Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca, Cyprus
Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca, Cyprus

Archaeological Tours

Cyprus, Crete & Santorini: Ancient Aegean Kingdoms

The sparkling Mediterranean waters of the Aegean, dividing mainland Greece from Turkey, were the genesis for the evolution of ancient maritime civilizations, whose questing seafarers first linked ancient Greek and Roman cultures with the eastern civilizations of Anatolia and Levantine centers in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Spending six, five and three nights in Cyprus, Crete and Santorini respectively, our three-island odyssey unravels the complex story of these historic Aegean kingdoms – a narrative telling of 9,000 years of history, from Neolithic villages to the Bronze Age cultures of the Minoans, Mycenaeans and Cypriotes, and then on to Classical, Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras. Of special note will be a trio of ancient Cypriote city-kingdoms (Kition, Amathous and Kourion), the Painted Churches in the Troödos Mountains Region (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Knossos – the setting of Crete’s greatest archaeological excavations and home to the ruins of a huge Minoan palace, possibly the inspiration for the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. We end on the picturesque Cyclades island of Santorini, with ample time to relax between captivating visits to Thera and Akrotiri – the ‘Minoan Pompeii’, still emerging from its ashes.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Ferry
  •  Flights (excluding airfare from the US)
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Four lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team

Tour highlights:

  • Discover Gortyn and its famous 5th century stone blocks, inscribed with the laws of Classical Greece
  • Separate history from mythology as we explore the fascinating Minoan palace complexes of Knossos and Malia
  • Wander amid Cyprus’s Tombs of Kings at Paphos, a grand necropolis carved from the solid rock
  • Explore Heraklion Archaeological Museum, home to the world’s greatest exhibition of Minoan artifacts, and also Nicosia’s great Cyprus Museum
  • Enjoy the Mediterranean’s clear skies, beaches and flavorful, fresh cuisine

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