From Chania – The private tour of Knossos Minoan palace


Discover the greatness of the Minoan civilization and experience ancient Crete like never before…

All pick-up points for this tour are within Chania region. For pick-up from the other regions in Crete, please contact us.

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All about the From Chania – The private tour of Knossos Minoan palace.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the secrets of the most ancient civilization in Europe
  • Explore the oldest city in Europe
  • Learn everything from a local licensed guide
  • Analytic descriptions for the ancient history of Crete
  • Interactive guiding with educational material
  • Learn about the Minoans and their every-day life
  • Unique museum exhibits
  • Walking in Heraklion city center



Follow us and explore the oldest city of Europe and the first organized human civilization, the Minoans. Discover the greatness of the ancient Minoans and walk around the old stone-paths of Knossos, the cradle of Minoan civilization.

The palace of Knossos, the center of Minoan civilization, was constituted the main force of the island’s population during the Bronze Age. Their civilization, as well as the palace, was destroyed at the explosion of the Santorini Volcano. The excavation conducted by Arthur Evans 1900-1913 and 1922-1930 brought to light the grand palace of Knossos, along with other great findings of immense importance concerning the culture and the life of the Minoans, which are as of yet kept at the archaeological museum of Heraklion.

In this private tour, you’ll have the chance to explore the most important monuments of the site such as, The Palace of Knossos, the Little Palace, the Royal Villa, house of the Frescoes, Caravanserai, the “Unexplored Mansion”, the Temple Tomb, the House of the High Priest, the South Mansion, the  Villa of Dionysos etc.

The trip starts from Chania region (or any other region of Crete upon request). The pick-up is from your hotel’s lobby. Heading to Heraklion region, which is approximately 2 hours away, you’ll enjoy the nice route. The first stop is the palace of Knossos, and a tour by a professional licensed local guide is the following. After the tour of the palace, you’ll reach the center of Heraklion, and the tour of the archeological museum starts. You’ll also have plenty of time to eat and shop. After approximately 3-4 hours stay in Heraklion we head back to Chania (or any other region of Crete).

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Bottled water per person
  • English speaking, local driver
  • Licensed and professional local guide
  • Ancient city and museum entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Private tour
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  1. Schedule All year
    • Schedule: All year – Upon request
  2. Location Heraklion

    Heraklion, Crete

  3. Duration Approximately

    8 hours

  4. Terms & Conditions Don't Forget
    • The company reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when this is considered necessary, for example in case of unfavorable weather conditions. This can be done without prior notice.
    • Reservations must be made 12 hours before the tour. A cancellation must be done 5 days before the tour for 50% refund. In case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from the company.
    • If a tour is cancelled due to low participation or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments
    • In case of allergies, tolerances or food preferences please inform the company in advance.
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    • Tour type: Private tour

    Important Note: This tour is including hotel pick up – drop off for accommodations in Chania city. Pick up from Rethimnon, Heraklion and Lasithi is not included. In case of hotels at least 20km away from Chania city center there will be an additional transportation fee.

  6. Tour Starts ----

    08:30-09:00 am

  7. Starting point Chania

    * Your hotel lobby

    Important Note: This tour is including hotel pick up – drop off for accommodations in Chania city. Pick up from Rethimnon, Heraklion and Lasithi is not included. In case of hotels at least 20km away from Chania city center there will be an additional transportation fee.

We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can participate up to 18 travelers maximum on a trip. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes.

The availability listed on our website is updated every minute however on some tours we must confirm arrangements with our people on the ground, a process which usually takes no more than 24 hours. When you book online you will receive a follow-up email confirming your arrangements or a timeframe for when they will be confirmed.

Every departure is guaranteed to run. Yup, all of them. Once you’ve booked and paid, that’s it, you’re going. Guaranteed. Your trip won’t be cancelled by us for any reason (beyond harsh weather or safety issues). Promise.

All documentation is sent electronically by email. Shortly after we receive your payment we will send you your initial documents. Final documentation will be sent by email no later than two days prior to the departure.

Yes, all of our Tour Managers and Tour Drivers speak English, some speak additional languages as well, but your tour will be conducted in English

You will automatically receive an e-voucher to your email address. Please print your voucher/ticket or keep a picture to your mobile phone which contains your unique reference number. Please remember to bring this with you on the day. You will not be allowed entrance to an attraction without a valid ticket.

If there is any problem with your booking or payment details, we will contact you on the telephone number or email address stated in your booking. Sometimes tours may not operate due to insufficient numbers, and we may need to contact you to advise you of any such changes.

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