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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Sightseeing | Book the Best City Tours & Tickets in Heraklion

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Heraklion Archaelogical Museum Entry Ticket

Heraklion Archaelogical Museum Entry Ticket

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€9
Free Cancellation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
  • Skip right to the front of the line with these entry tickets to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and indulge in a world of precious artifacts and important history of the Minoan civilization.
  • Visit the period rooms that help you with a chronological representation of the ways of the civilization.
  • Browse through a complete collection of artifacts that include priceless remains of Greek history and date back 5000 years.
  • Visit exhibits such as the Phaistos Disk and the “Snake Goddess” for a deeper insight on your tour.
  • Marvel at precious Minoan art and frescos that are centuries old.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum Ticket & Audio Guide

Heraklion Archaeological Museum Ticket & Audio Guide

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€14
Free Cancellation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Audio Guide
Guided Tour
  • Experience the Heraklion Archaeological Museum – one of the most famous museums in Europe and home to the most priceless pieces of Minoan history and art.
  • With skip-the-line access and an English or German audio guide to download onto your smartphone, explore this vast collection of antiquities at your own pace.
  • Travel back in time as you study artifacts from Cretan prehistory and history, dated over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times.
  • Some exhibits you surely shouldn’t miss are the Golden Bee Pendant, Phaistos Disc, Snake Goddess, Stone Bull's Head Rhyton, and King Mino’s Ring.
  • Admire Minoan frescoes such as the Bull-Leaping Fresco, Prince of the Lilies, Ladies in Blue, and more.
  • Your in-depth guide will share both historical information and 80+ lesser-known anecdotes from ancient times. Feel free to listen to this guide after your visit, too.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Heraklion: Archaeological Museum & Knossos Ticket with Audio Tours

Heraklion: Archaeological Museum & Knossos Ticket with Audio Tours

€23
Free Cancellation
Mobile Ticket
4 hr.
Audio Guide
  • With this smart combo, experience two of the top archaeological attractions of Crete – the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Knossos Palace.
  • With skip-the-line access and an English or German audio guide to download onto your smartphone at both the Museum and Palace, explore the deep history and artifacts of these attractions at your own pace.
  • The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the most famous museums in Europe, home to the most priceless pieces of Minoan history and art.
  • Some exhibits you surely shouldn’t miss are the Golden Bee Pendant, Phaistos Disc, Snake Goddess, Stone Bull's Head Rhyton, and King Mino’s Ring.
  • Admire Minoan frescoes such as the Bull-Leaping Fresco, Prince of the Lilies, Ladies in Blue, and more.
  • The Knossos Palace is one of the oldest and most luxurious palaces in the world with impressive ruins and the brightly-colored frescoes.
  • Explore the corridors of King Minos’ Palace and the South Propylaeum, depicting the activities of everyday life.
  • Gaze out onto the imposing view of Mount Juktas from the South Entrance Corridor and learn about ritualism and pastoral life in Minoan Crete.
  • Your in-depth audio guides will share more than 160 stories, anecdotes, and information that can be repeated even after your visit.
  • Download your ticket(s) and audio tour while on WiFi prior to your visit. There's no WiFi/4G available on site.
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged and be sure to carry your headphones/earphones.
  • Audio tour is available to download only on iOS and Android.
  • Carry a photo ID such as a passport, government ID, or a driver’s license.
  • Free/reduced admission tickets don’t have skip-the-line privileges and can only be acquired at the ticket booth on-site at both attractions.
  • These are self-guided audio tours: there's no live guide or meeting point.
  • Entry ticket for the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Knossos Palace
  • Self-guided English or German audio tours
  • Offline content (text, audio narration, and maps)
  • Valid for 3 days (only one visit per site is allowed in the 3-day period)
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel transfers and transportation
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Skip-The-Line Knossos Palace Archaeological Site Entry Tickets

Skip-The-Line Knossos Palace Archaeological Site Entry Tickets

€10
Free Cancellation
Extended Validity
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
  • Explore the expansive archeological site of Knossos Palace without having to wait in a boring, long queue with these skip-the-line entry tickets.
  • Discover this important political center that tells us the ways of the Minoan civilization’s culture and customs.
  • The site has over 1000 pieces that make it whole so you have a number of places to discover.
  • Tour the site to discover murals that date back thousands of years.
  • Pay a visit to the King Minos’ throne that is still in the Palace.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid until 31 March, 2023.
Knossos: Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

