a private day tour in the Heraklion area and visit the third-largest Minoan Palace in Crete, stop at the Island of Spinalonga, and explore Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Learn more about the history and culture of the Heraklion area on this private tour. Start the tour with pickup from your designated pickup point, and first go to the Archaeological site of Malia, dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. See this majestic site, the third-largest Minoan Palace in all of Crete, built close to a beautiful beach. Move on to Kritsa Village, one of the oldest and most picturesque villages in the area, built atmospherically on a rocky hill called Kastellos, and surrounded by olive groves. Explore the local village with narrow winding lanes, renowned for the skill of its weavers, and see their craftsmanship Visit the Church of Panagia Kera, one of the most important monuments in Crete because of its well-preserved wall paintings representing various periods of Byzantine Art. See the original church, dedicated to the Dormition of Theotokos, built in the middle of the thirteenth century. Make a stop in Agios Nikolaos, one of the first cities in Crete where tourist development began. Admire the picturesque harbor and see two of the sweet water lakes of Crete. Pass by the fishing village of Elounda on the northern coast, and enjoy the traditional and idyllic scenery. Reach the marina of Plaka and from there travel to the Island of Spinalonga, famous as it was a former Venetian Fortress and Leper Colony. Learn more about the site's history and its significance as it left an unfading mark on Crete's history.

Heraklion: Crete Palace of Knossos, Museum & Shore Excursion

7. Heraklion: Crete Palace of Knossos, Museum & Shore Excursion

Experience the best of Heraklion on a day tour of two of the area's most famous destinations, the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Knossos. See the Palace with its beautiful architecture and learn about Cretan history at the museum. Begin the tour with a visit to the Palace of Knossos, and be taken back in time 4,000 years to the time of one of Europe's oldest civilizations in Europe. Admire the large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations, and luxurious rock-cut caves and tholos tombs. Explore what was once a major center of trade and economy in ancient Greece, with ties to major cities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Visit the Palace at Knossos, and learn about the rich lifestyle of the Palace beginning around 2000 BC. Make a stop at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important in Europe. Marvel at artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic to Roman times. Finish the tour with a quick walk at the Old Market of the town and transfer back to your cruise ship or to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 880 reviews

Nikolas was a excellent guide! He was very professional, knowledgeable and thoughtful. From providing us cold water and chilled hand towels at every stop, to surprising us with delicious local sweet cheese pastries, to taking wonderful pictures of us, we could have asked for a better guide. This is a great tour for those who don’t have lots of time, but want to see glimpses of the local side of the island as well as some of the top tourist stops. NOTE: You will have to either conduct a self guided tour or pay for a tour guide at Knossos, the driver will not tour you through the ruins. The view of the plateau was beautiful from the mouth of the cave. NOTE: the cave is quite a steel trek up the side of a mountain (~10-15 minute hike). Once you’re at the top, there is a steel staircase that leads down into the cave. Providing you have the time, this tour can be quite flexible, including stops to see an olive oil factory, a pottery shop where you make your own pot, and Raki tasting!

The tour was amazing! Compliments to our tour guide. She explained everything thouroughly. Especially at the Knossos palace. We love greek methodology and her stories really completed the tour. Also, the cave in Psychro was a great experience

this safari allows you to see inaccessible places. Dimitris, our French-speaking guide, shared his knowledge of Crete with us. I recommend !

Would be nice if the beaches area were covered but it's the perfect and economical way to visit Knossos!

We chose this option to visit Crete as soon as we arrived on the cruise