Knossos and Archaelological Museum
🕛 Duration: 12 hours
Knossos is the site of the most important and better known palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary king Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daedalus and Icarus. The site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000- 3000 B.C.) until Roman times. After its partial destruction in 1450 B.C., Knossos was settled by Mycenaeans from the Greek Mainland. The city flourished again during the Hellenistic period in 67 B.C. It was captured by the Roman Quintus Caecilius Metelus Creticus. Knossos was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. Arthur Evans conducted systematic excavations at the site between 1900 and 1931, bringing to light the palace, a large section of the Minoan city, and the cemeteries. The restoration of the palace to its present form was carried out by Arthur Evans.
Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum
The Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of Europe”s most important museums. The present building was constructed between 1937 and 1940 to plans by P. Karantinos, on the site of the imposing Venetian Franciscan friary destroyed by an earthquake in 1856. The museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island”s history. Pride of place is given to the treasures of Minoan civilisation, the entire historical course of which can thus be appreciated. Justly regarded as the home of Minoan civilization par excellence, the museum houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities the world over. The main building of the museum was closed for interior renovation from November 2006 to May 2013 with a small temporary exhibition remaining opened.
⏳ Indicative Time-Table:
06:40‐07:50 Pick-Up from Chania area
09:00 20min stop for breakfast
10:30 Arrival at Knossos – Guiding from an official guide
12:00 Departure from Knossos
12:20 Arrival at Heraklion
12:30‐13:30 Guiding at the Archaeological Museum
13:30‐15:30 Free time at Heraklion city
15:30 Departure from Heraklion
17:00 20min stop
18:00‐18:30 Arrival at your hotel
✔️ Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Pick up mainly from hotels at Kolimbari, Tavronitis, Maleme, Gerani, Platanias, Agia Marina, Stalos, Kalamaki, Agioi Apostoloi,Halepa, Chania Town and Kalyves is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not possible you will be picked up from the closest pick up point. In case you don’t know the closest pickup point, please contact us).
✔️ Official Guide
✔️ Transport by air-conditioned luxury bus
✔️ Full liability Insurance
✖️ Food & Drinks
✖️ Personal Expenses
✖️ Combined ticket for Knossos & Archaeological Museum (16€ per Adult / Children up to 17 years old, free of charge / Adults over 65 years old 8€ for Knossos and 5€ for Archaeological Museum) – Paid on the spot in cash
Please Note: clients over 65 years old must show their ID to the ticketing office of Knossos
Remember to bring‼️ Sun Cream, Sunglasses and Hat, Long-Sleeved Shirt for Sensitive skin
Children up to 2 years old, free of charge on tour rate and travelling on parents’ lap
Children from 3 to 12 years old, 50% discount on tour rate
⛔ Cancellation Policy
For cancellations up to 2 days prior to departure date, no cancellation fees
For cancellations 1 day prior to departure date, 100% cancellation fees
Non-Show, 100% cancellation fees
- Pick-up from Kalyves area requires a minimum number of 4 adults with an extra charge of 6,00€ per person.
⚠️ Terms & Conditions
- The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
- Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.
Upon reservation, our partners will contact you in order to receive your Voucher which includes your pick-up point and time info. Please be aware that you will have to bring the Voucher with you during the trip.
For any further clarification, please feel free to contact us.
Knossos and Archaelological Museum
Why to choose this package!
- Explore the oldest city & civilization of Europe
- Learn more about the Cretan Mythology and History
- Tour to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
- Walk in Heraklion town