Bare Bones Minoans

Palace of Knossos
Palace of Knossos
Dr Sandy MacGillivray lecturing at Knossos Palace
Dr Sandy MacGillivray lecturing at Knossos Palace
Ruins of Knossos Palace
Ruins of Knossos Palace
Narrow paved street full of colorful flowers in Sisi
Narrow paved street full of colorful flowers in Sisi
Phaistos Disc in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Phaistos Disc in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Artefacts in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Artefacts in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Heraklion harbour with the old Venetian Fort
Heraklion harbour with the old Venetian Fort
Ruins at Vathypetro
Ruins at Vathypetro
Dr Sandy MacGillivray lecturing at Vathypetro
Dr Sandy MacGillivray lecturing at Vathypetro
Picturesque ruins of the ancient Minoan Palace of Phaistos
Picturesque ruins of the ancient Minoan Palace of Phaistos
Mirabello Bay
Mirabello Bay
Traditional old house in Crete
Traditional old house in Crete

As a seafaring and trading culture, the Minoans made a significant input into the evolution of our Western European civilisation. They developed unique art and architecture, building large palace structures incorporating administrative, trading and religious facilities. The sophistication of the Minoan culture is passed down to us not only through their writing system, but also by their artistic expressions, for instance the most vibrant fresco scenes. So great a culture was it that in its day, legends were told, like the one of Theseus defeating the terrifying Minotaur. Join us on a tour through the most fascinating and famous sites of Minoan Crete, from the world famous Palace of Knossos, Vathypetro’s country house with a shrine and well preserved wine press and wander the halls of the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion housing the most important finds from the island.

  • Visit the newly refurbished Heraklion Archaeological Museum with its unique Minoan collection
  • Explore the Palace of Knossos, Greece’s largest Bronze Age complex
  • Special site tour of Sissi to view the ongoing excavations

Themes

  • Great Cities
  • Ancient Greek

Practicalities

  • Just One Hotel

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We settle in to our centrally located hotel in Heraklion.

Hotel: Overnight in Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 2

Our first full day is spent on Santorini. We visit the fabulous site of Akrotiri, buried suddenly during the cataclysmic eruption of Thera. The city is reminiscent of Pompeii, with houses preserved up to three storeys high. Its structures, drainage systems and wall paintings indicate a once prosperous society with wide ranging foreign trade links.

Hotel: Overnight in Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3

After an orientation walk of the area, we visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum where we see important finds from the island, including the Phaistos Disc and Minoan frescoes. The afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Overnight in Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4

Today we visit the magnificent palace complex of Phaistos and, in contrast, Vathypetro, a Minoan country house where we will see an elaborate local shrine and wonderfully preserved wine press. Our afternoon is devoted to the world renowned Palace of Knossos, a majestic complex erected in Greece’s Bronze Age.

Hotel: Overnight in Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 5

This morning we explore the royal quarters of the third largest Minoan Palace complex, Malia. Later we visit Gournia, walking through the cobbled streets among the ruins of houses and its palace. In the afternoon, we continue to Agios Nikolaos on the shores of Mirabello Bay before going back to Heraklion.

Hotel: Overnight in Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 6

We return home today.

What's Included

  1. Expert Local Guide (Tour Manager)
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - Breakfast only
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Hotels

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2020 Tour Details

Tue 26th May - Sun 31st May

Available

£1,025

inc.

sgl supp: £325

BBM20A

Led By:

Managed By: Miranda Spitha

Tue 22nd Sep - Sun 27th Sep

Available

£1,025

inc.

sgl supp: £325

BBM20B

Led By:

Managed By: Miranda Spitha

Tour Manager

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