Guided tour

Heraklion: Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

Heraklion: Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

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From US$ 51.50 per person

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Cruise past long lines to the Palace of Knossos and immerse in Greek history. Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion later.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
French, English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the ticket line to enter Knossos Palace and take a tour with a licensed guide
  • Explore the ancient palace, step into the royal residence and see the Minoan king's throne
  • Be amazed by the House of the Frescoes and its colorful wall paintings
  • Learn about the history of the Minoan Civilization, probably the oldest one on the European continent
  • Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later
Full description

Join a guided tour of Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, once an astonishing palace built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city.

As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, get the chance to see the original throne of ‘’Minos”, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, Crete’s treasures pantries, and the water-management systems.

The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was built immediately, the most monumental of all, and for over 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 in four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts.

Learn how during the last decades of the 14th century BC, a series of earthquakes led to the final destruction of the palace. 

Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line service
  • Entry ticket for the Knossos Palace and for the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion City (if option selected)
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Headset to hear the guide better (if group size over 5)
  • Hotel transfers
  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour has two options: you either pre-buy skip-the-line entry tickets or pay cash for them onsite
  • Please bring your passport, if you qualify for a reduced price
  • With the ticket you get, you can enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion City as well
  • During warm days, please wear walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and water
  • The ticket you book is not your entry ticket (if you choose the option including entry); the voucher needs to be exchanged at the meeting point at Knossos Palace.
  •  If you wish to use the combined entry ticket before the tour at Knossos Palace, please contact the local partner within 24 hours of the start of the tour
  • Headset to hear the guide better, over 5 pax per group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 643 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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It was a very hot day in July, but our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced. She helped us see certain spots in advance of large bus tours, resulting in better photos and a calmer experience. She also maximized the use of shady spots so we could avoid the full sun. The palace of Knossos is a very interesting and worthwhile place to visit.

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August 4, 2022

Great idea to visit at 9 to beat the crowds, avoid the heat, find more shade areas and easily find parking. Our guide Akrivi was waiting for us at the entrance and it was perfect. I highly recommend a guided tour to walk through the Knonoss Palace, you will understand the history of this labyrinth much better.

July 18, 2022

Our tour guide was fabulous! She wove mythology in with history and explained the correlation. She was a knowledgeable archaeologist who dug up some of the burial grounds outside the city. Her talent for the dramatic kept us entertained as well as informed. The headsets made it easy to hear, and the cut-the-line tickets saved us huge time in the oppressive heat. Sunscreen, hats, and water are essential.

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July 14, 2022

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