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What really brought the great Minoan civilization to its knees? A spectacular earthquake from nearby Thera? Invading mainland hordes? The lost world of the Minoans has fascinated scholars for years. Come to Crete and explore the ruins of the palace at Knossos on a private Heraklion tour and perhaps you'll leave the island with your own theory.

Meet your local guide and set out in the morning to view Knossos. This Minoan palace is believed to be the fabled labyrinth of King Minos and his mythical Minotaur. Restored by 20th century archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, today the ruins boast colourful frescoes that allow you to imagine the palace as it stood thousands of years ago. In nearby Heraklion (Iraklio) you can visit the splendid Archaeological Museum, featuring the world's best collection of Minoan artefacts.

After your tour, relax with a glass of wine and plate of Greek metzes at a beachfront tavern - your guide can suggest the perfect place. Enjoy your private Heraklion tour!
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Heraklion City Tours

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Heraklion tours City Private Tours Palace of Knossos Private Tour - Heraklion historical center.
A guided tour around the legentary Palace of the king Minos and the Heraklion historical center
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Heraklion tours City Private Tours Shore excursion from Heraklion to Knossos
The best way to visit Knossos
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Heraklion Cultural Tours

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Discover the secrets of the oldest European civilization.
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Heraklion tours Cultural Private Tours The Palace of Knossos
The craddle of the European civilization
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Heraklion tours Cultural Private Tours Heraklion Museum Palace of Knossos and Town private tour (starting from Heraklion port-including transportation)
A half day tour to the mystic world of Minotaur and Labyrinth
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Heraklion Shore Excursion Tours

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The best way to visit Knossos
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The most convenient way to visit the Palace Of Knossos from Aghios Nikolaos
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Tour in Knossós, Greece:
"Nikos did a really great job; the Palace of Knossos and the Archeological Museum are must sees."
Frazee Cozby - Sep, 2013   [view tour]
Tour in Knossós, Greece:
"Our tour guide for Knossos was Georgios P. This was one of the best tours we have ever had in Greece. Georgios was extr,..." [more]
Nicholas Kourides - Aug, 2013   [view tour]
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