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Emerge yourself into the rich heritage and culture of Crete through a tour around the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion!

  • #Sightseeing
  • #Family
Duration
4 hours
Availability
Daily
TRIP ADVISOR RATING
Group Type
Private
FROM
55/Person

Tour Highlights

Delve into the history and mythology of Crete to discover the first civilization in Europe. You will explore the oldest city in Europe and visit the Palace of Knossos along with the unique exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Discover the secrets of the historical site, appreciate its allure and make your trip to Crete both enjoyable and educational with an expedition across Crete’s heritage!

A licensed archaeologist guide

Visit the world-renowned Palace of Knossos

Explore the exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

See the palace complex reconstructed through 3D iPads

What you’ll see on this tour

  • The Palace of Knossos
  • The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

What you can expect?

Admire the legendary Palace of Knossos, the historical site connected to the story of Daedalus and Icarus, the labyrinth, where the fearsome Minotaur used to live, and the love story of Theseus and Ariadne.

Your expert guide will walk you around the impressive facilities and through various important rooms, including the Throne Room of King Minos and the colorful frescoes of the Blue Ladies, narrating the tales that will help you unfold the story of the first civilization of Europe.

Following the exploration of the palace, your last stop will be at the Archaeological Museum of Knossos! Located in the heart of the city of Heraklion and recently renovated, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion hosts the fresco of the Prince of the Lilies and the Phaistos Disc – known as one of the X-files of ancient Greece-, among other exhibits.

Discover with the help of your guide all the secrets the museum’s exhibits hold and educate yourself on the impressive accomplishments of the ancient civilization. Your tour will come to an end with you being awed by the brilliance of our ancestors and a promise to return to Crete as soon possible!

Inclusions

  • Private guided tour by state licensed guide
  • Private transfer to Knossos from Heraklion city (minivan, van or minibus depending on the number of participants)

Exclusions

  • Entrance fees to Knossos and Archaeological Museum EUR 16 per person (kids under 17 years old free)
  • Snacks, water, meals

Optional

  • Upgrade you tour with 3D iPads. View the long lost ancient colors, frescoes, statues and objects of the Minoan Palace of Knossos using 3D reconstruction technology. See with your eyes the entire palace complex reconstructed, based on the latest scholarly research!

Know before you go: This is a tour with a licensed expert guide

As we want to offer the best service to our guests, we have carefully selected expert licensed guides to ensure the best experience possible. Our team consists of a group of young professionals of high-expertise in the fields of Archaeology, History or graduates of the official "Greek State School of Tour Guides". Hence, they are well-trained to share their knowledge with the public in an interesting and fun way. Their academic background works as a springboard immersing you to the wealth of Greek culture and holding your undivided attention for the whole duration of the tour. Despite the aforementioned assets though, it is their enthusiastic character and passion about their field of study that unquestionably guarantees you a memorable tour experience.

FAQs

Are there any extra costs?

No. The costs include a 4-hour guided tour across Knossos Palace and the Archaelogical Museum of Heraklion. However, the entrance fees are not included in the price.

 

Reviews

  • Touring the palace of Knossos and the archaeological museum, Elpida, our guide, painted a vivid picture of the most ancient civilizations of Crete and gave rich & imaginative insight into the life of both priestly and common classes in ancient times! Excellent experience, highly recommended.

    - JennyR

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