Luxury Private Tour

Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

King Minos Palace & Minoan Central Crete


Why We like It

Luxury Inspirational Tour
Ideal for Cruise Travelers
History & Archaeology
Cretan Wine-Tasting

Price From

630 €

Duration

6-8 hours

Description

OVERVIEW
 

Over thousands of years, our Cretan ancestors created the land we know today as Crete. To this day, Minoan identity and influences remain the reflection of the modern world. Trying to understand how intelligent they were, arguably we are the result of evolution.

 

Come with us to unearth these ancient worlds that will seduce you with a timeless charm. Let us reignite your inspiration with truly meaningful moments.

 

Succumb to the expert knowledge of our top local guides who will perfectly adapt an entirely bespoke and distinct service for you. Revel in a collection of unforgettable experiences from the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal.

 

At your own pace, luxuriate along with the Cyclopean stone steps and lavish frescoes of Knossos Palace, the seat of the legendary King Minos. Immerse into the labyrinthian marvel that Arthur Evans excavated, while we draw you back to a time when myth and history were indistinguishable. Breath deep and connect with the calming energy that transcends from the stellar ruins by submerging into a sublime journey to the past.

 

Everything starts in the blood, where there’s culture, there’s wine. Let us chauffeur you to the heart of Central Crete, a rich Minoan land backed by everlasting groves of olive and wine-red earth. Discover boutique domains to sample award-winning Cretan vintages with divine flavors and aromas by revealing the distinctive characteristics that our land and soil instill in the grapes.

 

In the late afternoon, with personal touch impressions soak up the entire collection of unique artworks and history of the world-famous archaeological museum of Heraklion. Filled with exquisite paintings and sculptures, busts, and jewelry, all within the luxurious halls of immaculate architecture.

 

Unwind by strolling around the aesthetically fortified city of Heraklion, flawlessly embraced by the powerful Venetian Walls and iconic Gates. Lose yourself in this seaside cityscape fueled with a historical aura and energizing life. Dazzle your senses with delicious scents of garlic and basil pouring from superb restaurants with local-exclusive or gourmet cuisine along with an enticing café culture full of vibrant fragrances.

 

For the discerning and detail-oriented travelers, we cannot get much closer to history and the island’s genuineness than this.

   
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Plunge into the grandeur of Minoan Crete by being part of the evolution of this mighty civilization
  • Amble in the footsteps of King Minos at his magnificent Palace of Knossos with personalized service of our history-archaeology guide
  • Meander along the unspoiled expanse of Central Crete the land to abundant sun-fueled vineyards and age-old olive groves
  • Deepen your sensory experience at the prestigious wine estates of bottomless tastes and earthen compelling aromas
  • Have a first-hand experience of the Heraklion Archeological Museum with our art-historian guide
  • Follow the city trails and delight in the Heraklion's storied monuments that will overwhelm you
  • Get the inside track from our local insider to localize eateries of Cretan culinary excellence in the heart of Heraklion city

ITINERARY
 

Spoil yourself from the get-go

 

Start with comfort from your accommodation upon a flexibly adjusted pick-up time of the day (morning or afternoon hours). Succumb to our perfectly tailored and stress-free service by a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your full-day disposal.

 

Build up a close relationship with our top local insider and history-archaeology specialized guide who truly understand Crete and its culture – both past and present.

 

Crystalized by culture and prestige: Palace of Knossos

 

Be part of the evolution of a glorious civilization that believed in the spiritual energy of natural phenomena and the last Western society that worshiped female powers.

 

Step foot on the archaic soil that once King Minos stood upon and was the birthplace of the legendary Minoan civilization. Follow our top history-archaeology guide and explore the archaeological masterpieces by immersing yourself in the magnificence of the structures decorated with vibrant hues. You will acquire the feeling that even the prehistoric stones have craftsmanship that you sense beneath the walls.

