Departure:

8:00AM- 4:00PM

Duration:

5h

Departure from:

Heraklion

Destination:

Knossos Palace - Heraklion

Knossos Palace | Half-Day Private Tour & Panoramic Heraklion Tour | Skip the line

Tour Details

A unique half-day private tour that promises a seamless and enriching exploration of Crete’s ancient history and Heraklion’s panoramic beauty, all tailored to your comfort and curiosity. With the convenience of pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation, whether it be a hotel or an AIRBNB apartment, as well as from Heraklion Port Passenger Station or N. Kazantzakis Airport, this tour is designed to provide a hassle-free experience, without the concern of navigating on your own.

Your journey through time begins at the illustrious Knossos Palace, the heart of the Minoan civilization and Europe’s oldest city. Here, within the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, you will be transported back over millennia to when the Palace of Knossos thrived as the ceremonial and political hub of Minoan culture. The ruins of this ancient palace complex, with its intricate layout and advanced architectural features, offer a fascinating glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing early civilizations. The legend of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth comes alive as you wander through the storied corridors and courtyards, guided by the expertise of your professional local guide who will unveil the myths, legends, and truths that have shaped Knossos and its significance through the ages.

Following the footsteps of ancient royalty, the tour proceeds to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of Europe’s most important museums, located in the vibrant center of Heraklion city. This museum is a treasure trove of Minoan art and artifacts, where each exhibit eloquently narrates the evolution of the Cretan civilization. From the famous Phaistos Disc to the exquisite frescoes and pottery, the museum provides an unparalleled insight into the artistic achievements and daily life of the Minoans.

The exploration continues as you venture through the bustling streets of Heraklion, Crete’s largest urban center and economic heart. This part of your journey is a delightful blend of past and present, where ancient history and modern day life meet. Discover the city’s landmarks, hidden gems, and the lively spirit of its people. Heraklion is a city where the legacy of its ancestors is woven into the fabric of everyday life, offering a unique opportunity to experience the continuation of history.

Throughout the tour, comfort is paramount. Travel is facilitated by an air-conditioned minivan, ensuring a pleasant journey between sites. The added convenience of skip-the-line entrance tickets to Knossos Palace means more time enjoying the sights and less time waiting. An English-speaking driver enhances the experience with insights and assistance, ensuring that your journey is both enjoyable and informative.

This tour is a beautiful symphony of history, culture, and modern-day Crete, curated to offer a personalized and comprehensive experience into the island’s rich heritage. Whether you are a history buff, a lover of myths and legends, or simply someone looking to experience the beauty of Crete through its most iconic landmarks, this half-day private tour is an unforgettable adventure into the heart of the Mediterranean’s most storied island.

Departure Information

Departure & Return Location:

Pick-up and Drop-off from/to your accommodation

  • Hotels, AIRBNB apartments
  • Heraklion Port Passenger Station
  • N. Kazantzakis Airport, Heraklion, Crete Greece
Departure Time:

According to client’s request:

  • 8:00am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
  • 9:30am
  • 10:00am
  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm

What to expect

Visit Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. Knossos is located in Heraklion and has been called as Europe’s oldest city. This private tour takes you to the Palace of Knossos, one of the four ancient Palaces of Crete. You will travel back in time, when eventually the Palace became the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture.
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum, regarded as one of the most important museums in Europe, is located in the center of Heraklion city. As soon as you start your tour in the Heraklion Museum, you can see the evolution of the civilization.
Wonder around Heraklion city, the largest urban center in Crete. Discover, how the past connects with the present.
  • Infant seats available
  • Wheelchair accessibility, not available
  • Site located near public transportation

Inclusions

• Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
• Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
• Professional Local Guide
• Skip-the-line Entrance Tickets to Knossos Palace
• All Taxes and Fees
• English Speaking Driver

Exclusions

• Gratuities
• Food and Drinks

Itinerary

  1. Pick-Up from Your Accommodation
    Your day begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel or Airbnb apartment, Heraklion Port Passenger Station, or N. Kazantzakis Airport, Heraklion, Crete Greece, according to your preferred time.
  2. Visit to Knossos Palace
    The first destination is the legendary Knossos Palace, the cradle of Minoan civilization and Europe’s oldest city. Here, you’ll step back into a world where myths were born, guided by the expertise of your professional local guide. Explore the the ancient palace, understand the sophistication of the Minoans, and unravel the legend of the Minotaur in the Labyrinth.
  3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum
    Next, the treasures of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the most significant museums in Europe, showcasing the extensive history of Cretan civilization. From the famous Phaistos Disc to delicate frescoes and pottery, the museum offers an unparalleled journey through the artistic and cultural achievements of the ancient Minoans.
  4. Exploration of Heraklion City
    The tour continues through the vibrant streets of Heraklion, Crete’s cultural heartbeat. This part of the journey offers a delightful blend of past and present, where you’ll witness how the city’s rich history seamlessly integrates with its modern-day dynamism. Discover landmarks, hidden gems, and the spirited lifestyle of its inhabitants.
  5. Return to Accommodation
    After you’ll be comfortably driven back to your accommodation in the air-conditioned minivan. Reflect on the day’s adventures as you relax during the journey back, with memories of Crete’s ancient wonders and contemporary charms etched in your mind.

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