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Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion Guided Walking Tour

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    Stop: 4 hours - Admission excluded
    Visit the Mythical Palace of Knossos of King Minos and Labyrinth home to the Minotaur. (Duration 90 min) Knossos, a complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, was an astonishing palace, built for a mighty king of the Bronze Age. As you wander through the labyrinthine ruins, you will have the chance to see the original throne of "Minos", the mystifying sanctuaries, the luxurious domestic quarters of the royal family, the once upon a time bursting with Crete’s treasures pantries and the astonishing water-management systems! Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. Free Time. If you wish to spend extra time for pictures at Knossos palace. We meet you next at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion at 01:30pm The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion provides a unique opportunity for the visitor to marvel at the findings of the first of civilization in Europe, the Minoan civilization. (Duration 90 min) The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide. (This price does NOT include, entrance fees, transfers, and any personal expenses! Only the Guided Tour.) Tour starts from November 1st to April 30th every: Monday 09:30am Tuesday 09:30am Wednesday 09:30am Thursday 09:30am Friday 09:30am Saturday 09:30am Tour starts from May 1st to May 31st every: Monday 09:00am Tuesday 09:00am Wednesday 09:00am Thursday 09:00am Friday 09:00am Saturday 09:00am Tour starts from June 1st to October 31st every: Monday 09:00am Tuesday 09:00am Wednesday 09:00am Thursday 09:00am Friday 09:00am Saturday 09:00am Please check your location before booking! Crete is divided in four regional units and is approximately 260 km (162 miles) long and 60 km (37 miles) wide. Crete’s four prefectures: from west to east, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Lasithi (Elounda, Agios Nikolaos). Knossos palace located at the center of the island (Heraklion). We are located at Heraklion city center. Distance to Knossos palace from: Heraklion center, port or airport (code HER) approx. is 5 km (3 miles or 20 min by car) Chania center, port (Suda port) or airport (code CHQ) approx. is 140 km (87 miles or 2,5 hours by car) Rethymnon center or port approx. is 85 km (53 miles or 1,5 hours by car) Lasithi (Elounda, Agios Nikolaos) center or port approx. is 75 km (47 miles or 1,5 hours by car)
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Ξανθουδίδη και Χατζηδάκη 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece
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    1: WeGuide.gr, Knossos 714 09, Greece
    2: Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Ξανθουδίδη και Χατζηδάκη 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
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    4h
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    Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Ξανθουδίδη και Χατζηδάκη 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece
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    • Tour Guide English speaking
    • NOT included entrance fees, transfers, and any personal expenses! Only the Guided Tour.
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Dress code is formal
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    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
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    • Most travelers can participate
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    Went to visit and was pretty disappointed. Long lines, poor maintenance and a real lack of quality explanations. They like to complain about the misinterpretation of the guy who discovered it but haven't done anything to really improve it.
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    Response from YannisF47, Ιδιοκτήτης at Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion Guided Walking Tour
    Responded 21 Nov 2019
    Dear pimlicowolf Thank you for the review although you posted a review on our site concerning something that does not have to do with the services we provide, but we shall help you to maybe understand better the place you visited. Knossos is one of the monumental sites within Europe. Sample of the Earliest civilization of Europe. Like all world famous sites within Europe and Greece is within Europe, ancient sites within Europe fulfill certain standards, Knossos has a long line when one tries to enter. That is why guests book with us to avoid such long lines. Although in the Louvre one might have to stand for hours before reaching the ticket booth! As for maintenance there are regulations concerning ancient sites...one does realize that maintaining a 4000 year old site is almost impossible. That is why Greece and other countries with ancient sites are part of the program Hercules in order to save ancient sites from becoming extinct. The style of maintenance and restoration conform with the UN regulations of preservation and protocols as set in 2016. Who exactly are the they that you mention that complain? The Gentleman Sir.Arthur Evans did not discover the site but excavated the site for 30 years investing not only time but also his personal finances and helped the union of Crete from the Ottomans and union with Greece after finding the oldest throne of Europe in Knossos. Evans is part of history, the end of an Era of the Victorians and part of the evolution of the science later on known as archeology. The signs in the site of Knossos, describe clearly what one sees and within brackets what Evans at the time believed. You mention they ? They haven’t done anything? The BSA(British school of archeology of Athens) and the Greek school has a whole library for all the schools of archeology and academics, as well as there are many papers on line, or you could book directly a guide with our agency and have the opportunity to hear all the latest concerning Knossos and Minoan Crete. Excavations still are on going and there is much to learn ! Like in all ancient sites one can purchase a guide book, book a shared tour or even a private tour. Please feel free to contact us upon your return to Crete.
