Heraklion Luxury experiences

Our most recommended Heraklion Luxury experiences

From Heraklion: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace Private Tour

1. From Heraklion: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace Private Tour

Embark on a private day trip and leave Heraklion to explore the archeological site of the Palace of Knossos. Learn more about Cretan history at the site, take in the art and architecture, and relax while absorbing the local atmosphere and admiring the local villages. Journey through East Crete and admire the sights of the Lassithi Plateau and its forests and fertile land. Discover quaint villages, learn more about the local lifestyle, and see Cretan art and the remnants of the Byzantine Empire. Tuck in to delicious local food at an eatery recommended by your guide, and enjoy authentic Cretan food while on the tour. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace of the god Zeus sense the sanctity of this ancient site. Luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins and frescoes while in Knossos Palace. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide and be stimulated by eclectic information and a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.

From Elounda: Knossos Palace & West Crete Private Tour

2. From Elounda: Knossos Palace & West Crete Private Tour

We have designed this unforgettable trip to submerge you into an authentic way of life in one of the island's most beautiful regions while gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship between history, stunning escapes, gastronomy, and the authentic Cretan local lifestyle. You will also visit the world-famous Palace of Knossos, where your expert guide will ensure skip-the-line access to all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, and extra-personalized attention. Then, from the history and cultural experience, you will be immersed in another time wandering the unspoiled Cretan landscape along with authentic layers of flavors, wines, and village life of the island of Crete. Enjoy personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal, like a true VIP

Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

3. Crete: Full-Day Private Tour

The ideal way to discover the island of Crete is with a private tour. Share a car and enjoy a full day with your group. Embark on an incredible island adventure with your friends or family, after planning the tour together with your professional guide. Beginning with pickup at your accommodation in Elounda, Agios Niklaos, Ierapetra, Malia, Crete, Hersonissos, or Ammoudara, the world is your oyster.  Settle into a comfy and luxurious Land Rover Discovery equipped with 6 seats and air conditioning. Discover local sites, hit the beach, or simply drive around taking in panoramic views. Perfect for a wedding trip or a birthday, relish in total privacy and the utmost luxury. Included in the tour is a fresh, high-quality dinner at a local taverna.

Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

4. Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

Taste 6 of wines on a luxury wine tasting tour of Crete, and sample exceptional wines, including local dishes and more. Travel through the wine-producing villages of one of the world's most famous wine regions. Admire the vineyards of Crete, where great wines are produced. Stop on the hillside of the village to experience a unique location for red and white local varieties of wines. Take part in a prestigious wine tasting in a wine cellar, where you can choose wines paired with typical Cretan dishes, cheeses, and elegant cuisine. Learn more about the local wine growing practices and history of Crete wines. Visit a boutique winery and meet the winemaker.

From Heraklion: Private Agia Palagia and Dia Island Cruise

5. From Heraklion: Private Agia Palagia and Dia Island Cruise

-Dia Island (Hot Peak!!) "Located about 6 nautical miles north of Heraklion city. It is 5 km long and 3 km wide and covers an area about 12 sq km, extending from west to east." -Agia Pelagia "Located 20km west from Heraklion city. The small fishing village which the last 25 years been a popular vacation resort." *Includes: Water, Beverages, Wine, Greek Salad, Seasonal Fruits Crete is one of the biggest islands of Greece and has plenty of experiences to offer. There may be many ways to explore the island, but the most exceptional and memorable is from the deck of a boat and it offers a beautiful trip to the endless blue. Dive into the turquoise waters of Crete and sunbathe under the sun, while our experienced captain takes you to all the best-hidden spots of the area. Once you are on board, our crew member will greet you and show you around the boat. You will be offered fresh fruit, snacks, and water to accompany you along the trip. If you wish for more, please let us know and we will be more than happy to accommodate your requests.. Our captain has mapped out all the best spots for your trip but if you wish for different routes just let us know and we will assist you. Looking forward to seeing you on board!

From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

6. From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

Experience East Crete like a local on a private guided tour from Heraklion. Get the inside track as you uncover the region's best-kept secrets, venturing from village to village to marvel at sights like the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park, Agia Fotia, and much more. Start your guided day trip with a convenient pickup from your hotel and travel in your choice of luxury vehicle as you set out to explore East Crete. Venture from village to village to see the island through the eyes of a local. Stop at the hanging Byzantine monastery of Kremasta, an oasis of calm. Then, head to the villages of Kritsa and Kroustas for a glimpse into the past. Connect with locals as you wander around these traditional Cretan villages where time seems to have slowed. Next, go off the beaten track and follow ancient trails across the Minoan mountains as you visit the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park. Admire Crete's natural beauty as you breathe in the clean mountain air and take in panoramic views of the Libyan and Aegean Seas. From here, you'll make your way to Agia Fotia, the ideal spot to break for lunch at one of the local taverns (cost not included). Then, travel to Sarakinas Gorge to discover a canyon with gurgling water, rich vegetation, and bird life. Finally, head to Ierapetra to bask in the warm turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea. Hop back into your vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy some complimentary snacks as you travel back to your accommodation in Heraklion, where your tour comes to an end. 

