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How to Spend 2 Days in Heraklion

How to Spend 2 Days in Heraklion

Two days in Heraklion (also known as Iraklio) gives you enough time to soak up the Cretan capital’s ancient wonders, inhale some delicious food and wine, and see a folklore show. Don't miss the chance to head further afield to the rugged Lasithi Plateau or the Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s longest canyons. Read on to find out how.

Day 1: Ancient Adventures

**Morning:**Start the day by taking in Heraklion’s signature sights. Explore the Palace of Knossos, the 4,000-year-old Minoan city that spawned the mythical Minotaur and his labyrinth. Go deeper into the past at the world-class Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Finally, take in the Venetian Walls and historic Koules Fortress.

**Afternoon:**You’d be remiss to visit Crete without discovering the island’s wealth of oil, cheese, wine, and olives. Tour markets and artisan stores. Try local favorites such as Romeiko red wine ordakos, Crete’s answer to Italy’s bruschetta. Or, take a cooking class in a restaurant or private home.

**Night:**The Sea of Crete has kept the island’s fishermen in business for thousands of years. Discover the delicate flavors of Mediterranean favorites such as red mullet or sea bream. Or splurge on delicacies such as slipper lobster, shrimp, or sea urchins. The Old Venetian Harbor is a scenic spot to dine.

Day 2: Island Inspiration

**Morning:**With two days in Heraklion, you can venture further afield. At 10 miles (16 kilometers) long, the rugged Samaria Gorge is one of Europe’s longest canyons—and it narrows to just 10 feet (3 meters) wide at one point—and a top area hike. Or, stay closer to home with a visit to the Lasithi Plateau, with its thousands of photogenic windmills and the Dikteon Cave, where ancient myth claims the sky god Zeus was born. The mountain trails are great for a 4WD adventure.

**Afternoon:**Most outdoor adventures from Heraklion last the day. If yours gets back early, take in more of the city’s essential sights, perhaps from an open-top bus. 

**Night:**Wrap up your stay in Heraklion by partying as if you’re at an old-fashioned Greek wedding. Savor island wines and traditional Cretan cuisine as you listen to folk songs and ancient instruments. Then clap along to the infectious rhythms as costumed dancers whirl and leap.

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Cretan Night - Live Music and Dance

Cretan Night - Live Music and Dance

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Enjoy a fun introduction to Cretan culture on this evening tour. Tuck into a delicious dinner of typical island cuisine, sip fine Greek wine and be entertained by a thrilling Cretan Folklore show, including live music and traditional dance. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.79
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Private Departure Transfer: Crete Hotels to Heraklion Airport or Port

Private Departure Transfer: Crete Hotels to Heraklion Airport or Port

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Sit back and enjoy a stress-free ride to Heraklion International Airport or Heraklion Port with this private departure transfer from your hotel in Crete. When it’s time to leave this beautiful Greek island by air or by cruise ship, simply meet your professional driver at your hotel or private residence, hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle, and relax as you’re whisked straight to the airport or portside. Just select your pickup location from hotels in many of Crete’s towns, including Heraklion, Chania, Malia, Rethymnon and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.50
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Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

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Pull on your walking shoes for a full-day Samaria Gorge hike in Crete. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, head into Crete’s White Mountains to the entrance to the spectacular gorge, one of Europe’s longest. Ogle the awe-inspiring views as you hike down into, and along, the gorge floor past streams, wild goats, deserted settlements and steep cliffs. Walk at your own pace and finish your Samaria Gorge hike at the beachside village of Aghios Roumeli. Ride a boat from here back to your coach for your return journey.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.14
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Private Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Tour of Heraklion area with Tastings

Private Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Tour of Heraklion area with Tastings

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Discover the culinary delights of Crete on a day tour from Heraklion that includes wine tasting, olive oil tasting, and learning about the island's terroir. Visit a boutique winery and family-owned olive oil producer to sample wine and oil with your group. You'll have lunch at a mezze restaurant and gain insight into a piece of Crete's culture from a guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$181.76
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Private Arrival Transfer: Heraklion Airport or Port to Crete Hotels

Private Arrival Transfer: Heraklion Airport or Port to Crete Hotels

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Start your stay in Crete in style with this private, one-way transfer service from Heraklion International Airport or Heraklion Port to your Crete hotel or private residence. Meet your courteous driver at the airport terminal or the portside, and hop into your private, climate-controlled vehicle. Then, sit back and relax as your driver whisks you directly to your accommodation in any of Crete's major resorts, such as Heraklion, Chania, Elounda, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos and others.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Santorini Island Independent Day Trip from Crete

Santorini Island Independent Day Trip from Crete

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Visit the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini on a full-day independent trip from Crete. After a hotel pickup, cruise to the beautiful Greek island, and explore as you wish. Admire the stunning scenery and clifftop towns, laze on black-sand beaches, browse the shops of the cliffside capital of Fira, visit picturesque Oia, and relax in the tavernas and bars, many with epic views over the caldera. Finally, catch the return boat from Santorini to Crete for a hotel drop-off. All meals and activities on Santorini are at your own expense.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.23
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Heraklion Bites and Sights Morning Small Group Tour

Heraklion Bites and Sights Morning Small Group Tour

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Discover Heraklion’s hidden sights and culinary delights on a 4-hour walking tour. With a friendly local guide, dive into the heart of the Cretan capital to experience its landmarks, hidden gems and favorite foods. See sights such as St Titus Cathedral, walk atop the Venetian town walls, and discover hidden side streets and vibrant neighborhoods. Learn about Heraklion’s history, scout out tasty treats at a market, sip on Greek coffee and savor delicious 'meze' — small appetizers — at a taverna. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Small-Group French Guided Tour at the Knossos Palace

Small-Group French Guided Tour at the Knossos Palace

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Delve into the mysteries and triumphs of Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization on a combo tour of Knossos Palace and the Archeological Museum of Heraklion, considered one of the finest in the world showcasing Minoan culture. Tour the palace known in Greek mythology as the home of King Minos and the Minotaur, and then see a robust collection of Minoan artifacts dating back as far as 5,000 years. Small group size limited to 12 keeps the experience more intimate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Full-Day 4x4 Self-Drive Safari in Crete with Lunch

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

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Perfect for adventurous travelers, this full day 4x4 Jeep Safari tour puts you behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle. Led by two expert guides, your group convoys from downtown Crete into the more rugged parts of the island, passing olive groves, traditional villages, and dramatic scenery. Have lunch in Kastelli, then go for an exhilarating off-road ride to Gournes Beach on the north coast before driving back to town.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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