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From Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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From Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

From US$ 30.55 per person

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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Pickup available from the Chania area and areas near Chania


  • 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
  • Guide
  • Entrance tickets (€20)
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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  • The tour starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM.
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4.1 /5

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The museum was overwhelming! Knossos itself is also very interesting. The latter, however, especially because we had a very good guide, but we had to pay for her ourselves (12.00 pp, with only 2 participants it would have cost 20.00 pp). We actually thought that was included in the price. But the guide, who was brilliant in three (!) Languages, was only responsible for explaining to us during the bus trip exactly where we could find what, where and how high the entrance fees are, etc. Unfortunately, it is not listed very transparently in the tour description . What we saw of Heraklion itself wasn't that great for us, but we didn't have much time for a more detailed stroll through the city either.

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October 16, 2020

A nice trip, as long as someone is interested in history. Well organized, we got information about the pickup, but unfortunately quite late and for a long time there were concerns as to whether it would take place. The bald man-organizer spoke English, Greek, German and French - very polite and helpful.

August 24, 2020

Well organized, well worth it

George was a great guide (it's more like a tour manager than guide role) - speaking in four(!) languages not counting Greek. The tour gave us ample time to walk around in Heraklion, visit an amazing Archaeological Museum and then brought us to the Knossos Palace where we paid additional 10 euros for a guided tour of the palace. Of course, you can do all of this on your own but it was convenient to do this tour for us as we did not rent a car while in Crete.

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October 12, 2019

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