Heraklion Sunset tours

Our most recommended Heraklion Sunset tours

Crete: Full-Day Land Rover Safari at Sunset w/ Dinner & Wine

1. Crete: Full-Day Land Rover Safari at Sunset w/ Dinner & Wine

Explore the Cretan mountains outside of Heraklion from the seat of a Land Rover during a guided day tour. Witness a stunning sunset over the Lassithi Plateau before stopping off for a local-style BBQ dinner with wine. Begin your journey with hotel pickup and make your way through the magnificent mountains of Crete. Visit the Aposelemis Dam and an ancient Roman aqueduct as your guide shares interesting insight. Next, stop off in the picturesque village of Kastamonitsa, nestled in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains. Enjoy the chance to sample local products such as olive oil and raki, a distilled alcoholic drink made with grapes and anise. Back in the vehicle, brace yourself as you venture down dirt tracks and follow the Minoan path through mountain passes. Catch spectacular views of wildlife and unbelievable scenery, learning about mythology and history along the way. Take a break to relax over a glass of prosecco and fresh fruit salad while admiring the sunset. Be sure to take plenty of photos to share of the amazing backdrop. After building up an appetite, head to a local tavern for a delicious Cretan-style meal that will include appetizers and main courses as well as vegetarian options. Wash down the food with unlimited wine served with dinner. Make your way back down the mountain roads as you head toward your hotel, marveling at the views of the moonlit coastline and illuminated towns along the way.

Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

2. Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

Charter a sailing vessel privately and escape to the seas. From Heraklion, sail to unique and beautiful Dia Island, where you will have plenty of free time to swim, fish, and snorkel. Several hours later, continue on to another bay, where you will swim in crystal blue waters or take some time to relax in the shade. If you're lucky, you might even spot some dolphins and sea turtles. Relax and spend the day enjoying life while setting sail on the Sea of Crete.

Agia Pelagia: Cretan Villages Quad Sunset Trip

3. Agia Pelagia: Cretan Villages Quad Sunset Trip

Meet your guide at the Peninsula Hotel and Spa in Agia Pelagia and start with driving tutorial session. Practice driving to ensure that you are confident with your quad bike. Cruise along lonely paths far away from main traffic that wind through scenic vistas.  Explore a cliff path that overlooks the sea and arrive at the traditional village of Achlada. Find out about the background of the village and hear about the ancient and traditional Cretan way of life. Share a special moment with the three last inhabitants of this village. Enjoy a drive and a walk through this village which is not accessible by any other means. Continues through the mountains to the mountain village of Rogdia where yiuo can gaze out at the bay of Heraklion. View the 16th century tower of Modino, a chateau that was once occupied by feudal lords.  Have some free time to watch as the colors of the sunsetting between the sea the mountains. Ride back to the meeting point after the sun sets.

Heraklion: Ecobike Sightseeing Tour with Greek Meze

4. Heraklion: Ecobike Sightseeing Tour with Greek Meze

Head to the meeting point and get kitted out with the necessary bike gear while listening to a safety briefing. When you’re ready, hit the road with your local guide and set off on your sightseeing adventure. Glide alongside the city’s imposing Venetian Walls as you make your way to Koules Fortress. Hop off your bike to take some photos of this impressive landmark and learn about its history. From here, ride into the Old Town district to see monuments of the Second World War as well as some of the city’s more modern sights. Pass by the city’s Orthodox church and mosque next, and learn about the influence of religion in Heraklion. You’ll also get a better insight into the city’s history with the Ottoman Empire. Later, cycle thorough the narrow streets of Iakkos and soak up views of this picturesque neighborhood. Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy some delicious Greek meze and learn about traditional cuisine. Finally, stop at one of the city’s ancient markets before heading back to the meeting point where the tour ends.

From Athens: 10-Day Tour to Mykonos, Santorini & Crete

5. From Athens: 10-Day Tour to Mykonos, Santorini & Crete

Experience the best of Greece on a 10-day trip from Athens. Spend nights in Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete, while enjoying private transfers and tours. Visit the Palace of Knossos, see the Acropolis of Athens, and discover local nightlife and shopping. Day 1: Arrival dayYour driver will meet you at the Athens airport to transfer you to your hotel in Athens. Spend the night in Athens. Day 2: Private guided tour in Athens and Plaka Meet your driver and guide at your hotel to begin your day with a panoramic tour of the city. Then, get dropped off at the Acropolis to continue the tour with your guide and explore the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Plaka and Monastiraki to admire the Greek architecture and taste the famous Greek souvlaki (meat skewers). Spend the night in Athens. Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Depart from your hotel and head to Piraeus Port to take the ferry to Mykonos. Get driven to your hotel and spend some time relaxing before heading out to enjoy the amazing nightlife of Mykonos. Spend the night in Mykonos. Day 4: Mykonos Mykonos, the most famous island in the world, is well known for its nightlife, sandy beaches, and the impressive Delos, the sacred Island of Apollo and Artemis. Enjoy time shopping, then spend the rest of your night in Mykonos at your hotel. Day 5: Mykonos to Santorini Get picked up from your hotel and head to Mykonos Port to board the boat for Santorini. In Santorini, meet your driver and spend some free time for drinks or dinner at one of the many restaurants and bars located just on the rocks above the sea. Spend the night in Santorini. Day 6: Santorini Discover the beauty and Cycladic culture of Santorini, soak up the sun, and swim at a black beach in a volcanic pool. Feel like you’re at the spa at this pool created by the volcanic eruptions that plagued the island. Spend the night in Santorini. Day 7: Santorini to Crete Head to the Santorini Port to take the ferry departing to Heraklion. Upon arriving there, get transferred to your hotel. Spend the night in Heraklion. Day 8: Crete Enjoy a free day to explore the town. Spend the night in Heraklion. Day 9: Crete to Athens Get picked up from your hotel to visit the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion (entry costs not included). At the end of the tour, your driver will transfer you to the Heraklion Airport to take your return flight to Athens. Your private driver will wait for you at Athens airport and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the night in Athens. Day 10: Departure day Your driver will take you to the Athens Airport according to your flight details.

