25 June 2017

 

Amazing things to do in
Heraklion

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Water City Water Park
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Water City Water Park

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

Watercity Waterpark is an exciting amusement park, regarded as one of the most entertaining of its kind in Europe. The park offers pure fun for adults and children alike, and you will find something to suit everyone among the 36 different slides, pools and activities. The waterpark is just 20 minutes from the centre of Heraklion making it an ideal destination for a family day out.

While there you can explore the beautiful park, relax by the pools, spend hours and hours on the exciting and thrilling games and rides, enjoy the sunshine, have a snack or a drink in one of the many restaurants and bars and shop for souvenirs to take home at the end of the day. Watercity is the top amusement park on the island of Crete, so make sure you visit during your holiday.

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Spinalonga Tour & BBQ
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Spinalonga Tour & BBQ

SAIL AWAY TO THE ISLAND

You begin this exciting tour by taking a luxury coach to Mirabello Bay in East Crete for a stop at the village of Elounda - one of the most beautiful locations on the island. After a short cruise across the clear blue waters you reach the tiny island of Spinalonga, a magical place rich in history. Due to its strategic location at the entrance to Elounda Bay, the Venetians created a fortified stronghold here in the 16th Century AD.

A guide will escort you on to the island and you will hear all about the long history of this fascinating place. After Spinalonga you cruise across the bay to Kolokytha where your crew will prepare a delicious barbeque while you swim and relax in the sun. .On your return take time for a stop at the picturesque town of Saint Nicholas where you may take a stroll around the 'bottomless' lake, the pretty harbor and cosmopolitan shops and tree-lined avenues. Enjoy a relaxing coffee in any of the lakeside cafes and sit back and watch the world go by in this beautiful setting.Voted one of the very best trips in Crete, this is a tour not to be missed.

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Cretan Evening - Go Greek!
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Cretan Evening - Go Greek!

GET THAT ZORBA FEELING

No Greek holiday would be complete without a taste of the culture, amazing food and local wine . . . so get yourselves ready for a traditional Cretan evening Greek style. If you want to eat, drink and dance like the locals, then you will love this all-inclusive evening! You don't have to worry about arrangements such as transport, entertainment or table reservations - it is all done for you.

This special Cretan Night takes place up in the mountains at the small village of Kato Karouzanos, which is an old farming community where you will experience the relaxed, stress-free and friendly lifestyle still enjoyed today. Take a stroll around the pretty village before the entertainment begins in the open-air arena, and dinner and unlimited wine is served. By the end of this evening you'll feel like Zorba the Greek!

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Knossos & Heraklion City Tour
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Knossos & Heraklion City Tour

TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME

You are taken back 4,000 years in time on this must do tour to the world famous Minoan Palace at Knossos, the home of the legendary King Minos, who gave his name to Europe's oldest civilization. No visit to Crete is complete without visiting Knossos and the town of Heraklion, the capital of the island. According to Greek mythology, the monstrous Minotaur - half man, half bull - lived at Knossos and fed on human flesh and bone.

He was eventually slayed by the brave and mighty Athenian prince, Theseus, within the hidden Labyrinth. Parts of the ancient palace have been excavated and reconstructed by the British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, and today you visit the throne room, the royal apartments, the central courtyard with its shrines and other fascinating areas. Then tour Heraklion seeing the Venetian Fortress, the fishing harbour and the market.

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Horse Riding in Crete
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Horse Riding in Crete

RIDE INTO THE MOUNTAINS

Experience the fun of horse riding in the beautiful Cretan countryside enjoying a lovely ride up in the mountain at Finikia with its stunning scenery, and returning to the ranch for a delicious meal. Be prepared to be cowboys for the day as you choose between two programmes - one a daytime trip and the other leaving in the early evening.

Whichever you take, you are guaranteed an amazing experience. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you ride up the mountain through fragrant olive groves with amazing views of the distant capital of Heraklion. When you reach the top it's time for both you and your horse to take a rest and here you'll be served a refreshing drink. After the break hit the trail again and return to the ranch for either a traditional lunch, or evening barbeque.

