Follow in the footsteps of long-ago Minoan kings on this 5-hour Knossos Crete tour. Travel by air-conditioned coach to the archaeological site of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and tour the remains dating to the 2nd century BC. Explore what were the royal quarters, storerooms and central court of the palace, the power base of Europe’s first civilization; and hear about the mythical Minotaur that roamed a labyrinth here as your guide explains the site’s history. Finish with free time for lunch and a coach tour of Crete’s capital, Heraklion.
- 5-hour Palace of Knossos trip and Heraklion city tour
- Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos with an expert local guide
- Learn about Greek mythology and Minoan culture while walking through the Central Court
- Discover sites like the Throne Room and Grand Staircase on the palace tour
- See Koules Venetian Fortress and the Church of Agios Titos on a tour of Heraklion
Begin your experience with a pickup from your Crete hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned coach and enjoy the scenic ride to Knossos, the world-famous site of a Minoan Palace believed to have been built in the 2nd century BC and later abandoned. On arrival, hop out of your coach and pay the entrance fee to the archaeological site. Then, head inside to explore the buildings and ruins, many of them partially reconstructed by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s. Follow your guide around the excavations and learn how the palace served as the ceremonial and administrative hub of Crete’s Minoan culture, considered to be Europe’s oldest civilization. Inspect the once-lavish royal quarters, treasuries and storerooms; and admire the restored frescoes that depict long-ago scenes of Minoan life. See the Central Court, Grand Staircase and Throne Room, and as you stroll, hear about the mysterious Greek legends associated with the palace, including the strange myth of the Minotaur — the half-man, half-bull said to have been imprisoned by King Minos within a labyrinth at the palace. After your tour, return to your coach and continue into Heraklion for a panoramic sightseeing tour and free time for lunch (own expense). Pass top Heraklion attractions such as Koules Venetian Fortress, Lions Square and the Church of St Titos as your guide recounts historical anecdotes about the city and its time under Venetian rule between the 13th and 17th centuries. With your sightseeing over, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Children (under 6 years old) can attend this tour free of charge.
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- If you cancel less than 2 days in advance, the experience is nonrefundable.
We know that your plans change sometimes, and that’s why we’ve made it possible to cancel your booking if you really need to. Before canceling an experience, however, we suggest that you contact your host - they’re very accommodating and might be able to be accommodating if it’s a simple change of date or time.
If you still need to cancel your booking, you can do so from your Dashboard. Go to Dashboard > Your Bookings to find all your upcoming experiences. Click through to the booking you want to cancel; at the bottom, you’ll find a reminder of the experience’s cancellation policy and a button to cancel your booking.
The experience’s cancellation policy will determine whether or not you receive a full refund. Please note that your experience is only officially cancelled when you receive an email from us confirming the cancellation and your refund status.
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Please clarify your preferred pick-up point from the list of pick-up points at the time of booking. We will send you an email with your confirmed pick-up point. You may be denied access to the tour if you do not board at your confirmed pick-up point.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time. The local service provider will contact with you to verify your exact pickup time.
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