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Knossos and the archeological museum of Heraklion, Crete – Tips for Visitors
The tour to Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a more fulfilling experience, an ideal tour for the travelers that want to see the site of Knossos and the artefacts of the Minoan collection of the museum.

Just after the guided tour of the palace of Knossos head for the city of Heraklion in order to visit the recently reorganized museum and admire the wealth of the Minoan treasures.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the largest museum of Crete and one of the most important museums in Greece.

It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The recently reorganized Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The archeological Museum of Heraklion is a highlight of the city and definitely a must for those who want to understand the level of the Minoan civilization.

The museum, located in the town centre, was built between 1933 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos in the area where in the past the Roman Catholic Franciscan monastery was, which unfortunately was destroyed by a devastating earthquake back in 1856.

The main building of the museum was closed for interior renovation from November 2006 to May 2013 with a small temporary exhibition remaining opened. The archeologists reorganized the Minoan collection, making the museum of Heraklion one of the most interesting of the world.

Meet your qualified licensed guide at the entrance of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum or Knossos (depending on the number of groups visiting the sites we can use as starting point one of the two sites – Knossos or the museum – and enjoy a visit of the highlights of Heraklion).

Being in a small group of maximum of 5 participants you will be able to move around at the site of Knossos and the museum and with the help of the qualified guide you will avoid the crowds and the other groups. The Knossos and Museum combined tour will be ideal for the guests that want to see as much as possible. Please note that you can take advantage of the combined ticket (available in both sites) with a total cost of 16 euro per adult, or 10 euro for seniors over 65 years of age.

Meet your licensed qualified guide for both highlights of the Minoan civilization in Heraklion, Knossos palace and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Make arrangements and meet a qualified guide for both highlights of the Minoan civilization in Heraklion, Knossos palace and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.






By choosing one of the tours, to visit Knossos, the museum or both sites please consider the following:

Booking one of the tours means, that you will have a professional Licensed guide, qualified according to the Greek Legislation, to guide you around in the desired site. Please note, that you will meet the guide at the entrance of the site. Transportation or entrance fees are not included.

The archaeological site of Knossos is located 5 km south-east of the capital city of Heraklion in the central north of the island of Crete. You can reach the site by local bus, if you are staying at Heraklion with a cost of 1,5 euro per person per route.
The Palace of Knossos is the largest Minoan site on Crete, covers a total area of 20 -22000 sq.m. and it is very popular. During summer it gets very busy and during the peak of the season you might find a long queue waiting to buy a ticket. Our guides will be able to assist you avoid the crowds, where possible.
The best seasons to see the site are spring and autumn, when the crowds are not so big and the weather is not so hot. ( again , please note that it’s important to avoid the dates that large cruise ships arrive at Heraklion port)
Always try to arrive early at the site, to avoid crowds and queues, or ideally after lunch, in the evenings. This is a beautiful low hill close to Heraklion with a fertile surrounding valley which is ideal to enjoy without big groups.
Leave plenty of time to see the site, and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, if you are a serious history buff.After the guided tour of Knossos take some time to wonder around ad take pictures or at the museum of Heraklion to enjoy important artifacts.
If you are only mildly interested in history, allow a good two hours to visit the Knossos Palace and at least three hours for the museum in town.
For cruise ship passengers, you can choose the Knossos and museum tour (not the extended, it will be perhaps difficult due to cruise ship time restrictions).
Much of the site is not covered, so it’s difficult to find a shady spot (ideally try to visit Knossos in the evenings, to avoid the crowds and enjoy the shade). Do not forget a hat and sunscreen, sun is burning at Knossos even early spring and late autumn. Do not forget to take a bottle of water.
It is possible to purchase a combined ticket to Knossos palace and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. This will allow entry to both places, without waiting in the queue once again, and you save few euro.
Smoking is not allowed in the archeological site of Knossos nor at the museum of Heraklion. You can smoke close to the entrance of Knossos where you can find a small coffee shop. W.C is available in sites, Knossos and the museum.
You are allowed to take pictures (using flash as well) at Knossos but you are not allowed to use a camera with a tripod or a large professional camera. At the museum you are not allowed to use a tripod, a professional camera or flash. Some of the artifacts, you are not allowed to take pictures at all, because they have not been published yet.
Eating during visiting one of the sites, Knossos or the museum is not allowed.
You must behave, in a proper manner, not to make noise and disturb other groups, guides, or individual visitors. Respect both sites, Knossos and the museum.
For individuals that will reach Knossos by a rental car, please note that there are 3 large parking lots, close to the palace. If you park your car in one of those parking areas (which are free of charge) make sure that you are not blocking other cars or large busses. We recommend you not to leave valuables in the car.
For individuals that will use the local bus, the bus stop for Knossos is very close to the entrance of Knossos.
For individuals that will use taxi, the cost should not exceed the 10 to 12 euro (starting from the port of Heraklion). Leaving from the site you can ask the guide to call for a taxi.
Enjoy your visit.
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Culinary Lessons
The island Crete is also famous for the exceptional local cuisine, so we can book you culinary lessons as part of your private tour in Crete. The island offers 165 endemic spices and herbs, unique flora while the locals never abandoned agriculture. Crete offers amazing places to visit, off the tourist routes; there are local taverns and wineries to taste the local recipes and the unique varieties of wine. If you are also interested in cooking this is the ideal tour for you...
Follow us to teach you how to prepare Cretan delicious dishes with pure ingredients, local olive oil, meat and of course vegetables, result of organic cultivation.
The culinary lessons are organized in different local taverns, restaurants or traditional houses.
The tour for culinary lessons can be organized upon request for at least 4 participants and needs approximately 4 h (plus transportation time, depending on the starting point), in order to enjoy the experience. And don’t forget of course, that whatever you prepare, you will cook it and it will be served for lunch.
Price of the culinary lesson tour includes transportation, lunch, all ingredients for the cooking lessons of course. Just be prepared to cook!!!!


Recipes we propose :

1. Greek tomato croquettes

• Place tomatoes, onion (sliced quite thin ) and sugar in bowl. Mix well and season ( salt , pepper and oregano )
• Gradually add flour until mixture is thick but moist. We propose to add local myzythra cheese ( local goat's cheese ) to add flavor
• Pour olive oil in frying pan and heat.
• When oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of mixture in and fry on both sides until golden. Drain and serve.

2. Smoked pork on the grill

Smoked pork is traditionally prepared on Crete , during Christmas . It was back then one of they ways to preserve meat , since they didn't have freezers .
Nowadays the families keep the tradition of making sausages and pork smoked ( apaki) , which needs to be ideally grilled on the charcoal , by the fireplace, or on a pan ( without oil for few minutes


3. Greek salad
A must during summer , can be a used a nice light dinner . Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives (usually Kalamata olives), typically seasoned with salt and oregano, and dressed with olive oil. Common additions include green bell pepper slices or berries of capers (especially in the Dodecanese islands). Notably, the Greek salad is often seen as a farmer's breakfast or lunch, as its ingredients resemble those that a Greek farmer might have on hand.

• 2 to 3 large vine tomato, cut into irregular wedges. ( depends also the number of persons on the table)
• 1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded, then roughly chopped.
• ½ a red onion, thinly sliced.
• 16 Kalamata olives ? locals on Crete use the local olives , that usually are smaller than Kalamata olives
• 1 tsp dried oregano. Oregano. ...
• 85g feta cheese, cut into chunks (barrel matured feta is the best), on the island Crete many add soft myzythra ( goat's cheese) or Seliano feta ( not salty soft feta cheese)
• 4 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil. / some locals add a spoon of vinegar


4. Dakos with tomato


A traditional veggie dish from the island of Crete, perfect for a light dinner! The secret behind the perfect Ntakos or Dakos ( which is the dried break - another way to preserve the bread for a longer period of time ) is to use juicy, fresh, organic, on the vine tomatoes as they are the key ingredient that brings this dish to life. Garnishing with extra virgin, good quality olive oil will give the perfect finishing touch to this traditional Cretan rusks with tomatoes and feta cheese dish.
1. moisten the rusks ( paximadia ), with 4 tbsps of water each, and drizzle with the olive oil. . Tipp don't wet them a lot , sometimes the tomatoes have enough juice and if you use more water , it will spoil the rusk, making it too soft .
2. Use a grater to grate the tomatoes, into a colander and leave for 5 minutes to drain.
3. Crumble the feta cheese and myzithra (soft goat's cheese) with a fork, or grate it with a grater.
4. To put the dish together, spread the grated tomato on the rusks and add the crumbled cheese. Top with the olive oil and capers. Sprinkle with the oregano and drizzle with some extra olive oil. Ready to serve.


