Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

From $59.34 per person

Skip the ticket line and immerse yourself into the majestic Palace of Knossos with a detailed guided walking tour which takes you 3500 years back in Greek history. Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion later.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Skip the ticket line to enter Knossos Palace and take a tour with a licensed guide
  • Explore the ancient palace, step into the royal residence and see the Minoan king's throne
  • Be amazed by the House of the Frescoes and its colorful wall paintings
  • Learn about the history of the Minoan Civilization, probably the oldest one on the European continent
  • Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later
Full description
Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, was an astonishing palace, built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, you will have the chance to see the original throne of ‘’Minos”, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, the once upon a time bursting with Crete’s treasures pantries and the astonishing water-management systems! Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was then immediately built, the most significant and monumental of all and for more than 300 years it represented the pre-eminent center of power in Bronze Age Crete. The new palace was an imposing complex with important architectural innovations, splendid frescoes adorning the walls, hundreds of rooms distributed in four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts. During the last decades of the 14th century BC, a series of earthquakes led however to the final destruction of the palace. 
  • Skip-the-ticket-line service
  • Entry ticket for the Knossos Palace and for the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion City (if option selected)
  • Licensed tour guide
  • 90-minutes guided tour in a small group (English only)
  • Hotel Transfer
  • 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
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Next to the entrance of the archaeological site, right next to the "Little Garden" restaurant

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    Important information

    What to bring

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

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • This tour has two options: you either pre-buy skip-the-line entry tickets or pay cash for them onsite
    • Please bring your passport, if you qualify for a reduced price
    • With the ticket you get, you can enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion City as well
    • During warm days, please wear walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and water
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 342 reviews

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    The guiding of this tour was simply mind blowing and as such probably the best experience we got in our otherwise excellent 2021 Crete holidays. We got answers of most when, why, who, how and where questions, all related to the historical, geographical, social and evolutional viewpoints from the standpoint of todays state of the contemporary archeological science. Thanks, Johanna!

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    June 30, 2021

    I had a wonderful experience. This is a beautiful place. They were a very advanced civilization who had mastered plumbing and water management thousands of year before it was developed by modern civilizations. This experience would not have been so enjoyable without my guide Calypso. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the place and made the history of the place come alive. I felt that I was back in time with the Minoans.

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    June 20, 2021

    I very much enjoyed this tour. I have always had an interest in this myth and being at the actual location and walking through the ruins was a memorable experience. It would not have been the same without our guide. I believe her name was Aptiva … even though I am sure this is close it is probably not exactly correct. Regardless she did a great job of reconciling the history and mythology. I would recommend this tour.

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    June 16, 2021

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