Discover the real Crete on this full day tour, including Knossos, the resort of Aghios Nikolaos and a typical Greek luncheon.
The capital of Minoan Crete was the largest and most sophisticated palace on the island. It contained over 1,000 rooms and enjoyed the comforts of an elaborate drainage system, flushing toilets and paved roads. In legend, Knossos was believed to be the setting of an underground labyrinth, designed to imprison the mythical Minotaur. This half-man, half-bull was born of King Minos’ wife and slain by Theseus. Your guided tour will take you through the ruins of the ancient capital of Minoan Crete.
An hour’s drive, through the ever-changing Cretan countryside, will bring you to Aghios Nikolaos, one of the island’s most famous resorts. Boasting a superb setting on the Bay of Mirabello, built around the harbour and Lake Voulismeni, now interconnected by canals, the area is filled with a variety of shops and cafés of every description and you’ll have approximately one hour to explore for souvenirs of your visit. A typical Greek luncheon with wine and coffee will be served in a local restaurant.
A stop will be made at a vantage point for you to admire the islet of Spinalonga; this former leper colony is dominated by a Venetian fortress.
Note: Knossos will be explored on foot over uneven and rough ground and there are around 15 steps to be negotiated in various places. Flash photography is not permitted at the archaeological site.