Greece has some of the most iconic of archaeological sites, from the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens to Knossos on the Island of Crete. It is the ruins and black and red pots of Hellenistic Greece we are more familiar with, scattered in museums around the World, but our ancestors were here as long ago as 700,000 years.
Ancient and Volcanic Landscapes of Milos
Milos has a long and fascinating past, both geological and archaeological. Much of the rich archaeological past is a direct consequence of the island’s geological past. There are many ways to discover the Volcanic & Prehistoric Landscapes of Milos, but a day trip sailing around the island on a catamaran has to be one of the best … Continue Reading >>
Anaparastaseis: Bringing Byzantine Icons Alive
Easter is certainly one of the best times to visit the island of Paros, if only to see the spectacular annual ritual of Anaparastaseis in Marpissa, a unique local custom that people come from far and wide to see. Each year since 1917 the villagers of Marpissa have been observing their own unique take on the Good Friday ritual … Continue Reading >>
Byzantine Church Frescoes on the Island of Crete
The Byzantine religious heritage on the island of Crete is as powerful as anywhere in Greece. At the beginning of the 20th century an Italian scholar recorded over 800 Byzantine churches with wall paintings. While many more have been found since, sadly not all 800 plus churches have survived to the beginning of the 21st century … Continue Reading >>
ARCHAEOLOGY TRAVEL TOUR – Byzantine Greece, Past & Present
St Titus’s Cathedral, Gortyn
For many centuries Greece and the Greek islands were at the cultural centre of the Byzantine Empire. Churches, monasteries and museums bear testament to the artistic traditions that developed here. Traditions of architecture and icon painting continue to influence religious practices today. For 11 days and taking in the Orthodox Easter weekend, this tour explores Byzantine art in Greece from its earliest manifestation to the present.
Small group tour of the Byzantine Art of Athens and the Greek Islands, including Paros, Ios and Crete.