Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum in Heraklion

Ruins of the Palaces in Heraklion
Discover the Palace of Knossos, known to be Europe's oldest "city." Crete was home to the ancient Minoan civilization, and the palace was the center of it all during the Bronze Age. You'll visit the ruins and walk through the Heraklion Archaeological Museum to admire preserved murals and artifacts. 

Upon arrival at Knossos, you'll enjoy a tour of the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace. As you navigate the maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, workshops, and the first European theater, your guide will explain the site's history and mythology. A favorite story amongst visitors is that of the labyrinth, the mythical Minotaur, and Theseus, who killed the beast with Ariadne's help. You'll also hear about the mythical King Minos and the monster Minotaur.

After touring the grounds, head to Heraklion's Archaeological Museum, one of the world's greatest museums. It hosts unique Minoan art and a complete collection of Minoan artifacts. If time allows, explore Heraklion, Crete's largest city with many historical buildings, monuments, and churches that bear witness to its centuries-old history. Consider visiting the Morozini Fountain, the Venetian Loggia, and St. Titus Church.

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Itineraries with Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum in Heraklion

Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days

Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with visits to the Acropolis and the archaeological site at Delphi. Head into the islands next, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Then it's off to Santorini for sunsets and a caldera cruise, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.

Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.

Discover Rhodes and Crete - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in two of Greece's largest islands with this nine-day itinerary. After a quick jaunt through Athens, you'll start with Rhodes, once home to the Colossus and now hosting a meandering medieval town along with beaches, castles, and petite villages to explore. Then head to Crete to see the labyrinth where the Minotaur once roamed and sample two keystone Greek products with wine and olive oil trips.