Dating archeological eras
The palace buildings have been reconstructed and preserved, giving us an excellent picture of royal lifestyle.
At Vathypetro we visit a Minoan villa of the 16th century BCE and the museum at Archanes, housing the remains of a Minoan palace believed to be the summer residence of the kings of Knossos.
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.
Lastly, we visit the large Minoan villa at Nirou Chani. Meals: Breakfast & dinner Thursday, October 15: Santorini: A ferry brings us to Santorini (ancient Thera).
Forty rooms have been excavated on the ground level along with courtyards and evidence of stairways leading to an upper floor. Our two nights here offer ample time to explore the maze of picturesque streets easily reached from our hotel. We will gather for our farewell dinner this evening. Meals: Breakfast & dinner Friday, October 16: Santorini: Touring begins at Akrotiri, where we will explore a Late Minoan city destroyed by earthquakes and a great volcanic eruption circa 1500 BCE. Meals: Breakfast & lunch Saturday, October 17: Today we will have one group transfer to the airport at a time convenient to the majority of the group.
William Dever, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, has investigated the archeology of the ancient Near East for more than 30 years and authored almost as many books on the subject.
The truth of the matter today is that archeology raises more questions about the historicity of the Hebrew Bible and even the New Testament than it provides answers, and that's very disturbing to some people. I have always thought that if we resurrected someone from the past, one of the biblical writers, they would be amused, because for them it would have made no difference.
I think they would have said, faith is faith is faith—take your proofs and go with them. They wanted you to know what these purported events mean.
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.
From Neolithic villages to the Bronze Age palatial cultures of the Minoans, Mycenaeans and Cypriotes, then on to Classical, Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras, our Aegean adventure unfolds a clear and sparkling development of cultural achievements.
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.