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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 NEW

Extraordinary for history, mythology, architecture. I know it is not done these days but the recreations help the imagination reconstruct what the palace must have been like. We had a good guide and enjoyed our visit on a perfect fall day. It was totally uncrowded and a truly unique experience.

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This will always be a fascinating place to visit..but probably not in height of summer. We have been lucky with early November 2014..glorious weather. Controversy about whether archeologist should have "enhanced" the site..we think Yes, as otherwise there would be nothing to look at but broken walls.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A visit to The Palace of Knossos is a must, when traveling to Crete. We hired a private tour guide to take us there and it was fascinating to see such old ruins, artifacts, artwork, etc. and hear the tales of the Palace. Because there is no written history, though, it is as if you can fill in the blanks... More

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perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We were impressed with the site. Like other reviewers have stated, it's hard to tell what's original and what's reproductions. We were fortunate to have a private guide, and this helped us to understand the history and layout of the palace. Unfortunate that many areas of the site are roped off, but with the huge numbers visiting, they have to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It's what it says on the tin - a Minoan ruin. Hugely recommend getting at our guide, ours spoke for 1.5hrs and costs €10 (they collect groups together at the entrance). They have rebuilt a lot of this and have drawn their 'impressions' of what paintings would have looked like. Difficult to know what the tour guide is saying is... More

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