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Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

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46 reviews

Activity provider: Altino Travel

Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

Activity provider: Altino Travel
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From US$ 29.75 per person

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Join a day trip by bus to the Palace of Knossos and to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Enjoy a guided tour by a licensed guide and later visit the ancient city of Heraklion.

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Duration 6 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Confirmation mail of the exact pickup location and time will be sent the day before the activity starts


  • Explore Knossos Palace and see how the Minoans lived 4,000 years ago
  • See artifacts from all over Crete at the Archaeological Museum
  • Discover the town of Heraklion and its fascinating mixture of modern and ancient influences
Full description

Start your day with pickup from selected regions in Crete and first head to Heraklion for a guided tour of Knossos Palace. Walk through this Minoan palace with your guide and find out how people lived here 4,000 years ago. The Throne Room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns will allow you to imagine how the Minoans once lived. Continue towards the city center of Heraklion where you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the town itself. The Archaeological Museum brings together findings from all over Crete, covering over 5,500 years of the island's history.   Head to the Heraklion town center and walk through Daidalou Street to Lion Square and the famous Morosini Fountain of the Venetian era. Explore the permanent outdoor market of the town and the Valide Mosque, a remnant of Turkish influences. Explore the Venetian Loggia and head to the sea and the Koules Fortress before being dropped back off at your hotel.  

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided tour of Knossos Palace
  • Free time to explore Heraklion city and visit the Archaeological Museum
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
  • 15 entrance fee to Knossos Palace or €20 combined ticket to Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Pickup time is subject to minor alterations. The exact pickup time and location will be sent via email the day before the activity takes place.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 46 reviews

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Transport was the only reason to rate 4/5 - because we were staying in a hotel the furthest away it meant quite a long travel time which is not the fault of the company but do thing it could be arranged more efficiently to avoid this, we stayed in Elounda and it was more of an 11 hour day rather than the advertised 9 hour. Tour guide was excellent, very informative.

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August 13, 2022

The day was actually very nice. Unfortunately the bus was quite late. We were called and told the bus would be 10 minutes later. He then came after half an hour. The tour to the palace and Heraklion was great. The guide could speak English and German, but often spoke very quickly, so that you could not understand him properly from time to time. Otherwise everything was very informative and we had a lot of fun. What you might need to know is that the tickets for Knossos cost an extra 15€ for people over 25 years old or 20€ extra for the combined ticket. I would recommend that to most people because the second ticket alone would cost €12. All persons who come from EU and are under 25 years old can enter the palace and later the museum in Heraklion for free. After the palace we also went to Heraklion and did a little city walk. After that we had 3 hours free time. Overall it was a nice day.

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July 24, 2022

If you like group tours, it is definitely recommended. The ruins of the palace are very beautiful and the guide was very knowledgeable. Be aware that it is very busy and hot. The city tour was fine and after that you get free time. This was actually too short if you want to visit the museum, have lunch and stroll around the city. Then the tour through the palace actually takes a bit too long. But ours was also in two languages, so that could be a reason.

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July 17, 2022

Product ID: 234177