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Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

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467 Reviews
Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm
Knosos

The Basics

The immense size, little signage, and complex history of the Palace of Knossos means it’s worth visiting with a local guide. The best way to explore is on a guided walking tour, taking in highlights of the Minoan palace such as the Central Court, the Throne Room, the Tripartite Shrine, the Grand Staircase, and the Queen’s Hall. You can also combine your visit to the Palace of Knossos with the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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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
$20.26 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Easy way to see a popular attraction
Easy way to see a popular attraction. Audio tour was difficult to download, but informative. Would definitely recommend. Also, you do not have to go exactly at the time listed on your ticket. My ticket said 0900, got there at 0815, and they let us in no problem!
Bethany_Pacz, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Heraklion

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Knossos Palace was amazing
Laurie_V, Sep 2021
Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up
The Knossos Palace was amazing and was very enlightening. The museum also was exceptional. Our guide Alexis was very helpful and informative and accommodating
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Knossos guided tour with Akrivi
RobMarion, Sep 2021
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
We booked for a tour of a group of max 8 people. We were the only 2 and had a private tour with Akrivi. The tour was excellent, interesting and Akrivi is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Knossos and Greece in general. She is a very pleasant, friendly guide. The tour with her gave us a great insight into the Minonian culture. The myths and legends she mentioned added to the interest of the sight.
star-4
Intense but worth it
Marta_K, Sep 2021
Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace
It’s a very intense trip, it could be narrowed only to Lasithi Plateu, Dikteon Cave, Knossos and lunch break. However, still recommend it
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We got to the Knossoss...
Kittie_W, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum
We got to the Knossoss Palace right at 9:30 and were able to go right in, no real line. When we got to the Archeological Museum, around noon, we were made to wait in line for about 45 minutes. They said that there was no such thing as a 'Jump the line' ticket. I asked 2 different people and got the same answer. It was annoying but the museum was amazing and worth the wait.
star-5
Incredible experience, even better guide
david_l, Aug 2021
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Ionna was out tour guide and she was by far the best one we had on our trip to Crete. She was incredibly articulate and intelligent while also being engaging. The site itself is fascinating but doesn't mean much to anyone who isn't well versed in Cretian culture. As our guide, she presented a beautiful narrative around the Knossos palace with all the context necessary to truly understand. The experience was exceptional and wouldn't have been the same without our guide.
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Super tour and guide !
NicolasBodet, Aug 2021
Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)
Great experience ! Our guide was very helpful and knowledgable about the palace and the way of life back centuries ago. I highly recommend the experience with kids who appreciated the tour mixing history and mythology!
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Good intense combo
EandK, Jul 2021
Combined Guided Tour to Lasithi Plateau & Knossos Palace
The tour was a very good combination of sightseeing, little bit hiking, history and culture. The tour guides explained everything in 3 languages. The bus is cool and comfortable. Be prepared for a really long day, especially if you are picked up early, the complete tour took us 12 hours. It was informative, the guides explained much more about each site compared what is written onto standard tourist signs. Well organized.
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Just book it - you won’t regret it
Saajan_P, Jul 2021
Mythical Escape: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace with Lassithi Plateau
They were incredible! 11/10. Marilena was one of the best guides we have ever had. Dimitrios was a fantastic driver and very helpful. I really can’t stress how perfect they were. It was a great day and they both went out of their way to ensure we had a through and authentic experience.
star-5
Perfect day trip to Knossos, Archaeology Museum, plus Lake Kournas
Angela_J, Sep 2020
Full day trip to Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion city
Well worth it! We ended up on a ‘private tour’ due to C19 cancellations. Christine and Thanasis were welcoming, relaxed, informative and flexible. The mini bus was well equipped, modern and comfortable, including wifi and Covid necessities. The ‘snack’ was very filling and there were plentiful drinks including alcohol. Christine and Thanasis were lovely! What more can I say? Highly recommended. Made an unscheduled stop at Lake Kournas, because we wanted to see it.
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TimSingstock, Aug 2021
Half Day Private Tour to Knossos Palace (Skip the line) & Panoramic City Tour
First: a word about Greece. The landscapes are stunningly beautiful: coastlines, mountains, blue water. You will walk among 2,500-year-old archaeological sites. The food is every bit as good as you imagine it will be. But the best part of Greece is its people. I had not one bad interaction with a local Greek; they were consistently gracious, friendly, helpful. This country deserves to be on your bucket list. Greece has something like 38 million visitors (in a country with 11 million residents) in 2019. That number is less than half right now as they recover from the pandemic. Now is the time to go to Greece! Bring your swimsuit, appetite, and camera. It’s the trip of a lifetime. This was a private tour. The tour guide and driver were excellent. They took us to Knossos first. Tour guide explained the historical significance of this palace. We had skip the line tickets. Still, the archeological site was hot, there were long lines, it wasn't particularly interesting. The tour guide brought us back to Iraklion, ensured we had our bearings and gave us some time to shop and dine. They returned us to the ship on time. I want to reiterate that both the tour guide and driver were excellent, Knossos just wasn't worth the heat and long lines. I'm sure there are interesting things to do in Crete, but Knossos isn't one of them. If you're interested in history, get your fill in Athens and Olympia.
star-5
Perfect Day Trip with Extra-ordinary Tour Guide
Matteo_C, Aug 2021
Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour from Chania
We were lucky to have our tour guide, Nikki, passionate, enthusiastic in sharing all the stories and genuine advice and tips; friendly and well-organized for the whole day, and this really makes a difference. Knossos Palace is impressively beautiful, thus making it a classic must-go for us first-time visitor in Crete; Herakolion Archaeology Museum shall not be missed as this is the only place to see this unique collection to have a glimpse into the mythical Minonian civilisation. We loved the palace, had a great time in the museum and even had enough time to have a walk in the city center and a proper lunch.
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Visit to Palace of Knossos
paziz53, Oct 2019
Travel Crete - Visit Knossos palace (Shared Tour)
The guide Joanna was just do knowledgeable about the subject matter and was able to answer all questions thoroughly. The company is very lucky to have her as a guide.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose between a standard entrance ticket or a combined ticket that includes access to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

  • Plan to spend around two hours at the archaeological site, excluding wait times.

  • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—arrive early or book a skip-the-line tour to maximize your time.

  • Knossos Palace provides little shade, so you should bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water, as well as comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.

  • Many parts of the archaeological site are accessible for wheelchair users; entrance is free for visitors with disabilities.

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How to Get There

Knossos is located 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Heraklion in the north of Crete and is reachable by public transport and taxi from the city. However, most visitors opt for a guided tour with round-trip transportation from either Heraklion or Rethimno.

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When to Get There

Knossos is open all year round, but the most popular months to visit are July and August. The site can get extremely busy, so arrive before opening at 8am or after 3pm if you want to avoid the crowds. Expect temperatures of up to 85°F (30°C) in midsummer.

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Greek Mythology at Knossos Palace

Historic facts and Greek mythology intertwine at Knossos. While King Minos was believed to have been a real figure, the notorious Minotaur—the half-man, half-bull imprisoned in the palace’s labyrinth—and his creators, Daedalus and Icarus, are characters of Greek legend.

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