Knossos palace guided tour and the museum of Heraklion, visit of the Minoan collection . Just after the guided tour of the palace of Knossos head for the city of Heraklion in order to visit the recently reorganized museum and admire the wealth of the Minoan treasures.
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the largest museum of Crete and one of the most important museums in Greece.
It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The recently reorganized Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The archeological Museum of Heraklion is a highlight of the city and definitely a must for those who want to understand the level of the Minoan civilization.
The museum, located in the town centre, was built between 1933 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos in the area where in the past the Roman Catholic Franciscan monastery was, which unfortunately was destroyed by a devastating earthquake back in 1856.
The main building of the museum was closed for interior renovation from November 2006 to May 2013 with a small temporary exhibition remaining opened. The archeologists reorganized the Minoan collection, making the museum of Heraklion one of the most interesting of the world.
Meet your qualified licensed guide at the entrance of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum or Knossos (depending on the number of groups visiting the sites we can use as starting point one of the two sites – Knossos or the museum – and enjoy a visit of the highlights of Heraklion).
Being in a small group of maximum of 5 participants you will be able to move around at the site of Knossos and the museum and with the help of the qualified guide you will avoid the crowds and the other groups. The Knossos and Museum combined tour will be ideal for the guests that want to see as much as possible. Please note that you can take advantage of the combined ticket (available in both sites) with a total cost of 20 euro per adult ( reduced entrance fees are available according to the law ) .
Meet your licensed qualified guide for both highlights of the Minoan civilization in Heraklion, Knossos palace and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
After the guided tour of the museum , you can have free time and stay in the museum to take pictures .
Make arrangements and meet a qualified guide for both highlights of the Minoan civilization in Heraklion, Knossos palace and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Duration : The duration of the tour is aprox 4,5h. Estimate the duration of the guided tour of Knossos, to 1 hour and 30 min and the tour of the museum of Heraklion ( Minoan collection ), at least 1 hour and 30 min . Estimate you will need about 30 min to reach the museum ( or a close by parking area ), due to traffic .
For an extended guided tour for guests with special interest in archeaology , please contact us at email@example.com to make an appointment ( at a convenient time to avoid the groups ) and to inform you about the cost.
Group capacity: Maximum participants up to 5. For a larger group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost : The cost of the tour is 390 euro and refers to the cost of the licensed guide / archaeologist for a private tour . ( with all taxes and 24% VAT included).
Important : Please note that the tour refers to a guided tour of both sites without a stop in between. In case you wish to have free time in between the sites ( Visit Knossos palace first , then have free time in the city for lunch , before visitng the museum with the guide ) there is an additonal cost of 50 euro per hour.
The service is not available for online booking , but only upon request. If you wish, contact us to make the proper arrangements . Keep in mind that in order to avoid the crowds in the museum of Heraklion ( due to Covid19 , strict regulations aply ) we will need to start early with the museum first and later continue with Knossos palace.
Skip the line entrance can be arranged, we can of course pre-buy the tickets for your party, please add the details ( number of participants and ages ) when you make your booking . There is a combined ticket ( cost per person 20 euro) available for both Knossos and the museum of Heraklion .
I have a rental car, can I park close to Knossos? Later at the museum ? There are three parking lots available (free of charge ) at the palace of Knossos, so it is relatively easy to find empty space and park close to the main entrance . At Heraklion city there are parking areas available, close to the museum , within walking distance ( the cost of the parking varies from 4 to 7 euro depending on the total hours) the guide can provide information regarding the location.
If you need transportation arrangements, for a more fulfilling experience, please let us know, in order to inform you about the cost. ( cost of transportation depends on the pick up point / distance or the number of participants – van or minibus perhaps needed for the service) We can send you a secure link for the cost of the tour – transportation and tickets, so that you can pay via your credit card (ssl to proceed to a payment with your credit card directly to the bank ).
- Services of a professional licensed qualified guide or an archeologist qualified guide
- Invoice will be provided by our travel agency, Cretan Tour Experts
- Bottle of water per person
- Maps and plans of the site and Heraklion
- Audio tour guide system
- VAT (24 %) and all taxes
- Entrance tickets are not included (but if you wish us to prebuy the tickets for you let us know at the “add note area” of the booking form )
- Transportation not included (transportation can be arranged upon request though)
Please note – COVID-19 information regarding the tours
The service – tour “Knossos and the museum of Heraklion” is not available for online booking – but is available upon request. This has to do with the strict protocols due to Covid 19, for guiding groups indoors. (distances and number of guests per room at the museum of Heraklion ). Kindly send us a request at email@example.com to inform you about the details if you are interested in visiting the museum of Heraklion . In order to avoid lines or crowds and to enjoy a stressful experience , we might have to start very early by visitng trhe museum of Heraklion first and the palace later on .
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Greek state has imposed strict protocols regarding health, safety of businesses providing services to guests visiting the sites of Greece and Crete. Our company fully complies with the regulations and takes a step further providing to the guests audio tour guide system in all tours (whispers – free of charge ). For hygiene reasons guests are kindly requested to bring their own 3.5 mini jack hands free. Certain areas of the sites have designated areas where groups or guests should stand ( to secure distances for example in the museum or at Knossos ) . Guests are kindly requested to comply with the advises and recommendations of guides or security personnel of the sites ( Knossos / museum / Phaistos ) . In good faith, we ask for your patience , in order to provide a safe tour and enjoyable experience…
We propose to future guests, to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before booking a tour or excursion.