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THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS AND THE HERAKLION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Per Person (Based on 2 passengers) $730 USD
Per Person (Based on 3-5 passengers) $532 USD
Per Person (Based on 6-7 passengers) $317 USD
Per Person (Based on 8-9 passengers) $244 USD
Per Person (Based on 10-11 passengers) $212 USD
Sunday Supplement (Per group) $257 USD
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THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS AND THE HERAKLION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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Explore the famous labyrinth, home to the Minataur of Greek legend!

Board your vehicle from Souda port for a two hours drive to Heraklion City which is the capital of the island.

Mythology's birthplace is Greece. Crete’s fertile soil and towering peaks witnessed the development of one of the earliest recorded civilizations on earth, the Minoan. Knossos was the court of the legendary King Minos, whose wife Pasiphae gave birth to the Minotaur, half-bull, half-man. The excavations on the site were begun by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and his team in 1893 and lasted 35 years.

Entering the Great Palace through the West Court, one can easily understand why the legend of the labyrinth grew up here. It takes about one hour and a half to walk around the site and explore all the parts of the Palace. During this walking tour you may admire in the superb Royal Quarters the Throne room with an Antechamber and main throne and the Queen’s Quarters whose wall above the entrance door is decorated with a copy of the famous dolphin frescos. Apart from the Royal Palace there are also other buildings included in the site such as the Small Palace, the House of the High Priest and the Caravanserai.

We shall continue our tour with a visit to the very interesting Heraklion Archeological Museum. It is one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. The structure that houses the collection has its own interesting story and the artifacts inside will deepen your understanding of Greece's history.

Following your visit to the museum board your vehicle for the return drive to Souda port.

  • This tour includes:
  • Air conditioned vehicle, driver, and licensed English-speaking guide
  • Panoramic drive from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion
  • Guided tour of the Knossos Palace
  • Visit to the Heraklion Archeological Museum
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • German($)
  • Japanese($)
  • Mandarin($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Spanish($)
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (7 hrs) Start times are flexible; call ShoreTrips to specify a time prior to placing your reservation
  • 9:30 AM (7 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• All entrance fees are included in the tour cost.
• This tour does not include food, beverages, or extras.
• Please wear comfortable shoes as considerable walking is part of the tour. We recommend dressing in layers according to the seasonal time of your visit.

Restrictions

• Groups of 2 people will be transported in a pre-booked Mercedes taxi. Please note that while the vehicles are used primarily for private tours and transfer services, it is the law for the meter to be on and for the vehicle to have a taxi sign on top. You will not be expected to pay the meter.
• Please note that the Sunday Supplement also applies to the following Public Holidays in 2020: January 1; March 2nd; March 25th, April 17th-19th; May 1st; June 8th; August 15th; October 28th and December 25th and 26th.
• Supplement is per group and not per person.