Explore the ancient ruins of the magnificent Minoan Palace of Knossos which stands south of the outskirts of the city of Heraklion, on the hill of Kephala and learn about the thrilling legends that surround its rich history. The palace was undoubtedly the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture, and your local guide will talk about the archaeological excavations that have been conducted there and describe in detail the maze of workrooms, living spaces, and storerooms. You will also hear about the numerous important discoveries, restorations and construction the archaic palace has undergone as a result of the islands devastating earthquakes.
From the palace, you will then visit a long-established winery and its vast vineyard, where you will you will enjoy the warm hospitality from the owners who will give you an interesting tour of the estate and a fascinating glimpse into the production of wine, starting with the selection of the grapes and ending with bottling the finished wine before organizing a light lunch and exclusive wine tasting experience where you will sample their excellent organic wines.
Crete is Greece’s largest island so pay special attention to the location of the tours you choose.
Check with your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for holidays or week days where museums and archaeological sites may be closed.