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Heraklion, Knossos & Minoan Culture Show

1. Heraklion, Knossos & Minoan Culture Show

Immerse yourself in the history of Crete and visit one of the most famous archeological sites. The Minoan Palace of Knossos, first built in 2000 B.C., was the residence of the legendary King Minos. The building, with an estimated 1,300-1,400 rooms, was excavated around 1900 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed. Afterwards, embark on a short journey into more recent history and discover the old town of Heraklion with the well-known Morosini Fountain in Lions Square, the Loggia and St. Mark's Basilica. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere, hike through the narrow streets, visit the market, browse the local shops, or visit the Venetian port with its fortress. Explore small parks, street cafés, and many historical buildings and fountains from Venetian and Turkish times. After visiting the excavation site see a very special performance. Once more experience Minoan culture with 3D video and traditional dancers wearing original costumes. Eat small appetizers prepared according to traditional Minoan recipes to bring history back to life.

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Heraklion: Historical Sightseeing Private Walking Tour

2. 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: City Highlights with a Private Driver

3. 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

Transport and tour went really well, Knossos is not that big ... not as much to see as, for example, in Pompeii ... but historically interesting, nice dance performance in a beautiful garden

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