Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands on this 16-day tour. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with visits to the Acropolis and the Archaeological Site of Delphi. Explore the pristine islands next with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Then it's off to Santorini for sunsets and a caldera cruise, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.
Visit the Palace of Knossos and Archaological Museum, Heraklion
- Explore the palace of Knossos with a local licensed guide
- Visit the Heraklion Archeological Museum
- Learn everything about the Minoans
- Discover the secrets of the most ancient civilization in Europe
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What you'll do
Your first stop is Knossos Palace, which offers a glimpse into the lives of the Minoans and is incredibly well-preserved. Knossos wasn't only a residence for the royal family but also a center of government, commerce, and culture. The palace housed numerous workshops where skilled craftsmen created goods for trade. All these features collectively make Knossos one of Europe's most important archaeological sites. Although it is thought that the palace was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1450 BCE, a substantial portion of its art and architecture have been preserved and are still visible today.
With a licensed guide leading the way, you'll discover the remains of the royal palace. Some important sites of the Knossos Palace include the House of the Frescoes, with incredibly vibrant wall paintings, and the Villa of Dionysos, a private home with magnificent mosaic decorations. You will also see the famous Dolphins Fresco adorning the Queen's Megaron (Queens Apartment). The palace is also associated with two of the most renowned stories from Greek mythology. Among the famous tales it is associated with is the story of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. Your guide will tell you the legend of the Minotaur, a creature that was said to have been kept in the labyrinth, and the palace's link to this ancient legend.
After the palace, you'll reach the center of Heraklion and visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. It is one of the oldest museums in Greece and houses a vast collection of artifacts from the Minoan civilization, which flourished on the island of Crete from about 2600 BCE to 1100 BCE. The museum boasts an impressive collection of Minoan art and also a diverse range of artifacts such as pottery, jewelry, tools, sculptures, and much more. Your guide will provide a comprehensive tour, offering valuable insights into the significance and historical context of the various artifacts on display.
After you visit the museum, you can explore the center of Heraklion, which offers a variety of shops and restaurants. Traditional Cretan cuisine is a must-try, and you can find dishes such as dakos (a type of Cretan bruschetta), boureki (vegetable pie), and kalitsounia (a type of cheese pastry). Additionally, you may want to consider shopping for local products such as olive oil, honey, and traditional Cretan textiles.
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- English speaking guide
Sunset Catamaran Cruise
E-Cycling Excursion for Beginner Bikers
The tour is focused on exploring Crete and having fun. The riding pace is slow to moderate with lots of stops for rest, photos, learning about Crete, admiring the view, and visiting all the highlights of the area. All the uphills are performed on rural smooth dirt roads. The downhills are performed on asphalt roads. There are short cemented uphill sections of 50-100 meters with grades up to 20%.
Winery Visit and Olive Oil Tasting
Sunset Safari in Crete
Our journey begins from your hotel making our way through the breathtaking mountains of Crete we visit the Aposelemis basin reservoir and an ancient Roman aqueduct.
From here, we will visit the quaint village of Kastamonitsa nestling in the foothills of the Afendi Mountains where you will be introduced to a local product, Raki. Now brace yourselves for dirt tracks, following the Minoan path going through mountain passes, experiencing spectacular wildlife, unbelievable scenery, mythology, history and enjoy seeing the local nature at its best. For our next stop we will relax with a glass of prossecco, fresh fruit salad whilst admiring the sunset, a great photo opportunity not to be missed. After building up an appetite we head for a Cretan style evening meal at a local tavern in a local village. Here you will have the opportunity to try a selection of traditional local starters and main courses (vegetarian option available) and enjoy a glass or two of the unlimited wine!
Private Excursion to Spinalonga Island
Continue to Elounda, enjoying some of the most beautiful views of Crete. Look across the Elounda Lagoon at the enchanting islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha. Spinalonga has been an important place throughout history: for the ancient Greeks as a natural protection for the city of Olous for the Saracens as a hiding place for their pirates. For the Venetians as a fortress, for the Turks as a settlement and for a long time the island served as a leper colony.
After a short drive, you will reach Plaka, a small fishing village directly opposite Spinalonga. From there, a 10-minute boat ride takes you to the island. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim.
The last stop of the day is Elounda, a former fishing village but today a famous holiday resort with the most 5-star hotels in Greece. Take plenty of time to stroll through the picturesque harbour and have a cup of coffee before heading to Agios Nikolaos for traditional Cretan lunch and finally back to your accommodation.
Itineraries with Visit the Palace of Knossos and Archaological Museum
Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.
Immerse yourself in two of Greece's largest islands with this nine-day itinerary. After a quick jaunt through Athens, you'll start with Rhodes, once home to the Colossus and now hosting a meandering medieval town along with beaches, castles, and petite villages to explore. Then head to Crete to see the labyrinth where the Minotaur once roamed and sample two keystone Greek products with wine and olive oil trips.