Full Day Family Tour - Heraklion + Dinosauria and Cretaquarium


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Best for families with young children, and those young at heart. Discover marine life and fascinating exhibits while learning more about the history of the island.

Overview of Trip

As Crete’s largest city and capital, Heraklion has a modern cosmopolitan feel that combines rich history and landmarks and serves as an excellent base for those that seek to see everything on offer. After making the most of your time around the city center, we recommend a visit to the village of Gournes about 15 km east of Heraklion. Here you will find two of the most exciting attractions for families with children: the CRETAquarium Thalassokosmos & Dinosauria Park.

Dinosauria Park features life-size models of dinosaurs from different periods, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociratpros, and Triceratops. You can explore their habitats and learn more about how these extinct creatures lived while following the interactive trail with information boards and various activities. There is also a playground with a fossil hunt sandpit as well as swings and toys to keep kids engaged and entertained. For an extra fee, children will also enjoy the 5D cinema with dinosaur-themed films. An exciting and educational experience for the whole family.

To make a day of it, don’t miss the CRETAquarium Thalassokosmos, the only aquarium on the island and conveniently located near Dinosauria Park. In addition to being an excellent family activity, this is one of the largest aquariums in the Eastern Mediterranean and home to the research center for Marine Biology & Genetics and the Institute of Oceanography. During your visit, you will get the chance to discover different species of Mediterranean marine life, including sharks, sea horses, jellyfish, and corals, in more than 60 tanks. If lucky, you may also get a glimpse of Caretta Caretta turtles, an endangered species that often arrive at the aquarium injured and then released back to their natural habitat.

You can opt for audio guide devices or a tour with a personal guide that will answer your questions in more detail and provide extra pieces of trivia for the animals that live in the Mediterranean Sea.

There is also the option of a Behind the Scenes organized tour for super marine life enthusiasts. This is where you can learn and see the technology that goes into supporting the Thalassokosmos operations and the process of feeding and caring for animals.

After a full day of activities, we will return to Heraklion so you can take in more of the sights around this beautiful city.

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1. Dinosauria Park

A fun-packed day for children and adults that are young at heart.

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2. CRETAquarium Thalassokosmos

The place where the magic of the Mediterranean comes to life!

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3. City Tour and Venetian Wall

More than 3km of fortifications protect the Old City of Heraklion. The Venetian walls and gates that still stand are the perfect backdrop for discovering more about its past.


4. City Strolling

The capital of the island boasts numerous activities for visitors to explore, including the Basilica of St. Marks and Morozini's Fountain.

About the tour

Pick your group size

Prices for this group, vary by group size. 

  • 1-3 people per group – 240€
  • 4-7 people per group – 330€
  • 8-15 people per group – 480€

If you have a larger group or require a custom service, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange something for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! The food spots we will visit during the tour are able to accommodate different dietary restrictions. Please inform us in advance, so we can ensure suitable options. 

No, our tour packages are transparent, and all costs and fees are clearly outlined. There are no hidden costs. The price you see includes all specified transfers services. 

Yes! We can accommodate specific preferences and tailor the itinerary to better suit your interests. 

Know Before You Go

  • Greeks generally dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Avoid beachwear or revealing clothing in such places. 
  • If the itinerary includes a church or monastery visit, it is recommended guests bring a long scarf or shawl to cover the shoulders, arms and below the knees. Men should also have their arms covered and avoid shorts. 
  • Comfortable shoes are advisable, especially if you plan on exploring historical sites with uneven terrain.
  • While casual wear is accepted in many places, dressing slightly more formally in the evenings is appreciated in some restaurants and venues.
  • The official currency is the Euro (€). Ensure you have some cash on hand for small purchases, as not all places may accept credit cards. A mix of smaller bills is also a practical approach. 
  • ATMs are widely available in urban areas, but it’s advisable to inform your bank about your travel dates to avoid any issues with card usage.
  • Currency exchange services are available at airports, banks, and currency exchange offices, offering competitive rates.
  • In some places, we might stop by local vendors and small shops. Having small cash with you is recommended for such places.
  • Many tourist sites and accommodations have made efforts to be accessible, but it’s advisable to check in advance and communicate any specific needs.
  • Please inform us of any special needs in advance to ensure a smoother experience.
  • Pack comfortable clothing suitable for the weather during your visit, including swimwear for beach destinations.
  • If you take medication, don’t forget to bring that with you on your day pack or bag. 
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are essential, especially during the hot summer months.
  • Consider bringing a portable charger for Full Day Tours, to ensure enough battery for your electronics (camera, phone). 
  • We also suggest bringing a reusable water bottle to minimize plastic waste during the tour, aligning with our responsible tourism values.
  • The basic Greek greetings are: “Kalimera” (Good morning), “Kalispera” (Good evening), “Efharisto” (Thank you).
  • English is widely understood, but learning a few phrases in Greek can enhance your experience and interaction with locals.
  • Greek cuisine includes staples like olives, feta cheese, moussaka, and souvlaki. Don’t miss trying local specialties.
  • The Greek diet is also well suited to vegan, and vegetarian diets, especially if you are visiting during the Easter period (Lent). 
  • For travelers with gluten-free or celiac dietary requirements, it’s worth noting that while accommodating these needs can be more challenging in some parts of Greece, busy touristy areas often have a growing awareness and offer a more accessible range of options to cater to these specific dietary preferences.”
  • In restaurants, it’s common to linger over meals. Don’t rush; enjoy the leisurely pace of dining.
  • Greeks tend to order and eat “from the middle”, which is similar to tapas style. The food is placed in the middle, including salads, appetizers, and mains and everyone helps themselves to everything. 
  • Tipping is customary, and rounding up the bill is a common practice.
  • Tap water is generally safe to drink, with the exception of most islands. 
  • Bottled water is best to avoid any sensitive stomach issues, and is very affordable to purchase. 
  • In certain crowded tourist areas, pickpocketing is a potential threat. This is especially the case for the area around Syntagma Square in Athens.
  • At We Know Transfers we support and promote environmentally sustainable pratices and responsible tourism guidelines. We are also Climate Neutral Certified. 
  • As a tour company that relies on cars and busses, we are actively moving away from petrol and diesel vehicles to more electric and hybrid vehicles.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time will receive a full refund. 
  • In the case of a no-show, no refunds are eligible. 
  • We Know Transfers reserves the right to modify or cancel tours due to unforeseen circumstances, such as extreme weather conditions. In such cases, customers will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund. 

Learn more about our Cancellation Policy. 

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