Private Tour to Knossos Palace and Heraklion from Rethymno

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Private Tour to Knossos Palace and Heraklion from Rethymno

from 150.00

If you have to see one archaeological site in Crete, this has to be Knossos Palace, one of the most unique remains of ancient Greece which has survived to date.

Visiting Places: Minoan Palace of Knossos, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and the city.
Duration: half day

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If you have to see one site during your holiday in Crete, then this Knossos Palace! Skip the lines and join a unique experience in one of the most important Greek landmarks on a guided tour from Rethymno to Heraklion. 

Activity Description

Join a local expert guide who will reveal to you the lesser-known aspects of Minoan culture, avoiding the rush hours at Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. This guided tour is a must on your visit to Crete!

On this full day tour, you will visit the first prehistoric palace of Knossos, the most visited place of Crete, birthplace of Minoan civilization and the origin of the myth of the labyrinth. Knossos was excavated in the early 20th century by the great English archaeologist Arthur Evans, it is the largest of the Minoan palaces dated back to 2000 B.C. and has been partially restored. 
After a guided tour to Knossos with your licensed expert guide you will continue your tour to Heraklion, the capital of Crete, for a guided visit to the Archaeological Museum. The recently-renewed Herakleion museum is one of the largest and most important museums of Greece and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and historic times, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to the Roman times.
Following the stimulating guided tours you will have free time to explore the city of Heraklion, the largest urban centre of Crete, capital of the region and economic centre of the island. As an alternative, your guide can take you to the traditional village of Archanes where you will have some free time to stroll around one of the most authentic villages in Crete!

After a day of history and awe you will return back to your hotel late in the afternoon. 

Special Features

  • Guided tour to Knossos Palace and Herakleion Archaeological Museum

  • Expert licensed tour guide

  • Free time in Heraklion or the traditional city of Archanes

  • Transfers to/from Rethymno

Activity Snapshot

Dates | Start Time: Daily upon arrangement at least 1 day in advance. 

Duration: Half day (depending on pace)

Meeting Point: Rethymnon area

Group Size: This is a private tour; the group size is flexible. Prices are for groups of up to 4 persons. For larger groups ask for a quote here.  

Pace: This tour is not recommended for those with major walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.

Spoken Language: English,  French, Spanish

Included: Local professional guide, roundtrip transportation via minivan.

Excluded: Tickets for Knossos and the Archaeological Museum (€16), any personal expenses, souvenirs or shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide and driver (optional).

Young Travelers: Suitable for children. Discounts may apply.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation at least 5 days prior to scheduled program: 70% refund. Cancellation 2-4 days prior to booking date: 50% refund. Cancellation 48 hours prior to booking/no show: No refund.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation to be received as soon as possible (within 24 hours from booking)

  • You can present either a print out or an electronic booking confirmation for this activity

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