Knossos is the site of the most important and better known palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary king Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daedalus and Icarus. The site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000- 3000 B.C.) until Roman times. After its partial destruction in 1450 B.C., Knossos was settled by Mycenaeans from the Greek Mainland. The city flourished again during the Hellenistic period in 67 B.C. It was captured by the Roman Quintus Caecilius Metelus Creticus. Knossos was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. Arthur Evans conducted systematic excavations at the site between 1900 and 1931, bringing to light the palace, a large section of the Minoan city, and the cemeteries. The restoration of the palace to its present form was carried out by Arthur Evans.
of Minoan civilisation par excellence, the museum houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities the world over. The main building of the museum was closed for interior renovation from November 2006 to May 2013 with a small temporary exhibition remaining opened.
- Mandatory use of face covering before boarding on bus
- For the period 2020 the trip to Knossos will not include a visit to
the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, as due to COVID-19 it is not allowed to
visit groups of more than 15 people. After the visit to the palace of Knossos, the
participants will have free time in the city of Heraklion, where they will have
the opportunity to visit the archeological museum individually
- The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
- Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.