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From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour

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Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 44.11 per person

Take a full-day bus excursion from the Heraklion area to visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, and the Lasithi Plateau.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
You will receive a separate email sales@platanostours.gr from the local partner with pickup details (check your spam folder). Pickup for this option is only from the areas of Ligaria, Agia Pelagia, and Fodele Beach. Pickup begins earlier than the stated starting time and is done from specific points near your hotel.

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the archaeological museum of Heraklion
  • Explore the Knossos Palace, the center of Minoan civilization
  • Take in the views from the elevated Lasithi Plateau
  • Encounter stalactites and stalagmites in Dicteon Cave
Full description

Depart from your hotel in the Heraklion Area (Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos , Anissaras, Analypsi , Gouves, Gournes, Heraklion, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia / Lygaria, Fodele), heading eastwards along the north coast. Stop first at the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, inhabited and run by nuns. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century.

Next, head to Lasithi Plateau, situated 850 meters above sea level. Enjoy views surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and quaint villages, and admire the famous windmills and the Venetian ditches.

Then, stop in the village of Psychro. Visit the Dicteon Cave with its fantastic stalactites and stalagmites, where according to the myth God Zeus was born. Encounter Tzermiado, the capital of the villages on the plateau with its natural beauty, traditional architecture, and breathtaking views.

Enjoy lunch in one of the local taverns (own expense), before moving onto the Palace of Knossos, the capital of the Minoan state which was the first European civilization. Take a guided tour and learn about King Minos, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth, and other interesting mythologies.

Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos, Anissaras, Analypsi, Gouves, Gournes,Heraklio, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia/Lygaria, Fodele)
  • Bilingual guided tour in English and German
  • Bus tickets
  • Entrance fees for the Kera Monastery (€2), Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum (€15, children under 18 free, adults over 65 discounted), and Dicteon Cave (€6)
  • Food and drink
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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What to bring

  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • You must pay for the entry tickets at Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum by cash on site (20€)
Customer reviews

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exciting experience, the whole tour was very interesting the Palace of Knossos even if visited in a very hot afternoon, it deserves to be seen at least once in a lifetime. The Guide, strictly in English, very prepared who loves his job, kind and very helpful. A week is really very short to visit Crete, an island of heavenly sunsets and equally wonderful sunrises that steal your sleep. Experience to be repeated undoubtedly

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June 23, 2022

The tour was booked and confirmed in German. Unfortunately, our travel guide could only speak English and French. The information was told alternately over loudspeakers so that it was a bit exhausting to listen. Apparently there were 2 different tours and participants were dropped off in front of Knossos. This led to confusion and unease as to whether or not you were still on the right bus. The restaurant we went to had poor food quality, provided salad and tzaziki and charged extra without asking the price beforehand. All in all there are 3 stars because we still understood the English. But we wouldn't book it again.

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May 20, 2022

Sehr schöner Ausflug mit guter Organisation seitens der Reiseleiterin. Wir haben uns gut aufgehoben gefühlt und hatten viel Spaß

September 9, 2022

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