The Minoan Palace of Knossos
Summary of Highlights: Palace of Knossos.
Approximate Duration4½ hours
There are many significant sights to experience in Greece, and the Palace of Knossos is certainly one of them. Not only is the palace thought to be the source of the legend of the Minotaur’s labyrinth, it also has been largely rebuilt from its own remnants, affording visitors a compelling glimpse into the past.
Your air-conditioned motor coach arrives at the site approximately one hour after leaving the pier. Entering the palace through the West Court, you will begin to appreciate the intricacy of its labyrinthine layout. As the rooms, stairways and corridors unfold before you, you will learn about how the palace served both as a royal residence and the center of the Minoans’ administrative and religious activities. The palace also housed the royal workshops.
During your compelling walking tour, view the Royal Quarters, the Throne Room and Antechamber, and the Queen’s Apartment, where the wall above the entrance is decorated with a reproduction of the famous dolphin frescoes. Other buildings on the site include the Small Palace, the House of the High Priest, and the Caravan Serai.
All too soon, it will be time to leave the Minoan culture of 2000 BC and return to your Crystal ship.
As this excursion involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.