No visit to the town of Heraklion is complete without a visit to the "Ancient Palace of Knossos", the origin of the legend of the labyrinth, which dates back as far as 2000 BC. Spend a guided half day tour exploring this former residence of the legendary King Mino, situated in a small valley overlooking the river, only 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Heraklion town.
- Guided tour of the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion
- Explore the legendary palace of King Minos
- Discover the origins of the myth of the labyrinth
- Guided tour of the Minoan kingdom’s political heart
- Professional local guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off included
What You Can Expect
The Palace itself was a multistoried structure with many floors, innumerable corridors and colonnades, excavated and reconstructed by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900. It was the political, economic and religious center of the glorious Minoan Dynasty.
The half day tour I booked for was on a Monday, but I was contacted to be told that the date was to be changed to Saturday, which was not suitable and so I was scheduled for a Tuesday tour. Although no one told us so, it turned out that we had been put on a full day tour with a Russian group which also included a visit to a winery/olive pressing plant and an hour or so in Heraklion. Luckily, we had the time to accommodate this change, but I think we should have been told about it. Having said that, our English speaking guide at Knossos was excellent and we enjoyed the day.