Rethymno - Argiroupolis - Kournas Lake - Chania Private Tour

7. Rethymno - Argiroupolis - Kournas Lake - Chania Private Tour

Escape to Western Crete - an idyllic destination on the island that effortlessly captures the spirit of authentic Philoxenia (“Hospitality”). With a chauffeured premium vehicle at your full-day disposal, you will explore the Venetian city of Rethymno, the charming lake of Kournas, and the romantic town of Chania by enjoying maximum comfort and privacy. Your private local insider guide will enrich the day with a visit to the village of Argyroupolis (Ancient Lappa city), where you will experience an authentic lunch at a cozy place surrounded by mountainous waterfalls, the smell of tasty grilled lamb on the spit (Cretan Antikristo) and friendly locals. Last but not least, you will have the chance for a unique homemade wine tasting by Kournas Lake. Prepare to excite all your senses. Don't forget that among Crete's iconic gems like Elafonisi beach, Chrissi island, Knossos Palace, and safari there are so many other things to explore!

From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

8. From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

Dive into the extraordinary coastal landscape of Crete on a private tour from Heraklion. Visit the imposing neighboring island of Spinalonga, then explore the quiet village of Plaka, known for its seafood. Discover the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos, with a gorgeous lake and chic bars. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation in Heraklion aboard your private vehicle for the day. Hop on a boat for the ride over to Spinalonga. Take in the deep blue water and sandy coves of this uninhabited island with a striking 16th-century Venetian fortress. Disembark in the village of Plaka to indulge in the fresh seafood of the waterfront taverns at your own expense. Continue on to Agios Nikolaos and revel in the gorgeous streets of the iconic town, oozing a chic vibe. Soak up the splendor of the lake as you unwind at the eclectic cocktail bars. Toward the end of the day, visit a family olive oil production estate and allow them to teach you about their techniques for producing delectable olive oil. Ride back to your accommodation in Heraklion to finish off your adventure.

Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Matala Beach Tour

9. Ancient Palaces with Minoan Wine Route & Matala Beach Tour

Hop down to the heart of Central Crete, the beloved land of our ancestors, and let the wonders of the Minoan world collide on this luxurious passage of time. From the comfort of a premium chauffeured vehicle & escorted by our top local insider revel in the endless luxuries of the ancient Messara plain where wine-red fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves stretch perennially toward the horizon. Visit a family award-winning winery set on the peak of allure panoramas & let our passionate winemakers immerse you into their intoxicating world. Luxuriate in ages unearthing the Bronze Age palaces of Phaistos & Gortyna along with storied villages & monasteries. In the afternoon, tuck in the bohemian vibe of Matala that captivated Bob Dylan & Janis Joplin. Bask in the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind in the charming village irresistible for its freshly caught grilled fish & finest ouzo. To us, travel means putting fire in your soul with the best stories.

From Heraklion: Eastern Crete and Psychro Cave Private Tour

10. From Heraklion: Eastern Crete and Psychro Cave Private Tour

Discover all of eastern Crete's unspoiled beauty on a private tour from Heraklion and Hersonissos regions. Unearth the mystery of the sacred Psychro Cave in Lasithi as you stroll through it. Immerse yourself in Greek culture in the authentic villages of Mochos, Krasi, and Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy a transfer from your Heraklion hotel or villa and drive over to the eastern side of Crete. Travel through the mountain region of the Lasithi Plateau on your way to traditional villages. Explore the charming streets of Mochos and Krasi, interact with local people, and engage with nature. Reach the ancient Psychro Cave for a scenic walk along the sacred Minoan path, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. Add a guided wine tasting or typical lunch if you'd like to upgrade your experience. Finally, visit a ceramics workshop in the town of Agios Nikolaos.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Where to begin, with this fantastic experience? We truly enjoyed ourselves on this tour. While the very comfortable transport from Zach, the sights, villages and culinary delights of Lassithi and Crete, the highly impressive Cave of Zeus (that really satisfied our Zeus-fanatic), an engaging and detailed private tour at Knossos Palace all contribute, our guide Alex shone and really made the tour a must do. His enthusiasm, ability to engage and captivate the whole family, wealth of knowledge, warmth and apparent deep friendship with everyone on Crete elevated our experience beyond anything comparable. The tour company was also very flexible and accommodated a change in drop-off, so we could meet friends in a last minute plan, followed by a later additional pick-up to take us back to our hotel, over an hour away.

We ordered a tour in German and Petra (a nice Dutch lady) picked us up on time. Have then been to a mountain village, to the mountains, to eat in the mountains and to a gorge. Then to the beach at a cafe. We were very satisfied with the process. Petra was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained with her knowledge during the drive as well. We would definitely book such a tour again.

Fantastic tour with driver/guide Rolf - punctual, reliable, very personable! We would be happy to return and 100% recommend the company "Adventure Crete" with boss Armin and his crew. On our next holiday we will book another such pleasant and exciting day tour with "Adventure Crete". Thanks to Armin and Rolf!

everything was perfect emmanuel is a great guide who loves the country in which he lives and who organized a day for us as we wished

Very good day with a French guide at the top! He knows what he's talking about and will make you have a good time