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Heraklion: Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

Heraklion: Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

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Cruise past long lines to the Palace of Knossos and immerse in Greek history. Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion later.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French
Private or small groups available


  • Skip the ticket line to enter Knossos Palace and take a tour with a licensed guide
  • Explore the ancient palace, step into the royal residence and see the Minoan king's throne
  • Be amazed by the House of the Frescoes and its colorful wall paintings
  • Learn about the history of the Minoan Civilization, probably the oldest one on the European continent
  • Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later
Full description

Join a guided tour of Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, once an astonishing palace built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city.

As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, get the chance to see the original throne of ‘’Minos”, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, Crete’s treasures pantries, and the water-management systems.

The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was built immediately, the most monumental of all, and for over 300 years it represented the pre-eminent center of power in Bronze Age Crete.

The new palace was an imposing complex with important architectural innovations, splendid frescoes adorning the walls, hundreds of rooms distributed in four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts.

Learn how during the last decades of the 14th century BC, a series of earthquakes led to the final destruction of the palace. 

  • Skip-the-ticket-line service
  • Entry ticket for the Knossos Palace and for the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion City (if option selected)
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Headset to hear the guide better (if group size over 5)
  • Hotel transfers
  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • 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

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Meeting point

Meet your guide next to the entrance of the archaeological site, right next to the "Little Garden" restaurant. Your guide will be wearing a t-shirt with "FONIADAKIS TRAVEL CENTER PC" on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour has two options: you either pre-buy skip-the-line entry tickets or pay cash for them onsite
  • Please bring your passport, if you qualify for a reduced price
  • With the ticket you get, you can enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion City as well
  • During warm days, please wear walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and water
  • The ticket you book is not your entry ticket (if you choose the option including entry); the voucher needs to be exchanged at the meeting point at Knossos Palace.
  •  If you wish to use the combined entry ticket before the tour at Knossos Palace, please contact the local partner within 24 hours of the start of the tour
  • Headset to hear the guide better, over 5 pax per group
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Our tour guide was extremely informative not only about the palace but about the gods, general history and other civilizations. She was very patient, answered all our questions and had a delightful personality. She brought the palace to life for us. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Knossos. If we had self toured we would have never had such an enriching experience.

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June 20, 2022

From booking to arrival, all communications were spot on. The tour was extremely well thought out and our guide called Akrivi was excellent. Not only was her knowledge extensive but she made it kid friendly too so our 4 year old was very entertained and inspired by the stories. A very fascinating place and I’m pleased we decided to book a tour. I don’t think we would have enjoyed it as much without an expert guide!

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June 10, 2022

Our very knowledgeable guide made the place come to life. Fascinating history and lots of myth busting! Really interesting to understand the intentions of the early restorers and the use of concrete. A visit to the archaeological museum in Heraklion is a must to see the huge number of artefacts that were found on the site. Buying a ticket for entry to both makes most sense. You don't need a guide for the museum which is well laid out.

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June 4, 2022

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