Heraklion Tours - Market - Aquarium

  • duration icon. 7 hours
  • location icon. Heraklion prefecture
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Our day starts having the chance to get to know the city of Heraklion, Crete’s bustling capital. The birthplace of Nikos Kazantzakis and El Greco gives the sense of a cosmopolitan city at first, but you can find many more if you take the time to wander its backstreets and explore it. The imposing fortress of Koules at the port, the Venetian fortifications around the city, the famous Lions’ Square, the many Byzantine churches, the numerous Ottoman drinking fountains, the Municipal Library, the Art Gallery, and the Archaeological Museum are only some of the sights not to be missed. Heraklion has a thriving café and restaurant scene, the island’s best shopping and lively nightlife -in part thanks to its many students.
After our stop at the city of Heraklion, we visit the famous Saturday open-air market, a bazaar where you can find almost anything you may imagine: the freshest fruit and vegetables, creamy cheese, juicy olives, olive oil, wine, raki, honey, herbs, leather goods, hats, jewelry, toys, cosmetics, fabrics, upholstery – you name it.
For those who wish to experience something different, there is one more destination that you can choose for the rest of the day: the Creta Aquarium. This high-tech indoor sea is situated a few kilometers away from Heraklion. It is inhabited by some 2500 Mediterranean and tropical aquatic critters, and it can surely bring smiles to even the most jaded traveler. You can watch jellyfish, sharks, skates, corals, anything from small fish to tuna that lives in the Mediterranean. There are also multimedia features and multilingual displays for your convenience.
After our tour, we can enjoy our coffee in the café of the building that overlooks the big blue, before we set off to our hotels.

Adult Price:                              20€

Child Price (4-12 years):     10€

Children 0-4 years old travel free of charge

Prices may vary for large groups of 8+ people. For special price quotations please contact us direct at info@tourscrete.com

Things to Do & Things to See

- You will take a short tour around Creta Aquarium
-The magic of the seafloor and the diving experience into such a familiar yet unknown world -the sea world of the Mediterranean - cannot be described in just a few words. You will admire, among others, dusky groupers, red corals, crayfish, gorgonians, skates, etc. You will see and admire the following types of sea life: Stingray (Dasyatis Pastinaca), Dusky Grouper (Epinephelus Marginatus), Red Scorpionfish (Scorpaena Scrofa), Sea turtle Caretta Caretta, Sand Tiger Shark (Eugomphodus Taurus), Plankton, Octopus (Octopus Vulgaris), Flat Lobster (Scyllarides Latus), Sea Anemone (Anemonia Viridis), Lobster (Palinurus Elephas), The Aquarium beyond the glass, Jellyfish (Aurelia Aurita), Rainbow wrasse (Coris Julis), Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion Sp.), Cobia (Rachycentron Canadum), Marbled spine-foot (Siganus Sp.). If this part of the tour is not for you, you may take a walk to the near beach. Our stay at Creta Aquarium is estimated to be 45 minutes. The entrance price is not included in the tour price.
- We will visit the largest and busiest local open-air market. There you will have the chance to buy local products at low prices or have a greek coffee the way Greeks do it. 
- Our final and last stop is Heraklion, the largest city and port of the island of Crete. Here you will be able to see the following:
- The legendary Venetian Fortress of Heraklion, which is also called Koules (meaning ‘fortress’ in Turkish). This massive fortress was built by the Venetians in the early 13th century.
- Saint Minas cathedral is the patron saint of Heraklion
- The Church of Saint Titos is located on 25th Avgoustou Street and is one of the most important monuments of Heraklion.
- The Natural History Museum of Crete was established in 1981 and is located on Sofokli Venizelou Avenue in Heraklion.
- The Historical Museum of Crete is also located in Heraklion and was established in 1953. Its aim is to preserve and promote the Cretan cultural heritage.
- Τhe Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is one of the largest museums in Greece and one of the most important museums in the whole of Europe. Its exhibits are authentic reflections of Cretan prehistory and history (about 7000 years), from the Neolithic Age until the Roman Empire. 

