Silversea Luxury Cruises À HERAKLION

HERAKLION

It may not be the prettiest place in Crete, but Heraklion's patchwork of history, bustling activity and cultural intrigue makes it the perfect change of pace. This is certainly no sleepy island fishing village, and Greece's fifth-largest city is adorned with a rich collection of quality museums, ancient ruins from antiquity, and a lively culture of its own. View more

A refreshing shift-up from the many quaint beach towns and fishing villages you'll encounter in the Greek islands, Heraklion – also known as Iraklio - has great shopping, extraordinary history and is the ideal base for ventures to the archaeological treasures of Crete. Traded by the Arabic, Venetian and Ottoman empires over the years, Heraklion is a multi-layered place with fascinating tales to tell. The city's impressive Venetian fortress, which waits over the gently rolling waves of the gleaming Mediterranean, welcomes you ashore. A stroll out along the seawall, alongside creaking fishing boats, will take you out to the squat fortifications that have stood since 1540. Climb to the top for views out across the water, back towards the city's waterfront. The sun-roasted earth outside the city hides treasures from the realms of history, including the Bronze Age remnants of Europe's oldest city, Knossos. A visit to the fantastic Archaeological Museum of Heraklion ties all of this history together and exhibits relics from the civilisations and eras of Crete's past. Elsewhere, Daidalou's pedestrianised paving is a charming stroll through Heraklion's shops, with streets branching off to café-lined plazas and twinkling fountains. Stop to try local food - like fresh feta and olive sprinkled dakos mezze – all washed down with a sample of local raki brandy.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Excursions depuis HERAKLION

Crete Jeep Adventure

Explore the central part of Crete with two different plateaus, mythology and learn lots of fun and interesting information about Crete and the local life during this scenic and exhilarating full-day Jeep adventure.


Aposelimi Dam, Ancient Ruins of Lyttos, Kastamonitsa Village, Raki & Olive Oil Tasting

Your day starts from the moment you meet your drivers and head out to your first stop at the Aposelimi dam. Continuing our journey through paths and olive trees, we reach the ruins of the Roman aqueduct of Lyttos. Next, continue to the quaint village of Kastamonitsa where we join the locals for raki and olive oil tasting.


Off-Road Adventure, Minoan Path, Lassithi Plateau

From here the real off-road adventure begins by climbing high into the mountains and following the ancient Minoan path that leads us to a local shepard where you have the chance to feed the goats and try some of the home-made cheese. From here we make our way to a magnificent view point where we can see the Minoan path and the first siting of the Lassithi Plateau.


Zeus' Cave, Spectacular Views, Lunch

Head to Zeus' Cave (where mythology says that Zeus, the father of all the gods was born). When you reach the top of the cave this gives you the opportunity to take photographs as if with a helicopters view of the Lassithi Plateau. From here we cross the Plateau and stop for your delicious lunch.


Krassi Village, Old Plane Tree, Natural Spring, Vultures

Your drive continues on to the village of Krassi, which is famous for a 2,000-year-old plane tree and derives its water from a natural spring. Leaving Krassi Village, head back through the Selinari area. Here, you can see vultures, which are now an endangered species. At the conclusion of your unforgettable tour, commence the approximately 1.75-hour back to the pier.

Heraklion & Archeological Museum

Explore the storied past of the Minoan Civilization during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion to Heraklion and its Archaeological Museum.


Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Heraklion Archeological Museum, which is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the museum and learn about the rich legacy of this ancient civilisation.


Heraklion City Centre

Coming to Heraklion for the first time, the visitor nowadays may be somewhat surprised by the changes that are taking place in Crete's capital city; Heraklion is celebrating its rich history and moving onwards to a future full of potential. You will have the chance to learn about the history of Loggia, Morosini Fountain, Saint Titus Cathedral, Saint Marcus Basilica, the Venetian Fortress, Agora and the Market Street.


The tour concludes back at the pier.

Minoan Palaces

Travel back in time while visiting two of the most important ancient Palaces in Crete - the Palace of Knossos and the Palace of Festos on this full-day sightseeing excursion.


Palace of Knossos

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Knossos, the ancient capital of the great King Minos. Constructed around 1900 B.C., the original Palace of Knossos was destroyed by an earthquake about 200 years later, then rebuilt on a grander scale. Knossos was devastated again with the eruption of the volcano in Santorini around 1500-1450 B.C. Despite this blow, people continued to live here for another fifty years until a fire swept throughout the city circa 1400 B.C.


Guided Walking Tour

Upon arrival, take a guided tour through the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex, which served as the administrative and religious centres for the whole region. Along the way, see the living quarters of the king, queen and members of the royal court, rooms for state occasions, the theatre area, store rooms, and potters' workshops.


Palace of Festos

Following your tour, we will drive south an looking for another Minoan Palace - Festos. The Palace of Festos with its superb architectural composition and its almost perfect construction is considered to be the finest and most typical of all Minoan palaces. The ruins of the old and new palace are preserved today, the former having been protected under a shed.


After you visit, re-board the coach for your return drive back to the pier.

