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Palace of Knossos
Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

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Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most important archaeological site, crowned by the hilltop Palace of Knossos—built around 2000 BC—and revealing a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.

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Pottery Classes

Pottery Classes

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Creating each pot is a unique moment. The ability that clay gives you from a piece of amorphous matter to create objects that will make everyday life more beautiful give it invaluable value. The hours I go to the atelier are for me a source of energy and relaxation, and that’s what I’m looking for those who visit my atelier. The workshop is located 16 kilometres from Heraklion ( acces only with car ), in a unique location in the nature, with a spectacular view of Cretan mountains. The area around offers many opportunities for walking and visiting the nearby villages.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.20
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$43.20
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket

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Nobody wants to waste vacation time waiting outside an attraction, especially in high temperatures. With this priority-access ticket to the Knossos archaeological site, you can breeze past ticket-purchase lines to explore what was the birthplace of Minoan civilization and according to myth, the seat of King Minos. Prebook your skip-the-line ticket, travel independently to the site, and roam the partially restored relics of Minos’ palace and courtyards independently.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.81
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$14.81
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Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Get to know Heraklion and stop to visit the Palace of Knossos just outside the city on this open-top hop-on hop-off tour. With your unlimited-use 1-day ticket, board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of 10 stops around the city. Then, with your free city map, hop off at the stops of interest to visit attractions such as the Minoan relics at Knossos and the harborside Venetian Castle. Otherwise, stay aboard and absorb the panoramic views of the sights as you learn about Heraklion’s past from the onboard audio commentary.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.51
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$18.51

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

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Instead of tying yourself to a large group tour with a rigid itinerary, take your time exploring the ancient Minoan capital of Knossos with this private audio tour. Visit the remarkable Palace of Knossos and many other highlights of this archeological site, including South Propylaeum and the West Magazines. Leave the guidebooks behind and learn about the culture and lifestyles of people living in Minoan Crete from your audio guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.98
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Knossos Palace and Plateau of Lassithi from Heraklion Region

Knossos Palace and Plateau of Lassithi from Heraklion Region

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Great chance to visit the highlights of the Minoan civilisation in this full day tour and learn more about Cretan traditions, enjoy panoramic views of the scenic route in the mountains and visit a fantastic natural sight in the end. • See the main attractions of the island and learn a lot of interesting information about the customs of the local population. • Find out how mysterious myths about the Minotaur and the real story are intricately intertwined while visiting famous KNOSSOS PALACE. • Get the experience of traveling on the beautiful mountain routes to the delightful LASSITHI PLATEAU and marvel at the miraculous icon in one of the most revered monasteries from the locals “KERA CARDIOTISA - Our Lady of Heart”. • Descend to the bottom of the ritual DIKTAION CAVE where according to the legend the Zeus was born and enjoy the beauty of the underground lake. At the end of the tour, you will have time to dine in the traditional Cretan tavern or visit a pottery workshop.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.06
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$74.06

VIP Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace Full-Day Chauffeured Private Tour

VIP Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace Full-Day Chauffeured Private Tour

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An exclusive luxury private tour that combines all the “must-see” world-famous landmarks on Crete Island – the iconic Knossos Palace, the mysterious Cave of Zeus, and an authentic journey to the iconic Lassithi Plateau. Enjoy a personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal. Your private local insider guide will ensure that you will experience maximum comfort and privacy like a true VIP. You will also receive skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, extra-personalized attention, and engagement with the Cretan local lifestyle. Last but not least, you will visit off-the-beaten-path eateries to taste traditional local delicacies and get the best recommendations for an authentic Cretan lunch! - Knossos Palace VIP guided tour - Mountainous East Crete adventure - Zeus Cave exploration - Ancient Byzantine Monastery visit - Cretan ceramic workshop experience - Authentic Cretan Lunch
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$740.57
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$740.57
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Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

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Explore with a guided group, the monastery of Kera Kardiotissa and the Dikteon Cave followed by a visit to Psychro village to meet a potter in action. Enjoy the panoramic views from Seli Ambelou Lasithi Plateau and complete your tour to the Minoan Palace of Knossos where civilization history began 4000 years ago.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.54
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$55.54
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VIP Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace Full-Day Chauffeured Private Tour from Chania

VIP Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace Full-Day Chauffeured Private Tour from Chania

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An exclusive luxury private tour that combines all the “must-see” world-famous landmarks on Crete Island – the iconic Knossos Palace, the mysterious Cave of Zeus, and an authentic journey to the iconic Lassithi Plateau. Enjoy a personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal. Your private local insider guide will ensure that you will experience maximum comfort and privacy like a true VIP. You will also receive skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, extra-personalized attention, and engagement with the Cretan local lifestyle. Last but not least, you will visit off-the-beaten-path eateries to taste traditional local delicacies and get the best recommendations for an authentic Cretan lunch! - Knossos Palace VIP guided tour - Mountainous East Crete adventure - Zeus Cave exploration - Ancient Byzantine Monastery visit - Cretan ceramic workshop experience - Authentic Cretan Lunch
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$925.72
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Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)

