Knossos & Museum Private Tour

Knossos & Museum Private Tour

5 Hours Difficulty: Moderate Private Includes Tickets

Private tour in Knossos and the Heraklion Archeological Museum

Make the most of your visit in Knossos and the Archeological museum by hiring a private guided tour. The benefits of having your own private guide are important. First of all you will visit the sites the best time of the day and distance your private guided tour away from big groups . You will enjoy a detailed perspective and you can ask as many questions as you like and will not feel rushed. Depending on your interests our expert guides will focus on archeology, history, art, and also mythology of the bronze age of Crete in both Knossos as well as the Archeological museum. Our friendly guides will provide you with the best experience so you will appreciate both of your visits to Knossos as well as the Archeological museum and your visit will be memorable . We will visit Knossos, the largest and most famous of the Minoan palaces, the home of the mythical King Minos and the monster Minotaur, a multi-acre complex of royal apartments, elaborate staircases, storage and craft areas, the first European theater, and a throne room with the original Bronze Age throne. Replicas of many frescoes grace the site. The originals are in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which will be the next stop of this private tour. After the visit of Knossos, you will enjoy some free time at the site for photos and shopping. Finally we will be meeting at the entrance of the Heraklion Archeological Museum in Heraklion city center for the second part of our private guided tour. The final part of this private tour includes a short city walk in Heraklion through the Venetian historical center where you can visit landmarks such as the Church of St.Mark, the Venetian Loggia and the Four Lions Square.

Special Remarks

When: From April until September every day at 9.00 & 14:00, except national celebrations and Greek official holidays. Languages: Greek -  English - French - German - Italian - Russian Dress Code: Casual, comfortable walking shoes, sunblock. Includes:  Full services of an officially qualified tourist guide, admission fees to Knossos and Heraklion Museum and bottled water.  Accessibility: Wheelchairs can access only parts of the Knossos site. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is wheelchair accessible.  Restrooms - WC: Available.

Choose your prefered language

Our guides are fluent in the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian and Russian.

Moderate difficulty

Mostly flat surfaces and pathways, some uneven terraces and stairs at Knossos, where wheelchairs can access only half the site. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is wheelchair accessible. 

Tour Itinerary

Part 1: Knossos Palace

Meeting Point
Entrance of the Palace of Knossos in the area of the tourist Guides.
West entrance of the palace
Information about the historical periods.
History of the excavations.
Introduction in the Cretan mythology
Throne room
We will visit the throne room to see the authentic throne of King Minos who was the son of Zeus and Europe according to mythology.
Royal quarters
We will talk about the luxurious domestic quarters of king Minos and queen Pasiphae.
The Minotaur
From archeology we will go into mythology as this is where the legend of the minotaur was inspired.

Tour Itinerary

Part 2: The Archeological Museum of Heraklion

Meeting Point
The entrance of the Archeological Museum in Heraklion
Prehistoric collection
Stone age
Prepalatial findings
Minoan ceramic and findings
Origin: The old Palaces of Crete dating back to 2000B.C.
New palacial findings
Dating back to 1700B.C.
Ceramic jewels section
Personal belongings collection
Personal items from the second Palace of Knossos, Festos Palace, Malia Archeological site and Zakros
Findings from ancient cemeteries, shrines, houses
Minoan frescoes
Origin: Knossos Palace and Minoan houses

Tour Itinerary

Part 3: Heraklion City Center

City walk
Short walk around the historical city center
Morozini fountain
The Four Lions Square
Basilica of Saint Mark
Former Roman Catholic Church of Saint Mark
Cathedral of Saint Titos
Orthodox church dedicated to Saint Titos built around 950A.D.
Venetian Loggia
Free time
At the end of the tour you will have free time for lunch and shopping in Heraklion city center.

Tour Pricing

Knossos & Museum Private Tour
Private group
  • Tickets included
  • Children can join for free
  • Tailored to your spoken language


Great excursions with a professional guide.
We booked 2 excursions Malia Palace Archaeological Site + Knossos Palace + Archaeological Museum and Gortyna + Festos + Monastery Palianis We had a special condition that the guide was versed in archeology - our guide was excellent The car was very comfortable, the driver was a professional. It was very pleasant to work with the company Tourist guides of Crete, they quickly responded to the email, offered many options for excursions with professional guides, the cost of individual excursions was very good.
September 2021

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