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Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most important archaeological site, crowned by the hilltop Palace of Knossos—built around 2,000 BC—which reveals a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.

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Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion
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Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

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Travelers with a range of interests will enjoy this private full-day tour of Crete, including Knossos, the Lasithi Plateau Windmills, and the Cave of Zeus. History enthusiasts will love learning about the island’s ancient history, while nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful views. As this is a private tour you can customize the itinerary to suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$569.12
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$569.12
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Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Heraklion
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Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Heraklion

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When you're staying on the island of Crete, discover the island's eastern stretches where traditional villages, storied monuments, and authentic culture awaits. With a local driver-guide for your group, you'll explore with ease, visiting the landmarks you want to see. The Cave of Zeus, Knossos Palace, and the Lassithi Plateau are a few of the sites that can feature on your private tour; just note that entry fees are extra.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$682.94
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$682.94
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Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)

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See the Palace of Knossos more intimately with this small-group walking tour that’s capped at just eight people. You’ll explore the palace without the rush and bustle of the larger sightseeing tours, and catch all the commentary about ancient Knossos and Minoan Crete. The tour even includes a skip-the-line ticket for quicker entry.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.40
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$71.40

Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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For certain financial reasons(many types of discounts for EU citizens) **Our services are offered as a priority to non European citizens,and our prices are per adult non European citizen. There are some categories off people specially from EU that They have discounts ( children,infants,students,old people up from 60 years old.We do not offer prices for those types of people Be aware ** you must provide passport for those discounts ****We are an Official travel agency licensed from Ministry of tourism in Greece.When you buy tickets online the e-shops will send you an e-ticket which you will eventually not be able to use directly to the entrance. That's because that type of tickets are not accepted from the monuments.So you have to wait in the line as thousands of passengers to print your genuine tickets and then you can enter.With our service you will have your genuine tickets delivered .This ticket,includes the entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.70
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$20.70

Labyrinth of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket with Tour Guide

Labyrinth of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket with Tour Guide

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If you want to make the most of your limited time on Crete, get a skip-the-line ticket for the Palace of Knossos.  With over 1500 rooms to explore, you’ll want to maximize your visit to the well-preserved labyrinth. Avoid the long line of tourists and exposure to the elements. Instead, collect your ticket upon arrival from a conveniently located operator.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.40
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$71.40

Knossos Museum - Heraklion Private Tour from Chania, Heraklion or Rethymno

Knossos Museum - Heraklion Private Tour from Chania, Heraklion or Rethymno

On this excursion, you have the opportunity to visit the excavation sites of the Palace of Knossos, built in 2000 BC. Knossos was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of King Minos. Some believe that the intricate Palace with its many rooms was the mythical labyrinth. By discovering the site not too long ago, archaeologists found the first of all advanced civilizations in Europe. Archeological Museum: The tour is followed by a visit to the Museum of Heraklion, where you can see the largest collection of Minoan findings from Crete. Heraklion city: There will be time to visit the market, the shops and have lunch and a visit to the Venetian port of Heraklion and the old castle Koules is built on two tiers and offers a commanding view of Heraklion from the battlements. Walking in the old town, we reach St. Titus' Cathedral, an impressive sight. The Loggia is a wonderful example of a Venetian building
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$382.86
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Knossos Palace - Guided Tour

Knossos Palace - Guided Tour

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Choose the skip-the-line option or opt for a guided tour of the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. The first option allows you to skip the line and tour the sites at your own pace. Or, explore the venues with a guide at specific times to get the most out of the experience. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.40
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$71.40

Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

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Discover the unique and mythical Knossos Palace on this guided tour of the ancient site. Join a small group and walk through the ruins of the labyrinthine, learning about its unique history from your guide. Listen to the legends of King Minos and the minotaur as you explore the palace that was built for the king in the Bronze Age.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.40
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Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

