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Wine Tasting and Culture Minibus Tour

Wine Tasting and Culture Minibus Tour
7 hours
USD 68.16
<p>Wine tasting of Cretan Greek wines, see the sunken city of Sfendili and explore typical Cretan mountain villages.</p>

Full-Day Minoan Route Excursion from Heraklion

Full-Day Minoan Route Excursion from Heraklion
8 hours
USD 85.19
Join this 8-hour guided excursion through the beautiful Cretan wilderness, high into the mountains where only the goats and donkeys usually go. Wild animals, flowers and herbs, Cretan inhabitants and their genuine hospitality. Not forgetting the stunning landscape that will take your breath away. Let the island amaze you, for sure this will be the best day of your holiday. Professional and informative driver/guides you will help you discover the wonders of the Minoan Route from the comfort of your Land Rover, with plenty of photo opportunities and amazing scenery along the way. Truly the best way to explore central Crete's plateaus, ancient paths and wildlife.

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Crete Heraklion Airport (HER) Information

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 HER Crete Heraklion Airport Info & Guide

Crete Heraklion Airport

Where is Crete Heraklion Airport?  

Crete is Greece's largest and most populated island. With its own poetry, dance and music, Crete is known for its unique local culture. Crete was once at the centre of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), the oldest recorded civilization in Europe.

Crete Heraklion International Airport (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR), officially Heraklion International Airport, Nikos Kazantzakis or Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, also referred to as Crete Airport, Nea Alikarnassos Airport, or simply Heraklion Airport, is located 5 kilometres (3miles) east of Heraklion city centre, on the island of Crete, Greece. HER Airport is situated near the municipality of Nea Alikarnassos, and is a shared civil/military facility. The airport is named to honour Heraklion born Nikos Kazantzakis, a Greek philosopher and writer.

HER is Crete's primary airport. The smaller Crete Chania International Airport (CHQ) handles seasonal flights to the western part of the island.

In 2015, Heraklion Airport served 6,057,355 passengers, making it Greece's 2nd busiest airport.

Aegean Airlines, Cypus Airways and Olympic Airlines offer year round service to Crete Heraklion Airport.

Airlines offering seasonal service include Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Austrian Airlines, Condor, EasyJet, Edelweiss Air, Germanwings, Hamburg Airways, Iberia, Israir Airlines, Jet2.com, Niki, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Sky Express, SmartWings, Thomas Cook, Transaero Airlines, Transavia.com, TUIfly, Vueling and Wizz Air.

Year-round service operates to Athens, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Larnaca, Rhodes and Thessaloniki. Cities with seasonal flights to HER include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Madrid, Marseille, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rhodes, Rome, Rotterdam, Santorini, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Vienna and Zürich.

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 Other Items of Interest at Crete Heraklion Airport

Services at Crete Heraklion Airport include:

  • Duty-free
  • Lounges (fee)
  • Gift shop
  • Left luggage - open 24 hours
  • Restaurants
  • Ice cream bar
  • Baby room - departure terminal, ground floor
  • Information desk - open 24 hours
  • Medical centre - open 24 hours


During summer, the airport becomes very congested, and it is not uncommon for passengers waiting to check-in to queue outside the terminal.


Tip: Do not take any photographs or video of the runway, as the airport shares it with a Hellenic Air Force base (126 CG).

Last Updated: 17 Apr 2017