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Heraklion Zoos & aquariums

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Heraklion Area: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

1. Heraklion Area: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

Venture into the ocean’s depth with a 1-day admission ticket to the CRETAquarium. One of Europe’s largest aquariums, over 2,000 sea creatures lice the CRETAquarium's 60 diverse habitats. Delve into the caves and crevices of the Mediterranean, where stingrays and rock-like scorpionfish slither about. Pop out into the open ocean, where menacing sharks circle, waiting to be fed. Get up close and personal with jellyfish and schools of vibrant tropical clownfish through shallow, open-topped tanks, which allow a new viewing perspective of well known species.  Above all, gain a new appreciation for the unending diversity of the world’s most mystifying environment. When you’ve had your fill of looking at the ocean’s residents, why not pop in for a dip? The CRETAquarium is, fittingly, right on the beach.

Crete: Heraklion Bus Day Trip with Pateles Market Visit

2. Crete: Heraklion Bus Day Trip with Pateles Market Visit

Explore the sights in Heraklion with this bus tour from selected areas of Crete. Discover sights like Liberty Square and Koules fortress on a sightseeing tour. Spend some free time downtown and stop at the Pateles Farmers Market and the Cretaquarium Enjoy the convenience of pickup from locations outside of select hotels in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara, and Heraklion. Sit back and relax on a spacious, comfortable, and air-conditioned bus.  Start with a sightseeing tour around the city with a first stop at Liberty Square to take in the statues and fountains. Explore the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian influences on the city. Admire the imposing fortress of Koules at the harbor and the Venetian Walls that surround the old city. Have some free time to sit at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops in Lions Square or to see one of city museums, the Municipal Library, or the Art Gallery. Make your way to the Pateles Farmers Market where you can peruse dozens of stalls and haggle for excellent deals. Next, stop at the Cretaquarium where you can purchase a ticket to view various Mediterranean species, including sharks and tuna. Spend some time to get a coffee in a café before transferring back to your hotel.

Heraklion: Guided Day Trip with Walking Tour & Cretaquarium

3. Heraklion: Guided Day Trip with Walking Tour & Cretaquarium

A different excursion for those who want to experience the island’s everyday life! We start with a tour around the city of Heraklion (app. 30 min.) with our first stop at the Liberty Square in the center. From there, you have the opportunity to visit the capital town of Crete. The Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Rule have all left their marks on Heraklion. You can admire the imposing fortress of Koules at the harbor, the Venetian Walls that surround the old city, you can sit at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops in the Lions’ Square to enjoy your coffee or your lunch or if you wish to, you will be able to visit one of the many city museums, the Municipal Library and the Art Gallery or one of the numerous byzantine churches. After our visit in Heraklion, we will visit the biggest open-air Market in Pateles where dozens of peddlers offer their merchandise in very good prices. For those who do not want to visit the Center of Heraklion and the Market… an excursion otherwise! A different experience at the largest multi store of the island Jumbo! Upon arrival in Heraklion and around the city, our customers will be transferred to the department store with stay of about 3 hours. Shopping on the endless corridors with thousands of items, toys, decoration, clothing, home etc… Next Stop the Cretaquarium. Here you are going to admire various marine species, from small fish and clams to big sharks and tuna, all of which are indigenous of the Mediterranean... After our tour, we can enjoy our coffee in the café of the building before we go back to our hotels. 10:00 Arrival in Heraklion (city tour 30 min) 10:45 Arrival Jumbo 13:45 Departure from Jumbo Or 10:30 Free time in Heraklion 12:40 Arrival open-air Market 14:00 Departure from open-air Market 14:30 Arrival Cretaquarium 16:00 Departure from Cretaquarium 16:45 Arrival Heraklion Route: 80 km. Stay Jumbo: app.3 hours Duration: app. 7 hours Or Stay Heraklion:2 hours Stay Market:1 hour & 20 min. Stay Aquarium:1 ½ hours

Heraklion: Private Tour to Cave of Zeus & Palace of Knossos

4. Heraklion: Private Tour to Cave of Zeus & Palace of Knossos

Take a day trip from Heraklion to Crete’s important mythological sites. Travel to the palace of Knossos, home to the legendary labyrinth that contained the Minotaur. Climb to the Psychro Cave, a sacred Minoan site associated with the birth of Zeus, and visit traditional Cretan villages as you go. Start in Heraklion, where you will meet your driver and, optionally, your guide. Drive into the hills to Knossos, the large Bronze Age site of ancient Crete’s major city and the political center for the Minoan civilization. Wander through the remains of large palace buildings and past the intricate foundations of what is believed to be the labyrinth built by Deadelus to hide the Minotaur. Next, head into the center of the island to the traditional village of Krasi, home to the enormous 2,400 year-old Platanus tree. Drive further into the hills toward Psychro. After a short climb, admire panoramic views of Crete from the top of the hill before descending into the cave. The cave was an important site for cult worship during the Minoan period and is associated with the legend of the birth of Zeus. Your final stop will be at the CretAquarium to admire the variety of sea creatures that inhabit the Mediterranean sea bed, including sharks and ghost jellyfish. Finish the tour back in Heraklion, where your driver will drop you off.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Very nice aquarium! Good restaurant with fresh dishes, cozy in the shade and overlooking the sea! Skip-the-line ticket can be recommended as there are long waiting times at the ticket office, we were able to get in straight away!

Saved queuing at the cash desk with the online tickets. Very interesting and a great experience, especially thanks to the audio guides. Everything is very well maintained and attractively designed.

The tickets were great, but you still had to wait to get to the ticket booth to get scanned in

A very interesting place, just in time for unfavorable weather as it was in our case.

Not waiting in line to get a ticket. You go directly to the entrance.