Scenic Lassithi Plateau

Explore the scenic ancient countryside and mountains of Crete including sweeping views of gorges and quaint valleys during this half-day journey to Kera's Monastery and the Lassithi Plateau.


Mt. Dikti

Depart the pier for the approximate 75-minute drive into the interior of Crete, then ascend 3,000 feet (about 914 metres) to Mt. Dikti; the island's easternmost mountain range. En route, pass through the fertile countryside and many picturesque villages.


Kera's Monastery

Your first stop is a guided walking tour at Kera's Monastery, or 'Kardiotissa'. Built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Virgin of Kera, this structure is adorned with lovely Byzantine icons and 14th-century wall paintings.


Lassithi Plateau, Seli Village, Photo Stop, Lunch

Next, you will continue on through wooded villages to the Lassithi Plateau and Seli Village to admire the breathtaking views and photo opportunities of the surrounding mountains, which are dotted with over 100 picturesque windmills for which the area is famous. Following your photo stop, walk to a nearby tavern to enjoy delicious Greek lunch and the hospitality that these warm people are known for before returning to the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Heraklion at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Heraklion at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Heraklion at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Heraklion at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Spinalonga Island & Agios Nikolaos

The seaside beauty and ancient history of Crete unfolds in its many charming port cities and idyllic islands. Your full day excursion explores the lovely fishing village of Plaka followed by a boat ride to the Spinalonga Island as well as some free time at the ancient harbour of Aghios Nikolaos.


Plaka Village, Boat Ride, Spinalonga Island, Light Greek Lunch

Depart the pier for approximately 90-minuyte scenic drive to the fishing village of Plaka, located in the stunning setting of the Mirabello bay, right opposite the island of Spinalonga. Stroll the village's main promenade, exploring the small town's cafés and shops. Next, board a traditional wooden boat for a short ride to the small island of Spinalonga. Spinalonga was first inhabited by the Christians. Later, the Venetians constructed an impressive fortress on the island. Spinalonga was eventually turned into a restricted leper colony by the Greek state. Explore the island and learn about its rich history, before enjoying a return ride back to Plaka village where you will enjoy a light Greek lunch at the local tavern.


Aghios Nikolaos & Free Time

Your tour continues with a drive to the ancient harbour of Aghios Nikolaos. The lake, the town's jewel, is known for its many legends, according to one of which, Athena and Artemis are bathing in its waters. The lake becomes one with the sea through a narrow canal and is surrounded by red rock formations and lush vegetation. Stores sell unique traditional Cretan art artifacts, copies from the local archaeological museums, jewels, and impressive embroidery. Here, enjoy some free time before taking the return drive back to port.

The Palace of Knossos & Museum

Explore the storied past of the Palace of Knossos during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Palace of Knossos

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Knossos, the ancient capital of the great King Minos. Constructed around 1900 B.C., the original Palace of Knossos was destroyed by an earthquake about 200 years later, then rebuilt on a grander scale. Knossos was devastated again with the eruption of the volcano in Santorini around 1500-1450 B.C. Despite this blow, people continued to live here for another fifty years until a fire swept throughout the city circa 1400 B.C. Upon arrival, take a guided tour through the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex, which served as the administrative and religious centres for the whole region. Along the way, see the living quarters of the king, queen and members of the royal court, rooms for state occasions, the theatre area, store rooms, and potters' workshops.


Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Following your tour, re-board your coach and proceed to the Heraklion Archaeological museum to further discover the ancient civilization. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. After approximately 60 minutes, the tour will conclude with a brief transfer back to the pier.

Wines of Crete

On Crete there are few families who are not involved in wine making. For the inhabitants of the island wine has been, and will remain, the most valuable among the products that the Cretan soil offers. Discover Crete's over 4000 years long history on wine production in Europe and visit two local family wineries, Lyrarakis Estate and Domaine Paterianakis, on this half-day wine tasting excursion.


Lyrarakis Estate, Guided Tour, Wine Tasting

Depart the pier for approximately 40-minute drive to the Lyrarakis Estate, a family winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties and producing single variety wines. The guided tour starts with a walk in the vineyards where the rescued varieties Plyto and Dafni are planted and the winery's open-air vine museum. During the outdoor visit you will have the chance to learn about the indigenous varieties of Crete, observe their differences up close and get informed about the history of Lyrarakis winery. The tour then continues indoors, in the winery's cellar where wine ages in oak barrels, with more information given regarding the vinification methods and practices. Afterwards, dive even further into Cretan wine by exploring the Cretan wealth of aromas and flavors in a wineglass, by enjoying a guided tasting of four different wines made with some of the fore-mentioned varieties.


Domaine Paterianakis, Guided Tour, Wine Tasting & Snacks

Continue to Domaine Paterianakis where you will experience a 100% organic wine with strong personality. Paterianakis is a third-generation family company, the first in the island of Crete who introduce the organic grape cultivation and one of the few wineries in Greece with a vertical organization of its production process. They cultivate six unique indigenous and five first class international varieties using the latest organic techniques, and they believe they can inspire through a series of products with strong personality. The guiding tour at the winery and cellar will be combined with a wine tasting of five different wines and light snacks.


The tour concludes with a return drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.