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Heraklion Archaeological Museum Tours and Activities

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Second in size and importance to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world. The museum's exhibition contains more than 15,000 artifacts from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,000 years, from the Neolithic era to Roman times.

As the Museum is still under renovation, its temporary exhibition is a curation of the most famous and representative items of the collection. Notable items include: the Prince of the Lilies' fresco, the Phaistos Disc, the snake goddesses from Knossos, the black stone bull’s head, the "Bull Leaping" and "La Parisienne" frescoes.

The various artifacts form a valuable record of the artistic, social and economic life of the island during the ancient period. You’ll find examples of pottery, jewelry, goldwork and metalwork (household utensils and weapons), and seal engraving - a miniature art where the Minoans excelled.

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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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$18.31
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$18.31

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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$475.73
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$475.73
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Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus City Tour

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus City Tour

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Check through Heraklion's sights by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary on this hop-on hop-off tour. Settle aboard the yellow double-decker, don the headsets, and listen to the audio commentary as you ride to attractions like Heraklion Fortress, the Natural History Museum, Knossos, and more. Disembark at any of the nine stops or stay aboard for a 60-minute city overview. Your ticket gives you unlimited travel for 24 hours.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.41
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$24.41

Private Tour to Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete

Private Tour to Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete

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The Greek islands boast a rich history dating back to the days of antiquity, but exploring independently means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this private tour of Crete, delve into the island’s colorful past with your guide—with round-trip transport from your Crete hotel or the port included. Travel back 4,000 years at the Palace of Knossos, and learn of ancient civilizations at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$219.71
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$219.71
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Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

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Participate in a guided tour to the Palace of Knossos, the political and ceremonial center of Minoan civilization. The tour continues 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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$35.40
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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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$107.41
$122.06
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Knossos - Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania

Knossos - Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania

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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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$34.18
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$34.18
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Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket

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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Minoan artifacts, making it one of Europe’s greatest and a must-see for history buffs. This skip-the-line entrance ticket is worth prebooking to save you time and hassle in Crete’s capital, and enable you to avoid long ticket-purchase lines. Once inside, you’re free to view the 15,000-plus exhibits from Knossos, Neolithic, and Roman times, as you wish, at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.36
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$21.36
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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
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$1,098.54
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$1,098.54
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Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

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Experience this private tour that combines world-famous landmarks with jaw-dropping natural beauty. Enjoy maximum comfort and safety while being provided with everything you need to know about the island of Crete. Your local English speaking guide/driver will help you get the most out of your day and make sure you take some incredible photos for you to share with your friends and family.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$549.27
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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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$64.69
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$64.69

Knossos from Chania

Knossos from Chania

Knossos is Crete's largest and most impressive Bronze Age archaeological site, but exploring independently means you may miss its ancient secrets. On this tour, reach Knossos by air-conditioned coach with round-trip transport from your Chania hotel included, and explore the site as your guide shares its fascinating myths and legends. Learn of powerful rulers such as King Minos, and admire Minoan relics in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.73
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$78.73
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Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

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Succumb to a bespoke service of our top local guides with expert knowledge by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal. Luxuriate along the stellar ruins & lavish frescoes of Knossos Palace appreciating it in a way few will ever get the chance to. Immerse into the labyrinthian marvel as we draw you back to a time when myth & history were indistinguishable. Where there’s culture, there’s wine. Let us chauffeur you to the heart of Central Crete, a rich Minoan land backed by olive groves & wine-red earth. Here you will discover boutique award-winning domains to sample Cretan vintages with divine flavors. With personal touch impressions soak up the entire collection of unique artworks & history of the archaeological museum of Heraklion by savoring each hall at your own pace. In the evening, stroll the aesthetically fortified city of Heraklion. Dazzle your senses with delicious aromas of garlic & basil pouring from superb restaurants with local-exclusive cuisine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$768.98
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7-Day Private Guided Tour of Crete from Heraklion

