Heraklion (aka Iraklion) is the largest port city and capital of Crete Island, Greece. One of Greece’s biggest cities, it has population around 175,000.
Heraklion is an important seaport and a ferry dock. Regularly scheduled ferries and cruise ships serve the routes to the Greek islands.
So the answer is definitely yes. Cruise ships come to crete all year long.
Cruises in Crete usually stop at the port of Heraklion, the largest city and capital of the island. The port of Heraklion is well equipped to handle cruise ships and is very close to the city center, giving passengers easy access to famous attractions and some cruise ships to other ports on the island as well, such as the port of Chania, or the port of Rethymno, cruises -They can stay depending on the activity and size but Heraklion is the main port for most ships a for the voyage to Crete.
Heraklion offers cruise travelers a variety of attractions and activities to enjoy during their visit. Here are some of the highlights:
Heraklion Archaeological Museum: One of the most important museums in Greece, this museum displays artifacts from the Minoan civilization, including the famous paintings of the Palace of Knossos
Knossos Palace: Just outside Heraklion, Knossos was the largest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete, often called the oldest city in Europe Visitors can explore the ruins of an ancient palace and learn about the history of Minoan civilization.
Historic Old Town: Walk the narrow streets of Heraklion’s Old Town, where you can admire Venetian and Ottoman architecture, browse local shops and try traditional Cretan food in taverns and cafes
Koules Fortress: Located at the entrance to the old harbour, Koules Fortress is a Venetian-era castle that offers panoramic views of the city and sea and visitors can explore the castle and learn about its history as a defensive structure.
Morosini Fountain: The Morosini Fountain in Lions Square (Plateia Eleftherias) is a Venetian fountain decorated with statues of lions and other mythological creatures it is a popular meeting place, a great place to relax and people watch.
Heraklion Market: Visit the bustling Heraklion market, where you can find fresh produce, local cheeses, spices and handicrafts. It’s a vibrant place to discover the local culture and try some of Cretan’s cuisine.
Just a few examples of the many attractions and activities available for cruise passengers to enjoy during their visit to Heraklion Whether they are interested in soaking up the history, culture, or atmosphere of this fascinating Crete there is simply something for everyone to enjoy in Heraklion
The qualifications required (by the Greek port authorities) to charter a bareboat sailing yacht in Greece are at least for one crewmember (skipper) to have a sailing certificate proving his/ her competence (necessary) and a crewmember (co-skipper) with adequate sailing experience (optional). This certificate can be issued by sailing clubs and sailing schools.
The license of the skipper can be exceptionally replaced by a self-declaration form since in several countries no certificates are compulsory. In this case, the skipper declares that he/ she has sailing experience as well as he/ she will be liable of the yacht and crew. The sailor’s sailing resume will facilitate our company to assess his/ her ability to sail in safety. Indeed, Sea and sun reserves the right not to allow the embarkation in case your sailing experience is not adequate and thereupon to suggest a professional skipper.
A local skipper is necessary if you do not fulfil the above bareboat criteria. Still, it is common for people to hire a local skipper just because they want to avoid all “captain’s duties” and enjoy carefree vacations or because they need a skipper/ guide to disclose hidden places and local customs. Cretan Yachts is in the position to select, recommend and hire, on your behalf, a professional skipper for as many days as you wish to. There is a daily fee for the skipper (contact us) regardless of the number of people on board or the yacht type selected. The skipper is usually sleeping in his own cabin, as his main job is to navigate, moor and look after the yacht and the crew giving priority to safety.
Charter fees include the rental cost of the yacht, inventory equipment, insurance of yacht, VAT (all taxes), dock fees of the first and last day of charter, check-in/ check-out, towels and linen. Dinner, snorkel equipment. On the contrary, charter fees do not include any optional extras that you might have ordered upon request such. Sea and Sun guarantees you will have no unpleasant surprises (additional charges) since all costs accounted for in advance.
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