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  1. Greece
  2. Crete
  3. Heraklion
  4. Palace of Knossos

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

Product ID: 138158
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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
Duration 90 minutes
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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. 
Includes
  • 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)
  • Guided city walking tour in Heraklion starting at 11:30 (depending on option and start time selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

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
  • 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
4.7 / 5
based on 222 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.8/5

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FONIADAKIS TRAVEL CENTER PC

Product ID: 138158