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 MSA CULTURAL TOURS


SANTORINI, CRETE, & ATHENS


OCTOBER 8 - 19, 2018

11 DAYS AND 10 NIGHTS




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ITINERARY


DAY 1 - DEPART BOSTON LOGAN FOR ATHENS 


DAY 2 - ARRIVE ATHENS TRANSPORT TO HERODION HOTEL  

OVERNIGHT ATHENS -- HERODION HOTEL


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DAY 3 - OPTIONAL MORNING WALKING TOUR


Tour will commence in Herodion Hotel lobby. We will walk around the Acropolis starting at 5th Century BC Theatre of Dionysus, the Areopagus, Agora, and through the Plaka and Monastiraki districts. We will also visit Constitution Square, and Parliament Building where we will see the changing of the guard. The tour will end at the Temple of Zeus started in the 5th Century BC but not completed until 2nd Century AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian.

 

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 ACROPOLIS


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THEATRE OF DIONYSOS



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     THE TEMPLE OF ZEUS


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THE AGORA


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AREOPAGUS


DAY 4 - DEPART ATHENS FOR SANTORINI


THE ISLAND’S NAME WAS CHANGED TO THERA IN THE 19TH CENTURY, BUT LATIN SANTORINI (“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ONE”) REMAINS IN COMMON USEAGE. WE WILL VISIT FIRA, OIA, AND AKROTIRI.

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SANTORINI IS THE REMAINS OF AN ISLAND FOLLOWING A VIOLENT VOLCANIC ERUPTION CA. 1600 BC THAT CREATED A GIANT CALDERA OR VOLCANIC CRATER.


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DAY 5 - GUIDED COACH TOUR OF SANTORINI


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HOUSES ON EDGE OF CALDERA


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FIRA

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VISIT OIA …pronounced
“EE-ay” not "OY-ah


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AKROTIRI — PREHISTORIC MINOAN SITE
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 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

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AKROTIRI FRESCOS

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FAMOUS SANTORINI SUNSET



DAY 6 - TRANSFERS TO CRETE, OVERNIGHT HERAKLION


DAY 7 - ALL DAY COACH TOUR TO KNOSSOS


Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and may be Europe’s oldest city. The site had been settled since the Neolithic period 8000 - 7000 BC and the first palace was built around 2000 BC. At its peak CA 1700 BC the palace and surrounding city had a population over 100,000 and was the religious and political center of Minoan Civilization. For unknown reasons the palace was abandoned between 1350 – 1100 BC during the collapse of Minoan Civilization.


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MAP MINOAN CRETE - BRONZE AGE CIVILIZATION


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KNOSSOS REACHED A POPULATION OF 100,000 

IN 1600 BC AND HAD NO DEFENSIVE WALLS



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PALACE AT KNOSSOS


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HERAKLION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM FRESCO
DEPICTS MINOAN BULL FIGHTING




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THRONE ROOM IN KNOSSOS PALACE


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POTTERY FROM NEOLITHIC PERIOD 6500 - 5800 BC




DAY 8 - ALL DAY COACH TOUR TO PHAISTOS


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Phaistos is a Bronze Age archaeological site that was inhabited from 4000 BC. The first palace was built around 2000 BC and Phaistos was the second largest city of Minoan Crete after Knossos. Around 1400 BC the Achaeans/Mycenaeans invaded and destroyed Phaistos and Knossos. Excavations were started before those at Knossos and are not as sophisticated as Evan’s work at Knossos.


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ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE


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PHAISTOS DISC 1850 - 1600 BC HAS 61 WORDS ON TWO SIDES. 

HOUSED IN HERAKLION MUSEUM



DAY 9 - HERAKLION AND OPTIONAL TOUR OF HERAKLION NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


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HERAKLION HARBOR & VENETIAN FORTRESS 1523-40


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OTTOMAN MOSQUE BUILT 1856



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THE VENETIAN LOGGIA BUILT 1626 – 1628 



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AGIOS MINAS CATHEDRAL BUILT 1862-1895, NAMED FOR CITY PATRON SAINT MINAS, IS 

ONE OF LARGEST CATHEDRALS IN GREECE, SEATING 8000 PEOPLE. 



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A 6TH CENTURY ICON OF JESUS AND MINAS, CURRENTLY IN THE LOUVRE, 

ONE OF THE OLDEST SURVIVING ICONS.




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HERAKLION NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM



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DAY 10 - RETURN TO ATHENS


DAY 11 - FREE DAY AND OPTIONAL TOUR of the NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


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NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


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THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM



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STROLL THROUGH THE PLAKA AND MONASTIRAKI 

(WONDERFUL SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND AMBIENCE)



DAY 12 - RETURN TO LOGAN AIRPORT, BOSTON

 

 

 

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