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Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Crete Local Adventures

Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Crete Local Adventures

From US$ 181.71 per person

Discover the vineyards and ancient architecture of Knossos, on a private full-day Crete journey, with a light lunch and wine.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Pick up time adjustable upon your request. Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby, and will be holding a sign with your name.
Private group


  • Walk through the ancient architectural wonder of the Palace of Knossos with an expert guide
  • Visit a family run winery and taste award-winning Cretan wines
  • Tuck into a delicious mezze-style lunch at a traditional tavern
  • Explore village life in Archanes and learn about the region's history from your local guide
Full description
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.
  • Local English, French, and German-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Light lunch
  • 5 glasses of wine/wine tasting (fresh orange juice for children)
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide and driver
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This is a child-friendly tour
  • If you have any dietary requests, please notify the local supplier in advance
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September 28, 2022

Wonderful tour and guides! Highly recommend if you enjoy history and wine.

October 5, 2022

Product ID: 398510