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Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

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From US$ 252.49 per person

Enjoy a private transfer from the cruise ship port or from your hotel in Heraklion city, skip the lines, and discover the Labyrinth inside the Palace of Knossos. Learn a lot and later see the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion with your own private guide.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French
Private group


  • Enjoy hassle-free pickup from the cruise ship port or from your hotel in Heraklion
  • Skip the line to enter the Mythical Palace of Knossos, Labyrinth and home of the Minotaur
  • See the oldest throne of Europe, a sophisticated structure
  • Visit the Archeological Museum of Heraklion which hosts a collection that makes it one of the most important Museums in Europe, in its field.
Full description
Enjoy a tour of the mythological Labyrinth with your own licensed guide who will take you through Knossos, focusing on the highlights of the area and its most prominent features. Afterward, the driver will take your group to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion where your private tour will continue. Discover Knossos, the capital of Minoan Crete, considered Europe’s oldest city. Hear about the islands long history from your guide and learn about the peak of the Minoan culture in 2000 B.C. Later visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion where you can marvel at the findings of the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans. The tour will guide you through the ages, in a period of time that extends over a 5.000 years, from the neolithic to the roman era.
  • Pick-up from the cruise ship port or your hotel in Heraklion city
  • Skip-the-line entry ticket to the Knossos Palace
  • 1.5-hour private guided tour of Knossos Palace
  • 1 hour private tour of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
  • Licensed guide
  • Entry ticket for the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
  • Private transfer
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • 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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The pickup service is available in the city of Heraklion, at the cruise ship port, at and the airport
  • Please provide the name and arrival time of your cruise ship or the name and address of your accommodation in the city of Heraklion when booking
  • There is an additional charge for drop-off to a different location e.g. the city of Rethymno, Chania, or Lasithi
  • There is an additional charge for each additional hour added to your tour schedule
  • You must bring your passport or ID and student ID (if applicable)
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat and to bring water
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 7 reviews

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A great guide means a great experience!

Our scheduled tour was wonderful. Johanna and driver arrived at our accommodations to take us to Knossos. We scheduled an early private tour (8:30) and it was nice and quiet with very few other visitors. Johanna's tour was so interesting and informative, the time flew by. We then were driven to the museum for another excellent tour. We had a little extra time, so Johanna took us to explore the city. Another tourist was so impressed with her he came up and asked how he could schedule a tour with her. A guide is highly recommended to enhance your experience. Johanna is highly recommended by us! She is well-organized, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun.

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June 8, 2019

Amazing tour with Calypso. Fantástico!

July 19, 2019

Johanna was an excellent guide. She is very knowledgeable and informative. She gave us so much information, a guide is a must to really understand the palace and artifacts. Definitely recommend.

September 27, 2018

Product ID: 178799