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  • Address: Greece
  • Hours: Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm
  • Admission: Adults: € 6

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Palace of Knossos Tours

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 2000 BC—and revealing a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.

The Basics
The Palace of Knossos is one of the most popular attractions in Crete, but its immense size, little signage, and complex history 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.
  • 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 if visiting in the summer months.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.
  • Many parts of the archaeological site are wheelchair accessible; entrance is free for visitors with disabilities.

How to Get to the Palace of Knossos
Knossos is located 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Heraklion in the north of Crete and is reachable by public transport and taxi from the city. Most visitors opt for a tour from either Heraklion or Rethimno (just over an hour’s drive away).

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.

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, Daidalos and Ikaros, are characters of Greek legend.

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The Palace of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket, Heraklion, null
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The Palace of Knossos Skip-the-Line Ticket

Skip-the-Line Entry (General Admission fee) for the Palace of Knossos in Crete. You can collect your ticket from our operator, waiting ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $9.42
Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour, Heraklion, Attraction Tickets
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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

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Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the nearby city of Heraklion on a 5-hour Crete tour! With an expert local guide, walk around the ruins and excavations ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.28
Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum or Shopping from Heraklion, Heraklion, Half-day ... 
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Private Tour to Knossos and Archaeological Museum or Shopping from Heraklion

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Travel back 4,000 years to the oldest civilization in Europe on this excursion through Crete. Departing from Heraklion Port, a luxury mini-bus will take you to ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.95
Knossos and Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno, Crete, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Knossos and Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno

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Discover the ancient Palace of Knossos and city of Heraklion while on this 9-hour full-day tour. Accompanied by a professional guide, learn about the temple ...  Read more

Location: Rethimno, Greece
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.92
Knossos Palace and Heraklion Town Private Half-Day Tour, Heraklion, Day Trips
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Knossos Palace and Heraklion Town Private Half-Day Tour

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Private half day tour from Heraklio port or town hotels with licensed guide and deluxe minivan to visit Knossos Palace and archaeological site, Heraklio town ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.13

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