• Location: Heraklion, Greece
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 225.29 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • Private, 4-hour tour of Heraklion and Knossos Palace
  • Explore the heart of the ancient Minoan civilization
  • Imagine legends of the Minotaur and Icarus while walking among captivating ruins
  • See artifacts dating back to 5000 BC at the Archaeological Museum
  • Enjoy free time to sightsee in the town of Heraklion
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Makes an ideal shore excursions for cruise ship passengers
  • Port or hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Knossos Palace and Heraklion Town Private Half-Day Tour

Heraklio Port Venetian Walls

Meet your private driver and guide at your Heraklion hotel or the cruise port at the time that works best for you, and travel by minivan to the area's most famous landmark — the ruins of Knossos Palace (entrance fee not included). Discovered by Sir Arthur Evans, the vast archaeological site is believed to have been the heart of the ancient Minoan civilization that flourished on the island of Crete as far back as 4000 BC. Its myths and legends are famous throughout Europe, including tales of the Minotaur and Labyrinth, Icarus, and Daedalus.

With your guide, explore remnants of courtyards, shrines, great halls, and royal apartments adorned with frescoes. Learn about the impressive architectural elements of Knossos like irrigation and drainage systems, aqueducts, paved roads, bathrooms, and the first known multi-story construction.

You can continue this tour through ancient history back in Heraklion at the town’s renowned Archaeological Museum, which houses the world’s most important collection of Minoan artifacts (own expense). You'll have additional free time to explore Heraklion’s distinctive mix of historic and modern culture. See the old Venetian walls and town cathedral, browse vendor stalls at the open-air street market, or take in the local scene among decorative fountains. Reconnect with your guide for the return trip to your hotel or cruise ship, where the 4-hour tour concludes.

Customer Reviews

Peter D

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

This was awesome. The only thing I would change was the guide was too smart for my kids. She was wonderful and kind, but I had a hard time keeping up, because she was so smart. I throughly enjoyed the tour though, and I would recommend it.

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