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Exploring Crete

Exploring Crete

Exploring Crete Overview

We are proud to offer this spectacular expert-led tour of Crete. Discover the legendary island with Peter Sommer Travels.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and its historical significance is second to none, ranging from Stone Age seafarers and Neolithic farmers to the mysterious and fascinating Bronze Age civilisation of the Minoans. The island’s renowned Classical cities and the rich remains of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman cultures, lead us right through to its turbulent 20th century history.

As well as its historical and archaeological riches, the island is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and diversity. Its inhabitants are fiercely proud of their homeland and maintain its many traditions, including the fabled Cretan hospitality. As a result of its varied nature and past, Crete also boasts one of the most refined variations of Greek cuisine.

Our Exploring Crete tour is the ideal opportunity to experience this fascinating island to the full. You will visit its most important ancient sites, including the famous prehistoric Minoan palaces, but also veer off the beaten track to explore many of Crete’s hidden gems.

To take full advantage of the island’s extraordinary beauty and its unique wealth in spring flowers, our tour of Crete includes a vast variety of different landscapes and ancient sites, bringing you into direct contact with its coasts, mountains, gorges and fertile plains, as well as its historical villages and towns.

Our Cretan tour is complemented by excellent meals in carefully selected restaurants and tavernas, as well as wine tastings from regional vineyards. At night, you will be staying in beautiful surroundings, ranging from elegant Venetian palazzos to traditional inns and agriturismos in serene mountain villages.

Heinrich and Maria, your tour guides, have excavated, surveyed, researched and travelled around Crete and are passionate connoisseurs not only of its archaeology, but also of its landscapes, people, traditions and products. Their in-depth knowledge will be your shortcut to a superb experience of one of Europe’s most celebrated destinations.

If you have never visited Crete, this is the perfect way to explore this wonderful and fascinating Greek Island; if you have been before, we are sure you will see it afresh and from a completely different perspective – in the company of two archaeologists who know the island intimately.
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Reviews of this holiday

Exploring Crete by Maggie, 4 Aug 2019
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Everything about it excellent, our guides not only experts but considerate & warm & able to impart their knowledge with ... read more

Exploring Crete by Dick from Houston, 20 Jul 2019
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Comprehensive view of the island and its food, people, folklore, and archeology. read more

Exploring Crete by DJW77, 12 Jul 2019
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We had a wonderful trip. The food and accommodations were very good and also very interesting....no run of the mill hotels! ... read more

Exploring Crete by Alwen, 17 Jun 2019
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A 14 day small-group exploration of Crete's history, geography and culture, accompanied by passionate and knowledgeable ... read more

Exploring Crete by HJA, 22 May 2019
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The tour covered all aspects of Cretan archaeology, history, gastronomy and scenery, conducted by enthusiastic experts combined ... read more

Exploring Crete by Gina, 21 May 2019
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This holiday was meant to introduce a small group to archeological sites under the guidance of a Greek historian and an ... read more

Exploring Crete by Rob B, 30 Apr 2019
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The tour met our expectations of learning more about the history of Crete. The knowledge and experience of Heinrich Hall ... read more

Exploring Crete by Avid Traveler, 26 Apr 2019
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We had a fantastic tour of Crete with Peter Sommer Travels. The guides provided in-depth, engaging and highly knowledgeable ... read more

Exploring Crete by Al, 26 Apr 2019
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Experienced archaeologists interpret almost 4000 year old Minoan and Dorian sites from a perspective that no other guide ... read more

Exploring Crete by Ms A M 18, 13 Jan 2019
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As ever the trip was a well balanced itinerary of ancient and contemporary Crete, and Heinrich's profound depth of knowledge ... read more

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Exploring Crete by Maggie, 4 Aug 2019
Traveller rating:

Everything about it excellent, our guides not only experts but considerate & warm & able to impart their knowledge with ... read more

Exploring Crete by Dick from Houston, 20 Jul 2019
Traveller rating:

Comprehensive view of the island and its food, people, folklore, and archeology. read more