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Things to do in Heraklion Regional Unit

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From Crete: Santorini Island Guided Tour

1. From Crete: Santorini Island Guided Tour

Enjoy a roundtrip tour to Santorini. Travel comfortably on a modern boat and in air-conditioned buses while learning about this island's history and mythology. Capture pictures of Santorini's famous Aegean architecture and narrow, winding streets.  Travel to Heraklion port where you will depart on a high-speed boat for Santorini. Enjoy ocean views on the 2.5-hour cruise to the island and pickup a snack from the bar onboard.  Arrive at Port Athinios and hop aboard the bus for the guided tour. Travel 40 minutes to Oia, where you will admire the blue and white houses built over the cliffs. Learn about the city before enjoying free time to admire the volcanic caldera at your own pace. Next, travel 30 minutes to Fira, the main town of Santorini, built on the edge of a 300-meter cliff. Check out its narrow streets, white vaulted houses, and bright blue domes. Have the option to take a cruise from Fira in a wooden boat to the volcano and hot springs (for an additional charge) or spend more time exploring the city. Return to Port Athinios where your guide will help you board the return ferry.  Take in the late-afternoon views on the boat before arriving at Heraklion port.

Heraklion: Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

2. Heraklion: Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

Join a guided tour of Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, once an astonishing palace built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, get the chance to see the original throne of ‘’Minos”, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, Crete’s treasures pantries, and the water-management systems. The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was built immediately, the most monumental of all, and for over 300 years it represented the pre-eminent center of power in Bronze Age Crete. The new palace was an imposing complex with important architectural innovations, splendid frescoes adorning the walls, hundreds of rooms distributed in four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts. Learn how during the last decades of the 14th century BC, a series of earthquakes led to the final destruction of the palace. 

From Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos: Full-Day Santorini Trip

3. From Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos: Full-Day Santorini Trip

Discover the beauty of the island of Santorini on a bus and catamaran tour from Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos. Capture pictures of the classic blue and white houses in Oia and have some free time to explore Fira in the shadow of the Santorini volcano.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your accommodation. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned bus transfer to the high-speed catamaran in Heraklion harbor. Sail across the Mediterranean to the island of Santorini. Hop off the boat to take a tour of the beautiful island in a comfortable and climate-controlled bus. Listen to live commentary about the history of one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Travel to the village of Oia at the northernmost tip for magnificent views of the typical blue and white houses across the hillside and stunning views of rolling hills meeting the sea. Continue to the capital at Fira and have some free time to browse the shops or enjoy a drink at a bar with views of the volcano and the returning boat in the evening. Cruise back to Heraklion and transfer back to your hotel.

Crete: Off-Road Quad Safari Tour with Hotel Transfers

4. Crete: Off-Road Quad Safari Tour with Hotel Transfers

Off-Road self- drive atv quad safari tour in Crete! Just before we start for this unforgettable guided quad tour experience, the experts of our quad safari will teach you everything about the atv vehicles, including lessons for beginners so that everyone is ready to discover Crete safely, with lots of fun and excitement! To begin we go uphill onto an off-road terrain between olive groves to reach our first stop, where we will enjoy the panoramic views at the chapel of the prophet Elias. Then let’s… Off-road again! Descending through this verdant place full of colours, we will safari on an impressive off-road route between the vineyards and the olive forest to explore the Cretan nature which will amaze you! Then we will take a tour of the local olive oil factory where we will learn how to extract olive oil. A small taste test will follow! We continue through dirt roads to the historical cave of Milatos. Impressive mountains and wildlife nature with rich flora and fauna and unique views. Opportunity to collect some local herbs and be one with nature! Take stunning photos and then let’s carry on exploring one of the most historical caves of Crete after hiking from the ancient path to the Milatos Cave ( Only on 8:30 morning tour ) ! Then…??? Let’s swim in the crystal clear waters of Milatos beach! Free time to lunch at a restaurant ( Only on 8:30 morning tour ) ! This is before our seaside safari tour through the narrow streets of the two most representative fishing villages of the area, the traditional villages of Milatos and Sissi. At the end of this adventure and as ready now we will have fun on an amazing dynamic off-road route around the archaeological site of the Minoan palace of Malia! Having experienced an incredible quad self-drive safari trip in Crete, we are sure you will come back full of amazing memories that will last a lifetime!

From Heraklion: Morning Sailing Trip to Dia Island

5. From Heraklion: Morning Sailing Trip to Dia Island

Enjoy a cruise, snorkeling and fishing in crystal clear waters on this relaxing and fun trip to Dia Island. Relax on the 1-hour trip to the island, taking in the scenery and enjoying the comfort of your boat, which will have a maximum of 8 passengers onboard. Next, visit the romantic gulf and ancient Minoan port of St. George. Spend 2.5 hours swimming in the turquoise water, walking on the beautiful trails, fishing or just relaxing on the beach. Relax and let the crew take care of you by providing you with any snorkeling and fishing equipment you need. Enjoy unlimited refreshments, seasonal fruits and a delicious Mediterranean lunch served by the crew.

Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

6. Crete: Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

Embark on a full-day guided trip to northeastern Crete and take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island. Visit Agios Nikolaos with its famous lake, and explore the picturesque village of Elounda. Begin the day with the visit to Agios Nikolaos, and see the shore of Mirabello Bay. Explore the town, famous for the lake at its center and its shopping and cafes. Take your time for a walk to enjoy the views, enjoy some shopping or have a drink in one of the numerous cafes around the lake. Explore an open-air market on Wednesdays. Move on to see Elounda village, a former fishing village on the northern coast of the island. Depart from Elounda for the cruise to Spinalonga Island. Learn about the island's vibrant history, from a home for the Venetians and Turks to a place of isolation for those suffering from leprosy. Experience the island, more popular after the 2005 historical novel “The Island” about how lepers lived in Spinalonga. Join the hundreds of people who come to the island every day to visit and learn its history.

Horse Riding with Lunch in the Mountains near Heraklion

7. Horse Riding with Lunch in the Mountains near Heraklion

Discover the wonderful mountain landscape around Heraklion and decide between riding comfortably in a coach or riding a horse yourself. After around 50 minutes, arrive at the top of the Finikia Mountains - a perfect place for a cozy picnic with soft drinks, raki and fruit. Enjoy the fantastic view of the sleepy mountains of Zeus, father of the gods, said to have been born in the Dikti Cave on the Lasithi Plateau. Continue your ride over the incredibly beautiful landscape and enjoy a hearty lunch in Cretan style with traditional house wine. Spend a little time on the lands, relax with a glass of wine and watch as your children take the reins.

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos w/ BBQ Lunch

8. Heraklion: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos w/ BBQ Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to the island of Spinalonga from Crete and enjoy a walking tour of the island. Visit the towns of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda and take a swim in the crystal water. Be picked up from the Heraklion area and taken along the picturesque northeast coast through the gorge of St George, reaching the small fishing village of Elounda. Today Elounda is a popular holiday resort, often visited by celebrities for the luxurious white beaches. From there, take the boat to the small island of Spinalonga. The history and the culture of Spinalonga are laced with different diverse strands of history. In Ancient Greek times it served as a natural guard for the city of Olous; later it was used as a hide-out for Saracen pirates, turned into a fortress by the Venetians, and later settled by the Turks.  After your visit to the island of Spinalonga (1.5 hours), the boat will head for one of the bays in the area. Swim in the crystal clear waters, and then savor a delicious barbecue served on board. Later, return to Elounda, where you take the bus to go to the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy shopping, exploring and marveling at the bottomless lake there. At the tour's end, the bus will take you back to Heraklion area.

Heraklion Airport: Shared Transfer To/From Rethymno

9. Heraklion Airport: Shared Transfer To/From Rethymno

Opt for a shared transfer to/from Heraklion Airport to/from Rethymno and enjoy a safe, affordable, and reliable service. Perfect for solo travelers, couples, or larger groups on a budget, this shared transfer operates daily to/from the airport and accommodations. Skip the stress of getting to the airport on time or finding your accommodation in Rethymno while still staying in line with your budget. Appreciate timely service with a comfortable and shared bus.

From Malia: Preveli Beach, Damnoni Beach & Rethymno Day Tour

10. From Malia: Preveli Beach, Damnoni Beach & Rethymno Day Tour

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive: 2 hour 30 minutes 1st stop: Damnioni Beach Arrive by bus at the beach of Damnioni and embark the boat which will take you to the unique Palm Forest of Preveli. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 2nd stop: Preveli Palm Beach – 1 hours 30 minutes Arrival at the famous beach of Preveli. Our participants will have plenty of free time to enjoy swimming, explore a unique mix of sandy beach and green river flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Boat Trip: 30 minutes 3rd stop: Damnioni Beach – 1 hour Arrival at Damnioni, free time for 1 hour to enjoy lunch at a local tavern. Bus Drive: 20minutes 4th stop: Kourtaliotiko Gorge – 10 minutes Experience the wild natural landscapes of Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Our participants will have 10 minutes of free time in order to admire the view of the Cretan Nature and take some pictures! Bus Drive: 30minutes 5th stop: Rethymnon Town – 1 hour 20 minutes Visit the picturesque old town of Rethymno. Enjoy your free time to walk along the old port, its iconic small streets with local cafes, and its beautiful beach road. End of the tour – Arrival to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Bus Drive: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Highly recommend this Ecobike tour with wine tasting! We had never ridden ecobikes before, but we got used to them pretty quickly. Alex and Marina were very communicative prior to the tour. Marina was our guide for the day and we thought she was fantastic: friendly and informative. We stopped by three different restaurants in town to sample delicious mezzes and five glasses of wine. Because Marina is a professional sommelier, we learned a lot about local wines. Alex joined us at the last stop and they shared anecdotes and local recommendations; it felt like hanging out with friends and we had a blast!

I am an archaeology student, and the guide was able to adapt to that, moving beyond all of the basic talking points and going deeper into the history and archaeological practice at the site. She was extremely knowledgeable!

The palace was beautiful and I enjoyed guided tour because we got some special informations that I am sure we couldn't get visiting on our own. I would highly recommend to visit this palace.

Excellent fun, the captain and crew were lovely and the food was surprisingly good. Views were stunning, highly recommended.

Alex and Maria was so kind and friendly, sightseeing was also good and food are fascinating