Knossos Palace & Heraklion Highlights Private tour
Knossos Minoan Palace
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Heraklion Old Town
Your tour starts with a visit to the palace of Knossos, that dates back to the Bronze Age and is part of the great Minoan civilization.
It is the largest of the preserved Minoan palatial centres, built in 2000 BC.
After that, you will get to the archaeological museum of Heraklion and you will admire close murals and objects from the palace you have just visited.It is one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains by far the most important and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
Lastly, will be the time for you to discover the Old Town of Heraklion. You will have time to visit the market, the shops and have lunch and a visit to the Venetian port of Heraklion and the old castle Koules, which is built on two tiers and offers a commanding view of Heraklion from the battlements.
Inclusions - Exclusions
Private Tours are personal and flexible just for you and your party.
Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.]
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance Fees [20€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost]
Food & Drinks
ADMISSION FEES FOR SITES:
Summer Period: 20€ per person
(1 April – 31 October)
Special Combined Ticket Package:(Valid for 3 days)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 3rd
1 January: closed
25 March: closed
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Free admission for:
Escorting teachers during the visits of schools and institutions of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education and of military schools.
Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card
Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
Persons possessing a free admission card
The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card.
The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age.
Reduced admission for:
Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
Holders of a solidarity card
Holders of a valid unemployment card.
Large families’ parents of children up to 23 yrs old, or up to 25 yrs old (on military service/studying), or child with disabilities regardless the age, having a certified pass of large families, certification from the Large Family Association or a family status certificate issued by the Municipality
Persons with disabilities (67 % or over) and one escort, upon presentation of the certification of disability issued by the Ministry of Health or a medical certification from a public hospital, where the disability and the percentage of disability are clearly stated.
Single-parent families with minors, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality. In the case of divorced parents, only the parent holding custody of the children
The police officers of the Department of Antiquity Smuggling of the Directorate of Security
Tourist guides upon presentation of their professional ID card.
University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.
Amenities for the physically challenged:
Elevator available for wheelchairs, people with diminished abilities and any parent attending two or more infants on her/his own. The elevator is located about 350 m. far from the main entrance of the archaeological site.
Users of the elevator should contact in advance for details and terms (+30 210 3214172). The facility is not available during extreme weather conditions and strong winds.
The palace of Knosso dates back to the Bronze Age and is part of the great Minoan civilization.
It is the largest of the preserved Minoan palatial centres, built in 2000 BC. In the four wings arranged around the central courtyard, wou will see the royal quarters, workshops, shrines, storerooms, repositories, the throne room and banquet halls.
Knossos was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of King Minos. Some believe that the intricate Palace with its many rooms was the mythical labyrinth.
By discovering the site not too long ago, archaeologists found the first of all advanced civilizations in Europe.
The Minoan Civilistion:
The Minoan civilisation flourished in the Bronze Age between 2,700 and 1,600 B.C. not only in Crete but also on other Aegean islands. The name Minoan derives from the mythical king of Crete, Minos, who according to the legend has built the labyrinth with the monster Minotaur inside it. This civilisation is famous all over the world for its magnificent palaces, decorated with frescoes. The most notable palaces are Knossos and Phaistos. The Minoan cities were also well-advanced with roads, water and sewage facilities through pipes. Buildings with flat, tile roofs and walls made of stone.
The influence of the Minoans reached the whole Mediterranean Sea including the Cyclades, Egypt, Cyprus, Canaan and Anatolia. They wrote in one of the oldest scriptures in Europe, the Linear A, which has not been deciphered yet. The Disc of Phaistos is a clay tablet with signs and words of the Linear A and is exhibited in the Archaeological Museum in the town of Heraklion.
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
After that, you will get to the archaeological museum of Heraklion and you will admire close murals and objects from the palace you have just visited.
It is one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains by far the most important and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.The Archaeological Museum, that is located in the town centre, invites you on a trip back into 5,500 years of history. Among the Museum’s exhibits, you will see items dating to Cretan prehistory and history, from the Neolithic Age to the Roman times. Most of them date to the Minoan Period and they involve works of ceramic art, stone carving, seal engraving, micro-sculpture, metal crafting and painting found in palaces, edifices, settlements, tombs, temples and caves.
The colours and construction materials, such as the veined polychrome marbles, recall certain Minoan wall-paintings which imitate marble revetment.
Herakleion Old Town
Heraklion is a seaside city in Crete that embraces both past and present.
Take a short walk to the city center of Heraklion, the vibrant capital of Crete, a place where you can feel the vibes of modern life and travel back in the Venetian and Ottoman period by walking among the ancient monuments.
The vibrant city compines squares and pedestrian walkways and it is filled with restaurants and bars, but so much of its charm still concentrates around the Old Town and its romantic Venetian harbour.
You will have time to visit the market, the shops and have lunch and a visit to the Venetian port of Heraklion and the old castle Koules, which is built on two tiers and offers a commanding view of Heraklion from the battlements.
Walking in the old town, you will reach St. Titus’ Cathedral, an impressive sight and Loggia, a wonderful example of a Venetian building.
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