Knossos Palace: Private Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

4.9 / 5

11 reviews

Knossos Palace: Private Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

From $124.57 per person

Skip the long ticket line to enter the Labyrinth and the Palace of Knossos in your private group with a licensed guide. Unravel the myths and legends surrounding the thousands of year-old site and see the oldest king's throne in European history.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Russian, Greek
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Listen to a private guide explain the area's history
  • See the throne of King Minos and the beautiful dolphin apartment of Queen Pasiphae
  • Unravel the myths and legends surrounding the site
Full description
Explore the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos. Skip the long ticket line upon arrival and you meet your own exclusive guide. This site is home to: the Minotaur, the oldest throne in Europe, elegant wall paintings that inspired art Nuevo works centuries later, huge clay earns, advanced draining systems, and quarters sunk into the earth. Together you will see the oldest civilization unfold before your eyes and you will be able to get the best out of your visit to this magnificent structure. Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, was an astonishing palace, built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, you will have the chance to see the original throne of Minos, the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, that were, once upon a time, bursting with Crete’s treasures. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was then immediately built and for more than 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 across four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts.
Includes
  • Private Tour with licensed tour guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • 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

Meet at the main entrance to the Palace of Knossos, in front of the Ticket Office (Skip-the-Line Entry). Just round the corner after the ticket booth of Knossos you will see the Coffee shop - the staff will be holding a sign with the supplier name on it. Do not meet at the Guides booth.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You can reach the archaeological site either by local bus from Heraklion or by car/taxi. Plan some time ahead because it is crowded during summer
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5
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We were "lucky" to visit the practically empty maze, in this context of COVID-19. Even in these "favorable" conditions, I really recommend opting for the guided tour, which alone allows you to understand the scope of the subject. Our guide Avriki was absolutely wonderful. Throughout a very well built course, we learned a lot of amazing things and were able to see things that were inaccessible thanks to his personal photos. Thank you again for this very pleasant moment of instruction.

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August 29, 2020

Guida super disponibile e spiegazione davvero molto interessante. Un'ora e mezza di visita estremamente piacevole. Causa pandemia, i pochi visitatori hanno reso la visita anche più semplice per la mancanza di attese.

June 11, 2021

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Akrivi was de perfecte prive gids.

September 17, 2020

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