8 days

From £2,545

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We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01722 713800, who are ready to help.

Summary

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
  • Tick the mighty Palace of Knossos off your bucket list

Today's Price
£2,545

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £235

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley

Guide Lecturer

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley is a tutor in Greek archaeology at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN). She specialises in Minoan Crete and is the co-directed of the Praisos Survey and Excavation Project.

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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
29 September 2020 ACRE200929 29 September 2020 (Tuesday) 6 October 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £2,545
(inc. flights)
£500 £235

Postponed

Call for availability
13 October 2020 ACRE201013 13 October 2020 (Tuesday) 20 October 2020 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,495
(inc. flights)
£500 £235

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20 April 2021 ACRE210420 20 April 2021 (Tuesday) 27 April 2021 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,595
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£280 Book Now
11 May 2021 ACRE210511 11 May 2021 (Tuesday) 18 May 2021 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,495
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£280 Book Now
21 September 2021 ACRE210921 21 September 2021 (Tuesday) 28 September 2021 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,695
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£285 Book Now
12 October 2021 ACRE211012 12 October 2021 (Tuesday) 19 October 2021 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,595
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£285 Book Now
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