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Thira Heraklion Ferry reviews

  • "Thira to Crete"

    I did my booking in advance through Directferries. The service was excellent. The trip itself was good value for money.

    'Prevelis' travelled on Prevelis

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  • "Bad weather conditions"

    We travelled with really bad weather conditions which meant it took over an hour longer to arrive in Heraklion. If you get sea sick (or have never travelled by boat/ ferry) avoid like the plague, so many people were poorly.

    'Caldera Vista' travelled on Caldera Vista

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  • "Good journey "

    Ship arrived on time. Seats comfortable. Clean and efficient.

    '' travelled on

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  • "Santorini to Heraklion"

    Efficient service. Good experience.

    'Highspeed' travelled on Highspeed

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Thira Guide

Thira is the official name of the island of Santorini, Greece and is located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece.

Thira is essentially what remained after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera.

With its dramatic views, stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches, it is no surprise that Thira is hugely popular with holidaymakers.


Heraklion Guide

Located on the Greek island of Crete, Heraklion is the island's largest city and is one of the main urban centres in Greece. The city can trace its history back to at least the 9th century AD when its development began and then later came under the influence of the Arabs, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Popular sites in the city with tourists include the fortification walls that are essentially the boundary of the old city. These were first built by the Arabs and then reinforced by the Venetians. From the seven bastions, only the Martinengo bastion survives to this day and is where visitors will find the tomb of the renowned writer N. Kazantzakis, overlooking the city. The city was also a venue during the 2004 Olympic Games, and hosted games of the football tournament.

Located in the city's old port, visitors can still see the vaulted tarsanades where ships used to be built and also the 16th century Koule Fortress. From the port, ferries depart to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also ferry services to the Greek mainland port of Piraeus.