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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Heraklion and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Heraklion activities? We have 46 tour ideas.


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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Off-Road Buggy Adventure in Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 170.26


Come explore the Cretan mountains on a 7 hour buggy safari. Anyone holding a driver's license can drive on this inclusive day for couples and families. This trip will lead you through picturesque villages, olive groves, the Plateau of Lasithi and the wild nature in Crete. Lunch will be served in a traditional Greek tavern. All the vehicles are automatic, user friendly, offer maximum comfort, performance and safety.

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Full-Day 4x4 Self-Drive Safari in Crete with Lunch

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 90.80


A day you will always remember! See Crete, the way few people do! A full day Jeep Safari that gives the sensation of a real adventure. Uncover Crete's beautiful mainland on this full-day 4x4 safari, led by two expert guides. Get behind the wheel of a 4-seater all-terrain vehicle, and set off in a convoy through the verdant Cretan countryside.

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Bus & Minivan Tours

Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 16 hours
Priced From: USD 89.66


Enjoy this excursion to the prized national forest of Crete, the Samaria Gorge - the longest and most beautiful gorge in Europe.

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City Tours

Heraklion Walking City Tour Including Cretan Treat

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 44.14


Amazing 3 hours walking tour in the largest town of Crete, Venetian &amp; Ottoman Heraklion or Iraklion, to discover it's history, finest hidden gems.<br />The tour includes '' Kerasma '' Cretan Traditional&nbsp; Sweet&nbsp; <br />Pick Up -Drop Off (on foot) : Heraklion City center Hotels and port

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Cultural Tours

Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 81.98


Join this 8-hour guided excursion through the Cretan mountains and discover the wonders of the Minoan Route. Stop at historic sites including an ancient Roman aqueduct and the Diction Cave, the mythological birthplace of Zeus. Enjoy a traditional breakfast with 'raki' in the village... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Exploring Heraklion and its Villages

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Priced From: USD 605.37


<ul><li>Sightsee around the scenic villages of Crete </li><li>Choose an itinerary tailored to your interests and specifications </li><li>Zero hassle! Your personal guide will arrange everything </li><li>Visit the top wineries of the region to discover unique and hard-to-find wines </li><li>Relax on some of the most beautiful beaches of... Read More

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Day Trips

Santorini Island Independent Day Trip from Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 239.62


Get to know Santorini on a full-day independent trip from Crete, and see as much of the island as you wish! Either soak up the sun with a book on the beach, or explore the pretty island towns and villages. Discover the delights of Fira or Oia; take a cable car ride from the volcanic caldera to the old port; scout out cozy island tavernas; or impress the children with a donkey ride! How you enjoy your time on Santorini is up... Read More

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Day Trips

Full Day Tour to Spinalonga Island with BBQ Lunch

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 83.04


Take a boat ride to the island of Spinalonga. This former leper colony includes preserved houses and churches, and a strong Venetian influence in the form of a fortress surrounding the village. Swim in the crystal blue water before enjoying a BBQ lunch. As a bonus, a trip to the vibrant Crete town of Aghios Nikolaos is also included.

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Day Trips

Spinalonga Island and Cretan Culture Tour with Boat Ride

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 94.59


Visit Spinalonga island in combination with a taste of Cretan culture. Minibus tour and boat trip, small-group, with a personal touch.

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Day Trips

Across North Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 113.51


The 'Across North Crete' tour includes the areas of Heraklio - Rethimno - Chania - Rethimno - Arkadi - Knossos

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Day Trips

From Gorge to Gulf Full Day Small Group Tour in Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 242.15


Be prepared to fall in love with Crete! You will hike, swim, eat, and cruise your way around the island during this action-packed day. Soak up the awe-inspiring scenery, eat traditional Cretan food, and explore old fortresses on the tiny island of Spinalonga. This the best of the Cretan countryside... Read More

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Day Trips

Crete Countryside Adventure Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 210.62


Journey into the heart of Crete for an unforgettable taste of country life that has barely changed for centuries. Driving through the hills, past dreamy olive groves and ancient ruins, we will take you to secret places that only locals know about. You will be welcomed at a traditional... Read More

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Day Trips

Spinalonga Island Day Trip

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 65.58


Originally, Spinalonga was not an island – it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes and a fort was built there. During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island.The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.

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Day Trips

Chrissi Island Day Trip

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 69.36


Chrissi, an island 7km long with a maximum width of 2 km, is located 8 nautical miles south of the most southern town in Europe, Ierapetra. From the moment visitors sets foot in Chrissi, they get magnetized by the exotic natural landscape dominated by cedar, the golden sand and the light aquamarine water.<br /><br />

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Day Trips

Full-Day Santorini Island Trip from Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 215.66


Cruise to world-famous Santorini Island, one of the most picturesque islands in the Mediterranean. Visit Oia and Fira and walk along the breathtaking cliffs of the Santorini caldera. Enjoy a guided tour of the island as well as free time to explore at your leisure.