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Crete the island of the father of Gods - Zeus :

The wine :

Remnants of grape seeds have been found in vessels dating back to the Early Bronze age.
Wine constitutes along with meat, bread the fundamental part of the very well known food trilogy of the Homeric banquets and meals. From vine-cultivators to vintagers, grape traders the links in the chain of the Minoan and Aegean wine production.
Grapes have been utilized in Crete by 5000 B.C.
Today the only wine in the world known to contain Resin is the Greek wine retsina, also found in Crete. Light yellow variety or red.The resin of the native pines is added today in the beginning of the fermentation, just like it was done thousands of years ago.
The ancient mixed wine with water not only raisin, something practiced in the ancient peoples of the Mediterranean.

Athenaeus in Deipnosophistae suggests that the ancients put water in their mixing bowl first, Akratos meaning not mixed wine and pure Nile water.
Wine was used to wash the wounds of Homeric heroes and warriors as antiseptic .Dionysus Zagreos as we find him on linear B tablets at the palace of Nestor at Pylos, was also known as Hygiatis he who gives health.
It seems the ancient understood that mixing wine with water had healing properties, we today know it kills bacteria such as E coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus.
Cholera and typhoid bacteria is killed when exposed to dry red wine!
But the most universally acclaimed and prized wine in Greek antiquity was the Pramnian, the cup of Nestor in the Iliad as well as the wine of Circe in the Odyssey.
The sweet wine from a grape cluster dried in the sun or having been scorched and bruised on the vine branches is the Kritikos wine the Cretan wine or Pramnian.
The wine of Crete was enjoyed by the ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks, Romans, European Christians and even the Muslim Ottomans!
Wine centers from antiquity still in use today are to the south of Knossos Archanes, Peza, Malevizi, Mesara, Casteli, Amari and lousakies etc.
The Cretan wine is a pedigree, Crete is the most important vinicultural district of Greece.
Its geographical situation and particular soil conditions make the Cretan wine exceptional.
In 1976 phylloxera damaged a large part of the viniculture of Crete.
The island has many vinicultural cooperatives, you can taste here local ancient varieties as well as French that sometimes as we say can also marry a Cretan variety .
You see for us wine slips through our lips and reaches our soul, just like Dionysus in the past, just like Holly communion, for we say in Crete after sharing a glass of wine with someone we forge a promise of hospitality and friendship.
Taste the wine of Crete, taste Dionysus, taste the wine that was enjoyed by Egyptian Pharaohs, Homeric Gods and heroes, Roman generals, Christians of East and West the wine that allured Ottomans ...the wine that either remained Minoan or bedded the French vines.
For this island a continent has a long tale to say and good wine is needed always when a good long story is told.


The olives / Olive oil of Crete

Spiceys and herbs

Local cheese
Woodcraft - carving the olive wood



The honey of Crete

Crete the land of milk and honey, the birthplace of Zeus king and father of the ancient Greek Gods.
The people of the island of Crete have domesticated the bee as far back as the Bronze age period successfully.
Melissa the bee in the Greek language, the name of a nymph, as well as the name of one of the Kourites (Melissos) guardian of baby Zeus and founder of the ancient city of Eleftherna.
In mythology the ancient Greek Gods enjoyed honey, ambrosia and nectar, the first bee keeper in Hellenic Mythology was Aristaios son of Apollo and Kyrini.
Aristaios became immortal as Hours and mother earth nourished him with Ambrosia.
We see here that ancient Greeks understood very well the healing powers of honey..
In the Greek language Melissa-Melina-(she who brings the honey) is a name still given to women til this day. Today the bees that we find domesticated are of the Apis mellifica species.
The Cretan honey is renowned for its quality its aroma and taste.
Bee hives are found through all out the island from Spring through summer until autumn the bees thrive, wild flowers herbs, chestnut, pine trees and citrus blossoms are a bees paradise!
The Thyme honey is a category on its own alone its aroma and flavor is rich.
The Sfakian Honey as well as the Lasithi Honey is famous for its quality.
For centuries honey was the only sweetener in cooking in Greece until sugar was introduced, nearly all sweets, breakfast in Crete involves some variety of honey.
Pollen is also used not only for its substance rich in proteins and therapeutic elements is given to children and elderly on a daily bases.
Propolis the resin collected by bees with its antibiotic attributes used in traditional medicine or remedies.
Aristotle wrote about the bees and honey stating that the hard working bee holds a key to the balance of the Cosmos.
The people of the island of Crete that have very strong earthbound characters understand, watch and learn from nature, one of the favorite gifts a Cretan can offer or receive is good Honey.
Honey with nuts and sheep's yogurt is a sweet offered to guests and newlyweds!
Phillo pastry with honey and nuts a tiny popular sweet enjoyed through all out Crete. In Crete honey is understood tasted and enjoyed as much as good wine.
The color, the aroma, the texture, the sweetness and how it might enhance types of cheese, bread or traditional dishes ...
Cretan Tour Experts Travel agency and the team of professional licensed guides , takes you the land of milk and honey Crete, taste the honey of the Gods with us!

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Tailor Made Tours / Private Tours

Tailor made tours in Crete just for you and your friends organized by Tour Experts.

We can match travel guides to suit your interests and requirements for your private tour in Crete. Whether you are interested in archaeological sites, such as the highlight of Heraklion the Palace of legendary King Minos – Knossos, or wishing to explore the hidden gems of Crete on your holidays with your friends or family - Tour Experts will ensure you have the best that beautiful Crete can offer.

You can choose the tailor-made tour service that you wish for you and your friends. It’s up to you to decide if you wish the full service (transportation, guide, include entrance fees or not, lunch/dinner) or just make an appointment to meet the tourist guide at the site you wish to visit.

Don’t miss all those beautiful parts of Crete island, choose the sites you wish to visit, and we can try to combine different programs in one day. You can choose a car, a small van (7-9 seats) or even a mini-bus (18 seats) for a private tour in Crete with your family or friends.

Transportation available with a licensed guide offering chauffeur service with a small SUV (up to 4 participants) and a minivan for up to 7 participants. Upon request we have a mini bus for up to 16 participants. All our vehicles are checked annually by the authorities, comply will all rules and regulations and have a permission issued by the Greek National Tourism Organization according to the law.

Tours and Programs that can be organized as private tours:

Knossos and Museum of Heraklion.
Archaeological museum of Heraklion and city tour and visit of the fortress of Koules/Rocca a Mare.
Wineries of Heraklion. (Wine tasting and tour in the local wineries).
Starting from Heraklion tour to Chania and Rethymnon (city tour in both cities).
Starting from Chania tour to Rethymnon Knossos and Heraklion (city tour in Rethymnon and guided tour in Knossos). This can be arranged as tour- transfer, with luggage, ending up at you hotel in Heraklion, especially for the guests that wish to travel by ferry to Santorini the next day.
Lassithi plateau and Knossos. The myths of the Labyrinth combined with the Cave - birthplace of Zeus at Lassithi.
Lassithi plateau. Round tour around the famous plateau, visit of a pottery workshop and lunch in a local tavern.
Elounda, Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga. Visit of the Venetian fortress Spinalonga, the place that was used as a colony for the people that were suffering of Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) until 1957.
Be Cretan for a day. Visit the south of Heraklion, villages and monasteries, local coffee shops and a nice place to go for a swim. A day tour to relax, a getaway to the South, the least commercialized area that the locals prefer.
Mountainous Villages of Central Crete. Explore the route Anogeia, visit the Zoniana Cave, (Sfendoni) have lunch in a local tavern, Sisses, Geni Gave and back to Heraklion.
Samaria tour - Private experience. Explore the amazing gorge of Crete, with you licensed professional guide and a safety escort/ experienced hiker with you along the way. Lunch in Agia Roumeli and free time for a swim.
Unknown/Undiscovered Crete. No plan. We visit places that tourists will never go, we will get involved and feel the Cretan spirit. The tour is never the same. It is arranged according to every client's wishes.
A family barbeque. Follow us to grill meat on the charcoal and make a Greek coffee in the fire place (available upon request/depending on the season).
Harvest olives. Be a Farmer for a day, pick-nick at the fields after work. You get rewarded with extra virgin olive oil and late lunch at a local tavern.
Send us an email and get an offer.

