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  • Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

    1. Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

    Join a guided tour of Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, once an astonishing palace built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city.

    As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, get the chance to see the original throne of ‘’Minos”, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, Crete’s treasures pantries, and the water-management systems.

    The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was built immediately, the most monumental of all, and for over 300 years it represented the pre-eminent center of power in Bronze Age Crete.

    The new palace was an imposing complex with important architectural innovations, splendid frescoes...

    I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the Monoan civilization, hugely important but relatively unknown.

  • From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

    2. From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

    Experience a very special Tour that leads you to Crete's most southwestern part on the small island of Elafonisi. Drive from the north coast to the southwest and enjoy a scenic ride through beautiful nature and picturesque mountain villages to one of Crete's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy pure relaxation on exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise water. Jump into the refreshingly cool water and admire the pink shimmering sand in some locations, which has arisen from broken shells. The small lagoon provides an ideal place for paddling and bathing for children as well. Cross the shallow lagoon and reach the small idyllic island, where you can admire beautiful dunes and the local nature. Towards the sea, Elafonisi shows a steep rocky ridge, which is the real core of the island. Between the ridge and the coast, the island arose from alluvial deposition over thousands of years. That's...

    Real good, be a bit Patient if the bus arrives a bit late to the pick up point , it always come if you are on the right place, though the guide or assistant always contact you to confirm the exact pick up place and transfers up and down once going to the destination or going back to the hotel. The beach is amazing and vert nice its really worth it , though make sure you dont take anything from the beach ecosystem, it is forbidden and can be punished, just as a reminder.

  • From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

    3. From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

    Depart from Rethymnon at around 8:30 AM, heading eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos. This is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization. You will be guided (for about 2 hours) through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and hear about both the Minotaur and Ariadne.  Afterwards the bus brings you to the heart of the capital city of Crete – Heraklion. There you have the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide. Finally you will have two hours of free time to enjoy the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch and drink raki. Time will pass before you know i...

    Do some reading about Knossos before you go, it will will help you understand what has happened at the site in terms of the history of the excavation - fascinating! The guide is not able to give enough information in the time available for this. if you are an English speaker, you may struggle a bit with her heavy accent. Her German is excellent.

  • From Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    4. From Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    Following pick-up from your hotel in Rethymno, travel along the northern coast of Crete by comfortable bus. Make your way to the archaeological site of Knossos, where King Minos built his palace. Get a 2-hour guided tour of the monument, designed by Daedalus in such an intriguing way that no visitor was said to find their way out without the help of a guide! Journey through the incredible history of King Minos and the Minoan civilization, and hear about some of the legends of Crete at what was once the island's largest palace. Then, drive to the ancient city of Heraklion to take a guided tour of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Learn more about the island at what is considered to be one of the finest museums in the world dedicated to Minoan art with its many galleries of historic frescoes, jewelry, statues and more. Get some free time for coffee or lunch, and shop for souvenirs in ...

    The help and contact from the local tour operator was good and we felt cared for and safe and comfortable in the coach which was clean and the driver was great. Michaelis gave interesting information during the drive without going on too much. Everyone in our group were pleased with the outing. Just a point about the tickets. I printed out all 17 ticket vouchers but never had to use them as the local operator emailed me another voucher.

  • Heraklion: 2 Day Trip to Santorini

    5. Heraklion: 2 Day Trip to Santorini

    Day 1: Board a boat in Heraklion harbor at 9:00 AM for the 2-hour crossing to the beautiful island of Santorini. Upon arrival, visit the village of Oia at the island's northernmost tip, and get magnificent views of the typical blue and white houses dotted across the hillside. At 1:50 PM, continue to the capital at Fira and explore the town for 2.5 hours. Get some free time to shop or enjoy a drink at a bar with views of the volcano. Transfer to your hotel at 4:00 PM. There is also an optional excursion to Oia to experience the famous sunset at 6:30 PM, returning at 9:30 PM. Day 2: Start with a transfer at 11:15 AM from your hotel to Pyrgos, the highest village of Santorini. Admire the great panoramic views of both sides of the island. Then, at 2:15 PM, transfer to Athinios port, where traditional wooden boats will take you to Palea Kameni. Enjoy spe...

