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HERAKLION CITY HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR – DURATION 3,5 HOURS

The tour begins from the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion with a drive through the city to the famous wine producing area of Peza, south of Heraklion. The drive is through breathtaking landscape of countryside and vineyards as old as Minoan times. The firststopis a modern winery, where you will see the updated methods of wine making and sample some of the delicious Cretan wines. The drive continues through rural villages to the village of Archanes, the municipality in the area. On the way, a photo stop is made at Vathypetro to view one of the oldest farmhouses in Crete, dating to the Minoan period 16th century B.C.. The tour continues through the island’s hilly countryside where olive groves and vineyards existed from as far back as 4.000 years. Arriving at the village of Archanes, which is situated 10km south of the Palace of Knossos, the quaint market town of Archanes has many restored sandstone houses dating from the Turkish period. At a taverna in the villages’ tree-shaded square, you can sample an assortment of Cretan snacks and locally produced wine, and have a chance to mingle with many of the locals themselves while listening to typical greek live music. You will have free time to browse before the return drive to the port of Heraklion and the ship.



HERAKLION CITY & KNOSSOS PALACE HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR – DURATION 4 HOURS

Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. It is also the home of the great Minoan Civilization and the mythological home of Zeus. After a short drive through the town of Heraklion the tour will arrive at the Knossos excavations. Here, Sir Arthur Evan’s archaeological discoveries revealed a civilization dating back to 4000 B.C., when a great empire flourished on the island of Crete. Based on the wealth of artefacts that were found, Evans theorized that this was the site of the ancient Minoan Kingdom. These findings will be viewed in detail, as your guide will lead you on a journey of discovery to learn of the sophisticated culture that flourished thousands of years ago on this island.The Palace, decorated with frescoes and shields houses the Hall of the Royal Guard, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King’s Chamber with the alabaster throne, the Queen’s Apartment, beautiful courtyards and shrines. Having visited this remarkable site your coaches will take you to the heart of Heraklion where you will be given some free time to explore its beauties combining the facilities of a modern city with the unique Greek islands’ ambience. You will then re board your motor coach for the return journey to the Venetian lion-guarder port of Heraklion to rejoin your ship. REMARKS Walking in the archaeological site of Knossos will be on uneven gravel surfaces. Passengers may not be allowed to enter the site with big bags/rucksacks.




FULL DAY TOUR TO KRITSA, AGIOS NIKOLAOS AND ELOUNDA (6-7 HOURS)

Along the north coastal road, drive through the spectacular ravine of Saint George to Kritsa. This whitewashed mountain village with hell blue and green doors and shutters, is famous for its woven handicrafts and its Byzantine church Kera with frescoes from the 13th century.

Going down to Elounda you will have marvellous views over the Mirabello Bay and Spinalonga Island. In the charming fishing village Elounda, sheltered within the bay, free time to make a stroll along the shops and harbour side, and/or to have a lunch in a tavern.

Continue with drive by coach to the picturesque town of Aghios Nikolaos, its small lake is the landmark of the city, known as “Voulismeni” that is located in the centre, at the foot of the cliffs. Walk around and take delight in the panoramic view on the lake and the harbour, and make as well a stroll in the narrow streets with a lot of shops and stores offering a large assortment of typical goods and fine jewellery.

Useful information:

1 Bathroom and refreshment facilities are available at Kritsa, Elounda, Aghios Nikolaos.
2 Appropriate dressing is required to enter the church. No entry for men and women with shorts and/or uncovered shoulders.


This excursion is a combination of Minoan history, religion and Traditional life in villages and popular holiday resorts.





     
     
     
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