Islands of the Cyclades

10 days

From $4,605

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Summary

Explore sacred islands and sprawling ruins

Of the thousands of Greek islands which are scattered over the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades have the most evocative mythology. The archipelago is named for its encircling of the sacred isle of Delos, the legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis but its surrounding islands are no less fascinating. From the now unassuming Tinos, which once flourished as a centre for worship to Poseidon in the 5th century BCE, to Santorini, home to one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean – the buried Minoan city of Akrotiri. The islands display evidence of settlement from as early as 5000 BCE and had a distinctive culture in the early middle Bronze Age. Obsidian (volcanic glass) was produced here and exported throughout the Aegean, along with lead, copper and marble. Travelling by land and crossing by ferry from port to ancient port, we explore the best of the archaeology there is to see on the archipelago.

Tour highlights:

  • Sail by private charter to Delos and spend the day exploring one of the most important sites in Greece
  • Visit the spectacular prehistoric settlement of Skarkos and ‘Homer’s’ tomb on the delightful island of Ios
  • Admire the sleeping giants of Naxos, the Flerio Kourous, scattered throughout this beautiful Aegean landscape

Today's Price
$4,605

Deposit: $500 Single supplement: $700

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

Expert guides, whenever you travel

We are proud of our team of expert guide lecturers. Whenever you travel, your guide lecturer will be on hand to answer questions, tell stories and deliver insights to make your trip truly remarkable.

Dr Rita Roussos

Guide Lecturer

A native Athenian, Rita taught archaeology and art history at the American University of Athens. She has worked on archaeological projects in Isthmia, Kato, Lossous and Mantinea.

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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
June 17 2021 ACYC210617 June 17 2021 (Thursday) June 26 2021 (Saturday) Dr Rita Roussos $4,605
(ex. flights)
$500 $700 Book Now
October 7 2021 ACYC211007 October 7 2021 (Thursday) October 16 2021 (Saturday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray $4,340
(ex. flights)
$500 $615 Book Now
May 26 2022 ACYC220526 May 26 2022 (Thursday) June 4 2022 (Saturday) Dr Rita Roussos $4,940
(ex. flights)
$500 $685 Book Now
September 22 2022 ACYC220922 September 22 2022 (Thursday) October 1 2022 (Saturday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley $4,940
(ex. flights)
$500 $685 Book Now
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