Is this tour/cruise/trip/ right for you?

- Part of what makes this tour so popular is not only its archaeological and mythological aspects. It is also a great trip for children. It is a trip that your family will enjoy. 
- Come prepared. Athletic shoes, sun lotion, a hat, a beach umbrella, and plenty of water. 
- It's a full-day tour. This tour is suitable for most ages.

08:25:               Departure from Hersonissos

Stop at:           the Creta Aquarium – 40 min to visit the Aquarium and admire the thousands of Mediterranean marine species in this high-tech facility

Stop at:           Heraklion Open-Air Market – 1-hour free time for shopping

Stop at:           Heraklion – 2 hours free time to explore the city, or to visit the archaeological Museum

15:40:               Aprx return time back to Hersonissos.

-Hotel pick up & drop off by the areas of: Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis.
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.
-Professional tour guide (live).
-Insurance cover.
-Printed or mobile tour voucher accepted.
-Instant confirmation.
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 48 hours prior departure time and receive a full refund).

(Payable on the day of your trip)
-Entrance to the Creta Aquarium 9€
-Food & drinks

-The tour to Heraklion & Creta Aquarium, is subjected to weather conditions. If the tour is canceled due to bad weather you will be fully refunded, or you will be given the option of an alternative date.
-walking shoes, hats, sunglasses, sun cream are required.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult.
-You are kindly requested to proceed at the meeting points 10 minutes prior to bus departure time.

-Due to covid protocols you are kindly requested to wear face masks during your stay in buses or boats all around Crete.

How to book Heraklion Tour - Creta Aquarium

In order to make your booking experience easier and more secure we write below, our very simple way of booking your favorite Cretan tour, excursion, trip, or cruise.

Step 1: Choose Your Tour

Once you decide which Crete tour you wish to book online, you will have to check the availability of each tour. You only have to click on the “Date” box and there you can choose the date or day that is more comfortable for you. The Dates/days are highlighted. Prices are per adult. Children enjoy a 50% discount.

After choosing your date of departure you add the number of adults and children. Please note the following:

Adults:                    13+ years old

Children:                4-12 years old

Infants(free):         0-4 years old

You don't need to enter the infant numbers. Infants do not get a seat. The guardian is responsible for providing protection during the tour. 

Once you add the persons you press the ‘Search” button.

Step 2: Add to Cart

You press the “Add to Cart” button. The tour is now available in your purchase cart. You may book the same way two, three, or more tours.

Step 3: Visit Cart

The cart is situated in the top right corner. Press on the “Cart” image. This will provide you with a list of the tours you have chosen. Check the total price, the number of persons, the name of the tour and the date. If you wish you may erase the tour by clicking the “X”(delete) button and restart the procedure. When you are ready you press the “Checkout” button.

Step 4: Checkout

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If you cannot locate your hotel name, please email us the name of your hotel and we will add it to our list. The hotel list includes the following areas of Crete: Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Malia, Gournes, and Kokkini Hani.

Step 5: Payment

After pressing the “Continue to Payment” button you will be redirected to a secured Eurobank e-Commerce environment. Here you fill in your card details. Once your payment is made you will receive a confirmation with your payment and the tours you have purchased. Within 24 hours you will receive a boarding voucher/ticket for each tour in Crete you have purchased with all the details including the exact pickup point with "Google map location" and time based on your hotel selection.

In case you wish to know more about Heraklion Tour - Creta Aquarium, please feel free to communicate with us before booking online. Our travel consultants will try their best to provide you with the correct answers to your questions. Send all Inquiries to info@tourscrete.com

If after receiving your voucher/ticket, you still have questions, or you wish to cancel or alter the date please call us at +30 2897021106 or email us at reservation@tourscrete.com.

If you are currently in Crete our two travel shops are located in Hersonissos. Feel free to pass by one of them and get the answers to your questions and even more.


1. ToursCrete.com

34 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

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2. Serapis Travel Services

141 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

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