Knossos: Skip-The-Line Ticket with Audio Tour

Knossos, Greece

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Visit the Palace of Knossos with a skip-the-line e-ticket combined with a self-guided audio tour on your smartphone.

Enjoy a hassle-free visit to the grand capital of Minoan Crete, located 5 km south of Iraklion. The evocative setting and the impressive ruins of the palace, courtyards, private apartments, baths, storehouses, as well as the brightly-coloured frescoes, come alive through an engaging narrative that sheds light upon various elements of Minoan culture.

The cup bearers and procession frescoes at the South Propylaeum depicting scenes from the everyday life and the ceremonial activities in Minoan Crete are a great insight into the aesthetic ideals of the time. Follow the evolution of Minoan fashion, learn about the popular hairstyles of the people and discover the beauty products that they used to touch up their look. At the West Magazines, where the storage facilities of the palace are located, you will gain an understanding of the well-organized bureaucracy that supported the palace organization, the earliest forms of linear writing, as well as the Minoan economy and trade networks. Discover the copy of the “Prince of the Lilies” at the South Entrance Corridor and gaze out on Mount Juktas, perfectly framed by the eroded walls of the palace. Picture what rural life must have been like in Minoan Crete as you learn about the agriculture of the early Cretans, travel and transportation of the time and the ritual significance of the mountains in their religion.

This is an unmissable opportunity to experience what life in Minoan Crete must have been like following in Yishharu’s steps, the son of an aristocratic family who grew up in the peaceful years of Minoan naval power!


  • Minoan Top Model

    1. Minoan Top Model

    Yishharu was slim, tall, and fit. He wore shorts and walk along the corridors at Knossos showcasing his elegant eyebrows and his long hair.
  • The original Mediterranean diet

    2. The original Mediterranean diet

    The Minoan table lacked for nothing. Each meal was a celebration of delightful dishes and refreshing drinks. Fortunately Yishharu’s metabolism allowed him to enjoy his meals without gaining weight.
  • Beyond the palace

    3. Beyond the palace

    There was life beyond the palace. Yishharu never missed a chance to visit the fields on the hills surrounding Knossos. He would even trek all the way to Mount Juktas in search of divine help and blessings.

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Cultural Mapping

Cultural Mapping is an ATHINA Educational Network initiative ( Minoan Routes integrate myth, history, and tradition to highlight aspects of life in prominent focal points of Minoan Crete.

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Address Knossos 714 09, Greece
Starting point Knossos Palace
  • Entrance fee/adult ticket for Knossos
  • Skip-the-line service (ticket sent to your email by the tour provider)
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
  • Offline content with offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks; Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • There is no internet access in the archeological site & mobile signal is weak
Know before you book
  • This is a combination of a skip-the-line e-ticket for Knossos & a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone
  • No live guide will accompany you
  • After booking, you will receive an email from Clio Muse with your personal promo code and instructions for the audio tour. Your entry tickets will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to your selected visit time.
  • Participants aged 0-18 and EU Students can enter for free upon presentation of their ID or passport at the location. However, it is required for them to queue to receive their zero-value pass.
  • Non-EU Students and participants over 65 years old are entitled to reduced tickets. However, reduced tickets do not have a skip-the-line privilege and will require the participants to queue to present their ID or passport at the location.
  • Please note that for the audio tour you must have an Android or iOS smartphone and make sure you have enough storage space. The size for the app and the audio tour is 100-150 MB.
  • Kindly note that wheelchair accessibility to the site isn’t available.
Know before you go
  • Prior to your visit, download the tickets, Clio Muse application and the audio tour “Minos’ Children: daily life in Knossos” on your smartphone to go offline and avoid roaming charges.
  • Skip the line and proceed to the validating machines to scan your ticket.
  • Tickets need to be either printed or downloaded on your phone.
  • The audio tour can be used anytime, online or offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it.
  • There is no internet access in the archeological site & mobile signal is weak.
Areas Knossos Palace
Opening hours Winter (1 Nov. to 31 Mar.) Every day 08:00 - 15:00. Last admission 14:45 Summer (1 Apr. to 31 Oct.) Every day 08:00 - 19:30
Recommended apparel Please wear sunscreen and a hat during the hot summer months. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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