Why take this tour?
The ancient island of Crete has a history as long as time immemorial. A thriving Bronze Age society and a waterfall of advanced civilization have led to a view into Greece's longstanding cultural heritage. On this incredible archaeological adventure, join a local expert guide as you explore the ruins of the site coined, “The Oldest City in Europe” – Knossos. As your guide reveals the secrets of these ancient people, their public systems, architectural feats, and thriving, prolific culture, escape the present time to stand among the bustling city some 9,000 years ago.
Let our local expert guide take you back to the wattle and daub village that once was. Enter the world through the material culture left behind - a bevy of archaeological remains, knives and arrowheads, animal and human figurines used in daily worship. Travel through the centuries via expert storytelling and your imagination coupled with the physical remnants of palaces and residences excavated to the present day. Learn of the rites and rituals as you pass through thousands of years of history. Touch on the various well-known myths surrounding key figures in Greek mythology – including Minos, the famed king who once resided in the Cretan palace at Knossos. Pause in the Roman period when the city fell to Roman rule and became the prototype of a conquered Roman city – and hear of the discoveries still awaiting excavation.
As you draw closer to the present, learn of another Minos, the amateur archaeologist and local Cretan who rediscovered the city in 1878. As you walk along the ancient ruins, the city and its people will come to life once again.