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Heraklion: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Drinks and Lunch

1. Heraklion: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Drinks and Lunch

Sail around Dia Island, exploring its clear waters and vibrant sea life on this catamaran cruise from Heraklion. Hop on board a comfortable 50-foot boat that includes access to a shower and water closet. Stay connected along the way with the included wi-fi. Be welcomed with coffee, soft drinks, water, cake, and Cretan delicacies (kalitsouni dumplings, ham add cheese pie, or a mpougatsa sweet pastry). Listen to a safety briefing before setting off on your sailing adventure. Enjoy drinks from the open bar that serves water, soft drinks, wine, and beer. Keep an eye out for dolphins on the way. Set anchor at the serene quiet and private Agios Georgios beach, which is only accessible by boat. Admire the turquoise waters and stunning landscape. Dive into crystal-clear waters for swimming or explore the underwater world with the included snorkeling gear. Have fun with the SUP gear and water inflatables. Try to reel in a big one with the provided fishing equipment. Capture the beauty of Dia's bay, home to various bird species, making it perfect for birdwatching. Delight your taste buds with a lunch featuring local, high-quality products. Dig into a crisp, organic Cretan salad, a bruschetta appetizer, fresh fish with spinach and fava, and Cretan cuisine-inspired sweets. Kids can enjoy a special menu with s meatballs with vegetables or pasta and ice cream. Relax as you enjoy fresh, seasonal fruits. Have some free time after lunch to soak up some sun or swim in the refreshing water. Return to your meeting point in Heraklion after a fun-filled day.

Heraklion: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Swimming & Meal

2. Heraklion: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Swimming & Meal

Sail with us to the exotic Dia island on our modern and spacious Catamaran. Our journey begins at the Heraklion Old venetian harbor. As we start, we pass by the glorious Koules fortress which is built right at the entrance of the marina. A few minutes later we exit the main port of Heraklion and we set sails for our destination. As you admire the beautiful Cretan sea and enjoy the feel of sailing our crew will tell you about the legend of Dia island and its history. About 1 hour later we arrive to the first bay of Dia. There you can enjoy the crystal turquoise waters and our many water activities such as snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and more. While at anchor in the bay our crew will be happy to offer you any piece of equipment for our water activities and serve you plentiful drinks so please don't hesitate to request it from them. About 1 hour later our delicious Mediterranean menu is served and includes Greek salad and several appetizers, while the main course is shrimp pasta (we also offer vegetarian and gluten free versions of the menu upon request). You can also accompany your meal with the finest wine, beer, ice tea or soft drinks. Around 30 minutes later we sail to a different bay of the island where you can relax and enjoy the crystal waters and our refreshing fruit salad full of tropical and local fruits. There you will have about 1 hour before we set sails once again to Heraklion and say goodbye to the beautiful scenery full of joy and great memories. *In case the weather doesn't permit or there is not enough time for a visit in the second bay there will be extra time in the first one and the fruit salad will be served there. You can choose between the morning or the afternoon cruise with the sunset view. We look forward to welcome you on board for an unforgettable day!

Heraklion: Mobile Self-Guided Audio Sightseeing Tour

3. Heraklion: Mobile Self-Guided Audio Sightseeing Tour

Waltz in Heraklion with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights into the turbulent and fascinating history of Heraklion. Start your tour from Koules, the iconic landmark of the city, and then continue to explore the best sites of Heraklion, feeling like a local. This is an unmissable opportunity to experience at your own pace Heraklion and find out the hidden corners of it with a captivating audio tour on your phone. * * Ticket/entrance fee to the museums or other sites is not included.

Heraklion: Private Sunset Cruise to Dia Island

4. Heraklion: Private Sunset Cruise to Dia Island

Visit Dia Island, by sailing boat. You can choose between a morning or sunset private half-day cruise, and a full-day private cruise, up to ten persons. Embark on a half-day cruise to Dia Island from Heraklion and explore this rugged island with plenty of time to swim, snorkel, or relax on its pristine shores. Swim in the crystal clear water, take a walk among the island's cedar trees or just relax in the quiet bay overlooking Heraklion. Our cruises include historical narrations across the Cretan coastline, sailing, swimming, exploring the Aegean Sea. Relax on board our sailing boat Maryline, enjoy the stunning view of the city and feel the refreshing summer breeze!

