Welcome to Knossos


To beat the crowds and avoid the heat, get to Knossos before 10am when tour buses start arriving, or later in the afternoon when it's cooler and the light is good for photographs. Budget a couple of hours to do the place justice.

Optional guided tours last about 1½ hours and leave from the little kiosk past the ticket booth. Most tours are in English, though other languages are available too. Prices vary according to group numbers (€10 per person in a group with an eight-person minimum). Private tours cost €80 with a maximum of six people.


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Crete Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off 1-Day Bus Tour

Crete’s capital is a vibrant mix of ancient and medieval history, outstanding museums and enticing shopping and restaurants, all topped off with the ancient Palace of Knossos, located just outside town. With all this to discover, a hop-on hop-off bus tour is one of the best ways to get to know the city.With your 1-day ticket, board the open-top bus at any of the 10 stops and spend the day hopping off and back on again at any of the stops you choose. See the Itinerary for the full list of stops. Ride the bus to Knossos and spend time exploring this fascinating site, where the palaces and courtyards of Crete’s Minoan capital stood between around 3400 and 2100 BC. Wander around the relics of the chambers of King Minos, and conjure up visions of the mythical beast, the Minotaur, that reputedly roamed a labyrinth here.Admire other top Heraklion attractions including the 16th-century Koules Venetian fortress on the harbor front, and the old city gates. Or hop off to visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Natural History Museum, or the grave of Crete’s beloved 20th-century writer Nikos Kazantzakis.Enjoy unlimited use of your ticket throughout the day, hopping on and off whenever you wish, however many times you wish. Buses depart from each stop on a regular basis, so you can explore at your own pace. End your tour whenever you want at any stop — it’s up to you!

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Crete: Knossos Palace, Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (no ticket)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Palace of Knossos, Knosos, CreteSouth Propylaeum The cup bearers and procession frescoes at the South Propylaeum, depicting scenes from the everyday life and the ceremonial activities in Minoan Crete, are 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 that they used to touch up their look. Duration: 8 minutesStop At: The Palace of Knossos, Knosos, CreteWest Magazines At the West Magazines, where the storage facilities of the palace are located, you will 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.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: The Palace of Knossos, Knosos, CreteSouth Entrance Corridor 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. Picture what rural life must have been like in Minoan Crete as you learn about the agriculture of the early Cretans, travel and transportation of the time and the ritual significance of the mountains in their religion.Duration: 8 minutes

$45.11 Tours & Sightseeing

Knossos Palace (shared tour)

Skip the ticket line and immerse yourself into the majestic Palace of Knossos with a detailed guided walking tour which takes you 3500 years back in Greek history. On our visit and tour of Knossos together we see the site that covers an area of 20.000sq.mt.You will have the opportunity to see the oldest throne of Europe, some of the oldest drainage systems we have in the world, the oldest Theater within Europe a sophisticated building and center of the Minoan civilization of the Bronze Era.Guided Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry. You will join a mini group for a guided walking tour (90 minutes) with a licensed guide.The max number of participants for this excursion is 1-12 persons.You can purchase your entrance tickets (Option Tour & Ticket). We can provide you transfer to Knossos palace (as a Knossos tour package ONLY from HERAKLION city). Our operator is holding a sign with a “WeGuide – Meeting Point” logo. Meeting point: Main Entrance to the Palace of Knossos, in front of the Ticket Office. Use the same ticket ( for a self tour ) to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, valid for 3 days.

