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The island of Crete is the perfect island to visit when your taking a cruise around the Greek islands.  There are a few companies who offer cruises around the Aegean and the Greek islands and almost every cruise itinerary includes visiting one of the ports in Crete.  

Cruises normally include the island of Crete and they will stop off in one or two main ports in Crete, the first port of call will normally be Heraklion.  Heraklion is a great mixture of traditional and modern Cretan culture and architecture.  You will find modern building blending seamlessly with the older parts of town.  

The port is great for small cafes and local Tavernas and you can explore the local Heraklion markets and find some excellent local produce include fresh honey, wine and the local drink of Raki.  If its duty free you are after on your stop off then Heraklion is well served with duty free perfume stores and plenty of shops selling wine and spirits.

Within Heraklion you will also find the museum of Knossos, holding all the important finds and frescos of Knossos Palace. The capital city is also home to many other museums and a great place to visit in the municipal gardens.

If your only in Crete for the day, you can visit the palace of Knossos, the home of the Minotaur and King Minos, the site is the second most visited place in Greece after the Acropolis.

If you don’t get to visit Heraklion when visiting Crete for the day then it may be the picturesque port of Agios Nikolaos or Ag Nik for short.  The wonderful town sits on the eastern side of Crete and has been built around the famous bottomless lake, its here you will find a wealth of small cafes and bars serving up delicious snacks and cool drinks and cocktails.

You may even be lucky enough to join the cruise to Spinalonga, or go on the
Knossos Palace sightseeing tour.  If sightseeing isn't your thing and you just want to enjoy the fantastic Cretan sunshine then relax on the soft sands of Kalo Chorio or one of the many secluded coves around the area.

Make sure that if you book a cruise around the Greek islands this year that you have Crete on your itinerary of places to visit and you wont be disappointed.

For those who have chosen Crete for a week or two holiday then you can do something a little different and book a cruise to Santorini for a day trip or overnight stay.  Santorini cruises can normally be taken from either Heraklion port or Rethymnon port.

There are a few companies which offer a day cruise to Santorini, you have the Flying Cat which takes roughly an hour and 45 minutes to get the port of Santorini.  You also have the Golden Prince cruise ship which takes a little longer but allows you to relax and have breakfast on board and take the optional extras of guided tours around Santorini.

Both options get you to Santorini with plenty of time to explore the island and experience everything this wonderful island has to offer, you normally return to Heraklion or Rethymnon in the early evening at 7 or 8 pm. Dinner is usually optional on the return journey but its quite a long day so we heartily recommend getting the dinner on the Golden Prince ship. Remember you can book Mediterreanean Cruise Holidays from many online retailers.

The island of Santorini is one of the most photographed islands in Greece and as you can see by the photographs on the right hand side is a beautiful island.  When you visit the island of Santorini we strongly recommend choosing at least one guided tour as it allows you to gain more information on the island and the fantastic community here.

You can visit the Thira which has a wealth of shops, cafes and restaurants to explore and enjoy.  You can also visit Oia which is a smaller version of Thira and offers a quieter place but still with some excellent shops an stalls to pick up some bargain local produce and gifts.  Remember that Santorini is an inactive volcano and the villages are all perched on the top of this volcanic island offering stunning views over the Aegean Sea.

If you've finished your sightseeing and present buying for loved ones at home then head down to Red Beach, one of the most popular beaches of the island, with red sand and black pebbles shelving gently into the warm sea.  There are plenty of other beaches on the island including Oia beach, Kamari beach and Perissa beach to name a few.

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