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Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most important archaeological site, crowned by the hilltop Palace of Knossos—built around 2,000 BC—which reveals a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.

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Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

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Explore with a guided group, the monastery of Kera Kardiotissa and the Dikteon Cave followed by a visit to Psychro village to meet a potter in action. Enjoy the panoramic views from Seli Ambelou Lasithi Plateau and complete your tour to the Minoan Palace of Knossos where civilization history began 4000 years ago.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.89
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$51.89

Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

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Participate in a guided tour to the Palace of Knossos, the political and ceremonial center of Minoan civilization. The tour continues to the town center of Heraklion, completing in a day the historical path of 4000 years.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.44
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$33.44

Labyrinth of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket with Tour Guide

Labyrinth of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket with Tour Guide

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If you want to make the most of your limited time on Crete, get a skip-the-line ticket for the Palace of Knossos.  With over 1500 rooms to explore, you’ll want to maximize your visit to the well-preserved labyrinth. Avoid the long line of tourists and exposure to the elements. Instead, collect your ticket upon arrival from a conveniently located operator.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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$79.56

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

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Instead of tying yourself to a large group tour with a rigid itinerary, take your time exploring the ancient Minoan capital of Knossos with this private audio tour. Visit the remarkable Palace of Knossos and many other highlights of this archeological site, including South Propylaeum and the West Magazines. Leave the guidebooks behind and learn about the culture and lifestyles of people living in Minoan Crete from your audio guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.60
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$19.60

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)

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See the Palace of Knossos more intimately with this small-group walking tour that’s capped at just eight people. You’ll explore the palace without the rush and bustle of the larger sightseeing tours, and catch all the commentary about ancient Knossos and Minoan Crete. The tour even includes a skip-the-line ticket for quicker entry.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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$79.56

Knossos Palace: Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (without ticket)

Knossos Palace: Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (without ticket)

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The Knossos archeological site is an impressive collection of ruins dating back to the Bronze Age; with its immersive storytelling, this audio tour opens a portal back to that time. Once you’ve bought your ticket to the site, load up the app you’ve downloaded and follow your guide, aristocratic Yishharu, around the city’s highlights and hotspots. Explore the site at your own pace on this self-guided tour and open a new window into ancient Minoan life and culture with each new destination.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.44
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$18.44

Knossos Palace Greek Mythology

Knossos Palace Greek Mythology

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Skip-the-ticket-line service ! Licensed tour guide (English or French) for a 90-minutes guided tour in a small group. Discover with us the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos! Skip the long ticket line and with our expert Guides unraveling the Myths and Legends surrounding the site. Visit the Mythical Palace of Knossos of King Minos and Labyrinth home to the Minotaur Your expert tour Guide will be your personal Ariadne of Greek Mythology through this Amazing site during your visit. Safety measures in place: Up to 8 people only (masked); tour given via ‘Whispers’: an audio system that means you can hear with clarity your guide, without having to stand by their elbow.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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$79.56

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Get to know Heraklion and stop to visit the Palace of Knossos just outside the city on this open-top hop-on hop-off tour. With your unlimited-use 1-day ticket, board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of 10 stops around the city. Then, with your free city map, hop off at the stops of interest to visit attractions such as the Minoan relics at Knossos and the harborside Venetian Castle. Otherwise, stay aboard and absorb the panoramic views of the sights as you learn about Heraklion’s past from the onboard audio commentary.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.30
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$17.30

Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

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Having the luxury of Knossos all to your self and enjoying a guided tour of this Magnificent Monument of Minoan civilization home to legends such as the Minotaur and Labyrinth. Join our small group (up to 8 pax) Walking tour at Knossos palace with a Licensed Tourist Guide. Skip the ticket line to enter Knossos Palace. Use the combine ticket (value for money) to enter also the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion (for a self-tour) when you go to Heraklion city after the tour of Knossos palace (Tickets delivered only at Knossos palace). During summer, Visit Knossos, escaping the crowds and not when it's so hot! Enjoy your visit of Knossos avoiding the blistering heat and sun! Unravel the myth of the labyrinth enjoy Knossos at its best time 17:00 o'clock (5:00pm) with us!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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$79.56

