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Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

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Activity provider: Altino Travel

Crete: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

Activity provider: Altino Travel

From US$ 28.40 per person

Join a day trip by bus to the Palace of Knossos and to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Enjoy a guided tour by a licensed guide and later visit the ancient city of Heraklion.

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Duration 6 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Confirmation mail of the exact pickup location and time will be sent the day before the activity starts


  • Explore Knossos Palace and see how the Minoans lived 4,000 years ago
  • See artifacts from all over Crete at the Archaeological Museum
  • Discover the town of Heraklion and its fascinating mixture of modern and ancient influences
Full description

Start your day with pickup from selected regions in Crete and first head to Heraklion for a guided tour of Knossos Palace. Walk through this Minoan palace with your guide and find out how people lived here 4,000 years ago. The Throne Room, the frescoes, and the Minoan columns will allow you to imagine how the Minoans once lived. Continue towards the city center of Heraklion where you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the town itself. The Archaeological Museum brings together findings from all over Crete, covering over 5,500 years of the island's history.   Head to the Heraklion town center and walk through Daidalou Street to Lion Square and the famous Morosini Fountain of the Venetian era. Explore the permanent outdoor market of the town and the Valide Mosque, a remnant of Turkish influences. Explore the Venetian Loggia and head to the sea and the Koules Fortress before being dropped back off at your hotel.  

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided tour of Knossos Palace
  • Free time to explore Heraklion city and visit the Archaeological Museum
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
  • 15 entrance fee to Knossos Palace or €20 combined ticket to Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Pickup time is subject to minor alterations. The exact pickup time and location will be sent via email the day before the activity takes place.
Customer reviews

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4.1 /5

based on 80 reviews

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Very interesting tour. Lots of information about the history of Crete, the palace and Greek mythology. We were picked up from the hotel on time and taken to Knossos by bus. We already received some information during the bus ride. The tour lasted about 2 hours. There isn't that much to see though, as not much remains of the palace itself. We had booked the tour in German. But then she was German and English. This means that we of course heard everything twice and switched between German and English again and again. That was a bit tiring. But our guide put a lot of effort into it. Then we got a short tour of the old town of Heraklion and then had 2.30 hours at our disposal for the museum, the port or shopping. I would definitely recommend the tour.

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September 20, 2022

The tour started early with an early pick up for the coach. We finished at Knossos beating the midday sun and the long queues leading out to the car park. Heraklion is very busy to walk around. Eleni stayed with us to show us the important buildings and the museum before some free time to explore the market and venetian harbour and get some lunch before returning to the car park for the journey back to our Hotel. The tour finished in Heraklion outside the museum. Which although small on the outside has some incredible artefacts. It is well worth the visit, a minibus came to take us back to our hotel in Koutouloufari.

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September 8, 2022

Absolutely loved it. Our guide was fantastic and the trip was really well organized. I'm very happy I didn't decided to go on my own, as I wouldn't have been able to wait in the long line to get my Palace Knossos ticket. So, well done to all, it was great!

September 7, 2022

Product ID: 234177