The Minoan Civilization

The first advanced civilization to appear on European soil


Join us on the route to unveiling the vibrant Minoan society through art, archaeology, architecture, mythology, religion and material culture. Our 10-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 civilization as we know it today!

The Syllabus

1. Introduction to Minoan Civilization
2. Ancient Greek Religion & Mythology
3. Aegean Art & Archaeology

Programme highlights

• Indulge yourself in the legendary seafaring culture of the Minoans, who have a significant place in world history, as building the first civilization to appear on European soil


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


• Visit the fascinating cave connected to the birth and childhood of the father of Gods, Zeus; the Diktaean 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 Rhyton of Knossos

Day 10 / Depart for home

What is included

• 3 US credits provided by the Hellenic American University

• 10 nights accommodation in hand-picked and well-located superior class hotels

• daily breakfast and lunch

• professionals e.g. licensed guides, professors and tour managers for seminars, guided tours and site visits

• entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites

• all sea and land transportation included in the itinerary above

• information material

• local taxes

• travel insurance

• transport to/from the airport

What is not included

• airfares to/from Greece

• anything not specified in the “what is included” section

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