Pre-booked e-Ticket for the Top Minoan Attractions in Heraklion and 2 Audio Tours
Experience Ancient Crete at your own pace with a combo pre-booked e-ticket for the top 2 archaeological attractions, the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and two captivating self-guided audio tours on your smartphone.
Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tours on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the grandeur of Crete from 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 and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from the 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 relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.
Once Upon a Time!
Knossos is the symbol of an entire era. According to the excavations, the site was inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000-3000 BC) until late Antiquity. The city was constructed in different periods but reached its peak during the 16th and 14th centuries. In 1450 BC, the Cretan palaces were destroyed from several causes and there was no recovery. Knossos survived one more century and became the seat of the Mycenaean rulers. Then, the city was abandoned and what was left were the remains of its erstwhile glory. Knossos flourished one last time during the Hellenistic period and, in 67 BC, it became a Roman colony. The city continued to be inhabited until the medieval times when a new town, Chandax -Heraklion today- emerged as the new center of the island of Crete.
Select date and participants
Palace of Knossos tour: Knossos Palace
Heraklion Archaeological Museum tour: The entrance of the archaeological museum
- Adult entry e-ticket for two archaeological attractions valid for 3 days (only one visit per site is allowed in the 3 day period)
- Two self-guided audio tours for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
- Offline content (text, audio narration and maps)
- Live Guide
- Smartphone or headphones
- Food and drinks
Know before you book
- This is a combination of 2 downloadable self-guided audio tours for your smartphone (accessible through our app) and a multi-site entry ticket for 2 archaeological attractions of Crete (the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum)
- The 2 audio tours cover the archaeological site of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
- The multi-site ticket allows one entrance to each site and is valid for 3 consecutive days (only one visit per site is allowed in the three day period)
- No live guide or meeting point provided.
- You will receive an email from the local supplier with important ticket & audio instructions.
- An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS smartphone is required. The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
- You will need storage space on your phone (350 MB)
- Free/reduced admission tickets do not have skip the line privileges and can only be acquired at the ticket booth on-site.
- Please note that the archaeological site of Knossos is not wheelchair accessible
Know before you go
- Download the ticket(s) & audio tours while on WiFi prior to your visit – no wifi/4G on-site
- Receive an email from the local supplier with important ticket & audio instructions. Check your spam folder as well.
- Ticket(s) need to be either printed or downloaded on your phone
- Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphones
- The archaeological site of Knossos as well as the Heraklion Archaeological Museum are two of the most visited sites in Crete. It is advised to start your visit early in the morning. Both of them are more crowded during the holidays and the weekends.
- Wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen during the hot summer months (notice for the archaeological site of Knossos).
- Due to special circumstances (COVID-19) please keep in mind that in the Palace of Knossos access to certain areas is controlled by the security staff or certain areas might be closed. It is, alos, mandatory to wear a mask. The maximum number of visitors in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum at any given time is 15 individuals. The course of the visit may be modified and special restrictions may be imposed due to the circumstances. Inside the museum, facial masks are mandatory for all visitors who should keep a safety distance of at least 2m.
Inside the museum and the archaeological site of Knossos, suitcases or trolleys are not allowed.
Archaeological site of Knossos
- Throne Room
- Queen’s Megaron
- North lustral area
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum
- The Phaistos Disc
- The bull leaping fresco
- The Minos ring
Opening hours for Knossos Palace:
- From April 1st until October 31st, the Palace is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- From November 1st to March 31st, the Palace is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Opening hours for Heraklion Archaeological Museum:
- From 1 November to 31 December 2020 Weekdays (except for Tuesdays): 08:00 – 18:00, Tuesday: 10:00 – 18:00
- From 1 January to 31 March 2021: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00, Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:00
- From 1 April – 31 October 2021: Monday and Wednesday – Sunday: 08:00 – 20:00, Tuesday: 10:00 – 20:00.
Directions to Starting Point
There is no meeting point.
- The tour of the Palace of Knossos (Knossos: Daily Life in the Minoan era) begins just after the entrance to the archaeological site of Knossos (Knossos 714 09, Greece). Knossos is just a 20-minute drive from the city of Heraklion. You will drive along Ethnikis Antistaseos Avenue, which later gives way to Knossos Avenue for about 5 km. You will continue straight ahead until you reach Dedalou street, where you will find the entrance of the archaeological site. Even though you do not have a car, the easiest way is to get the bus. Take the bus 2 from Eleftherias square- the station is located in front of the Capsis Astoria Hotel- or from the central bus station of Heraklion. The ticket costs 1.70 euros (if you have already purchased it from automatic ticket offices or from kiosks) or 2.50 euros (if you purchase it on the bus).
- The Heraklion Archaeological Museum tour (The Heraklion Archaeological Museum: a hymn to art) begins at the entrance of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum which is located at the center of Heraklion, just two minutes away from the very crowded Eleftherias square (Xanthoudidou 2 Str., Τ.Κ. 71202, Heraklion, Crete). Be sure that you have already printed your ticket, before presenting it to the staff. You can go to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on foot or by taking a bus or taxi if you don’t live in the city center. The tour ends at the Museum’s courtyard which is located inside the museum.
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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.