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Palace of Knossos
Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm
Knosos

The Basics

The immense size, little signage, and complex history of the Palace of Knossos means it’s worth visiting with a local guide. The best way to explore is on a guided walking tour, taking in highlights of the Minoan palace such as the Central Court, the Throne Room, the Tripartite Shrine, the Grand Staircase, and the Queen’s Hall. You can also combine your visit to the Palace of Knossos with the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
$81.46 per adult
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If you go to Knossos Palace, Must Book this Tour!
If we hadn't booked this tour, there was no way we would have fully experienced or understood the value of this palace. Our guide was incredibility knowledgeable and shared the "real" history of the palace. This was overall a fantastic learning experience and we walked away with new perspective - such as really thinking about the meaning of language - such as the word "centaur."
Stephanie_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Heraklion

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Knossos Palace Is a Must See
Margaret_D, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum
We didn’t really need these skip the lone tickets in October as there were no crowds. We enjoyed touring the site and felt we didn’t need a guide because we brought a guidebook with us.
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Looking for the Minotaur.
Kristine_P, Oct 2021
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. She brought history to life. Some difficulty in accessing our tickets. The instructions were not clear. Could they not have been emailed directly to us when booking?
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Simply one of our best tours ever.
Robert_S, Oct 2021
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Joanna simply overwhelmed us with her knowledge, insights and wonderful stories. It was a magical tour and I only wish I had recorded her comprehensive overview of Minoan and Greek history and mythology.
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I was so impressed how...
Winnie_C, Sep 2021
Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)
I was so impressed how knowledgeable our tour guide Joanna is. Excellent! She talked like a professor, so knowledgeable and so inspiring. Best tour guide!
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Knossos Palace was amazing
Laurie_V, Sep 2021
Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up
The Knossos Palace was amazing and was very enlightening. The museum also was exceptional. Our guide Alexis was very helpful and informative and accommodating
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Intense but worth it
Marta_K, Sep 2021
Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace
It’s a very intense trip, it could be narrowed only to Lasithi Plateu, Dikteon Cave, Knossos and lunch break. However, still recommend it
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We got to the Knossoss...
Kittie_W, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum
We got to the Knossoss Palace right at 9:30 and were able to go right in, no real line. When we got to the Archeological Museum, around noon, we were made to wait in line for about 45 minutes. They said that there was no such thing as a 'Jump the line' ticket. I asked 2 different people and got the same answer. It was annoying but the museum was amazing and worth the wait.
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Knossos Palace site
Karen_R, Oct 2021
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Our guide was excellent. She emphasized a lot of human aspects in addition to archeology. The only problem which was minimal was the loss of some phrases as the guide spoke. This may have been because it was quite windy.
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Super tour and guide !
NicolasBodet, Aug 2021
Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)
Great experience ! Our guide was very helpful and knowledgable about the palace and the way of life back centuries ago. I highly recommend the experience with kids who appreciated the tour mixing history and mythology!
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Good intense combo
EandK, Jul 2021
Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace
The tour was a very good combination of sightseeing, little bit hiking, history and culture. The tour guides explained everything in 3 languages. The bus is cool and comfortable. Be prepared for a really long day, especially if you are picked up early, the complete tour took us 12 hours. It was informative, the guides explained much more about each site compared what is written onto standard tourist signs. Well organized.
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Just book it - you won’t regret it
Saajan_P, Jul 2021
Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau
They were incredible! 11/10. Marilena was one of the best guides we have ever had. Dimitrios was a fantastic driver and very helpful. I really can’t stress how perfect they were. It was a great day and they both went out of their way to ensure we had a through and authentic experience.
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TimSingstock, Aug 2021
Half Day Private Tour to Knossos Palace (Skip the line) & Panoramic City Tour
First: a word about Greece. The landscapes are stunningly beautiful: coastlines, mountains, blue water. You will walk among 2,500-year-old archaeological sites. The food is every bit as good as you imagine it will be. But the best part of Greece is its people. I had not one bad interaction with a local Greek; they were consistently gracious, friendly, helpful. This country deserves to be on your bucket list. Greece has something like 38 million visitors (in a country with 11 million residents) in 2019. That number is less than half right now as they recover from the pandemic. Now is the time to go to Greece! Bring your swimsuit, appetite, and camera. It’s the trip of a lifetime. This was a private tour. The tour guide and driver were excellent. They took us to Knossos first. Tour guide explained the historical significance of this palace. We had skip the line tickets. Still, the archeological site was hot, there were long lines, it wasn't particularly interesting. The tour guide brought us back to Iraklion, ensured we had our bearings and gave us some time to shop and dine. They returned us to the ship on time. I want to reiterate that both the tour guide and driver were excellent, Knossos just wasn't worth the heat and long lines. I'm sure there are interesting things to do in Crete, but Knossos isn't one of them. If you're interested in history, get your fill in Athens and Olympia.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose between a standard entrance ticket or a combined ticket that includes access to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

  • Plan to spend around two hours at the archaeological site, excluding wait times.

  • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—arrive early or book a skip-the-line tour to maximize your time.

  • Knossos Palace provides little shade, so you should bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water, as well as comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.

  • Many parts of the archaeological site are accessible for wheelchair users; entrance is free for visitors with disabilities.

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How to Get There

Knossos is located 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Heraklion in the north of Crete and is reachable by public transport and taxi from the city. However, most visitors opt for a guided tour with round-trip transportation from either Heraklion or Rethimno.

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When to Get There

Knossos is open all year round, but the most popular months to visit are July and August. The site can get extremely busy, so arrive before opening at 8am or after 3pm if you want to avoid the crowds. Expect temperatures of up to 85°F (30°C) in midsummer.

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Greek Mythology at Knossos Palace

Historic facts and Greek mythology intertwine at Knossos. While King Minos was believed to have been a real figure, the notorious Minotaur—the half-man, half-bull imprisoned in the palace’s labyrinth—and his creators, Daedalus and Icarus, are characters of Greek legend.

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