Knossos Private Guide

Knossos Private Guide

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Enjoy a visit to Europe’s oldest city with a personal touch on this guided tour through the ruins of Knossos. This tour helps visitors to Knossos get the most out of their time in ‘the Labyrinth’; from skip-the-line access to commentary in English, French or Russian from a licensed guide, this tour brings the ruins of the city alive.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.54
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$109.54
Price varies by group size

Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Chania

Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Chania

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Enjoy a 1-day bus excursion from Chania to Knossos. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion and more.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.04
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$53.04

Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

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On this excursion you have the opportunity to visit the excavation sites of the Palace of Knossos, built in 2000 BC. Knossos was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of King Minos. Some believe, that the intricate Palace with its many rooms was the mythical labyrinth. By discovering the site not too long ago, archaeologists found the first of all advanced civilizations in Europe. The tour is followed by a visit to the Museum of Heraklion, where you can see the largest collection of Minoan findings from Crete.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00

Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau

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Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau

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Come with us on a journey along East Crete reveling in the endless luxuries of Lassithi Plateau that is basked in allure forests & fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal, our knowledgeable local insider will ensure you experience the best of the whole itinerary. Discover quaint villages, local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries & Cretan art. Tuck into a culinary odyssey & savor genuine tastes loved by our legendary forefathers. It’s our job to hook you up with only the most authentic eateries. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace & sense the sanctity of this ancient site. When in Knossos Palace, luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins & frescoes. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide & let us stimulate you with eclectic information by ensuring a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$682.83
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$726.42
$43.59 savings
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$726.42
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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For certain financial reasons(many types of discounts for EU citizens) **Our services are offered as a priority to non European citizens,and our prices are per adult non European citizen. There are some categories off people specially from EU that They have discounts ( children,infants,students,old people up from 60 years old.We do not offer prices for those types of people Be aware ** you must provide passport for those discounts ****We are an Official travel agency licensed from Ministry of tourism in Greece.When you buy tickets online the e-shops will send you an e-ticket which you will eventually not be able to use directly to the entrance. That's because that type of tickets are not accepted from the monuments.So you have to wait in the line as thousands of passengers to print your genuine tickets and then you can enter.With our service you will have your genuine tickets delivered .This ticket,includes the entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.06
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$23.06

Knossos Palace and old pottery village in the mountains (Luxury Adventure)

Knossos Palace and old pottery village in the mountains (Luxury Adventure)

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Adventure and nature fans—this is the tour for you! Avoid the hassle of driving on unfamiliar rural roads, and hop aboard a Land Rover Discovery vehicle instead. This action-packed excursion is a great way to see the hidden highlights of the High Mountains of Crete, that you’d likely miss alone. See Knossos Palace, get panoramic views of the Aegean sea, and enjoy the perk of having a delicious taverna lunch included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.62
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$102.62

Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno

Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno

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Without a rental car, visiting Crete’s Palace of Knossos and capital of Heraklion in a day from Rethymnon means using cabs or local buses. This tour eliminates the hassles, with air-conditioned transport and an option to include a Knossos guide to ensure you cover the highlights and Minoan Crete’s history and legends. Plus, you get free time in Heraklion to visit its Archaeological Museum or shop and eat at leisure.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.44
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$33.44

Private Tour Knossos & Heraklion City

Private Tour Knossos & Heraklion City

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This tour is a unique experience, to visit the most important places in Heraklion City. The tour schedule is flexible regarding the time spent at its attraction. Our driver will pick you up from your Hotel or Port in Heraklion City. The transfer is private and our English-speaking driver will drive you around the sightseeings.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$376.97
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$376.97
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Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

