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Heraklion, Greece-port

Visit the great Minoan ruins of the Palace of Knossos, famous as the home of the labyrinth where the Minotaur roamed, and the Archaeological Museum housing many superb artifacts from the complex. Explore the stunning mountain-fringed Lassithi plateau with its orchards, 7000 windmills and ancient villages. Take home fine reproduction Minoan pottery, a traditional Cretan knife, local embroidery, hand-woven rugs, gold and silver jewelry. Relax over a dish of hearty moussaka or delicious souvlaki in a taverna, washed down with local wine or beer.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Journey to the Lassithi Plateau
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Phaestos Palace
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Palace of Knossos
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required

Journey to the Lassithi Plateau

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: HER-002

The charming countryside of Crete provides the backdrop to this pleasant half-day excursion. Of the three great mountain ranges of Crete, you will be exploring the most eastern, Mt. Dikti. Departing from the pier, you will travel into the island's interior, ascending to a level of 3,000 feet. Along the way, enjoy the passing view of the fertile countryside and many picturesque villages - typical of Crete - as you make your way to the Plateau known as Lassithi.

The first stop on this magnificent mountain route will be at the monastery of Kera, which is adorned with 14th century wall paintings. Originally named Kardiotissa, the structure was built in the 17th century and is dedicated to the Virgin of Kera. You will have time here to tour the monastery and see the lovely Byzantine icons contained in the church. Leaving the monastery, your coach will continue climbing along a route that takes you through wooded villages to the plateau of Lassithi. Here, a breathtaking view is afforded of the encircling mountains that are dotted with over 100 picturesque windmills, something the area is famous for. You'll want to be sure to take some memorable photos from this vantage point before re-boarding your coach for the return trip to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking - at times on uneven ground, as well as climbing of steps and may not be suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns.