Heraklion Religious & spiritual activities

Our most recommended Heraklion Religious & spiritual activities

Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

1. Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

Journey into the wild and untamed side of Crete by Land Rover. Visit quiet, spiritual Agiofarago with its wild beauty, then experience the contrast of noisy Matala with its hippie style. After being picked up from your hotel, drive south through the plain of Messara, to Agiofarago: the gorge of the Saints. Enjoy a drink in the traditional village of Siva, then stop at the 14th century Odigitria Monastery. From there the rugged dirt tracks will lead you to Agiofarago. Stretch your legs along a 30 minute path crossing the gorge, scattered with oleander and olive trees. Discover a beautiful beach stretching to the Libyan Sea, where you can swim and snorkel. Enjoy a delicious picnic with local Cretan products. Continue to Matala, a small but crowded village, with a long sandy beach and crystal clear deep waters. Explore carved Roman tombs, have a swim at the beach, and eat lunch in a traditional local tavern.

Southern Crete: Land Rover Safari With Lunch and Wine

2. Southern Crete: Land Rover Safari With Lunch and Wine

See Crete from a different angle on this all-day Land Rover safari tour. Begin the day in Heraklion, where you will get to know your guide and listen to a short presentation of the excursion before heading south, to the foot of Mount Giouchtas, where, according to myth, Zeus is buried. Continue the journey via the provincial roads through some of the oldest and historically rich villages of Crete until you reach Vasiliki. There, have a coffee or soda before heading to Tripiti Beach. Swim in the crystal water of southern Crete, enjoy the sun, and have a drink at a small hippie-style tavern. Later, visit the isolated and lesser known Fylakas Beach, and explore the seabed with a snorkeling mask. Enjoy lunch at an authentic tavern that offers delicious, high-quality traditional Cretan food, located inside the oldest known olive tree grove. Continue the journey toward the village of Krotos, and see the wild beauty of an untouched landscape. After a short drive, reach Panagia Vithano, where you can should be sure to take more photos.

From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

3. 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. 

From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

4. From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Heraklion to some of Crete's best sights. Immerse yourself in the island's history in the Rethymno's authentic Old Town, pause at the relaxing Kournas Lake, see the UNESCO-listed Arkadi Monastery, and encounter the charming village of Margarites. Begin your experience by savoring the unique atmosphere of Rethymno's Old Town. Take a journey back in time as you walk through its charming narrow streets. Admire the Venetian and Ottoman-style architecture. Experience the smell of fresh bread from wood ovens as you enjoy one of the island's best-preserved towns. Next, leave the town behind as you head for the calming atmosphere of Kournas Lake. Relax in a tranquil setting, with the lake located in a small valley surrounded by high hills. Take a break for some coffee, and have a stroll in the picturesque countryside. After the lake, move onto the 12th-century Arkadi Monastery, designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument. Encounter a site located at an altitude of 500-meters, and surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, pines, cypress and oak trees. Conclude your tour at the village of Margarites. Witness a village which is the centre of the ceramics industry in Crete. Have a walk through its delightful small streets, and pause at one of its ceramics ateliers before your journey back to Heraklion.

Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

5. Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

Pair up with a local insider and journey along the golden expanse of west Crete in the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle on this day trip from Heraklion. Choose from a range of vehicles that range from 3-12 seats. Visit destinations like the mountain village of Argyroupoli.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, or Hersonissos and begin your journey into western Crete. Sip on mineral water and snack on fresh fruit during the drive. Wander the village of Spili which is known for its monuments and medicinal herb garden. Travel to the foot of a mountain to visit the Byzantine Monastery of Preveli which overlooks the vast blue Libyan Sea. Expereince views the Kourtaliotiko and Kotsifou gorges. Encounter hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature.  Visit the village of Argyroupoli a local spring give birth to the Mouselas river. Get local recommendations on where to tuck into the genuine flavors of Crete. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the food is an art.  Prepare to be mesmerized by the delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb, melt-in-your-mouth river fish placed around an open fire. Go for a stroll in the seaside town of Rethymno and admire the charm of the labyrinthian streets and Venetian fortifications. Revel in the glamour of the old town's authentic street markets and eclectic wine-cocktail bars. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Heraklion?

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Michaelis was a good guide, letting us know what to expect. The coach was comfortable and the transition to minibus went well. Rethimno was just worth a visit - the Fortezza was huge, but perhaps could do with a museum inside. Chania was good to visit, with.a fairly scenic harbour area, plenty of alleys and a lot of tourist shops. For me the best part was the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding on the eastern side of the harbour in an old Venetian ship shed, which contained an interesting replica minoan ship. Finally, the short swim stop at Kournas - not everyone liked this, and would have preferred more time in Chania, but I enjoyed having a fresh water dip, with hot chocolate at a waterside taverna afterwards. I had googles, but did not see any of the terrapins or goldfish that it is stocked with. Overall a pleasant day,

Magnificent It is really to be seen. We had a great day The guide and the driver were friendly. They advised us where to go and where to eat. Thank you all

We booked the excursion at very short notice and everything worked out great! Thanks for the great organization

Great day trip from Heraklion. Since the ferry (catamaran) is almost as expensive, it is worth booking.

worth seeing ! Very beautiful! Top notch everything