Discover the Minoans: Myth and Reality
This is a wonderful half-day tour for archaeology fans!
Let's discover together the dawn of European Civilization and explore the world of the Minoans, here in their homeland, Crete. The rise of the Minoans dates back in the 3rd millennium and within 2000 years time-span they offered to humanity incredible pieces of art. We will see all that in the Minoan Collection of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
The mighty kingdom of the Minoans was controlled through the impressive 'palaces', the largest and most luxurious of all being Knossos! During this tour, we will explore all the secrets of Knossos Palace, the real Labyrinth, and shall talk of the mysteries lying behind King Minos, Minotaur and Ariadne's thread!
We shall finish our history quest in a most delightful way, returning to the present through the aromas and tastes of traditional Greek 'bougatsa', the beloved pastry, that we will enjoy in Heraklion city center, at Lions' square, just like locals!
* The tour is also suitable for cruise passengers.
-We will start the tour at Knossos Palace, 5 km to the south of Heraklion city center.
-We will reach Heraklion city center by bus or taxi according to your choice (approximately 20-30 min. drive) and start the guided tour at the Archaeological Museum.
-We will go on foot to the Lions' square, in the heart of Heraklion city, which is a 10 min. walk from the Museum.
-We will enjoy the bougatsa in a traditional pastry coffee place, like locals do!
Upon request the itinerary can change and start from the city center. In this case meeting point is the entrance of the Archaeological Museum. After the Museum tour we will have the bougatsa stop and then transportation and visit of Knossos Palace.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Knossos Palace Entrance - Ticket desk - Upon request the meeting point can be the entrance of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Duration: 5 hours
The tour duration may vary between 4:30-5:00 hours, according to transportation method chosen (public bus, taxi, or private transport).
Knossos Palace is only 5 km south of Heraklion city center, so it is easy to get there by local bus or taxi. But if you wish I can arrange private transportation, with extra cost.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 euros - 16 euros entrance fee
bottle of water
2 euros for an one-way public bus ticket from Knossos to Heraklion city center (other transportation choice will cost more)
I am not a driver. Private transportation can be arranged upon request.
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Elpida's guided tour of Knossos Palace and the archeological museum in Heraklion is terrific. She is delightful and smart. Her English is excellent. My wife and I recommend this tour for all first time visitors to Crete.