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Second in size and importance to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world. The museum's exhibition contains more than 15,000 artifacts from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,000 years, from the Neolithic era to Roman times.

As the Museum is still under renovation, its temporary exhibition is a curation of the most famous and representative items of the collection. Notable items include: the Prince of the Lilies' fresco, the Phaistos Disc, the snake goddesses from Knossos, the black stone bull’s head, the "Bull Leaping" and "La Parisienne" frescoes.

The various artifacts form a valuable record of the artistic, social and economic life of the island during the ancient period. You’ll find examples of pottery, jewelry, goldwork and metalwork (household utensils and weapons), and seal engraving - a miniature art where the Minoans excelled.

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Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket

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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Minoan artifacts, making it one of Europe’s greatest and a must-see for history buffs. This skip-the-line entrance ticket is worth prebooking to save you time and hassle in Crete’s capital, and enable you to avoid long ticket-purchase lines. Once inside, you’re free to view the 15,000-plus exhibits from Knossos, Neolithic, and Roman times, as you wish, at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.78
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$10.78

Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

Guided Tour to Knossos Palace & Heraklion

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Participate in a guided tour to the Palace of Knossos, the political and ceremonial center of Minoan civilization. The tour continues to the town center of Heraklion, completing in a day the historical path of 4000 years.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.91
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$32.91

Shore Excursion Crete, Knossos, Archaeological Museum & Walking Tour to Old Town

Shore Excursion Crete, Knossos, Archaeological Museum & Walking Tour to Old Town

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The Greek islands boast a rich history dating back to the days of antiquity, but exploring independently means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this private tour of Crete, delve into the island’s colorful past with your guide—with round-trip transport from your Crete hotel or the port included. Travel back 4,000 years at the Palace of Knossos, and learn of ancient civilizations at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
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  • 4 hours
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$221.31
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$221.31
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Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Get to know Heraklion and stop to visit the Palace of Knossos just outside the city on this open-top hop-on hop-off tour. With your unlimited-use 1-day ticket, board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of 10 stops around the city. Then, with your free city map, hop off at the stops of interest to visit attractions such as the Minoan relics at Knossos and the harborside Venetian Castle. Otherwise, stay aboard and absorb the panoramic views of the sights as you learn about Heraklion’s past from the onboard audio commentary.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$17.02
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$17.02

Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

Private Full-Day Knosos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Heraklion

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Travelers with a range of interests will enjoy this private full-day tour of Crete, including Knossos, the Lasithi Plateau Windmills, and the Cave of Zeus. History enthusiasts will love learning about the island’s ancient history, while nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful views. As this is a private tour you can customize the itinerary to suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$567.47
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Private Full-Day Knossos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Elouda

Private Full-Day Knossos-Lasithi Plateau-Cave of Zeus from Elouda

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Start at the traditional village of Mochos with its narrow alleys and colourful gardens, then continue to Krasi and visit the 2,400-year-old Writers' Plane Tree. Afterwards, the tour will ascend to the Diktaion Andron, an ancient cave believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. Take in the incredible view of the Lasithi Plateau. Next, visit the Knosos Palace, where Zeus’s son Minos intertwined his name with the oldest civilization in Europe. Optionally, you can also visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Whenever you feel like it you can have lunch at a restaurant of your choosing.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$680.97
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$680.97
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12 Day Tour at the Best of Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Santorini, Crete.

12 Day Tour at the Best of Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Santorini, Crete.

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12 Day vacation package in Greece and enjoy the ultimate chauffeured experience and our experienced guided tours! Visit Athens, Delphi, Meteora and the islands of Santorini and Crete! Visit Delphi that was regarded as the center of the world. Dare to get excited about Meteora, the ageless monasteries standing between Earth and Sky atop huge rocks. Holidays in Santorini at the most romantic island in Greece, with the magnificent sunset! Swim in the thermal waters, get a cruise to volcano, and dine under the orange-red color of the sun as it sets! Continue your vacation in Crete with a private tour to the Palace of Knossos and at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and learn about the rich lifestyle in ancient Greece. You should also take the cruise to Gramvousa and the exotic Ballos lagoon, with the blend of glowing white and pink sand and the unbelievable lagoon waters bands! Book online your holidays in Mainland and Greek Islands.
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  • 12 days
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$2,905.46
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$2,905.46
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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For certain financial reasons(many types of discounts for EU citizens) **Our services are offered as a priority to non European citizens,and our prices are per adult non European citizen. There are some categories off people specially from EU that They have discounts ( children,infants,students,old people up from 60 years old.We do not offer prices for those types of people Be aware ** you must provide passport for those discounts ****We are an Official travel agency licensed from Ministry of tourism in Greece.When you buy tickets online the e-shops will send you an e-ticket which you will eventually not be able to use directly to the entrance. That's because that type of tickets are not accepted from the monuments.So you have to wait in the line as thousands of passengers to print your genuine tickets and then you can enter.With our service you will have your genuine tickets delivered .This ticket,includes the entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.70
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$22.70

Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

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Crete from 3.000 BC.: Knossos Palace & Museum with Wine Routes of Heraklion

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Succumb to a bespoke service of our top local guides with expert knowledge by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your disposal. Luxuriate along the stellar ruins & lavish frescoes of Knossos Palace appreciating it in a way few will ever get the chance to. Immerse into the labyrinthian marvel as we draw you back to a time when myth & history were indistinguishable. Where there’s culture, there’s wine. Let us chauffeur you to the heart of Central Crete, a rich Minoan land backed by olive groves & wine-red earth. Here you will discover boutique award-winning domains to sample Cretan vintages with divine flavors. With personal touch impressions soak up the entire collection of unique artworks & history of the archaeological museum of Heraklion by savoring each hall at your own pace. In the evening, stroll the aesthetically fortified city of Heraklion. Dazzle your senses with delicious aromas of garlic & basil pouring from superb restaurants with local-exclusive cuisine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$672.11
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$715.01
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$672.11
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$715.01
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Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Tour from Chania

Knossos-Archaeological Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Tour from Chania

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During this day trip, we explore the oldest civilization of Europe, the Minoan palace of Knossos, which is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. Our next stop is the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, one of Europe’s most important museums, where we admire more than 15000 artefacts. Afterwards, we have the chance to wander around Heraklion and discover a Venetian fortress at the entrance of the harbor, gorgeous neoclassical buildings, Byzantine churches and many fountains.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.53
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$88.53

Private Full-Day Knosos, Lasithi Plateau, Cave of Zeus from Rethimno

Private Full-Day Knosos, Lasithi Plateau, Cave of Zeus from Rethimno

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Explore the great outdoors without having to do any navigating or itinerary planning on this private full-day tour from Rethimno. Visit the traditional village of Mochos, see a 2,400-year-old Writers’ Plane Tree at Krasi, and go to an ancient cave that’s thought to be Zeus’ birthplace—Dikteon. The tour also reveals views of Lasithi Plateau, and the impressive Knosos Palace.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$680.97
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$680.97
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Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeology Museum - Luxury Small Group Shared

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeology Museum - Luxury Small Group Shared

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You start our day visiting the most important archaeological site on Crete and the second most visited archaeological site of the country, the Minoan palace of Knossos, the mythical Labyrinth of Homer. Concentrating on the prehistoric era of the island, revealing its unique historic course and penetrating into its ancient prehistoric cult, arts and ritual practices, you will be visiting an amazing area of 22,000sq meters. Your journey into prehistoric times is being completed with visiting the biggest prehistoric collection of artifacts in Greece, the archaeological museum of Heraklion, where you can see at close range all treasures from all Minoan palaces and other Minoan areas excavated on Crete. This tour can be delivered with a minimum number of 10 guests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$213.86
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$213.86
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Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town

Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town

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Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Minoan civilization on this private, half-day tour of Heraklion highlights. Explore the magnificent Knossos Palace, home to King Minos and legends of the Minotaur, and visit a world-class archaeological museum featuring artifacts dating back to 5000 BC. See the contrast of ancient and modern Crete with some free time in the port town of Heraklion, and enjoy personalized attention from your guide along the way. Entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum at your expense.
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  • 5 hours
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$442.34
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$442.34
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Heraklion Archaeology Museum & Ancient Greek Music Lab - Luxury Small Group

Heraklion Archaeology Museum & Ancient Greek Music Lab - Luxury Small Group

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You will start your experience visiting the biggest archaeological collection of artifacts on Crete. You will explore the Minoan Art and go deep into its significance and forms through unique artifacts, such as Minoan unique clay vessels, golden jewelery, impressive seal stones and seal rings, clay, ivory and faience figurines and figures, small sized statues and amazing frescoes. After that, you will enjoy an hour and a half workhop on the ancient Greek Music in theory and practice, in private studio.During the experiential part of the lab you will experience a coordinated interactive attempt on playing yourselves copies of ancient Greek percussion musical instruments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$261.91
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$261.91
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Knossos Heraklion Museum, full day professional guided coach tour

Knossos Heraklion Museum, full day professional guided coach tour

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This is where European civilization began during the era ruled over by the powerful King Minos. This is a place that simply and strangely disappeared, only to be discovered again by the English archaeologist SirArthur Evans. Now partly reconstructed, the blood-red coloured columns and gigantic doubIe-headed axes are a vivid reminder of this forgotten and Iong-Iost race. Visit to the archaeological museum of Heraklion with artefacts from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered to be the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide. The final attraction of the day is a walk with your guide to explore the streets of the town of Heraklion itself. You will have free time for shopping in the vast array of shops and market or having lunch in one of the local restaurants.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.26
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Knossos Wine & More

