Guided tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

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From US$ 52.03 per person

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

Experience

Highlights
  • 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. 

Includes
  • 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
  • 90-minutes guided tour in a small group
  • Headset to hear the guide better, over 5 pax per group
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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

Next to the entrance of the archaeological site, right next to the "Little Garden" restaurant

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 526 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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This is a must-do! The line was incredibly long when we got to the site in the morning, but we were able to skip it as our guide, Akrivi, had our tickets. She laid out a ton of history that really allowed us to appreciate the site even more than if we were by ourselves. She engaged with my young son which was highly appreciated as well. We were able to skip another line once inside, as well. Overall, the site is amazing, and it was really fantastic to have such a knowledgeable and kind tour guide leading us.

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May 11, 2022

With an incredibly knowledgeable and personable guide, our tourn of Knossos was definitely o e of the highlights of our trip. She skillfully guided us around the site at a pace that saw where things but avoided crowds so we have pristine pics. Her narrative tied together the mythology, history and archeology to bring the site to life and help us understand it in context.

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April 21, 2022

What a wonderful experience we had at Knossos! Our guide, Eleana, was incredibly knowledgeable and spoke perfect French. We were very lucky that she was free that afternoon so we asked her to guide us through the Heraklion Archeological Museum, another unforgetable experience thanks to all her stories. We can only strongly recommend these guided tours!

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April 18, 2022

Product ID: 138158