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Deals and offers for the season of 2017 - Private or small group

Offers and Deals for the season of 2017

20% early booking/early pay discount.

For the cruise ships arriving in Heraklion and Chania (MSC Fantasia/Magnifica/Orchestra, Holland America Lines/Noordam/Prinsendam/Ryndam/Rotterdam, Norwegian Cruises/Spirit, Costa, Aida, Nautica, Oceana, Ventura, Thomson, Mein Schiff, Arcadia, Aurora, Queen Mary/Elizabeth, Celestyal, Royal Princess (Chania/Souda and Heraklion port) and many more.

We can offer all the tours/shore excursions offered by the cruise ship representative, but we would propose to alter some of the details of each tour or the route in order to maximize the experience and avoid the crowds.

Starting from Heraklion

In private basis, we will be glad to offer you the following tours. The number of participants, depends entirely on the clients that is you! We can offer the tours for 2 participants (with our company vehicles - SUVs and vans) up to 12 participants (with a mini bus Mercedes Sprinter) or a normal Bus if you are a big group and you all wish to tour together.

1. Knossos private tour, Boutaris winery and a taste of Heraklion:

Inclusions: Transportation/entrance fees/services of a professional licensed guide, bottle of water per person/ wine tasting for the participants and guided tour in the winery by an oenologist/all taxes and VAT 24%. Duration 5 hours.

Not included: Lunch or personal expenses.

2. Knossos and the Archeological museum of Heraklion private tour:

The highlights of the Minoan Civilization and a walk in the city (The new reorganized Museum of Heraklion is a must!!). Duration 4,5 to 5 hours (level of difficulty easy, few staircases at Knossos, for guests interested in history, Minoan Art and Archaeology).

Inclusions: Transportation/entrance fees/services of a professional licensed guide, bottle of water per person/all taxes and VAT 24%.

Not included: Lunch or personal expenses.

3. Food and walking tour of Heraklion - A taste of Crete:

Explore the city of Heraklion and while walking around the city, taste the local delicacies. Easy walk, without being stressed, taste on the way, Cretan street food and take amazing pictures Later on free time on your own for shopping in the city center. Duration 4 to 5 hours.

Inclusions: Transportation/entrance fees/services of a professional licensed guide, bottle of water per person/all snacks during the tour are included/all taxes and VAT 24%.

Not included: Lunch or personal expenses.

4. Private guide and vehicle for a tour in and around Heraklion:

Explore the prefecture of Heraklion with you licensed guide and driver (chauffeur service with a driver/professional guide) to maximize the experience. Let us drive you around.

Service available for 4 hours (half day) and 8 hours (full day), including the service of a professional licensed guide, the transportation (company vehicle with a permission issued by the Greek National Tourism Organization).

Suggested tours/routes:

Knossos/Angarathos Monastery/Perisinakis estate and Boutaris winery.
Knossos/Archanes/Anemospilia photo stop/Vathypetro/Monastery of St. George Apanosifis.
Lassithi Plataeu and Monastery of Virgin Mary.
Alternative service - Drive me around: Your safe driver to take you around the highlights of Crete, to take beautiful pictures and enjoy the Cretan Landscape. This service includes a professional driver and transportation, but not guiding services.

Starting from Chania:

Guests visiting Chania/Souda port with a cruise ship. Do not miss the opportunity to explore the Venetian city of Chania and the port.

1. The Best of Chania - Explore the Pearl of Crete: Chania, the Monastery of Tsangarolon and the Venizelos Graves.

Book a private tour through Tour experts with Ioanna, see and taste Chania with the expert. Explore the Pearl of Crete the city of Chania in a comfortable manner joining a private tour. After 20min. drive you arrive at the Monastery of Tsagarolon, further along the burial grounds of Venizelos for a panoramic photo stop of the Venetian city, once arriving to the historical city center on foot, Ioanna will guide you through this charming beautiful city.

Your private guided tour on foot lasts approximately one hour and you also have free time afterwards to explore or shop before returning back to Souda port.

Ponder through Leather lane, see the Greek Orthodox Cathedral opposite the Roman Catholic Basilica, visit if you want one of the oldest synagogues of Greece, the maze like streets, see the little shops, workshops, niches of captivating beauty a paradise of photography, a challenge for the experienced traveler. Chania has given us evidence of human residency as far back as 5000 B.C. making it one of the oldest inhabited within Europe cities. You can see Minoan Kydonia, foundations of the wall of the Era of Alexander the Great, Roman, Byzantine, Crusaders, Venetian Palazzo's, Ottoman Buildings, the Archaeological Museum, the Lovely Venetian Port with its light house little taverns, cafes and restaurants, Chania is absolutely captivating!

After your private guided tour with Ioanna you have free time to explore on your own, take in this charming city and port before returning to the ship. Duration of the tour total 4 to 5 hours.

2. Private guide and vehicle for a tour in and around Chania:

Explore the prefecture of Chania with you licensed guide and driver (chauffeur service with a driver/professional guide) to maximize the experience. Let us drive you around.

Service available for 4 hours (half day) and 8 hours (full day), including the service of a professional licensed guide, the transportation (company vehicle with a permission issued by the Greek National Tourism Organization).

3. Private vehicle and professional driver (chauffeur service) for a tour in and around Chania ( guiding services not included):

Explore the prefecture of Chania with the safety of a driver (chauffeur service with a driver/professional driver) to relax and enjoy the experience, without hassle. Let us drive you around.

Service available for 4 hours (half day) and 8 hours (full day), including the service of a professional licensed guide, the transportation (company vehicle with a permission issued by the Greek National Tourism Organization). You can quote even service per hour, if your cruise Ship is giong to spend more time in Souda port and you wish to explore, avoiding the ordinary tours and programs.

Round Tours - Explore the hidden gems of the island Crete:

For travelers that book more than 4 full day tours on Crete, we offer the lunches/ per day for all participants of the private tours, in selected local taverns. (Private basis up to 6 participants).

All tours and shore excursions available upon request.

Tours that we offer can also start from any of the city hotels, so do not hesitate to contact us and get the ideal offer of the private service you deserve. Private tours, organized by the Experts, active and licensed professional guides of Cretan Tour Experts Travel Agency. A team of dedicated professionals, able to offer their services directly.

Invoice will be provided by our travel agency. We can send you a link (secure ssl link, so that you will be able pay with your credit card. Secure Transactions provided by Piraeus Bank).

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Death cult in Minoan Crete - Archaeological Round Trip

The program of the round trip is planned by Doniert Evely
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Option 1

The Minoan Way of Death

The Minoans have left us an impressive array of monuments and objects. And a lot of them have to do with the disposal of the Dead. For some eras, stretching for close to a millennium, we have collected far more from tombs and associated funerary buildings than we have from the houses where they lived and worked. One would have thought therefore that our knowledge was considerable and wide-ranging. It is not. Our comprehension is totally biased to listing the material, and almost equally totally void when it comes to glimpsing the spiritual, the emotional and the intangible.

In fact this sorry state is broadly so for ALL of their social beliefs, faiths and make-up.

AND THEREBY LIES THE DANGER

Archaeology, just like Nature, abhors a vacuum. Horror vacuii writ large indeed. The outcome is that we all strive to manufacture an interpretation... inevitably biased by our own culture, learning, prejudices and interests. This is fine if it is appreciated by all that this is merely an exercise in Informed Guesswork with Footnotes... and if the ideas so generated can be tested. Usually they cannot be.

This trip will not change any of the above. But it intends to introduce you to a wide range of the monuments by day... so at least you are familiar with the myriad, if linked, physical expressions the Minoans developed. And by night, it will explore through lectures and as much discussion as people wish to... some of the avenues of explanation the archaeologists have explored in the attempts to get inside Minoan Heads and Souls.

