Crete Revisited

The Monastery of Arkadi, Crete
The Monastery of Arkadi, Crete
Charming old street in Chania, Crete
Charming old street in Chania, Crete
Fortezza of Rethymno, Crete
Fortezza of Rethymno, Crete
Asclepio at Kos island, Greece
Asclepio at Kos island, Greece
Archaeological site of Eleutherna
Archaeological site of Eleutherna
Falsarna, Crete
Falsarna, Crete
Aptera archaeological site
Aptera archaeological site
Colourful street in Chania
Colourful street in Chania

This beautiful Mediterranean destination may be the most populous and well-trodden of the Greek islands, but Crete still has secrets, surprises and hidden sites waiting to be uncovered. As we journey through the Cretan landscape, we witness it unfold in a wonderfully artistic fashion: beaches, ancient treasures and vibrant cities await. Join us as we explore the famous Minoan Palaces and settlements, trace the fortunes of the island through the Classical Greek and Roman periods, and let local archaeologists bring to life the research that has been undertaken in Western Crete on this fascinating tour.

  • Explore lesser-known archaeological remains
  • Visit Aptera, one of the most signifi cant city states of the island
  • Discover the Mycenaean cemetery at Armeni
  • Embark upon an engaging walking tour of Chania
  • Take a boat trip to Lissos

Themes

  • Romans
  • Prehistory
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches
  • Ancient Greek

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We fly to Chania and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy our first lecture from our expert guide.

Day 2

We spend the morning discovering the Chania Archaeological Museum, set in a lovingly and beautifully restored 16th century Venetian church, and ancient Kydonia, on whose former site modern-day Chania is now built. In the afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of the town’s historic centre. Its many narrow lanes take us past a magnificent harbour, a picturesque Venetian quarter, beautifully restored townhouses, and more.

Day 3

We begin the day at Kissamos Museum — housed in a Venetian-Turkish monument known as Diikitirio, or ‘headquarters’, it is home to exhibits painting a picture of the region’s history from prehistory to present. We go on to explore the ancient city of Polyrhenia, which once dominated the plain and gulf of Kissamos, and the Hellenistic town of Phalasarna, with its closed harbour.

Day 4

We travel to Elyros, a Doric and Roman town famous for its two harbours. In the Classical period, it was the most important city in southwestern Crete, forming an industrial and commercial centre. We continue to Sougia — a peaceful waterfront village lapped by lucid azure waves — for lunch, and then take a boat to Lissos, an ancient city famous for its Temple of Asklepios. We return to Chania in the afternoon.

Day 5

On our journey to Rethymnon we visit Aptera, an archaeological site just inland of Souda Bay, and mythological setting for the legendary contest between the Sirens and the Muses. We stop to explore a Mycenaean cemetery at Armeni. With excavations unearthing over 200 chamber tombs and over 500 skeletons, the site has proved invaluable to our understanding of the Minoan people of the area. In the afternoon, we enjoy some free time to explore the sites of Rethymnon at our leisure.

Day 6

We discover the archaeological site and museum at Eleutherna, showcasing the remains of the ancient city by the same name, located at the northwest foot of Mount Ida. Excavations in the area have revealed finds from the Neolithic period through to the Byzantine. After lunch we visit the Eastern Orthodox Arkadi Monastery, a continuous part of Cretan history for the past eight centuries.

Day 7

This morning we explore Rethymnon Archaeological Museum, housed in a distinctive pentagonal building, a former civic prison. It is home to a wealth of finds from the Late Neolithic to the Roman period, making up a series of fascinating collections. This afternoon, we visit a late Minoan villa at Amnisos — the star of which is undoubtedly the ‘House of the Lillies’, so named for its remarkably intact floral fresco — and take a walking tour of historic Rethymnon.

Day 8

We return to Chania and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We leave London and fly to Chania. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon, we enjoy an introductory lecture from our expert guide.

Day 2

We spend the morning discovering the Chania Archaeological Museum, set in a lovingly and beautifully restored 16th century Venetian church, and ancient Kydonia, on whose former site modern-day Chania is now built. In the afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of the town’s historic centre. Its many narrow lanes take us past a magnificent harbour, a picturesque Venetian quarter, beautifully restored townhouses, and more.

Day 3

We begin the day at Kissamos Museum — housed in a Venetian-Turkish monument known as Diikitirio, or ‘headquarters’, it is home to exhibits painting a picture of the region’s history from prehistory to present. We go on to explore the ancient city of Polyrhenia, which once dominated the plain and gulf of Kissamos, and the Hellenistic town of Phalasarna, with its closed harbour.

Day 4

Next, we embark on a boat journey around the coast to Lissos and explore the Temple of Asklepion. In ancient times, this served as a healing centre as the water of Lissos was considered to have medicinal qualities. We travel to Elyros, a Doric and Roman town famous for its two harbours. In the Classical period, it was the most important city in southwestern Crete as it formed both an industrial and commercial centre.

Day 5

On our journey to Rethymnon we visit Aptera, an archaeological site just inland of Souda Bay, and mythological setting for the legendary contest between the Sirens and the Muses. We stop to explore a Mycenaean cemetery at Armeni. With excavations unearthing over 200 chamber tombs and over 500 skeletons, the site has proved invaluable to our understanding of the Minoan people of the area. In the afternoon, we enjoy some free time to explore the sites of Rethymnon at our leisure.

Day 6

We discover the archaeological site and museum at Eleutherna, showcasing the remains of the ancient city by the same name, located at the northwest foot of Mount Ida. Excavations in the area have revealed finds from the Neolithic period through to the Byzantine. After lunch we visit the Eastern Orthodox Arkadi Monastery, a continuous part of Cretan history for the past eight centuries.

Day 7

This morning we explore Rethymnon Archaeological Museum, housed in a distinctive pentagonal building, a former civic prison. It is home to a wealth of finds from the Late Neolithic to the Roman period, making up a series of fascinating collections. Then, we visit the new excavations at Zominthos, where we have special access and a guided tour by one of the excavators. A walking tour of historic Rethymnon follows.

Day 8

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Mon 30th September - Mon 7th October

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Guaranteed Departure

£2,355

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sgl supp: £320

WCR19A

Led By: Dr Sandy MacGillivray

Guide Lecturer

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