1. Greece
  2. Crete
  3. Heraklion
  4. Palace of Knossos

Knossos Palace: Private Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

Product ID: 210651
Skip the long ticket line to enter the Labyrinth and the Palace of Knossos in your private group with a licensed guide. Unravel the myths and legends surrounding the thousands of year-old site and see the oldest king's throne in European history.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, Greek, Russian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Listen to a private guide explain the area's history
  • See the throne of King Minos and the beautiful dolphin apartment of Queen Pasiphae
  • Unravel the myths and legends surrounding the site
Full description
Explore the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos. Skip the long ticket line upon arrival and you meet your own exclusive guide. This site is home to: the Minotaur, the oldest throne in Europe, elegant wall paintings that inspired art Nuevo works centuries later, huge clay earns, advanced draining systems, and quarters sunk into the earth. Together you will see the oldest civilization unfold before your eyes and you will be able to get the best out of your visit to this magnificent structure.

Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, was an astonishing palace, built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, you will have the chance to see the original throne of Minos, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, that were, once upon a time, bursting with Crete’s treasures.

Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was then immediately built and for more than 300 years it represented the pre-eminent center of power in Bronze Age Crete. The new palace was an imposing complex with important architectural innovations, splendid frescoes adorning the walls, hundreds of rooms distributed across four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts.
  • Private Tour with licensed tour guide
  • Entrance tickets
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the main entrance to the Palace of Knossos, in front of the Ticket Office (Skip-the-Line Entry). Just round the corner after the ticket booth of Knossos you will see the Coffee shop - the staff will be holding a sign with the supplier name on it. Do not meet at the Guides booth.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Passport or ID card for children
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• You can reach the archaeological site either by local bus from Heraklion or by car/taxi. Plan some time ahead because it is crowded during summer
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Super visit with a guide who spoke perfect French and who told us all about the history of the palace. Ideal duration (2 hours), the palace is magnificent and well preserved. We went there at the end of October, ideal because few people. Do not miss !

October 30, 2019

Visite très agréable et très bien commentée. Guide très sympathique. Pas d’attente tout se passe bien et tranquillement. LA meilleure façon de visiter le palais de Cnossos sans hésiter. Emmener une petite bouteille d’eau. Il fait chaud

August 7, 2019


Très bon guide cultivée et parlant très bien francais

Excellente prestation

August 7, 2019

Organized by

Akrivi Chatzigeorgiou

Product ID: 210651