Enjoy our Heraklion Crete Private Shore Excursion and explore the capital city of fabled Crete, a Greek Island Paradise that is rich in history and mythology. The Island of Crete considered Europe’s first civilization dating back to 7000 BC is not only famous for being the center of the Minoan civilization, which dates back to 2700 – 1420 BC, but also for being one of the most popular Summer Holiday Destinations in all of Europe as well.
Your Heraklion Crete Private Shore Excursion will let you visit all the major attractions of the region while making sure to leave you with plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic beaches, spectacular sea views and natural beauty of this Greek Island Paradise. Your Licensed Crete Tour Guide will be waiting to meet and greet you at the Port of your disembarkation so please be ready to start your adventure as the first stop on this Crete Private Tour will be the archaeological site of Knossos, which lies just south of Heraklion and is said to be the legendary home of King Minos and his mythical Minotaur.
Your Licensed Crete Tour Guide will take you to visit the partial ruins of the Palace of Knossos, which was first built around 1900 B.C. and is a labyrinthine complex that at one time covered an area of over 22.000 square meters. Your Crete Tour Guide will be there every step of the way to help you discover the secrets of the Palace of Knossos while revealing to you the mysteries of Minoan Civilization. The Palace of Knossos was built around a central court and included royal quarters, places of worship, treasuries, workshops and storerooms.
The second half of this Crete Private Shore Excursion will be spent exploring the beautiful Cretan port city of Heraklion, where we will find the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which holds some of the rarest artifacts from the Minoan Civilization making it one of the most important museums in all of Greece. The enormous museum is housed in an old power station, which only adds to its intrigue and mystique, and has an impressive collection of Minoan Artifacts.
Your local Crete Tour Guide will then be sure to answer all your questions before you are given Free Time and a chance to explore the old port city and visit the Venetian Loggia, Lion’s Square, El Greco Square and the Battle of Crete Museum. Then your local Crete Tour Guide will take you back to your Passenger Cruise Ship so that you can get ready for your next Port of Call as your Heraklion Crete Private Shore Excursion comes to a memorable end.