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Knossos Palace is really the only thing to do here. Do not waste your money on a shore excursion through the cruise line. There is a bus station that takes you right to the palace and back for 5 euros per person, unlimited stops on the bus. There is a kiosk right when you get off the free shuttle bus from the ship to the front of the port by the taxi station. Ignore the taxi drivers trying to sell you on their trips and find the bus station kiosk on the left.
Visited: Oct 01, 2017
We did not schedule any tour or excursion in Crete. When we got off the ship and noticed that there was nothing within walking distance, we decided to take a hop on/off bus. We visited a couple of historical sites and enjoyed lunch and shopping as well.
Visited: Jul 09, 2017
Probably the cheapest port we visited lots to do only a short walk from the ship.
Visited: Jul 08, 2017
Knossos is an archaeology lover's delight. Do some shopping and see the Venetian Fort while in port.
Visited: May 18, 2018
It was nice to just do what we wanted without a pre planned excursion. We hired a car to take us around the city, and had a great day viewing castles, and shopping!
Visited: Oct 06, 2019
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