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Chania/Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Chania/Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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Journey back in time and visit the Minoan palace at Knossos on a day trip from Rethymno. Learn more about the ancient civilization at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Journey back to the days of King Minos at Knossos Palace
  • Learn more about the ancient Minoans at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • Get some free time to shop and eat in Heraklion city center
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Following pick-up from your hotel in Rethymno, travel along the northern coast of Crete by comfortable bus. Make your way to the archaeological site of Knossos, where King Minos built his palace. Get a 2-hour guided tour of the monument, designed by Daedalus in such an intriguing way that no visitor was said to find their way out without the help of a guide! Journey through the incredible history of King Minos and the Minoan civilization, and hear about some of the legends of Crete at what was once the island's largest palace. Then, drive to the ancient city of Heraklion to take a guided tour of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Learn more about the island at what is considered to be one of the finest museums in the world dedicated to Minoan art with its many galleries of historic frescoes, jewelry, statues and more. Get some free time for coffee or lunch, and shop for souvenirs in the city center before the return journey to Rethymno. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by bus
  • Entrance tickets (€20)

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Our tour guid was awesome. We learned about Crete and Knossos on the bus with her speaking 3 languages! The pick up was prompt and dropped right outside the museum. Plenty of time in Heraklion and just the right amount of time for Knossos before we were too hot and tired. Relaxing drive back in the air conditioned coach with a few more little tid bits of info about the villages we passed through from our guide. Thank you! Had a great time.

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August 2, 2022

This was my first ever GYG booked trip. The tour operator sent me a voucher with pick up information in good time and the coach arrived perfectly on time. Tip: look for the destination on the coach rather than the name of the operator as it’s easier to check if that’s the right one, they have your booking reference from the operator and name of your hotel pick up. The guide gave good recommendations for Heraklion - it was easy to spend a couple of hours in the museum and then follow the guide’s advice for a stroll to the Venetian Port. Time for all including lunch. Knossos in the afternoon was less busy but very hot. Going to the museum first helped to better understand the site. I’d definitely recommend as a great way to see the key parts of Heraklion and Knossos in a day. The guide also knew lots of mythology to share with us.

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July 31, 2022

It was a nice day, but very hot. So 4 hours in Heraklion was probably a little over the top when it was so hot. But the archaeological museum was really nice with great finds. I was surprised that you were left to your own devices, especially at Knossos I thought before that the guide was with the whole trip, but he was only there in the bus. So you had to manage your own time and what you got out of the various visits

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July 26, 2022

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