Private tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Private Guided Tour

Activity provider: Vangelis Alefantinos
Private tour

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Private Guided Tour

Activity provider: Vangelis Alefantinos

From US$ 171.54 per group up to 2

Enjoy fast entry and a guided tour inside the majestic Minoan Palace of Crete. Meet your licensed guide at the Knossos Palace entrance, skip the ticket lines, and wander into the remains of the ancient Minoan civilization.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German, Italian, Russian
Private group


  • Secure fast entry into the Knossos Palace with a pre-booked ticket
  • Enjoy a guided tour inside the Knossos Palace
  • Learn about the ancient Minoan civilization from a licensed guide
Full description
Settlements in Knossos date as far back as the Neolithic period. Neolithic remains from around 7000 BC are found throughout Crete. Explore the ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization and enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Knossos Palace. The Knossos Palace was built from 1700 to 1400 BC. Advanced architectural techniques were used in its construction, and sections of the palace stood up to 5 stories high. It featured 1,300 rooms connected by corridors, and a theater and extensive storerooms, which held large clay containers of oil, grains, dried fish, beans and olives – often with gold hidden beneath.
  • Entry ticket to the Knossos Palace (skip the ticket line)
  • Private guided tour by a licensed archaeologist
  • Free entry and guided tour for children from European countries
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Free entrance for children not from European countries (cost 8 euros/child)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Front entrance of the Knossos Palace

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 208 reviews

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It is very much worth having a private guide explain everything to you as you walk through the palace and ruins. We would not have learned as much about the palace history and Minoan civilization. Our guide was Vangelis Alefantinos and he was amazing and had a wealth of information and history that he shared with us.

August 20, 2022

Vangelis was an excellent tour guide. It would be impossible to understand the context of Knossos without a guide and he went above and beyond to make our time there interesting and memorable. Skipping the line is a fantastic perk as well, since there was definitely a long wait to get a ticket for those without a tour pre-booked. Would highly recommend.

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August 11, 2022

Our guide spoke German very well and informed us clearly and in detail about Knossos. Due to the few panels, you definitely cannot learn so much without a guide. He took very good care of our seven year old daughter. You should definitely be there by 9 a.m., otherwise you'll be surrounded by huge crowds of tourists and won't be able to see a lot of things in peace.

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August 1, 2022

Product ID: 127091