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Garden of Crete Tour
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Garden of Crete Tour

VISIT THE HEART OF THE ISLAND

You'll experience the culture, tradition and legends of Crete on this fascinating tour with an expert guide during which Crete's magnificent heartland and people, craftsmen and rural life will be brought alive.The first stop is at the charming village of Archanes, which is famous for its wine, Greek Neo-Classical architecture and Minoan archaeology. Visit the museum, wander the pretty village streets and have a coffee in the leafy square.

Then continue through the beautiful countryside and vineyards with the opportunity for some wine tasting and shopping. Part of your discovery of the little known side of Crete is enjoying a traditional lunch. Locally produced organic food and wine is prepared for you at a family run taverna. Then, in the uplands of Anopolis, it's time to watch and learn the skills of a local potter before having a tour of the workshops.

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Diving Experience
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Diving Experience

TRY AN UNDERWATER ADVENTURE

This trip is perfect for anyone wanting to discover the incredible beauty of the underwater world around the Island of Crete. Whether you are an experienced diver wanting to discover new dive sites, or someone who has never dived before, but would love to try the sport, you are welcome on this adventure tour when you should see lots of exotic marine life.

For those who prefer to stay on the surface, but still want to discover the delights of the fascinating underwater world of the island, you can also book a full day's snorkelling course during which you will be able to explore safely with a guide. When holidaying on Crete it is tempting to do very little and just relax and soak up the sunshine, but this diving experience is well worth the effort.

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4x4 Safari Lassithi Tour
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4x4 Safari Lassithi Tour

Safari adventures

This is a great tour for lovers of outdoor adventurers and is organised by experts in active tourism. Discover the natural beauty and hidden secrets of the Cretan mountains, canyons and crystal clear seas during a thrilling journey in your 4x4 vehicle along asphalt and later rough roads, through mountainous areas where the views are breathtaking.

Along the way you stop at deserted settlements and get acquainted with the local traditions and lifestyle. And you will be taken to secret spots that you won’t find on any map or in tourist guides. On this tour you experience a combination of wild sceneries and dusty tracks and have time for a refreshing swim and a lunch break in a traditional tavern.

Pick up service is not available from Sissi resort. If you stay in Sissi, you will have to get to Malia in order to join the bus.

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Chrissi Island Tour
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Chrissi Island Tour

Golden opportunity

Chrissi Island is one of the 81 uninhabited isles around Crete and to reach it you take the boat from Lerapetra, the southernmost town in Europe, for the 45 minute journey. When you set foot on its beach, you will not be sure whether you are in the Mediterranean or on one of the islands in the Caribbean Sea. This isle was inhabited by the Minoans, flourished during the Roman and Byzantine periods, then became a pirate’s shelter.

The tropical vegetation and the cedars provide ideal living conditions for hares, partridges, quails, and pheasants. Thousands of sea-shells turn white under the blazing sun before the air and sea grind them into fine specks of golden sand – hence the name of the isle Chrissi, which means Gold. This island is ideal for swimming and walking around and there are two taverns where you can grab a spot of lunch.

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Knossos & Heraklion City Tour
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Knossos & Heraklion City Tour

Have a nose around Knossos

No visit to Crete is complete without seeing the famous Minoan Palace of Knossos and the town of Heraklion, capital of the island. The palace lies just four miles southeast of Heraklion, in the valley of the river Kairatos and is the monumental symbol of Minoan civilisation, due to its construction, use of luxury materials, advanced building techniques and impressive size, the site remains one of the wonders of the world.

Visit the room of the throne and see the frescoes depicting the Prince of Crete. Afterwards visit the capital Heraklion where there is free time and the chance to go shopping. Heraklion is the largest urban centre of Crete and during the Minoan period served as a port to Knossos. The city is a haven for architects and historians, as well as a cosmopolitan place with thousands of tourists visiting the museums.

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