We Guide you through the palace of Knossos with an official guide. Knossos, a bewildering complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, a true labyrinth, was more than a cage of the gruesome Minotaur..It was an astonishing palace, built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. As we wander through the labyrinthine ruins you will have the chance to see the original throne of Minos, still in place after 3,500 years; the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious Domestic quarters of the Royal family, the once upon a time bursting with Cretes treasures pantries and the astonishing water-management systems, just to name a few of the minoan wonders!
Knossos, the capital of Minoan Crete is located about twenty minutes south of the modern port and town of Heraklion and is considered Europes oldest city. In the seventh millennium BC a small community of hunters and farmers set the foundation of the islands long history, which lasted for thousands of years. The peak of the Minoan culture lasted about six hundred years, from 2000-1400 BC. The first palace of Knossos, close to the Kairatos river, was erected soon after 2000BC, when the Pyramids of Egypt and the Stonehenge were just a few hundred years old. The wealthy palace, seat of the ruler and the civil/religious authority was the perfect arena of power display in the elaborate palatial feasts with exotic materials shipped from the Aegean, Levant and Egypt. The happy life of its residents came to an abrupt end in 1700 BC when a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace but did not reverse the cultural dynamics of Minoan Crete.
Next, you get the enough time, to reach the Archaeological museum of Heraklion. There WeGuide you to the Archeological Museum of Heraklion which hosts a collection that makes it one of the most important Museums in Europe in its field. It provides a unique opportunity for the visitor to marvel at the findings of the first of civilisation in Europe, the Minoan civilisation. We guide you through the ages, in a period of time that extends over a 5.000 years, from neolithic to roman era. Discover the treasures of the past of Crete. Find out how Cretan people used to live, their occupation, religion, architecture, travel, arts etc.
The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.
With small groups of 12 people or fewer, your tour is typically quiet and relaxed, removing the hassles of the average visit. And with an expert licensed tour guide on hand, youre certain to learn a thing or two, getting more from your experience than you would by visiting these sites on your own.