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Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Private Guided Tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Private Guided Tour

From £119.37 per group up to 2

Enjoy fast entry and a guided tour inside the majestic Minoan Palace of Crete. Meet your licensed guide at the Knossos Palace entrance, skip the ticket lines, and wander into the remains of the ancient Minoan civilization.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Secure fast entry into the Knossos Palace with a pre-booked ticket
  • Enjoy a guided tour inside the Knossos Palace
  • Learn about the ancient Minoan civilization from a licensed guide
Full description
Settlements in Knossos date as far back as the Neolithic period. Neolithic remains from around 7000 BC are found throughout Crete. Explore the ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization and enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Knossos Palace. The Knossos Palace was built from 1700 to 1400 BC. Advanced architectural techniques were used in its construction, and sections of the palace stood up to 5 stories high. It featured 1,300 rooms connected by corridors, and a theater and extensive storerooms, which held large clay containers of oil, grains, dried fish, beans and olives – often with gold hidden beneath.
  • Entry ticket to the Knossos Palace (skip the ticket line)
  • Private guided tour by a licensed archaeologist
  • Free entry and guided tour for children from European countries
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Free entrance for children not from European countries (cost 8 euros/child)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • 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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Front entrance of the Knossos Palace

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Important information

What to bring

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

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 118 reviews

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Both we and our guide arrived early at exactly the same time, so this was perfect, as it allowed to start the excursion straight away. The guide was very attentive and always made sure that we stay on the shade while he was talking. Very knowledgeable guide clearly proud of his heritage and very exciting tout which we enjoyed very much.

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19 July 2021

Overall, a very good package for two people. In advance, I received an email from the guide through GetYourGuide with the information about the meeting point. The guide himself gave a very good overview of the settlement periods, the past of the palace and the archaeological excavation itself. It was also very good that he kept juxtaposing the monuments to be seen with pictures from an illustrated book about Knossos, which also contains extended drawings and photos from the museum, so that one has an even deeper understanding of the splendor of the original Palace could attain.

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27 May 2021

Competent and very personal guidance!

Kudos to our excellent and personable guide Vangelis. He received us at the entrance on time. He was able to convey his great knowledge of the history of Knossos and Crete in general to us very clearly. His personable manner made the tour really fun. And it wasn't just dry history. Many thanks for the great tour

18 September 2018

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Product ID: 127091