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Address: Knossos | Knossos Avenue, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 15
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These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous...

These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature that devoured young virgins.

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Knossos Palace and Heraklio town Private Half Day Tour

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A whole new world rises !!!

I mostly give all of my review 5*, but this time i gave it 4* since i was not excepting the amount of ruins saw, however its very good to visit a place like the Palace Of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Elene L
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Athens, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I mostly give all of my review 5*, but this time i gave it 4* since i was not excepting the amount of ruins saw, however its very good to visit a place like the Palace Of Knossos, in fact it made me go back in time and think about it. Me and my family also saw the place where... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Advice here would be: Have a tour guide take you around, bring lots of water, wear a hat and sunscreen and go more in the afternoon when the sun is not as hot - here is hardly any shade. It will take you about 1-1.5 hrs to get through but well worth the experience.

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As others have mentioned in my other reviews, do read up on the palace as you will miss so much also buy a guide book before you go (expensive on site).The palace was fascinating,and we find some thing new each time we go there. Try to go when the coach trips are not there as this will spoil your enjoyment... More 

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Cocagne, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As mentioned in my other reviews, do read up on the palace before going. We visited Sunday, which had entrance fee waived for the day, so extra bonus. Sir Evans was the archeologist who started the excavation and therefore adds his own version of what each rooms were used for. However, if you read the history, you can let your... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The palace was fascinating, I didn't particularly enjoy a lot of the reconstruction, rather too much concrete but I guess my expectations were set by places such as Ephasus, and the Egyptian sites. So many earthquakes and 4000 years of weather on limestone and gypsum must have left very little. The information boards are excellent and I found the more... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the bus from the city centre (get your tickets from kiosk), it will take you half a day just to visit every corner of the palace, the souvenir shops oppo the road are quite pricy, but the phaistos disc ring is hard to resist :D

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the natural setting is gorgeous. the historical significance is clear. the site itself has been partially reconstructed, in a very turn-of-the-century, extremely-out-of-fashion way, by an eccentric archaeologist, but that's part of what gives the site its character for visitors. don't miss it. in terms of getting there: the bus leaves from the central bus station in heraklion (from outside--there are... More 

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Pozzallo, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Bus from Heraklion is quick and frequent. I have been to many old archeological sites and this one is interesting. €6 for ticket is good value, €30 for a guide is too pricy but she did do a great job and you get more out of the visit than you could from the small posted signs. You can go on... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You simply cannot miss this sight if in Heraklion. Beauty, history, architecture, mythology to begin. Take a half day or even a few hours and enjoy. Well worth the time!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed to discover that virtually the entire site is reconstruction made from brand new materials - some archaeologist's opinion of what it might have looked like. Hey, we go to Greece to see REAL ruins, not this work of fiction. Lame!

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