Heraklion
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Our most recommended Heraklion Neighborhood Tours

  • From Heraklion: Morning Sailing trip to Dia Island

    1. 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.

    I have had a wonderful time during the trip, very relaxed and enjoyable. More important to mention is that the skipper Monos and his assistant John are so responsible and friendly, which gave me so much extra pleasure besides the leisure trip itself. It is a 4.5h trip only but the nice memory will for sure last forever in the life. So, definitely I will recommend my friends to take this trip if they visit Crete. Cheers~

  • Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

    2. Heraklion: Food Tastings Walking Tour

    Get an introduction to the best food that Heraklion has to offer by treating your palate to traditional Cretan dishes and exceptional local wines! Go on an unforgettable tasty journey through Heraklion’s local neighbourhoods. After meeting your local guide, start off with a traditional Greek coffee also known as ellinikós kafés. Learn why Greeks love coffee and see it brewed the traditional way in sand and be taught “cup reading”, a centuries-old tradition that reads your future. Enjoy Heraklion’s well-known bougatsa in a family-owned business that has mastered its bougatsa technique since 1922. Consisting of semolina custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo, bougatsa is a must-taste pastry that you shouldn’t miss while being in the city. Continue to a local market where you’ll meet the local vendors and learn about their products. Sample some of the basic e...

    Our guide Eva was the best! Food and drinks were super local and she took us also on excursion to 4 churches and historic sites of Heraklion. Due to COVID group is max 6 persons,we were 4 in the group. Definitely worth the money!

  • Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area

    3. Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area

    Depart from Chania at around 7 AM and head eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards inland Crete until you reach the Palace of Knossos. The palace is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization. Follow your guide on a 2-hour tour through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and learn about the Minotaur and Ariadne. Afterward, rejoin the bus which will bring you to the heart of the capital city of Crete, Heraklion. Take the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide. Finally, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch, and drink Raki. At around 3:30 PM, the bus will depart on its return journey to Chania.

    Knossos palace is a must see whilst in Crete. The guide on the bus there and at the Site were extremely knowledgeable. The only slight downside is that you don’t get long in Heraklion after the palace (2.5 hours), and if you’re planning on going to the museum there can sometimes be a queue to get in, which means you don’t have long around the actual museum and then have even less time to go into Heraklion to walk around/look for something to eat. However still a great trip that we really enjoyed

  • From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

    4. From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

    Depart Heraklion and journey west by coach to the stunning city of Chania. Learn about its Minoan history and see sights from different civilizations, including the Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian eras. Get a view of the lighthouse in the port, wander the narrow streets of the old town and enjoy some free time for lunch in the pretty harbor. Look for gifts and souvenirs in the famous agora (market) and more. Then, make your way to Lake Kournas and get back to nature in the lush green hills. Keep a look out for rare birds and marine life, including eels and turtles. Go for a swim or take an early afternoon walk in the protected wetlands. Drive back towards Heraklion and stop in the city of Rethymno along the way. Wander the enchanting alleys of the old town, see the domes and minarets of the Ottoman-era mosques and marvel at the 16th-century Venetian fortress.

    It was a good tour. It’s under your line and our tour guide was very nice. Her name is Emmanuela.

  • Heraklion: E-Bike Historical Sightseeing Tour & Greek Meze

    5. Heraklion: E-Bike Historical Sightseeing Tour & Greek Meze

    Head to the meeting point and get kitted out with the necessary bike gear while listening to a safety briefing. When you’re ready, hit the road with your local guide and set off on your sightseeing adventure. Glide alongside the city’s imposing Venetian Walls as you make your way to Koules Fortress. Hop off your bike to take some photos of this impressive landmark and learn about its history. From here, ride into the Old Town district to see monuments of the Second World War as well as some of the city’s more modern sights. Pass by the city’s Orthodox church and mosque next, and learn about the influence of religion in Heraklion. You’ll also get a better insight into the city’s history with the Ottoman Empire. Later, cycle thorough the narrow streets of Iakkos and soak up views of this picturesque neighborhood. Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy some delicious Greek mez...

    Had an interesting and super fun sightseeing tour. Really recommend for anyone with few hours to spare in Heraklion.