From Athens: Crete, Santorini, Mykonos 4-Day Tour

6. From Athens: Crete, Santorini, Mykonos 4-Day Tour

Take a break from mainland Greece and tour its most popular islands in 4 jam-packed days. Wander the ancient streets of Crete, admire the scenic coast of Santorini, and let loose on the lively beaches of Mykonos. Local drivers will transfer you between each location, giving you more time to unwind. Get picked up in Athens to reach your flight to Crete. Your driver will then bring you for a private tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Archeological Museum of Heraklion, and a walking tour through the old city and market of Heraklion. Learn all about the city’s ancient heritage and myths. Spend the night in a Heraklion hotel and enjoy breakfast in the morning. Your driver will bring you to Heraklion port to take the ferry to Santorini. Get dropped at your hotel and use your free time to explore the unique beaches and jagged cliff sides, shaped long ago by volcanic activity. On the third day of the tour, be transported to the ferry for Mykonos, and then to your hotel. Spend some time strolling by the crystal waters or through the bright streets. Be sure to experience Mykonos’ wild nightlife before turning in. On your final day, take some time to soak up that last bit of Mediterranean sun until the driver brings you to Mykonos port for the ferry back to Athens. Another driver will meet you at Piraeus port and transfer you to your chosen address.

Crete: Nighttime Scuba Dive at Mononaftis Beach

7. Crete: Nighttime Scuba Dive at Mononaftis Beach

Open to those with a second level diving qualification, enjoy a night dive in one the best locations for marine life in Crete. Dive after sunset at Mononaftis Beach with flashlights to observe the active marine life during the night.   With two instructor guides to assist you underwater, see and observe beautiful fish, octopus, and other marine life. The dive lasts 45-50 minutes at a maximum depth of 18m for safety reasons.

Heraklion: Ecobike Tour with Wine Tasting

8. Heraklion: Ecobike Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover Heraklion from the seat of an e-bike on a guided tour. Ride through the city center and see the town's top sights, taste a variety of local mezes, and enjoy different types of Cretan wines. Begin your tour with a quick safety briefing in the Pancretan Stadium Square. Enjoy a cup of traditional Greek coffee with your local food guide before grabbing a helmet and your e-bike. Then, ride towards the city of Heraklion, stopping to take photos of the town and coast. Bike through Heraklion, riding through the Old Town and the Cathedral of St. Minas. Stop at a traditional tavern and sample some local mezes (Cretan appetizers). As you snack, enjoy a tasting of 5 different wines. If you wish, order a full midday meal at your own expense while enjoying panoramic views of the sea. Hop back on your bike and head to one of the city’s ancient markets before returning to the meeting point.

Private: All in One Ecobike Tour-Food tasting-Wine Tasting

9. Private: All in One Ecobike Tour-Food tasting-Wine Tasting

Explore the ancient city of Heraklion and learn about its historic architecture on a guided e-bike trip. Come across iconic landmarks, covering more terrain than you would on foot. Immerse yourself in Cretan culture with delicious food and wine tastings, then relax at a local beach. Meet your guide and listen to a quick safety briefing before hopping on your bike. Glide alongside the city’s imposing Venetian Walls, stop to take some photos, and learn about its history. From here, ride into the Old Town district to see WWII monuments, as well as some modern sights. Pass by Heraklion's Orthodox church next and get a better insight into the area's history with the Ottoman Empire. Head into Lakkos to cycle through the narrow streets and admire this picturesque neighborhood. Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy some local wines and Cretan food. Finally, stop at Ammoudara Beach for a refreshing swim and relax before heading back to the meeting point.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Our adventure was incredible! We were picked up on time, with 6 of us in the Land Rover. Our host Mike was very funny and knowledgeable. We had some amazing views as we drove up the dirt path up the mountain, with the most spectacular sunset at the top with fruit and champagne. The food at the taverna was nice. Being in the back of the Land Rover wasn’t great, on the bench rather than a proper seat, but we each switched around every stop so it wasn’t so bad.

Alex and his wife are wonderful people. It is a very relaxed atmosphere as you bike through the streets, and hear about the history of the city. The motorized bikes are very fun, and only took a few minutes to feel comfortable operating. The wine tasting was very informational and delicious! Both hosts make you feel like family, and made the whole experience worth it. Honestly, it was our favorite activity while visiting Crete.

A very pleasant stroll through the alleys of the center of Heraklion with stops and free visits to the most important monuments. Alex is on top! He is full of small historical or contemporary details. The small tasting meal is a delight. Alex told us a lot about life in Crete which allowed us to immerse ourselves. A great addition to our trip.

Nice Food. Nice People. Great island. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling! Would definitely recommend it and do it again

This was a major highlight of our trip to Crete, highly recommend