$44.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

Knossos Palace (shared tour)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Knossos Archaeological Site, Heraklion, CreteSkip the ticket line and immerse yourself into the majestic Palace of Knossos with a detailed guided walking tour which takes you 3500 years back in Greek history. On our visit and tour of Knossos together we see the site that covers an area of 20.000sq.mt.You will have the opportunity to see the oldest throne of Europe, some of the oldest drainage systems we have in the world, the oldest Theater within Europe a sophisticated building and center of the Minoan civilization of the Bronze Era.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$1814.21 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

11-Day Amazing Greece: Athens, Mykonos, Delos, Santorini & Heraklion(Crete)

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival in Athens.Stop At: Athens International AirportArrival at Athens airport - Reception by our assistant, waiting for you and transfer by luxurious car to the center of Athens - Check in your Hotel in Athens or Glyfada.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Acropolis, Athens, AtticaFor tonight we propose you an Optional tour. Athens by night. Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel of your choice in Athens.Day 2: Panoramic tour of Athens.Stop At: Acropolis, Athens, AtticaDeparture to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, AtticaDeparture to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Hellenic ParliamentDeparture to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).Pass By: Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, AtticaDeparture to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).Pass By: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens, AtticaDeparture to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).Pass By: The Academy of Athens, Athens, AtticaDeparture to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).Pass By: Plateia Syntagmatos, Athens, AtticaDeparture to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).Stop At: Propylaea, Athens, AtticaIn the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts an order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Enjoy the rest of the day. Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are a fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Don't forget to discover the Nightlife of Athens.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Temple of Athena Nike, Athens, Attican the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts an order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Enjoy the rest of the day. Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are a fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Don't forget to discover the Nightlife of Athens.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Parthenon, Athens, Attican the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts an order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Enjoy the rest of the day. Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are a fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Don't forget to discover the Nightlife of Athens.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Acropolis Museum, Athens, Attican the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts an order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Enjoy the rest of the day. Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are a fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Don't forget to discover the Nightlife of Athens.Duration: 15 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel of your choice in Athens.Day 3: Athens - MykonosStop At: Mykonos PortEarly transfer to the port of Piraeus to board the ferry to Mykonos. Upon your arrival in Mykonos, transfer to your hotel. OvernightDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your choice in Mykonos.Day 4: Mykonos free Day – Optional island tourStop At: Mykonos PortFree Day at leisure at Mykonos or Optional island tour: We start with a unique experience of the countryside Mykonos Island Our first stop will be the idyllic beach, Ag. Ioannis with the best view of Delos Island and we will see fishermen and their boats at the small pier, private chapel and houses built in typical Cycladic architectural style. At the village of Ano Mera, the most traditional place, you can also visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century and then we will have enough free time for a stroll around the square. Next stop is Kalafatis beach where there is time to relax a little before going back to town. Explore Mykonos town walking into the narrow cobblestone streets, passing by the traditional labyrinth of the old town. We will see the famous wind-mills, Little Venice Paraportiani church, Saint Nickolas of fishermen. After the walking tour, you are free to continue your private exploration in town. Meeting point Fabrika Square, Mykonos townDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your choice in Mykonos.Day 5: Mykonos - DelosStop At: Archaeological Site of Delos, Delos, Cyclades, South AegeanMorning transfer to the port to board the ferry to Delos. In the ancient times, the myth of god Apollo, god of light, and goddess Artemis having been born there rendered the island sacred: no mortal would ever be allowed to be born on its land. But, a cradle of gods as the island has been, no mortals would ever be allowed to die on it either. So, apart from it being a conspicuous religious and economic center, the island had also been exclusive in that: even during the years of the peak of the Delian Alliance, women on the brink of childbirth and people close to death would be carried to the neighboring island of Rineia. The whole of the known world of that age was aware of the sacredness of the island and of its uniqueness. Nowadays, Delos reserves its uniqueness to the known world: nowhere else in the Globe is there a natural insular archaeological site of this size and importance. No other island on Earth hosts so many monumental antiquities from the Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic periods, i.e. the centuries of the great Greek art, on a territory used exclusively as an archaeological site. Delos is not a museum; Delos is not there to tell a story. Delos is history itself.Return to Mykonos. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your choice in Mykonos.Day 6: Mykonos - SantoriniStop At: SantoriniTransfer to the port to board the ferry to Santorini. Upon your arrival in Santorini, transfer to your hotel.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your choice in Santorini.Day 7: Santorini Free Day at leisure or Optional island tourStop At: Santorini Volcano, Santorini, Cyclades, South AegeanWe will start with Akrotiri Archaeological site. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed by a huge eruption during the 17th century BC and buried under the volcanic ash, which preserved the whole city in perfect conditions so as to be referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei”. We will continue with Red Beach, well known for the unique color of the sand and the hill behind it. We will continue with Perivolos black sand beach one of the longest beaches in the Cyclades & the best beach in Santorini, considered as the trendiest beach of the island. We will walk at Megalochori (Walking Tour) at Megalochori, one of the most beautiful traditional villages of the island. Enjoy the sunset at the end of the day. OvernightDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your choice in Santorini.Day 8: Santorini - HeraklionStop At: Hellenic SeawaysTransfer to the port to board the ferry to Heraklion. Upon your arrival in Heraklion, transfer to your hotel. OvernightDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your choice in Heraklion.Day 9: Guided Tour at Heraklion - KnossosStop At: Knossos Archaeological Site, Heraklion, CreteHeraklion is the main port of Crete, is the birthplace of the Minoan civilization as reflected in the fabulous palace of King Minos at Knossos. Torn between his modern city and old town, surrounded by thick walls sheltering buildings dated of all periods and protecting its Venetian harbor, Heraklion is the historical capital city of Crete. All around the coast recites the rosary beautiful beaches and lively resorts. Heraklion is surrounded by long coasts with animated beautiful beaches. Top attractions: The old town and the Venetian harbor, The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Knossos - the palace of King Minos, The long beaches and resorts along the coast, The hinterland and its traditional villages.OvernightDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your choice in Heraklion.Day 10: Heraklion - AthensPass By: Port of Piraeus, Piraeus, Piraeus Region, AtticaFree day in Heraklion. In the evening Ferry crossing from Heraklion to Piraeus (Athens) Overnight on boardMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight on board.Day 11: Athens - Departure DayStop At: Athens International AirportOur assistant will meet you at the Port - Ferry Dock and will transfer you to the Airport for your departure flight.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$101.61 Cultural & Theme Tours

