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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

1. From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

Depart from Rethymnon at around 8:30 AM, heading eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos. This is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization. You will be guided (for about 2 hours) through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and hear about both the Minotaur and Ariadne.  Afterwards the bus brings you to the heart of the capital city of Crete – Heraklion. There you have the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide. Finally you will have two hours of free time to enjoy the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch and drink raki. Time will pass before you know it, and at around 6:00 PM the bus will depart on its return journey to Rethymnon.

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From Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2. From Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Following pick-up from your hotel in Rethymno, travel along the northern coast of Crete by comfortable bus. Make your way to the archaeological site of Knossos, where King Minos built his palace. Get a 2-hour guided tour of the monument, designed by Daedalus in such an intriguing way that no visitor was said to find their way out without the help of a guide! Journey through the incredible history of King Minos and the Minoan civilization, and hear about some of the legends of Crete at what was once the island's largest palace. Then, drive to the ancient city of Heraklion to take a guided tour of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Learn more about the island at what is considered to be one of the finest museums in the world dedicated to Minoan art with its many galleries of historic frescoes, jewelry, statues and more. Get some free time for coffee or lunch, and shop for souvenirs in the city center before the return journey to Rethymno. 

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From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

3. From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Lasithi Plateau on a day trip from Heraklion. Admire the remaining windmills and the drainage system that dates back to the Venetian Empire. Pass through traditional villages such as Psychro. Visit the Dikteon Cave, where Zeus is said to have been born. Continue to the village of Tzermiado and enjoy lunch in an authentic tavern before going to the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery, known for its remarkable murals. Next, visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and learn the legend of the settlement at sites such as the Throne Room and Royal Chambers.

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Heraklion: Historic Walking Tour

4. Heraklion: Historic Walking Tour

Crete is known for beaches, mountains, and famous archaeological sites. The capital city of Heraklion is home to a well-known Archaeological Museum that you will visit on this walking tour. It houses Minoan civilization treasures and artefacts from Knossos dating back to the Bronze Age. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the best and complete collections of artefacts from this great civilization. You'll learn about the mythical labyrinth of Knossos, why Venetian and Ottoman monuments are found in Heraklion, and why ancient Knossos is one of the country’s most important archaeological sites.  With your professional guide, you will also visit an archaeological site, the palace of Knossos, as well as the 16th-century Koules Fortress. Built by the Venetians in the early part of the century, the fortress stands at the entrance to the old port and is still in great condition.

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Knossos Palace: Family-friendly Mythology Tour

5. Knossos Palace: Family-friendly Mythology Tour

This family-friendly shared tour for all those fond of Greek Mythology with a touch of Hollywood! Wander, touch, and see for yourself the paths where mythical heroes lived and acted! See the Tridents of Poseidon, a Labyrinth, the stone throne of King Minos and the ancient path to the sea walked by those brought to Knossos for the Minotaur! On this tour your guide will take you through the Palace of Knossos with its numerous chambers unraveling the Greek Myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and its Minotaur. See the throne of King Minos, the beautiful dolphin apartment of Queen Pasiphae and The road taken by Theseus upon arrival to Crete from Ancient Athens. You have the opportunity to touch, feel, see the Legends and Myths of Ancient Greece and Minoan Crete!

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What people are saying about Palace of Knossos

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 250 reviews

So big ❤ Thanks to the tour guide Viola, everything told and lived with heart! The only thing, you have to know, after the early meeting we rattled off many hotels for 1.45 hours to collect them all ... nervous. Trip highly recommended. 1 stop monastery 2 stop Zeus cave (scho bisl exhausting) a worthwhile 3 stop Knossos .... there is not much left, a is ok ... just history of Greece. Have fun after traveling

A great trip, perfectly organized, a visit to Heraklion Archeological Museum without waiting in the line for tickets ( good time of the day). The sights in Knossos are breathtaking. Sightseeing from the bus possible (who loves the nature and mountains). I recommend fully, especially that it was the second trip with this organizer and with the same, absolutely professional guide piloting the whole event.

Nice trip, a lot of time to spend in the museum in Heraklion, as well as in Knossos. Well organized, tourguide speaks fluently english, german, french and russian. Greetings to 'Long Hair George'! We have nothing bad to say. And when you're in Heraklion we recommend to visit Amelia's Kitchen near El Greco park, best lunch we had during two weeks vacations ;)

A nice trip, as long as someone is interested in history. Well organized, we got information about the pickup, but unfortunately quite late and for a long time there were concerns as to whether it would take place. The bald man-organizer spoke English, Greek, German and French - very polite and helpful.

very well organized, tour guide was very competent and very friendly - perfect for us as we were able to visit the sights individually