Iraklion (Crete), Greece
Information Not Currently Available
Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Your first destination on this half day tour is the renowned archaeological site of the Palace of Knossos. This locale was once the religious and administrative center of the Minoan world.
Explore the labyrinth built to confine the fabled Minotaur -- a mythical beast born out of the unnatural union between King Minos' queen and a bull. Legend holds that the king fed his enemies to this monster until the secret of the labyrinth was finally unraveled.
A guided tour takes you through the ruins of the palace complex, now excavated and partially reconstructed to offer a better understanding of the complex labyrinth. View the living quarters of the monarchs, the storerooms, potters' workshops and the theater.
You will see the ruins in a most extraordinary fashion, with the aid of Augmented Reality Software (AR). Augmented Reality combines the camera's content with a virtual one. In other words, it is a mixture of the real-time video and many different virtual elements. AR essentially enables you to simply point the tablet's camera at various locations of the site and view them in their original form, as they once stood thousands of years ago. It is an amazing way to view the site as both the ruins of today and the complete, whole buildings of yesteryear.
Next, drive to Iraklion town -- one of the most attractive Mediterranean capitals. Enjoy some free time in the Venizelou Square area where a number of souvenir and handicraft shops invite visitors to explore. Jewelry, furs, food and clothes are for sale at virtually every price point. Famous Cretan products such as oil, wine, rake (spirit), honey and herbs are really worth investigating.
Return to the port and your vessel.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.