Knossos: Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

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€16.50
Free Cancellation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Audio Guide
Guided Tour
  • Explore the oldest and most luxurious palace in the world, the Knossos Palace, by skipping the line, and at your own pace by indulging yourself in immersive storytelling through your audio guide.
  • Download the audio tour and the map of the site on your phones and relive the past as you plug in your headphones and move across the palace as you discover fascinating facts about it.
  • Relive the past and explore the evocative setting with impressive ruins and the brightly-colored frescoes.
  • Meander through the corridors of King Minos’ palace and discover the South Propylaeum which depicts the activities of everyday life.
  • Understand the Minoan economy and trade networks that supported the palace organizations at the West Magazines.
  • Gaze out on the imposing view of Mount Juktas from the South Entrance Corridor and learn about ritualism and pastoral life in Minoan Crete.
  • Download the ticket(s) and audio tour while on WiFi prior to your visit - no WiFi/4G available on site
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged and be sure to carry your headphones/earphones
  • Audio tour is available in English, French, and German. It can be downloaded on iOS and Android.
  • Photo ID required to carry: Passport, government ID, and Drivers’ license
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Visiting Heraklion, a Thriving Cultural Hub in Greece

Heraklion, also known as Iraklio is the largest city of Crete, known for its sandy beaches, intense nightlife, and amazing cuisine. Like most other Greek cities, Heraklion also offers Venetian harbors, narrow cobblestone paths, classical architectural marvels, towering churches, and museums. Heaven for archaeology enthusiasts and curious minds alike, Heraklion has much to offer in terms of its remains and historicity.

The ruins of Knossos and the remains of the Koules fortress are the oldest historical sites in Heraklion. Knossos is Europe’s oldest city and is situated right outside Heraklion. Having been colonized multiple times, the city has many stories to tell and has emerged as an important cultural repository of Greece in modern times. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses several Minoan artifacts and ancient relics. Read on to know more about Heraklion day tours, Heraklion tour tickets, how to reach there, how to spend time in Heraklion, and other bits of information that will help you plan your visit. 

Why Visit Heraklion?

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  • Ancient Remains: The Fort of Koules and Old Town are incredible remnants of the olden days that deserve your attention. Make sure to visit Knossos which houses archaeological remains from the Bronze Age. 
  • Keepers of Historical Artifacts: No Heraklion tour can be completed without visiting the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Natural History Museum of Crete, and the Historical Museum of Crete.
  • Doric Architecture: The Doric structure of the Cathedral of St. Minas and Agios Titos Church still evokes reverence from centuries past.
  • Gorgeous Beaches: Make sure to visit the Malia, Matala, Hersonissos, and Agia Pelagia beaches in Heraklion. Their gorgeous aquamarine shades will soothe your soul. 
  • Delectable Cretan Cuisine: A Heraklion tour will also feature incredible and homely Cretan cuisine. Think delectable seafood prepped with olive oil and garnished with tomatoes picked off the garden. 
  • Quiet Getaway: Heraklion is quite underrated as compared to the other islands, hence if you are looking for a quiet island to unwind, Heraklion is the place for you. 

Your Heraklion Tour Tickets Explained

Heraklion tours

Entry Tickets

  • Book the Heraklion Archaeological Museum entry ticket in advance to secure your spot and skip ahead long queues. 
  • Explore the collected history of almost 5000 years and learn about the complicated colonial history of Crete. It houses ancient remnants and historical artifacts from several powers like Byzantine, Turkish, and Venetial rulers that left their mark in Crete. 
  • Marvel at precious Minoan artifacts, ‘Phaistos Disk’, and the ‘Snake Goddess’ for a deeper insight into Cretan history when touring the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. 
  • Book your Heraklion museum entry tickets to explore the ‘Golden Bee’ pendant, ‘Stone Bull’s Head Rhyton’, ‘King Mino’s Ring’, ‘Bull-Leaping’ fresco, ‘Ladies in Blue’, and other Minoan relics. 

    Recommended Tours: 
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entry Ticket
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Entry+Audio Guided Tickets

  • Book the Entry+Audio ticket to skip long lines and marvel at the Minoan artifacts in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. 
  • The museum Entry+Audio ticket comes with an English audio guide to be downloaded into your smartphone. The audio includes historical facts and 80+ anecdotes and you can listen to it even after the tour is over.
  • Your in-depth Knossos audio guide will share 160 stories and facts about the Cretan pastoral way of life as you explore the ancient ruins.
  • ‘Prince of the Lilies’, ‘King Mino’s Ring’, and ‘Stone Bull’s Head Rhyton’ are some marvels that you must explore within the museum. 

    Recommended Tours:
  • Heraklion: Archaeological Museum & Knossos Ticket with Audio Tours
  • Heraklion: Archaeological Museum Ticket and Audio Guide
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Skip the Line Tickets

  • Book the Skip the Line Knossos tickets to skip ahead long queues and discover the most important political center of the Cretan realm. 
  • Download the map and get the audio recording on your smartphone before the visit, as the ruins have no Wi-Fi. Meander through the Knossos Palace as you unlock fascinating facts about it. 
  • It is a must to carry your Photo ID, Government ID, and driver’s license when you explore the Knossos ruins. 
  • The Knossos palace is dotted with almost 1000 remains and ancient murals that demand your attention. Make sure to visit King Mino’s throne which is still intact within the ruins. 

