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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 2,000 BC—which reveals a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.

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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 certain 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 ( children,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 Archaeological Museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.87
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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
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$17.22
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$17.22

Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

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Maximize time in Crete with a full-day combination guided tour. Get picked up at your hotel and set out on a coach sightseeing tour focused on archaeology and culture. See popular landmarks including the Kera Kardiotissa Monastery, Dikteon Cave, and the Palace of Knossos. Admire panoramic views from Seli Ambelou Lasithi Plateau, visit an olive oil factory, and go inside a ceramic workshop to see a potter at work.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.96
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Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

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Discover the Bronze Age city of Knossos and take a sightseeing tour of Heraklion. Knossos was once the capital of the Minoan civilization and is known to be Europe’s oldest city. Enjoy a guided tour of the labyrinthine palace and learn about its history. Then, visit Heraklion, the current capital of Crete, to discover its landmarks including the Lion’s Fountain.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.26
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Labyrinth of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket with Tour Guide

Labyrinth 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
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$72.01
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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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See the Palace of Knossos more intimately with this small-group walking tour that’s capped at just eight people. You’ll explore the palace without the rush and bustle of the larger sightseeing tours, and catch all the commentary about ancient Knossos and Minoan Crete. The tour even includes a skip-the-line ticket for quicker entry.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.01
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Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Heraklion
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Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Heraklion

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When you're staying on the island of Crete, discover the island's eastern stretches where traditional villages, storied monuments, and authentic culture awaits. With a local driver-guide for your group, you'll explore with ease, visiting the landmarks you want to see. The Cave of Zeus, Knossos Palace, and the Lassithi Plateau are a few of the sites that can feature on your private tour; just note that entry fees are extra.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$688.78
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Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion
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Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

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Travelers with a range of interests will enjoy this private full-day tour of Crete, including Knossos, the Lasithi Plateau Windmills, and the Cave of Zeus. History enthusiasts will love learning about the island’s ancient history, while nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful views. As this is a private tour you can customize the itinerary to suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$573.98
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Knossos Palace and old pottery village in the mountains (Luxury Adventure)

Knossos Palace and old pottery village in the mountains (Luxury Adventure)

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Adventure and nature fans—this is the tour for you! Avoid the hassle of driving on unfamiliar rural roads, and hop aboard a Land Rover Discovery vehicle instead. This action-packed excursion is a great way to see the hidden highlights of the High Mountains of Crete, that you’d likely miss alone. See Knossos Palace, get panoramic views of the Aegean sea, and enjoy the perk of having a delicious taverna lunch included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.88
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Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Tour from Chania

Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Tour from Chania

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Use your time in Chania to discover Crete's ancient history with a local guide. This small-group tour packs in visits to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and Heraklion itself to give you an overview of the island's rich history and legends. Even better: Numbers are capped at just 15 people per group for a more intimate tour. Note that entry fees are extra.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.71
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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
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Knossos - Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania
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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
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$29.22
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno

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Without a rental car, visiting Crete’s Palace of Knossos and capital of Heraklion in a day from Rethymnon means using cabs or local buses. This tour eliminates the hassles, with air-conditioned transport and an option to include a Knossos guide to ensure you cover the highlights and Minoan Crete’s history and legends. Plus, you get free time in Heraklion to visit its Archaeological Museum or shop and eat at leisure.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.13
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Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

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Discover the unique and mythical Knossos Palace on this guided tour of the ancient site. Join a small group and walk through the ruins of the labyrinthine, learning about its unique history from your guide. Listen to the legends of King Minos and the minotaur as you explore the palace that was built for the king in the Bronze Age.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Knossos Palace Greek Mythology

Knossos Palace Greek Mythology

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Skip-the-line at Knossos Palace in Crete with this premium access tour. Meet your guide and set out with a small group to learn about the myths and legends surrounding this archaeological site. Hear stories about Greek mythology as you explore the labyrinth of Knossos Palace. This history-focused tour is available in multiple languages.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Self-Guided E-Tickets to the Minoan Attractions in Heraklion

Self-Guided E-Tickets to the Minoan Attractions in Heraklion

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Experience Ancient Crete at your own pace with two tickets for the top archaeological attractions, the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and two captivating self-guided audio tours on your smartphone. Receive your e-tickets by email, download the app and the audio tours on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the grandeur of Ancient Crete. Put on your headphones and discover the most well-known archaeological attractions of Crete through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from ancient times. The content of the tours is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tours can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into ancient Crete and the Minoan civilization.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.00
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Knossos Private Guide

Knossos Private Guide

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Enjoy a visit to Europe’s oldest city with a personal touch on this guided tour through the ruins of Knossos. This tour helps visitors to Knossos get the most out of their time in ‘the Labyrinth’; from skip-the-line access to commentary in English, French or Russian from a licensed guide, this tour brings the ruins of the city alive.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.14
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$99.14
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Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour from Chania and Rethymno
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Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour from Chania and Rethymno

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This full day tour will take you to the historic Palace of Knossos, before culminating at the Heraklion city and the opprtunity to visit the Archeological museum by your own , which is full of Minoan exhibits. You will also get a glimpse the juxtaposition between ancient and modern Crete by spending some time in the city of Heraklion!
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.35
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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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$70.97
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Knossos and Heraklion City

Knossos and Heraklion City

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We will start from Rethymnon around 8.00am. Our first stop on this excursion will be at Knossos. There is evidence that this location was inhabitedduring the neolithic times. On the ruins of the neolithic settlement was built the first minoan palace, where the dynasty of Minos ruled. The Palace is conected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the labyrinth with Minotaur. Our next stop will be Heraklion city. You will have 3 hrs free time to explore the city, visit the archeological museum, go shopping, drink coffee or have a lunch. We will be back around 18.00pm. Please note, you need 20€ in cash for the entrance ticket to Knossos and Museum.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.31
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Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno
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Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

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Knossos, the center of Minoan civilization and the capital of Minoan Crete is worth a visit. 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. In the archaeological museum of Heraklion, you will find the largest collection of Minoan findings. The tour to Knossos is offered in two different ways. The classical tour where you visit the excavations of Knossos and the archaeological museum in Heraklion. On this tour you have the possibility to visit the center of Heraklion too, where you can enjoy a lunch or do some shopping.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.22
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Knossos Palace - Guided Tour

Knossos Palace - Guided Tour

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Choose the skip-the-line option or opt for a guided tour of the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. The first option allows you to skip the line and tour the sites at your own pace. Or, explore the venues with a guide at specific times to get the most out of the experience. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.01
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Travel Crete - Visit Knossos palace (Semi Private - Shared Tour)

Travel Crete - Visit Knossos palace (Semi Private - 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
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$114.80
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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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$15.65
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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.
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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.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Knossos costs USD 17.22. Guided Palace of Knossos tours start around USD 17.22 per person.