Heraklion: Walking Tour with Tasting

5. Heraklion: Walking Tour with Tasting

Meet with your guide at the terminal of Cretan Spiti Travel at Eleftherias Square in front of Astoria Capsis Hotel at 10.00 to start to explore the historical city center of Heraklion. Visit, along with your expert tour host, Heraklion’s major monuments…. travel through time and its rich history. Discover the past and the present of a city that combines old with new. The 7th labor of Hercules was performed here, the birthplace of famous painter El Greco and writer Nikos Kazantzakis. On this tour hear stories about Heraklion's turbulent past and visit its legendary churches, fountains and monuments like Saint Minas Cathedral, Lion’s Square (here you will have the opportunity to taste Traditional Cretan Mpougatsa and raki). Continue with Tito’s Church, Heraklion Town Hall, Kule’s Fortress and other Venetian monumental buildings. Return to the terminal in front of Astoria Capsis Hotel at 12:30.

Heraklion: Luxury Sailing Trip to Dia Island-up to 14 guests

6. Heraklion: Luxury Sailing Trip to Dia Island-up to 14 guests

Semi Private Cruise Morning cruise / 6 hours / Starts at 9:00 Sunset cruise / 6 hours / Starts 15:00 Cruise Overview Enjoy a unique sailing experience. Travel to Dia Island in style and comfort on a luxurious, 16,15 meters long, fully air conditioned sailboat. You may join the sailing procedure or watch the amazing views of Heraklion from aboard. Upon arrival you may swim, fish, snorkel in the beautiful turquoise waters, try stand-up paddle boarding and sea scootering or have fun with the water toys. Lounge around the spacious swimming and entertainment area, consisting of the aft platform and the cockpit, or just relax and suntan on the massive front deck area of the yacht, equipped with comfortable, high-quality mattresses. Later on, a delicious authentic Mediterranean meal and some luscious, fragrant local wine will be served by the crew. Then enjoy the trip while cruising back to Heraklion Old Venetian Port. Sunset Cruises (complementary) * Absorb every second of the breathtaking sunset and the twilight magic as the sun, led by the Greek God Helios riding his golden chariot, dives into the magnificent Aegean Sea. * Capture the magic moments forever by taking amazing photos or videos if you feel so inclined. Set your mind free and let your romantic summer dreams come true. * As night falls, cruise back to the old Venetian harbor under the brilliant starlit Cretan sky, feeling at ease and completely rejuvenated. Brief Yacht Description / Highlights - Name: Treaton - Model: Elan Impression 514 / Built in 2009 / Expansively renovated in 2023 and 2024 (new engine, new sails, new pipe valves, new internal couch fabrics, new cockpit cushions, new deck mattresses etc) - Luxurious, Air conditioned, 53 ft sailboat, the largest, safest, and most comfortable in Heraklion Port (especially under windy weather conditions) - The open sitting / cockpit area is extremely roomy, the most spacious (by far) in the yacht’s class - The opening back door and the three folding steps provide an extensive swimming and entertainment area - Underwater night lighting in the stern - Ample sunbathing areas in the front deck, equipped with comfortable mattresses . - Deck and cockpit floor is solid teak wood - The retractable Besenzoni gangway is exceedingly helpful and convenient while getting in and out of the yacht - The extra fridge / freezer at the cockpit - The hot / cold water shower at the swimming platform - The roomy main lounge and the spacious, fully equipped galley - The three separate Air condition/Heating units

Heraklion: Dia Island Luxury Sailing Trip - up to 14 Guests

7. Heraklion: Dia Island Luxury Sailing Trip - up to 14 Guests

Discover the uninhabited, Natura 2000 protected island of Dia, just north of Heraklion, on a relaxing, luxurious sailing trip. Travel aboard an air conditioned, 53-foot (16.15 m) yacht, the largest and safest in Heraklion Port, equipped with clean cabins, electric toilets and showers. Enjoy this unmatchable experience in a deluxe, classy setting. Set sail from the Venetian Port of Heraklion towards Dia. You're welcome to take part in the sailing procedure and learn basic skills from the captain or simply relax and enjoy the amazing views of Heraklion from the sea. Reach Dia to swim, fish, snorkel, try out sea scootering or stand-up paddleboarding, in gorgeous turquoise waters. Take in views of the secluded island. Make use of the different areas on the boat, such as the vast front deck equipped with high quality sunbathing mattresses and the stern swimming & entertainment area, consisting of the spacious cockpit and the extensive swimming platform. You may enjoy seasonal fresh fruits and a variety of soft drinks onboard. Later on, a delicious authentic Mediterranean meal and some luscious, fragrant local wine will be served by the crew. If you wish, you may use the clean and crisp bed linens of the cabins to have some rest or even take a comfortable nap.

