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

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£2,995

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  • Pay a low deposit of £99, was £500.

Single supplement: £335

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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
  • 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 Supp. Availability
6 April 2021 ACRN210406 6 April 2021 (Tuesday) 15 April 2021 (Thursday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,995
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£335 Book Now
7 September 2021 ACRN210907 7 September 2021 (Tuesday) 16 September 2021 (Thursday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £3,295
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£405 Book Now
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