Knossos Wine & More

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• Private tour with a certified guide is the best way to explore Knossos Archaeological Site - the heart of the Minoan kingdom, one of the most fascinating ancient cities in the world. • Experience by tasting the local wine varieties of Crete at a winery in the heart of winemaking region. • Meet the locals in the traditional village of Archanes, named as one of the most picturesque in Crete, and enjoy a delicious lunch. • Admire in the Archeological museum of Heraklion the greatest collection of the Minoan art.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$624.22
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$624.22
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10 Day Tour in Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Delos, Cruise to Volcano & Knossos

10 Day Tour in Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Delos, Cruise to Volcano & Knossos

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Explore Greece’s history and scenic beauty on this comprehensive sightseeing excursion. After a convenient airport pickup, experience Athens’ top destinations and visits to islands like Mykonos, Delos, Santorini, and Crete. Marvel at ancient ruins, relax on a picturesque beaches, and taste delicious cuisine. Enjoy complimentary accommodations, meals, and transportation along the way.
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  • 10 days
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$2,414.03
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$2,414.03
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Half Day Private Tour to Knossos Palace (Skip the line) & Panoramic City Tour

Half Day Private Tour to Knossos Palace (Skip the line) & Panoramic City Tour

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Hit Heraklion’s highlights in just half a day direct from your accommodation (or cruise ship) when you book this private tour, with skip-the-line tickets to the iconic Palace of Knossos. Your licensed guide will showcase details from lighting to drainage that bring this lost civilization to life. Next, discover the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (own expense) and its Minoan collection; finally, explore Heraklion, including the fortress, cathedral, market and Venetian Walls.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$323.46
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$323.46
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Small Group Heraklion Segway Tour

Small Group Heraklion Segway Tour

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An amazing Segway tour to Heraklion's hidden and visible beauties.. The fun start from the busy road of 25 August, which is a commercial center of Heraklion. Then we descend to the coastal road and we meet in front of us the harbor that stands out majestically the fortress Koules.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.77
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$73.77

Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

Knossos Museum and Heraklion tour from Rethymno

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On this excursion you have the opportunity to visit the excavation sites of the Palace of Knossos, built in 2000 BC. Knossos was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of King Minos. Some believe, that the intricate Palace with its many rooms was the mythical labyrinth. By discovering the site not too long ago, archaeologists found the first of all advanced civilizations in Europe. The tour is followed by a visit to the Museum of Heraklion, where you can see the largest collection of Minoan findings from Crete.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.24
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Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up

Knossos Private Full-Day Tour from Heraklion with Pick Up

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At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation in a private vehicle ready to immerse you into the Greek culture and lifestyle. If you are a history lover, get ready to travel back in time on this full-day tour. Knossos Palace is the biggest Minoan Palace of Crete. The archaeological museum is one of the most significant museums in Greece and its collections come mostly from central and eastern Crete and cover a span of 5.500 years. You will also have the chance to visit Koules Fortress that dominates the entrance to the Venetian Harbour of Heraklion. The Venetians called it "Sea Fortress", but today it is known by its Turkish name, Koules. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights, but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.70
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$122.70
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Knossos from Chania

Knossos from Chania

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Knossos is Crete's largest and most impressive Bronze Age archaeological site, but exploring independently means you may miss its ancient secrets. On this tour, reach Knossos by air-conditioned coach with round-trip transport from your Chania hotel included, and explore the site as your guide shares its fascinating myths and legends. Learn of powerful rulers such as King Minos, and admire Minoan relics in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.20
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$73.20

Best of Heraklion (Knossos & Arch. Museum with City Tour)

Best of Heraklion (Knossos & Arch. Museum with City Tour)

Private Tour and Skip the line ticket. Visit Knossos palace, discover Heraklion city and taste local snacks. Explore the fine art and jewelry in one of the most popular Bronze Age museums of Europe. Be amazed by the original Frescoes. Learn about the history of the Minoan Civilization, probably the oldest one on the European continent. Entrance fees are included. Transportation from the listed Heraklion city Hotels and Heraklion port are included. ( If your pickup location is not listed... we can still transfer you but we apply extra fees) Heraklion’s history with stories of its turbulent past and visits to its legendary churches, fountains, and monuments. The best example of the world famous Mediterranean diet is found in Crete. Discover with us the secrets of Cretans longevity. Walk with us, the local side of Heraklion through its lesser-known streets, forgotten laneways, and old city Venetians walls.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,078.20
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Heraklion and Knossos Palace // Shore excursion

Heraklion and Knossos Palace // Shore excursion

During this excursion we will go back in time, 4000 years, no less, to the time of the oldest civilization in Europe, the Minoan.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.53
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What are Heraklion Archaeological Museum hours of operation?
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum hours of operation: Winter: Dec 1 - Mar 31: Mon 11am - 5pm, Tue-Sun 8am - 3pm. Summer: Apr 1 - Nov 30: Sun-Mon 9am - 4pm, Tue-Sat 8am - 8pm. See holiday schedule for hours.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Heraklion Archaeological Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Heraklion Archaeological Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Heraklion Archaeological Museum costs USD 10.78. Guided Heraklion Archaeological Museum tours start around USD 10.78 per person.
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