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Itinerary: Athens, Piraeus - Santorini, Greece - Katakolon - Corfu, Greece - Kotor, Montenegro - Umbria (Ancona) - Ravenna - Split - Heraklion, Crete, Greece - Ephesus (Kusadasi) - Istanbul,.…
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Azura 27 Mar 2025 7 nights Fly Cruise Flights Included Valletta

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Itinerary: Valletta, Malta - Athens (from Piraeus), Greece - Heraklion, Greece - Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - Valletta, Malta
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What to see in Heraklion

Heraklion, the vibrant capital of Crete, combines rich history with modern charm. This coastal city, graced by the Palace of Knossos, offers an enticing blend of Minoan heritage, bustling markets and seaside allure. Heraklion invites travellers to explore its cultural treasures, lively streets and sun-kissed beaches, all in one captivating destination.

A short drive from the port will lead you to the mesmerising Palace of Knossos, the archaeological crown jewel of Crete. This ancient Minoan palace, dating back over 3,000 years, is steeped in mythology and history. The Palace of Knossos is often associated with the legendary labyrinth and the Minotaur, a testament to the rich tapestry of Greek myths. As you explore this sprawling complex, you'll encounter striking architectural features, vivid frescoes and fascinating stories that transport you back to the Minoan era. The Throne Room, the Grand Staircase and the Queen's Megaron are just a few of the palace's highlights. The site's expertly reconstructed parts offer glimpses into the opulence and sophistication of Minoan civilisation.

Upon returning to Heraklion, take time to explore the city itself, which is steeped in history and culture. Start your journey in the heart of the city at Lion Square (Liondaria), a bustling square named after the Venetian Lion Fountain at its centre. It's a great place to people-watch and soak in the local atmosphere. Nearby, you'll find the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the most significant museums in Greece. This treasure trove houses an extensive collection of artefacts from Crete's ancient past, with a particular focus on the Minoan civilisation. The collection includes priceless sculptures, pottery, jewellery and the enigmatic Phaistos Disc. It offers an immersive experience, allowing you to delve deeper into the mysteries of Minoan culture.

For those looking to explore more of Crete's archaeological wonders and natural beauty, a day trip from Heraklion to the Palace of Phaistos and Matala Beach is a rewarding experience. The Palace of Phaistos, located about an hour's drive from Heraklion, is another remarkable Minoan archaeological site. This lesser-visited palace offers a quieter and more intimate exploration experience compared to Knossos. Wander through the well-preserved ruins and admire the distinctive Phaistos Disc, an enigmatic artefact that has puzzled archaeologists for decades. The palace's hilltop location provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, creating a serene and picturesque setting.

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