Heraklion UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Heraklion UNESCO sites

Heraklion: Archaeological Museum & Knossos Ticket with Audio

1. Heraklion: Archaeological Museum & Knossos Ticket with Audio

Experience Ancient Crete at your own pace with a combined e-ticket for the island's top two archaeological attractions, the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Experience two captivating self-guided audio tours on your smartphone. Receive your ticket in a separate email from our local partner, and download the app and audio tours onto your phone prior to your visit. Then travel back in time to experience the grandeur of Crete from the Minoan period to Roman times. Put on your headphones and discover the Palace of Knossos and the exquisite artifacts exhibited in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Through the power of storytelling, learn interesting facts and hear little-known stories from ancient times. The content of the tours is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tours can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into ancient Crete and the Minoan civilization, and to engage with your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Knossos Palace: Private Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

2. Knossos Palace: Private Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

Explore the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos. Skip the long ticket line upon arrival and you meet your own exclusive guide. This site is home to: the Minotaur, the oldest throne in Europe, elegant wall paintings that inspired art Nuevo works centuries later, huge clay earns, advanced draining systems, and quarters sunk into the earth. Together you will see the oldest civilization unfold before your eyes and you will be able to get the best out of your visit to this magnificent structure. 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, that were, once upon a time, bursting with Crete’s treasures. Knossos is considered Europe’s oldest city. The first palace of Knossos was erected soon after 2000 BC. In 1700 BC, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Palace. A new palace was then immediately built and for more than 300 years it represented the pre-eminent center of power in Bronze Age Crete. The new palace was an imposing complex with important architectural innovations, splendid frescoes adorning the walls, hundreds of rooms distributed across four storeys, impressive storage areas, specialized workshops, and spacious courts hosting ceremonies and feasts.

Heraklion: Private Knossos Palace & Archaeology Museum Tour

3. Heraklion: Private Knossos Palace & Archaeology Museum Tour

You will begin your day by visiting the most important archaeological site on Crete and the second most visited archaeological site of the country, the Minoan palace of Knossos and the mythical Labyrinth of Homer. You will be visiting an amazing area which consists of 22,000 square meters. A prehistoric "city", this is the place where the oldest European civilization started and flourished some 5,000 years ago. Following this, in the center of Heraklion Town, you will visit the biggest Archaeological collection of artifacts on Crete. You will explore these pre-hellenic artifacts, focusing on the Minoan period and going deeper into its significance and development throughout time.

From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

4. From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Heraklion to some of Crete's best sights. Immerse yourself in the island's history in the Rethymno's authentic Old Town, pause at the relaxing Kournas Lake, see the UNESCO-listed Arkadi Monastery, and encounter the charming village of Margarites. Begin your experience by savoring the unique atmosphere of Rethymno's Old Town. Take a journey back in time as you walk through its charming narrow streets. Admire the Venetian and Ottoman-style architecture. Experience the smell of fresh bread from wood ovens as you enjoy one of the island's best-preserved towns. Next, leave the town behind as you head for the calming atmosphere of Kournas Lake. Relax in a tranquil setting, with the lake located in a small valley surrounded by high hills. Take a break for some coffee, and have a stroll in the picturesque countryside. After the lake, move onto the 12th-century Arkadi Monastery, designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument. Encounter a site located at an altitude of 500-meters, and surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, pines, cypress and oak trees. Conclude your tour at the village of Margarites. Witness a village which is the centre of the ceramics industry in Crete. Have a walk through its delightful small streets, and pause at one of its ceramics ateliers before your journey back to Heraklion.

Crete: Family-Friendly Educational Private Tour of Knossos

5. Crete: Family-Friendly Educational Private Tour of Knossos

This Experience takes you and your Family to the most important Archaeological site of Crete and the second most visited Archaeological Site of the country, the Minoan palace of Knossos, the mythical Labyrinth of Homer. A prehistoric “city”, the place where the oldest European civilization started and flourished some 5.000 years ago! Let us take you on a journey to the Minoan Times through the ancient Myths, History and Arts and present to you what makes the Cretan Labyrinth truly unique. This tour approached the Minoan Civilization of Crete through images, sounds and feelings and makes it fun and easy to understand for Children. During the tour, you will be using 3D tablets with a virtual reality-based application which presents a three-dimensional recreation of the most important parts of the Palace. This is the funniest and most empirical way to time travel into the far past!

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Heraklion?

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Great communications and organisation - it’s a ‘must do’ when in Crete. We drove from Chania … definitely worth the 2 hour drive … Fascinating experience and learned so much. Make sure you take an early tour …. ours was at 9.00 .. parking later will be difficult .. get a fast track ticket or better still a private tour … well worth the money … it’s a once in a lifetime experience .. and make sure you download the Get Your Guide App.

The audio guide was great and so helpful compared to just walking around on our own. There were a few closed viewpoints in the audio which made some of the directions confusing, but overall we had a great experience and it was super interesting and informative.

We went to the museum in Heraklion, loads of exhibits, followed by the page of Knossos, great experience overall.

Wonderful guide who was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable and it was a fantastic experience

Lovely place. My advice is to visit it early in the morning otherwise it is too crowded.