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Join our small group (up to 8 pax) Walking tour at Knossos palace with a Licensed Tourist Guide. Skip-the-ticket line to enter Knossos Palace. 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 combine ticket (value for money) to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later. Please check your location before booking! Crete is divided in four regional units and is approximately 260 km (162 miles) long and 60 km (37 miles) wide. Crete’s four prefectures: from west to east, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Lasithi (Elounda, Agios Nikolaos). Knossos palace located at the center of the island (Heraklion). Distance to Knossos palace from: Heraklion center, port or airport (code HER) approx. is 5 km (3 miles or 20 min by car)
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.99
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$78.99
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Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town

Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town

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Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Minoan civilization on this private, half-day tour of Heraklion highlights. Explore the magnificent Knossos Palace, home to King Minos and legends of the Minotaur, and visit a world-class archaeological museum featuring artifacts dating back to 5000 BC. See the contrast of ancient and modern Crete with some free time in the port town of Heraklion, and enjoy personalized attention from your guide along the way. Entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum at your expense.
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  • 5 hours
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$481.06
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Travel Crete - Visit Knossos palace (Shared Tour)

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Travel Crete - Visit Knossos palace (Shared Tour)

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This tour combines two of Crete’s top historical sights—Knossos Palace; a Bronze Age archeological site, and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. See impressive ruins and artifacts along the way, and benefit from having guide commentary so you understand the historical background information. Highlights include seeing the original throne of Minos at Knossos Palace, and rare examples of Minoan art at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.57
$123.43
$30.86 savings
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Guided Tour to Knossos Museum & Heraklion

Guided Tour to Knossos Museum & Heraklion

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Participate in a guided tour to the Palace of Knossos, the political and ceremonial center of Minoan civilization, followed by a guided tour to Heraklion Archaeological Museum. The tour continues with a visit to the town center of Heraklion, completing in a day the historical path of 4000 years.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.79
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$35.79
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Knossos Palace: Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (without ticket)

Knossos Palace: Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (without ticket)

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The Knossos archeological site is an impressive collection of ruins dating back to the Bronze Age; with its immersive storytelling, this audio tour opens a portal back to that time. Once you’ve bought your ticket to the site, load up the app you’ve downloaded and follow your guide, aristocratic Yishharu, around the city’s highlights and hotspots. Explore the site at your own pace on this self-guided tour and open a new window into ancient Minoan life and culture with each new destination.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.74
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$19.74
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Best of Crete (3-days Tour package)

Best of Crete (3-days Tour package)

Explore Crete, with all your senses! Best of Crete (3-Days Tour package). The tour is executed ONLY from Heraklion district, with the assistance of your private professional tourist guide. • Day 1:The Minoans - We visit Knossos palace, the Archaeological Museum and walking the historical city of Heraklion. • Day 2:Wild Crete - City of Rethymno, its landmarks, culture and character. You will continue the tour of the city of Rethymno through the narrow Venetian streets you also have the opportunity to taste smell virgin olive oil, spices and herbs…Cretan old-style wine is a thing unto itself. We continue to visit the beautiful traditional village of Margarites one of the ancient pottery centers of Crete! • Day 3:Coastal Crete - The Eastern side of Crete, enjoy the mountain ridges, beautiful countryside and sea on route. Seeing Elounda, Spinalonga island and Ag.Nikolaos.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,110.86
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$1,110.86
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Knossos Palace Greek Mythology

Knossos Palace Greek Mythology

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Skip-the-ticket-line service ! Licensed tour guide (English or French) for a 90-minutes guided tour in a small group. Discover with us the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos! Skip the long ticket line and with our expert Guides unraveling the Myths and Legends surrounding the site. Visit the Mythical Palace of Knossos of King Minos and Labyrinth home to the Minotaur Your expert tour Guide will be your personal Ariadne of Greek Mythology through this Amazing site during your visit. Safety measures in place: Up to 8 people only (masked); tour given via ‘Whispers’: an audio system that means you can hear with clarity your guide, without having to stand by their elbow.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.82
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$72.82
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Heraklion City Break 3 to 4 days

Heraklion City Break 3 to 4 days

Although most people have in mind that Crete is a summer destination, the truth is that a winter break on the island can offer a very wonderful experience. With very few tourists but sunny weather, Crete in wintertime is a delightful place to explore nature and enjoy long walks. Even though the temperature will not be hot enough to swim, you will have a valuable chance to see the local authentic lifestyle. The largest town in Crete, Heraklion Town bursts with life all year round. Walk in the old part of the town, see the Ottoman Fortress at the port and visit the interesting museums. In close distance to the city centre, there is the Minoan Palace of Knossos that was buried in volcanic ash after the eruption of Thera in around 1,650 BC.
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  • 4 days
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$377.48
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$377.48