    Recommended Tours:
  • Skip the Line Knossos Palace Archaeological Site Tickets
  • Knossos: Skip the Line ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

Enjoy a Super Flexible Cancellation Policy with your Heraklion: Knossos and Archaeological Museum Entry tickets and Audio-Guided tickets by booking them online. You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund. For more information, make sure to check your details before purchasing.

What is the Best Way to Book Heraklion Tours? Book Online Tickets! 

Heraklion is the largest city in Crete and one of the most important cultural standpoints of Greece. The complicated colonial history and ancient ruins draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Heraklion each year. Make sure to book your tickets well in advance for the Heraklion tour. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Ruins of Knossos, and the Fortress of Koules are always crowded with tourists. You can book your tickets online to reserve your spot and enjoy touring Heraklion with ease.

  • Convenience: With online booking systems in place, you can book a ticket easily and enjoy your tour without queuing up in long lines outside each attraction.
  • Secure Bookings: Since online reservations are taken early, you do not have to worry about missing your attraction. Your spot will be secured.
  • Cancellation Policy: If you book tickets online and are unable to attend, you can cancel them up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • Great Deals: Online bookings offer great discounts on a variety of experiences. 
  • Guided Tours: With online bookings, you can access added features like guided tours and audio guides in different languages to make your experience personal and memorable. 

Heraklion Tour Highlights

Heraklion tours

Remains of Knossos

The Minoan Palace of Knossos, roughly established around 2000 BC is built with four wings and features a huge central courtyard. The drainage system, intricate furniture, and striking ritual halls are a must-visit. There are also some over-imaginative 20th-century renovations and replications of frescoes on display.

Heraklion tours

Fortress of Koules

Situated on a prominent spot along the Venetian harbors, the Koules fortress is a rich, cultural landmark of Heraklion. The scenic walk from the shoreline to its wide, wooden doors and its 26 rooms filled with historical artifacts, amphora, war relics, and stone carvings are the biggest highlights of a Heraklion day tour.

Heraklion tours

Old Town

Heraklion is built from the sea centering around the harbors. The Venetian harbors marked by their stone archways and massive facades are reminiscent of the olden days. Old Town stretches across these harbors, giving way to aristocratic buildings, towering churches, boutiques, and a long chain of seafood restaurants.

Heraklion tours

Venetian Loggia

The Venetian Loggia is one of the finest Heraklion monuments that served as a discussion hall for Venetian aristocrats in the olden days. Presently, it functions as the Town Hall of Heraklion. The Doric structure was threatened during the Turkish invasions and the Second World War, but its renovation has been immaculate. 

Heraklion tours

Cathedral of St. Minas

Dedicated to the patron saint of Heraklion, the Old City, this towering 19th-century structure is a popular tourist attraction. The detailed iconography on its walls, open square yard in front, glittering interiors, dazzling candlesticks, and the fresco of Christ Pantocrator on its Dome makes it a beautiful sight to behold. 

Heraklion tours

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Spanning over 5500 years of history, the museum artifacts are spread over 27 galleries. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum contains 3500-year-old frescoes from Knossos namely Prince of the Lillies and Bull-leaping, a ceramic image called the Snake Goddess from 1600 BC, a clay disk from 100 BC, and several other relics.

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Historical Museum of Crete

Heraklion had many rulers in the olden days. The Historical Museum of Crete contains almost 1700 years of documented history from the Byzantine, Venetian, and Turkish occupations to the Second World War. Two of its most famous paintings are the image of St. Minai and St. Catherine’s monastery and Christ’s Baptism. 

Heraklion tours

Natural History Museum of Crete

The earthquake and tsunami stimulator make it one of the best activities to do with children on a Heraklion day tour. The Natural History Museum of Crete has an entire floor dedicated to stuffed animals that live around the Mediterranean region and several other ancient Greek artifacts. 

Heraklion tours

Agios Titos Church

With huge palm trees near its entrance, the Agios Titos Church is hard to miss. Originally established in the 10th century, the Church suffered the ravages of time, earthquakes, and wars. The present leafy outdoors, glittering chandeliers, and nearby cafe tables are reconstructions done during the 19th century.

Heraklion tours

Morosini Lions Fountain

An indulging spot for youngsters at night and an unmissable part of any Heraklion day tour, the Morosini Lions fountain is situated in the center of Old Town Heraklion. In the olden days, it was linked to a 14kn aqueduct that drew water from Mt. Juktas and supplied water to the town residents.

