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Knossos & Heraklion City Day Tour from Rethimno

3 (12)
Knosos, GR

Knossos & Heraklion City Day Tour from Rethimno

3 (12)
Knosos, GR
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Experience the magic of ancient Greece on the Knossos & Heraklion City Day Tour from Rethimno. This captivating 9-hour tour takes you on a journey through history as you visit the renowned Palace of Knossos and explore the vibrant city of Heraklion. Your expert guide will provide fascinating insights into the temple and Minoan palace of Knossos, where you can marvel at the stunning murals and throne of King Minos. In Heraklion, the largest urban center of Crete, you'll have free time to immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the city. Visit the Archaeological Museum, indulge in delicious local cuisine, or simply wander the charming streets. This tour promises an unforgettable adventure into ancient civilizations and modern Greek life.

About this experience

  • 9 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Explore the ancient Palace of Knossos
  • Walk through impressive murals and throne of King Minos
  • Experience the vibrant city of Heraklion
  • Indulge in free time for lunch, shopping, or visiting the Archaeological Museum
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance 20 euro/person

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Knossos Archaeological Site

Begin the trip to Knossos Palace with pickup from your hotel. From there, proceed eastwards to Knossos, where upon your arrival, you will walk through the area for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. It contains the largest of the Minoan palaces that have been partially restored. The ruins and rebuilt parts belong to the last and largest Minoan Palace, the labyrinth of Knossos. View the impressive murals and throne of King Minos.


Next, head over to Heraklion city to start your 2-hour experience in the city. The town of Heraklion is the largest urban center of Crete, the capital of the region of Crete and the economic center of the island. Since the Minoan period, the town of Heraklion became the host of varied cultures and civilizations whose indelible marks are visible in the form of fountains, castles, walls, palaces and other monuments. Enjoy free time to have lunch, shop or visit the Archaeological Museum. At 4:00pm, you will board the bus and go back to your hotels about 6:00pm.

More about this experience


Experience the magic of ancient Greece with the Knossos & Heraklion City Day Tour from Rethimno. This captivating tour takes you on a journey through time, allowing you to explore the famous Palace of Knossos and the vibrant city of Heraklion. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you will delve into the fascinating history of the Minoan civilization while marveling at the majestic ruins of the Knossos Palace. Immerse yourself in the rich mythology and legends of the ancient Greeks as you stroll through this archaeological wonder.

What to expect?

During this 9-hour full-day tour, you can expect an enriching and educational experience. Discover the secrets of Knossos, the largest of the Minoan palaces, as you explore its ruins and reconstructed areas. Admire the impressive murals and imagine yourself in the time of King Minos as you stand before his throne. Next, venture into the city of Heraklion, the bustling capital of Crete, where you can indulge in its vibrant atmosphere and explore its fascinating streets. Visit the Archaeological Museum and witness the treasures of the Minoan civilization firsthand.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts and curious travelers who want to uncover the mysteries of ancient Greece. Whether you are a seasoned explorer or a first-time visitor to Crete, this tour offers something for everyone. It caters to those with a keen interest in archaeology, mythology, and the cultural heritage of Greece. Families, couples, and solo travelers will all find this tour engaging and captivating. Join us on this journey and let the stories of the past come to life before your eyes.

Why book this?

Embark on this tour and experience Greece like never before. Our professional guide will lead you through the wonders of Knossos, providing fascinating insights into the Minoan civilization. You'll be awe-struck by the grandeur of the Palace and the stories it holds within its walls. In Heraklion, immerse yourself in the vibrant city life and explore its rich history through its monuments and landmarks. This tour offers a unique opportunity to learn about the ancient Greeks and their legendary myths while exploring the stunning landscapes of Crete.

Good to know

During the tour, you will have approximately 2 hours to explore Knossos and 2 hours to immerse yourself in the city of Heraklion. Take advantage of this free time to discover the local cuisine, visit shops and markets, or delve deeper into the history of the region at the Archaeological Museum. Comfortable footwear is recommended as there will be a fair amount of walking involved. Be prepared to be enchanted by the historical sites, the vibrant atmosphere, and the warm hospitality of the Greek people.


