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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

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    What to Expect
    Begin your experience with a pickup from your Crete hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned coach and enjoy the scenic ride to Knossos, the world-famous site of a Minoan Palace believed to have been built in the 2nd century BC and later abandoned.

    On arrival, hop out of your coach and pay the entrance fee to the archaeological site. Then, head inside to explore the buildings and ruins, many of them partially reconstructed by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s.

    Follow your guide around the excavations and learn how the palace served as the ceremonial and administrative hub of Crete’s Minoan culture, considered to be Europe’s oldest civilization.

    Inspect the once-lavish royal quarters, treasuries and storerooms; and admire the restored frescoes that depict long-ago scenes of Minoan life.

    See the Central Court, Grand Staircase and Throne Room, and as you stroll, hear about the mysterious Greek legends associated with the palace, including the strange myth of the Minotaur — the half-man, half-bull said to have been imprisoned by King Minos within a labyrinth at the palace.

    After your tour, return to your coach and continue into Heraklion for a panoramic sightseeing tour and free time for lunch (own expense).

    Pass top Heraklion attractions such as Koules Venetian Fortress, Lions Square and the Church of St Titos as your guide recounts historical anecdotes about the city and its time under Venetian rule between the 13th and 17th centuries.

    With your sightseeing over, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your Crete hotel
    Departure Time
    Approximate pickup time:

    - from Bali and Georgioupolis 9am
    - from Agia Pelagia and Fodele 9:30am
    - from Ammoudara and Malia 9am
    - from Sissi and Milatos 8:30am
    - from Agios Nikolaos and Elounda 7am
    - from Chania 7am
    - from Heraklion 9:30am

    Tour duration is approximately 5h30 - 6h
    Return Details
    Concludes at start point
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air conditioned coach
    • Local guide
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drink
    • Entrance fees to Ancient Palace of Knossos (15 euros per adult, 8 euros per child), Archaeological Museum of Heraklion (10 euros per adult, 5 euros per child). Combined tickets for both archaeological sites is 16 euros per adult, 8 euros per child
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • The visiting to museum for clients from Chania and Rethymnon area is optional and there is no guide
    • The visiting to the Minoan Theater is only for participants for the Areas 2, 3, 4, 5.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Great as we had a great guide and it was money well spent as we moved on to the museum In Heraklion i

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank MargaretC2750
    Reviewed September 7, 2019 via mobile

    Viator said the local tour operator would contact our hotel to confirm exact departure time, no such contact was made. I received a message via trip advisor at 8.20pm the night before the tour to say it was cancelled due to low numbers and offering...More

    1  Thank sonyalouise25
    Reviewed July 16, 2019 via mobile

    The day before the tour my wife and I received an email from Master Holidays stating that due to the lack of English tours guides for that day they could change our ticket or refund us. We opted for the refund and took a self-guided...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    2  Thank benc41
    Reviewed July 14, 2019 via mobile

    As the title suggests this tour was cancelled by Viator at the last moment due to lack of English clients. This is fair enough however, what is particularly galling is being notified at 18:00 the day before excursion by Viator that it was cancelled. To...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Neil D
    Reviewed July 14, 2019

    While in Crete, my husband found this tour. We drove to the Knossos location and met our tour guide at the gate (Calypso). We decided to pick the 5:00 p.m. tour and we lucked out to have a private tour as we were the only...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    2  Thank desipior
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