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Travelers with a range of interests will enjoy this private full-day tour of Crete, including Knossos, the Lasithi Plateau Windmills, and the Cave of Zeus. History enthusiasts will love learning about the island’s ancient history, while nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful views. As this is a private tour you can customize the itinerary to suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$518.87
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Private Full-Day Knossos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Elouda

Private Full-Day Knossos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Elouda

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Start at the traditional village of Mochos with its narrow alleys and colourful gardens, then continue to Krasi and visit the 2,400-year-old Writers' Plane Tree. Afterwards, the tour will ascend to the Diktaion Andron, an ancient cave believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. Take in the incredible view of the Lasithi Plateau. Next, visit the Knosos Palace, where Zeus’s son Minos intertwined his name with the oldest civilization in Europe. Optionally, you can also visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Whenever you feel like it you can have lunch at a restaurant of your choosing.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$634.18
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$634.18
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Pottery Classes

Pottery Classes

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Creating each pot is a unique moment. The ability that clay gives you from a piece of amorphous matter to create objects that will make everyday life more beautiful give it invaluable value. The hours I go to the atelier are for me a source of energy and relaxation, and that’s what I’m looking for those who visit my atelier. The workshop is located 16 kilometres from Heraklion ( acces only with car ), in a unique location in the nature, with a spectacular view of Cretan mountains. The area around offers many opportunities for walking and visiting the nearby villages.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.42
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$63.42

Knossos Palace - Guided Tour

Knossos Palace - Guided Tour

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Choose the skip-the-line option or opt for a guided tour of the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. The first option allows you to skip the line and tour the sites at your own pace. Or, explore the venues with a guide at specific times to get the most out of the experience. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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$79.56

Knossos - Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania

Knossos - Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania

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Visit Heraklion and Knossos Palace on this affordable, family-friendly guided day trip. Take a convenient all-day outing from Rethimno to learn about Greece’s fascinating history and view its ruins, murals, fountains, and monuments. Experience the Minoan temple and palace of Knosses, wander the ancient streets of the capital of Crete, stop into a local museum, and enjoy free time for a traditional Cretan lunch at your own expense.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.29
Price varies by group size
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$32.29
Price varies by group size

Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

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Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

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Succumb to a bespoke service of our top local guides with expert knowledge by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal. Luxuriate along the stellar ruins & lavish frescoes of Knossos Palace appreciating it in a way few will ever get the chance to. Immerse into the labyrinthian marvel as we draw you back to a time when myth & history were indistinguishable. Where there’s culture, there’s wine. Let us chauffeur you to the heart of Central Crete, a rich Minoan land backed by olive groves & wine-red earth. Here you will discover boutique award-winning domains to sample Cretan vintages with divine flavors. With personal touch impressions soak up the entire collection of unique artworks & history of the archaeological museum of Heraklion by savoring each hall at your own pace. In the evening, stroll the aesthetically fortified city of Heraklion. Dazzle your senses with delicious aromas of garlic & basil pouring from superb restaurants with local-exclusive cuisine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$682.83
per group
$726.42
$43.59 savings
From
$682.83
per group
$726.42
$43.59 savings

Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Chania

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Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Chania

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Come with us on a journey along East Crete reveling in the endless luxuries of Lassithi Plateau that is basked in allure forests & fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal, our knowledgeable local insider will ensure you experience the best of the whole itinerary. Discover quaint villages, local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries & Cretan art. Tuck into a culinary odyssey & savor genuine tastes loved by our legendary forefathers. It’s our job to hook you up with only the most authentic eateries. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace & sense the sanctity of this ancient site. When in Knossos Palace, luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins & frescoes. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide & let us stimulate you with eclectic information by ensuring a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$921.28
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$980.09
$58.81 savings
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$921.28
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$980.09
$58.81 savings

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What are Palace of Knossos hours of operation?
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Palace of Knossos hours of operation: Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Palace of Knossos tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palace of Knossos can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Palace of Knossos 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Knossos costs USD 17.30. Guided Palace of Knossos tours start around USD 17.30 per person.
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