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Instead of tying yourself to a large group tour with a rigid itinerary, take your time exploring the ancient Minoan capital of Knossos with this private audio tour. Visit the remarkable Palace of Knossos and many other highlights of this archeological site, including South Propylaeum and the West Magazines. Leave the guidebooks behind and learn about the culture and lifestyles of people living in Minoan Crete from your audio guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Knossos & Authentic Crete with Local Experiences - Private Tour from Chania

Knossos & Authentic Crete with Local Experiences - Private Tour from Chania

A priceless day trip to immerse into the Cretan culture, history, stunning escapes, gastronomy, wines, and the authentic Cretan local lifestyle. Within this chauffeur-driven private tour, you will visit the world-famous Palace of Knossos. Your private local insider guide will ensure for you skip-the-line accesses in all archaeological areas, key pieces of information, and extra-personalized attention. Then, from the history and cultural experience, you will be immersed into another time wandering the unspoiled Cretan landscape along with authentic layers of flavors, wines, and village life of the island of Crete. You will also enjoy personal pick-up and drop-off with a premium vehicle at your full-day disposal, like a true VIP.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$879.55
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Chania

Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Chania

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Get to know more about Crete’s ancient history on this bus tour to Knossos and Heraklion. Board your vehicle in Chania and head to the Palace of Knossos, where you take a guided tour of the archaeological site. Then, head to Heraklion—the capital of Crete—and enjoy free time to have lunch, visit the Archeological Museum, or simply stroll around.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.70
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Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

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Discover the Bronze Age city of Knossos and take a sightseeing tour of Heraklion. Knossos was once the capital of the Minoan civilization and is known to be Europe’s oldest city. Enjoy a guided tour of the labyrinthine palace and learn about its history. Then, visit Heraklion, the current capital of Crete, to discover its landmarks including the Lion’s Fountain.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.01
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Travel Crete - Visit Knossos palace (Semi Private - Shared Tour)

Travel Crete - Visit Knossos palace (Semi Private - Shared Tour)

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This tour combines two of Crete’s top historical sights—Knossos Palace; a Bronze Age archeological site, and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. See impressive ruins and artifacts along the way, and benefit from having guide commentary so you understand the historical background information. Highlights include seeing the original throne of Minos at Knossos Palace, and rare examples of Minoan art at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Knossos Private Guide

Knossos Private Guide

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Enjoy a visit to Europe’s oldest city with a personal touch on this guided tour through the ruins of Knossos. This tour helps visitors to Knossos get the most out of their time in ‘the Labyrinth’; from skip-the-line access to commentary in English, French or Russian from a licensed guide, this tour brings the ruins of the city alive.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.35
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Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Elounda

Mythical Escape: Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Elounda

Come with us on a journey along East Crete reveling in the endless luxuries of Lassithi Plateau that is basked in allure forests & fertile land dotted with iconic windmills. From the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal, our knowledgeable local insider will ensure you experience the best of the whole itinerary. Discover quaint villages, local lifestyle, storied monuments, Byzantine Monasteries & Cretan art. Tuck into a culinary odyssey & savor genuine tastes loved by our legendary forefathers. It’s our job to hook you up with only the most authentic eateries. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace & sense the sanctity of this ancient site. When in Knossos Palace, luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins & frescoes. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide & let us stimulate you with eclectic information by ensuring a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$682.94
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Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Chania

Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau from Chania

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Travelers wanting to learn more about the culture, nature, and history of Crete will love this private day tour through the Lassithi Plateau of eastern Crete. Avoid the hassle of self-driving and just enjoy the views as someone else navigates. Be amazed at the centuries of history on display at Knossos Palace and the Cave of Zeus, the art and architecture of Byzantine monasteries, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$879.55
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno

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Without a rental car, visiting Crete’s Palace of Knossos and capital of Heraklion in a day from Rethymnon means using cabs or local buses. This tour eliminates the hassles, with air-conditioned transport and an option to include a Knossos guide to ensure you cover the highlights and Minoan Crete’s history and legends. Plus, you get free time in Heraklion to visit its Archaeological Museum or shop and eat at leisure.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.90
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Historical Heraklion City Tour with Knossos Palace & Old Market

