Crete (Heraklion) Knossos Palace Excursion Reviews

Home to King Minos, Knossos Palace is one of the most important archeological sites of the Bronze Age. Dating back 7,000 years, it was excavated by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900 and boasts 1,200 rooms.
It was very crowded, and our guide was dull, as well as the site.
It was very crowded, and our guide was dull, as well as the site. We didn't really see any of Crete.
It was very crowded, and our guide was dull, as well as the site. We didn't really see any of Crete. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Quick but comprehensive tour
Quick but comprehensive tour
Quick but comprehensive tour Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
very good tour excursion - take a hat and water!
very good tour excursion - take a hat and water!
very good tour excursion - take a hat and water! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
We went on the ship's included excursion to Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum.
We went on the ship's included excursion to Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum. We thought this excursion was too crowded and were disappointed in the limited time at each place. If I were to do it again, Id pay out of my ... Read More
We went on the ship's included excursion to Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum. We thought this excursion was too crowded and were disappointed in the limited time at each place. If I were to do it again, Id pay out of my pocket to do it on my own. I read its easy to get to Knossos by taxi or bus, and the museum is easily walked to from ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Fun palace great history from our guide
Fun palace great history from our guide
Fun palace great history from our guide Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Knossos Palace is very impressive.
Knossos Palace is very impressive. It's worth going early to aaoid the crowds. We also visited the Archeological Museum, which was interesting.
Knossos Palace is very impressive. It's worth going early to aaoid the crowds. We also visited the Archeological Museum, which was interesting. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider:
Our guide on this visit to the Palace of Knossos was very difficult to understand and spent too ...
Our guide on this visit to the Palace of Knossos was very difficult to understand and spent too much time explaining the historical details. Although we knew ahead of time that most of the frescoes and relics are reproductions, it was ... Read More
Our guide on this visit to the Palace of Knossos was very difficult to understand and spent too much time explaining the historical details. Although we knew ahead of time that most of the frescoes and relics are reproductions, it was still not that impressive. We did enjoy our free time afterwards in Heraklion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Best day excursion.
Best day excursion. Guide was fantastic. Had guided tour of palace and archeological museum. Then had free time in the city centre to shop. I would recommend this day trip.
Best day excursion. Guide was fantastic. Had guided tour of palace and archeological museum. Then had free time in the city centre to shop. I would recommend this day trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Well organized excursion.
Well organized excursion. A little bit expensive though (Euros 79)
Well organized excursion. A little bit expensive though (Euros 79) Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Actually we docked 2 hours west in Chandia for some reason.
Actually we docked 2 hours west in Chandia for some reason. This made for a long bus ride to Knossos. The guide was excellent, up to date in his historiography whether accurate or not. The visit to the museum in Heraklios was the highlight ... Read More
Actually we docked 2 hours west in Chandia for some reason. This made for a long bus ride to Knossos. The guide was excellent, up to date in his historiography whether accurate or not. The visit to the museum in Heraklios was the highlight since the actual ruins were both sparse and re-created. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We were very impressed with the Knossos site, however much time was spent waiting particularly to ...
We were very impressed with the Knossos site, however much time was spent waiting particularly to access the museum, with not much time allotted to the museum as there is so much to see there.
We were very impressed with the Knossos site, however much time was spent waiting particularly to access the museum, with not much time allotted to the museum as there is so much to see there. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
A bit boring, just a bunch of ruins and reconstructed areas.
A bit boring, just a bunch of ruins and reconstructed areas. It wasn't exciting as I had hoped
A bit boring, just a bunch of ruins and reconstructed areas. It wasn't exciting as I had hoped Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Pouring rain but in a way great because it kept the numbers down, true history and really ...
Pouring rain but in a way great because it kept the numbers down, true history and really fascinating.
Pouring rain but in a way great because it kept the numbers down, true history and really fascinating. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Very knowledgable guide - excellent
Very knowledgable guide - excellent
Very knowledgable guide - excellent Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
After a long ride to palace there should have been a offer of bathroom break before walking to site.
After a long ride to palace there should have been a offer of bathroom break before walking to site.
After a long ride to palace there should have been a offer of bathroom break before walking to site. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Knossos and Iraklion City Level 3.
Knossos and Iraklion City Level 3. 4 hours We chose to see Knossos and Iraklion City. The ruins were quite interesting from a historical perspective, and our guide was good. She did mention the local delicacy, a pastry filled with cheese ... Read More
Knossos and Iraklion City Level 3. 4 hours We chose to see Knossos and Iraklion City. The ruins were quite interesting from a historical perspective, and our guide was good. She did mention the local delicacy, a pastry filled with cheese and covered with sugar. We got one but ditched half of it. She did say most people found it odd to cover a savory cheese pastry with sugar, and we agreed with that. (Bottled water provided). (options for tour name do not match official tour title) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Since the palace is mostly a reconstruction, it was a bit disapponting.
Since the palace is mostly a reconstruction, it was a bit disapponting.
Since the palace is mostly a reconstruction, it was a bit disapponting. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Lots of walking and rough surfaces.
Lots of walking and rough surfaces. Very interesting. Visited the village of Arolithos also. Very interesting.
Lots of walking and rough surfaces. Very interesting. Visited the village of Arolithos also. Very interesting. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Guide spent too much time on the history of the Minoans and not enough time on the actual ruins.
Guide spent too much time on the history of the Minoans and not enough time on the actual ruins. We had limited time in Heraklion Town.
Guide spent too much time on the history of the Minoans and not enough time on the actual ruins. We had limited time in Heraklion Town. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The guide was so dull we walked about ourselves.
The guide was so dull we walked about ourselves. Most of the original frescos removed elsewhere. Dis appointing
The guide was so dull we walked about ourselves. Most of the original frescos removed elsewhere. Dis appointing Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Hired a an English speaking driver off the boat.
Hired a an English speaking driver off the boat. We said we wanted to go to Knossos then Elounda for Lunch and Agios Nikolas, which he did before dropping us at the Heraklion Museum. Great trip. Again, half the cost of what Carnival wanted ... Read More
Hired a an English speaking driver off the boat. We said we wanted to go to Knossos then Elounda for Lunch and Agios Nikolas, which he did before dropping us at the Heraklion Museum. Great trip. Again, half the cost of what Carnival wanted for a big bus tour (we saw those poor sods at Knossos all bunched up, listening to walkie talkies, unable to see or hear anything). Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
good tour, but at times it was difficult to hear the guide with such a large group
good tour, but at times it was difficult to hear the guide with such a large group
good tour, but at times it was difficult to hear the guide with such a large group Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Nice guided tour.
Nice guided tour. Interesting archaeologic visit.
Nice guided tour. Interesting archaeologic visit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Interesting but also disappointing due to the large amount of over-restored work at the site.
Interesting but also disappointing due to the large amount of over-restored work at the site. Most irritating was the long, long, long queue to view the wall decoration that we were permitted about 10 seconds to view; not a great use of 25 ... Read More
Interesting but also disappointing due to the large amount of over-restored work at the site. Most irritating was the long, long, long queue to view the wall decoration that we were permitted about 10 seconds to view; not a great use of 25 minutes of tour time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Never saw this before , was nice to this and how everything was in the early ages.
Never saw this before , was nice to this and how everything was in the early ages. Also was there crew of the ship with us during the trip.
Never saw this before , was nice to this and how everything was in the early ages. Also was there crew of the ship with us during the trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises