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3-Day Independent Island Hopping from Crete Including Santorini and Mykonos

3-Day Independent Island Hopping from Crete Including Santorini and Mykonos
3 days - 2 nights
USD 662.93
Island hopping is practically a national pastime for Greeks and the people who love their land and culture. And with this 3-day trip, you too can fashionably hop from island to island – from Crete to Santorini to Mykonos – getting the best of the best at each spot. The stress of buying high speed catamaran tickets and booking taxis from hotel to ferry is taken care of. You only need to think about the good time you're going to have. During the ample amounts of free time, explore each island, eat at local tavernas and sleep in comfortable three- or four-star hotels on each island, depending on option selected.

Scuba Diving Course in Crete

Scuba Diving Course in Crete
4 hours
USD 85.19
Experience the underwater world off the coast of Crete with a guided tour of the spectacular Mediterranean waters.

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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 Oct 2016