(A small Reading List can be made available to anyone interested)



Day 1. Orientation

Visit to Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum at Heraklion.
Evening talk: an outline of what we will be doing in the next few days. General Q&A.

Day 2.

Archanes – Phornoi: A Condensed Version of Mainstream Minoan Funerary Monuments; Anemospelia. Lunch in Archanes

The Funerary Landscape around Knossos: Gypsadhes, Temple Tomb, Kephala Tholos

Evening Talk: Tombs down the Ages

Day 3.

The Mesara. Prepalatial Tholoi in the landscape where they evolved Trypati (Cemetery and Village), Lunch at Voroi

Voroi Ethnographical Museum

Evening Talk:

Day 4.

Out East... en route to Sitea : Mallia; Sissi; Gournia ... and the town;

Lunch en route; overnight stay in Siteia

Evening Talk:

Day 5.

Achladia, Petras, Aghia Photia and Palaikastro

Home to Heraklion

Free evening

Day 6. Out West

Armenoi, Magarites tholos

Lunch en route

Evening Talk: Pulling it all together

Day 7. Dispersal

Chance to see more of Heraklion Archaeological Museum



Option 2

SHORTER VERSION

Day 1. Orientation

Visit to Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum at Heraklion.

Lunch in Herakleion

Evening talk: an outline of what we will be doing in the next few days. General Q&A.

Day 2. Nearby

Archanes – Phornoi: A Condensed Version of Mainstream Minoan Funerary Monuments; Anemospelia.

Lunch in Archanes

Evening Talk: Tombs down the Ages

Day 3. Out and about

Armenoi cemetery

Lunch in Voroi

Some Mesara tholoi

Evening Talk: Beliefs behind Objects.

Day 4. Dispersal

Chance to see more of Heraklion Archaeological Museum



Doniert EVELY

Research Archaeologist

Registered in the UK, resident most of the time in Crete, Greece.

Classics MA from Edinburgh University, Scotland; Diploma and DPhil at Oxford University, England (Minoan Craft Techniques). One-time Curator at Knossos for the British School at Athens (2003-2012). I have made a modest contribution to Bronze-Age Archaeology through articles and books and similar. Mostly I now make my living by facilitating the research of others and contributing to excavation reports. This involves my own writing, also checking that of others; preparing texts and images for all stages of the publication process; working on site and in study seasons. I also have a lengthy connection with guiding and lecturing to English groups resident on or visiting Crete.
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Round Trip: Crete and Highlights of Mainland.
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The program includes:

Option A: Hotels 3 nights in Athens, 2 nights in Tolo, 3 nights in Heraklion and 2 nights in Chania (flight to Heraklion - tickets to Crete).

Option B: Hotels 3 nights in Athens, 2 nights in Tolo, boat ferry to Heraklion, 2 nights in Heraklion 2 nights in Chania.

hotel/accommodation in 4 star hotels (or upon request other options/subject of availability)
breakfast buffet every day
one meal per day (lunch or dinner depends on the day tour)
transportation with our company cars/for 2 an SUV/ for up to 5 a minivan/up to 16 participants with a mini bus.
professional licensed English speaking guide from day one till the end of the tour
all entrance fees of the archaeological sites visited, as mentioned in the program
maps and plans of the sites and basic information
bottle of water per person per day
all taxes and VAT 24%, invoice will be provided by our travel agency
arrival and departure transfers are included, as mentioned in the program
Not included in the total cost:

any personal expenses and gratuities /tips not included
airplane tickets are not included (international flights - we can include the domestic flight to Heraklion)
Arrival in Athens and transfer to the hotel in the area of Athens (close to the city center).

Overnight stay in Athens.

1st Day

Archeological Museum of Athens and city tour (Plaka and the surrounding area of Monastiraki). A nice combination of street food and walk through the monuments and the excavations on the in the shade of the sacred Acropolis.

2nd Day

Acropolis and the new museum. The highlights of Classical Athens. Afterwards a snack and a Segway tour, in order to see as much as possible without getting exhausted.

3rd Day

Departure from the hotel in Athens with luggage and drive towards Corinth. Stop and visit the archaeological site of ancient Corinth. Lunch in the area and drive towards Tolon, where we will stay for two nights.

Arrival in Tolon and overnight stay.

4rth Day

Visit of Mykenae, the palace of Agamemnon, free time in the afternoon.

Overnight stay in Tolon.

5th Day

Departure with luggage for Epidavros, visit of the Asklepeion and the Theater. Later on we will have lunch in the area and then we will drive towards Athens to reach the airport of El. Venizelos/or port of Piraeus and travel to Crete.

Option A: Arrive on Crete by plane (overnight stay in Heraklion).

Airport arrival on Crete and transfer to our hotel / Port - Ferry option: Arrival the next day at the port of Heraklion.

6th Day

Knossos and the archeological museum of Heraklion and a winery close by.

7th Day

Lassithi plateau and Elounda Spinalonga. A full day tour to explore the beautiful eastern part of Crete.

8th Day

Chania and Rethymnon. Tour transfer with luggage at Chania. On the way to Chania, we will visit the city of Rethymnon (walking tour and snacks included), and city tour of Chania, before we reach our hotel. (2 nights stay in Chania).

Overnight stay and the next day is going to be a day to relax.

9th Day

Beach Getaway. Explore the amazing western part of Crete.

10th Day

Departure from the Daskalogiannis airport of Chania to Athens and back home.

Option B: Drive to the port of Piraeus, travel with a ferry to Heraklion - Minoan lines.

Arrival the next day at the port of Heraklion.

6th Day

Knossos and city tour of Heraklion and a winery close by (Skalani area). Free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own.

7th Day

Lassithi plateau and Elounda Spinalonga. A full day tour to explore the beautiful eastern part of Crete.

8th Day

Chania and Rethymnon. Tour transfer with luggage at Chania. On the way to Chania, we will visit the city of Rethymnon (walking tour and snacks included), and city tour of Chania, before we reach our hotel. (2 nights stay in Chania).

Overnight stay and the next day is going to be a day to relax.

9th Day

Beach Getaway. Explore the amazing western part of Crete and the beautiful sandy beaches.

10th Day

Departure from the Daskalogiannis airport of Chania to Athens and back home.
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The program can be altered upon request to match your need and wishes. We are flexible to provide tailor made tours and add more places of interest during the day. Due to the arrangements and bookings (of hotels for example) that must be organized in advance, send us a request as early as possible.

Cost upon request (depending on number of participants - transportation and hotels).

The program includes:

hotel/accommodation in 4 star hotels (or upon request other options/subject of availability)
breakfast buffet every day
one meal per day (lunch or dinner depends on the day tour)
transportation with our company cars/for 2 an SUV/ for up to 5 a minivan/up to 16 participants with a mini bus.
professional licensed English speaking guide from day one till the end of the tour
all entrance fees of the archaeological sites visited, as mentioned in the program
maps and plans of the sites and basic information
bottle of water per person per day
all taxes and VAT 24%, invoice will be provided by our travel agency
arrival and departure transfers are included, as mentioned in the program
Not included in the total cost:

any personal expenses and gratuities /tips not included
airplane tickets to Greece are not included
1st Day:

Arrival at Thessaloniki airport transfer to the hotel and overnight stay. Orientation and general information about the program and later on dinner at the hotel.

Hotel in Thessaloniki for 2 nights.

2nd Day:

Departure from the hotel heading towards Kavala, a beautiful city of northern Greece, by the sea and an important port. (Kavala was in the area of ancient Nealolis and was later on renamed Christoupoli because it was the first European city to accept Christianity). During the day we will visit the Baptistery of Lydia (Lydia was baptized in the area, as one of the first to accept Christianity on European soil) and the amazing site of Philippi (where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon), part of Via Egnatia, the Theater, the Basilica and. In Kavala we will explore the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis and have lunch in a local tavern. On the way back to Thessaloniki we will stop at Karvali, to taste the local delicacies.

Highlights of the day:

Kavala

In Antiquity the name of the city was Neapolis ('new city', like many Greek colonies). During the Middle Ages it was devoutly renamed Christoupolis ('city of Christ').

Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit.

It is situated on the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thasos and on the Egnatia motorway, a one-and-a-half-hour drive to Thessaloniki (160 kilometers (99 miles) west).

