Knossos-Arch.Museum-Heraklion City - Full Day Private Tour from Chania

10 to 11 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 6
Mobile ticket


During this day trip, we explore the oldest civilization of Europe, the Minoan palace of Knossos, which is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. Our next stop is the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, one of Europe’s most important museums, where we admire more than 15000 artefacts. Afterwards, we have the chance to wander around Heraklion and discover a Venetian fortress at the entrance of the harbor, gorgeous neoclassical buildings, Byzantine churches and many fountains.


  • Audiovisual presentation of Cretan customs in van
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • Sandwiches, Cretan kalitsounia in a snack box
  • Cold soft drinks, juice, beer, wine, bottled water
  • Local tour leader (English and German speaking)
  • USB charging ports in van
  • Public liability insurance

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: The Palace of Knossos, Knosos, Crete 714 09 Greece

Knossos, the heart of the Minoan civilization, lies 5 km southeast of Heraklion, in the valley of the river Kairatos. Crete’s most famous historical attraction, he site is considered to be the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on the island and is referred to as the oldest city in Europe. Knossos was first inhabited by a Neolithic settlement in the seventh century BC. It stayed inhabited for several thousands of years until it was finally abandoned in 1375 BC after its destruction, which marked the end of Minoan civilisation. In 1878, the first large-scale excavation was undertaken by the wealthy art-lover Minos Kalokairinos, while Crete was still under Turkish occupation. This was followed by the long-term excavations (1900-1913 and 1922-1930) of Sir Arthur Evans, who uncovered the whole surrounding area of Knossos.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Xanthoudidou & Hatzidaki Sts, Heraklion, Crete 710 02 Greece

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is one of the largest and most visited museums in Greece. It is also among the most important museums in Europe. It is home to artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history. The exhibitions cover a chronological span of over 5, 500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Archaeological Museum is located in the centre of Heraklion and was built between 1937 and 1940 by the architect Patroklos Karantinos. It was built on a site previously occupied by the Roman Catholic monastery of Saint-Francis which was destroyed by earthquake in 1856. The colors and construction materials used in the building, are similar to certain Minoan wall-paintings.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Heraklion, Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion, the fifth largest city in Greece, is the capital of Crete. It is one of the most fascinating and vibrant cities of the Mediterranean Basin. The city is the birthplace of world-famous artists like El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. Due to its long history, the architecture of Heraklion has mixtures of many cultures. Not far from the heart of the city lies the Minoan Palace of Knossos, one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the world. Fine examples of Venetian architecture are the Venetian Fortress at the entrance of the port and the Venetian Loggia, where the Town Hall is housed today. Visitors have the chance to admire many Byzantine churches and monasteries, many fountains from the Venetian times, the Church of Saint Markus and numerous neoclassical buildings.

Duration: 2 hours

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
June 2023

We had a great time. Christina was a knowledgeable guide who was attentive to our needs and our driver was wonderful. Thank you!!!

October 2022

The service by Seabybus cannot be rivaled. From our impeccable driver to our amazing guide, it was a wonderful day. Seabybus is the ONLY company you should use for tours in Crete.

August 2022

Thanasis and Christine were the best guides we ever had. I asked if they could pick us up at airport, answer was a fast yes. They met us on time and greeted us with a cold beverage. We were hungry after Knossos, and the gave us a fantastic snack. They were insightful and fun to chat with. When ...

Yasumi R
October 2023

I read great reviews and decided to book a tour with Christine. We were group of 8 and the minibus was large and comfortable for the group. She was at the cruise port waiting for us so we can start our tour right away. On the way to the Knossos Palace, Christine explained us about Crete: hist...

October 2023

I had a wonderful experience working with Christine at Sea by Bus Explore Crete and highly recommend her tour company! Christine’s warmth and friendliness was readily evident in all of our correspondence. Her responses to my inquires were always prompt. I ultimately booked all of our tours and tr...

June 2023

Our experience with Cristina and her driver was genuinely exceptional. Their unparalleled friendliness and remarkable attention to detail ensured our every need was anticipated and met. We learned a lot throughout the tour - and enjoyed every moment. It was one of the most luxurious vans we have ...

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