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9 OCTOBER HERAKLION, CRETE, GREEK ISLANDS

INCLUDED EXCURSION

Greece’s largest island is a magical blend of wild beauty, charming villages, ancient marvels and a rich mythology as the birthplace of Zeus and home to the monstrous Minotaur.

KNOSSOS PALACE & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (Half day, AM)

Knossos

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At the height of its wealth and influence, the city of Knossos must have been an awe-inspiring sight. The capital of Minoan Crete and the centre of an advanced Bronze Age civilisation, it was one of the great settlements of antiquity. At its heart, the multistorey Palace of Knossos covered an astonishing 20,000m2 and according to legend was the seat of King Minos, whose wife gave birth to a half-man, half-bull creature – the Minotaur – which lurked in an intricate labyrinth. Theseus, Prince of Athens, negotiated his way through the labyrinth with a golden thread in order to vanquish the monster, earning the love of Minos’ daughter Ariadne; but the tale has an unhappy ending – on his return journey Theseus abandoned Ariadne and as punishment the gods made him forget to change his sails from black to white: the signal to his homeland that he was still alive. Upon seeing the black sail approach, his distraught father King Aegeus threw himself from a cliff into the sea below. Join us in the discovery of this legendary palace, destroyed by earthquake but carefully unearthed and meticulously reconstructed. Further insights into Minoan life and art may also be found at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the best in Greece.

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We now produce a unique, dedicated cruise guide, created individually for each Voyages to Antiquity cruise. You can also find the shore excu...

Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean | 7 - 15 October 2019 Athens back to Athens  

We now produce a unique, dedicated cruise guide, created individually for each Voyages to Antiquity cruise. You can also find the shore excu...