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Heraklion Holidays

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Holidays to Heraklion

Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the location in which most visitors arrive on the island. It is a bustling town with a fascinating history that goes back thousands of years and has survived a number of civilizations, from the Minoan to the Venetian and the Byzantine.

Evidence of this rich past still exists in Heraklion today, in its impressive monuments, stunning architecture and ancient planning. Particularly worth seeing are the town’s Venetian walls, the Bembo and Morosini Fountains and the Loggia.

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Price is based on 2 adults sharing one room for 7 nights. Prices shown below are guide prices only. Refine your results using your preferred departure airports and travel dates below.

Top 5 Things To Do

Explore the beaches - Spend your day taking in the rays and going for a dip in the calm waters.
Taste the Cuisine - With a multitude of bars and restaurants, it would be criminal to not taste some of the delicious local specialities on offer.
Visit Knossos - Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been called Europe's oldest city.
Go to Koules Fortress - Fortress located at the entrance of the old port built in the early 16th century.
Walk around the Morosini Fountain - Bustling, taverna-lined square centred on a 1600s Venetian fountain surrounded by cafes and restaurants.

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Santorini Island from Heraklion Area

Adult: £163 Child(3-12 yrs): £81

Curved around a colossal, sea-filled caldera that was formed by a volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago, Santorini is the most southern island of the Cycladic group in the Aegean Sea.

The island is widely renowned for its unique breath-taking views, beauty and colours: black sand, white washed houses, red cliffs and the deep blue Aegean Sea. And this day trip by fast boat gives you a great opportunity to take a close-up look at it.

After an early morning pick-up, head to Heraklion Port where you board the mega jet high-speed catamaran - the cruise to Santorini takes around 2 hours.

Once off the boat you have around 4-5 hours to explore the island at your own pace.

You can either participate in one of the optional shore excursions that take you to different parts of the island (additional cost, payable locally) or simply plan your own bespoke day enjoying the views, walking through narrow alleys and learning about the rich history.

Experience Includes

  • Roundtrip fast-cat boat trip from Crete to Santorini
  • Around 4-5 hours free time to explore stunning Santorini
  • Pick-up and drop off from hotels in Malia, Hersonissos, Stalis, Gouves, and Kokkini Hani and Heraklion Ammoudara
  • English-speaking guide

When to Visit

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  • Currency Euro (€)
  • Flying time from the UK Flights from Glasgow to Crete are around 4 hours 20 minutes.
  • Language Greek
  • Passport & Visas If you are a British passport holder you do not need a visa to enter Greece & your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.