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The Palace of Knossos

Knossos, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Full Day Tour to Spinalonga Island with BBQ Lunch
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Ranked #11 of 32 Attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

It was worth to go and see the ruins, but most of the better parts of the Palace are closed to the public, so basically you can only walk around and see what has been restored from behind a dirty glass... The surroundings are beautiful though and when they finally finish the restoration of both the palace and a hidden... More

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Denham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

We have visited many ruins and after a while they start to look the same. Although the reconstructions at Knossos are a subject of some controversy, they certainly help bring the place to life for us. The site is well sign posted (if a little disparaging of the reconstructions). Knossos is a short distance from Heraklion and easy to reach.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Reasonably good access to the ancient city and the crowds are mopved around so you can keep moving.The best thing though was to see something i learnt in school and to be able to compare my expectations with something real. well worth the visit.

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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Either take the hop on hop of bus at about 15euro each which takes you round the main historic sites or a taxi direct to the palace at about 9euros.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Went back late Sept. With daughter and Daugherty in law, their first. My 4th, was lucky to be there so many years ago when there was now restrictions as where to walk. Now found it overcrowded, tours everywhere, would like to be there now ,late Nov. I don't mind the restorations, easier to imagine what the place had been, so... More

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Deal, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The good bits. The weather was wonderful for mid-November. There were very few people at the site. The not so good bits. Although we had been warned about Arthur Evan's over-enthusiastic and largely inaccurate 'restoration', we were not prepared for it to be this bad. The restoration has obliterated much that would be of interest and has damaged much of... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

After visiting the archaeological museum in Heraklion, it was amazing to visit this superb site where the lessons of the museum helped to piece together the history evident here. Parts of the site have been rebuilt in a sympathetic style many years ago by a British archaeologist trying to show what the area would have been like according to his... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

great place to visit, we paid for a guide which tirned out to be so important. Can't see how you could find out and learn so much without it

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We visited this site last year. Of course it is impressive and has some amazing things to see especially the drainage system, but we were not impressed by the fact that some of the buildings were redone....and we felt that it should have been left to one's own imagination. The ONLY ANNOYING thing was having to queue up to go... More

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Santorini
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This site is a must, just walking around you can feel the history, it's a real must for any visitor. Advise get there 9am in the morning otherwise it gets real busy and hot. Take water with you as well.

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