The city was founded in the late 7th century BC by settlers from Thassos. It was one of several Thassian colonies along the coastline, all founded in order to take advantage of rich gold and silver mines, especially those located in the nearby Pangaion Mountain (which were eventually exploited by Phillip II of Macedonia).

Worship of Parthenos / the Virgin, a female deity of Greek–Ionian origin associated with Athena, is archaeologically attested in the archaic period. At the end of the 6th century BC Neapolis claimed independence from Thassos and began issuing its own silver coins with the head of Gorgo on one side. A few decades later a large Ionic temple made from Thassian marble replaced the archaic one. Parts of it can now be seen in the town's archaeological museum.

In 411 BC, during the Peloponnesian War, Neapolis was besieged by the allied armies of the Spartans and the Thassians but remained faithful to Athens. Two Athenian honorary decrees in 410 and 407 BC rewarded Neapolis for its loyalty.

Neapolis was a town of Macedonia, located 14 km (9 mi) from the harbor of Philippi. It was a member of the Athenian League; a pillar found in Athens mentions the contribution of Neapolis to the alliance.

Philippi

Philippi was a city in eastern Macedonia, in the Edonis region. Its original name was Crenides after its establishment by Thasian colonists in 360/359 BC. The city was renamed by Philip II of Macedonia in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest. The present municipality, Filippoi, is located near the ruins of the ancient city and is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace in Kavalla, Greece. It was announced a World Heritage Site in 2016.

The objective of conquering the town was to take control of the neighboring gold mines and to establish a garrison at a strategic passage: the site controlled the route between Amphipolis and Neapolis, part of the great royal route which crosses Macedonia from the east to the west and which was reconstructed later by the Roman Empire as the Via Egnatia. The strategic position led to concentration of wealth that can depicted in the magnificent buildings that the visitor can admire nowadays.

We return to Thessaloniki for the night.

3rd Day

Departure from the hotel (with Luggage) heading towards the center of Thessaloniki, we will visit the Arch of Galerius, the central Church of Agios Dimitrios and then we will drive towards Vergina. Visit of the site of Vergina, the Graves and free time. Drive towards Stagoi and we will end up at Kalambaka at our hotel.

Highlights of our day:

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia.

Thessaloniki is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and the Thessaloniki Song Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Thessaloniki was the 2014 European Youth Capital.

The city is the place that the young boys and girls at the age of 18 vote as their beloved city to study. Amazing food, vibrant city with nightlife, the city that never sleeps.

Agios Demitrios church:

The Church of Saint Demetrius, is the main sanctuary dedicated to Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki (in Central Macedonia, Greece), dating from a time, when it was the second largest city of the Byzantine Empire. It is part of the site Palaeochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO since 1988.

Vergina

Vergina is a small town in northern Greece, located in the regional unit of Imathia, Central Macedonia. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Veroia, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 69.047 km.

The town is better known for its remains of Valla, and ancient city of Pieria. It was here in 336 BC that Philip II was assassinated in the theatre and Alexander the Great was proclaimed king.

Aigai has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status as "an exceptional testimony to a significant development in European civilization, at the transition from classical city-state to the imperial structure of the Hellenistic and Roman periods".

It became internationally famous in 1977, when the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great which unlike so many other tombs had not been disturbed or looted. It is also the site of an extensive royal palace and of many rich ancient tombs. A museum now contains Philip's tomb and a new museum is being constructed for the palace and other finds. The objects and paintings found in the tombs at Vergina are also of extraordinarily high quality and historical importance.

Overnight stay at Kalambaka.

4th Day

Departure from the hotel in Kalambaka (with Luggage) heading towards Meteora, to visit two monasteries (which two, depends on the availability). After our visit, lunch in the area of Kalambaka and drive towards Delphi.

Highlight of the day:

The Meteora Monasteries:

The Metéora literally "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" — etymologically related to meteorology) - is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills like huge rounded boulders which dominate the local area.

It is also associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural conglomerate pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios River and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.

Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List under criteria.

The Monastery of St. Stephen has a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. This monastery rests on the plain rather than on a cliff. It was shelled by the Nazis during World War II who believed it was harboring insurgents and was abandoned. The monastery was given over to nuns in 1961 and they have reconstructed it into a flourishing nunnery, with 28 nuns in residence in 2015.

The Monastery of Varlaam – The Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery in the Metéora complex, and in 2015 had the largest number of monks (seven) of the male monasteries. It was built in 1541 and embellished in 1548. A church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious exonarthex (lite) is surrounded by a dome. It was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548, while the exonarthex was decorated in 1566. The old refectory is used as a museum while north of the church is the parekklesion (side chapel) of the Three Bishops, built in 1627 and decorated in 1637.

The Monastery of Rousanou/St. Barbara was founded in the middle of the 16th century and decorated in 1560. Today it is a flourishing nunnery with 13 nuns in residence in 2015.

The nearest town is Kalambaka, where we will spend one night.

We will end up in Delphi to spend a night at our hotel and start the guided tour of the archaeological site the next day.

5th Day

Departure from the hotel in Delphi (with Luggage), visit he archeological site of Delphi, the nearby museum and lunch in the area. Then drive towards Osios Lukas monastery and we will end up at Patras, in Peloponnese.

Delphi

Delphi is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of the oracle that was consulted on important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, it was considered as the navel (or centre) of the world by the Greeks as represented by the Omphalos.

It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site and the modern town is nearby.

It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the Ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.

During our guided tour in the site we will enjoy the magnificent buildings and temples and of course the exhibits of the nearby museum. Lunch in the area and then off we go, for the Monastery of Osios Lucas.

Osios Lukas

Hosios Loukas is a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo, in Boeotia, Greece. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The Church of the Theotokos, the oldest in the complex, is the only church known with certainty to have been built in mainland Greece in the tenth century.

Distomo

Distomo is known as the site of the Distomo massacre that was perpetrated by the German army against the local inhabitants during the Second World War.

Drive towards Patra.

Overnight stay at Patra.

6th Day

Departure from the hotel in Patra (with Luggage), drive towards Olympia, visit of the Stadium, the museum, the workshop of Phidias, the Temple of Zeus. Lunch in Olympia and then drive towards Kalamata.

The highlight of the day: Of course the Olympia site, the place that the Olympic Games were organized for the first time.

Olympia

The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos (sacred enclosure) are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum), the Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion, and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made.

To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city-states. The Metroon lies to the south of these treasuries, with the Echo Stoa to the east. The hippodrome and later stadium were located east of the Echo Stoa. To the south of the sanctuary is the South Stoa and the Bouleuterion, whereas the Palaestra, the workshop of Pheidias, the Gymnasion, and the Leonidaion lie to the west.

Olympia was also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon. Very close to the Temple of Zeus which housed this statue, the studio of Pheidias was excavated in the 1950s. Evidence found there, such as sculptor's tools, corroborates this opinion. The ancient ruins sit north of the Alpheios River and south of Mount Kronos (named after the Greek deity Kronos). The Kladeos, a tributary of the Alpheios, flows around the area.

After the tour, we propose to have lunch or to get a snack in the village of Olympia and then drive towards Kalamata.

Overnight stay at Kalamata.

7th Day

Departure from the hotel in Kalamata (with Luggage), drive towards Mistras, visit of the Byzantine churches, we will end up at Sparta for lunch and we will drive towards Tolon.

Highlight of the day the Fortress of Mistras and the byzantine churches.

Mistras

Mystras or Mistras also known as Myzithras in the Chronicle of the Morea, is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Situated on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travelers for ancient Sparta. In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparta was built, approximately eight kilometers to the east.

Overnight stay at Tolon.

We will stay in Tolon for 3 nights.

8th Day

Departure from the hotel in Tolon and visit of the Mycenaean Palace, return back to the hotel. Lunch on the way Overnight stay at Tolon.

Highlight of the Day: The Acropolis of Agamemnon.

Mycenae

In the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. At its peak in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares.

9th Day

Departure from the hotel in Tolon and drive to Epidavros, visit of the ancient theater and the Asklepeion then drive back to Tolon. Overnight stay at Tolon.

Highlight of the day: The theater of Epidaurus and the Asklepeion.

