Heraklion Optional Tours
1.Private - Knossos Tour from Heraklion
This private tour is the best way to visit Knossos palace which is Crete’s most visited archaeological site. Learn about the myths for the Minotaur and the Labyrinth while going through the history of the Minoan civilization. The first excavation of the site was performed in 1878 by Minos Kalokerinos of Heraklion. This was followed by the long-term excavations 1900-1913 and 1922-1930) by Sir Arthur Evans, who essentially uncovered the entire palace. While walking through the palace one can admire the Frescoes, pottery and the Throne room. This great civilization was destroyed …
2.Private - Gramvousa Island Cruise & Balos Lagoon with guide from Chania.
This is a “small paradise” of Crete waiting to be discovered… The Gramvousa Island with its wild beauty and the lagoon with the crystal-clear waters and the white sand is one of the top attractions of Crete. At the top of the Gramvousa island you can find a Venetian fortress which was built during the 16th Century and with this strategic position it allowed its Venetian rulers to control the strait between Western Crete and Peloponnese. During the Greek revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire’s rule the Gramvousa fortress played also a very important role…
3.Elafonissi Beach Excursion - from Heraklion.
It is without question one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Elafonissi is situated on the south west coast. A tropical effect is created by its white and pink coral sands. Head to the right for shallow water in a small enclosed lagoon ideal for the children. A walk through the lagoon to the islet is really worthwhile as you will discover this unique coastline. Its warm shallow waters attract swimmers, spear fishermen and windsurfers from the world over. The lovely Island is also of historical significance as you will find out when you walk to the top of the islet…
4.Private - Samaria Gorge with guide from Heraklion.
Embark on a wonderful journey through the heartland of western Crete in order to reach the famous plateau of Omalos which is surrounded by the splendid Lefka Ori (White Mountains). Just 38km from the town of Chania and you will be at a height of 1,250 meters above sea level. The Samaria Gorge houses rare fauna and flora and has therefore been proclaimed a national park for its preservation. The national park has an entrance fee of €5 per Adult. Children under 15 years old are permitted free of charge. The gorge of Samaria is the longest in Europe at 18km long. Six hours should see you through in comfort …
5.Private - Magical Crete Tour from Heraklion
This is a unique private tour with guide that will take you to some of the best sightseeing in Crete and allow you to come closer to its traditions, history and culture. The tour includes visits at the ancient city of Aptera (a name from the mythical war between the Sirens and the Muses), its theater and beautiful ancient building remains and at a wine factory for some wine tasting and more. Finally, at Lake Kournas the largest lake in Crete with fascinating natural scenery, experience the local flora and fauna as well as possibility for relaxing and eating enjoying an amazing view of the lake!
6.Private - Culinary Experience at Heraklion
This walking tour is the perfect way to get introduced to Cretan dishes and local wines at Heraklion. During the walk you will taste the best the city has to offer. Cretan cuisine is one of the healthiest and tastiest diets in the world and forms a basic part of the Mediterranean diet. Here you will find out how Crete’s culture, history, and geography have all helped to create this region’s unique cuisine.
7.Horseriding Sunset Tour from Heraklion
This amazing tour is all about horse riding (a lesson for beginners as needed) in nature with the appropriate horse. Head to the mountains close to Heraklion with the horses and the wagon. Explore on horseback and enjoy the panoramic view of Crete’s capital city and the sea combined with the amazing sunset. Advanced riders will have the chance to go for a private quick canter. The tour includes picking the horses and returning them to the horse farm for a BBQ allowing for a full dinner with Greek traditional dishes and homemade wine & raki. After the big party, a last ride in the farm’s premises may be possible!
8.Horse Riding Morning Tour from Heraklion
This amazing tour is all about horse riding (a lesson for beginners as needed) in nature with the appropriate horse. Head to the mountains close to Heraklion with the horses and the wagon. Explore the Cretan on a horseback and enjoy the panoramic view of Crete’s capital city and the Cretan sea. Advanced riders will have the chance to go for a private quick canter. The tour includes picking the horses and returning them to the horse farm, where a full Greek Traditional lunch will be made exclusively for you with desserts as well as homemade wine & raki. After the lunch a last ride in the farm’s premises may be possible!