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Venetian Walls Tours and Tickets

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Like its impressive fortress, Heraklion’s 16th-century walls are amongst the most obvious relics of Crete’s former Venetian rulers.

The fort and walls were constructed by the Venetians to protect their valuable island possession, and withstood the Ottomans’ 21-year siege of the city. The Venetians ruled Crete from 1204 to 1669, when the Ottomans took over.

Crete thrived under the Venetians, and the island was a refuge for Byzantine scholars and intellectuals retreating from Constantinople after the great city fell to the Turks in 1453. Dramatic painter El Greco was born in Crete, though it was in Spain that he found fame.

To retrace the footsteps of these and other eminent Cretans, take a walk along the city walls and into the past. Seven bastions and four gates make up the massive fortifications, dwarfing everything around them, including much more modern structures. The bastions are like mini forts, triangular in shape, while the sea forms the structure’s base.

The walls were built over the century between 1462 and 1562, and they take you right through the heart of the old city. The fortress, known as the Rocca al Mare, is away from the walls on the tip of harbor promontory, with the Venetian arsenal opposite the fort on the harborfront.

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Private Tour Knossos & Heraklion City

Private Tour Knossos & Heraklion City

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This tour is a unique experience, to visit the most important places in Heraklion City. The tour schedule is flexible regarding the time spent at its attraction. Our driver will pick you up from your Hotel or Port in Heraklion City. The transfer is private and our English-speaking driver will drive you around the sightseeings.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Heraklion Archaeology Museum & Ancient Greek Music Lab - Luxury Small Group

Heraklion Archaeology Museum & Ancient Greek Music Lab - Luxury Small Group

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You will start your experience visiting the biggest archaeological collection of artifacts on Crete. You will explore the Minoan Art and go deep into its significance and forms through unique artifacts, such as Minoan unique clay vessels, golden jewelery, impressive seal stones and seal rings, clay, ivory and faience figurines and figures, small sized statues and amazing frescoes. After that, you will enjoy an hour and a half workhop on the ancient Greek Music in theory and practice, in private studio.During the experiential part of the lab you will experience a coordinated interactive attempt on playing yourselves copies of ancient Greek percussion musical instruments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$273.91
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Historical interactive tour in Heraklion - the siege and the fall of the city

Historical interactive tour in Heraklion - the siege and the fall of the city

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The tour takes us back to post-medieval Heraklion during one of the longest sieges in world history. Heraklion is in devastation and the fall of the Crown city is imminent. We will try to discover the role of international diplomacy, the everyday life, the art of war and the battle between east and west in the 17th century. Υou can follow us in this labyrinth and discover all the clues. During the day we will walk up to the city’s Venetian Walls, meet people and visit the city's major monuments. We have two different versions of the programme, one more children friendly (age 10+) and one with more advanced riddles and clues for adults, so please let us know which one you prefer.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.57
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Should I book Venetian Walls tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Venetian Walls can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Venetian Walls 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Venetian Walls costs USD 111.57. Guided Venetian Walls tours start around USD 111.57 per person.
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