"Exploring Crete" is Peter Sommer Travels' first scheduled tour in 2017. This year, to give an impression of the experience, we are providing a diary of sorts on our blog. Rather than describing every day in detail (you can check our itineraries on www.petersommer.com for that) every day we will pick one image we took that day, accompanied by some explanations and thoughts.
We've spent nearly two weeks showing our merry group of guests around Crete. We have introduced them to the splendours and the mysteries of the Bronze Age civilisation known as the Minoans, explained Crete's pivotal role in the development of the Greek city state, explored the sites of Classical and Roman Crete, admired the beauty of the island's Byzantine art, walked the moats and walls of her Venetian fortifications, pointed out the Ottoman heritage and engaged with the Crete of today, its music, its food, its traditions.
Everything comes to an end, and today we say goodbye to our guests on 'Exploring Crete'. We hope they walk, or boat or fly away from our tour with more knowledge, with great memories and with a new-found love, or a rediscovered one, of this beautiful island. Our world has many interesting places to offer, but few of them concentrate so much history, so many ancient mysteries, so much and such diverse natural beauty, so many stories and such great food in one place as does Crete!
That's all. We'd love you, our readers, to join us on one of our Crete tours sometime soon.
Our image shows Souda Bay near Chania, viewed from the ancient site of Aptera.