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How to Spend 2 Days in Heraklion

How to Spend 2 Days in Heraklion

Two days in Heraklion (also known as Iraklio) gives you enough time to soak up the Cretan capital’s ancient wonders, inhale some delicious food and wine, and see a folklore show. Don't miss the chance to head further afield to the rugged Lasithi Plateau or the Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s longest canyons. Read on to find out how.

Day 1: Ancient Adventures

**Morning:**Start the day by taking in Heraklion’s signature sights. Explore the Palace of Knossos, the 4,000-year-old Minoan city that spawned the mythical Minotaur and his labyrinth. Go deeper into the past at the world-class Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Finally, take in the Venetian Walls and historic Koules Fortress.

**Afternoon:**You’d be remiss to visit Crete without discovering the island’s wealth of oil, cheese, wine, and olives. Tour markets and artisan stores. Try local favorites such as Romeiko red wine ordakos, Crete’s answer to Italy’s bruschetta. Or, take a cooking class in a restaurant or private home.

**Night:**The Sea of Crete has kept the island’s fishermen in business for thousands of years. Discover the delicate flavors of Mediterranean favorites such as red mullet or sea bream. Or splurge on delicacies such as slipper lobster, shrimp, or sea urchins. The Old Venetian Harbor is a scenic spot to dine.

Day 2: Island Inspiration

**Morning:**With two days in Heraklion, you can venture further afield. At 10 miles (16 kilometers) long, the rugged Samaria Gorge is one of Europe’s longest canyons—and it narrows to just 10 feet (3 meters) wide at one point—and a top area hike. Or, stay closer to home with a visit to the Lasithi Plateau, with its thousands of photogenic windmills and the Dikteon Cave, where ancient myth claims the sky god Zeus was born. The mountain trails are great for a 4WD adventure.

**Afternoon:**Most outdoor adventures from Heraklion last the day. If yours gets back early, take in more of the city’s essential sights, perhaps from an open-top bus. 

**Night:**Wrap up your stay in Heraklion by partying as if you’re at an old-fashioned Greek wedding. Savor island wines and traditional Cretan cuisine as you listen to folk songs and ancient instruments. Then clap along to the infectious rhythms as costumed dancers whirl and leap.

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Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

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Pull on your walking shoes for a full-day Samaria Gorge hike in Crete. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, head into Crete’s White Mountains to the entrance to the spectacular gorge, one of Europe’s longest. Ogle the awe-inspiring views as you hike down into, and along, the gorge floor past streams, wild goats, deserted settlements and steep cliffs. Walk at your own pace and finish your Samaria Gorge hike at the beachside village of Aghios Roumeli. Ride a boat from here back to your coach for your return journey.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Tour of Heraklion area with Tastings

Private Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Tour of Heraklion area with Tastings

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Discover the culinary delights of Crete on a day tour from Heraklion that includes wine tasting, olive oil tasting, and learning about the island's terroir. Visit a boutique winery and family-owned olive oil producer to sample wine and oil with your group. You'll have lunch at a mezze restaurant and gain insight into a piece of Crete's culture from a guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$184.18
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Private Arrival Transfer: Heraklion Airport or Port to Crete Hotels

Private Arrival Transfer: Heraklion Airport or Port to Crete Hotels

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Start your stay in Crete in style with this private, one-way transfer service from Heraklion International Airport or Heraklion Port to your Crete hotel or private residence. Meet your courteous driver at the airport terminal or the portside, and hop into your private, climate-controlled vehicle. Then, sit back and relax as your driver whisks you directly to your accommodation in any of Crete's major resorts, such as Heraklion, Chania, Elounda, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos and others.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus City Tour

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus City Tour

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Check through Heraklion's sights by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary on this hop-on hop-off tour. Settle aboard the yellow double-decker, don the headsets, and listen to the audio commentary as you ride to attractions like Heraklion Fortress, the Natural History Museum, Knossos, and more. Disembark at any of the nine stops or stay aboard for a 60-minute city overview. Your ticket gives you unlimited travel for 24 hours.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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