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Minoan & Modern (Knossos-Heraklion Town)

Let us take you back 4,000 years in time! 

To the world famous Minoan Palace at Knossos, the home of the legendary King Minos who gave his name to Europe’s oldest civilization.

According to Greek mythology, the monstrous Minotaur – half man, half bull – lived at Knossos and fed on human flesh and bone.  He was eventually slayed by the brave and mighty Athenian prince, Theseus, within the hidden Labyrinth.

Parts of the ancient Palace have been excavated and reconstructed by the British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, and today one can get a clear understanding of the function of the Palace and its complicated and mystical Labyrinth.  Led by your experienced and official guide, you will visit the Throne Room, the Royal Apartments, the Central Courtyard with its shrines and other fascinating areas within the Palace you will learn the history and myths surrounding this wondrous and most interesting site.

Included in this tour is a visit to the capital city of Crete, Heraklion, where your guide will be happy to take you on a short orientation through the historical center.  Here you will have free time in which to visit the Venetian fountain at Lion Square, the Loggia, the cathedral of St. Titus and the Venetian Fortress at the fishing harbor. Also, don’t miss a visit to the lively and atmospheric market in 1866 Street, where souvenir bargains may be found. Heraklion is city of contrasts, where ancient history and cosmopolitan modern life combine to create a charming mix.  This trip is not to be missed – after all – you can’t say you’ve been to Crete without seeing Knossos!

Important Notes:

  • Duration of the tour: approximately 5 hours (after the pickup service)
  • What to bring: Comfortable shoes, hat, camera, money for Entrance fees (Knossos Palace) / food / drinks / shopping
  • All your personal belongings must be taken from the bus
  • The tour involves walking on inclines and uneven surfaces. It is hard to follow for people with movement problems.
  • During the City Tour at Heraklion Town you can visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on your own  


Knossos Palace – Heraklion City Tour

Child price:

0-2 years old free of charge without occupying seat and 2-12 years old 50% discount


Bus and Licensed English speaking Guide all taxes.


Gratuities for the driver –guide, meals or beverages, entrance fees to Knossos Palace, personal expenses any service not mentioned.

Operation days:

Every Thursday

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