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Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

1. Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

Explore the Palace of Knossos and learn the traditional craft of pottery on this tour of Cretan culture and heritage. After pickup at your hotel, start your day at the Palace of Knossos, one of the birthplaces of the modern world. Visit the palaces, the villas and other excavated buildings. Continue to a traditional pottery village in the mountains, driving on pretty roads lined with olive trees. See how Cretans have produced their wonderful pottery for thousands of years. Enjoy the fantastic opportunity to try your hand at this ancient craft, with the guidance of a master potter.  During the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with wine or water included. At the end of a wonderful day, start the drive back to your hotel, where you’ll be dropped off.

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Knossos Palace: Private Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

2. Knossos Palace: Private Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

Explore the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos. Skip the long ticket line upon arrival and you meet your own exclusive guide. This site is home to: the Minotaur, the oldest throne in Europe, elegant wall paintings that inspired art Nuevo works centuries later, huge clay earns, advanced draining systems, and quarters sunk into the earth. Together you will see the oldest civilization unfold before your eyes and you will be able to get the best out of your visit to this magnificent structure. Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, was an astonishing palace, built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, you will have the chance to see the original throne of Minos, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, that were, once upon a time, bursting with Crete’s treasures. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was then immediately built and for more than 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 adorning the walls, hundreds of rooms distributed across four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts.

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From Agios Nikolaos: Day Tour to Zeus Cave & Lasithi Plateau

3. From Agios Nikolaos: Day Tour to Zeus Cave & Lasithi Plateau

After pickup from your hotel, the first stop on your tour is Kritsa, a historical village rich in legends. Here you'll discover picturesque gorges and several ancient archaeological and religious sites. From Kritsa, drive higher into the mountains through the pine forest and past Katharo Plateau (altitude 1250m). This plateau is famous for the Cretan dwarf hippopotamus fossils found in the area and features a magnificent landscape surrounded that is home to many legends dating back to the Ottoman era. Next you'll visit the impressive Lassithi Plateau (altitude 1150m). More than 10,000 traditional windmills operated in the area until just a few decades ago. In the 1950s and 1960s, the plateau was actually one of the first wind farms in Europe. If you're lucky, you'll also have a chance to see some native wildlife. From here you'll continue on to the Diktaean Cave, that is, the birthplace of Zeus, which is located at the village of Psychro (altitude 840m). Finally, explore the village of Krasi and take photos of the famous Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis’ beloved plane tree. This particular plane tree’s circumference is approximately 24 metres and it is estimated that it is 2400 years old.

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Heraklion: SUV Tour to Matala and Ancient Phaistos

4. Heraklion: SUV Tour to Matala and Ancient Phaistos

Your experience starts from Heraklion, from where it will head south to Matala. In the 1960s, hippies from all over the world flocked to the area and lived in the caves as part of their beliefs and way of life. Along the road, you will come across the many vineyards and olive groves of the fertile plain of Messara. Next, stop at the Monastery of Panagia Kalyviani, which is famous for its charitable work. The compound of the monastery that was gradually formed around the 14th-century single-nave church became very famous in the 19th century, due to its reputation as a miraculous icon. Following that, visit the Palace of Phaistos, where the famous Phaistos Disc was unearthed and whose script was only recently deciphered. Your final stop is the famous Matala Beach, where you will visit the caves where the hippies used to live. It will be there that you can also cool off with a swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan Sea, before heading back to your point of origin.

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From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour

5. From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour

Depart from your hotel in the Heraklion Area (Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos , Anissaras, Analypsi , Gouves, Gournes, Heraklion, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia / Lygaria, Fodele), heading eastwards along the north coast. Stop first at the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, inhabited and run by nuns. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century. Next, head to Lasithi Plateau, situated 850 meters above sea level. Enjoy views surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and quaint villages, and admire the famous windmills and the Venetian ditches. Then, stop in the village of Psychro. Visit the Dicteon Cave with its fantastic stalactites and stalagmites, where according to the myth God Zeus was born. Encounter Tzermiado, the capital of the villages on the plateau with its natural beauty, traditional architecture, and breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch in one of the local taverns (own expense), before moving onto the Palace of Knossos, the capital of the Minoan state which was the first European civilization. Take a guided tour and learn about King Minos, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth, and other interesting mythologies.

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Heraklion: Historical Sightseeing Private Walking Tour

6. Heraklion: Historical Sightseeing Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Crete’s capital, Heraklion, characterized by its Venetian architecture, modern condominiums, and Byzantine red brick buildings. Meet your guide outside the impressive Palace of Knossos, the former residence of the mythical King Minos, the son of Zeus and Europa. Continue the tour with a walk through some of the most emblematic areas of the city, passing by the Venetian Fountain of Morosini, the Venetian Loggia, and the Koules Fortress. Other highlights include the Basilica of St. Marc, St. Titos Church, and the Historical Museum of Crete. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary about the history, architecture, and culture of Heraklion. You’ll also hear the tales and legends that surround each landmark, providing a deeper insight into Heraklion’s past.

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Heraklion: Historic Walking Tour

7. Heraklion: Historic Walking Tour

Crete is known for beaches, mountains, and famous archaeological sites. The capital city of Heraklion is home to a well-known Archaeological Museum that you will visit on this walking tour. It houses Minoan civilization treasures and artefacts from Knossos dating back to the Bronze Age. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the best and complete collections of artefacts from this great civilization. You'll learn about the mythical labyrinth of Knossos, why Venetian and Ottoman monuments are found in Heraklion, and why ancient Knossos is one of the country’s most important archaeological sites.  With your professional guide, you will also visit an archaeological site, the palace of Knossos, as well as the 16th-century Koules Fortress. Built by the Venetians in the early part of the century, the fortress stands at the entrance to the old port and is still in great condition.

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Heraklion: Private Knossos Palace & Archaeology Museum Tour

8. Heraklion: Private Knossos Palace & Archaeology Museum Tour

You will begin your day by visiting the most important archaeological site on Crete and the second most visited archaeological site of the country, the Minoan palace of Knossos and the mythical Labyrinth of Homer. You will be visiting an amazing area which consists of 22,000 square meters. A prehistoric "city", this is the place where the oldest European civilization started and flourished some 5,000 years ago. Following this, in the center of Heraklion Town, you will visit the biggest Archaeological collection of artifacts on Crete. You will explore these pre-hellenic artifacts, focusing on the Minoan period and going deeper into its significance and development throughout time.

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What people are saying about Crete

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7 reviews

So we just liked it from the beginning to the end, our tour was postponed due to Corona, but great communication and everything went perfectly! You got to know the country and the people and our guide Petra was just great ... she seemed to us as if we had known her for years and she told so many interesting things about Crete and nature ... just great

Very knowledgable, with additional photos and information from areas not normally accesible to the public. We found the whole tour very interesting and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. A big thank you to our guide for such a fantastic tour. Would absolutley reccomend this tour. Money well spent.

Super helpful guide and very interesting explanation. An extremely pleasant one and a half hour visit. Due to the pandemic, the few visitors made the visit even easier due to the lack of waiting.

Excellent and very interesting day. The guide was very friendly, accommodating and available. Very good driving, very clear explanations. We recommend this excursion

Excellent and well prepared tour, guide was knowledgeable and interested in questions and had a good general and classic education