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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

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Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 25.31 per person

Join a bus excursion from Rethymnon to Knossos with optional guided tours of Knossos or Heraklion. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion, and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 9 - 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Hotel pickup (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, and Atsipopoulo). Customers must provide their hotel details upon booking. Pickup is done from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You will receive personalized pickup information in a separate email from the local partner. Please make sure to check your spam folder, too. All the pick ups from Rethymno old Town will be from the bus stop of church of four martyrs (4 martyres church).


  • Visit the archaeological museum of Herakion
  • Explore the Knossos Palace, the center of Minoan civilization
  • Enjoy a great day in the capital of Crete, Heraklion
Full description

Depart from Rethymnon, head eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos.

Later, continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos. This is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization.

Hop off the bus and start your guided tour if you choose the guided tour option, or enjoy about two hours of free time through the detailed story of the Minoan period and hear about both the Minotaur and Ariadne. 

Afterward, the bus brings you to the heart of the capital city of Crete, Heraklion. There you have the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide (if choosing the Heraklion tour option).

Finally, take advantage of two hours of free time to enjoy the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch, and drink raki. Time will pass before you know it, and at around 6:00 PM the bus will depart on its return journey to Rethymnon.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bus tickets
  • Guided tour of Knossos (if option selected)
  • Guided tour of Heraklion (if option selected)
  • Entrance fees for the Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum (16 Euros)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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4.3 /5

based on 93 reviews

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very nice excursion this day to the Knossos palace, we were picked up 500m from our hotel, the bus was on time at 9:30 am, we were dropped off near the archaeological museum of Heraklion where we had 4 hours of free time to visit the museum and the city center then return by coach to knossos with 2 hours of free time for the visit, return to the starting point at 5:45 p.m. the English-speaking, German-speaking and French-speaking guide was very friendly and the explanations given in the bus were very clear. We bought the tickets for the museum and knossos as a combined museum ticket which allowed us to not have to queue at knossos. great day !

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August 18, 2022

We had an unforgettable day! We learned a lot about the ancestors of Cretan people and how they lived. It was like a time travel. Just how we expected. :) I also recommend reading a brief summary of the island's history before the activity. It's more enjoyable when you already know the "big picture".

August 1, 2022

The trip was very worthwhile. The bus arrived at the pick-up point on time and was always there for the next pick-ups. In Heraklion we had 4 hours and that was enough to do the round trip and visit the museum. Then in Knossos you had 2 hours available and that was completely sufficient at 33 degrees in the shade. Both stops are definitely worth the trip and we really enjoyed it.

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June 23, 2022

Product ID: 108463