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Palace of Knossos
Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

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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Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
$71.33 per adult
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Excellent tour guide
Our tour guide was excellent and told great stories of the mythology and history. Got to skip the line and walk right in. Small group of only 7 people was nice. Highly recommend.
Yvette_P, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Heraklion

star-4
Enjoyable and informative tour.
Jacki_S, May 2022
Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)
This was an informative tour of the palace of Knossos. It was nice that the ticket also gained us entry to the museum. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
star-5
Absolute must do!
Kathryn_G, Aug 2022
Knossos Palace - Guided Tour
I learned so much! Our guide was super knowledgeable and the tour was organized in such a way that it felt like we were walking through the myths into history. Absolutely outstanding, I’d give 10 stars if I could!
star-5
Best I have experiences
icewagon, Aug 2022
Knossos-Arch.Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Private Tour from Chania
Thanasis and Christine were the best guides we ever had. I asked if they could pick us up at airport, answer was a fast yes. They met us on time and greeted us with a cold beverage. We were hungry after Knossos, and the gave us a fantastic snack. They were insightful and fun to chat with. When in Crete again I will seek them out. My 19 year old son said that they made this tour the highlight of our trip. Highly recommend them to anyone going to Crete.
star-5
Beautiful and impressive ancient city
Theresa_R, Jul 2022
Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone
We ha a lovely time visiting the ruin. I found the frescos and the how much of the city was so preserved absolutely beautiful. The audio tour was very informative and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
star-5
Great tour
Alex_P, Jul 2022
The Palace of Knossos with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket
This was a very informative tour. I would say the only way to see these historical sites is to have a guide. Our guide was excellent and knowledgeable.
star-5
Had a great time
Anna_L, Mar 2022
Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone
I had a great time touring around the Palace of Knossos. The audio tour was very detailed and structured filled with interesting facts about the place. I definitely recommend it!
star-4
Rich and interesting history
Cindy_S, Jul 2022
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Really interesting history and brought to life by Katerina. Her additional knowledge from her archeological experience was an added bonus and enhanced the tour. Recommend choosing the early tour as the site was packed when we finished at 1030am.
star-4
Day trip with mini highlights
Dra_M, Jul 2022
Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Tour from Chania
In addition to the sights, the highlights of the day trip were clearly Christine's hospitality, the interesting information about life in Crete and the mini Greek lesson on the bus. These made the slightly longer bus ride unforgettable.
star-4
A labyrinth brought to life.
Claire_L, Jul 2022
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)
Avriki was a fabulous guide! She told fascinating stories, was assertive in getting us through the lines and to the shade and engaged us very well! She even acted as photographer and took the perfect family picture by the bull fresco. I was sorry we did not learn more about the bull dancers or get to see more of the frescoes, but there is only so much you can do in an hour and a half.
star-4
Highly recommended trip if you enjoy History
Andrew_F, Jul 2022
Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno
Great trip and a brilliant guide who was very informative. Plenty of time in Heraklion to see museum and Venetian fort and we’ll times for Knossos as well. Only negative was the bus whose air conditioning was very poor!
star-5
A must do in Crete
Deborah_A, Jul 2022
Knossos Palace - Guided Tour
Excellent guide and well worth the tour to fully understand the site. Very well presented site but definitely go early before the crowds.
star-5
The tour was great,...
John_P, Jul 2022
The Palace of Knossos with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket
The tour was great, arrived early to avoid confusion and hassles, so had time for coffee and juice near the entrance before the tour. Tour was very informative, lasted anout 1.5 hrs. Guide was knowledgable and personable.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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