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“Spectacular journey through time”

The Palace of Knossos
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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour
Ranked #23 of 87 things to do in Heraklion
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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.
Reviewed December 20, 2013

The journey to the island of Crete is incomplete if you do not visit the Palace of Knossos (along with the Iraklion Archaeological Museum). It was a magnificent experience for us to closely view how advanced Cretans were during the helm of their rule and might, i.e. around 3000 to 2000 BC. The art and the architecture, the practices and the rituals, every concept is thrilling. Important point, please do not forget to hire a guide. In peak season, the rates could go as high as a hundres euros but we went during complete off season and had the pleasure of an old guide's time at only sixty euros. In around 2 hours, we managed to review every corner of the ruins and understand with utmost detail, the reasons and the logic of every stone and every mark on the area. It tests your understanding of science, architecture, history, culture, mythology, economics and civics. But all the information is very rich and backed by much facts, most of which are viewed in the museum.
The surroundings pose a breathtaking view of plateau around the palace. The restaurant at the entrance of the Palace is good one, too.

3  Thank HelloJayC
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

We were in Crete in September and a great holiday it was. Knossos Palace is simply a must as this is the most important and world famous Minoan site there. It is a huge complex, millennia old, mostly ruinous, partly reconstructed to give you an idea how it must have looked like in its full glory. It is unavoidable you are visiting it along with crowds of other tourists but September was not so bad and if you can manage to get there early it certainly helps. The queue to buy tickets was perhaps 10 min long, just long enough to let one spend a penny after a long drive. The car park is capacious; we found a spot easily even at noon when we arrived. A couple of hours in the heat of a summer day should suffice for a brief, superficial visit to this site unless you are very keen and enthusiastic. You can get refreshments in cafes at the exit. A bit pricey. What I would advise is to combine Knossos with a visit to Archeological Museum in a nearby busy city of Heraklion to get a fuller picture. It is 15-30 min. long drive depending on traffic. In its cool modern interiors one can at leisure admire Minoan and ancient Greek artifacts some of which are truly beautiful and are telling a story you can identify yourself with. The guards turn a blind eye if you take pictures so long as you do not use flash light. We used SatNav with success to get there; there are plenty of pay for car parks a short walk from the Museum. A word of warning: the Greeks are a volatile people prone to go on strike easily. I recommend you phone and check(or ask your hotel receptionist to do it for you) if the site you are interested in is going to be open to avoid disappointment and a potentially long drive for nothing . We had to change our plans at a short notice when by pure good luck we found out about a strike.

3  Thank kwiewiorowski
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

See the history of mankind passes in front of you ... See what our people built thousand years ago. Together with the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion attractions we should all visit!!!

2  Thank maria l
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

I was a bit disappointed. I enjoyed the Heraklion Archaeology Museum more!
Fortunately, we arrived quite early -but huge tour groups were already blocking the access to some areas. The queues as we left were huge and the area around chaotic -pleased to leave!
Queues to the toilets meant we chose to hang on!
I probably would have loved it without the crowds!
I gather they have changed where you enter.
I loved the old road into the Palace -which is now near the exit -would have been more impressed to have come in that way.
But many come to Crete just to see Knossos -so it is a must see.

3  Thank BronwynMelbourne
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

The historical importance of this site is significant so we decided to visit on our short stop on Crete from the cruise we were on.

Being a little burnt out from organized tours, we decided to hire a taxi and go ourselves. Great taxi driver, cost 50Euro roundtrip (we had no luck bartering a cheaper fare) - he was fantastic, took us first to a hill that overlooks the city of Crete for a gorgeous view. Driver also went to purchase our tickets for us as the line-ups would have taken us forever to get ourselves. (that was worth the 50euro alone!!!) He then waited to return us to the ship.

To sum up, the palace itself was a little disappointing. First, the crowds were incredible - there were people everywhere! it was hard to move around, hard to take pictures, kept accidentally getting into other peoples photos. I couldn't imagine what it's like in full tourist season.

Lots of tour groups to tag along with (in a broad range of languages) if you wanted any information, which was good because there was not a lot of information provided throughout the site. Some signs indicating what buildings were, but not much more. It was difficult to concentrate on what the tour guides were explaining though, as there were so many people moving through such tight spaces and other tours trying to jockey for position. While most guides were respectful of each other, you would get an occasional guide move too close (usually due to one guide staying too long in a location) and then the guides had to try to talk over one another.

The site itself was also a little disappointing because the older restoration looked a little too modern a little too perfect. For us, it took away from the authenticity of the site, giving you the feeling that you were walking through a replica of the palace rather than the original site.

Our advice: go early, bring water (!!!), stay away from big tour groups and either hire a private guide there or do your research in advance and walk through on your own. A can't miss for the historical significance but disappointing overall.

2  Thank SarahK30
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