Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
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Approximately 8 Hours
Your first destination on this full 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.
Relax over a typical Cretan lunch at one of the finest restaurants in town.
Next up is a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion -- one of the most important museums in Greece with a notable and complete collection of artifacts from the Minoan civilization. All the main artifacts are on display -- the Phaistos Disk, the Snake Goddess, the Bull-Leaping and King of the Lillies frescoes.
Please note: Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.