Captivating Crete: A Mediterranean Jewel with Dimitra Pilarinou


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Join local expert Dimitra Pilarinou to discover Crete: a stunning island with incomparable history.  This virtual voyage to the jewel of the Greek Mediterranean Sea will delight and inspire.

Homer described Crete as an island ''in the midst of the wine-dark sea." The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete is unique among the Aegean islands: it is a condensed continent, where one can experience dramatic changes in its majestic landscape: soaring snow-capped mountains with deep ravines and dark caves alternate with fertile valleys, olive groves, and sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, in a never-ending dance of natural beauty. Enjoying one of Europe's finest mild climates, Crete is the blessed island when it comes to its agriculture: olives, grapes, horticultural products paired with wild greens, meat, and fish are the critical components of Cretan gastronomy: One of the healthiest and most delicious in the world.

Crete's amazing scenery was the backdrop of Europe's first advanced civilization, the Minoans. They graced the island with their extraordinary palaces destined to become in the course of millennia the stuff of myths and legends. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans followed and left their imprint on the culture of the only island that has been a part of every single empire. Charming, picturesque villages harmoniously coexist with ancient Greek and Roman ruins, Venetian castles, and Ottoman minarets. Amidst this extraordinary blend of natural beauty and Crete’s history, the Cretan people, proud of their island’s heritage, are extraordinarily open-hearted and hospitable: real children of ''Xenios" Zeus, the God of hospitality, who was born on Crete and never left...

Led by an expert on Crete’s history, archaeology, and culture, Dimitra Pilarinou, this interactive seminar will offer a thorough introduction to the island of Crete: its landscape, history, culture, gastronomy, towns, and villages. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the wonders that Crete has to offer.

Dimitra Pilarinou is a Greek archaeologist and Licensed Tour Guide with a Masters degree in Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean. She has worked in excavations all around Greece, has given speeches on various topics in Seminars and Congresses, and has appeared on documentaries about the Minoans on History Channel and Travel Channel.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
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D.S.
A Lovely Visit to Crete

It may be difficult to imagine actually feeling a part of a place via Zoom, but our tour guide Dimitra was able to gracefully transport us from our home computers right onto the beautiful island of Crete. For a short while, we were in another place, learning about the history, the land, and the people. Dimitra wove myth, poetry and art into her presentation, bringing this beautiful island to life. I left hungry for Greek pastry covered in honey, a strong cup of coffee, and a desire to visit Crete in person. Quite a wonderful tour, and a lovely, knowledgeable, and engaging guide.

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M.V.
Great tour ofCrete

It was a very informative and well designed tour

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B.B.
fabulous

I registered for this course as we were thinking about visiting Crete. After hearing Dimitra's talk we will definitely be going to Crete. She was professional, knowledgable, friendly and able to convey her excitement about Crete. i liked how she divided her presentation starting with geography, then moving onto the history, followed by places of interest and tourist attractions. She was honest about when to go and described places so that one could identify and chose according to ones own personal tastes.

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S.G.
Wonderful Travelogue

Dimitra is a terrific guide. We first learned the fascinating history of the island and then we traveled from east to west, visiting so many interesting towns and sites. The seminar ended with practical travel tips. An excellent seminar for those who are planning a trip to Crete.

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S.C.
Great presentation

I've not [yet] been to Crete, but loved Santorini, the Greek mainland, etc. Dimitra was a marvelous guide: she provided maps, photos, & explanations that were enormously helpful.

Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
94%
(33)
6%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
D
D.S.
A Lovely Visit to Crete

It may be difficult to imagine actually feeling a part of a place via Zoom, but our tour guide Dimitra was able to gracefully transport us from our home computers right onto the beautiful island of Crete. For a short while, we were in another place, learning about the history, the land, and the people. Dimitra wove myth, poetry and art into her presentation, bringing this beautiful island to life. I left hungry for Greek pastry covered in honey, a strong cup of coffee, and a desire to visit Crete in person. Quite a wonderful tour, and a lovely, knowledgeable, and engaging guide.

M
M.V.
Great tour ofCrete

It was a very informative and well designed tour

B
B.B.
fabulous

I registered for this course as we were thinking about visiting Crete. After hearing Dimitra's talk we will definitely be going to Crete. She was professional, knowledgable, friendly and able to convey her excitement about Crete. i liked how she divided her presentation starting with geography, then moving onto the history, followed by places of interest and tourist attractions. She was honest about when to go and described places so that one could identify and chose according to ones own personal tastes.

S
S.G.
Wonderful Travelogue

Dimitra is a terrific guide. We first learned the fascinating history of the island and then we traveled from east to west, visiting so many interesting towns and sites. The seminar ended with practical travel tips. An excellent seminar for those who are planning a trip to Crete.

S
S.C.
Great presentation

I've not [yet] been to Crete, but loved Santorini, the Greek mainland, etc. Dimitra was a marvelous guide: she provided maps, photos, & explanations that were enormously helpful.