Crete: Heraklion and Knossos Express Half-Day Tour

Crete: Heraklion and Knossos Express Half-Day Tour

From $31.60 per person

Explore the capital of Crete at your own pace on a half-day tour of Heraklion, and then go to the archaeological site of the Palace of Knossos. Learn about the Minoan civilization and marvel at artifacts excavated at the site, including stunning murals.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from the main road, partly from the exit of hotels only from Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes and Kokkini Chani.


  • See the highlights of Heraklion at your own pace
  • Take a guided tour of the Palace of Knossos
  • Learn more about the Minoan civilization
Full description
Create your own itinerary on a tour of Heraklion, the largest city and administrative capital of Crete. Stroll the modern shopping streets of the city center, stop for a coffee or lunch in one of the many restaurants or just explore its superb medieval buildings. Visit the newly renovated Archaeological Museum to see traditional architecture and ethnographic artifacts from the history of Crete. Then, go to the Palace of Knossos for a guided tour of one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece. Arrive in the afternoon to avoid the thousands of other visitors. Journey back in time and explore one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world. See excavations of the palatial complex, and learn about its Minoan settlers, rulers of the Mediterranean in the Aegean Bronze Age. See ancient murals and royal tombs. Learn the legend of the Minotaur, and hear about the advanced construction techniques and drainage system of the Minoans. Then, transfer back to your accommodation at the end of the tour services.  
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees for the Heraklion Museum (€1) and Palace of Knossos (€15), or a combination ticket for the Heraklion Museum and Palace of Knossos (€16). Please note that children under 18 years old can enter for free
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off is from Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes and Kokkini Chani.
Customer reviews

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4 / 5

based on 8 reviews

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Educational and fun

The best part of the excursion was our guide. She gave a good impression of the Minoan civilization on Crete and she did this in a witty way. The trip there and back was pleasant. You get limited time in heraklion, so you have to choose whether you want to visit the museum or city center. In Knossos it is very hot in the summer so bring a hat or something similar.

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August 8, 2018

I had a great day

It was an excellenet trip to spend time on both of places

September 4, 2017

Time to get there and pick up far too long.

The time for the pick-up of all guests is far too long in relation to the total time of the enterprise. Example travel time 2h from Malia to Heraklion. The same time is of course also required for the return trip. In the case of a company of 6 hours, this journey time is disproportionate to the total duration. Of course, the planning of 6 hours may not be correct. I would not recommend this tour as public transport will get you to your destinations faster and more comfortably. You can also book a guided tour in Knossos. We stopped the company after arriving in Heraklion and visited Heraklion and Knossos on our own. Normal travel time Malia - Heraklion with public bus 50 minutes to 1 hour.

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June 6, 2017

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