  • Crete: Day Trip Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

    6. Crete: Day Trip Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

    Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable transportation. Make your first stop at Agios Nikolaos, on the Gulf of Mirabello. The place is famous for its picturesque lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau. Walk along the city on your own, stroll through the shops or relax. After that, discover Elounda and its magnificent views of Crete. At Spinalonga Island you can choose to join an English guided tour or explore the island by yourself. If you do not wish to visit the archaeological site at all, you can join a one-hour boat trip to a secret location and dive into the crystal clear water. After a short drive, reach Plaka a small fishing village. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim before heading back to your accommodation.

  • Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

    7. Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

    Receive a short 30-minute tour on your arrival at the museum of rural history and folk craft in the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village. Traditional Cretan cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Here you can learn from the masters while they create famous Cretan dishes which you can participate in before making your very own. You can create stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables, pork with wine sauce, lamb with green beans, traditional Cretan ntakos, tzatziki and sarikopites, and coiled cheese pies. Afterwards, you can sit down to enjoy the dishes you have prepared with local wine and mineral water. Participants will also receive a cooking certification document, which has been authorized by the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village.

    This was a blend of museum tour, cooking class, and excellent dining experience. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. The food was unbelievable! Would absolutely recommend.

  • Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

    8. Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

    Explore the Palace of Knossos and learn the traditional craft of pottery on this tour of Cretan culture and heritage. After pickup at your hotel, start your day at the Palace of Knossos, one of the birthplaces of the modern world. Visit the palaces, the villas and other excavated buildings. Continue to a traditional pottery village in the mountains, driving on pretty roads lined with olive trees. See how Cretans have produced their wonderful pottery for thousands of years. Enjoy the fantastic opportunity to try your hand at this ancient craft, with the guidance of a master potter.  During the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with wine or water included. At the end of a wonderful day, start the drive back to your hotel, where you’ll be dropped off.

  • Crete: Follow in the Footsteps of Greek Mythology

    9. Crete: Follow in the Footsteps of Greek Mythology

    During your stay in Crete, explore the mountains of Lassithi and enjoy the magnificent view of the amazing landscape on your way up. Pass the reservoir of Aposelemi and the village of Sfentili, which has almost completely sunk, and visit a traditional mountain village and a typically Cretan family. Learn everything about the story of the father of the gods and his siblings. Visit one of the caves before heading to Lassinthos Eco Park to hear everything about the Cretan traditional way of living. Learn more about the secret of Cretan cuisine and their special delicacies. Enjoy a refreshing lunch in a cosy, traditional tavern and listen to amusing stories about the villagers while feasting on good food and delicious wine. Round off the day with a visit to the mountain village of Krassi at 600 meters above sea level. Krassi used to be the summer residence of one of the island's most famou...

    This was a really great tour- we had a fantastic time exploring the plateau and Viola was a fantastic guide, making it a really personal experience. Would definitely recommend!

  • Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

    10. Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

    Journey through the authentic flavors of Crete at a private wine tasting with professionals from the industry, and sample 15 different wines. Join a small and friendly group of no more than 8 people and learn more about the vines, terroir and gastronomy of Crete. Hear about local produce, such as olive oil and cheese. Benefit from the services of a guide who is a former journalist and restaurant chef, and speaks both English and French. Meet some of the best producers of the island's wines from the central regions of Archanes and Peza, where wine was first made in Crete. Take a tour of 2 of their wineries and vineyards, and then experience the flavors of the wines at a private tasting of 15 wines following a wine presentation. Enjoy a sensational tasting of olive oil and other traditional products from Crete, such as honey, marmalade, wine vinegar and more. Then, meet a selection of ch...

    This was a great way to get a wonderful feel and taste for the wine, olive oil and food in Crete. Our tour guide, Pierre, was so knowledgeable of the wine, the food and the history. Everyone involved worked together to make sure we had a great time. Would definitely recommend to others.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 195 reviews

I have had a wonderful time during the trip, very relaxed and enjoyable. More important to mention is that the skipper Monos and his assistant John are so responsible and friendly, which gave me so much extra pleasure besides the leisure trip itself. It is a 4.5h trip only but the nice memory will for sure last forever in the life. So, definitely I will recommend my friends to take this trip if they visit Crete. Cheers~

You have to have made this sailing trip. Not only is the view, the bay of the island of Dia beautiful and the water crystal clear and light blue, but also Manos and John were perfect! super nice and funny. We took care of every request. The food was great.

It was a good tour. It’s under your line and our tour guide was very nice. Her name is Emmanuela.

Great tour. You can only recommend them. Everything worked out great.

Very friendly staff and amazing experience overall