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Heraklion Vacation Packages

Come to one of Europe’s ancient cities to admire Venetian walls, eat delicious Greek food and stroll along the beautiful Mediterranean waterfront.

Explore Heraklion’s history while you enjoy the excellent restaurants, fine boutique shopping and pleasant waterfront of the city’s modern ages. Also known as Iraklio, Crete’s capital city is one of Europe’s oldest settlements, with a history stretching back before Christian times. Venetians, Turks and others have claimed this city over the centuries. Visit monuments and relics from every era of this fascinating history. Then, shop for souvenirs and enjoy a drink at a taverna off one of the city’s many enticing side alleys. Take a daytrip to a picture-perfect beach, an outer island or an ancient archaeological site.

You’ll find the majority of the major attractions inside the Venetian Walls surrounding the easily walkable old city. Take a tour of the city’s Venetian monuments; the Morosini Fountain and the Heraklion Loggia are among the finest. You’ll see many more as you make your way around. In the old harbor, for example, you’ll see the imposing Koules Fortress, which helped protect the city from invaders for centuries.

A short drive away, visit the fascinating archaeological site of Knossos, a very important palace of the Minoan Empire. If that captures your attention, there are more nearby palaces to explore. Learn about the various ancient discoveries in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, a major Minoan museum.

Heraklion's warm Mediterranean climate makes it a great place to visit any time of year. Beaches like Matala on the island’s south side are popular throughout the seasons.

Fly into Heraklion’s international airport. Alternatively, take a leisurely ferry to the city; services run from major ports in Greece. Sit on the walls of Heraklion Port and watch fishing boats coming in and ferries shuttling off to other Greek islands.

Sample fresh seafood and savory and sweet Cretan foods made with delicate sheets of phyllo pastry. Spanakopita, bougatsa and baklava are favorites. End your day in Heraklion with a drink in one of the many tavernas around Eleftherias Square, watching the locals hurrying home while you plan your adventures for the next exciting day in Crete.


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GDM Megaron

GDM Megaron

9, D. Beaufort Street, Heraklion
4.9
of 5, from 165 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Natural History Museum of Crete is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

$101
The Island-Adults Only

The Island-Adults Only

Vlihadas str., Gouves
4.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Kato Gouves hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Dinosauria Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Cretaquarium. Port of Hersonissos and Convention Centre Creta Maris are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$93
Aquila Atlantis Hotel

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

2 Ygias Street, Heraklion
4.3
of 5, from 115 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Heraklion hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Natural History Museum of Crete is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

Despo Hotel - All Inclusive

Despo Hotel - All Inclusive

Gouves Pediados, Gouves
3.1
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kato Gouves, this all-inclusive resort is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Dinosauria Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Cretaquarium. Convention Centre Creta Maris and Aquaworld Aquarium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Aktia Lounge Hotel & Spa

Aktia Lounge Hotel & Spa

44 Agiou Ioannou str., Hersonissos
3.6
of 5, from 12 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Stalida, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stalis Beach, Star Beach Water Park, and Lychnostatis. Palace of Malia is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

$64
Atrion Hotel

Atrion Hotel

9 Chronaki Street, Heraklion
4.2
of 5, from 80 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul and Natural History Museum of Crete. Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

$44
El Greco Hotel

El Greco Hotel

4, Street 1821, Heraklion
3.3
of 5, from 98 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mark's Basilica, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and Natural History Museum of Crete. Heraklion Municipal Art Gallery and Morosini Fountain are also within 5 minutes.

$114
Hotel Matheo Villas & Suites

Hotel Matheo Villas & Suites

1 Theodoros Savidis str., Malia
4.4
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Malia hotel is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Stalis Beach and Palace of Malia. Star Beach Water Park and Aquaworld Aquarium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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