8 days

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The Minoans are best known for their incredible labyrinthine palaces - the greatest of which, located at Knossos, was supposedly where Theseus slew the Minotaur. Our journey across these two beautiful islands will demonstrate the impressive architectural and artistic skills of this Bronze Age civilisation.

We begin on the stunning island of Santorini, buried suddenly during the cataclysmic eruption of Thera, which signalled the beginning of the end of Minoan civilisation. In Crete, we continue to trace the story of the Minoans, whose writing, organisation and ambition had a profound influence on the development of ancient Greece - and, thus, the western world.

Tour highlights:

  • Experience the rich history and archaeological sites of Crete and Santorini in the company of our experts
  • Explore the city of Akrotiri – the “Pompeii of the Aegean” – and the fascinating frescoes on display in the museum
  • Take a boat trip to the island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony, to explore the abandoned buildings
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion and view its fascinating collections
  • Tick the mighty Palace of Knossos off your bucket list

Full Price

Today's Price
£2,795 (including offers)


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The price above includes any applicable early booking discount and a pay in full discount, and applies only if you pay the full balance at time of booking.

Deposit: £750 Single supplement: £345

Includes flights

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Meet your Experts

Dr Sandy MacGillivray

Andante Guide Lecturer

Dr Sandy MacGillivray is an archaeologist who specialises in the Aegean Bronze Age as well as the civilisations of Crete, the Cyclades and mainland Greece during this period. He has previously excavated at Sparta, Paros and Kythnos in Greece, at Knossos in Crete.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
11 October 2022 ACRE221011 11 October 2022 (Tuesday) 18 October 2022 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,935
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£500 £290 Book your trip
25 April 2023 ACRE230525 25 April 2023 (Tuesday) 2 May 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,995
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£750 £345 £2,795
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9 May 2023 ACRE230509 9 May 2023 (Tuesday) 16 May 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,995
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£750 £345 £2,795
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19 September 2023 ACRE230919 19 September 2023 (Tuesday) 26 September 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £3,075
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£750 £395 £2,875
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3 October 2023 ACRE231003 3 October 2023 (Tuesday) 10 October 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £2,995
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£750 £345 £2,795
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10 October 2023 ACRE231010 10 October 2023 (Tuesday) 17 October 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,955
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£750 £345 £2,755
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