7-Day Private Guided Tour of Crete from Heraklion

If you like to be on the move, and are interested in seeing as much as possible of Crete, but have only a limited amount of time, we offer the following program which includes a car with full insurance and hotel bookings. You will be able to enjoy the beauties of Crete, visit picturesque beaches, villages and cities. Your car will await your arrival in Heraklion airport and from this point you immediately begin your journey. The overnight stops have been carefully selected to take in a wide variety of areas around Crete. All the hotels are standard C class and have en suite facilities, situated in generally quiet but central positions with breakfast included.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$659.12
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Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeology Museum - Luxury Small Group Shared

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeology Museum - Luxury Small Group Shared

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You start our day visiting the most important archaeological site on Crete and the second most visited archaeological site of the country, the Minoan palace of Knossos, the mythical Labyrinth of Homer. Concentrating on the prehistoric era of the island, revealing its unique historic course and penetrating into its ancient prehistoric cult, arts and ritual practices, you will be visiting an amazing area of 22,000sq meters. Your journey into prehistoric times is being completed with visiting the biggest prehistoric collection of artifacts in Greece, the archaeological museum of Heraklion, where you can see at close range all treasures from all Minoan palaces and other Minoan areas excavated on Crete. This tour can be delivered with a minimum number of 10 guests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$230.00
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$230.00
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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For for certent financial reasons(many types of discounts for EU citizens) **Our services are offered as a priority to non-European citizens,and our prices are per adult non - European citizen. There are some categories off people specially from EU that They have discounts ( childs,infants,students,old people up from 60 years old.We do not offer prices for those types of people Be aware ** you must provide passport for those discounts ****We are an Official travel agency licensed from Ministry of tourism in Greece.When you buy tickets online the e-shops will send you an e-ticket which you will eventually not be able to use directly to the entrance. That's because that type of tickets are not accepted from the monuments.So you have to wait in the line as thousands of passengers to print your genuine tickets and then you can enter.With our service you will have your genuine tickets delivered .This ticket,includes the entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Heraklion Arcaheological Museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.18
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$34.18
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Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

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On this excursion you have the opportunity to visit the excavation sites of the Palace of Knossos, built in 2000 BC. Knossos was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of King Minos. Some believe, that the intricate Palace with its many rooms was the mythical labyrinth. By discovering the site not too long ago, archaeologists found the first of all advanced civilizations in Europe. The tour is followed by a visit to the Museum of Heraklion, where you can see the largest collection of Minoan findings from Crete.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.88
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$51.88
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Private Gastronomy Tour in the Old Heraklion

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Private Gastronomy Tour in the Old Heraklion

Crete’s rich gastronomic palette is greatly influenced by the history. Due to its location in the heart of the Mediterranean it is at the crossroads of rich and versatile cultures. Balanced local cuisine combines seasonal ingredients that reflect the diversity of the fertile land of Europe’s southernmost point. During this tour you will visit: GREEK COFFEE: In one of the oldest shops on Heraklion’s bazaar street, you will learn about the tradition of roasting, grinding, brewing and serving Greek coffee. TRADITIONAL BAKERY: Meet the unique features of Cretan baking and try some traditional products. CHEESE SHOP: Tasting of traditional cheese varieties. HEALING HERBS: We will tell you about the unique spices and medicinal herbs of Crete. WINE SHOP LIRARAKIS: A great opportunity to get acquainted with the producers of branded wine, learn the basics of wine-making and taste 5 different wines. TAVERN: Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine in one of the traditional taverns.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.77
$219.71
$43.94 savings
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$175.77
$219.71
$43.94 savings
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SeaByBus - All inclusive full day trip to Knossos-Arch.Museum-Heraklion city

