The Palace of Knossos is located five kilometers from Heraklion. It is an architectural complex, similar to a labyrinth, with the numerous bright frescoes inexplicably attracting tourists. Knossos Palace delights with its artistically created architecture and creatively finished ceramics. On the territory of the Palace, an ornament with a pattern in the shape of a bee was discovered, which later became the mascot of the island of Crete.
You travel to the very depths of European history and mythology when you visit Knossos Palace. This was not only the site of Minoan Crete’s grandest palace but also where the legendary King Minos is said to have built the labyrinth to contain the deadly Minotaur. That is until it was killed by the heroic Theseus who escaped back to Athens with King Minos’ daughter, Ariadne.
Next, you will visit the famous Greek wine estate Boutaris which operates at a winery in Crete. Boutaris Winery in Crete was completed in early 2004 and is one of the best-equipped, state of the art wineries in Europe.
Boutari’s philosophy is to make Greek consumers fall in love with wine culture by offering them a wide range of high-quality wines for any occasion.
A comprehensive guided tour includes touring the estate vineyards and winery facilities. Awaiting visitors is a rich wine-vault where the estate wines age, and the special showroom to experience a unique trip through Cretan history through an impressive multi-screen image-and-sound presentation.