Dating archeological eras
After a nine-day tour of Cypriote sites (south and north), spanning some 9,000 years of history, we fly to Crete for an extensive seven-day exploration of Minoan archaeology.
Sunny skies, excellent beaches and delicious Mediterranean cuisine will enhance our discovery of these ancient civilizations.
The Minos Beach Hotel will be our home for the next three nights. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Tuesday, October 13: AYIOS NIKOLAOS: Touring continues at Gournia, where the remains of an ordinary ancient Minoan town, with small houses crowded along narrow cobblestone lanes, are laid out much the same as Cretan mountain villages of today.
We then continue to the Sitia Museum, which houses the finds from the area. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Wednesday, October 14: AYIOS NIKOLAOS: Touring begins at the Minoan palace of Mallia.
September 29 – October 17, 2015 (19 Days) This tour has passed.
Take a look at our other tours Our odyssey will explore these maritime civilizations whose intrepid sailors and merchants linked pre- and ancient Greek and Roman cultures with the eastern civilizations of Anatolia, and the Levantine centers in Egypt and Mesopotamia.
Our walk along the excavated main street lined with stone beehive-type houses offers an opportunity to study its many layers of occupation. During its long history, it served as a harbor to the Phoenicians, while under the Romans it was the capital of one of the four districts of the island.
Our visit will be to Amathous’s celebrated classical city. Meals: Breakfast & lunch Friday, October 9: HERAKLION: After a morning at leisure, we depart for the airport and our flight to Crete. Meals: Breakfast & dinner Saturday, October 10: HERAKLION: The focus of our six-day stay is the Minoan civilization flourishing here from 2000 to 1400 BCE.
Touring includes the mosque of Umm Haram, tomb of the maternal aunt of the Prophet Muhammad, one of the holiest shrines of Islam, as well as the superb Byzantine mosaics in Kiti Church, St. As we explore the oldest parts of this city, founded in 280 BCE, we will see the remains of its pillaging by the Mamelukes and occupation by the Venetians and Ottomans. Meals: Breakfast & lunch Saturday, October 3: NICOSIA: We cross into Northern Cyprus and begin our touring at Soli, rebuilt about 600 BCE on the site of the older Sillu, one of the ten Greek Kingdoms of Cyprus.
After visiting the palace, we continue to Ayia Triada, the villa of a Minoan baron, beautifully situated overlooking both the plain and the Mediterranean Sea.