Day Tour

The Palace of Knossos & the Heraklion Museum (4 Hours)

Greece A La Carte

Heraklion, Greece

Valid for Travel Now Through: 09 Nov 2019

The Palace of Knossos & the Heraklion Museum (4 Hours )

Heraklion, Greece

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Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

5 and Above

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This amazing tour takes you to Knossos, one of the most impressive archaeological sites anyone can visit in Greece.  Knossos was once the capital city of the prehistoric Minoan civilization, one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, and thought to be the basis for the original Labyrinth housing the mythological Minotaur.  

In the most famous story about Minos, he refused to sacrifice a certain bull. The god Poseidon punished him by making his wife Pasiphae fall in love with the animal, and she subsequently gave birth to a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man: the Minotaur.  Daedalus built the Labyrinth so that the Minotaur could be confined in it.

Follow your guide in order to visit a portion of the excavated and partially reconstructed Palace of King Minos, whose central court divides the Palace into two wings, the West and the East. The West wing, where you will enter, is where the religious and official staterooms are found while domestic rooms and workshops occupy the East wing.

The Palace houses the Hall of the Royal Guard, decorated with frescoes and shields, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King’s Chamber, housing the alabaster throne amidst paintings of griffins and lilies and the Queen’s Apartment, adorned with murals of dolphins and spirals reminding us of the legend of the Labyrinth.  

After touring the Palace, return to your vehicle and drive to Heraklion, where you will enjoy a guided tour through the extraordinary Archaeological Museum, viewing the unique items from the Minoan culture found at Knossos palace.

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Friendly Service

By: charlie1

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2013

We felt our guide Francisco was friendly and shared facts about Santorini and enjoyed the places he took us to see. However, he ended the tour 1/2 hour early and seemed anxious to drop us off at a place to eat lunch. I am not sure if there was not much needed to have a private guide in Santorini but we felt we could have enjoyed the island on our own or certainly not with a private guide for what the cost was.

Disappointed with first tour guide, second tour guide was excellent.

By: chris/dorothy

Reviewed on: 25 May 2014

Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale


By: Vchase

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2014

Everything about our recent trip to Greece was perfect!!!


By: Patlee

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2014

Our tour of the city of Athens, the Acropolis and new Acropolis Museum was outstanding. Our guide was exceptional. We voted him one of the top 3 guides ever in our experience for his professionalism, knowledge and consideration for the needs of his clients. He clearly had a passion for his subject and was able to bring history alive for our group. We had visited Athens before the new Acropolis Museum was completed and were so glad we were able to return and see this magnificent museum.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Great service

By: Stevie&Kevin

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2014

My husband and I got married in Greece and we're put in touch with Antonia and Kasi. Both women we're absolutely amazing and made our wedding perfect. Every detail and aspect was well though out and they both literally took care of everything so that 2 hours before the ceremony was when my fiancé and I started to get ready. These women were amazing and I owe my perfect ceremony to them!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Essenburg

Friendly Service

By: Midchester

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2015

The transfers and tour were great. We were picked up on time and they were very friendly. However, we confirmed our ride to the airport and came to find out they had the wrong date booked. Had we not confirmed we would not have had a ride that morning. We would have liked a more detailed schedule as we were told from the airport we'd go right into our tour. We packed accordingly. However, we went to the hotel first to check-in, it was unclear about when the tour actually began as it started 2 hours later than what was on our documents. The Athens tour was very informative with our private guide. We would have liked a bit more time on our own to see the sites as it was a very tiring 4 hours. Our tour guide was great though and made sure we understood all history of Athens. Overall the tour was very informative and we had friendly guides who met our needs.
Travel Advisor:  David Mellon

Very nice

By: Andy

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2015

Well done. Thorough. I'd recommend to others interested in this same sort of activities and excursions.
Travel Advisor:  Damien Martin

good hotels, good value

By: Benji

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2017

In general, I believe the hotels were nice, clean, well situated with good service. In addition, I felt that their prices were adequate in terms of what they offered.
Travel Advisor:  Cindi Smith

