Crete and Heraklion (Iraklion)

There is a $3.00 shuttle from the ship to the town.


Iraklion (Crete), Greece

Note: The company’s website indicates it is not operating in December 2019, although NCL appears to have contracted them for twice the price.

Amazing Iraklion Hop on Hop off


  • 3 1/2 hrs Estimate Duration
See Iraklion’s highlights at your own pace by riding a double-decker bus around town, hopping on and off whenever you please at the attractions you find most intriguing.
After departing from the pier, you will use your complimentary bus pass to explore the destinations that are most appealing to you. Simply hop on one of the buses and then hop off when it reaches an attraction of interest from the nine designated stops. Use the included VIP boarding pass to make traveling even more convenient.
You might hop off at the Natural History Museum of Crete, whose exhibitions include dioramas of various ecosystems, terrariums with animals found in the Eastern Mediterranean and a simulator that allows you to safely experience earthquake tremors.
The buses also stop at the Gate of Jesus within the fortified city walls and at the grave of author Nikos Kazantzakis. Born in Iraklion, the prolific writer is best known for novels such as Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ.
Knossos is another enlightening stop. Once the capital of ancient Minoan Crete, it was first inhabited in the 7th millennium BC, and its grandeur has been slowly revealed through archaeological excavation. The palace that once stood here was the seat of power of the legendary King Minos.
Stay for as long as you like at the attractions and then hop on another bus whenever you’re ready. The buses operate throughout the day and make a continuous loop around Iraklion’s must-see landmarks.