Guided tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

From £42.63 per person

Cruise past long lines to the Palace of Knossos and immerse in Greek history. Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion later.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the ticket line to enter Knossos Palace and take a tour with a licensed guide
  • Explore the ancient palace, step into the royal residence and see the Minoan king's throne
  • Be amazed by the House of the Frescoes and its colorful wall paintings
  • Learn about the history of the Minoan Civilization, probably the oldest one on the European continent
  • Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later
Full description

Join a guided tour of Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, once an astonishing palace built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city.

As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, get the chance to see the original throne of ‘’Minos”, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, Crete’s treasures pantries, and the water-management systems.

The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was built immediately, the most monumental of all, and for over 300 years it represented the pre-eminent center of power in Bronze Age Crete.

The new palace was an imposing complex with important architectural innovations, splendid frescoes adorning the walls, hundreds of rooms distributed in four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts.

Learn how during the last decades of the 14th century BC, a series of earthquakes led to the final destruction of the palace. 

Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line service
  • Entry ticket for the Knossos Palace and for the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion City (if option selected)
  • Licensed tour guide
  • 90-minutes guided tour in a small group (English only)
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • 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

Next to the entrance of the archaeological site, right next to the "Little Garden" restaurant

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Important information

What to bring

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

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour has two options: you either pre-buy skip-the-line entry tickets or pay cash for them onsite
  • Please bring your passport, if you qualify for a reduced price
  • With the ticket you get, you can enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion City as well
  • During warm days, please wear walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and water
  • The ticket you book is not your entry ticket (if you choose the option including entry); the voucher needs to be exchanged at the meeting point at Knossos Palace.
  •  If you wish to use the combined entry ticket before the tour at Knossos Palace, please contact the local partner within 24 hours of the start of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 496 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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We had already read that Knossos Palace is not the most exciting set of ruins to visit despite having amazing history so we followed the recommendations and went for a guide to bring it to life. We were so happy we did. Our guide was brilliant doing exactly the required life bringing. Organisation couldn't be faulted - excellent value for money.

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4 October 2021

It was a nice tour but a bit difficult sometimes for my German wife (speaks fluent English for about 35 years) to understand the Greek guide‘s English due to very rapid speaking with strong Greek accent. I do not think it was worth €50 per person in a group of 7 or 8 people. There are many private guides standing at the entrance to Knossos and I am sure you can get a better price and have your own guide at your own pace.

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1 October 2021

After waiting 30 minutes for a british couple that was supposed to show up, my wife and I got a lovely private tour of Knossos. The guide, Ionna Glypti, was fantastic. We learned a lot about the biases that early researchers had, and got the most up-to-date information from our guide, much of which contradicts the posted signage around the site. The tour was one of our best experiences in Crete. We highly recommend this shit!

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20 September 2021

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