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From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

1. From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Lasithi Plateau on a day trip from Heraklion. Admire the remaining windmills and the drainage system that dates back to the Venetian Empire. Pass through traditional villages such as Psychro. Visit the Dikteon Cave, where Zeus is said to have been born. Continue to the village of Tzermiado and enjoy lunch in an authentic tavern before going to the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery, known for its remarkable murals. Next, visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and learn the legend of the settlement at sites such as the Throne Room and Royal Chambers.

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Heraklion: City Highlights with a Private Driver

2. Heraklion: City Highlights with a Private Driver

Your day will start with a visit to Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and home of the powerful and mythical King Minos. Wondering around its labyrinthine passages, you will time travel to an era 4,000 years ago and feel what life in the city was like in those days. Admire the monumental architecture, wall paintings, storage rooms, and workshops at the birthplace of European civilization. Next, walk on the Fortifications of Heraklion, the best-preserved city walls in the Mediterranean, in order to have a panoramic view of the Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek. Visit the Cathedral of St. Minas, the imposing church adorned with Byzantine wall paintings and the essence of incense. Reaching the Old Town, meander its alleys and pedestrianized city center allowing you to stroll around undisturbed and explore the blending of traditional and modern lifestyles. In the heart of the Old Town, see the Morosini Lions Fountain, constructed during the Venetian era and the typical meeting point for locals. Surrounded by various shops ready to serve coffee, ice cream, and local delicacies, this is a place awake around the clock. Right across is St. Mark's Basilica, host to the Municipal Art Gallery open to the public almost all day every day. On your way to the Old Venetian Harbour, you will see the Venetian Loggia, the city's town hall and a masterpiece of architecture. The best-known feature of Heraklion not to missed is the famous Koules Fortress which defended the city from its enemies in the 16th century.

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What people are saying about Palace of Knossos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

So big ❤ Thanks to the tour guide Viola, everything told and lived with heart! The only thing, you have to know, after the early meeting we rattled off many hotels for 1.45 hours to collect them all ... nervous. Trip highly recommended. 1 stop monastery 2 stop Zeus cave (scho bisl exhausting) a worthwhile 3 stop Knossos .... there is not much left, a is ok ... just history of Greece. Have fun after traveling

Was a great day one thing the climb to cave is not for the faint hearted but it’s a great achievement once there last fifty yards path is very uneven lunch is at restaurant but no menu or prices really available so ask before you decide Altogether though the day was excellent

Great trip but with a monothonic guide

Really nice trip with an excellent funny driver but with a monothonic guide which gets you to fall to sleep with her voice and lack of excitement.

The guide was very professional , my tour was perfect !! He adapted the tour according my plans , i really enjoyed !!