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

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

From $167.93 per group up to 2

Enjoy fast entry and a 1-hour guided tour inside the majestic Minoan Palace of Crete. Meet your licensed guide at your hotel, skip the ticket lines and wander into the remains of ancient Minoan civilization.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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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 1-hour guided tour inside the Knossos Palace
  • Learn about the ancient Minoan civilization from a licensed guide
  • Have the option of private transfer from and to your hotel in Heraklion area
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 1-hour 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 licensed archaeologist
  • Roundtrip transfers from Heraklion area (if option selected)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
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
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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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

  • If you book the option with transfer you will be notified by email about the tour and pickup details (check your spam folder)
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 62 reviews

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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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May 27, 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

September 18, 2018

More than worth it!

Vangelis was great and more than proved the worth of going to Knossos with a guide rather than strolling around alone. We knew quite a bit about the palace and the history of the Minoans before going, but Vangelis showed us inside their world in ways we weren't expecting. A great storyteller and patient operator...I recommend this tour without hesitation.

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May 7, 2018

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