Epidaurus and the Asklepeion

Epidaurus was independent of Argos and not included in Argolis until the time of the Romans. With its supporting territory, it formed the small territory called Epidauria. Reputed to be founded by or named for the Argolid Epidaurus, and to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asclepius the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary situated about five miles (8 km) from the town, as well as its theater, which is once again in use today. The cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC, when the older hill-top sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas was no longer spacious enough.

The Asclepeion at Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world, the place where ill people went in the hope of being cured. To find out the right cure for their ailments, they spent a night in the enkoimeteria, a big sleeping hall. In their dreams, the god himself would advise them what they had to do to regain their health. Within the sanctuary there was a guest house with 160 guestrooms. There are also mineral springs in the vicinity, which may have been used in healing.

The prosperity brought by the Asclepeion enabled Epidaurus to construct civic monuments, including the huge theatre that delighted Pausanias for its symmetry and beauty, used again today for dramatic performances, the ceremonial hestiatoreion (banqueting hall), and a palestra. The ancient theatre of Epidaurus was designed by Polycleitus the Younger in the 4th century BC.

10th Day

Departure from the hotel in Tolon, drive towards Corinth, visit of the site and then Drive towards Athens. Overnight stay in Athens.

Highlight of the day: Corinth.

Corinth

Corinth derives its name from Ancient Corinth, a city-state of antiquity. In 1858, the old city, now known as Archaea Korinthos (Αρχαία Κόρινθος), located 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) SW of the modern city, was totally destroyed by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake. Nea Korinthos or New Corinth was then built a few kilometers away on the coast of the Gulf of Corinth. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 1928 devastated the new city, which was then rebuilt on the same site. It was rebuilt again after a great fire in 1933.

For Christians, Corinth is well-known from the two letters of Saint Paul in the New Testament, First Corinthians and Second Corinthians. Corinth is also mentioned in the Book of Acts as part of the Apostle Paul's missionary travels. In addition, the second book of Pausanias' Description of Greece is devoted to Corinth.

Ancient Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities of Greece, with a population of 90,000 in 400 BC. The Romans demolished Corinth in 146 BC, built a new city in its place in 44 BC, and later made it the provincial capital of Greece.

11th Day

Acropolis, the museum of Acropolis, Plaka and Thiseion.

Highlight of the day:

Athens, the must - visit site of the Classical Greek World Acropolis, the new Museum and the surrounding area.

Overnight stay in Athens.

12th Day

Free day in Athens. Overnight stay in Athens.

13th Day

Departure - Transfer to the airport.
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A round trip on Crete is a unique opportunity for experienced travelers, small groups with high expectations on the commentary and the information. Crete offers a large variety of excursions and tours to combine knowledge, fun and relaxation. Round trips on Crete are ideal for educational purposes for students of colleges or Universities.

The round trips on Crete give you the opportunity to see more than one places – sites and perhaps, why not, nearby islands such as Santorini. It is definitely a more fulfilling experience. You can book your hotels in one of the touristic areas of every prefecture (in Heraklion - Amoudara and Chersonissos, in Lasithi - Elounda, in Rethymnon at Skaleta and Chania from Platanias till Tavronitis) depending on the budget or your standards and invest in tours and excursions to explore the island. Crete offers a variety of different tours and activities to learn the history of the island, admire unique landscapes, visit archeological sites or traditional villages with local taverns, coffee shops and workshops. Get ready to meet the “real Crete” and make friends for a lifetime. Crete is an island famous for the hospitality of the people.

Whether you are staying in one of the capitals of every prefecture of Crete (Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania or Lassithi) you can combine more, full day or half day tours for a more fulfilling experience. Our high qualified professional licensed guides can organize a program only for your group, to meet your needs and standards.

Lets us know where are you planning to stay, you hotels and we can plan your excursions.

Contact us for further information.

An example of a round trip: starting from Heraklion (arrival airport), ending at Chania (departure airport).

Arrival in Heraklion

1st day: Knossos, city tour in Heraklion and visit of the Historical Museum. Free time for lunch at Heraklion. 8 h duration
2nd day: Gortys, Phaistos Matala. Free time for lunch at Matala. 9h duration
3rd day: Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos. Free time for lunch at Elounda. 9 h duration
4th day: Departure from the Hotel in Heraklion Arrival at the Hotel in Chania . On the way to Chania we visit the Monastery of Arkadi and Rethymnon for a city tour. Free time for lunch at Rethymnon. Arrival at Chania around 18:30
5th day: Aptera fortress for photo stop, visit at Tsangarolon Monastery, photo stop at Venizelos Graves and City tour at Chania. Free time for lunch in the old city, close to the Venetian harbor.
6th day: Free day at Chania for shopping and Departure from the airport of Chania

Same program, as mentioned above can start from the port of Heraklion and end at the port of Chania or vice versa.

Any touristic areas you choose on Crete can be used as starting points and offer unique opportunities to organize excursions and tours, to see places with archaeological interest, monasteries, museums, caves, gorges… Get ready and be prepared to explore the “real Crete”…

All options are open, any ideas you have for your ideal round trip, we are here for you to organize for you amazing round trips in Crete.

9 days Tour

1st Day - Day out at Knossos

During the first day of our round trip we visit the most famous Minoan site of Crete, the palace of King Minos and labyrinth of the Minotaure. Only few kilometres South of Heraklion is the palace of Knossos, where we arrive and cover the grounds of the site, 20.000sq.meters on foot.

We see the oldest throne of Europe, an impressive architectural complex that covers the needs of an advanced civilization. Our stay on the grounds of Knossos with a certified professional guide is round 2 hours where you will have time to take pictures, explore at your own pace before departing, as well as enjoy a comfort stop and refreshment brake.

After seeing the site of Knossos, where Sir Arthur Evans spent a great deal of his life and personally became engaged with unearthing it, we proceed for the city centre.

Herakilon, the city of Hercules, we visit the reopened archeological museum of Heraklion. Just second to the new archeological museum of Athens...

Here we see not only the masterpieces of Bronze Age Crete but we have the opportunity to see the whole history of Crete from Neolithic period all the way until the Roman Era.

Our stay in the museum when focusing on Bronze Age is just under 2 hours...of course we can also take a brake and visit the whole collection, after all it's a tour custom made depending on interests, enthusiasm and time.The archeological museum is in the city centre within walking distance of the old Venetian city...

After having something to eat locally within the 16th and 17th century monuments of Candia (Heraklion) we stroll and see the Era of St. Marcus the winged lion of the people's Republic of Venice in Crete...

But this is the Levant or at least the Eastern Mediterranean we are bound to also stubble upon the trace of the Ottomans as well.

Our day comes to an end and like in all Eastern Mediterranean cities after well rested it is an opportunity to enjoy the sunset and see the old town anew as it draws us to go for a stroll, for a mezze as the starry night approaches.

2nd Day - Archanes Phourni and Giouchtas

To the south of Knossos and Heraklion will be our next outing. Towards the rolling hills and planes cultivated today and as far back as 2.500BC the wine country of Bronze Age Crete enjoyed as mentioned in Ancient Egypt. The olive fields with their knurled tree trunks that can be so striking to the eye. Here we can learn, see, smell and taste local variety of vines and olive oil and olives.

Under the calm gaze of the father of Hercules, Achilles, Hellen and Minos the mountain Giuhtas face of Zeus we visit the settlement of Archanes, the site cemetery of Phourni mentioned by Evans whilst excavating in Knossos. Our day concludes by walking up to the sacred mountain face of Zeus enjoying the view of Archanes all the way until Heraklion and the North Coast. Here the griffon vultures nest one of the largest birds of Europe.

3rd Day - Lassithi, Dikti cave and Malia

Having seen where Zeus expired leaving his last breath we now make our way to see where he was born.

Up to the highest cultivated plateau of Greece Lassithi.

The thorn in the side of the lion of St.Marcus of Venice.

The wind mill plateau.

The sacred cave of Zeus and Mother Earth.

Our tour gives us the chance to see another aspect of agriculture of Crete and farming of the island. It also helps us to link and understand how from farming centuries ago the people of this island developed an advanced civilization.

After descending from Lassithi we arrive at Malia or else known in Greek as the golden pit due to the golden masterpieces it has given us today in the museum of Heraklion.

