Visit the Museums of Heraklion

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A city of rich history on an island featuring a wealth of historical, cultural, and natural importance is bound to have some amazing museums! Heraklion is no exception and provides visitors with various galleries and institutions. Depending on your preferences, you can choose from the following suggestions:

  • Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Heraklion is home to one of the most renowned archeological museums in Europe. Although it makes an excellent combination with the nearby Palace of Knossos, the museum is worth a visit on its own. It houses artifacts from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history. Covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years, exhibits range from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The museum prides itself on its unique Minoan collection, which includes masterpieces of Minoan art. It's rightly considered the best museum highlighting Minoan culture.
  • Aquaworld Aquarium. Animal lovers will enjoy this institution, as it's the only reptile rescue center in Crete. Most of the animals are rescued, making a new home at this institution. There are several species from Crete and worldwide, which visitors can view up close (some you can even touch!). You'll see snakes, lizards, turtles, fish, and other kinds of sea creatures.
  • Natural History Museum of Crete. This museum operates within the Faculty of Science of the University of Crete. Here you can learn all about Crete's natural wealth, as well as that of the rest of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean region. It contains five departments (zoological, botanical, anthropological, paleontological-geological, and mineralogical) and offers a diverse collection of the region's flora and fauna.
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Itineraries with Visit the Museums of Heraklion

Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 14 Days

Odysseus's journey lasted 10 years as he tried to get home after the Trojan War. Your two-week journey will take a little less time but hopefully feel equally legendary with this itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll head to the island of Rhodes to explore in its medieval old town. Proceed to Crete to wander the Palace of Knossos, once home to labyrinth of the Minotaur, then sail to some of the very places Odysseus set foot from Corfu before you return to Athens.

Family Trip to Ancient Greece - 12 Days

This family-focused trip features all that Greece has to offer, but with a kid-friendly twist. Start in the bustling capital of Athens where you'll take an interactive language class and tour the incredible Acropolis, followed by an archeological tour and beach day in Nafplio. End the trip on the island of Crete, where you'll visit beaches, enjoy guided tours of historic sites, and become archeologists and artists in a simulated excavation and a mosaic-making class.

Local Life on Crete - 9 Days

Dive deep into the Cretan lifestyle—specifically the far west region of Chania—with this unique 9-day itinerary. You'll experience loads of culture and scenery as you explore the island's historic villages, food scene, and archaeological ruins, complete with walking tours, cooking lessons, and guided day trips both through the city and surrounding countryside.

Discover Greek Mythology and Archeology - 12 Days

Visit some of Greece's most important sites on this archeology and mythology tour, starting in the buzzy capital of Athens, atop the famous Acropolis Hill, and at the Temples of Delphi. Then head to the islands, stopping in Crete to explore Heraklion, Chania, and the Arkadi Monastery, followed by Mykonos and Santorini for prehistoric ruins. End your trip on the island of Delos where you'll walk the Terrace of Lions, then head back to Athens for one final day visiting the Temple of Poseidon and chasing the sunset along the Athenian Riviera.