Shore excursions in Heraklion (Crete)

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Useful information for shore excursions in Heraklion

We have put together below all information about the cruise port, the most beautiful attractions as well as other tips for your cruise excursions in Heraklion:

The most beautiful attractions in Heraklion and surroundings

Heraklion (or Iraklio) is the largest city and capital of the island of Crete and located in the south of Greece. The name of the city derives from the famous Greek Heros Heracles. The lively and colorful town shines with many small shops in the Old Town which invite you for a leisure stroll.


The Old Town of Crete’s capital is especially worth seeing. You can even reach destination on foot as many streets have been converted into pedestrian streets. Every corner is filled with cafes, taverns and small shops waiting to be discovered by you.

Heraklion also has a number of attractions, such as the city wall of Heraklion, the Venetian port, the Byzantine church of St. Titus or the Lion Square (Platia Liontarion) with the former Morosini Fountain. The fountain once served as a daily source of drinking water for many people.


The Palace of Knossos is the most famous and important palace in Crete and definitely worth a visit. It was the palace of King Minos, the son of Zeus, and much larger than other Minoan palaces of the island. However, the “old” palace was destroyed by an earthquake and later rebuilt larger and more splendid, which is why it is called the “new” palace.

The special feature of the Minoan Palace of Knossos is the technology and establishment at the time: The palace was equipped with running water and bathrooms were installed with sitz baths and toilets.

Archaeological Museum Iraklio

This archaeological Museum should not be missed when visiting Heraklion, as it is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece. Here you will find various exhibits from Knossos, Agia Triada and other archaeological sites of the island that will take you back to Cretan history. One of the museum’s most important findings is the Discus of Phaistos as no other pieces of this species have been discovered so far.

Not only the exhibits but also the museum building itself is impressive: it is located on the foundations of the monastery of Agios Frangiskos, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856.


The traditional village of Arolithos is a newly built Cretan-style village about 10 km/ 6.2 mi from Heraklion. In addition to taverns, coffee houses and sweet shops, there is also a museum with an exhibition of agricultural history. However, many do not know that this village is an artifact with the aim to preserve a part of Crete for posterity.

From the village square you have a breathtaking view over the bay of Heraklion.

Map of the cruise port in Heraklion

The cruise port in Heraklion has a total of five berths, large cruise ships usually moor at the wide pier from which visitors can reach the city center on foot. Regularly, the port operator offers shuttle buses to the port exit and into the city. You can also walk along the beautiful harbor promenade, this takes only about 15 minutes.

In addition to lockers, the modern cruise terminal also offers tourist information where you can purchase city maps or maps of Crete.

Things to know about cruise excursions in Heraklion

Shipping companies and routes

Heraklion is one of the larger cruise ports in the Mediterranean. Cruise liners that call at this port are MSC, Cunard, Carnival and Costa cruises.

Immigration and visa

Greece belongs to the EU and the Schengen area. This means that U.S. citizens can enter Greece without a visa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism purposes.

Depending on the chosen route, non-European ports may be called during your cruise, such as a Transatlantic trip. It may be necessary to carry a valid passport with you. For more accurate information please contact your cruise operator or travel agency regarding the valid entry requirements.

Taxi and other public transports

The way to the city center is marked by a yellow line on the ground. Therefore you can easily walk to explore the beautiful old town of Heraklion.

In Heraklion there is a bus station with buses going in all directions. This makes a great starting point to undertake a shore excursion on your own.

Taxis are also available in the harbor area. However, you should negotiate the price with the taxi driver in advance. For example, a ride to Knossos and back costs about 50, – EUR.


EURO is the national currency in Greece (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro). You can also pay with credit cards but you should keep in mind that fees may apply. It is better to carry some cash with you.

Travel time

The best travel time for Crete is definitely in summer. In this season there won’t be any rainfalls (or at most 1 rainy day pro month). The temperature lies between 18 °C and 30 °C / 64 °F and 86 °F. A trip to Crete in Spring or Autumn is also suitable.

Water temperature in the summer months can heat up a lot, however in September and October is usually about 23 to 24 °C / 73 to 75 °F

Websites of the Port and Tourist organizations

Video: Impression of Heraklion


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