This amazing tour takes you to Knossos, one of the most impressive archaeological sites anyone can visit in Greece. Knossos was once the capital city of the prehistoric Minoan civilization, one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, and thought to be the basis for the original Labyrinth housing the mythological Minotaur.
In the most famous story about Minos, he refused to sacrifice a certain bull. The god Poseidon punished him by making his wife Pasiphae fall in love with the animal, and she subsequently gave birth to a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man: the Minotaur. Daedalus built the Labyrinth so that the Minotaur could be confined in it.
Follow your guide in order to visit a portion of the excavated and partially reconstructed Palace of King Minos, whose central court divides the Palace into two wings, the West and the East. The West wing, where you will enter, is where the religious and official staterooms are found while domestic rooms and workshops occupy the East wing.
The Palace houses the Hall of the Royal Guard, decorated with frescoes and shields, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King’s Chamber, housing the alabaster throne amidst paintings of griffins and lilies and the Queen’s Apartment, adorned with murals of dolphins and spirals reminding us of the legend of the Labyrinth.
After touring the Palace, return to your vehicle and drive to Heraklion, where you will enjoy a guided tour through the extraordinary Archaeological Museum, viewing the unique items from the Minoan culture found at Knossos palace.