8 days

From $4,925

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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 civilization.

We begin on the stunning island of Santorini, buried suddenly during the cataclysmic eruption of Thera, which signaled the beginning of the end of Minoan civilization. In Crete, we continue to trace the story of the Minoans, whose writing, organization 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
Meet your Experts

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley

Andante Guide Lecturer

Dr Christina Hatzimichael Whitley is a lecturer in the department of Continuous Professional Education at Cardiff University, where she teaches Greek art and archaeology from the Bronze Age to Classical and the Byzantine period.

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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 supplement Availability
10 October 2023 ACRE231010 10 October 2023 (Tuesday) 17 October 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos $3,900
(ex. flights)
$750 $485 Call for availability
23 April 2024 ACRE240423 23 April 2024 (Tuesday) 30 April 2024 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos $4,730
(ex. flights)
$750 $0 Book your trip
13 May 2024 ACRE240513 13 May 2024 (Monday) 20 May 2024 (Monday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley $4,925
(ex. flights)
$750 $0 Book your trip
17 September 2024 ACRE240917 17 September 2024 (Tuesday) 24 September 2024 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos $4,975
(ex. flights)
$750 $0 Book your trip
7 October 2024 ACRE241007 7 October 2024 (Monday) 14 October 2024 (Monday) Dr Rita Roussos $4,730
(ex. flights)
$750 $0 Book your trip
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