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Knossos Archaeological Site
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Knossos Palace and Heraklion Town Private Half-Day Tour
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Owner description: Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
Malaga, Spain
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“I really wanted to like it”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

When on Crete go to Knossos, right? As a significant archaeological site it is a must, and for cultural heritage enthusiasts it is a bucket list moment. But in terms of heritage tourism management the place is all wrong. Groups are not staggered so you don't really get to see anything properly due to the sheer volume of people, and the interpretation panels are too few. My group was led by my tour rep (!!), although a local guide was required to follow us. Consequently I was given the tabloid press tour consisting of the titilating bits of Greek mythology. I tried to engage the local guide, an archaeologist, in discussions about the ethics of the restoration/ conservation work done by Arthur Evans, but he was not interested at all.
All in all a disappointing experience.

hat upwards of 60 people can be straining to see any one feature at the same time, non-local, non-archaeology guides are left to run the

Visited May 2014
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“Do not miss it if you visit Crete”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Knossos is a very nice archaeological site. The Palace was built around 2000 BC and was discovered on 1899 by Arthur Evans.

Visited September 2013
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Oxford
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“Go early!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Amazing to see what was built all those thousands of years ago, and what was then unearthed over 100 years ago.
Go early to beat the crowds .... we arrived at around 9am and by the time we left at 11am, the place was very busy with queues to get in.

Visited May 2014
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Binkom
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“nice if your early”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Was theire early at opening time. Not a lot off people could see everything in full glory. You have to see it.

Visited April 2014
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“Knossos Palace”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Over the years I have visited Knossos quite a few times.....al though the basic structures are the same, the authorities are still trying to expand the site with new excavations. These are accessed by recently built paths which do not detract from your overall impression of the site. Some argue that parts of Knossos have been overdeveloped but you get a great overall idea of the lifestyle of the Minoans. Many of the original artefacts are available to see at the Heraklion Museum.

Visited September 2013
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