Knossos Palace from Gournes
The Knossos Palace tour from the Gournes in Crete offers a fascinating journey through the rich history and archaeological wonders of the Minoan civilization. Gournes, serves as the perfect starting point for this exploration, providing a glimpse into both modern Cretan life and the ancient past.
The tour typically begins with a comfortable bus drive from Gournes to Knossos Palace. It is located near the capital city of Heraklion. Knossos, considered the largest and most significant Minoan palace. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the Bronze Age. It is often associated with the legendary King Minos and the labyrinth of the Minotaur.
The Knossos Palace
Upon arrival at Knossos, visitors are greeted by the extensive ruins of the palace complex, which was first discovered and partially reconstructed by the archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the early 20th century.
The guided tour allows participants to explore the labyrinthine layout of the palace, offering insights into the advanced architectural techniques and ingenious infrastructure of the Minoans.
The Throne Room, Grand Staircase, and the Queen’s Megaron are among the highlights of Knossos. The vibrant frescoes that adorned the walls of these chambers, depicting scenes of daily life, religious rituals, and mythical tales, provide a vivid glimpse into Minoan culture and artistry.
As visitors wander through the ruins, the knowledgeable tour guide share stories and historical context, bringing the ancient site to life. They explain the significance of various artifacts and architectural features, shedding light on the sophisticated civilization that once thrived in this region.
After exploring the palace, the tour offers some free time to wander the surrounding area.
The Knossos Palace tour from Gournes not only provides a glimpse into the past but also creates a memorable experience.
As the tour concludes, we return to Gournes with a deeper appreciation for the island’s heritage. Carrying with us the echoes of a civilization that once thrived in this enchanting corner of the Mediterranean.
Pick Up Points
Gournes Church Main Road