|Included shore Excursions:
Crete Palace of Knossos
On this shore excursion
we venture into
the incredible open-air museum of the Palace of Knossos.
The tour will take you to Heraklion - the Koules Fortress (the
stronghold overlooking the Heraklion harbour), the Venetian
Loggia (the 17th century administrative and social center), the
harmonious Morozini fountain and the 10th century Church of St.
Titus. As you explore the Palace of Knossos, considered Europe's
oldest city, you are entering and experiencing the incredible
world of the legendary Minoan civilization. The long and winding
roads of Crete's ancient city gradually expose the remarkable
art, architecture and daily life of the Minoan people. Breathe
in the millennia of history and imagine the legends of Daedalus,
Theseus and the Minotaur come to life in the remarkable Hall of
the Royal Guard and the Double Axes, the King's Chamber or the
Queen's Apartment. The ancient city of Knossos, one of the most
famous archaeological sites in the whole Aegean, provides a
fascinating insight into the sophisticated Minoan civilization.
See the Throne Room, the fresco of the Prince of the Lilies, the
imposing Grand Staircase and the Queen’s Megaron. The tour also
includes stop in Heraklion for a short walk through the historic
center before returning to the vessel. The city is brimming with
an assortment of shops and cafes or you can retrace the steps of
the Venetian rulers at the impressive fortified port, the vast
arches and the arsenals.
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: At Ancient Ephesus you find
of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological
site you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the
Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths
of Scholastica, Trajan's Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences
of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, the Temple of Hadrian. The Great
Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000
spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics.
Other shore excursions are available that are not included.