 

Discover the palatial splendor that once hosted 1.500 accommodations within five floors in a personalized and private atmosphere. Alongside your guide, wander around the Throne Room, the heart of the palatial complex consists of the central court and the main hall; the Processional Way, decorated with frescoes such as Prince with the Lilies; the famous Bull’s Horns, one of the sacred symbols of Minoan religion; and the Royal Apartments, consisting of the complex of Double Axes and the Villas of the Queen.

 

After submerging into the legends of King Minos, Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, and the palatial labyrinth, you can truly appreciate what makes Knossos Palace so magnificent and enchanting.

 

From Minoan to modern times, for Cretans making wine is an art

 

Now, let’s turn our attention to the South of Heraklion region where the richness of the Minoan world still abounds these days.

 

Imagine an ancient land of calmness and generosity where olive groves paint the horizon with green and gold leaves, the vineyards nurtured from the finest soils produce aromatic premium wines, and the scent of mountain thyme and oregano that blends with the warm salty breeze.

 

It is here in the heart of Central Crete where our local insider guide will give you the inside track to lose yourself in the wine routes of the Minoans, full of colors and textiles, meandering through the oldest olive trees in the world to unearth the perfect Cretan domains. Boutique family-owned estates that offer quintessential wine tasting with sun-fueled island flavors from antiquity.

 

What Crete tastes like in a wine glass? A sense of euphoria and intoxicating aromas coming from oak barrels. Light and crisp or heavy and dry wine, Cretan vintages share the ability to impress you by the long aftertaste of full-bodied red and fragrant white wine. Allow us to introduce you to some of the most passionate Cretan winemakers to gain knowledge of local viticulture and guide you through their exceptional estates.

 

Telling the story of Crete: Heraklion Archaeological Museum

 

Meet our top art-historian guide at the world-famous archaeological museum in the sensational city of Heraklion for an after-hour tour to synopsize 5,500 years of Crete’s history.

 

From Neolithic times to the prominent Minoans and beyond, distinguish the exhibits from archaeological sites from all over Crete – Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, and Knossos Palace appreciating each room at your own pace. Let us shape your tensionless experience with an individual touch of the entire collection; Phaistos Disc, Bull's Head rhyton, Linear A and B tablets, Snake Goddess figurines, Bull-Leaping fresco, Ayia Triada sarcophagus, Gold votive double axe, and opulence of other antiquities.

 

For a sublime end to your cultural getaway, why not make time for Heraklion city through a like-a-local experience?

 

Heraklion City bliss full of history and delectable flavors

 

Alongside your knowledgeable local insider, connect with the city’s essence crafted to your interests.

 

Are you a discerning foodie? Let’s take on a mouth-watering stroll around Heraklion’s scenic street markets. While reveling in the authentic flavors and scrumptious scents of the glamorous seaside city tuck into a tasty slice of Cretan culture. Localize off-the-beaten-path eateries and colorful food shops that focus on texture, flavor, and aroma to create a genuine dining experience and dazzle your taste.

 

Or perhaps you wish to continue the cultural immersion into the best-fortified city in the Mediterranean? Let’s wander around Heraklion’s storied trails to conceptualize how the modern district is merged with the ancient one by unveiling the emblematic Venetian Walls designed by Michele Sanmicheli, Koules Fortress (Castello Del Molo) that gazes proudly out to sea, and the charming Morosini Square with its Lions’ Head Fountain. Truly the nostalgia for the old world is bound to overwhelm you as you amble the lyrical town.

 

All in all, what if you could spend time with people who could spark the emotional reaction that Crete can bring out in you?

 
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WHAT TO EXPECT

We can fully personalize your private tour if you travel with your family adding tailored details to enrich the experience based on the whole family's interests.

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Destinations

  1. King Minos Palace & Minoan Central Crete

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Tailor-made Modern 1 - 9 630€
Tailor-made Luxury 1 - 9 660€

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