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Ancient Islands: Crete: Exploring Athens & the Island of crete

September 27th-October 6th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

The beauty, culture and food will accompany us on this ancient island. Crete is the birthplace of Zeus and home to the Palace of Knossos and its legendary Minotaur. Knossos is the largest and best-preserved palace of the Minoan civilization, dating from between 1,700 and 1,400 B.C., although the site has produced evidence of habitation from thousands of years earlier.   We will visit the town of Rethymnon, where we’ll visit the 16th-century Venetian fortress and wander the old town around the harbour. We will go inland, to the 3,000-foot-high Lasithi Plateau – green, fertile, and irrigated by white-sailed windmills. We will stop at Psychro to visit the Dictean cave, the mythical birthplace of Zeus, and Seli for spectacular views of the plateau. We visit the Kera Monastery, with frescoes dating from the late Byzantine period, the village of Mohos for a magnificent view of the villages of Chersonissos, Stalis, and Malia. The “wine-dark sea” written about by the poets of many ages is still vividly alive in the landscape of Greece, and so are many remains of the legendary past that have given birth to so much in our language and literature.