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Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

1. Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Explore Heraklion on an open bus tour with a 48-hour ticket. See city’s famous landmarks and visit the famous beach of Ammoudara. Use the ticket for 2 days and board the bus at various points around the city.  Familiarize yourself with the Cretan civilization, history, and architecture and learn all about the old and modern city of Heraklion in your own language with the commentary on board, available in 8 languages.  Admire the view of the streets and the landmarks from a safe distance, Hop on and off at all the bus stops to visit major attractions such as Knossos Palace, the Archaeological Museum, Ammoudara Beach, the Venetian Port, the Market, and many others.  The 8 bus stops along the route are: • Old port square • Historical Museum of Crete • Knossos Palace • Heraklion Archaeological Museum • Grave of Nikos Kazantzakis • Venetian Walls • Port bus station • Jesus Gate

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Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

2. Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

Explore the Palace of Knossos and learn the traditional craft of pottery on this tour of Cretan culture and heritage. After pickup at your hotel, start your day at the Palace of Knossos, one of the birthplaces of the modern world. Visit the palaces, the villas and other excavated buildings. Continue to a traditional pottery village in the mountains, driving on pretty roads lined with olive trees. See how Cretans have produced their wonderful pottery for thousands of years. Enjoy the fantastic opportunity to try your hand at this ancient craft, with the guidance of a master potter.  During the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with wine or water included. At the end of a wonderful day, start the drive back to your hotel, where you’ll be dropped off.

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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

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

4. 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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From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour

5. From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour

Depart from your hotel in the Heraklion Area (Malia, Stalis, Hersonisos , Anissaras, Analypsi , Gouves, Gournes, Heraklion, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia / Lygaria, Fodele), heading eastwards along the north coast. Stop first at the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, inhabited and run by nuns. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century. Next, head to Lasithi Plateau, situated 850 meters above sea level. Enjoy views surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and quaint villages, and admire the famous windmills and the Venetian ditches. Then, stop in the village of Psychro. Visit the Dicteon Cave with its fantastic stalactites and stalagmites, where according to the myth God Zeus was born. Encounter Tzermiado, the capital of the villages on the plateau with its natural beauty, traditional architecture, and breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch in one of the local taverns (own expense), before moving onto the Palace of Knossos, the capital of the Minoan state which was the first European civilization. Take a guided tour and learn about King Minos, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth, and other interesting mythologies.

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Crete: Minoan Paths and Wine Experience

6. Crete: Minoan Paths and Wine Experience

Αdmire the Minoan civilization through a walking tour of the area's various charismatic paths. This experience will allow you to let your eyes wander over the endless vineyards, as you follow the various wine routes. Following your tour in Knossos, you will head towards the picturesque town of Archanes to begin your journey over the Cretan wine routes. Crete boasts a wine tradition that is 4,000 years old, and if you are a wine enthusiast you may complement your gastronomic experience by taking part in a wine tasting session at a vineyard of your choice. The area is reminiscent of Tuscany in Italy. There are cultural, archeological, religious, and historical interests there, as well as Byzantine churches with frescoes on the walls, and historical monuments which date back to the 15th century. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be left with a fantastic taste of Crete.

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What people are saying about Palace of Knossos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 62 reviews

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.

So we just liked it from the beginning to the end, our tour was postponed due to Corona, but great communication and everything went perfectly! You got to know the country and the people and our guide Petra was just great ... she seemed to us as if we had known her for years and she told so many interesting things about Crete and nature ... just great

Beautiful excursion with a circuit of around 2 hours between picturesque landscapes and the historic heart of Heraklion. The bus is well ventilated and the weather is such as to enrich a magnificent morning. The excursion can be done over 2 days if desired and you can get off at any station.

Hop on Hop of Bus / Tour is a great way to get to know the city and, above all, to get an overview of the existing sights and most important tourist points. I definitely recommend it :)

just great, drove slowly, you had plenty of time and getting on and off where you want is just perfect