Greece

Minoan Palaces


8 days in Crete. Focus on the four great Minoan palace cities --- Knossos, Malia, Zakros and Phaestos, plus Minoan cemeteries and wineries.

Highlights
  • Admire the king’s throne at Knossos Palace
  • View original Phaestos disc
  • Explore Dikteion Cave, birthplace of Zeus
  • Visit the Venetian fortress on Spinalonga island
  • Swim in the Libyan Sea
Additional Information

The first civilization to thrive on European soil arose in Crete. The ancient Minoans initially worshipped fertility goddesses in caves, but eventually with wealth acquired through maritime prowess the earliest Cretan peoples flourished. Artistic frescos, work in gold and semiprecious stones, plumbing and Europe's first writing system characterize the refined Minoan culture.

Minoans concentrated their power around palaces located in four areas of Crete: Knossos, Malia, Zakros and Phaestos. In order to see all of these sites we make a grand loop around eastern Crete. We travel to each palace and via private guided tours we descend into the essence of Minoan life. Apart from walking the length and breadth of these archaeological sites, we also take walking excursions in Crete's countryside.






Tour Details
Activities: Walking, History & Culture. Optional activites include private archaeology tours, Greek cooking classes, Greek wine tasting, bicycling, and hiking
Dates: Select your own travel dates. Optimum time to travel in Crete is roughly April 1 to October 31.
Prices
8 Days
€ 1,190$ 1,345
Notes:
Trip price depends on the number in your party, level of accommodations, extent of services requested and optional activities sought.
* Dollar prices are
calculated daily based on the
exchange rate. The exchange
rate today is: 1.1305
Inclusions
  • 3 and 4 star hotels (based on double occupancy)
  • daily breakfast
  • maps
  • day to day itinerary with activities and logistics
  • a pre-tour trip packet with info about Greece, the region you will visit, recommended places to eat, phone numbers and other useful information.
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