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Life in Crete

The island of Crete is easily accessible by air or sea the whole year round.

Gelasakis Shipping & Travel Centre 

For all your travel needs

GELASAKIS SHIPPING & TRAVEL CENTRE was established 30 years ago in Chania, Crete and became soon one of the biggest and more responsible shipping agencies in the island and due to their experience and succesful coopertion with shipping, airline and traveling companies have the abilitiy of serving their customers in the best and reliable way. Gelasakis shipping & travel centre is offering on line reservations, Airplane - boat & railway tickets, car & bike rental, cruises & yachts, excursions and much more.



Travelling by Air

Daily flights operate between Crete and most major European destinations, either directly or via the new Athens International Airport, which is a 50-minute flight away. During the winter months, when direct charter flights do not operate services, Crete is connected to Athens with very frequent services. There are several daily flights to and from Athens airport to the International Airport of Heraklion, the International Airport of Chania and the Public Airport of Sitia. Furthermore a new airport is in planning in the area of Kastelli / Heraklion to replace in a few years the current International Airport in Heraklion. The state-of-the-art Athens International Airport opened in 2001 and is Europe's newest southern gateway to the world.

 Current Daily Flight timetable to and from Heraklion (Summer 2007)

Athens (ATH) to Heraklion (HER)
Olympic Airlines05:40 - 09:05 - 12:15 - 15:25 - 18:40 - 22:00
Aegean Airlines06:40 - 08:45 - 11:35 - 13:30 - 17:00 - 20:05 - 22:00

Heraklion (HER) to Athens (ATH)   
Olympic Airlines07:10 - 10: 35 - 13:00 - 16:55 - 20:30 - 23:30
Aegean Airlines07:00 - 08:10 - 10:15 - 13:00 - 15:00 - 18:30 - 21:35

  Current Daily Flight timetable to and from Chania (Summer 2007)

Athens (ATH) to Chania (CHQ)
Olympic Airlines05:55 - 09:00 - 15:30 - 18:35 / additional Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays-21:30
Aegean Airlines09:25 - 16:00 - 21:10 / additional Mondays & Saturdays - 05:20

Chania (CHQ) to Athens (ATH)
Olympic Airlines07:20 - 10:25 - 16:55/17:00 - 20:05 / additional Fridays, Saturdays&Sundays-22:55
Aegean Airlines06:45 - 10:50 - 17:25 / additional Fridays & Sundays - 22:35

   Current Daily Flight timetable to and from Sitia (Summer 2007)

Athens (ATH) to Sitia (JSH)
Olympic Airlines08:45 Tuesdays & Sundays
 11:45 Fridays
 13:05 Saturdays

Sitia (JSH) to Athens (ATH)
Olympic Airlines14:50 Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays
 17:50 Fridays

Check the AIA Flight Information page for more flights & information.

  International air carriers direct to/from Athens International Airport




Travelling by Ferry

There are daily ferries from Athens to Crete, an ideal alternative for those who wish to drive through Europe towards Crete.


Accommodation in Crete

  • In the town of Chania

Minoa hotel
Arkadi Hotel
Kriti Hotel
Porto Venizziano
Samaria Hotel

  • In the "Apokoronas" area

Vamos Palace Hotel-Apt
Almirida Beach
Kalives Beach
Vardis Hotel

  • Chania - West area

Avra Imperial -- Beach Resort & Spa



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