Heraklion For adults

Our most recommended Heraklion For adults

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.

From Chania: Private Local Highlights & Knossos Palace Tour

2. From Chania: Private Local Highlights & Knossos Palace 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

Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

3. Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

Journey through the authentic flavors of Crete at a private wine tasting with professionals from the industry, and sample 15 different wines. Join a small and friendly group of no more than 8 people and learn more about the vines, terroir and gastronomy of Crete. Hear about local produce, such as olive oil and cheese. Benefit from the services of a guide who is a former journalist and restaurant chef, and speaks both English and French. Meet some of the best producers of the island's wines from the central regions of Archanes and Peza, where wine was first made in Crete. Take a tour of 2 of their wineries and vineyards, and then experience the flavors of the wines at a private tasting of 15 wines following a wine presentation. Enjoy a sensational tasting of olive oil and other traditional products from Crete, such as honey, marmalade, wine vinegar and more. Then, meet a selection of chefs at a gourmet lunch in one of the best restaurants in the wine making region; and get ready to be dazzled by their creative talents in the kitchen! 

Crete: Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Traditional Breakfast

4. Crete: Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Traditional Breakfast

Experience a hot-air balloon over the Lasithi plateau of Crete. Afterwards, enjoy a tasty Cretan breakfast at a traditional taverna with a small gift to complete your experience. Choose to be picked up from your hotel in Heraklion or make your own way to the meeting point. At the meeting point a comfortable minibus will pick you up and take you to the most appropriate point for the flight, depending on the weather conditions. Board a small-group basket together with an experienced balloon captain. You can fully participate in the preparation of the hot air balloon for the flight with the crew. Before the flight, there will be a detailed briefing from the pilot about what you will see, as well as general safety guidance. Then, enjoy the sensation of gracefully rising above the ground. Take memorable photos of the stunning panoramic views over Crete and the surrounding ocean. After setting back gently on the ground, travel by bus to a local taverna where you will be offered sparkling wine to celebrate your new experience. Enjoy a traditional Cretan breakfast with eggs, cheese, rusks, and cheese pies. Receive a flight certificate and a small gift to remember your flight.

Heraklion Wine Country Tour

5. Heraklion Wine Country Tour

The region of Heraklion is the largest wine region of Crete where most wineries are located and holds the biggest number of Protected Denominations of Origin for winemaking. Hop on board of our van for this exciting wine tour, where you will dive into the world of Cretan indigenous grapes and explore some of the region’s most beautiful sceneries and vineyards. You will visit two authentic Cretan wineries, their vineyards and cellar and learn about their story, tradition, and philosophy. After the full wine tasting at the first winery, you will indulge in an amazing wine and food pairing lunch experience at the second winery, with a typical Cretan lunch prepared for you by a local taverna. We will pick you up and drop you off with the other guests at a central meeting point, GDM Megaron Hotel, in Heraklion City Center.

From Heraklion: Guided Jeep Safari with Winery Visit & Lunch

6. From Heraklion: Guided Jeep Safari with Winery Visit & Lunch

Through this route you will have the opportunity to take a wine tour at a local winery with tasting and information on wine production from ancient times to the present day. Also enjoy the route which combines impressive mountains, a panoramic view of southern Crete, the impressive gorge with the incomparably beautiful waterfall Richtra and the charming beaches of southern Crete. Starting from your hotel we head to the winery where the wine experts will introduce you to this special world of wine. You will have the opportunity to taste but also to learn all the secrets of production, of the varieties we have in Crete, as well as winemaking techniques of yesterday and today. Then we will cross a route through small traditional villages surrounded by verdant hills and olive groves. Just before our descent into the gorge we will make a photo stop at a spot with an incredibly beautiful panoramic view of the South Cretan sea that will amaze you! Then we will head to the local gorge by a highly impressive off-road descent with continuous spectacular views amidst nature. The Portela Gorge which has an extremely unspoiled landscape that will be deeply etched in your memory as its river passes through cliffs and sheer cliffs, rich in both flora and fauna ending in the spectacular Richtra waterfall with flowing water until the spring that ends in Keratokambos. Having enjoyed our walking exploration among this magical landscape we will be transferred to the beach of Keratokampos, where you will have enough time to enjoy both the crystal clear waters of southern Crete and a wonderful bbq lunch by the sea. This quiet and welcoming place will enchant you and the photos you will take will be impressive. Full of unique memories and images we take the way back having visited unique places and having experienced life experiences!

