11 days

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Summary

Explore sacred islands and sprawling ruins

Of the thousands of Greek islands which are scattered over the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades have the most evocative mythology. The archipelago is named for its encircling of the sacred isle of Delos, the legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis but its surrounding islands are no less fascinating. From the now unassuming Tinos, which once flourished as a centre for worship to Poseidon in the 5th century BCE, to Santorini, home to one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean – the buried Minoan city of Akrotiri. The islands display evidence of settlement from as early as 5000 BCE and had a distinctive culture in the early middle Bronze Age. Obsidian (volcanic glass) was produced here and exported throughout the Aegean, along with lead, copper and marble. Travelling by land and crossing by ferry from port to ancient port, we explore the best of the archaeology there is to see on the archipelago.

Tour highlights:

  • Sail by private charter to Delos and spend the day exploring one of the most important sites in Greece
  • Visit the spectacular prehistoric settlement of Skarkos and ‘Homer’s’ tomb on the delightful island of Ios
  • Admire the sleeping giants of Naxos, the Flerio Kourous, scattered throughout this beautiful Aegean landscape

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Today's Price
£4,275

Deposit: £750 Single supplement: £545

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley

Andante Guide Lecturer

Dr Christina Hatzimichael Whitley is a lecturer in the department of Continuous Professional Education at Cardiff University, where she teaches Greek art and archaeology from the Bronze Age to Classical and the Byzantine period.

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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 May 2023 AICY230525 25 May 2023 (Thursday) 4 June 2023 (Sunday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £4,275
(inc. flights)
£750 £545 Book your trip
5 October 2023 AICY231005 5 October 2023 (Thursday) 15 October 2023 (Sunday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £4,275
(inc. flights)
£750 £545 Book your trip
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