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Full of ancient lore and legend, the city of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete is steeped in history. Crete holds a special place in Greek mythology and was an influential location in the evolution of Hellenic civilization. No trip to Heraklion is complete without visiting the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, believed to contain the original Labyrinth of the Minotaur and a staggering 3,700 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


KNOSSOS PALACE AND SHOPPING

 

Цена: € 45 на възрастен, € 32 на дете


Duration: approx. 4 hours


You don’t need to have an expert’s knowledge of Greek history or Cretan civilizations to appreciate the fabulous Minoan Palace of Knossos. More than just a collection of stones or ruins, the Palace structure is still visible and visitors can wander the maze of rooms. The Palace was reconstructed by a British archaeologist, Arthur Evans, who led the excavation of the site in the 1900s. Pictures on the walls help visitors gain a sense of the scale of the Palace – which was originally 20,000 square metres - and an idea of life here during the late Bronze Age. The Palace of Knossos is built on the ruins of a larger Neolithic settlement and of the supposed 1,300 rooms which made up the five-storey Palace, 800 are left today. After the visit we will drive to Heraklion for free time exploring and shopping.

 

 


EXPLORING CRETE

 

Цена: € 46 на възрастен, € 32 на дете


Duration: approx 4.5 hours


Come and pay homage to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine-making and revelry ! Leave the port and drive southwards through ancient vineyards that have flourished here since the Minoan period, around 1,600 BC. Our first stop will be at a modern winery to see how wine is produced today and to taste the flavoursome, sherry-like Cretan wine. We will continue exploring the island, travelling through Crete’s picturesque villages before taking a break for photographs at Vathypetro. This Minoan country house and archaeological site is one of the oldest farmhouses in Crete. The tour continues through the island’s hilly countryside which is rich in olive groves and vineyards before arriving at the village of Archanes, just 10 km south of Knossos Palace. Enjoy free time in this lovely village which has been named the 2nd best-restored village in Europe and sample the local food and drink. We will take the scenic route back to the ship via the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos.

 

 


FODELE VILLAGE & RETHYMNON TOWN

 

Цена: € 53 на възрастен, € 37 на дете


Duration: 5 hours


Leave the port and drive along the northern coastal road to the charming village of Fodele located in a pretty valley full of orange groves. The village is the birthplace of the famous painter El Greco who was born here in 1541. You can take a short walk through the village before continuing to Rethymnon. With its aristocratic XVI century buildings and fascinating mix of Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, this town exudes a charming air of faded grandeur. Rethymnon is a mixture of Venetian and Turkish influences and is dominated by a Venetian fortress; you will have time to wander the narrow streets, admire the architecture and browse the local shops.

 

 

 

THE MINOAN PALACE OF PHAESTOS

 

Цена: € 40 на възрастен, € 28 на дете

 

Duration: approx. 4.5 hours


This tour will take you through some of the most beautiful areas of Crete which are characterized by lush vineyards and ancient olive trees. We will drive across the Aghia Varvara Pass to the southern part of Crete to reach the traditional village of Aghia Varvara where we will stop for a short visit. Our next destination will be the Messara Plain where we will explore the Minoan Palace of Phaestos. The Palace, situated in a magnificent location overlooking the Messara Plain and Ida Mountains, is second in importance and size to the palace of Knossos. The Palace was excavated by the Italian archaeologist Frederico Halbherr at the beginning of the XX century. The earliest settlements on the site date from the Neolithic Period and small settlements from the early Minoan period were scattered over the hill where the Palace stood. Phaestos was the centre of southern Crete, with two harbours, Matala and Kommos.

 

 

 

THE VILLAGES OF CRETE

 

Цена: € 46 на възрастен, € 32 на дете


Duration: 5 hours


Drive along the coastal road and through the spectacular ravine of Saint George to Kritsa. The whitewashed mountain village with its blue and green doors and shutters is famous for woven handicrafts and the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera which boasts 700-year old frescoes depicting Biblical stories. Continue along the northern coastal road to reach the typical Cretan coastal town of Aghios Nikolaos which has a small lagoon – Lake Voulismeni – in the centre of the town which, according to local legends, is bottomless. Walk along the lakeshore or explore the pretty streets and browse the shops selling typical souvenirs. Enjoy free time before returning to the port.