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Skip-the-Line Palace of Knossos & Heraklion City Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Dive into Heraklion’s history, listen to stories about its turbulent past. and visit its legendary churches, fountains, and monuments.
  • Explore the unique Palace of Knossos with a licensed local guide.
  • Learn the secrets of the world-renowned Cretan diet by sampling its best products at the local market.
  • Discover the local side of Heraklion through its lesser-known streets, forgotten laneways, and old city walls.
  • Indulge in local flavors like a meze platter and raki or wine.
Adults 12+ years old
Children 6-11 years old
Infants 0-5 years old

Visit the Palace of Knossos, Home of the Minotaur

You can’t leave Heraklion, the capital of Crete, without visiting the world-famous Palace of Knossos, home of the minotaur! But this time, we do it with a twist! Instead of visiting the famous archaeological site during its peak hours with throngs of tourists wandering around, we would like to invite you on a more eclectic journey. Together, we explore a hidden side of the city, taste local treats, and then walk through the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, which has been called Europe’s oldest city — all with skip-the-line access!

Local impact — How you help the local community by joining this tour:

  • On this tour, you visit 100% local, family-owned businesses and meet vendors at a local market who sell their own and Cretan-only products.
  • All of the food you sample during your tour is sourced from local villages, farmers, and stock-breeders of Crete.
  • As part of your tour, you will have lunch in a locally-run tavern that serves traditional Cretan dishes.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, local licensed guide during Knossos Palace visit, transportation, food and beverage samples as indicated in the itinerary (local sweets, olives and cheese, coffee or soft drink, a meze platter, which are local tapas). The food provided should be more than enough to allow you to skip lunch!

Exclusions: Knossos entrance fee (approx. €15); note that entrance tickets are not included in the tour fee. We save you time by buying entrance tickets in advance so you can skip the lines. Also not included are additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, plus tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Meeting point: Eleftherias Square, in the city center. Our guide will be standing next to the statue, in the middle of the square. Google Maps link.
  • Starting time: 9.00 am
  • Ending point: City center