Historical Heraklion City Tour with Knossos Palace & Old Market

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Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region's most fascinating and vibrant cities with many historic monuments to visit. It is full of places to discover. Knossos is one of them, the mythical labyrinth and ancient capital of Minoan Crete, 5000years ago. Take this tour and combine a visit to its city center and to the Palace of the Minoan Civilization.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Knossos palace & the Archaeological museum of Heraklion

Knossos palace & the Archaeological museum of Heraklion

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Join our small group (up to 10 pax) with a Licensed Tourist Guide. Option a) 09:00am Knossos & 02:00pm Museum Option b) 11:00am Knossos & 02:00pm Museum Visit the Mythical Palace of Knossos of King Minos and Labyrinth home to the Minotaur. Get to know the largest city and Capital of Crete. Next, enjoy the fine art and jewelry in one of the most popular Bronze Age museums of Europe. Skip-the-Line Entry for Palace of Knossos only. Transfer between Knossos palace & Heraklion Museum ( book a seat with an extra cost - only from Heraklion city)
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$154.18
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Combo Tour: Knossos Palace & Lasithi Plateau and Cave of Zeus

Combo Tour: Knossos Palace & Lasithi Plateau and Cave of Zeus

This tour is a great opportunity to experience many historical places located in two different regions, in one day! Enjoy a road-trip that will let you explore spots at the Lassithi Plateau such us the historical Cave of Zeus and the monastery of Kera as well as the Historical Minoan Palace of Knossos in Heraklion! You will visit the traditional village of Krasi and later in the day you will attend a workshop and learn more about Cretan Ceramics and how local drinks and olive oil are produced on the island. The day will continue in a traditional Cretan tavern where, a delicious local lunch will be prepared for our group (not included in price). In the end of the tour, you will be amazed my the Archaeological Site of Knossos. A palace, centre of the Minoan civilisation and culture.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Self-Guided E-Tickets to the Minoan Attractions in Heraklion

Self-Guided E-Tickets to the Minoan Attractions in Heraklion

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Experience Ancient Crete at your own pace with two tickets for the top archaeological attractions, the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and two captivating self-guided audio tours on your smartphone. Receive your e-tickets by email, download the app and the audio tours on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the grandeur of Ancient Crete. Put on your headphones and discover the most well-known archaeological attractions of Crete through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from ancient times. The content of the tours is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tours can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into ancient Crete and the Minoan civilization.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace

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Maximize time in Crete with a full-day combination guided tour. Get picked up at your hotel and set out on a coach sightseeing tour focused on archaeology and culture. See popular landmarks including the Kera Kardiotissa Monastery, Dikteon Cave, and the Palace of Knossos. Admire panoramic views from Seli Ambelou Lasithi Plateau, visit an olive oil factory, and go inside a ceramic workshop to see a potter at work.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Tour from Chania
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Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Tour from Chania

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Use your time in Chania to discover Crete's ancient history with a local guide. This small-group tour packs in visits to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and Heraklion itself to give you an overview of the island's rich history and legends. Even better: Numbers are capped at just 15 people per group for a more intimate tour. Note that entry fees are extra.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.95
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Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Get to know Heraklion and stop to visit the Palace of Knossos just outside the city on this open-top hop-on hop-off tour. With your unlimited-use 1-day ticket, board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of 10 stops around the city. Then, with your free city map, hop off at the stops of interest to visit attractions such as the Minoan relics at Knossos and the harborside Venetian Castle. Otherwise, stay aboard and absorb the panoramic views of the sights as you learn about Heraklion’s past from the onboard audio commentary.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.52
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What are Palace of Knossos hours of operation?
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Palace of Knossos hours of operation: Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Palace of Knossos tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palace of Knossos can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Palace of Knossos 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Knossos costs USD 17.07. Guided Palace of Knossos tours start around USD 17.07 per person.