Knossos Palace and Heraklion city center

  • duration icon. 7 hours
  • location icon. Heraklion
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Language Schedule

(Please write in checkout comments your preferred language based on the sheet below)

Saturday: English, German.

This trip takes us to the most famous landmark of Crete, Knossos; the place where myth meets history. Knossos was the capital of the Minoan state, the first European civilization, where the dynasty of Minos ruled. The palace is connected with thrilling legends due to its size and its intricate design. Here you have a guided tour and you learn about King Minos, his daughter Ariadne, and of course, the mythical Minotaur that lived in a maze, the so-called Labyrinth. The marvelous architectural plan of Daedalus, the rare and luxurious materials, the advanced techniques of construction, the elaborate drainage system, and the size of the palace make it one of the most amazing sights on the island. Knossos is probably the most significant piece of evidence that is a remnant of a civilization that cannot be erased from history.
Leaving the Palace, we are going towards Patsides to visit the Minoan Farm, a place where you have the opportunity to try their products, such as honey, and olive oil, and wander their estate fully planted with Cretan herbs. The last stop will be the city of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. You have free time to enjoy your coffee in one of the numerous cafés of the city, shop in the modern stores or just take a stroll around and explore the fascinating old buildings.

Adult Price: 32€

Child Price (4-12 years): 16€

Children 0-4 years old travel free of charge

Things to Do and Things to See

- Enjoy the famous Knossos Palace tour, a monument of high archaeological value not only for Greece but for the entire world with more than 1000 rooms connected by corridors.
- Observe the enormous storage rooms with containers made of clay used to deposit grain, beans, olives, oil, and dried fish and meat.
- Take the one-and-a-half-hour guided visit to the Palace and see the courts, the central court, and the west court. Both areas were very important to the royals of that time.
- The royal rooms (one of the best things to see during this Knossos excursion), and the throne room.
- Probably the most popular spot in Knossos, after the bull fresco, is the Throne Room, get ready to queue. Inside there is a stone seat and the wall, colored in vivid red and with frescoes, is lined with a continuous bench.
- Explore Knossos, the symbol of Minoan civilization, and have a fully guided tour around the impressive palace.
- Visit the Minoan Farm.
- Visit Heraklion the capital of Crete, and get to know the city with a guided tour around its historical center.
- Free time to walk around the city center, have lunch, enjoy shopping, etc.
- Optional visit to the Archaeological Museum.

- Full €15 or 16 if you wish to include Heraklion Museum, reduced €8.
- Reduced fees apply to:
- Greek citizens and citizens of other European countries over 65 years old (ID card or passport needed).
- Escorts on educational visits.
- University Students (high education institutes or equivalent, student ID card needed).


Below you can read the timetable and schedule of the activity you are viewing. We make everything in our power to be always on time and avoid any long delays.


09:00 -09:45: Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.
10:00: Arrival in Knossos – we are guided through this exquisite palace and learn about the magnificent history of the place that used to be the center of a great civilization of ancient times
12:00: Departure from Knossos Palace
12:10: Arrival in Patsides – Minoan Farm
13:00: Arrival in Heraklion
15:30: Departure from Heraklion to the hotels
16:00-17:00: Approx return time back to Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.

Different timetables apply for pickups in different areas like Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida, and Malia. Our search system will provide you with the correct times. If you have difficulty finding your pickup point, please contact us at

Important Pre-Departure Information

To help you prepare for your trip, please ensure you understand the following:

Tours are often the best days of your vacation. Most of our customers look forward to this day for weeks or months! That's why it is important that you mind some basic rules to keep the day trip safe and enjoyable for you and the other guests!

Be Smart

Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for good grip.
Be at the pickup point at least 10 minutes earlier. Check your ticket for the correct time.
Don’t bring too much money. Credit/Debit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Limit your luggage. Too much weight is always a problem.
A hat, sunglasses, sun cream, and a swimsuit are required in most cases.
Water, lip balm, insect repellent, and anti-bacterial hand wipes/hand sanitizer are sometimes essential.
Leave your valuables at your hotel.
Bring your personal medication and prescriptions.
You must always carry a copy of your passport with you. Although not required it's always a good idea.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.


The following list contains everything that is included in the activity you are viewing. Services and products included here are included in the price and no extra charge will occur.

Services and Products Included

-Hotel pick up & drop off by area: Heraklion, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis,
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses
-Professional tour guide (live) on the bus.
-Insurance cover
-Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted
-Instant confirmation

-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund)

Everything that is not mentioned in the Included section is excluded. we have tried our best and we have succeeded in avoiding any hidden costs for our customers. In the event that any hidden costs appear through one of our suppliers please contact us and we will solve the matter with no discussion.

Services and Products Excluded from this Activity and payable if occur by the client

1. Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest. Knossos Palace Entrance 15 Euro.

2. Any meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

3. Accommodation for tours and activities longer than 1 day.

4. Personal expenses as a result of misconduct or miss understandings.

5. Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary.

6. Any services or activity charges other than those included in inclusions.

IMPORTANT: During the booking process you will be requested to add your hotel and its address. We understand that the names of hotels change every year and that many hotels don't even have an address. In such a case you can do the following:

1. Choose "Other" at Hotel 

2. Write "Unknown" at the Address

This way the system will allow you to proceed with your payment.

How to book this excursion to Knossos Palace and Heraklion Tour

To make your booking experience easier and more secure, we write below, our very simple way of booking your favorite Cretan tour, excursion, trip, or cruise.

Step 1: Choose Your Tour

Once you decide which Crete tour you wish to book online, you will have to check the availability of each tour. You only have to click on the “Date” box and there you can choose the date or day that is more comfortable for you. The Dates/days are highlighted. Prices are per adult.

After choosing your date of departure you add the number of adults and children. Please note the following:

Adults: 12+ years old

Children: 4-12 years old

Infants (free): 0-4 years old

You don't need to enter the infant numbers. Infants do not get a seat. The guardian is responsible for providing protection during the tour. 

Once you add the persons you press the ‘Search” button.

Step 2: Add to Cart

You press the “Add to Cart” button. The tour is now available in your purchase cart. You may book the same way two, three, or more tours.

Step 3: Visit the Cart

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Step 4: Checkout

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If you cannot locate your hotel name, please email us the name of your hotel and we will add it to our list. The hotel list includes the following areas of Crete: Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Malia, Gournes, and Kokkini Hani.

Step 5: Payment

 After pressing the “Continue to Payment” button you will be redirected to a secured Eurobank e-commerce environment. Here you fill in your card details. Once your payment is made, you will receive a confirmation of your payment and the tours you have purchased. Within 24 hours you will receive a boarding voucher/ticket for each tour in Crete you have purchased with all the details, including the exact pickup point with "Google map location" and time-based on your hotel selection.

In case you wish to know more about the Knossos Palace and Heraklion Tour, please feel free to communicate with us before booking online. Our travel consultants will try their best to provide you with the correct answers to your questions. Send all Inquiries to

If after receiving your voucher/ticket, you still have questions, or you wish to cancel or alter the date please call us at +30 2897021106 or email us at

If you are currently in Crete our travel shop is located in Hersonissos. Feel free to pass by one of them and get the answers to your questions and even more.

Hersonissos Excursion shop Location:

Serapis Travel Services

141 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

Google Map Location: Click on this-link