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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£3,295

Benefit from this limited time offer:

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

Single supplement: £405

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  • 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
  • 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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