HERAKLION - MINOAN PALACE OF KNOSSOS
Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization - 4 Hours. The
ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era
until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to
the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans.
The first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos
Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by
the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research,
bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according
to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos.
The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will
reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the
Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron in the east.
Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing
the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.
Per Person Price: $89.00
Visit Delphi – one of the most important archeological sites in Greek
history – on this full-day trip from Athens! Ancient Greece is the civilization
that existed roughly between the 8th century BC and 600 AD, and Delphi
was said to represent the center of it.
Reputedly built on the spot where
Zeus’ eagles collided when they were released from opposite ends of the
earth, the ancient town is littered with intriguing monuments from this
fascinating period of history. After meeting your guide in Athens, hear
tales about the ancient Greeks and their lives in Delphi while traveling
to the town by luxury coach. Pass through the towns of Levadia and
Arachova – both famous for their production of brightly colored carpets
– and arrive in Delphi around midday. First stop is a tour of the Delphi
archeological site – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and easily one of the
most important digs in Europe. As you walk around the evocative ruins
with your guide, see famous monuments like the Temple of Apollo. Head
inside Delphi Archeological Museum and explore this veritable treasure
trove at leisure. Home to countless artifacts and intriguing relics, the
museum consists of 15 rooms arranged in chronological order from 15th
century BC to 4th century AD. There will be a lunch stop on the way - this
is included in the tour.
Per Person Price: $129.00
PATMOS - ST. JOHNS MONASTERY GROTTO
Religious visit to St. John’s Monastery and Grotto of the Apocalypse - 4
Hours. The picturesque alleyways wind upwards, towards the Monastery
of St. John the Evangelist, founded in 1088 by St. Christodoulos.
visit will open the doors for you of the Monastery’s yard, the place where
the monks take their meals and the old bakery. Of exquisite beauty is
the tour of the Byzantine Church of St. John, which is adorned with a
wood-carved icon screen, important frescoes from several periods, with
both mosaic and other icons. Next stop, the small museum which hosts
religious treasures of inestimable value, like manuscripts, medieval
textiles, sacerdotal vestments and others. Walking down the stairs,
the religious energy that you will experience is soul touching. Behind
the chapel of St. Anne lies the entrance to the Grotto of the Apocalypse.
You will see the cross engraved by St. John the Evangelist, according to
tradition, the triple fissure in the wall of the cave, from where St. John
heard God dictating to him the Apocalypse. And also the spot where he
lay down to sleep.
Per Person Price: $80.00
*Optional Tours and Tour Extensions require minimum participation numbers and as such are subject to cancellation, change and price changes based upon participation rates.*