Great reliable service

By: Julie

Reviewed on: 25 May 2017

Greece A La Carte was with us through our whole trip. They picked us up from the airport and brought us to our hotel. The next day we had a guided tour of Athens and the Acropolis, dropping us off at Piraeus for our cruise. One week later, we were pick up at Piraeus and given a guided tour of Corinth, then delivered to our hotel. Finally, again driven back to the airport from our hotel. The courteous drivers were always on time and drove new, clean vans or taxis. The guides were very knowledgable, especially Kriton in Athens. We learned so much from him. Also the driver that day was very kind and gave us cold water bottles ever time we got in and out of the taxi. Thanks Greece A La Carte for your wonderful service!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Shea


By: jlpurser

Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2017

Out experience was top of the line - Santorini is a beautiful, wonderful place to visit. Our hotel was amazing, our tour was amazing - we were very pleased - amazing memories!!!
Travel Advisor:  Tina Aikman

Acropolis tour

By: Foster

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Aristotle was our tour guide for the day as we explored The Acropolis and The Parthenon. He was extremely knowledgeable, fun, and easy to talk to. We would definitely book another tour in the future!
Travel Advisor:  Jan Barash


By: Jo

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2017

Lisa our tour guide/driver was delightful. She was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, was accommodating and a joy to be around.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa McKay


By: Peg

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

Great job! Fun day.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa McKay

Greece A La Carte

By: KM

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2017

Service from them was impeccable.

Tours led by Greece A La Carte

By: allison bertrand

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

wonderful. Our guides were excellent and we enjoyed our tours.
Travel Advisor:  Jonathan Phillips

very accommodating

By: luna

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2018

Greece A La Carte was great, I would use them again
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano


By: tanya

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2018

Tgey did a great job !! the tour guides were outstanding and all our tours were fun and interesting excellent quality drivers as well as the tour guides were very knowledgeable great with the children I would use them again thank you we had a wonderful time
Travel Advisor:  Laurie Valdez


By: Anna

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2018

Perfect! Everything went like clockwork.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Europe 2018

By: Monica

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2018

We absolutely loved our tour guide in Athens. Sophie was fantastic and having a private tour made it above and beyond. Even our driver, Dimitri, held the door open and had bottles of water for us (much needed). Sophie was extremely knowledgeable on everything. It's so nice to ask Dimitri or Sophie other questions we might have while in Athens. Would recommend her. Did not like guide in Santorini. I felt he looked very unprofessional to begin with. The driver was very professional. He should have been our tour guide. He actually lives on the island too. The guide, although knowledgeable, seemed somewhat cocky and sometimes made off color comments. He had a little attitude as well when I asked him certain things.
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Grubb


By: Normie

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2018

Tour guide Bobsai great
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

A good surprise

By: amazed

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2018

Greece was much more than we expected. Athens is a great city. Our guide was extremely good, very knowledgeable and paced everything just right. The hotel was exceptional.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Finding our about Greece

By: Just John

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2018

We saw everything we wanted to and our Guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We talked history, culture and politics with him and learned at great deal about ancient and modern Greece. Much fun.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer


By: Kelli

Reviewed on: 03 May 2019

Great experience
Travel Advisor:  Margaret Nichols

Perfect Honeymoon

By: jblake

Reviewed on: 22 May 2019

Everything that we did with Greece A La Carte was perfection. We never had to worry about a thing! From a wonderful private tour in Athens, gorgeous hotels, and perfect ferry and driving transfers we never had to worry about a thing! Olga was our private tour guide in Athens and she was incredible! Knowing that we were honeymooners she went above and beyond to make our quick time in Athens amazing. She made things interesting and we laughed and talked the whole time. For something that could have been redundant and boring she made it exciting and interesting. We spent time at Ammos hotel in Mykonos and it was by far the best hotel we stayed in during out honeymoon! It was trendy, luxurious and the customer service was incredible. Everything at this hotel was perfect. 18 grapes in Naxos was beautiful and we loved the people but the hotel was very far away from everything. I don't know if I would go back again but the hotel itself was wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Joy Cottrill