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From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

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Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 28.08 per person

Join a bus excursion from Rethymnon to Knossos with optional guided tours of Knossos or Heraklion. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion, and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 - 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle.


  • Visit the archaeological museum of Herakion
  • Explore the Knossos Palace, the center of Minoan civilization
  • Enjoy a great day in the capital of Crete, Heraklion
Full description

Journey back in time and visit the Minoan palace at Knossos on a day trip from Rethymnon. Learn more about the ancient civilization at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Depart from Rethymnon, head eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos.

Later, continue towards the inland of Crete until you reach the tour's highlight – your visit to the Palace of Knossos. This is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization.

Journey through the incredible history of King Minos and the Minoan civilization, and hear about some of the legends of Crete at what was once the island's largest palace.

Hop off the bus and start your guided tour if you choose the guided tour option, or enjoy about two hours of free time through the detailed story of the Minoan period and hear about both the Minotaur and Ariadne. 

Afterward, the bus brings you to the heart of the capital city of Crete, Heraklion. There you have the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide (if choosing the Heraklion tour option). Have two hours of free time in Heraklion.

Board the bus again at 6:00 PM the bus will depart on its return journey to Rethymnon.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
  • Knossos tour (if guided option selected)
  • Heraklion tour (if guided option selected)
  • Entrance fees for the Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum (16 Euros)
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  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Entry tickets for Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum will need to be paid in cash on the day of your visit
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very nice excursion this day to the Knossos palace, we were picked up 500m from our hotel, the bus was on time at 9:30 am, we were dropped off near the archaeological museum of Heraklion where we had 4 hours of free time to visit the museum and the city center then return by coach to knossos with 2 hours of free time for the visit, return to the starting point at 5:45 p.m. the English-speaking, German-speaking and French-speaking guide was very friendly and the explanations given in the bus were very clear. We bought the tickets for the museum and knossos as a combined museum ticket which allowed us to not have to queue at knossos. great day !

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August 18, 2022

We had an unforgettable day! We learned a lot about the ancestors of Cretan people and how they lived. It was like a time travel. Just how we expected. :) I also recommend reading a brief summary of the island's history before the activity. It's more enjoyable when you already know the "big picture".

August 1, 2022

The trip was very worthwhile. The bus arrived at the pick-up point on time and was always there for the next pick-ups. In Heraklion we had 4 hours and that was enough to do the round trip and visit the museum. Then in Knossos you had 2 hours available and that was completely sufficient at 33 degrees in the shade. Both stops are definitely worth the trip and we really enjoyed it.

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June 23, 2022

Product ID: 108463