SeaByBus - All inclusive full day trip to Knossos-Arch.Museum-Heraklion city

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During this day trip, we explore the oldest civilization of Europe, the Minoan palace of Knossos, which is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. Our next stop is the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, one of Europe’s most important museums, where we admire more than 15000 artefacts. Afterwards, we have the chance to wander around Heraklion and discover a Venetian fortress at the entrance of the harbor, gorgeous neoclassical buildings, Byzantine churches and many fountains.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.21
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$95.21
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Accessible Heraklion tour to Knossos & Archaeological Museum or Shopping

Accessible Heraklion tour to Knossos & Archaeological Museum or Shopping

Embark your special vehicle and start your tour. During this tour you will be taken back 4,000 years to the time of the oldest civilization in Europe. The Minoan Palace of Knossos, centre of the Minoan Civilization, will leave you breathless as you wonder over the technology and facilities of that period. After this fascinating tour, you will board your special vehicle onto Heraklion, the capital town and business centre of Crete which is a colorful and lively place. Sightseeing tour along Heraklion’s city walls, the Venetian harbour, the Byzantine Saint Titus church and the Lions Square with the former Morosini fountain. In Heraklion you have the choice to either enjoy a guided tour through the extraordinary Archaeological Museum, viewing the unique items from the Minoan culture or spend free time in town to browse at the shops in the centre.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$446.74
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$446.74
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Knossos Museum - Heraklion Old Port Private Tour from Chania

Knossos Museum - Heraklion Old Port Private Tour from Chania

In this tour we will visit the highlights of Crete Island such as : Palace of Knossos: The Palace of Knossos, built in 2000 BC. Knossos was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of King Minos. Museum of Heraklion: You can see the largest collection of Minoan findings from Crete. There are important finds from Minoan life a visit here will greatly enhance your understanding of Crete’s rich history. The Venetian harbour of Heraklion: In the Venetian harbour of Heraklion stands the fortress of Koules. The Venetian harbour also contains the Venetian Arsenals or shipyards, where ships were repaired.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$677.43
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$677.43
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Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up

Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up

At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation in a private vehicle ready to immerse you into the Greek culture and lifestyle. If you are a history lover, get ready to travel back in time on this full-day tour. Knossos Palace is the biggest Minoan Palace of Crete. The archaeological museum is one of the most significant museums in Greece and its collections come mostly from central and eastern Crete and cover a span of 5.500 years. You will also have the chance to visit Koules Fortress that dominates the entrance to the Venetian Harbour of Heraklion. The Venetians called it "Sea Fortress", but today it is known by its Turkish name, Koules. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights, but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.96
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 Heraklion and Knossos Palace // Shore excursion

Heraklion and Knossos Palace // Shore excursion

During this excursion we will go back in time, 4000 years, no less, to the time of the oldest civilization in Europe, the Minoan.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.04
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Knossos 8 Hour Archaeological Museum Heraklion From Rethymnon

Knossos 8 Hour Archaeological Museum Heraklion From Rethymnon

Knossos is the most important center of Minoan civilization; It’s the place that the myth of labyrinth with the Minotaur and the myth of Daedalus and Icarus are connected. After a 2 hours tour at the palace of Knossos, we will slope away to the city of Heraklion and the Archeological museum which is one of the most notable museum of Greece and one of the most important of Europe. The museum includes exhibits from all the eras of Cretan prehistory and history but also collections with unique masterpieces of Minoan art. At the end, we will have free time to visit the city of Heraklion for shopping or food.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.52
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What are Heraklion Archaeological Museum hours of operation?
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum hours of operation: Winter: Dec 1 - Mar 31: Mon 11am - 5pm, Tue-Sun 8am - 3pm. Summer: Apr 1 - Nov 30: Sun-Mon 9am - 4pm, Tue-Sat 8am - 8pm. See holiday schedule for hours.. 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.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Heraklion Archaeological Museum 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 36 Heraklion Archaeological Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Heraklion Archaeological Museum costs USD 5.20. Guided Heraklion Archaeological Museum tours start around USD 5.20 per person. See all 36 Heraklion Archaeological Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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