Heraklion
11/21/2020 12:00 AM
11/21/2020 12:00 AM
Call on fabled Crete today, former home to the Minoans, Europe's oldest recorded civilization. You'll have the afternoon to uncover local remnants of the Venetian Empire, which brought great wealth to the capital, Heraklion. Admire the Koules Fortress - known to the Venetians as the Rocca al Mare, or "fortress by the sea" - at the Old Port's entrance. Explore the café-lined Lions Square and the arched gallery of the celebrated loggia. And pause to sip tsikoudia, a grape-based brandy distilled in the hills. Alternatively, you might venture to the ancient Palace of Knossos, the famed site where Theseus is said to have slain the mighty Minotaur, or take in the splendid coastal scenery during a tour of the island's traditional coastal villages.

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Introduction to the Cretan Diet & Cooking- 5 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Tasting of traditional delicacies and local drinks
  • Walk in the fields and the olive groves and introduction to the local flora
  • Introduction to the Mediterranean and Cretan diet
  • Info booklet and Recipe Book
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Outdoor lunch paired with wine and raki
  • Visit to the chef’s nuno felt, mosaic and beeswax workshop
  • Recipe book
 
Allow yourselves to be shown around the scenic mountains of Crete, exploring its rich customs and traditions. Learn about handcraft professions and techniques lost in time, and walk through beautiful olive groves. Collect wild herbs and vegetables and bring them to the kitchen, to transform them into delicious Cretan dishes.
 
Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from port of Heraklion
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Looking for the Muses (Crete) - 5 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Visit to the oldest olive tree in the world
  • Visit to 2 traditional wineries and their vineyards
  • Visit to a traditional Cretan musical workshop
  • Information about the unique viticulture and the indigenous grape varietals
  • Two wine tasting sessions with 10 different types and styles of wines
  • Visit to a Minoan farm and a Medieval wine press
  • A traditional lunch in the picturesque village of Archanes
  • Info booklet and wine certificate
Explore your senses enjoying a day full with ancient old flavors, sounds and sights.  Embark on an epic journey around quaint villages, amazing wineries, a musical workshop and a medieval wine press.  Pay a visit to a Minoan farm and discover the mystic way of wine making in Crete, before enjoying your lunch in a picturesque village (paid locally).
 
Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from port of Heraklion
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Wine Tasting and Cooking in Crete - 5 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Visit to a traditional winery and its vineyard
  • Tour around the scenic area of Peza
  • Information about the unique viticulture and the indigenous grape varietals
  • A wine tasting session with 5 different types and styles of wines
  • Visit to a Minoan farm and a Medieval wine press
  • Hands on cooking class
  • Outdoor lunch paired with wine and raki
  • Info booklet, wine certificate and recipe book
 Visit one of Crete’s most renowned wineries and indulge in its fine wines. Drive through scenic roads, visit a medieval wine press and trust yourselves into the hands of a celebrated local chef. Experience a hands-on cooking class uncovering the secrets of the Cretan cuisine, and enjoy regional specialties in a traditional setting.
 
Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from port of Heraklion
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Crete: Knossos - Archanes - Heraklion Museum -5 hours
Guests will be met by our English speaking guide to commence the tour. Upon completion of the tour, transfer will be provided back to the ship.

We will first visit the Archaeological Museum in the town centre and then continue with the exploration of the ruins of Knossos Palace. The palace is one of the major must-see archaeological sites in Greece, presenting visitors with a rare glimpse into Minoan civilization. Accompanied by a knowledgeable, qualified archaeological guide who will offer in-depth personal attention, you will browse through the restored palace. By examining the structures the Minoans lived in, you will have the best avenue for piecing together the threads of the Great Minoan civilization. After a walk through the award winning historically restored village of Archanes, you can enjoy lunch in its picturesque main square, before returning back to the pier.

Duration: approx. 5 hours

Notes:
Because of the extensive walk in Knossos, comfortable shoes and a hat are required.
Knossos Palace and Historical Heraklion
Highlights/Description:
  • Knossos Palace
  • Heraklion
A full day tour that explores the Palace of Knossos and the nearby city of Heraklion. The palace is one of the major must-see archaeological sites in Greece, presenting visitors with a rare glimpse into Minoan civilization. Accompanied by a first class guide who will offer in-depth personal attention, you will walk around the ruins and excavations of the vast ancient palace, and learn about the Greek mythological tales that are linked to it.
 
After exploring the labyrinth of corridors and rooms on the Knossos tour, you will travel into central Heraklion for a walk around its historical center and main sites and a visit to the recently renovated Archaeological Museum. The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world is housed in this museum, that is one of the most visited ones Greece, with an exhibition of artifacts,
covering a period of 5,000 years.
 
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate to Heavy

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from departure port 
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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