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Cyclades: Ancient Islands of the Aegean

17 May — 27 May 2017 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson , BA, BD, FSASCOT

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 0800 on Easyjet, arriving Mykonos 1350. Two nights on Mykonos. Evening talk: Delos.

Day

2

Half-day cruise to Delos (birthplace of Apollo and Artemis): Sacred Harbour (Agora of the Competialists), Sacred Way, House of the Naxians, Avenue of the Lions. Afternoon free in Mykonos: handsome Cycladic architecture, chapels and churches.

Day

3

Depart for Tinos (Greek Orthodox pilgrimage site) by boat. Visits in Tinos town including Archaeological Museum and marble Church of Panagia Evangelistria (miraculous icon). Evening talk: Greek Religion. Two nights on Tinos.

Day

4

Whole-day in Tinos: 4th century BC temple of Poseidon at Kionia, Pyrgos (marble workshops) and Volax (basket weavers).

Day

5

Sail to Paros: Parikia Town for Archaeological Museum (Parian Chronicle, artefacts from Saliagos, the Aegean’s oldest settlement), Byzantine church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani. Evening talk: Cycladic Art. Overnight stay on Paros.

Day

6

Visit to Antiparos and Despotiko, before continuing to typical Aegean villages of Lefkes and Naoussa. Depart by boat to Naxos (home to Mount Zeus) for three nights on Naxos.

Day

7

Whole-day in Naxos: Byzantine and mediaeval remains, 7th century Kouros statue at Melanes, Halki (picturesque village), tasting session at Kitro (citrus liqueur) distillery, Panagia Drossiani monastery (6th century Greek Orthodox).

Day

8

Further visits in Naxos: Temple of Apollo, Venetian Quarter, museums and Catholic Cathedral.

Day

9

Morning: sanctuary of Dionysus at Yria, followed by sanctuary of Demeter at Giroula. Afternoon: transfer by ferry to Santorini (spectacular geological setting with beautiful whitewashed buildings) for two nights. Some free time to explore Fira, Santorini’s dramatic cliff-top capital. Evening talk: Atlantis.

Day

10

Akrotiri (important Bronze Age settlement), Museum of Prehistoric Thera (frescoes and artefacts from Akrotiri). Afternoon in Oia (19th century sea captains’ houses).

Day

11

Depart Santorini 1440, arriving Gatwick 1635.

Tour Dates

17 May — 27 May 2017

Days

11

Cost

£2685

Tour Code

CYCL-17

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Testimonial

"The sites, museums and the expertise of Andrew and Aristotle, who made the whole history and background fascinating and understandable. They make a wonderful team, and make for a really fun as well as informative and educational trip."

ACE Customer May 16

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast & dinner with a glass of wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £375.

Practicalities:

Please note: This itinerary represents a guide to what we hope to offer. Details may be changed nearer the time.

 
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