Knossos Palace and Cretan Landscapes
This extended coach tour takes us first to the heart
of the ancient Minoan civilisation, the grand city
of Knossos. Here we will take in many centuries of
history, architecture, art and culture and discover the
legends of Daedalus, Theseus and the formidable half
man, half beast, the Minotaur.
Exploring from room to room we will relive time in
the Hall of the Royal Guard and the King’s Chamber,
hearing the stories of King Minos.
The Minoans can be counted as Europe’s oldest
civilisation from 2700 BC and Knossos its oldest city.
The Minoans were swept away by the Mycenaeans
from mainland Greece and Crete passed through
numerous hands over the centuries from the
Byzantines, Arabs and Venetians to the Ottomans.
Crete became part of Greece in December 1913.
After our discoveries in Knossos we drive through the
countryside to Thrapsano, Crete’s pottery village.
We can watch traditional craftsmen and women at
work producing pottery and ceramics and take a
wander around a community suspended in time. We
will journey along the ancient wine routes and through
soothing, relaxing landscapes to Myrtia. Here is the
Nikos Kazantzakis Museum dedicated to the life and
work of this famous Greek writer.