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  • Location:Heraklion, Greece
  • Duration:5.5 - 6 hours

Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the nearby city of Heraklion on a 5-hour Crete tour! With an expert local guide, walk around the ruins and excavations of the island’s vast ancient palace (entrance own expense), and learn about the Greek mythological tales that are linked to it. After exploring the labyrinth of corridors and rooms on the Knossos tour, travel into central Heraklion to learn all about Crete’s main town. Relax as you pass sights like the Church of Agios Titos, Koules Venetian Fortress and more.


  • 5-hour Palace of Knossos trip and Heraklion city tour
  • Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos with an expert local guide
  • Learn about Greek mythology and Minoan culture while walking through the Central Court
  • Discover sites like the Throne Room and Grand Staircase on the palace tour
  • See Koules Venetian Fortress and the Church of Agios Titos on a tour of Heraklion

What You Can Expect

Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

Discover the delights of the ancient Palace of Knossos near Heraklion!

Leave your Crete hotel by air-conditioned minibus and travel to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, one of the island’s showstopping historical attractions. The original site is believed to have been built around 1900 BC, but – following an earthquake – it was rebuilt on a grand scale, and lavish royal quarters, shrines, treasuries and storerooms were added around the Central Court.

After paying your entrance fee, head inside to explore the reconstructed site that was brought to life from a series of 20th-century excavations by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. As you walk, listen to tales and trivia about the palace’s glory days during the Minoan era – a Bronze Age civilization that made Knossos its capital.

Greek mythology was ingrained in Minoan culture, and the Palace of Knossos featured in many popular tales such as the famous myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Hear of legends and Greek folklore while exploring areas of the palace like the Throne Room, home to frescoes of the Minoan’s sacred mythical beasts.

Wander through the Central Court and gaze up at sights like the Grand Staircase. See an impressive fresco of rampaging bulls, and explore the corridors and labyrinth-like alleyways that lead to intriguing rooms such as the Theatral Area – a place that may have once existed as a theater.

Enjoy a short break for lunch (own expense), and then return to your coach for the short journey to central Heraklion. In the comfort of your air-conditioned coach, gaze out at attractions like Koules Venetian Fortress, Lion Fountain (Morosini Fountain) and the Church of Agios Titos on a city tour. Hear fascinating snippets of history about each sight and learn about the city under Venetian rule – an era that influenced the architecture of Heraklion.

After seeing the sights of Crete’s main city, your day trip finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Book the morning tour and avoid some of the crowds and heat. A great start to our vacation. Tour included wine and olive oil tasting at a nearby town. Delicious and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

had a great time on this tour, the guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and informative. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Super, a well organised day. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, the day well organised

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Perfect amount of time and very great your guides! Highly recommend and I'm not a big tour/history person;)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Very beautiful and interesting Tour!! Our Guide Mrs. Maria was very expert. We thank the organization also because the tour was in italian Language. Tour was organized very very well. After Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour, we have had also time to see Heraklion City.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2010

Wonderful tour with excellent guide. Fascinating place. All the most famous pieces are in archaeological museum though. It's still amazing to walk thru

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

The guided tour to Knossos was very good. We could have spent more time there and there were a few too many people on the tour.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Was picked up on time and the trip was well worth it. I would have given five stars but from our hotel in Elounds to Knossos took over two hours due to picks ups along the way and back. Seeing history in the making when you discover the palace was built over 400 years ago only to be discovered by an Englishmen in the 1900's

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Our guide was knowledgeable and thorough, and she led us around the site expertly. I found some of what she said repetitious, but as a teacher, I realize it may have been intentional; some people just don't listen very well! Our travel schedule posed some difficulties for us (our flight was to leave only an hour after the proposed end of the afternoon segment at the Archaeological Museum), but our guide helpfully explained what highlights to see and let us skip lunch to visit the museum on our own ahead of the group. Despite this personal glitch, the tour was informative, enjoyable, and well conducted.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

Interesting tour with a very knowledgeable guide, but the group was quite large so we couldn't hear her all the time. This tour also included a trip to Heraklion with 1.5hrs of free time to explore, plus a 45-minute visit to Peza, where we had a complimentary glass of local wine and sampled olive oil. This wasn't included on the itinerary so would've been nice to know beforehand, but was still enjoyable.

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