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 the beautiful Mediterranean island of Crete and its lesser-known archaeological remains
  • Wander through Armeni, where 200 chamber tombs with more than 500 skeletons have been discovered
  • Discover more about the important recent research which has been undertaken in Western Crete during special talks from local archaeologists during our tour
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the ongoing excavations at Zominthos led by one of the excavators

Special Access

We have the chance to visit the incredible site of Zominthos. Recently discovered in 1982, this two-storey Minoan building is still under excavation. It is speculated to have been a seasonal dwelling in the summer months when flocks of sheep were taken to higher levels of grazing. The building was occupied until 1600 BC, when it was impacted by an earthquake and left abandoned, however, it remained unusually well-preserved.

Themes

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

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

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.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: Dinner included

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.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: All meals included

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.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: All meals included

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.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: All meals included

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.
Hotel: Overnight in Rethymnon
Meals: All meals included

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.
Hotel: Overnight in Rethymnon
Meals: All meals included

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.
Hotel: Overnight in Rethymnon
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Meals: Breakfast included

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly to Chania and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy our first lecture from our expert guide.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: Dinner or snack in hotel room depending on arrival time

Day 2

Spend the morning discovering the Chania Archaeological Museum 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, past a magnificent harbour, a picturesque Venetian quarter, beautifully restored townhouses, and more.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Today begins at Kissamos Museum, home to exhibits that paint 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.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We travel to Elyros, a Doric and Roman town famous for its two harbours. 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.
Hotel: Overnight in Chania
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Today we visit Aptera, mythological setting for the legendary contest between the Sirens and the Muses. We stop to explore a Mycenaean cemetery at Armeni. The site has proved invaluable to our understanding of the Minoan people of the area. In the afternoon, we explore Rethymnon Archaeological Museum.
Hotel: Overnight in Rethymnon
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We discover the archaeological site and museum at Eleutherna, showcasing the remains of the ancient city by the same name. Excavations in the area have revealed finds from the Neolithic period through to the Byzantine. After lunch we visit the Eastern Orthodox Arkadi Monastery.
Hotel: Overnight in Rethymnon
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 7

This morning we visit the new excavations at Zominthos where we have special access and a guided tour by one of the excavators. After a traditional lunch in the mountain village of Anogia, we enjoy some free time to explore the sites of Rethymnon at our leisure.
Hotel: Overnight in Rethymnon
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

We return to Chania and transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Meals: Breakfast included

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 Sep - Mon 7th Oct

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£2,355

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Led By: Dr Sandy MacGillivray

2020 Tour Details

Mon 4th May - Mon 11th May

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£2,445

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Led By: Dr Sandy MacGillivray

Mon 14th Sep - Mon 21st Sep

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sgl supp: £395

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Led By: Dr Sandy MacGillivray

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