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Heraklion Archaeological Museum Tours

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Second in size and importance to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world. The museum's exhibition contains more than 15,000 artifacts from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,000 years, from the Neolithic era to Roman times.

As the Museum is still under renovation, its temporary exhibition is a curation of the most famous and representative items of the collection. Notable items include: the Prince of the Lilies' fresco, the Phaistos Disc, the snake goddesses from Knossos, the black stone bull’s head, the "Bull Leaping" and "La Parisienne" frescoes.

The various artifacts form a valuable record of the artistic, social and economic life of the island during the ancient period. You’ll find examples of pottery, jewelry, goldwork and metalwork (household utensils and weapons), and seal engraving - a miniature art where the Minoans excelled.

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The floor space in the temporary exhibition is limited, so it is best to visit during off hours -- very early in the morning or late in the day.
Address: Xanthoudidou 1 St, Heraklion 71202, Greece
Hours: Winter: Dec 1 - Mar 31: Mon 11am - 5pm, Tue-Sun 8am - 3pm. Summer: Apr 1 - Nov 30: Sun-Mon 9am - 4pm, Tue-Sat 8am - 8pm. See holiday schedule for hours.
Admission: Full: 4 EUR, Reduced: 2 EUR
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Crete

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Excellent museum
carla000222
, Feb 2020
Display well laid out and very informative. Appreciated the signage in english. Allow at least two hours. Recommend that you visit this museum prior to visiting knossos palace.
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Alain V
, Sep 2019
Le billet coupe file ne nous a pas servi dans la mesure où l'affluence se concentrait aux portillons et non à la billetterie du musée. Musée remarquable et très intéressant. Nous reviendrons avec cette fois une visite guidée en français

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Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket

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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Minoan artifacts, making it one of Europe’s greatest and a must-see for history buffs. This skip-the-line entrance ticket is worth prebooking to save you time and hassle in Crete’s capital, and enable you to avoid long ticket-purchase lines. Once inside, you’re free to view the 15,000-plus exhibits from Knossos, Neolithic, and Roman times, as you wish, at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeological MuseumDay Trips

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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The most popular excursion that reveals the history of the Minoan civilization. During the tour you will see the richest collection of exhibits presented in the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, take a guided walk in the cultural center of the city of Heraklion, and finally, visit mysterious and mythical "LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR" in the Palace of KNOSSOS. After the excursion program, you can enjoy an independent walk through the old part of the city surrounded by Venetian walls with many boutiques and souvenir shops. To feel like a local, order a cup of Greek coffee in one of the cozy street cafes and relax during the midday siesta.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Best of Heraklion (Knossos & Arch. Museum with City Tour)Day Trips

Best of Heraklion (Knossos & Arch. Museum with City Tour)

Join our small group (up to 12 pax) and Skip the line ticket. Visit Knossos palace, discover Heraklion city and taste local snacks. Explore the fine art and jewelry in one of the most popular Bronze Age museums of Europe. Be amazed by the original Frescoes. Learn about the history of the Minoan Civilization, probably the oldest one on the European continent. Entrance fees are included. Transportation from the listed Heraklion city Hotels and Heraklion port are included. ( If your pickup location is not listed... we can still transfer you but we apply extra fees) Heraklion’s history with stories of its turbulent past and visits to its legendary churches, fountains, and monuments. The best example of the world famous Mediterranean diet is found in Crete. Discover with us the secrets of Cretans longevity. Walk with us, the local side of Heraklion through its lesser-known streets, forgotten laneways, and old city Venetians walls.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour to the Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum of HeraklionHalf-day Tours

Private Tour to the Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

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The Greek islands boast a rich history dating back to the days of antiquity, but exploring independently means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this private tour of Crete, delve into the island’s colorful past with your guide—with round-trip transport from your Crete hotel or the port included. Travel back 4,000 years at the Palace of Knossos, and learn of ancient civilizations at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum or Shopping from HeraklionHalf-day Tours

Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum or Shopping from Heraklion

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Rewind 4,000 years to Europe’s oldest civilization on a 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, visit Agios Titos Church and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
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Guided Tour to Knossos Museum & HeraklionDay Trips

