10 days

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Summary

Like all Mediterranean islands, Crete has a rich history defined by the number of different people who invaded it or came to dominate it. Inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic, it became a dominant power in the Mediterranean in the 3rd millennium BC when the people we referred to as Minoans constructed palaces on a scale not known in Europe at the time, as we will see when we visit the Palaces at Knossos and Phaistos. Although the island never recovered this status after it was dominated by the Mycenaeans, it was prosperous enough to produce the impressive remains seen at Gortyn, which is unique important for the legal code which is preserved in an extant inscription. Much of the charm of the Crete we see today stems from the influence of the more 4 centuries of Venetian rule which saw a flourishing in the island’s architecture and arts as witnessed by the islands more famous artists, El Greco and the writer Kalliakis. This is a tour which has it all: stunning archaeology, romantic cities like Chania and dramatic landscapes accompanied by the island’s wonderful cuisine.

Tour highlights:

  • Travel to stunning Sissi to visit the excavations on Kephali Hill
  • Discover the lesser known archaeological remains of Vathypetro and Mochlos as well as the famous Minoan Palaces
  • Explore Aptera, the mythological setting for the battle between the Sirens and the Muses

Full Price
£3,595

Today's Price
£3,345 (including offers)

Saving
£250

Benefit from one of these limited time offers:

  • Save £100 with our Special Offer Discount.
  • Save an extra £150 if you pay your full balance today, just £3,345
  • Pay a low deposit of £1, was £750.
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£1 Deposit Offer for 2023 Tours - Top-up deposit payment due by 30 September 2022

The price above includes any applicable early booking discount and a pay in full discount, and applies only if you pay the full balance at time of booking.

Single supplement: £480

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Whether you want to add extra nights on either side of your tour, you want to upgrade your flight or hotel room, or you are hoping to enjoy a door-to-door airport transfer, we can help.

To add special extras to your tour, call our Specialist Sales Executives to discuss your needs on 01722 713800.

Meet your Experts

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley

Andante 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
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
6 September 2022 ACRN220906 6 September 2022 (Tuesday) 15 September 2022 (Thursday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £3,560
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4 April 2023 ACRN230404 4 April 2023 (Tuesday) 13 April 2023 (Thursday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £3,595
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5 September 2023 ACRN230905 5 September 2023 (Tuesday) 14 September 2023 (Thursday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £3,595
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26 September 2023 ACRN230926 26 September 2023 (Tuesday) 5 October 2023 (Thursday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £3,525
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