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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

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78 reviews

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
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From US$ 27.44 per person

Take a 1-day bus excursion from Rethymnon to Knossos. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion, and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 9 - 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop off in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli


  • Visit the archaeological museum of Herakion
  • Explore the Knossos Palace, the center of Minoan civilization
  • Enjoy a great day in the capital of Crete, Heraklion
Full description

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 have about 2 hours of free time through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and hear about both the Minotaur and Ariadne.  Afterward, 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.

  • Bilingual guided tour in English and German
  • Bus tickets
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, and Atsipopoulo
  • Entrance fees for the Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum (16 Euros)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Do some reading about Knossos before you go, it will will help you understand what has happened at the site in terms of the history of the excavation - fascinating! The guide is not able to give enough information in the time available for this. if you are an English speaker, you may struggle a bit with her heavy accent. Her German is excellent.

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October 7, 2019

according to the description the order of programs during the tour is: knossos-heraklion archeological museum-heraklion free time, this would be the optimal order. in reality the order was: heraklion archeological museum-heraklion free time-knossos. this order was a huge mistake because although knossos is beautiful and breathtaking place, BUT NOT AT 2PM, because at that time the heat is unbearable.

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August 11, 2019

Very punctual coach, he didn't come to pick us up at the hotel but in a very close point. We had to do the building first and then the museum but the guide changed the plans because he said that in the morning there were a lot of people at the building, so we went first to the museum with her who was just a guide in English. Very kind and helpful! Then we had 2 hours to go around the city! Afterwards we went to the palace and in fact there were not many people, most likely because it was 2.30 pm so full sun. Luckily there was wind and many shadow areas where she went to explain things to us. The return also on time.

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July 29, 2019

Product ID: 108463