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Nikos Kazantzakis Museum

The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum is one of the finest personal literary museums in Greece. It highlights the literary achievements of the Cretan writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, who had been nominated 9 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. It makes for a delightful Heraklion tour experience. 

Heraklion tours

Arolithos Museum

Head to the Arolithos village to experience the most authentic Cretan interiors and delectable cuisine. The Arolithos Museum of Rural History and Folk Craft had been established to ensure that the young generation does not forget their roots amidst external influences and cosmopolitan endeavors. 

Plan Your Visit to Heraklion

Timings
Getting There
Facilities
Visitor Tips
Heraklion Tour
Knossos Palace
  • November to March: 9 AM to 3 PM
  • April to October: 8 AM to 7 PM (weekdays) and until 3 PM on weekends
Ruins of Koules
  • Wednesday to Monday: 8 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Closed: Tuesdays
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • Wednesday to Monday: 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 10 AM to 8 PM
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Knossos Palace

Address: Feidiu 8, Iraklio 714 09, Greece

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Koules Fortress

Address: Heraklion 712 02, Greece (entrance of the Old Fort of Heraklion)

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Address: Xanthoudis and, Chatzidaki 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece

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  • Guided Tours: Every historical site, like the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Knossos City, and Ruins of Koules has audio-guided tours to help you understand the essence of the city better. 
  • Photography: You can click pictures everywhere except the sections in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum that have a ‘no photograph’ sign. 
  • Wheelchair Accessible: All 27 halls of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is wheelchair accessible. There are ramps at the main entrance and you can ask for wheelchairs free of charge. The Knossos city may have stony patches where wheelchair maneuvering is difficult, however, there are guards and people there to help you through. 
  • Toilets: The first floor of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is connected to the elevator and has wheelchair-accessible toilets. The Knossos City and Koules Fortress also have clean toilets. 
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  • Choose Early Hours: It is recommended that you visit the Knossos Palace early in the morning or late afternoons, as after 11 AM, the parking areas are almost always fully booked. 
  • Comfortable Shoes: To explore the Knossos Palace, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the Ruins of Koules, you have to walk a lot. Wear closed and comfortable shoes. 
  • Carry Sunscreen: There is very little shade in these historical sites. Please wear sunscreen or sunglasses, wear light clothing, or carry a hat. 
  • Opt for Guided Tours: To deeply understand the colonial history and Heraklion culture, it is best to book an audio-guided tour. You also have the option of listening to the recording after the tour is over. 
  • No Mobiles: Mobile phones are forbidden inside the Archaeological Museum. 
  • Use the Cloakroom: There is a backpack depository on the ground floor of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, where all your bags and luggage should be deposited.  

All Your Heraklion Tours Questions Answered

Q. What is the best way to book Heraklion Day Tours?

A. Booking Heraklion Day tour tickets online is the best way to unlock great deals and discounts.

Q. Can I buy Heraklion tour tickets online?

A. Yes, you can purchase Heraklion tour tickets online.

Q. Are there discounts on Heraklion Day Tour tickets?

A. Book your Heraklion day tour tickets online to unlock great deals and discounts.

Q. How to reach Heraklion?

A. Heraklion has the second biggest airport in the city. The Iraklion airport is well connected to its city. The best way to reach the city from the airport is to take the bus from Line 6. 

Q. What is there to see in Heraklion?

A. The oldest city in Europe, Knossos city, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the Ruins of Koules Fortress are some of the popular historical sites in Heraklion. 

Q. What is the best time to visit Heraklion?

A. May to June and September to October are the best time to visit Heraklion because the weather is pleasant and there is considerably less crowd than in the peak summer months. 

Q. Is Heraklion suitable for wheelchair users?

A. Heraklion is arguably the most wheelchair-friendly tourist destination. Everywhere from the Heraklion Archaeological Museum to the Koules Fortress, you will find ramps and elevators at the main entrance. 

Q. Is Heraklion worth visiting?

A. If historical ruins, gorgeous beaches, and delectable Cretan cuisine call to you, Heraklion will be one of your best trips. The city has tons of archaeological sites and gorgeous beaches to win you over. 

Q. What is the authentic Cretan experience?

A. The authentic Cretan experience also includes eating in taverns, listening to the local musicians, and the sea lapping away at the shore. Dakos, kalitsounakia, gamopilafo, and the signature Cretan Tsikoudia are some of the most delicious Cretan dishes that you must try when going on a Heraklion day tour.

Q. What are some other places nearby Heraklion?

A. Elafonissi, Gavdos, Chrissi, and Koufonisi are some other islands near Heraklion. All of them provide a gorgeous, sandy escape from the day-to-day tribulations of city life.

Q. How many days do you need to explore Heraklion?

A. Depending on your exploration zeal, you may spend three to four hours at every attraction. Three to four days is enough to explore the entire city.