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The Minoan Civilisation
Location
Crete
Duration
8 days

Overview

Join us on the route to unveiling the vibrant Minoan society through art, archaeology, architecture, mythology, religion and material culture. Our 8-day voyage will give us insights into the Minoan settlements, including the palaces of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, and Zakros.

 

Discover the prominent role the Minoan palaces played in administration, trade, and as religious and political epicentres. Uncover the connection between Minoan culture and the influence it had on the shaping of Western European civilisation as we know it today.

Courses

  • 1. Introduction to Minoan Civilisation

 

  • 2. Ancient Greek Religion & Mythology

 

  • 3. Aegean Art & Archaeology

Highlights

  • Indulge yourself in the legendary sea-faring culture of the Minoans, who have a major place in world history, as building the first civilisation to appear on European soil.

 

  • Explore the magnificent labyrinthine palaces of  Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Zakros and their sophisticated colourful frescoes.

 

  • Visit the fascinating caves connected to the birth and childhood of the father of Gods, Zeus; the Diktaean and the Idaean Cave.

 

  • Immerse yourself in legendary myths such as the ones of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and the Labyrinth, as well as of Daedalus and Icarus.

 

  • Discover fascinating archaeological museums, which boast truly impressive exhibits, such as the bare-breasted snake goddess statuette from the palace of Knossos, the acclaimed Phaistos Disc and the striking black stone Bull's Head Rython of Knossos.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Heraklion

 

Day 2 - The Palace of Zakros 

 

Day 3 - Diktaean Cave & the Palace of Malia 

 

Day 4 - Idaean Cave & the Palace of Knossos

 

Day 5 - Gortyn & Phaistos

 

Day 6 - Rethymno/Eleftherna/Armeni

 

Day 7 - Chania

 

Day 8 - Falassarna

 

Details

What is included 


- 7 nights accommodation in hand-picked and well-located superior class hotels, including breakfast or half board
- Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
- Professional licensed guides, lecturers and tour manager
- Transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach
- Information material
- Local taxes

 

What is not included


- Airfares to/from Greece
- Gratuities (optional)
- Anything not specified in the "what is included" section

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