- Departure from the port of Heraklion or a predetermined point
- Stop at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
- Stop at Square Lions (Morosini)
- Stop at Square of Agios Minas
- Stop at Square Vincenzo Kornarou (Fountain Vembo)
- Stop at the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis
Notes: The predetermined positions may change according to your wishes. The tour can be combined with a visit to the Heraklion to while shopping.
Heraklion is the largest urban centre in Crete with approximately 150,000 people, the capital of the region and the economic centre of the island. The town enjoys of a dynamic and imaginative combination of natural beauty climate, strategic position, cultural heritage and scientific background what has created an appropiate environment to suport a particular mechanism with which to in add value to the broader entrepreneurial activity in the region and stimulate the local economy. Today Heraklion is the top choice for tourist destinations in the Mediterranean thanks to strategic geopolitical position connecting three continents and many different cultures, furthermore the city is also the commercial and scientific centre of the island.
- Population: 150,000 residents (137,711 according to the 2001 census).
- Surface: 120 sqm.
- Climate: Soft Mediterranean.
- Geography: Capital of Crete, in the centre of the northern coast of the island.
- History: Birthplace of the first European civilization; the Minoan period beginning around 3000 BC, with its capital at Knossos.
- Economy: Key sectors are Tourism, Agriculture and Trade.
- Crops: Olive trees, vines, oranges, legumes.
- Diet: Cretan foods with olive oil, legumes, vegetables, fruits, wine.
- Flora: Unique aromatic plants.
- Museums: Archaeological Museum , Historical Museum , Natural History Museum , Museum Of Battle of Crete.
- Academic Institutions: University of Crete , Faculty of Medicine, Technological Institution, Foundation of Research and Technology (FORTH), Technological Park (STEPc).
- Airport: Second International Airport of Greece, first in charter flights. Itineraries
- Harbour: Important passenger, commercial and cruise. Itineraries
- Hotels: Numerous of luxury, A’, B’ and C’ category Hotels and rented rooms. Accomodation
- Road Network: National road connects Heraklion with the other main cities of Crete.
- Hospitals: Regional Academic (PAGNI), Venizeleio General.
- Tourist Period: From April to November.
The Archaeological museum
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Herakleion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.
The museum, located in the town centre, was built between 1937 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos on a site previously occupied by the Roman Catholic monastery of Saint-Francis which was destroyed by earthquake in 1856. The museum’s antiseismic building is an important example of modernist architecture and was awarded a Bauhaus commendation. Karantinos applied the principles of modern architecture to the specific needs of a museum by providing good lighting from the skylights above and along the top of the walls, and facilitating the easy flow of large groups of people. He also anticipated future extensions to the museum. The colours and construction materials, such as the veined polychrome marbles, recall certain Minoan wall-paintings which imitate marble revetment. The two-storeyed building has large exhibition spaces, laboratories, a drawing room, a library, offices and a special department, the so-called Scientific Collection, where numerous finds are stored and studied. The museum shop, run by the Archaeological Receipts Fund, sells museum copies, books, postcards and slides. There is also a cafe.
The Herakleion Archaeological Museum is a Special Regional Service of the Ministry of Culture and its purpose is to acquire, safeguard, conserve, record, study, publish, display and promote Cretan artefacts from the Prehistoric to the Late Roman periods. The museum organizes temporary exhibitions in Greece and abroad, collaborates with scientific and scholarly institutions, and houses a variety of cultural events.
Since November 2006 the museum has been closed for interior renovation. A small temporary exhibition housing the museum’s most important exhibits is on view in a specially designed room on the north side, off I. Chatzidaki St. Exhibits include the Snake Goddesses, the Phaistos Disk, the La Parisienne and Bull Leaping frescoes and the “Ring of Minos”.