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Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

1. Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Begin your journey of Knossos by meeting your guide at your hotel in Heraklion, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Knossos, where you will visit the ancient Minoan Palace, an important city in antiquity that supported continuous life from the Neolithic era to the 5th century. According to tradition, Knossos was the seat of the wise king Minos. Learn about the archeological site's fascinating myths, including the famous labyrinth and the minotaur legend, and that of Daedalus and Icarus. Next, head into the Heraklion mainland, which is known for its vilana, kostifali, and vidiano indigenous Cretan grapes. Crete's winemaking tradition dates all the way back to antiquity, and Cretan winemakers have consistently produced outstanding, award-winning wines. Taste some of these flavorful wines at a family-owned organic winery, where you'll enjoy six different wines along with local nibbles. Next, tuck into a delicious local lunch in a cozy, traditional, family-owned tavern that serves home-grown and freshly made delicacies from farm to table. This is your chance to sample truly authentic Cretan cuisine. Then, explore a typical village in Archanes as you wander its narrow lanes, and discover a world concealed from time. Here, savor the local liqueur called raki before heading back to your accommodation in Heraklion.

North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

2. North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

Before reaching Chania city and wander to the narrow streets of the old city, firstly stop at the peninsula of Akrotiri. There it is the grave of the important politician Eleftherios Venizelos, where we can enjoy a fabulous view over Souda Bay. Chania, the second largest city of the island of Crete will be next stop. After a city tour, your steps will leads you to the city port where you will enjoy some small Cretan specialties. Free time to explore the city on your own will be next. You can also visit the famous market hall here. We continue with the stop at the ruins of "Aptera" and spend some time for the sensational view over the north coast. Final stop is the freshwater lake "Kournas", here you can end the day with a Greek coffee on a terrace from one of the numerous coffee shops.

From Athens: 10-Day Tour to Mykonos, Santorini & Crete

3. From Athens: 10-Day Tour to Mykonos, Santorini & Crete

Experience the best of Greece on a 10-day trip from Athens. Spend nights in Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete, while enjoying private transfers and tours. Visit the Palace of Knossos, see the Acropolis of Athens, and discover local nightlife and shopping. Day 1: Arrival dayYour driver will meet you at the Athens airport to transfer you to your hotel in Athens. Spend the night in Athens. Day 2: Private guided tour in Athens and Plaka Meet your driver and guide at your hotel to begin your day with a panoramic tour of the city. Then, get dropped off at the Acropolis to continue the tour with your guide and explore the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Plaka and Monastiraki to admire the Greek architecture and taste the famous Greek souvlaki (meat skewers). Spend the night in Athens. Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Depart from your hotel and head to Piraeus Port to take the ferry to Mykonos. Get driven to your hotel and spend some time relaxing before heading out to enjoy the amazing nightlife of Mykonos. Spend the night in Mykonos. Day 4: Mykonos Mykonos, the most famous island in the world, is well known for its nightlife, sandy beaches, and the impressive Delos, the sacred Island of Apollo and Artemis. Enjoy time shopping, then spend the rest of your night in Mykonos at your hotel. Day 5: Mykonos to Santorini Get picked up from your hotel and head to Mykonos Port to board the boat for Santorini. In Santorini, meet your driver and spend some free time for drinks or dinner at one of the many restaurants and bars located just on the rocks above the sea. Spend the night in Santorini. Day 6: Santorini Discover the beauty and Cycladic culture of Santorini, soak up the sun, and swim at a black beach in a volcanic pool. Feel like you’re at the spa at this pool created by the volcanic eruptions that plagued the island. Spend the night in Santorini. Day 7: Santorini to Crete Head to the Santorini Port to take the ferry departing to Heraklion. Upon arriving there, get transferred to your hotel. Spend the night in Heraklion. Day 8: Crete Enjoy a free day to explore the town. Spend the night in Heraklion. Day 9: Crete to Athens Get picked up from your hotel to visit the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion (entry costs not included). At the end of the tour, your driver will transfer you to the Heraklion Airport to take your return flight to Athens. Your private driver will wait for you at Athens airport and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the night in Athens. Day 10: Departure day Your driver will take you to the Athens Airport according to your flight details.

From Athens: Crete, Santorini, Mykonos 4-Day Tour

4. From Athens: Crete, Santorini, Mykonos 4-Day Tour

Take a break from mainland Greece and tour its most popular islands in 4 jam-packed days. Wander the ancient streets of Crete, admire the scenic coast of Santorini, and let loose on the lively beaches of Mykonos. Local drivers will transfer you between each location, giving you more time to unwind. Get picked up in Athens to reach your flight to Crete. Your driver will then bring you for a private tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Archeological Museum of Heraklion, and a walking tour through the old city and market of Heraklion. Learn all about the city’s ancient heritage and myths. Spend the night in a Heraklion hotel and enjoy breakfast in the morning. Your driver will bring you to Heraklion port to take the ferry to Santorini. Get dropped at your hotel and use your free time to explore the unique beaches and jagged cliff sides, shaped long ago by volcanic activity. On the third day of the tour, be transported to the ferry for Mykonos, and then to your hotel. Spend some time strolling by the crystal waters or through the bright streets. Be sure to experience Mykonos’ wild nightlife before turning in. On your final day, take some time to soak up that last bit of Mediterranean sun until the driver brings you to Mykonos port for the ferry back to Athens. Another driver will meet you at Piraeus port and transfer you to your chosen address.