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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The most popular excursion that reveals the history of the Minoan civilization. During the tour you will see the richest collection of exhibits presented in the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, take a guided walk in the cultural center of the city of Heraklion, and finally, visit mysterious and mythical "LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR" in the Palace of KNOSSOS. After the excursion program, you can enjoy an independent walk through the old part of the city surrounded by Venetian walls with many boutiques and souvenir shops. To feel like a local, order a cup of Greek coffee in one of the cozy street cafes and relax during the midday siesta.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.42
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VIP Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Tasting Full-Day Luxury Tour from Chania

VIP Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Tasting Full-Day Luxury Tour from Chania

Visit the world-famous archaeological site of Knossos Palace and the iconic Museum of Heraklion like a true VIP. Enjoy a personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal. Your private local guide will ensure that you receive skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, and extra-personalized attention with maximum comfort and privacy. In addition, you will unwind with a winetasting in an award-winning Cretan winery. At the end of the day, you will follow the scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets by visiting off-the-beaten-path eateries and tasting traditional local delicacies. - Knossos Palace VIP guided tour - Heraklion archaeological museum VIP guided tour - Heraklion private guided walking city tour - Winetasting in an authentic Cretan winery - Authentic Cretan Lunch
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$925.72
per group
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$925.72
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Labyrinth of Knossos (Shared Tour with Entry Tickets)

Labyrinth of Knossos (Shared Tour with Entry Tickets)

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Home to the legendary labyrinth where Theseus killed the Minotaur, the Palace of Knossos dates back almost 4,000 years. From elegant wall paintings to sophisticated bathing pools, discover the lost civilization that built this majestic complex on a small-group tour with a licensed guide. Upgrade to ensure skip-the-line entry by prebooking your tickets online.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.99
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$78.99
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Palace of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket with Tour Guide

Palace of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket with Tour Guide

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If you want to make the most of your limited time on Crete, get a skip-the-line ticket for the Palace of Knossos.  With over 1500 rooms to explore, you’ll want to maximize your visit to the well-preserved labyrinth. Avoid the long line of tourists and exposure to the elements. Instead, collect your ticket upon arrival from a conveniently located operator.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.99
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$78.99
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The Palace of Knossos with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket

The Palace of Knossos with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket

Join our small group (up to 8 pax) Walking tour at Knossos palace with a Licensed Tourist Guide. Get the chance to pre-Buy on-line your entrance ticket and Skip-The-Line, entry. Discover with us the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos! Skip the long ticket line, upon arrival you meet your own exclusive guide and given your tickets. We Guide you with our expert guides to Knossos unraveling the Myths and Legends surrounding the site. Home to the Minotaur, the oldest throne of Europe, a sophisticated structure, elegant wall paintings that inspired art Nuevo centuries later, huge clay earns, advance draining systems, quarters sunk into the earth is there the Minotaur lurked? Together with your guide you will see the oldest civilization unfold before your eyes and you will be able to get the best out of your visit of this magnificent structure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.37
Price varies by group size
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$49.37
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MiniVan for Private Tour Transfer in Heraklion Crete

MiniVan for Private Tour Transfer in Heraklion Crete

Explore Heraklion on a tour that introduces you to the city's historical landmarks and surrounding attractions. Visit the Palace of Knossos with its wall paintings and labyrinth, and learn a bit about the 4,000-year-old civilization of Crete, Greece's largest island. Plus, check out a nearby village and taste locally made wine and other items such as olive oil or honey. Hotel pickup is offered for a hassle-free experience.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$555.43
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Knossos and Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno

Knossos and Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno

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Visit Heraklion and Knossos Palace on this affordable, family-friendly guided day trip. Take a convenient all-day outing from Rethimno to learn about Greece’s fascinating history and view its ruins, murals, fountains, and monuments. Experience the Minoan temple and palace of Knosses, wander the ancient streets of the capital of Crete, stop into a local museum, and enjoy free time for a traditional Cretan lunch at your own expense.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.66
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Percy Jackson Inspired Luxury Private Experience

Percy Jackson Inspired Luxury Private Experience

This Experience is inspired by Percy Jackson’s books and is particularly designed for Youth and Family. It approaches the Cretan Labyrinth and its mysteries from a mythological and historical point of view and focuses on making the story interesting and engaging, but also clear and easy to understand for our little friends. During the tour, you will be using 3D tablets, presenting a three dimensional recreation of the most important parts of the palace. The second part of the tour offers an interactive Workshop on Minoan- Style Pottery, conducted by a rewarded Potter and Artist. You will find out a lot about clay in general and about the Minoan pottery techniques in particular, in a fun and interactive way. Your children will have the chance to learn, play and create their own mythological figure out of clay.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$253.19
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Palace of Knossos hours of operation: Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palace of Knossos can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 80 Palace of Knossos tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Knossos costs USD 14.81. Guided Palace of Knossos tours start around USD 14.81 per person. See all 80 Palace of Knossos tickets and tours on Viator.