Heraklion, Market & CretAquarium *SKIP the line

8. Heraklion, Market & CretAquarium *SKIP the line

Our first stop is CretAquarium, located on the beautiful shores of Crete. It offers a captivating glimpse into the mesmerising world beneath the Mediterranean waves. Visitors have the opportunity to encounter a wide range of marine species in meticulously recreated habitats. Every tank showcases a fascinating array of marine life, from the smallest seahorses to the grandest sharks. Each one offers a captivating glimpse into the wonders of the ocean depths. Engage with interactive touch screens, explore informative displays, and experience the thrill of walking on the ocean floor in simulated tunnels, all for an enriching and educational adventure. This mesmerising destination captivates visitors with its blend of entertainment and dedication to marine research and conservation. It is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and families, offering a unique experience. Following our visit to CretAquarium, we'll make our way to the bustling outdoor market near the city centre. Here, numerous vendors showcase a wide array of products, ranging from farm-fresh produce to fashionable clothing and unique handmade crafts. We make our way to Liberty Square, located in the bustling centre of Heraklion. Why not seize the opportunity to explore the vibrant capital city of Crete? Heraklion showcases a rich history shaped by various empires throughout the centuries. Take in the breathtaking view of the Koules fortress at the harbour, marvel at the ancient Venetian Walls that surround the old city, enjoy a delicious meal or a relaxing cup of coffee at one of the charming restaurants or coffee shops in Lions' Square, or explore the rich cultural heritage by visiting the various museums, the Municipal Library, the Art Gallery, or the beautiful Byzantine churches scattered throughout the area.

Heraklion: City Center Tour & Photoshoot

9. Heraklion: City Center Tour & Photoshoot

Unravel the unique venetian heritage of the city and enjoy a photo session at its heart. There is always something to see and of course get photographed at or in front of in Heraklion. Together we will visit all the major sites of the center and have pictures to immortalize your trip. Get ready to experience the city through the eyes of a local and find instagrmable locations with vast history in the biggest city of the island and home to one of the cradles of civilazation the ancient city of Knossos

Herakleion: City Self-Guided Game & Tour

10. Herakleion: City Self-Guided Game & Tour

Join us for an unforgettable journey with Herakleion City Self-Guided Game & Tour Begin your self-guided adventure at the well-preserved Venetian fortress of the city a not-to-be-missed monument in itself. Use the Narratologies app to solve riddles, earn gems and learn more about the ancient and venetian history & contemporary culture of this bustling cretan city. Conclude your journey at the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the most important literary figure of Greece Don't waste any time and explore, learn and win!

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This was hands down one of our top highlights of our trip!! Both the captain and the skipper were very attentive and provided us with an amazing experience!The food they prepared was so delicious and top quality ingredients! It was our last evening in Crete and I am so glad I booked this cruise. It felt like it was the best way to wrap up our trip. It felt luxurious! Thanks Tanasis and George!!!! Would highly recommend this cruise!!

This was our second time on a sailing cruise but it was by far the best ever!! The boat was so spacious and incredible - we were only on monohull boat - this catamaran was magnificent and majestic! Friendly crew with such good sailing knowledge - made it even more special and safe! Not only the view was wonderful but to swim, relax and enjoy the wonderful climate that Crete has! The food was more than delicious! Highly recommended!!

Amazing trip! Excellent customer service. Lunch was a delicious feast! We have been sailing for the past few years and this was the most spacious catamaran we have ever sailed on! The boat had a luxurious feel and very clean! Crew was awesome! Highly recommend for a relaxing day on the water!

This cruise exceeded all expectations! The crew was phenomenal - friendly, helpful, and incredibly accommodating. The views were breathtaking, and the meals were simply outstanding. What more could we ask for?!! Thank you for an unforgettable experience!

this is your sign to JUST BOOK IT!!! it was amazing, 10/10 worth it, everything was smooth, kind hosts, food was delicious, even dessert and fruits and soft drinks. It was amazing i will 100% come back!