Heraklion Area: Secrets of Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour

7. Heraklion Area: Secrets of Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour

Your day will start with a pickup from your hotel where you will travel to the Archanes region. In a small and friendly group you have the opportunity to visit one of the last olive oil family domains and learn the secrets of Cretan extra virgin oil. You'll also visit a dynamic boutique winery, take a guided tour amongst its facilities and discover more about the magic world of wine production, terroir, and local grape varietals. Partake in a sensational visit to a family estate and a traditional olive mill. The owners will lead you to their production area and introduce you to the fantastic world of extra virgin olive oil. This will be followed by some olive oil sample tasting. You will also have a chance to taste other local products. Next up, meet a promising and dynamic winemaker who will guide you through his winery and domain. Get exclusive access to the facilities and get a glimpse into the production process. Then, after a wine presentation, you will experience a wine tasting featuring 5 different varieties made on the island. After your winery tour, visit a traditional restaurant and taste true Cretan mezze cooking for lunch. Enjoy prepared plates consisting of warm and cold traditional mezzes featuring salads, grilled cheese, olive fritters, different meats and vegetable plates. Whilst here, continue your wine tasting and sample a sweet desert wine to aid digestion.

Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

8. 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.

Heraklion: Self-Guided AbenteuerDate, Fun Game and Tour

9. Heraklion: Self-Guided AbenteuerDate, Fun Game and Tour

You will start at a park in the centre. Your smartphone (special app) will guide you on a secret route through this area. This walking trip will become an adventure trip, since You will solve plenty of litttle tasks at each secret location on Your route. All creative tasks, questions and challenges are about You and your relationship to each other. Not only fun for couples - also for good friends. You will learn new things about Yourself. Guaranteed. You will be asked questions how You would act or react in various situations. You will solve semi difficult riddles and you will be forced to act as a team. The dream team. The app will always show you the next location in this part of town and guide you there. At each location the app will present a new task or challenge to You and You collect points for solving the task. No worries: You don`t have to enter any buildings or get in contact with other people. It is all about You as a team. You will explore and visit places where the locals live and hang around. Feel the vibes of this holiday destination and have fun exploring the content of this outdoor-date. This is more than a basic walking trip, this is an amazing race full of fun content and a challenge for You as a team.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

The whole thing was just great!! The pick-up at a meeting point announced the day before worked great and saved me a lot of planning. But since we also had to pick up other participants, the journey took a little longer (but I was also in a hotel further away). Personally, that didn't bother me. The arrival in Knossos was also very relaxed, you had enough time to get tickets and go to the toilet. The lady who accompanied us the whole time was super friendly and gave us a great tour. In Heraklion itself you still had enough free time and you could visit the museum if you wanted to. All in all a great experience, I would definitely book there again!!!

It had been a very nice trip. The tour of the palace of Knossos was in two languages via a headset, which was set so that only the German language was heard. Was very interesting. Afterwards you were still in Heraklion, there you only had a small tour of about 15 minutes and then free time to discover the city yourself and to eat something. Around 4 p.m. we were back at the hotel.

My husband and I very much enjoyed our wine tour and lunch. It was a great way to see and taste more of Crete than we would have experienced on our own. The lunch was amazing! It was in a cute little town and more food than we could eat, and it was all delicious. The wine on the tour was also good, a variety of whites and reds.

The entire day was 5 stars! From the olive oil tasting and tour to the wine tasting and 5 course lunch with wines paired with each course! Wish we could have brought more items back to the states. Guide was well versed in everything we experienced! We would give this 10 states first possible!

Altough you don't have to much time, the tour was enough to see the important stuff in Heraklion. The guide was constantly giving us information and the bus driver also was very friendly