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From Rethymno: Knossos Palace and Heraklion City Day Trip

4.7 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From Rethymno: Knossos Palace and Heraklion City Day Trip

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From US$ 26.26 per person

Visit the Palace of Knossos and the capital of Crete in one day without the hassle of arranging transport. Explore the archeological site and take in the museum and other wonders of Heraklion.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Be transported back to Minoan times as you stroll through the Place of Knossos
  • Marvel at intricate frescoes and architecture at the Knossos palace complex
  • Get a feel for the local culture in the narrow streets of Heraklion's Old Town
  • Explore the port city of Heraklion at your own pace, stopping where you want
  • Discover Minoan art, artifacts, and culture at Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Take the hassle out of visiting Crete's capital and the Palace of Knossos with transport arranged for you. Relax on a day tour including hotel pickup, a transfer to the palace, then Heraklion, and drop-off back at your hotel in Rethymno. Take your time exploring the attractions at your own pace.

After hotel pickup, head straight to the first stop, the Palace of Knossos. Marvel at the ruins of the neolithic settlement and explore the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization. Discover where thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Minotaur and labyrinth, were born.

Next, stop at Heraklion, where you will have 3 hours of free time to spend as you wish. Explore the city and visit the archeological museum. Buy some souvenirs. Grab a coffee, or tuck into a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Then, climb back on the bus to be returned to your hotel in Rethymno.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Entry tickets (€20)
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
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  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • It is €20 for a combo ticket for the Palace of Knossos and the museum
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 13 reviews

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A wonderful excursion. -Super organized! In Knossos (2h) and Heraklion (3h) you have enough free time to visit everything, to go shopping and to eat out. Anastasia has a lot of interesting facts about Crete ready and charms with her open mindedness, friendliness and laughter. Costas chauffeured us to all program points. The value for money is excellent. The excursion with this provider can therefore only be recommended. 1a!

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September 30, 2022

We were picked up on time and brought back to the hotel safely and well informed by the bus driver and the tour guide. The palace of Knossos was heavily populated by tourists and 2 hours is enough time there. Afterwards we found the city of Heraklion a bit disappointing, because of course we compared it with the more enchanting Rethymno.

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September 24, 2022

We started the excursion in Knossos and had 2 hours to see the ruins there. After about 1 hour we were through and then we went shopping there for another 1 hour. Then we went to the capital of Crete, Heraklion. Here I can highly recommend the museum and the fortress. You couldn't watch more in the 3 hours of free time. There were great pictures and you learned a lot about the history. The tour guide was very personable and accompanied us throughout the day.

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May 28, 2022

Product ID: 412767