Heraklion, Greece

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Overview

Rewind 4,000 years to Europe’s oldest civilization on a 4-hour private tour from Heraklion. After pickup from Heraklion port, travel by private minivan to Knossos, home to the ruins of a Minoan city-state. Tour the archaeological site, seeing highlights such as the Throne Room and frescoes as you learn their history. Then, after seeing Heraklion’s landmarks, choose to visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum or enjoy free time for shopping. Port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private 4-hour Knossos and Heraklion city tour from Heraklion
  • Tour Knossos, the ruined 4,000-year-old Minoan palace and city-state
  • View highlights such as the Throne Room, Grand Staircase, and frescoes
  • Follow Heraklion’s walls to see the Venetian harbor, Lions Square, and more
  • Choose to visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum or go shopping
  • Choose a morning or afternoon departure
  • Private minivan transport and port pickup and drop-off included
Select a morning or afternoon departure, and on the day, meet your private guide outside Heraklion cruise port terminal. Then, settle inside your private, air-conditioned minivan and travel through Crete’s bustling capital to the Knossos archaeological site, home to the remnants of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, dating from around 1900 to 1600 BC.

Considered Europe's oldest city, this ancient place has roots stretching back to Neolithic times in around 7,000 BC, and is believed to have served as an administrative and religious center. At the peak of the Minoan civilization, it was home to an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people, making it a city-state rather than a palace alone.

On arrival, head inside (own expense) the complex and enjoy a guided tour through the partially restored chambers, courtyards, halls and shrines. As you look around, learn the history of the site and delve into the Greek myth that King Minos kept his half-human, half-bull son, known as the Minotaur, in an underground labyrinth here.

View highlights including the partly reconstructed Throne Room, Grand Staircase, and storerooms, and marvel at some of the extensive frescoes — many restored in the early 20th century — including the famous bull-leaping mural on the palace’s east wall.

Having explored Knossos, rejoin your minivan and return to Heraklion for a sightseeing tour along its Venetian-era walls. On route, see landmarks such as the Venetian harbor, Church of St. Titus, and Lions Square, centered on the ornate Morosini fountain.

Then, choose to head inside Heraklion Museum (own expense) to tour its stunning collections of Minoan art and artifacts, or enjoy free time to stroll around the colorful shops.

When it’s time, your tour finishes with a drop-off at the cruise port.

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W
, Jul 2018

Very disappointing. The guide was knowledgeable and well informed. But it was very hot and the guide wanted to take pictures of us at least 6 times. We felt like he was dragging things out. The van was nice and clean with a driver.
The museum visit was nice but the guide couldn't hold 6 peoples attention.
Not a good value for the money.

S
, Jul 2017

Private tour with a guide with detailed knowledge of, and enormous passion for , Knossos who made the city, its kings, the Goddess Earth Mother, Zeus and his progeny and, indeed the history, of Crete come alive!


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