Malia, a minoan palace site very close to the coastline of the area, thus we begin grasp how, why a mountain people developed a curious sea navigating nation and civilization.

4th Day – Gournia, Elounda, Ag.Nikolaos

Today we head East… We drive along the Dikti Mountains of Crete connecting the region of Heraklion with Lassithi and ultimately its capital Ag.Nikolaos. On our way east we visit the church of Kera Kritza one of the most famous Byzantine walled painted churches of Crete

We then proceed and after a short drive we reach Bioaroma. Here Manousos Pediaditis grandson of the ferryman of Elounda continues the tradition of aromatherapy soaps and has even revived ancient perfumes, scents, tees relying on the natural herbs and botanical species of Crete. We have the chance to see how the aromas are distilled and produced.

Leaving Bioaroma we will have a better idea concerning the medicinal plants of Crete and hopefully recognize some of the species.

Further East is the centre, palace of Gournia, a settlement of 1500BC. Cobbled narrow streets, houses and administrative quarters...a complete City Gournia.

We continue exploring the East by visiting Elounda...the sunken city of Olous just a glimpse of it today can be seen...we sail across to Spinalonga the fort and leper colony that inspired the book the island.

Lunch we have at Elounda, as well we have the opportunity to swim before visiting or after visiting Spinalonga. Our sail to across to Spinalonga is 15min, our stay an hour.

We return to Elounda and after exploring Elounda we make our way to Ag.Nikolaos a 20min drive. Ag.Nikolaos the capital of Lassithi a city set round a picturesque harbor and lake. A perfect way to end a splendid day.

5th Day - Phaistos, Gortys, Matala arrival at Rethymno

Today we explore the South Side of the region of Heraklion and go as far down as the Libyan coast of Crete.

We drive through the fertile plan of Messara to reach the site and second to Knossos the palace of Phaistos. Very different to Knossos in its history and style of excavations, the site of Phaistos is the one that provided us with one of the mysteries of civilization, the Phaistos Disk.

After visiting the palace, we proceed for the Roman capital of Crete Gortys. A huge site, still undergoing excavations .Temples dedicated both to ancient Egyptian but also Ancient Greek Gods. A Roman city...this is what St. Paul saw when arriving in Crete with his disciple St.Titus, today still stands this oldest Basilica of Crete St. Titus.

Through the old olive groves to the North of St.Titus the Queen of antiquities the code of Gortys, on to which a Roman Odeon rests till this day...

We leave Gortys only after seeing a botanical rarity the evergreen plane tree and sacred tree of Zeus.

By now we are ready and eager to enjoy the sea of the south coast. Matala caves beach, fishing restaurants and taverns today. Ancient port, cemetery and Hippie settlement until the 80s!

We complete our circle round the highest mountain of Crete by arriving at Rethymno.

6th Day – Rethymno, Eleftherna, Arkadi

The university seat of the University of Crete is in Rethymno, the third in size city of the island. This Venetian city is seen on foot; we take a guided walk through the maze like streets see the Venetian port and make our way up to the Venetian fort. We visit the archaeological museum that displays the finds of the region of Rethymno several finds of areas that we are going to visit in the next few days.

Our time spent like in most guided tours conducted by professional and licensed guides depends always on the interest and needs of the guest. Leaving Rethymno we head in land to the sacred monastery of Arcadi. A symbol of Liberty for the Greeks mention by Verdi and Victor Hugo.

Our visit of Arcadi enables us to understand not only Greek Orthodoxy but also gives us an insight of the history of the island during the end of the Ottoman rule. From here we make our way to visit ancient Eleftherna, a Homeric cemetery a marvellous site that in the journal of 2009 of Americas Archaeology was in the top 10 most important archaeological sites of the world.

Here we walk in the steps of Achilles, Hector and Agamemnon ... Here we remember the oldest poet of Europe Homer.

7th Day - Armeni, Lappa, Argyroupoli

To the South of Rethymno just a 10min drive we arrive at the Late Bronze cemetery of Armeni. A stretch of chamber tombs, finds from the burial site can be seen in the archeological museum of Rethymno. We take a walk under the ever green oak trees of Crete through this peaceful site. We even have the chance to enter the largest tomb, the tomb of the most prominent ruler of the settlement.

We continue further West to ancient Dorian and Roman Lappa. Water falls, Roman aqueducts, mosaics Greco-Roman finds embedded in Christian and Venetian buildings. It is one of the old villages of Crete that played a very important role in the revolt against the Venetians.

We have the chance to see how a Roman cemetery gave its way as a place of refuge to early Christians.

From Lappa we go north to the only natural lake of Crete the lake Kournas. The lake Kournas was one of the sacred lakes of the Goddess Athena here we can have lunch, for a swim or even paddle.

8th Day - Aptera and Chania

Driving alongside the White Mountain chain we arrive after 45min from Rethymno in the area of Aptera. One of the Western capitals of Crete, we can see here from Greco-Roman to Christian period monuments. The site is still being excavated, Roman villas water cisterns, temples and fortifications.

We make our way up to the fort overlooking Suda bay. The view like in many places in Crete is stunning.

Our drive from Aptera to the second in size city of Crete Chania is 20 min. Chania once the capital of the island of Crete here you fully understand that Crete until recent times functioned as a crossroad of cultures, people, civilization. Here you see finds from the Minoan period, the Hellenistic, the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman. Here from the largest sheltered market of the Balkans to leather lane into what used to be the Ghetto. Christian temples, Mosques and one of the oldest synagogues of Greece can be seen here. Buildings, scent, colours are most enticing here in Chania.

9th Day - Polyrinia, Karavitaki winery, Biolea

In the steps of Homer, in the steps of Agamemnon we arrive at the ancient city today village of Polyrinia. Set up in the White Mountain chain this ancient Acropolis a settlement of farmers with livestock from 9 century BC till this day still displays the same life style.

From here we continue to visit Biolea to see the process of olive pressing, to sample different varieties of olive oil and to also see the oldest olive tree of Crete, thousand years old.

After understanding the olive oil produce and its role in the local economy and social structure of the island, it’s time to meet with an interesting family and their winery. Karavitakis is reviving old varieties, enhancing existing and bringing to Crete varieties from France Spain and Portugal.

To realize that nearly all the wines of Crete were destroyed in the 70s like in many parts of Southern Europe and France and how some wines survived and thrived.

The program was designed by Ioanna Kalypso Glypti, professional licensed English – speaking guide.

Depending on the number of participants the transportation may vary. The 9 days program can be a private tour or perhaps with a mini bus an ideal suggested program for families or friends travelling together.
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Golf for the gentlemen/tour for the rest of the family

Take advantage of this unique opportunity, to play golf, in an amazing golf course on Crete.

For a genuine golfing experience, visit the Golf of Crete, with Cretan Tour Experts. We will drive you there and continue with the members of the family that are not interested in golf, for a unique experience in the area of the mountainous Lassithi. Visit the traditional villages of mountainous eastern Crete, the monasteries, have lunch in a traditional local tavern. Always in communication, with the golf club and the golfers - members of your family playing there, we will make sure that they will enjoy their game and while we guide you around.

Pick up and drop off from your location/Transportation offered by our company cars
Bottle of water per person
A tour/excursion for the non-golfers among you (the tour will be private - we are flexible in arranging the itinerary even last minute)
Maps and plans of Crete
Invoice will be provided by our travel agency
All taxes and VAT 24% included
Escort for the golfers available to ensure that their game will not be interrupt
Licensed professional guide for the members of the family that will explore the island
All entrance fees included
Lunch in the local tavern for the non golfers included
A unique experience. Follow Cretan Tour Experts and explore Crete, while the golfers play in the only golf course of Crete.

Information about the golf:

Set in a uniquely beautiful Mediterranean landscape, with pleasantly mild climate – ideal for year-round golf – and ultra modern facilities, the Crete Golf Club is expected to prove a hit with golfers from Northern and Central Europe, and not only in the summer months but also during the winter, spring and autumn, when golfing conditions on the island are at their most excellent.

An 18-hole Golf Course of international standards – the only one on the island – is a fairer and friendlier course for players, while also presenting fascinating new challenges.

