The Experience

Explore the Palace of Knossos, the traditional fishing village of Kritsa and the famous frescoes in the church of Panagia Kera. Day 1: Heraklion/Elounda
On arrival at Heraklion’s airport you are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel in Elounda. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas
Day 2: Heraklion & Knossos
Embark on a full day of sightseeing with your local guide. Visit the temporary exhibition of the archaeological museum of Heraklion that includes the most important Minoan artifacts. Continue to the Palace of Knossos that once belonged to King Minos. It was the center of the Minoan civilization until its destruction, possibly by a volcanic eruption, in 1450 BC. Excavations have revealed mosaic floors, the grand staircase and the throne complex. The palace is linked to the myth of the Minotaur, who is said to have dwelled nearby in an underground labyrinth, constructed to contain him by Daedalus and Icarus. Wine lovers might want to add a visit to the Boutari Winery near the site of Knossos.

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas | Meals: B
Day 3: Eastern Crete
Begin your explorations today in the village of Kritsa, renowned for its traditional weaving. See the famous church of Panagia Kera with its beautiful frescoes. From there, drive to Gournia, the best-preserved Minoan settlement and archaeological site, offering a glimpse of what daily life must have been like in the days of the palaces, around 1450 BC. You have the opportunity to visit the houses of a carpenter, a potter and a smith. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy the facilities at your hotel.

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas | Meals: B
Day 4: Elounda/Heraklion
Transfer by private vehicle to the airport.

Meals: B

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