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Dining Experiences

Cretan Night - Live Music and Dance

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 75.67


The Cretans express their feelings not only in words;<br />This wasn't even allowed during the many periods of occupation. The most convincing way for Cretans to express themselves is in music and dance.

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Dinner Packages

Cretan Folklore Night with Live Music, Dance, and Greek Dinner

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 56.75


The Cretans express their feelings not only in words.  This wasn't even allowed during the many periods of occupation. The most convincing way for Cretans to express themselves is in music and dance.<strong><br /></strong>

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Eco Tours

In Focus: Healing Nature Small Group Eco Tour Including Planting a Tree

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 203.05


What a wonderful gift to yourself and to nature. This very special In Focus tour shines a light on the problems facing the Cretan countryside after a series of devastating fires rocked the island. We will visit one of the affected areas where you will plant a tree to support the reforestation... Read More

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Food Tours

Cretan cousine dinner with breathtaking view

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 55.49


Live an authentic culinary experience in Crete. Learn all about traditional Cretan cuisine as you enjoy a stunning view of the city.

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Food Tours

Cretan Picnic for Wine Lovers

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Priced From: USD 605.37


<br /><ul><li>Visit to a traditional winery and its vineyards</li><li>Tour around the scenic area of Peza</li><li>Discover the 2500 BC minoan wine press</li><li>Learn about the unique viticulture and the indigenous grape varietals</li><li>A wine-tasting session with 5 different types and styles of wines</li><li>Introduction to the Mediterranean and... Read More

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Food Tours

Heraklion Wine Roads

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Priced From: USD 681.04


<ul><li>Visit 2 Estate family wineries and taste their awarded wines</li><li>Stop at selected vineyards located on Archanes or Peza or Dafnes</li><li>Learn about the unique viticulture &amp; the indigenous grape varietals</li><li>Wine tasting in the wineries of 12  different type &amp; style of wines</li><li>'Meze' style meal at a tavern located in... Read More

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Food Tours

Heraklion Food and Wine Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 116.03


Crete is a foodie paradise, and Heraklion is the capital. On this 3-hour tour with a guide, experience the city like a local and explore the neighborhoods where residents live, eat, and shop, all while tasting the best local treats on the island. Vegetarian options are available if indicated at booking.

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Food Tours

Heraklion Bites and Sights Morning Small Group Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 116.03


Bypass the concrete and head straight for the heart of Heraklion. Hit the backstreets and hidden pathways, checking out the highlights, sampling local treats, and discovering all the forces that have combined to make Heraklion the city it is today.

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Full-day Tours

Full-Day Guided Spinalonga Island Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 94.59


The history and the culture of the island of Spinaloga became one with human tragedy in the course of time. It carries the history of Ancient Greece as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olou, the history of the Saracens pirates, the history of the Venetians as their fortress, the history of the Turks as their settlement and the history of the Greeks as the place where their leper would be sent into... Read More

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Half-day Tours

Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 64.53


Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the nearby city of Heraklion on a 5-hour Crete tour! With an expert local guide, walk around the ruins and excavations of the island's vast ancient palace (entrance own expense), and learn about the Greek mythological tales that are linked to it. After exploring the labyrinth of corridors and rooms on the Knossos tour, travel into central Heraklion to learn all about Crete's main town.... Read More

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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 18.92


Discover the sights of Heraklion on this fun, open-top hop-on hop-off bus tour. Admire panoramic views of top Heraklion attractions and hop on and off at any of 10 stops around town. Ride to the Palace of Knossos and see its ancient Minoan relics, or stop at the Venetian fortress, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and other must-sees. With your unlimited use 1-day ticket, you can hop on and off whenever you wish during the day.... Read More

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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus City Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 18.92


Discover Heraklion with Heraklion Open Tour. Enjoy the city of Heraklion in your own language with the audio commentary on board. Heraklion Open Tour gives you the opportunity to see the city from above combining pleasure and education and is the perfect choice for you and your... Read More

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Horseback Riding

Crete Finikia and Giouchtas Mountains Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 81.98


Explore the Finikia and Giouchtas mountains on a relaxing horseback ride that shows you the natural wonders of Crete. Trot across the landscape on a docile mount and take in beautiful rural vistas before indulging in a delicious lunch.