Guided Tour to Knossos Museum & Heraklion

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Participate in a guided tour to the Palace of Knossos, the political and ceremonial center of Minoan civilization, followed by a guided tour to Heraklion Archaeological Museum. The tour continues with a visit 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
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Superior Private Tour in Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum of Heraklion Half-day Tours

Superior Private Tour in Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Explore the oldest and most intriguing civilization in Europe at Knossos Palace in this Tour to remember. Trace the footsteps of this trailblazing culture and glimpse into their daily lives with one of our knowledgeable professional guides. Venture in premises with conveniences like central ventilation, toilets, bathtubs, and even a highly sophisticated sewer system! Be captivated by the artistic talent and sheer beauty that still shines from the intricate murals scattered around the palace grounds. Listen to the captivating stories and inspiring legends of myths including the well-known Minotaur and connect deeper into this once flourishing society. Next visit the archaeological museum of Heraklion and browse through its impressive collection of Minoan artifacts, which is noted to be the most distinguished and complete collection in the world! Once here, you will feel transplanted to another time while viewing their pottery, sculptures, wall paintings and impressive masterpieces.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum Attraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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 to you..!! This ticket,includes the entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Heraklion Arcaheological Museum. Clients up to 25 years old( only for European Union residents) can get a free ticket that it must be issued at the entrance of the specific archaeological site. All you need to do is show your passport or ID to the person in charge and they'll immediately issue the personal ticket.
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  • 1 to 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 to 3 days
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Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion TownHalf-day Tours

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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  • 5 hours

Knossos and Heraklion Day Tour from RethimnoDay Trips

Knossos and Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno

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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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  • 9 hours
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Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from RethymnoDay Trips

Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

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On this excursion you have the opportunity to visit the excavation sites of the Palace of Knossos, built in 2000 BC. 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. The tour is followed by a visit to the Museum of Heraklion, where you can see the largest collection of Minoan findings from Crete.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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VIP Knossos Palace & Heraklion Museum with Wine Tasting - Private TourDay Trips

VIP Knossos Palace & Heraklion Museum with Wine Tasting - Private Tour

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Experience the world-famous archaeological site of Knossos Palace and the iconic Museum of Heraklion like a true VIP. Enjoy a personal pick-up and drop-off by your private local professional guide, with a premium vehicle at full-day disposal. You will receive skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information and extra-personalized attention with maximum comfort and peace. In addition, you will unwind with a winetasting in an award-winning Cretan winery. At the end of the day, you will follow the scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets by visiting off-the- beaten-path eateries and tasting traditional local delicacies.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeology Museum - Luxury Small Group SharedHalf-day Tours

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeology Museum - Luxury Small Group Shared

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You start our day visiting the most important archaeological site on Crete and the second most visited archaeological site of the country, the Minoan palace of Knossos, the mythical Labyrinth of Homer. Concentrating on the prehistoric era of the island, revealing its unique historic course and penetrating into its ancient prehistoric cult, arts and ritual practices, you will be visiting an amazing area of 22,000sq meters. Your journey into prehistoric times is being completed with visiting the biggest prehistoric collection of artifacts in Greece, the archaeological museum of Heraklion, where you can see at close range all treasures from all Minoan palaces and other Minoan areas excavated on Crete. This tour can be delivered with a minimum number of 10 guests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Gastronomy Tour in the Old HeraklionDining Experiences

Private Gastronomy Tour in the Old Heraklion

Crete’s rich gastronomic palette is greatly influenced by the history. Due to its location in the heart of the Mediterranean it is at the crossroads of rich and versatile cultures. Balanced local cuisine combines seasonal ingredients that reflect the diversity of the fertile land of Europe’s southernmost point. During this tour you will visit: GREEK COFFEE: In one of the oldest shops on Heraklion’s bazaar street, you will learn about the tradition of roasting, grinding, brewing and serving Greek coffee. TRADITIONAL BAKERY: Meet the unique features of Cretan baking and try some traditional products. CHEESE SHOP: Tasting of traditional cheese varieties. HEALING HERBS: We will tell you about the unique spices and medicinal herbs of Crete. WINE SHOP LIRARAKIS: A great opportunity to get acquainted with the producers of branded wine, learn the basics of wine-making and taste 5 different wines. TAVERN: Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine in one of the traditional taverns.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Knossos Museum - Heraklion Old Port Private Tour from ChaniaDay Trips

