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Things to Do in Heraklion

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 33 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 157.21


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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Bus & Minivan Tours

Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 16 hours
Priced From: USD 75.27


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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Cultural Tours

Wine Tasting and Culture Minibus Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 87.34


Visit the Knossos archeological site, enjoy wine tasting of Cretan Greek wines, and visit a pottery to learn about traditional pottery-making.

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Cultural Tours

Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 95.49


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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Day Trips

Santorini Island Independent Day Trip from Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 197.96


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 71.00


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 and Cretan Culture Tour with Boat Trip

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 75.69


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

Spinalonga Island Day Trip

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 60.55


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 64.05


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

Santorini Island Day Trip from Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 199.13


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 69.87


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 Night: Live Music and Dance with Greek Dinner

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 52.40


The Cretans express their feelings not only in words. &nbsp;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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Food Tours

Heraklion Food and Wine Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 107.13


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 107.13


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

Winter Landrover Safari Minoan Route from Heraklion with BBQ

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 58.22


Get ready for a unique experience with our Land Rover Defender® vehicles! Join our one day through the beautiful Cretan wilderness, high into the mountains where only the goats and donkeys usually go. Let the island amaze you, for sure this will be the best day of your holiday!<br />With... Read More

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Half-day Tours

Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5.5 - 6 hours
Priced From: USD 55.16


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: Varies (1 full loop lasts 60 minutes)
Priced From: USD 17.47


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 Open Tour Hop on Hop off

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 17.47


Discover Heraklion with Heraklion Open Tour. Enjoy the city of Heraklion in your own language with the audio commentary on board.&nbsp;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 family!&nbsp;

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Horseback Riding

Cretan Horse riding in Finikia and Giouchtas Mountains

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 75.69


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

Black Rose Pirate Cruise Including BBQ Lunch

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 46.58


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 Heraklio town Private Half Day Tour

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 209.61


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 - 2 nights
Priced From: USD 679.59


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 &ndash; from Crete to Santorini to Mykonos &ndash; getting the best of the best at each spot. The stress of... 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 - 4 nights
Priced From: USD 853.34


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 217.36


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

Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum or Shopping from Heraklion

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 135.37


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

Scuba Diving Course in Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 87.34


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

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Walking Tours

Aposelemis Gorge Walk in Crete

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 64.05


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 60.55


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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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 110.63


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

Private Full-Day Wine and Terroir Tour of Heraklion with Guide

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 104.80


Take a private full-day wine tasting, olive oil tasting and terroir tour in Heraklion, Crete with a private English-speaking guide. 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. Travel... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Heraklion Airport or Port to Crete Hotels

Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 15 minutes to 2.5 hours
Priced From: USD 15.62


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 33.47


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: 15 minutes to 2.5 hours
Priced From: USD 15.62


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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