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Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos Tours and Activities

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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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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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$72.75
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$72.75

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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$18.19
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$18.19

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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$472.59
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$472.59
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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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$14.55
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$14.55
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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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$77.60
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$77.60
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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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$42.44
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$42.44
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.63
Price varies by group size
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$60.63
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.61
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$20.61
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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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$19.39
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$19.39
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Private Tour Knossos & Heraklion City

Private Tour Knossos & Heraklion City

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This tour is a unique experience, to visit the most important places in Heraklion City. The tour schedule is flexible regarding the time spent at its attraction. Our driver will pick you up from your Hotel or Port in Heraklion City. The transfer is private and our English-speaking driver will drive you around the sightseeings.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$396.42
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$396.42
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.16
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$35.16
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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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Come with us on a journey along East Crete reveling in the endless luxuries of Lassithi Plateau that is basked in allure forests & fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal, our knowledgeable local insider will ensure you experience the best of the whole itinerary. Discover quaint villages, local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries & Cretan art. Tuck into a culinary odyssey & savor genuine tastes loved by our legendary forefathers. It’s our job to hook you up with only the most authentic eateries. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace & sense the sanctity of this ancient site. When in Knossos Palace, luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins & frescoes. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide & let us stimulate you with eclectic information by ensuring a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,030.66
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$1,030.66
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Chania

Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Chania

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Enjoy a 1-day bus excursion from Chania to Knossos. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion and more.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.78
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$55.78
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VIP Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace Full-Day Chauffeured Private Tour

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

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Come with us on a journey along East Crete reveling in the endless luxuries of Lassithi Plateau that is basked in allure forests & fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal, our knowledgeable local insider will ensure you experience the best of the whole itinerary. Discover quaint villages, local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries & Cretan art. Tuck into a culinary odyssey & savor genuine tastes loved by our legendary forefathers. It’s our job to hook you up with only the most authentic eateries. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace & sense the sanctity of this ancient site. When in Knossos Palace, luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins & frescoes. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide & let us stimulate you with eclectic information by ensuring a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$763.90
per group
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$763.90
per group
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East Crete Tour 4 to 15 customers

East Crete Tour 4 to 15 customers

Explore Greek history and culture in East Crete on this guided excursion. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, enjoy a transfer on a comfortable bus to Knossos, Europe’s “oldest city” that is home to the legendary palace of King Minos. Then, visit the Bronze Age ruins of Malia Palace and Agios Nikolas and stop by the villages of Krisa and Elounda.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$349.21
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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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$370.83
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$370.83

Drive Tour Crete - Best of Heraklion Crete

Drive Tour Crete - Best of Heraklion Crete

Designed for the travelers that wish to combine the services of a qualified licensed guide, with registered vehicles and get the most of your tour. Always service – minded, aiming to fulfill any difficult tour- excursion that you have planned for your party. We can provide chauffeur service, with a registered company car / SUV and a 9 seats van that both comply with all rules and regulations of the Greek National Tourism Organization and a license qualified guide to drive you to the desired site. You can use our services for a transfer and while we drive you to your hotel, you can get the important information about the island, the highlights, the activities, the places not to be missed.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$545.64
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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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$35.16
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$35.16
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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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$1,091.29
Price varies by group size
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$1,091.29
Price varies by group size
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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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$545.64
per group
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$545.64
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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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$78.21
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$78.21
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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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$443.79
Price varies by group size
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$443.79
Price varies by group size
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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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$79.60
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$79.60
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Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

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Having the luxury of Knossos all to your self and enjoying a guided tour of this Magnificent Monument of Minoan civilization home to legends such as the Minotaur and Labyrinth. 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. Use the combine ticket (value for money) to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later. During summer, Visit Knossos, escaping the crowds and not when it's so hot! Enjoy your visit of Knossos avoiding the blistering heat and sun! Unravel the myth of the labyrinth enjoy Knossos at its best time 17:00 o'clock (5:00pm) with us! 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. Recommended time between 3pm and 5pm in the afternoon; though the Palace in the summer stays open to 8pm .
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.60
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What are Palace of Knossos hours of operation?
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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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Should I book Palace of Knossos tickets in advance?
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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. See all 73 Palace of Knossos tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Palace of Knossos 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Knossos costs USD 14.55. Guided Palace of Knossos tours start around USD 14.55 per person. See all 73 Palace of Knossos tickets and tours on Viator.
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