Palace of Knossos
Palace of Knossos
Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos Tours and Tickets

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Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most important archaeological site, crowned by the hilltop Palace of Knossos—built around 2,000 BC—which reveals a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.

  • Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm
  • Heraklion, Crete, 714 09

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What are people saying about Palace of Knossos

Lorena_A, Oct 2023
Great cultural lesrning experience
Great way of learning about the Minoan Culture and highlights of the Knossos palace. . The tour around Heraklion could have been better. I will highly recommend just habing one language tours
Gerald_T, Sep 2023
Very informative and lovely experience.
We had a lovely day spending time at the Palace of Knossos. Our tour guide, Eleni, was very knowledgeable and made the experience very enjoyable. Eleni also gave us a lot of information about the island and the city of Heraklion. I would have liked a bit more time at Knossos, but understand the constraints when touring to various places.
Manuel_R, Oct 2023
A Wonderful Experience
Our tour guide Akrivi did a wonderful job explaining everything and patiently answering our questions!
Lauren_B, Oct 2023
Lovely view of the Labyrinth
Very knowledgable guide, thorough but without wasting time! Only 4 of us in the group, beat all the big bus groups by arriving before 9.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Palace of Knossos hours of operation?
Palace of Knossos hours of operation: Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:Should I book Palace of Knossos tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palace of Knossos can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:How much does it cost to visit Palace of Knossos 2024?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Knossos costs USD 13.23. Guided Palace of Knossos tours start around USD 13.23 per person.
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Q:How long do you need at the Palace of Knossos?
A:Give yourself around 1.5 to 2 hours to visit the Palace of Knossos, depending on your interest in history and mythology. If you’re short on time, book tickets in advance to skip the lines at the ticket windows.
Q:Is Knossos Palace worth visiting?
A:Yes, Knossos Palace is worth visiting, particularly if you’re interested in mythology and history. It's best to come with a guide, as the complex is large and signage is limited. It’s often visited with the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, ideal for deepening your understanding of local history.
Q:How much does it cost to go to the Palace of Knossos?
A:Palace of Knossos admission fees start at around US$16 for palace entry, with discounts for seniors and kids, but this does not include guide service. Tours of the palace start at around US$80 per person (including admission), depending on the size of your group. Full-day tours that include additional stops start at around US$150.
Q:Do you need to buy tickets in advance for Knossos Palace?
A:No, you don’t need to buy tickets in advance for Knossos Palace. However, it’s a good idea to do so. Ticket lines for the attraction can get long, particularly in summer, and buying your tickets (and booking your tour) in advance can save you time.
Q:Can you visit the Minotaur’s labyrinth at Knossos Palace?
A:Yes, you can visit the minotaur’s labyrinth at Knossos Palace—sort of. There’s no proof that a labyrinth existed at the palace. However, some historians believe that the palace was referred to as a labyrinth due to its maze of small rooms and hallways.
Q:What is the best time of year to visit the Knossos Palace
A:While Knossos is a year-round attraction, the best time to visit is in spring or fall, when the weather is warm but not overpoweringly hot or sunny. July and August are the most crowded and hottest months. Winters can be cool and rainy.