Knossos palace, Heraklion free walking tour & Archaeological museum of Heraklion

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Travel Crete Private Tours, Heraklion, CreteVisit the Mythical Palace of Knossos of King Minos and Labyrinth home to the Minotaur. (Duration 90 min)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, the once upon a time bursting with Crete’s treasures pantries and the astonishing water-management systems! Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. Explore the Historical city center of Heraklion and Capital of Crete! (Duration 90 min).The 7th labor of Hercules was performed here, the birthplace of El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. Heraklion’s history with stories of its turbulent past and visits to its legendary churches, fountains, and monuments. Walk with us the beautiful city of Heraklion with your professional licensed guide and local. Easy walking tour (expect some steps, walk through pedestrian streets), through the city’s most important monuments, providing information about the city’s attractions.The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion provides a unique opportunity for the visitor to marvel at the findings of the first of civilization in Europe, the Minoan civilization. (Duration 90 min)  The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide. • Join our small group (up to 12 pax) and visit Knossos palace and the museum with a Licensed Tourist Guide. • Skip the ticket line to enter Knossos palace and the Archaeological museum of Heraklion. • Transfer to Knossos palace and the Museum for easy access. • Visit the Historical city center of Heraklion and Capital of Crete! The 7th labor of Hercules was performed here, the birthplace of El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. • Use the combine ticket (value for money) to enter the Knossos palace and the Archaeological museum of Heraklion. By choosing the  tour option ''with transfer'' , we pick you up from Heraklion city center and drive you to Knossos palace. After the tour at Knossos palace we drive you back for the Walking tour and the Archaeological museum. By choosing the tour option  ''NO transfer'' , you are taking care of your transport among stops. Make sure that you will be on time on each stop.Duration: 6 hours

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