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    My guide (Joanna) was a breath of fresh air. From start to finish her presentation of ancient and historical information admist the backdrop of artifacts and ruins made for a truly enjoyable experience. She was easy to talk to and even though you knew you might not be as
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    Response from WeGuide C, Owner at Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion Guided Walking Tour
    Responded 31 Oct 2019
    Thank you!
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    Joanna Glyptis was our tour guide. Rather than following typical protocol of providing historical facts she offered her own view on the history of humanity from a different prospective. I was afraid to miss a single word from her presentation. We highly recommend her for open
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    Response from WeGuide C, Owner at Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion Guided Walking Tour
    Responded 10 Oct 2019
    Thank you !!
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    One of the highlights from our two-week vacation in Greece. In fact, our tour of Knossos and the Archeological Museum was such an enlightening excursion that we asked to schedule another private tour on the following day of nearby Phaestos. Both tours gave us amazing value for
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    Response from WeGuide C, Owner at Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion Guided Walking Tour
    Responded 5 Oct 2019
    Thank you so much !!
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    This tour was phenomenal. Johanna didn't simply walk us through the Knossos site and the museum, she walked us through history, anthropology, and sociology, while highlighting the impact of cultural bias on assumptions and interpretation. It was education, not simply relaying
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    Response from WeGuide C, Owner at Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion Guided Walking Tour
    Responded 27 Sep 2019
    Thank you so much!!
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    By: WeGuide
    97 reviews
    achang19
    Chicago, Illinois
    3825
    Engaging and informative guided tour
    We had a great tour with Akrivi. She helped us understand 1) the Minoan civilization (which gave us helpful
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    pimlicowolf
    London, United Kingdom
    80
    Tourist attraction long on queues and short on quality
    Went to visit and was pretty disappointed. Long lines, poor maintenance and a real lack of quality explanations.
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    NavySquid325
    Los Angeles, California
    410
    Historical Accuracy Appreciated
    My guide (Joanna) was a breath of fresh air. From start to finish her presentation of ancient and historical
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    CLLJJR
    Keene, New Hampshire
    13885
    A Tour With a Licensed Guide Taught Us So Much in Understandable Language
    We were fortunate to book this tour for 9:00 AM and there were only two of us. The guide introduced us to Greek
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    over65MA
    61
    Knossos History
    We had Joanna for our guide. She was a highly educated and knowledgeable about the evolution of the Minoan culture
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    dmcdonald1918
    10
    Great customer service
    They helped us out when trying to enter the site. A big thank you for the ladies at Knosso, they will take care
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    xavierhs
    10
    Fantastic food tour
    Mirjam was teriffic. The food sampled, the locations selected, and the local personalities we met and shared time
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    Pam A
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    21
    Knossos
    Joanna was an excellent guide- free of hyped untrue stories. A welcomed academic experience. Would definitely
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    AndreS5475
    10
    The best ever tour guide.
    Joanna Glyptis was our tour guide. Rather than following typical protocol of providing historical facts she
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    Alexis M
    41
    Amazing value for the money
    One of the highlights from our two-week vacation in Greece. In fact, our tour of Knossos and the Archeological
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    Jon D
    10
    Knossos Guided Walking Tour
    We had a guide named Joanna. She was the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. She was not only able to
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    Susan G
    10
    A tour that days later still has me thinking
    This tour was phenomenal. Johanna didn't simply walk us through the Knossos site and the museum, she walked us
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    lindahW1429ST
    Mosman, Australia
    21
    Great Tours
    Johanna was an excellent guide and I enjoyed her erudite explanations and the links she made from our morning
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    acwmare
    Winnipeg, Canada
    20
    Knossos Guided Tour
    Akrivi was wonderful with her knowledge and to tell the story. Tour was five star plus She gave us enough time to
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    gastrodoulos
    Itteringham, United Kingdom
    30
    Knossos Palace Guided Walking Tour
    It was an excellent guided tour, one of the very best I have had. The guide was knowledgeable about the Minoan
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