Exploring Crete - Tour to Archanes, Peza Winery, Arolithos - A taste of Minoan Crete

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visit the village of Archanes, make a stop to a local winery and explore traditional Arolithos. This shore excursion offers a sense of freedom and helps you discover the beautiful countryside of Crete

Only 15km south of Heraklion is the village of Archanes. On the way, your guide will point out the excavations of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, which was the centre of the Minoan Civilization. The drive goes through the island’s hilly countryside filled, since 4000 years, with olives, orchards and most famous vineyards, before arriving at the village of Archanes, just 10 km south of Knossos Palace. A market town nestled in the broad upland east of mount Juchtas, the God Zeus has been immortalized in the profile you see etched against the clear blue Cretan skies. You will stop for a while in this beautiful village with many restored sandstone houses from the Turkish period and an inviting square with high shady trees. Driving through the famous wine-country, south from Heraklion, you will pass vineyards, which are there since the Minoan period, and so a stop will be made at a modern winery to see nowadays procedure of wine production and to taste as well the Cretan wines.

Afterwards, on to Arolithos, a new built village in traditional Cretan style, with shops, tavern, coffee house, hotel accommodation and museum. Walk along the alleys, see the local trade in the shops from the bakery, the icon painter and the smith, the wooden burned brick oven and take a moment to relax in the coffee-house. Visit the museum with an exhibition of the agriculture history, a “mitato” (cheese cold store), house good and home made Cretan dowry rugs and table centres. Enjoy a marvelous view over the Bay of Heraklion from the village square.


-         transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

(bus, minibus or taxi, based on your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” price only)

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7


* guides in other languages available, upon request



-         entrance fees

-         winery fees


ü       Refreshment facilities are available in Archanes and in Arolithos

ü       Bathroom facilities are available in Archanes, Peza Winery and in Arolithos

ü       Shopping possible in Archanes, the winery (only wine) and Arolithos.


ü       The combination of the beautiful scenery and the interesting visits, all linked with the famous Minoan period, bring you back to the roots of Crete.

ü       The excursion can be followed by practically anyone. Comfortable (non slippery)walking shoes are recommended.

Step 1

Your tour starts from Heraklion port

Step 2

Visit of the beautiful village of Archanes

Step 3

Visit of a modern winery 

Step 4

Visit of the new built village in traditional Cretan style of Arolithos and its museum of agriculture history

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