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South Crete Phaistos palace – Gortys – Matala beach!

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  • Minoan Paths
  • Phaistos palace - Gortys - Matala beach
  • Full Day tour
  • For groups of 20+ people
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Phaistos palace is an important Minoan center characterized by beautful architecture and impressive structure. Here, the famous “Phaistos disc” was discoverd! Matala was the meeting point of every european -and not only- “flower child” in 1968. The ancient natural caves, which are free to discover, make the landscape extremely unique and astonishing!

Our first major stop is in the remains of Gortys, an important Greek – Roman town, in the south of Heraklion. Here you will see the “Gortyn Law Code” inscribed in Cretan Doric language on a stone, dating from 5th century BC. This is the evidence of a complex judicial system of the city, with laws pertaining to marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption etc.  e.Here you can find the St. Titus church as well, where Christianity was first introduced to the island. 

Next  destination of the day  is Phestos palace! The original palace was build at about 2.000 BC, but was destroyed by fire and replaced with a new palace around 300 years later. It is an important Minoan center with beautiful architecture and impressive structure.Here the famous Phaestos disc was discovered.  The disc itself represents one of the world’s mysteries!  After Phaestos we will travel the short distance to the coastal village of Matala, which used to be the port of Gortys. Owing to its exceptional natural beauty, Matala became the meeting place of the “Flower Children” in 1968. Here apart from time for relaxing in the beautiful bay of Matala, you will have the opportunity for having a lunch break as well as exploring the ancient caves!!

Attention: The excursions will be carried out following the current developments and always with the advice of the experts and the protection measures covid-19 that we are all obliged to follow, in order to be safe.

  • Disinfection of vehicles on each route, before and after it.
  • Use of Antiseptic by all passengers, when entering the vehicle.
  • Passengers are allowed to enter only with personal mask and also a vaccination certificate or Rapid test is required.
  • To enter Taverns (indoor areas) Museums, Archaeological sites,  vaccination certificate is required.
  • Bus Completeness is 85%.


  • Travel by modern private owned bus.
  • Escort of our office.
  • Liability insurance.
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