The architects have made every possible effort, during the construction of this course and the nearby buildings, to protect the environment, so naturally many new eco- friendly features, such as modern managing and purifying water methods are used. Part of the local natural environment has remain untouched, adding value to this golf course.

The course truly tests every aspect of the golfer’s repertoire, however the feature that will make all visitors fall madly in love with this golf course – whose 6th is its signature hole – is the unique sense of freedom and tranquility felt when arriving at the justifiably popular 11th, which offers an unrivalled view of the Lasithi Mountains and the unique Cretan countryside.

To top it off, there is an on-course Food & Beverage service whereby players can order cool drinks and snacks during their game on a daily basis. The upbeat attitude and presence of our beverage cart staff is sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Pricelist of the Golf club of Crete.

THE CRETE GOLF CLUB RATES 01.01.2017 – 31.12.2017

GREEN FEES LOW SEASON
01.01.17-28.02.17
01.11.17-31.12.17
HIGH SEASON
01.03.17-31.10.17
Green Fee (18-holes) €75.00 €85.00
Green Fee ( 9-holes) €45.00 €55.00
Twilight Green Fee (3 hours before sunset) €55.00 €65.00
Juniors Green Fee up to 16 years (18 Holes) €40.00 €45.00
Juniors Green Fee up to 16 years (9 Holes) €25.00 €30.00
3 (three) rounds Green Fee Package €210.00 €240.00
5 (five) rounds Green Fee Package €345.00 €380.00
One all inclusive round (Green fee, Full Set of Premium Clubs, Golf Cart, locker, 1 token) €130.00 €140.00
RENTAL FEES PERIOD
01.01.17 - 31.12.17
Golf Cart for 18-holes €35.00
Golf Cart for 9-holes €20.00
Electric Trolley 9 or 18-holes €15.00
Push Trolley €7.50
Pull Trolley €5.00
Golf Clubs hire (full set of Premium Clubs) €30.00
Golf Clubs hire (full set of Standard Clubs) €20.00
Junior Golf Clubs hire €10.00
Driving Range Balls (approx. 30) €2.00
Driving Range Individual Golf Clubs (non branded) €3.00
Locker Daily Fee €3.00
Locker 3 days Fee €8.00
Locker 5 days Fee €12.00
Conditions:

Rates are per person and include 24% VAT
Handicap limit for all players is 54
Handicap certificate is obligatory
8 Hole Green Fee cannot be split into 9 Hole Green Fee
Soft Spikes are obligatory
Discounted Green Fees are not entitled to further discounts
Playing Tees:

Men up to 9.3 handicap may play from the WHITE, YELLOW or BLUE Tees
Men 9.4 - 28 handicap are permitted to play only from the YELLOW or BLUE Tees
Men 29 - 36 handicap are permitted to play only from the BLUE
Ladies up to 17.9 handicap may play from the BLUE Tees
Ladies 18 - 36 handicap are permitted to play only from the RED Tees
All players of 37 - 54 handicap are permitted to play strictly from the fairway Tees (GOLD)
Club Rules & Etiquette

Club Rules & Etiquette of the Crete Golf Club

Reservations

Advance reservations are strongly recommended to ensure access to the golf course.

Cancellation Policy

48 hours, cancellation prior to the tee-time: 50% of the value of the booking will be charged.
Same day cancellation or “no show” : 100% of the value of the booking will be charged.
Registration

All guests must register at the Golf Pro Shop before commencing play on both the 18-hole golf course and the Driving range.

Starting times

Starting times are at 10 minutes intervals.
Twosomes and singles may be grouped with other players and at starting times determined by the pro shop personnel on busy days.
The Pro Shop must approve starting time changes.
18-Hole Green fees cannot be split into two 9-Hole Green fees.
Starter’s and Marshal’s instructions must be followed.
Spectators or caddies are allowed to accompany players around the course.
Handicap certificates and playing tees for all players

Handicap Certificate is mandatory prior playing
Men up to 9.3 handicap may play from the WHITE, YELLOW or BLUE TEES
Men 9.4 - 28 handicap are permitted to play only from the YELLOW or BLUE TEES
Men 29 – 36 handicap are permitted to play only from the BLUE TEES
Ladies up to 17.9 handicap may play from the RED TEES
All players (Men, Ladies and Children) 37 – 54 handicap are permitted to play strictly from the fairway tees (GOLD TEES)
Dress Code and Etiquette

Dress Code:

Trousers made of denim, as well as tracksuits and tennis wear are not allowed.
For men, shorts must be at least Bermuda length, socks must be at least of ankle length, collars and long or short sleeves.
For ladies, T-shirts without collar must have sleeves, while shirts with a collar may be sleeveless.
Proper golf clothing is required at all times on the driving range.
Etiquette:

Please repair all pitch marks on greens.
Please replace divots on fairways.
Please rake bunkers after use. All rakes to be placed inside the bunkers.
Play ready golf
Four ball- maximum four and half hours. The Course Marshal shall ensure that good speed of play and etiquette are adhered to.
Young golfers

Up to 18 years of age
Only children accompanied by an adult or authorized by the Pro Shop are allowed on the golf course.
Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to drive the golf carts.
Buggy and driving rules and regulations

Please take extreme caution when crossing public roads to access the golf course and follow all traffic signs.
Please drive carefully and sensibly, especially down steep gradients leading to the 6th green.
Drivers must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a valid automobile license.
Operating instructions for the buggies must be read and obeyed when using the golf buggies.
Members and guest are liable for any personal injury or property damage that occurs from the use of the buggy assigned in their name. The cost of repair of a golf buggy in the event of damage will be charged to that member or guest.
In order to encourage good speed of play, players are advised to take a selection of clubs to the ball and to keep the buggy level with play at all times.
Buggies must be returned to the designated area.
Pace of play

If a group does not keep its pace on the course and loses more than one (1) clear hole on the players ahead, it must allow the following match to play through. Players, who stop for any reason after playing nine (9) holes, must occupy the next tee before the following group arrives at the tee or they lose their position on the course.
Allow faster groups to play through if there is an open hole ahead of you.
Groups over four (4) players at a time are not allowed on the course.
The Golf Professionals and Marshals have full authority over the golf players at all times. They are responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations pertaining to the golf course and play. Any violations are to be reported to the Club Management.
Course closure

In case of rain:

On a rainy day the course is considered open to visitors. Play on the golf course is officially suspended by The Crete Golf Club only due to thunder, lightening, and heavy rainfall, i.e. only in abnormal – harsh weather conditions that would constitute play unsafe for players.
In case of rain and as long as the course is open to players, the Club can change players’ tee-times to another date or time of play under the condition that the players have informed The Crete Golf Club of their wish to change their play-date or tee-time in advance and in all cases prior to entering the course. This is not an option for players who tee-ed off to start playing and have decided on their own account and at any time to stop playing due to rainfall. In this case our tee-time cancellation policy strictly applies (no refund) and the players are not entitled to a voucher for play on another date.
For players who have decided to change their date of play due to rainfall before their designated tee-time, the new tee-times are issued only according to current availability at the time of their request.
If play is officially suspended by The Crete Golf Club due to abnormal weather conditions as described above, then all players at the time of suspension receive vouchers to play on another date, with the new tee-times issued only according to current availability at the time.
• In order to receive a money refund when the cancellation policy applies, the demonstration of a medical certificate from a public hospital is necessary, stating that the player was ill.
Crete Golf Club- local rules

R & A RULES GOVERN ALL PLAY EXCEPT WHERE LOCAL RULES APPLY
All water hazards are to be treated as lateral water hazard (Rule 26), unless stated otherwise.
Out of bounds (Rule 27) is defined by white stakes and/or lines, perimeter fences.
OBSTRUCTIONS:
Stones in Bunkers are deemed movable obstruction (Rule 24-1) /relief from supported plants. (Rule 21-2b)
All cart paths (Rule 24-2b)
Flower beds behind 18th green is considered a lateral water hazard (Rule 26)
GUR is marked by lines and/or stakes (Rule 25)
PRINCIPLE OF ETIQUETTE:
Please rake bunkers. Please repair pitch marks and replace divots. Play ready golf. Give way for Green staff.
Information about the Golf course, the price list and the regulations, are from the Cretan Golf Club:

cretegolfclub.com
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