Tuesday, September 20, 2022
2022 Greece and Turkey - Day #4 - Crete, Greece
We had a quick breakfast at the Colonnade. We had to be at the Grand Salon at 7:45 am. They put us on the first tender to Agios Nikoloas. Loaded on a bus, it was more than an hour ride to the Palace of Knossos. The guide did a running commentary the whole way talking about the island and its culture. I really enjoyed getting a chance to see so much of the island.
We did an hour and a half guided tour of the palace. The palace was at its peak between 1,700 and 1,400 BC, almost 4,000 years ago. As a result, the site is pretty rustic.
We had ear pieces to listen to the guide and a tablet with a 3D representation of what different parts of the palace would have looked like in its heyday.
I will be honest; I expected a labyrinth. The site does not have a labyrinth. The guide indicated that they referred to the palace with its maze of small rooms as the labyrinth...
From there, we went to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. We did an hour plus guided tour focusing on the Minoans section of the museum.
We had a late luch at Parasties in Heraklion. Getting back on the bus, it was almost an hour and twenty minute ride back to the dock in Agios Nikoloas.
Getting a tender back to the Seabourn Encore, we were back on board about 30 minutes before the ship left. This time, we watched ship leave from our balcony.
The dress for the evening was formal. We got cleaned up and dressed. We had a drink at The Club bar. Standing in line at The Restaurant, the couple behind us was a couple that we had met at lunch [Joe and Laurie from Pleasanton]. They joined us for dinner. I had seared Tuna, while Sharon had Beef Wellington.
After dinner, we went to the Grand Salon and watched part of a comedy show. I was falling asleep. We ended up crashing just after 11 pm.