Legendary Knossos and Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum from Chania!





Every Tuesday and Wednesday | Available from May till October
Duration 12 hours approximately – MUSEUM IS NOT INCLUDED DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

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.

Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum
The Heraklion’s 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.

Indicative Time-Table:

06:40 – 07:50          Pick-up
09:00                      20 minutes stop for breakfast
10:30                      Arrival at Knossos
12:00                      Departure from Knossos
12:20                      Arrival at Heraklion
12:30 – 15:30          Free time at Heraklion city – if you wish you can visit by yourselves the Archaeological Museum of Crete
15:30                      Departure from Heraklion
17:00                      20 minutes stop for coffee
18:00 – 18:30          Arrival at Chania
Remember to bring‼️ Sun Cream, Sunglasses and Hat, Long-Sleeved Shirt for Sensitive skin

Important Notes

  1. Mandatory use of face covering before boarding on bus
  2. For the period 2020 the trip to Knossos will not include a visit to
    the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, as due to COVID-19 it is not allowed to
    visit groups of more than 15 people. After the visit to the palace of Knossos, the
    participants will have free time in the city of Heraklion, where they will have
    the opportunity to visit the archeological museum individually
  3. The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
  4. Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.