• Location: Heraklion, Greece
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Follow in the footsteps of long-ago Minoan kings on this 5-hour Knossos Crete tour. Travel by air-conditioned coach to the archaeological site of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and tour the remains dating to the 2nd century BC. Explore what were the royal quarters, storerooms and central court of the palace, the power base of Europe’s first civilization; and hear about the mythical Minotaur that roamed a labyrinth here as your guide explains the site’s history. Finish with free time for lunch and a coach tour of Crete’s capital, Heraklion.

Highlights

  • 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!

Begin your experience with a pickup from your Crete hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned coach and enjoy the scenic ride to Knossos, the world-famous site of a Minoan Palace believed to have been built in the 2nd century BC and later abandoned.

On arrival, hop out of your coach and pay the entrance fee to the archaeological site. Then, head inside to explore the buildings and ruins, many of them partially reconstructed by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s.

Follow your guide around the excavations and learn how the palace served as the ceremonial and administrative hub of Crete’s Minoan culture, considered to be Europe’s oldest civilization.

Inspect the once-lavish royal quarters, treasuries and storerooms; and admire the restored frescoes that depict long-ago scenes of Minoan life.

See the Central Court, Grand Staircase and Throne Room, and as you stroll, hear about the mysterious Greek legends associated with the palace, including the strange myth of the Minotaur — the half-man, half-bull said to have been imprisoned by King Minos within a labyrinth at the palace.

After your tour, return to your coach and continue into Heraklion for a panoramic sightseeing tour and free time for lunch (own expense).

Pass top Heraklion attractions such as Koules Venetian Fortress, Lions Square and the Church of St Titos as your guide recounts historical anecdotes about the city and its time under Venetian rule between the 13th and 17th centuries.

With your sightseeing over, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Geoffrey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a great tour. A long journey from Elounda but well worth it. The palace is really interesting and fills you with awe at what the Minoans achieved. Our guide, Katerina was superb, she had a great depth of knowledge and love for her subject combined with good humour. The visit to the museum was also spectacular and again quite humbling to see the skill of the Minoans and the beauty of their work. We had a couple of hours to see Heraklion which was a fascinating contrast to the area in which we were staying. Also recommend the cafe at back of the museum. All in all a fabulous day!

Diane S. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

If you're heading to Greece and specifically Crete, this is a must-see. I did a similar tour 40 years ago yikes! and wanted to see Knossos again on a recent trip with my husband. The history of the Minoan civilization and their culture is fascinating and the art and artifacts are breath-taking. It is very important to have a tour guide while seeing the Palace of Knossos and the Museum in order to understand the history. The guide was so knowledgeable and gave us such insight into the lives and culture of this incredible civilization.

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great. Super guide in both Russian and English. 2 plus hours on site and another 2 plus hours at the museum. Well worth it. Highly recommended.

Robyndrake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

I studied the history of Knossos in college, and it was amazing to finally visit the site. Very knowledgeable and fun guide. I wanted more time at Knossos, and so went back a couple days later. I also felt a bit rushed at the Archeaological Museum, but honestly, you could spend an entire day there, so I think this tour gives you a great starting point for futher exploration.

Gorenberg.k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fascinating

George K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The trip included a tour of the palace of Knossos, a tour of a winery/olive oil store, and time in Heraklion to walk around, eat lunch or go to the museum. Overall the tour guides were very knowledgeable particularly about the palace and it was a very full and comprehensive day. Coming from Elounda, the bus ride was a bit long, but it was also nice to drive through the different towns and see the other cities in Crete.

Rodger G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

our guide was excellent...she was able to highlight the best in a museum filled with artifacts and then bring it all the together as we explored the old ruins of the palace...well done

Barbara

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.

Joseph O

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.

sha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

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

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