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

Activity provider: Vangelis Alefantinos

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

Activity provider: Vangelis Alefantinos
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From US$ 142.62 per group up to 2

Likely to sell out

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

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German, Italian, Russian
Private group


  • Secure fast entry into the Knossos Palace with a pre-booked ticket
  • Enjoy a guided tour inside the Knossos Palace
  • Learn about the ancient Minoan civilization from a licensed guide
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 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 a licensed archaeologist
  • Free entry and guided tour for children from European countries
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Free entrance for children not from European countries (cost 8 euros/child)
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
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 163 reviews

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We visited Knossos place with Mr Vangelis in the afternoon. The weather was perfect and so was our guide. His Italian was excellent and so were his explanations of the site. He was really knowledgeable, not boring at all and he always made sure that we would follow all his explanations, being sure to sum up all that he was saying since the start of the visit. We totally recommend touring the palace with Mr Vangelis; he is a REAL expert with amazing communication skills.

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July 17, 2022

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the palace and the archaeological dig from which it evolved. She paid great personal attention to our questions and our comfort amidst the crowd on a hot sunny day. She was there on time and gave us exactly what we had paid her to guide us through this amazing site.

July 9, 2022

Our tour with Vangelis was great. He handled my mobility issues with skill and ensured we had an excellent and informative tour. His knowledge was high and he integrated what we were learning with what we going to see at the Museum later that day. Our thanks for his contribution to our visit to Crete.

April 29, 2022

Product ID: 127091