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Minoan Magic: Knossos and Heraklion Sightseeing Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Go back 5000 years into the myths and legends that surround Europe’s oldest civilization
  • Visit the Palace of Knossos, the most famous of the palaces of the Minoan civilization
  • Shop for designer labels, olive oil and a variety of cheeses in Heraklion
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 May - 30 Sep: Tue & Sat


    7.5 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from Medical Centre Hersonissos, 19 El Venizelou, Limenas Hersonissou
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Let the rich history of Greece captivate you on this tour that takes you back 5000 years into myths and legends and secrets of Europe’s oldest civilization, the Minoans. See the most famous and popular of all attractions in Crete, the Palace of Knossos. The Minoan Palace of Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and was probably the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture.

    Take some time off for shopping at the colorful and goods-laden markets in Heraklion, Crete’s bustling capital.


    The tour begins from the Medical Centre Hersonissos. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, set out in an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Minoan landmarks and Heraklion.

    The highlights of your tour include:

    The Palace of Knossos: The exquisite Palace of Knossos, covering an area of 20,000 sq metres, is one of the world's greatest sightseeing experiences. It consists of four wings, arranged around a rectangular central court. The palace originally had many storeys, was built of ashlar blocks and had walls decorated with splendid frescoes. It is the most famous of the palaces of the Minoan civilization.

    Other areas on the site include the Minoan Houses, the Little Palace, the Royal Villa, the villa Dionysos with famous Roman mosaics, the south Royal Temple Tomb and the Caravanserai.

    Afterwards, explore Crete’s bustling capital, Heraklion, and take some time off for shopping. Heraklion is the commercial centre of the island of Crete, and therefore has a heavy concentration of shops. Top designer labels are available at reasonable prices on Daedalou Street as is some fine jewellery. Other good buys are antiques, leather goods, folk art, olive oil (Crete's is rated as the best in the world) and interesting cheeses like xynotyro, kefalotyri and graviera. Enjoy browsing the market on 1866 Street.

    The tour returns to the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • Licensed and qualified English-speaking guide


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Entrance fees to Knossos
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have