Departure of buses from ALDEMAR Knossos Royal Village.
|July 6th, 2017||Knossos Palace & Winery Visit||Time:
15:15 - 20:00
|July 7th, 2017||JC3 Conference dinner - Aetovigla||Time:
|July 8th, 2017
||Elounda & Spinalonga Tour
09:00 - 15:30
|July 11th, 2017||Lassithi Plateau & Village of Kritsa||Time:
14:30 - 20:30
|July 12th, 2017||IGLC Conference dinner - Thea||Time:
Knossos Palace & Winery Visit
A cultural tour combining a visit to the world-famous Minoan Palace of KNOSSOS with a unique Wine-tasting session!
A visit at the Minoan Palace at Knossos, symbol of the Minoan civilization, which is widely acknowledged as one of the founding cornerstones of European civilisation, is an absolute must.
The age-old practice of viniculture is still an integral part of Cretan life: we cordially invite you to continue your journey through fertile vineyards to the traditional village of Skalani.
The Fantaxometoho Estate lies just outside the village of Skalani, on the road towards the village of Myrtia, birthplace of the famous Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis. It is situated within the Arhanes vine-growing region, a district producing “Appellation d’ origine de Qualité Supérieure” wines. In Greek, “Fantaxometocho” means “the haunted domain”. The name that was given to the place “Fantaxometocho” was taken by the legend that was created in order to protect the domain from pirates. Today, it’s the place where Boutari, one of the largest Greek wine producers, has established its winery in Crete. Fantaxometocho estate is surrounded by 7 hectares vineyards and situated within the Arhanes vine-growing region, a district producing “Appellation of Origin” (A.O.C.) wines. It lies on the road towards the village of Myrtia, birthplace of the famous Greek writer Kazantzakis and it is very close to the archaeological place of Knossos. The Boutari Cretan winery & Fantaxometocho Estate play an important role in the company’s Research & Development endeavours. Since 1990 the R&D department has carried out organised research with successful results into the potential of Greek varieties of grape, as well as into the capacity of foreign varieties to adapt to the Greek climate and eventually to be blended with native ones. The grapes grown in the vineyard are used to produce the white wine Fantaxometocho, Heraklion Regional Wine from Chardonnay, Malvasia Aromatica and Vilana and the red wine Skalani, Heraklion In its 25 year history, the vineyard has created some unique Cretan wines, including Skalani and Fantaxometocho. During its first era the vineyard has focused on the Kotsifali, Syrah, Chardonnay and Malvasia Aromatica varieties. In early 2015, Boutari has embarked on a new phase of planting in which the Vidiano, Assyrtiko and Mavrotragano varieties have been added. Boutari Winery on Crete offers to the visitor:
- A guided tour of the production facilities
- A tour of the underground wine cellars
- A tour of vineyard
- An introduction to the art of wine-tasting
- Boutari wines in combination with traditional Cretan dishes
- Boutique with current and older vintages of Boutari wines and various Greek delicacies
- Meeting and wine tasting venue of 200 people occupancy
- Visit combination of the winery with the important archaeological site of Knossos (4 km)
A visit to the Winery
- A full guided tour of the winery includes:
- Tour of the vineyards of the estate
- Tour of the production facilities
- Tour of the wine cellars After the tour, the visitor has the opportunity to
- Have an introduction to the art of wine tasting
- Enjoy Boutari wines in combination with local dishes
- Purchase current and older vintages of Boutari wines
- Purchase various Greek delicacies
Average visit time for a full guided tour: 45 minutes
Maximum number of visitors per tour: 100 people
Capacity of the projection hall: 50 people
Capacity of the wine tasting venue: 100 people
Languages of the tour: Greek, English, French
Elounda & Spinalonga Tour
Spinalonga sailing tour ( Full day tour: duration 7-8hours)
A visit by a traditional boat the the tiny island of Spinalonga characterized as a famous abandoned settlement of a former leper colony & Venetian Castle – A sailing tour of about 45 minutes from Elounda village. Next stop at nearby islet of Kolokytha for swimming at the beach.
The village of Elounda - Ancient
Elounda is the most famous cosmopolitan location not only on the island of Crete but also in the entire Aegean Sea much acclaimed for its outstanding hotels in a magnificent natural environment. The ancient city of Olous was situated in the area of Elounda. Some ruins of the city are preserved at the edge of the peninsula, but most of them are below sea level. The ancient history is visible on the seabed, magically connecting the rich past with the fascinating presence.
The isle of Spinalonga lies peacefully in the gulf of Elounda. The name of the island, is Venetian, meaning "long thorn", has roots in the period of Venetian occupation. In ancient years a fortress was built there to protect the ancient town of Olous (Elounda today).
A major attraction for visitors, this tiny island is host to a wonderful combination of Medieval Venetian and Ottoman buildings and turn of the century Greek homes. On a small scale, its history and architecture, marked by subsequent invasions, reflects the history of the island of Crete itself.
In recent years, the isle was a refuge for people suffering of leprosy. A society with elected authorities, school and hospital was formed and the inhabitants could lead a seemingly normal life until the eradication of the disease. The book "The Island" by Victoria Hislop is set in Spinalonga and shares the fictional story of a family's ties to the leper colony.
Lassithi Plateau & Village of Kritsa
Lassithi Plateau & visit of a Cretan village of Kritsa ( duration 5hours+)
We are heading to the beautiful traditional village of Kritza, where we can step back in time and sample the village life that has remained unchanged for many centuries. Here visitors have the perfect opportunity to discover a true Cretan village - small white houses and quaint narrow streets, friendly locals and small welcoming cafes. In Kritza visitors can sample the Greek specialty of yoghurt and honey.
Myths and legends come alive through the narration of our official guide.
Our program continues driving up to the Dikti Mountain and de fertile plateau of Lassithi. Then crossing the small villages of plateau we have an optional short visit at the traditional potter’s factory.
Then the visit of the Diktaion Cave follows the birthplace of Zeus full of fantastic stalagmites and stalactites. Following the way back we have a short stop for photographs at Seli which is the highest point of our drive, where we see the old Venetian mills.
Folklore dinner at the village
Let’s Dance: a great traditional party with dance. The famous Syrtaki dance and cretan folklore music will get everyone into the groove! The Traditional village is located in the Cretan countryside. Perched on a verdant hillside overlooking the picturesque village offers the opportunity to taste traditional hospitality in a magnificent setting of unparalleled Cretan beauty.