Customers who have embarked on this tour have been captivated by the rich history and enchanting stories shared by the guide. They have praised the well-organized itinerary and the opportunity to explore both Knossos and Heraklion in a single day. Travelers have appreciated the depth of knowledge provided by the guide, allowing them to truly immerse themselves in the ancient world. The blend of archaeological wonders and the bustling city atmosphere has left a lasting impression on visitors, making this tour a highly recommended experience for anyone seeking to discover the treasures of ancient Greece.



3 (12)


We booked for Saturday. The night before they emailed us to say we could only do the trip on Tuesday. We couldn’t, and asked for a refund. We still have not gotten a refund .


We spent about an hour in Knossos and 2.5 hours in Heraklion. Trip all the way from Chania not worth it.


Palace at Knossos was amazing - and the explanations from the tour guide were so helpful. The museum is also really well laid out .

Geraldine B

The tour duration was sold as 10 hours including travelling time but actually it was just over 9 hours. It was rushed! Moreover we found the whole experience rather disappointing. The Guide gave a good talk both in English and German on the history of Crete from the Neolithic to the struggles against the Ottomans in the nineteenth century and unification with Greece early in the 1900s. All good but somewhat revisionist as it removed any mention of Crete's stoicism and heroism during the twentieth century Fascist occupation. Similarly at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum she expertly explained the key objects in both languages. However by the time we reached Knossos, the tour was mainly in German reflecting the majority on the tour with only a sentence or two in English. Moreover we were rushed at Knossos and given little time to wander around independently. It was quite obvious that they restricted the time allowed as one poor couple being just one minute late were almost left behind. The bus drove off leaving the customers to run and flag down the driver! In hindsight I would recommend foregoing this tour and independently travelling by local bus. All explanations at the Museum and the archaeological site are printed in English.

Håkan W

Visited the Palace in Knossos 42 years ago. The Klados firms tour is an improvement! To start with the Archeological Museum in Heraklion is a necessary introduction to the Palace of of Knossos and its remains. You can learn a lot from books but too see artefacts from the palace with informative posters in English give you the right feeling and understanding when you see the remains in Knossos. Some birds in Knossos added to the impression of a Palace. It was Ravens and Peacocks. The stop in Heraklion was fine to find a place for lunch and stroll along a street with many shops.

Mrs J H H

<p>Enjoyed the tour and the very interesting information given by the guide. The museum in Heraklion was fascinating and the city itself deserved a slightly longer visit as did Knossos but it was a full day. A very good tour to learn more about the history of Crete.</p>

Halina S

<p>Prompt pick-up. Very good guide, who spoke excellent English. We were supplied with a map of Heraklion to help us see the sites. Had a lot of free time to explore at our own pace. The coach was comfortable and air-conditioned. Would recommend this tour to anyone!!!</p>


Kom aldrig iväg på grund av missvisande information från TripAdvisor. Fick ett meddelande att resebyrån skulle komma med tid och plats. Missade det och fick ett ytterligare mail om tid och plats. Trodde i min enfald att sista mall gäldenären.

Daniela A

Die Reiseleitung wart total nett Der Mini-Bus einfach zu eng Die Krönung war jedoch… ich habe extra drauf geachtet das die Führung deutsch spricht. Wir kamen in eine englische Gruppe. Der Ausflug war quasi für die Katz. Keiner von uns hat was verstanden


An sich eine gute Sache. Zwei interessante Orte in kompakter Form. Leider war die Beschreibung offensichtlich nicht ganz aktuell. Darin stand, dass die Eintritte im Preis inbegriffen sind. Bei der Tour wurde uns dann jedoch gesagt, dass der Eintritt für das archäologische Museum und für Knossos separat zu bezahlen sei. Der Führer achtete nicht darauf, dass die Reisenden ihren Mundschutz trugen. so dass eine ganze Reihe der Mitreisenden diesen nicht oder nur symbolisch trug.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-02-22 22:02
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