From the port, you will drive west to "Knossos," the ancient capital of the great King Minos. Your guided tour will take you through the amazing ruins of the ancient palace complex, which once served as the region's administrative and religious center. The partially restored palace covers more than 200,000 square feet and was painstakingly excavated by Sir Arthur Evans beginning in 1900. It's considered one of the finest archaeological sites in this part of the world.
For a sampling of a different side of Crete, you will continue on to the charming traditional village “Arolithos”, which wonderfully represents the former Cretan way of life. It is a reproduction of an ancient village, complete with cobbled streets and houses which have tiled roofs and terraces. Visitors will have the opportunity to view what former workshops of craftsmen and Cretan artisans such as, the ironsmith, the ceramic painter, the weaver, etc. would have looked like. You may also view two traditional houses that display the architecture and the decoration of the historic old houses of Crete. You will alos visit the museum of Agricultural History and popular Cretan arts.
Following your guided walking tour, you will be treated to a traditional light Cretan buffet as a farewell to your visit in Crete that will leave you with warm memories of Cretan hospitality. Afterwards, you'll rejoin your coach for the direct transfer back to the port of Heraklion.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking and/or standing, at times on uneven ground. There is also considerable climbing and/or steps. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Light-weight, comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.