Half Day Tour Heraklion and Knossos


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For travelers that wish to combine a city tour, with the most visited attraction on the island.

Overview of Trip

Our tour starts early in the morning from the city of Heraklion to give us plenty of time to enjoy all the area’s highlights. The first stop is the Palace of Knossos, located only a couple of kilometers outside the city center towards the village of Vlichia. 

Knossos was one of the great ancient cities of Crete island that together with Gortyna and Kydonia, fought over control and dominance. Knossos was no ordinary city and enjoyed a standard of living that would have been unheard of in other European cities. It featured a sophisticated water and sewer management system and buildings that were adorned with elaborate and colorful decorations, including the well-known Minoan frescoes

Here is where some of the most popular and enduring myths of Greek mythology occur, including the legendary King Minos, son of Zeus and Europa, and the Minotaur. According to the legend, this half-bull half-man creature lived in a labyrinth, designed by Daedalus, and was killed by Theseus after receiving help from Minos’ daughter Ariadne. King Minos first appears in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad but was a popular character in mythology for thousands of years. Many years later, in 1900, archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans would use the name of King Minos to describe the Minoan civilization that was brought to light. 

Of all the things we know about the people of Knossos, the name they used for themselves is not one of them

Knossos combines mythology, history, culture, and art and is a must-see for all, including families with children. It is recommended to take a guided tour of the Palace and surrounding grounds to better understand the various findings and their significance. 

After your visit to the Palace of Knossos, it is time to depart for the city of Heraklion for more explorations. Take the time to wander around the Venetian buildings and Koules Fortress, built in the 13th century by the Venetians and rebuilt under the Genoese. 

From here, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is only a short 10-minute walk that you can visit after exploring the squares and various churches around the center. A visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a must following your exploration of Knossos. Many of the findings from the Palace are housed here, plus the museum is one of the oldest and most beautiful on the island. You will get the chance to see the Phaistos Disc, one of archaeology’s greatest mysteries, and the Minoan snake goddess figures.

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1. Knossos Palace

Every visitor to Crete should experience the beauty and learn the history of Knossos. Best with a licensed guide!


2. Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The capital of the island boasts numerous activities for visitors to explore, including Heraklion Archaeological Museum that is best combined with a visit to Knossos.

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3. City Tour and Venetian Wall

More than 3km of fortifications protect the Old City of Heraklion. The Venetian walls and gates that still stand are the perfect backdrop for discovering more about its past.


4. City Strolling

The capital of the island boasts numerous activities for visitors to explore, including the Basilica of St. Marks and Morozini's Fountain.

About the tour

Pick your group size

Prices for this group, vary by group size. 

  • 1-3 people per group – 240€
  • 4-7 people per group – 330€
  • 8-15 people per group – 480€

If you have a larger group or require a custom service, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange something for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No, our tour packages are transparent, and all costs and fees are clearly outlined. There are no hidden costs. The price you see includes all specified activities and any other mentioned inclusions.

Yes! We can accommodate specific preferences and tailor the itinerary to better suit your interests. 

Know Before You Go

  • Greeks generally dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Avoid beachwear or revealing clothing in such places. 
  • If the itinerary includes a church or monastery visit, it is recommended guests bring a long scarf or shawl to cover the shoulders, arms and below the knees. Men should also have their arms covered and avoid shorts. 
  • Comfortable shoes are advisable, especially if you plan on exploring historical sites with uneven terrain.
  • While casual wear is accepted in many places, dressing slightly more formally in the evenings is appreciated in some restaurants and venues.
  • The official currency is the Euro (€). Ensure you have some cash on hand for small purchases, as not all places may accept credit cards. A mix of smaller bills is also a practical approach. 
  • ATMs are widely available in urban areas, but it’s advisable to inform your bank about your travel dates to avoid any issues with card usage.
  • Currency exchange services are available at airports, banks, and currency exchange offices, offering competitive rates.
  • In some places, we might stop by local vendors and small shops. Having small cash with you is recommended for such places.
  • Many tourist sites and accommodations have made efforts to be accessible, but it’s advisable to check in advance and communicate any specific needs.
  • Please inform us of any special needs in advance to ensure a smoother experience.
  • Pack comfortable clothing suitable for the weather during your visit, including swimwear for beach destinations.
  • If you take medication, don’t forget to bring that with you on your day pack or bag. 
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are essential, especially during the hot summer months.
  • Consider bringing a portable charger for Full Day Tours, to ensure enough battery for your electronics (camera, phone). 
  • We also suggest bringing a reusable water bottle to minimize plastic waste during the tour, aligning with our responsible tourism values.
  • The basic Greek greetings are: “Kalimera” (Good morning), “Kalispera” (Good evening), “Efharisto” (Thank you).
  • English is widely understood, but learning a few phrases in Greek can enhance your experience and interaction with locals.
  • Greek cuisine includes staples like olives, feta cheese, moussaka, and souvlaki. Don’t miss trying local specialties.
  • The Greek diet is also well suited to vegan, and vegetarian diets, especially if you are visiting during the Easter period (Lent). 
  • For travelers with gluten-free or celiac dietary requirements, it’s worth noting that while accommodating these needs can be more challenging in some parts of Greece, busy touristy areas often have a growing awareness and offer a more accessible range of options to cater to these specific dietary preferences.”
  • In restaurants, it’s common to linger over meals. Don’t rush; enjoy the leisurely pace of dining.
  • Greeks tend to order and eat “from the middle”, which is similar to tapas style. The food is placed in the middle, including salads, appetizers, and mains and everyone helps themselves to everything. 
  • Tipping is customary, and rounding up the bill is a common practice.
  • Tap water is generally safe to drink, with the exception of most islands. 
  • Bottled water is best to avoid any sensitive stomach issues, and is very affordable to purchase. 
  • In certain crowded tourist areas, pickpocketing is a potential threat. This is especially the case for the area around Syntagma Square in Athens.
  • At We Know Transfers we support and promote environmentally sustainable pratices and responsible tourism guidelines. We are also Climate Neutral Certified. 
  • As a tour company that relies on cars and busses, we are actively moving away from petrol and diesel vehicles to more electric and hybrid vehicles.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time will receive a full refund. 
  • In the case of a no-show, no refunds are eligible. 
  • We Know Transfers reserves the right to modify or cancel tours due to unforeseen circumstances, such as extreme weather conditions. In such cases, customers will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund. 

Learn more about our Cancellation Policy. 

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