Explore Knossos Palace, one of the most popular archaeological sites in Crete.
Duration: Approx. 8 hours
Capacity: 1-8 persons
Explore the oldest city of Europe, Knossos
Visit a seaside village, Mpali for swimming and meal
Enjoy a traditional meal in a local restaurant
Customize your Tour:
● If you don’t wish to visit Bali, you can choose Ayia Pelagia, Rethimno city or Georgioupoli.
● If you wish to customise the tour even further, please let us know in the request form your ideas and we will help you to have an unforgettable tour.
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- English speaking driver
- Air-conditioned mini van
- Cold soft drinks and beverages during our journey
- Beach equipment (snorkeling, kids equipment, umbrellas, bath towels)
- Power chargers
- Wi-Fi on board
- First aid kit
- Liability insurance
What’s not included
- Snacks and meals
- Minoan palace entrance fee 20€ / per person
Don’t forget to bring
- Walking shoes (optional)
Your Knossos Palace Tour, Tour Way: We understand that each traveler, or traveler group, has specific interests around which they plan their holiday, so if you are not satisfied with the suggested itinerary, you can add or remove an activity, but please do let us know in advance using the contact us form. If the total duration of the tour ends up being more than 9 hours, there would be an additional fee of €30/hour.
Knossos Palace Additional Information
Knossos was the most important city on Crete before the Roman Era and the center of the first brilliant European civilization, the Minoan. The palace of the city is the most visited archaeological site in Crete with more than 1.000.000 visitors per year. The palace is located just 5km south of Heraklion. Apart from the palace itself, the area is full with several more archaeological finds, which makes sense considering that Knossos was a town with more than 100,000 people.
The palace was the seat of the legendary King Minos and has been associated with famous Greek myths, like that of Daedalus and Icarus, the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. Minos was not a person, but a series of kings with the same name (as we say Pharaoh in Egypt). He was deified and he was the son of Europa and Zeus, as described in the story of the Rape of Europe. The palace of Minos was the heart of the city of Knossos, with constant presence in the historical events of Crete from the Neolithic era till the early Byzantine era. The first excavations at Knossos were made by the Cretan archaeologist Minos Kalokerinos in 1878, who found many old storage pots and other objects.
The seaside resort of Bali is located in a large gulf, 30km east of Rethymno and 43km west of Heraklion. Next to the village passes the National Road linking Heraklion and Rethymno, making Bali accessible from any part of the island. It is ideal for family and romantic holidays. Bali has four beaches with nice greenish waters. The beaches are almost always calm, since the bay of Bali faces to the west. They all are suitable for children and well organized.