    It was so nice excursion!!!!! A life dream which became real! We had a great time!!!

  • Crete: Follow in the Footsteps of Greek Mythology

    6. Crete: Follow in the Footsteps of Greek Mythology

    During your stay in Crete, explore the mountains of Lassithi and enjoy the magnificent view of the amazing landscape on your way up. Pass the reservoir of Aposelemi and the village of Sfentili, which has almost completely sunk, and visit a traditional mountain village and a typically Cretan family. Learn everything about the story of the father of the gods and his siblings. Visit one of the caves before heading to Lassinthos Eco Park to hear everything about the Cretan traditional way of living. Learn more about the secret of Cretan cuisine and their special delicacies. Enjoy a refreshing lunch in a cosy, traditional tavern and listen to amusing stories about the villagers while feasting on good food and delicious wine. Round off the day with a visit to the mountain village of Krassi at 600 meters above sea level. Krassi used to be the summer residence of one of the island's most famou...

    This was a really great tour- we had a fantastic time exploring the plateau and Viola was a fantastic guide, making it a really personal experience. Would definitely recommend!

  • From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

    7. From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

    Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Lasithi Plateau on a day trip from Heraklion. Admire the remaining windmills and the drainage system that dates back to the Venetian Empire. Pass through traditional villages such as Psychro. Visit the Dikteon Cave, where Zeus is said to have been born. Continue to the village of Tzermiado and enjoy lunch in an authentic tavern before going to the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery, known for its remarkable murals. Next, visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and learn the legend of the settlement at sites such as the Throne Room and Royal Chambers.

    Was a great day one thing the climb to cave is not for the faint hearted but it’s a great achievement once there last fifty yards path is very uneven lunch is at restaurant but no menu or prices really available so ask before you decide Altogether though the day was excellent

  • Heraklion: 2–Hour Cretan Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour

    8. Heraklion: 2–Hour Cretan Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour

    Feed your body and mind in Heraklion, the capital city of Crete. Visit its major monuments with your guide, discover the the modern aspects of the Cretan diet its connection to the history of the city. Learn how the people of Crete eat, and how Crete's enviable food culture was born. On this Heraklion tasting tour, stop at a Cretan family bakery, the daily meeting point of locals. Taste Greek coffee assorted with kalitsounia (traditional sweet pies with soft cheese filling), raisin pies and cinnamon cookies. Discover the herbs and spices at a traditional Cretan shop, and take the chance to savor Cretan mountain tea. Move on to try organic extra virgin olive oil, considered to be the best in the world, made with varieties of table olives. Try goat–sheep cheese, Gruyere, parmesan, soft cheese and natural yogurt with honey.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

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After waiting 30 minutes for a british couple that was supposed to show up, my wife and I got a lovely private tour of Knossos. The guide, Ionna Glypti, was fantastic. We learned a lot about the biases that early researchers had, and got the most up-to-date information from our guide, much of which contradicts the posted signage around the site. The tour was one of our best experiences in Crete. We highly recommend this shit!

Certainly worth booking a small tour - ours had 5 people on it. The guide was friendly, very knowledgable and as it was a small group we were able to ask lots of questions. We felt she was passionate about Knossos.She was also helpful about general questions about other activities in the local area.

Very long and very hot, exhausting day but so worth it to visit the gorge! Please be prepared with actual hiking shoes or you will not make it through the entire hike. Water is frequently available at rest areas on the journey. The gorge is worth it and beautiful!

Fantastic job by guide, in particular assisting a nearly deaf person. Managed the group well to avoid interfering with other folks at site, and to keep us together.

Tour makes the entire visit worthwhile. Guide is excellent, knows so much about the site (and where to find spots with shade). Well worth the money spent.