8 days

From £3,095

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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

Today's Price

Deposit: £750 Single supplement: £395

Includes flights

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 Availability
25 April 2023 ACRE230525 25 April 2023 (Tuesday) 2 May 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £2,995
(inc. flights)
£750 £345 Book your trip
9 May 2023 ACRE230509 9 May 2023 (Tuesday) 16 May 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £3,095
(inc. flights)
£750 £395 Book your trip
19 September 2023 ACRE230919 19 September 2023 (Tuesday) 26 September 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Sandy MacGillivray £3,095
(inc. flights)
£750 £395 Book your trip
10 October 2023 ACRE231010 10 October 2023 (Tuesday) 17 October 2023 (Tuesday) Dr Rita Roussos £2,955
(inc. flights)
£750 £345 Book your trip
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