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Heraklion: Knossos Palace and City Tour with Museum Visit

Heraklion: Knossos Palace and City Tour with Museum Visit

From US$ 136.23 per person

Visit the legendary Knossos palace and learn about the home of the mythical Minotaur, the labyrinth. Then explore the historical old town of Heraklion, and marvel at the findings of the first civilization in Europe at the Archaeological Museum.

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Duration 6 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Pickup optional
A driver will pick you up from your hotel in the city of Heraklion (not outside). You can also meet the driver at the Eleftherias Square, very near the Archaeological Museum.
Small group available


  • Visit Knossos, the palace of King Minos and home to the Minotaur's labyrinth
  • Explore the historical city center of Heraklion and marvel at the findings of the first civilization in Europe
  • Join a small-group guided tour of all highlights of Heraklion with a licensed guide
Full description
See the very best of Heraklion in just half a day on this small group tour with an expert guide. The tour begins with a visit to the mysterious Knossos Palace, where you can enjoy skip-the-line entry meaning more time to explore. Learn about the history of King Minos who lived at the palace, and the legend of the Minotaur that lived in the palace’s labyrinth. Next, take a stroll in the city center of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Wander through the city’s ancient streets and marvel at the picturesque architecture from the Venetia, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Learn about the city’s history and how it was the birthplace of El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. Walk along the busy streets and marvel at the local’s going about their daily life. Finally, visit Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum, one of the most popular Bronze Age museums in Europe. Enjoy an hour and a half guided tour of the museum and admire its vast collection of fine art and jewelry. At the end of the tour, you can continue exploring the museum and the city at your own leisure.
  • Skip-the-line ticket for Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
  • Guided tour by a licensed guide in Knossos, the Museum and in the city
  • Option for transfer from hotels located in the city center of Heraklion
  • Hotel transfer for locations outside of the city center
  • Local bus ticket (€2, if needed)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet at the main entrance to the Palace of Knossos, in front of the ticket office. Meet the local check-in operator with the “ – Meeting Point” logo. You must take care of your transport between tour stops. Make sure that you will be on time at each stop of the tour. The Knossos Tour starts at 9:00 AM at the Knossos Palace entrance. The Heraklion city tour starts at 12:30 PM from Liberty Square (Platia Eleftheria). The Heraklion Archaeological Museum tour starts at 2:00 PM at the Archaeological Museum entrance.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You can join the tour either from the Heraklion city center (Eleftherias Square) or from the entrance of Knossos Palace
  • The guide will give you some free time in between the 3 visits so that you can relax, rest and eat
  • You can take the local bus from Knosssos to the city center (€2). You must arrange that on your own, so please be on time at the next stop of the tour
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

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We had an amazing experience. Knossos is an impressive site, the kind of place you read in books since you are a kid, and seeing it with my very own eyes was like a dream come true. We had a wonderful guide, Aikaterini Velivasaki, Kind, helpful, welcoming, and very knowledgeable about every single detail, who answered all our questions (and there were so many!), and then took us to the museum and gave us a tour there too. Since we did not have too much time, we asked her for specific rooms and she took us where we wanted. I credit her with a big part of my excellent rating. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough, and if you get the chance to have Aikaterini as your guide, be sure that you are in for a treat.

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September 10, 2022

The guide was wonderful. Get your guide and the app was less than desired. First the app took us to the museum as the meeting place (which was wrong). When we figured it out we raced across town to the palace barely making on time only to sit for 30 minutes to wait for another large group who the guide struggled to get together as we sat in the hot sun. Other than the mess at the beginning the tour was great

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July 11, 2022

Both guides were excellent. Detailed explanation of Knossos, the city and the archeology museum. Punctual and friendly. It is obvious that they enjoy their work. Attention to detail in the explanations. O+!!!

August 24, 2019

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