Crete: Knossos, Lassithi plateau - local trip
Discount for children from 6 to 12; children below 5 - free of charge.
The Knossos Palace is one of the largest archaeological places. Undoubtedly it's on the number one place on the list of places to visit. Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete and the Palace was the administrative center of the whole island. By visiting this magnificent archaeological complex you will be able to admire numerous chambers, including the Great Throne Room, the Royal Rooms, as well as the artisans' rooms, impressive amphitheater and courtyard. On the grounds of the Palace you can see objects, pots and frescoes from the Minoan civilization. Our guide will go back to the time of King Minos and get you acquainted with the fascinating legends associated with this place. According to Greek mythology, Dedalus built his famous maze right here, under the Grand Palace of Knossos. Strolling through the ruins of the Palace you will hear legends about the Minotaur, half bull, half man, and Theseus, who decided to defeat the monster. You will find out how the love of beautiful Ariadne and her thread saved the life of this young brave man.
After getting acquainted with the magnificent monuments of the Minoan civilization, you will take awinding, mountainous road to the next point of the program. The Lassithi plateau is a green, flat plain at an altitude of 840 m and is surrounded by the mountains. The road to the plateau provides with many impressions. The time has stopped on the plateau. Traditional Cretan villages stretch around, creating a unique atmosphere.The program includes visits to ethnographic museums, monasteries and the Diktaen Cave, also known as the Zeus cave. According to legend, the mighty Greek god was born right here. There is a small lake in the cave and plenty of impressive stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is at an altitude of 1025m n.m. so that after climbing to the top you will see the best possible panoramic view of the Lassithi Plateau.
You can call this trip "Crete in a nutshell". The program was designed to give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with Minoan civilization, myths and legends, the island's tradition and culture, and its extraordinary nature. This trip is especially recommend to those who really want to explore Crete, its rich history and see what's hiddne beneath the surface i.e. the authentic Crete.
Possible meeting points: Malia, Stali, Hersonissos, Anissaras / Analipsi, Gouves, Amoudara from 7:50 to 9:15.
- Transfer to and from the hotel
- Polish or English guide
Price does not include
- Entrance to Knossos - 15€
- Zeus's cave - 6€
- Kera monastery - 3€
- If you are under 18 or have a student ID - entrance is free of charge
- Time of meeting depending on selected spot between 7:50 a.m. - 9:15 a.m
- Online booking only. We recommend to book the trip while you're still at home
- We advise to take a passport or ID, no matter the age
- 1-2 days before the trip, a resident of the local tour operator will contact you to arrange a meeting at the hotel for a surcharge in euros, discussing details of the tour, hotel transfer and meeting points