• Delve into Akrotiri, covered by volcanic ash in the 16th century BC, home to some of the Aegean’s most important Bronze Age art
• Visit Phaistos, a large palatial complex, where the mysterious ‘Phaistos Disc’ was discovered
• Spend an afternoon at Knosssos, the largest and most famous Cretan arhcaeological sites
Depart London Gatwick 1410 on Easyjet, arriving Santorini 1955. Transfer to Hotel Majestic, Fira for two nights. Welcome talk.
Morning visit to Prehistoric Museum Fira, exhibiting finds from across the island of Santorini. Afternoon at the archaeological site of Akrotiri, covered by volcanic ash in the 16th century BC and preserving some of the Aegean’s most important Bronze Age art.
Visits to Panagia Episkopi, Santorini’s oldest church, and optional walk to the castle at Pyrgos. Depart Santorini via Athens for Heraklion. Transfer to Hotel Aquila Atlantis for four nights.
Morning talk followed by visits to the Minoan complexes at Malia and the town at Gournia.
Visit to Gortyn (the Roman-era capital of Crete) followed by the Minoan settlement at Ayia Triada, where excavations have yielded more Linear A tablets than any other site. Afternoon at Phaistos (large palatial complex, where the mysterious ‘Phaistos Disc’ was discovered).
Morning visit to Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum. Afternoon at Knossos (the largest of the Bronze Age palaces uncovered by Sir Arthur Evans in the early 20th century).
Free morning in Heraklion. Depart Heraklion 1355, arriving Gatwick 1600.
6 Oct — 12 Oct 2020
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A good level of fitness is required for this tour, and participants should be comfortable spending time walking and standing at outdoor archaeological sites, often involving uneven surfaces and steps.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £2395 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £375.