KNOSSOS & HERAKLION CITY - HALF DAY

Only few kilometers south of Heraklion, the old capital of King Minos, the center of the magnificent Minoan Civilization is located. Our visit here will take us a step back at 2000 B.C. The palace of Knossos, famous through the myths of the Labyrinth, Minotaur, Europe, Theseus, Daedalus and Icarus will open us a window to the most ancient civilization of Europe. In Heraklion you may walk around the city and visit the Venetian town hall and the fortifications, the impressive Cathedral and the open street market.

Cost per person 39,00 euros



SPINALONGA-AGIOS NIKOLAOS with BBQ - FULL DAY

Eastbound on the national road, we arrive at the small picturesque village of Elounda, where we will have the chance of a promenade around this village. Afterwards we sail to island of Spinalonga. At Spinalonga we will have a guided tour around the island. Originally, Venetians fortified the islet in 1579 by building a castle with 40 cannons and thus transforming it to a stronghold for centuries. Later it became notorious as it was the isolation center for lepers from 1903 until 1957. Then we will reach the islet of Kolokytha where you will be able to enjoy the crystal waters of Mirabello gulf as well áò a BBQ. Returning to Elounda we are going to visit the beautiful town of Ag.Nikolaos. The picturesque harbour, which looks like a lake, offers an interesting walk.

Cost per person 53,00 euros Including meal



LASSITHI PLATEAU - FULL DAY

Visit the famous Lassithi Plateau, the 2500-hectare fertile plain of Lassithi that lies high in the Dikti mountain. On this excursion you will see the green patchwork panorama dotted with stone windmills and you will have a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the Cretan seascapes and landscapes. The mythical birthplace of Zeus, the cave of Psychro with its stalactites and stalagmites is one of the stops during this trip. Another stop is made at the Monastery of Kera.

Cost per person 47,00 euros

 




FESTOS-GORTYS-MATALA - FULL DAY

Festos was the second largest Minoan palace. It has a majestic location overlooking the Mesara plain. To the west the palace views the imposing Mount Psiloritis. Myths claim that Rhadamanthys, brother of Minos, founded and ruled Festos. It was an important religious, administrative and economic centre during the Minoan times. An earthquake destroyed the first palace in 1700 B.C., built here around 1900 B.C. Afterwards, the palace was rebuilt on a grander scale and this second construction is what is seen today. During the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods, Festos was an independent city. The city-state was defeated in 220 A.D. by Gortyn. Archaeologists began excavations here in 1900. The Italian archaeologist Federico Halbherr headed the Italian Archaeological Mission working at Festos. His focus and direction of excavation was completely different from Evans¢ at Knossos and, as a result, reconstruction was minimal.

Cost per person 46,00 euros

 

- The optional tours are at extrra cost to participant

- The Entrance fees are not included

- All prices are in Euro Per Person including Bus/Boat and Guide Service

- Minimum participation 25 persons

 

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