Knossos Museum - Heraklion Old Port Private Tour from Chania

In this tour we will visit the highlights of Crete Island such as : Palace of Knossos: The Palace of Knossos, built in 2000 BC. Knossos was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of King Minos. Museum of Heraklion: You can see the largest collection of Minoan findings from Crete. There are important finds from Minoan life a visit here will greatly enhance your understanding of Crete’s rich history. The Venetian harbour of Heraklion: In the Venetian harbour of Heraklion stands the fortress of Koules. The Venetian harbour also contains the Venetian Arsenals or shipyards, where ships were repaired.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Private Tour- Knossos Palace, museum and Heraklion Town with lunchBus Tours

Full Day Private Tour- Knossos Palace, museum and Heraklion Town with lunch

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Enjoy a full day excursion from Chania to the heart of Minoan Crete. Visit the magnificent palaces of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum. Explore the historic Heraklion City downtown area with its medieval monuments and Koules Fortress or enjoy its many shops, cafes and restaurants.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Heraklion Archaeology Museum & Ancient Greek Music Lab - Luxury Small Group Music Classes

Heraklion Archaeology Museum & Ancient Greek Music Lab - Luxury Small Group

You will start your experience visiting the biggest archaeological collection of artifacts on Crete. You will explore the Minoan Art and go deep into its significance and forms through unique artifacts, such as Minoan unique clay vessels, golden jewelery, impressive seal stones and seal rings, clay, ivory and faience figurines and figures, small sized statues and amazing frescoes. After that, you will enjoy an hour and a half workhop on the ancient Greek Music in theory and practice, in private studio.During the experiential part of the lab you will experience a coordinated interactive attempt on playing yourselves copies of ancient Greek percussion musical instruments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

VIP Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Tasting - Private Tour from ChaniaDay Trips

VIP Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Tasting - Private Tour from Chania

Experience the world-famous archaeological site of Knossos Palace and the iconic Museum of Heraklion like a true VIP. Enjoy a personal pick-up and drop-off by your private local professional guide, with a premium vehicle at full-day disposal. You will receive skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information and extra-personalized attention with maximum comfort and peace. In addition, you will unwind with a winetasting in an award-winning Cretan winery. At the end of the day, you will follow the scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets by visiting off-the- beaten-path eateries and tasting traditional local delicacies.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Knossos from ChaniaDay Trips

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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Accessible Heraklion tour to Knossos & Archaeological Museum or Shopping Half-day Tours

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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  • Free Cancellation
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Knossos palace & Archaeological museum of Heraklion (Shared Tour)Day Trips

Knossos palace & Archaeological museum of Heraklion (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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Knossos Palace - Archaeological Museum - Heraklion city tour (Private Tour)Day Trips

Knossos Palace - Archaeological Museum - Heraklion city tour (Private Tour)

During this amazing tour, you will discover all the secrets of the Minoan civilization, and you will get to know the wonderful capital of Crete
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  • 1 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 7 hours
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Knossos Palace - Heraklion Museum - Private TourOvernight Tours

Knossos Palace - Heraklion Museum - Private Tour

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During this amazing tour, you will discover all the secrets of the Minoan civilization, and you will get to know the wonderful capital of Crete
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 days
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Uncharted Escapes: Chania Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological MuseumFull-day Tours

Uncharted Escapes: Chania Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum

A Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum. Visit Knossos Palace and Archaeological museum with Private transfer and English speaking driver-escort. Enjoy private guiding by certified guide, Explore traditional Heraklion and Rethymnon city and Lunch with traditional Cretan food and wine.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in HeraklionPhotography Tours

Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Heraklion

Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here! We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Heraklion, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back! So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Heraklion Archaeological Museum hours of operation?
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum hours of operation: Winter: Dec 1 - Mar 31: Mon 11am - 5pm, Tue-Sun 8am - 3pm. Summer: Apr 1 - Nov 30: Sun-Mon 9am - 4pm, Tue-Sat 8am - 8pm. See holiday schedule for hours.. 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 Heraklion Archaeological Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Heraklion Archaeological Museum 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 35 Heraklion Archaeological Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Heraklion Archaeological Museum costs USD 10.91. Guided Heraklion Archaeological Museum tours start around USD 10.91 per person. See all 35 Heraklion Archaeological Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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