From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

5. From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

Your experience starts from Agios Nikolaos, heading east with the Gulf of Mirabello on your left side. You will then drive to Istron and the stunning beaches of Karavostasi, as wel as Agios Panteleimonasm Golden Beach Voulisma and the village of Kavousi. Following that, you will visit the Minoan settlement of Azoria where the oldest olive tree in the world is located. You will then explore the mouth of the mind boggling Richtis Gorge, where you will explore an amazing trail within the gorge see the falls of Richtis. The falls. will prove to be a provider of wonderful images, and will be well worth the effort of walking along the trail, which leads to a pebbled beach. The hike is very easy, even for young children, and on the way back you can stroll around the alleys of the picturesque village of Tourloti

Majestic Historical Walking Tour in Heraklion

6. Majestic Historical Walking Tour in Heraklion

A historical tour in Heraklion offers visitors the chance to explore the city’s rich history and culture. Heraklion is the capital of Crete, a Greek island with a long and fascinating history. The city has been inhabited since at least the Neolithic period, and its archaeological sites are some of the most important in Greece. Visitors can explore Venetian Walls of Heraklion. This site is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe, and it provides insight into the greek civilization that flourished on Crete during this time period. In addition to its archaeological sites, Heraklion also has many museums that showcase its history and culture. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion houses artifacts from all over Crete. Visitors also visit churches such as Agios Titos to learn more about Cretan religious traditions. A historical tour in Heraklion is a great way for visitors to learn more about this fascinating city and its past!

Heraklion: Psiloritis Mountain Land Rover Safari

7. Heraklion: Psiloritis Mountain Land Rover Safari

See Crete from a different angle on this all-day Land Rover safari tour. Begin the day in Heraklion, where you will get to know your guide and listen to a short presentation of the excursion before heading to the Livadi Plateau. Enjoy the incredible views of Heraklion and the Cretan as the Land Rover climbs through the mountainous, provincial road to the eastern slopes of Psiloritis. Marvel at the breathtaking atmosphere of the plateau, including the thousands of apple and pear trees that are scattered throughout the area. Continue on to the plateau of Vromonero, where you will enjoy a picnic of Cretan specialties under the shade of oak trees. After eating lunch, go on the off-road route to the plateau of Nida, where you will visit Idaion Andron, the cave where Zeus was born. On the way back, stop at Ancient Zominthos, which was only discovered in 1982 but is considered one of the most important archeological discoveries in Crete.

Heraklion: Historical Sightseeing Private Walking Tour

8. Heraklion: Historical Sightseeing Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Crete’s capital, Heraklion, characterized by its Venetian architecture, modern condominiums, and Byzantine red brick buildings. Meet your guide outside the impressive Palace of Knossos, the former residence of the mythical King Minos, the son of Zeus and Europa. Continue the tour with a walk through some of the most emblematic areas of the city, passing by the Venetian Fountain of Morosini, the Venetian Loggia, and the Koules Fortress. Other highlights include the Basilica of St. Marc, St. Titos Church, and the Historical Museum of Crete. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary about the history, architecture, and culture of Heraklion. You’ll also hear the tales and legends that surround each landmark, providing a deeper insight into Heraklion’s past.

From Kythnos: Full-Day Guided Private Cruise to Tzia

9. From Kythnos: Full-Day Guided Private Cruise to Tzia

On this private, guided cruise, set out from the island of Kythnos to visit the southern coast of Tzia. After exploring the ruins of Karthea, return to Kythnos and visit beautiful beaches with thermal waters. Swim, snorkel, and relax on the boat while you enjoy snacks prepared by your skipper. Begin your cruise with a departure from Merihas. Your skipper will guide your sailing route to the south side of Tzia. Disembark to explore the enchanting beach and swim in the turquoise waters, then stop at the site of the Karthea ruins to admire the remnants of an ancient city. Continue your tour as you chart a course for Kythnos once more. Swim or sunbathe while surrounded by the charming natural beauty of Myrsinia Beach, then sail to the beach of Kolona. Surrounded by water on both sides, this unique beach is considered one of the finest in the Cyclades. After exploring the wonders of Kolona, including its cove with warm, gushing thermal waters, enjoy a spread of tasty snacks on board the boat. Then, set sail for Vryokastro, once the site of the ancient city of Kythnos. Catch a glimpse of the uninhabited, rocky islet, accessible only by boat. Next, cruise to the beach of Episkopi. Relish the atmosphere at this popular beach as you take a dip in the clear, blue waters. Finally, pause at a bay near Martinakia to see a small shipwreck before heading towards Merihas to conclude your tour.

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