Knossos is the site of the most important and better known palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary king Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daedalus and Icarus. The site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000- 3000 B.C.) until Roman times.
After its partial destruction in 1450 B.C., Knossos was settled by Mycenaeans from the Greek Mainland. The city flourished again during the Hellenistic period in 67 B.C. It was captured by the Roman Quintus Caecilius Metelus Creticus.
Knossos was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. Arthur Evans conducted systematic excavations at the site between 1900 and 1931, bringing to light the palace, a large section of the Minoan city, and the cemeteries. The restoration of the palace to its present form was carried out by Arthur Evans. The interventions were mostly imposed by the need to preserve the monuments uncovered.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of Europe”s most important museums. The present building was constructed between 1933 and 1937 to plans by P. Karantinos, on the site of the imposing Venetian Franciscan friary destroyed by an earthquake in
1856. The museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island”s history. Pride of place is given to the treasures of Minoan civilisation, the entire historical course of which can thus be appreciated. Justly regarded as the home of Minoan civilisation par excellence, the museum houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities the world over. The main building of the museum was closed for interior renovation from November 2006 to May 2013 with a small temporary exhibition remaining opened.
06:40‐07:50 Pick up 09.00 20min stop for breakfast 10.30 Arrival at Knossos – Guiding from an official guide 12.00 Departure from Knossos 12.20 Arrival at Heraklion 12.30 ‐ 13.30 Guiding at the Archaeological Museum 13.30‐15.30 Free time at Heraklion City 15.30 Departure from Heraklion 17.00 A 20min stop 18.00‐18.30 Arrival at your Hotel
Price per person: 37 €
Every Tuesday and Wednesday
From April to October
06:40‐07:50 Pick up
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Pick up mainly from hotels at Kolimbari, Tavronitis, Maleme, Gerani, Platanias, Agia Marina, Stalos, Kalamaki, Agioi Apostoloi,Halepa, Chania Town and Kalyves is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not possible you will be picked up from the closest pick up point. In case you don't know the closest pickup point, please contact us).
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Combined ticket for Knossos & Archaeological Museum (16€ per Adult / Children up to 17 years old, free of charge) - Paid on the spot in cash