Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, was first settled in Neolithic times and was to produce the earliest civilisation in Europe, so mysterious that even its name is not known, it was christened Minoan by Sir Arthur Evans, and was to last from 2600 to 1454 BCE.


Woven around the Minoans is a complicated history and legend of the palaces at Knossos and Phaistos, the family of King Minos and Pasiphae, and the adventures and ingenuity of Ariadne, Theseus, Daedalus and his son Icarus.


"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side, densely peopled and boasting ninety cities.


One of the ninety towns is a great city called Knossos, and there, for nine years, King Minos ruled and enjoyed the friendship of almighty Zeus."

Homer's Odyssey






Island Tour