Heraklion Handmade Souvenir Small Group Shopping Tour

Crete’s history goes back for more than 5,000 years, and pieces of that heritage can be found in the island’s artwork, food and products — but you have to know where to look to find the best treasures! On this Heraklion tour we will take you to shops and galleries you’d never find on your own, and connect you with the people it’d be impossible to meet without a local guide by your side. From traditional to modern designs, the surprises you’ll find will make for the ultimate shopping experience!

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3 hours 30 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Traditional local sweet (bougatsa)
    • Greek coffee
    • Homemade ice cream
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    What's excluded :
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Souvenirs and personal shopping
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Heraklion, Heraklion, Crete

    We will start our Heraklion tour by indulging in a bite of bougatsa, the most traditional sweet in the city, and we’ll enjoy it at an historic shop that has been in operation since 1922. From the owners’ mouths, you’ll hear the family story of how their business started, after their grandparents came as refugees to Heraklion from Smyrna, in Asia Minor. 

    With our taste buds satisfied, we will follow the smell of aromatic Greek coffee to see it roasted the traditional way. The owner will explain the different techniques and varieties — so you can not only bring home the coffee, but also the recipe of how to brew it yourself! 

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Heraklion, Heraklion, Crete

    Next up, we’ll walk through the open-air market, which locals know as “the old market” or simply “the market” (Agora). This used to be the central market of the city, with numerous stores on each side of the pedestrian street. Nowadays, in addition to groceries and dairy stalls, you can find many shops selling souvenirs, spices, leather items and accessories, plus many restaurants. 

    Strolling further into the city, we will explore more modern shopping options. We’ll stop at a one-of-a-kind shop that sells t-shirts, scarves, sarongs/pareo, bags and handmade jewels, all made by Greek craftsmen and inspired by museum artifacts and ancient motifs. 

    On the same street we will admire artwork-styled souvenirs from Greek designers. Take your time to check out the wide range of exquisite, 100% Greek products, from handmade diaries to games to decorative objects. 

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Heraklion, Heraklion, Crete

    Our next stop on your Heraklion shopping tour honours Crete’s beloved olive tree. The best known product of the olive tree is, of course, olive oil, and for which Crete is so famous. You will be able to browse for souvenirs like cosmetics made from olive oil and oil tree wood crafts. 

    After all that shopping — and talking about olive oil — let’s go for a refreshing stop of homemade ice cream… made with olive oil, of course! It is dairy-free, sugar-free and lactose- and gluten-free, and very delicious! 

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Heraklion, Heraklion, Crete

    Last but not least, we will visit a ceramic artisan in his workshop. Inspired by Minoan models mixed with modern abstract art, he creates eco-friendly, non-toxic pieces right in front of you. Feeling artistic? He’ll let you try your hand at creating your own unique piece to bring back home. 

    Your tour will end here, but if you’d like more inspiration for shopping or eating in the city, be sure to ask your local guide for some tips.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Morosini Lions Fountain, Pl. El. Venizelou, Iraklio 712 02, Greece
    Departure Time :
    5:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    25is Avgoustou, Iraklio 712 02, Greece
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking, and bring a hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
    • This tour can be customised to accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegan, gluten-free, and allergies. Please notify us in advance of any dietary needs. You can do so in the ‘Additional request’ box at checkout.
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: All of the stores you visit on your tour are 100% locally owned and run.
    • By joining this tour you are supporting a 100-year-old local bakery started by refugees so it can continue thriving and serving authentic local delicacies
    • By visiting a local expert and learning about the traditional ways of roasting Greek coffee, you are helping to uphold local cultural traditions.
    • Your tour visits locally-run businesses, such as a ceramic artisan, which helps to preserve traditional crafts for the next generation.
    • Your tour also supports the creativity of Greece’s new generation of artisans by vsiting stores of young Greek designers.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-6176P31

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