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

Knossos Palace: Pre-Booked E-Ticket & Smartphone Audio Tour

Product ID: 175779
Enjoy a hassle-free visit to Knossos Palace, one of the oldest palaces in the world, with a skip-the-line ticket and immersive self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Put on your headphones and experience your surroundings through storytelling.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the line and enter Knossos with your pre-booked entry e-ticket
  • Download, before your visit, a digital audio tour on your smartphone and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Knossos
  • Meander through the corridors of King Minos’ palace and marvel at the exotic beauty of Minoan frescoes
  • Gain valuable insight into the daily lives of ancient Cretans, following in the steps of Yishharu, a young Minoan aristocrat, at your own pace
  • Gaze out on the imposing view of Mount Juktas and learn about ritualism and pastoral life in Minoan Crete
Full description
Enjoy an exciting visit to Knossos, Crete’s most famous historical attraction with a skip-the-line e-ticket, which includes a compelling audio tour downloadable on your phone and a detailed map of the site. Visit the grand capital of Minoan Crete, located just south of Heraklion, and see the evocative setting, complete with impressive ruins and brightly-colored frescoes, come alive through an engaging narrative that sheds light on various elements of Minoan culture.

The cupbearers and procession frescoes at the South Propylaeum, which depict scenes from everyday life and the ceremonial activities in Minoan Crete, provide a great insight into the aesthetic ideals of the time. Follow the evolution of Minoan fashion, learn about the popular hairstyles of the people, and discover the beauty products locals used to touch up their look.

At the West Magazines, where the storage facilities of the palace are located, gain an understanding of the well-organized bureaucracy that supported the palace organization, the earliest forms of linear writing, as well as the Minoan economy and trade networks. Discover the copy of the “Prince of the Lilies” at the South Entrance Corridor and gaze out on Mount Juktas, perfectly framed by the eroded walls of the palace.

Visit the Queen’s Megaron, embellished with famous blue dolphins fresco and equipped with a bathroom and a toilet room, where you can find out everything about the bath habits in the Minoan era.
Includes
  • Adult entry ticket
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
  • Offline content (text, audio narration, and maps)
  • Activation link to access your audio tour
What’s Not Included
  • Live guide
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • App compatible with Windows phones
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The tour is designed to start at the Main entrance of the Palace of Knossos. Address: Minoan Palace of Knossos, Φειδίου 8, Iraklio 714 09, Greece.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• Υour Knossos entry e-ticket will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to your visit
• Please download the tour in advance as you may not have internet at the site. The audio tour can be used online or offline
• EU citizens aged 0-25 are entitled to free admission, however, they must to wait in line to show ID card or passport
• From April 1st to October 31st non-EU citizens, between 6 to 25 years old, upon presentation of their passport, are entitled to 50% reduced admission
• You will receive an email from the local partner with important ticket and audio instructions
• An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS smartphone is required; the audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
• The site is not wheelchair accessible
• No live guide or meeting point will be provided
• You will need storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 220 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.8 / 5
  • Organization
    3.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.1 / 5
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It was a great way to experience the historical site of Knossos. The audio guide allowed us to experience the site at our own pace. If we missed some info or forgot something we could always just go back and listen or read it again. We are not big fans of museums or history but do like to take in significant places and this was a great way to do it!

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November 4, 2019

We enjoyed our time at Knossos. The audio guide doesn't correspond that much with what you're looking at, but it tries to paint a holistic picture of the culture and what life would have looked like (i.e., more anthropology, less art history). This was fine with me, especially since we got some of the background at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. We went at 4:30pm on a weekday and there was no line whatsoever. I know some would say not to miss this site if you go to Crete, but it just depends on what you're looking for. Personally, I would have been fine using this day at the beach instead.

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September 15, 2019

It was so easy to get straight in which is important in the heat. One light down is the guide involves needing a mobile which we dinosaurs don’t have. But one nice thing was we arranged to have our passes emailed to us to print early before we left Canada on a long tour. Really helpful - nice people to deal with. .

August 31, 2019

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Clio Muse Tours

Product ID: 175779