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Lunch Cruises

5-hour Crete Pirate Ship Cruise: Sissi, Malia, and Stalis

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 50.45


Every day, the Black Rose embarks on boat tours from the port of Hersonissos through the clear waters of the Cretan Sea. Sissi, Malia and Stalis are some of our stops.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Knossos Palace and Heraklion Town Private Half-Day Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 227.01


Private half day tour from Heraklio port or town hotels with licensed guide and deluxe minivan to visit Knossos Palace and archaeological site, Heraklio town and Archaeological Museum.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

3-Day Independent Island Hopping from Crete Including Santorini and Mykonos

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 809.68


Island hopping is practically a national pastime for Greeks and the people who love their land and culture. And with this 3-day trip, you too can fashionably hop from island to island – from Crete to Santorini to Mykonos – getting the best of the best at each spot. The stress of buying... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

5-Day Independent Island Hopping from Crete Including Santorini and Mykonos

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 days
Priced From: USD 1016.68


This 5-day island-traversing tour takes away the stress of booking high speed catamaran tickets and hotels and figuring out how to get to the ferry docks from your hotel. Your only decisions will be the good ones: where to eat, which amazing beach to watch the sunset on. Over 5 days, visit... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Heraklion

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 235.41


Set your taste buds tingling during this private, 5-hour cooking class and wine tasting tour in Heraklion. Visit a prestigious winery and learn about winemaking methods during a tour of the cellar, vineyards and production area. Then, sip on three different varietals of wine during a guided... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Heraklion for Foodies Private Tour: A Wealth of Cretan Gastronomy

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 37.84


Experience the wealth of Cretan gastronomy and indulge in a chorus of earthy flavours with our Heraklion for Foodies Tour! Wander the streets and hidden alleyways of Heraklion and discover  traditional eateries and delis that will put you right in the centre of the local vibe. Don't miss... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum or Shopping from Heraklion

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 146.61


Travel back 4,000 years to the oldest civilization in Europe on this excursion through Crete. Departing from Heraklion Port, a luxury mini-bus will take you to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, then on a sightseeing tour along Heraklion's city walls. Next, you can either take a guided tour... Read More

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Scuba Diving

Crete Introductory Scuba Diving Experience

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 94.59


Experience the underwater world off the coast of Crete with a guided tour of the spectacular Mediterranean waters.

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

The Dictaean Cave: The Birthplace of Zeus self-guided mobile tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 50 minutes
Priced From: USD 12.61


<strong>The Dictaean Cave was the birthplace of Zeus</strong>. Since the time of King Minos the cave has been a meeting place for mortals and immortals, an awe-inspiring environment full of primeval geological formations, myths, and traces of the human presence.<br /><br... Read More

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Shopping Tours

Heraklion Handmade Souvenir Small Group Shopping Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 128.64


Crete's history goes back for more than 5,000 years, and pieces of that heritage can be found in the island's artwork, food and products — but you have to know where to look to find the best treasures! On this Heraklion tour we will take you to shops and galleries you'd never find on your... Read More

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Walking Tours

Aposelemis Gorge Walk in Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 69.36


Gorge walking on Crete, Greece. Explore the Aposelemis gorge near Heraklion with a local guide.

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Water Parks

Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance Ticket with Transport

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 65.58


ACQUA PLUS is by far the most popular water park on the island of Crete, for twenty years now it offers great fun and good service to more than 100000 satisfied clients per year, is situated 5km from Hersonissos and only 30km from the city of Heraklion.

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Water Parks

Aquaplus Admission Ticket

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 34.05


Acqua Plus is by far the most popular water park on the island of Crete, for twenty years now it offers great fun and good service to more than 100000 satisfied clients per year, is situated 5km from Hersonissos and only 30km from the city of Heraklion. It's next to the Crete Golf Club.

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 119.81


This Oenotourism activity is perfect for the wine lover however it is not necessary to be a wine expert to appreciate and enjoy the day! In a small and friendly group with a maximum of 8 people you have the opportunity to discover and learn about the land, wines, gastronomy and the local products such as olive oil, cheese and more. During this private day tour, you will be accompanied by a former journalist and... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Small-Group Tour of Heraklion with Tastings

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 126.12


Take a  full-day wine tasting, olive oil tasting and terroir tour in Heraklion, Crete with an English-speaking guide on this small group tour. Enjoy lunch at one of the best Cretan mezze restaurants in the area. This tour is great for food and wine lovers to discover the real taste of Crete.... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Heraklion Airport or Port to Crete Hotels

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 16.91


Begin your Crete vacation with ease by pre-booking this private transfer from Heraklion Airport or Heraklion Port to your Crete hotel. Your friendly and professional driver will greet you upon your arrival and drive you directly to your hotel in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned vehicle.... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Chania Airport to Crete Hotels

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 36.25


Start your Crete vacation with ease by booking this private arrival transfer from Chania Airport to your Crete hotel. Choose from a selection of drop-off points including the towns of Georgioupolis, Rethymno and Chania, and then meet your friendly and professional driver to travel to your... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Departure Transfer: Crete Hotels to Heraklion Airport or Port

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 16.91


Ensure a hassle-free way to end your Crete vacation by pre-booking this private departure transfer from your Crete hotel to Heraklion Airport or Heraklion Port. When it's time to leave the city, your professional and reliable driver will meet you at your hotel. Then, relax in a private,... Read More

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