Knossos and Lirarakis winery

4.5 h. tour (Private tour)

(transportation from Heraklion and back + guided tour of Knossos + tour and wine tasting of the Lirarakis winery)

Crete is famous not only for being the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, but also for its agricultural and dairy products, that still stand on the shelves of many delicatessen stores all around the world. Among them is also the local wine and olive oil. This tour will not only allow you to explore the majestic prehistoric site of Knossos, but also some of the nearby traditional villages and the famous winery of Lirarakis.

Your tour will begin as soon as you get off your cruise ship. Your tour guide will wait for you at the port with a sign with your name on it and you will board your private vehicle. The drive from Heraklion to Knossos is approximately 20 minutes.

Once you arrive to the archaeological site of Knossos, the capital of the Minoan Crete, you will enjoy a private guided tour. There you will be able to experience the majesty of a palace grander, more complex and more flamboyant than any of the other Ancient Greek palaces known to us.

Leaving Knossos, you will drive for aproximately 30 minutes through several traditional Cretan villages and finally reach the Lirarakis winery, one of the most famous in Greece and Crete. There you will be welcomed and offered a guided tour through the vineyards and all the buildings where the processing and bottling of the wine takes place. At the end you will be able to ascend your senses by tasting some of the different wines they produce and if your time and mood allows it, you shouldn’t leave without enjoying some of the home cooked delicacies they can serve you after request.

Leaving the winery you will be driven back to the port to board your cruise ship.

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