8 days

From £2,495

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The Minoans are best known for their incredible labyrinthine palaces - the greatest of which, located at Knossos, was supposedly where Theseus slew the Minotaur. Our journey across these two beautiful islands will demonstrate the impressive architectural and artistic skills of this Bronze Age civilisation.

We begin on the stunning island of Santorini, buried suddenly during the cataclysmic eruption of Thera, which signalled the beginning of the end of Minoan civilisation. In Crete, we continue to trace the story of the Minoans, whose writing, organisation and ambition had a profound influence on the development of ancient Greece - and, thus, the western world.

Tour highlights:

  • Experience the rich history and archaeological sites of Crete and Santorini in the company of our experts
  • Explore the city of Akrotiri – the “Pompeii of the Aegean” – and the fascinating frescoes on display in the museum
  • Take a boat trip to the island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony, to explore the abandoned buildings
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion and view its fascinating collections

Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £235

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Dr Sandy MacGillivray

Guide Lecturer

Dr Sandy MacGillivray is an archaeologist who specialises in the Aegean Bronze Age as well as the civilisations of Crete, the Cyclades and mainland Greece during this period. He has previously excavated at Sparta, Paros and Kythnos in Greece, at Knossos in Crete.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
21 April 2020 ACRE200421 21 April 2020 (Tuesday) 28 April 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,495
(inc. flights)
£500 £235 Call for availability
12 May 2020 ACRE200512 12 May 2020 (Tuesday) 19 May 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £2,545
(inc. flights)
£500 £235 Book Now
1 September 2020 ACRE200901 1 September 2020 (Tuesday) 8 September 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,545
(inc. flights)
£500 £235 Book Now
8 September 2020 ACRE200908 8 September 2020 (Tuesday) 15 September 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,545
(inc. flights)
£500 £235 Book Now
29 September 2020 ACRE200929 29 September 2020 (Tuesday) 6 October 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £2,545
(inc. flights)
£500 £235 Book Now
13 October 2020 ACRE201013 13 October 2020 (Tuesday) 20 October 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,495
(inc. flights)
£500 £235 Book Now
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