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Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town

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Heraklion, Greece
Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
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Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Minoan civilization on this private, half-day tour of Heraklion highlights. Explore the magnificent Knossos Palace, home to King Minos and legends of the Minotaur, and visit a world-class archaeological museum featuring artifacts dating back to 5000 BC. See the contrast of ancient and modern Crete with some free time in the port town of Heraklion, and enjoy personalized attention from your guide along the way. Entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum at your expense.
  • Private half-day tour of Heraklion and Knossos Palace
  • Explore the heart of the ancient Minoan civilization
  • Imagine legends of the Minotaur and Icarus while walking among captivating ruins
  • See artifacts dating back to 5000 BC at the Archaeological Museum (your expense)
  • Enjoy free time to sightsee in the town of Heraklion
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Makes an ideal shore excursions for cruise ship passengers
  • Port or hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Private tour
Transport by private vehicle
Professional guide
Heraklion Port pickup and drop-off
Hotels pickup and drop-off (Heraklion town only)
There is a supplement charge for pick up and drop off from other locations.
Food and drinks
Entrance fees to the Knossos Palace and the Archaeological museum
Heraklion cruise port
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
3/1/2022 - 11/30/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Free pick up from centrally located hotels in Heraklion town
Meet your private driver and guide at your Heraklion hotel or the cruise port at the time that works best for you, and travel by minivan to the area's most famous landmark — the ruins of Knossos Palace (entrance fee not included). Discovered by Sir Arthur Evans, the vast archaeological site is believed to have been the heart of the ancient Minoan civilization that flourished on the island of Crete as far back as 4000 BC. Its myths and legends are famous throughout Europe, including tales of the Minotaur and Labyrinth, Icarus, and Daedalus.

With your guide, explore remnants of courtyards, shrines, great halls, and royal apartments adorned with frescoes. Learn about the impressive architectural elements of Knossos like irrigation and drainage systems, aqueducts, paved roads, bathrooms, and the first known multi-story construction.

You can continue this tour through ancient history back in Heraklion at the town’s renowned Archaeological Museum, which houses the world’s most important collection of Minoan artifacts (own expense). You'll have additional free time to explore Heraklion’s distinctive mix of historic and modern culture. See the old Venetian walls and town cathedral, browse vendor stalls at the open-air street market, or take in the local scene among decorative fountains. Reconnect with your guide for the return trip to your hotel or cruise ship, where the tour concludes.
Stop At:  
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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 artifacts 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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Palace of Knossos
The Palace of Knossos. It is the largest of the preserved Minoan palatial centers. Four wings are arranged around a central courtyard, containing the royal quarters, workshops, shrines, storerooms, repositories, the throne room and banquet halls. Dated to 2000-1350 B.C.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Kivotos of Aegean travel
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    This was awesome. The only thing I...
    Peter D
    , Jul 2017
    This was awesome. The only thing I would change was the guide was too smart for my kids. She was wonderful and kind, but I had a hard time keeping up, because she was so smart. I throughly enjoyed the tour though, and I would recommend it.

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