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2018 & 2019 Tours and Cruises with the Muddy Archaeologist

Whether you’d like to fly to the sun and sail the sites of the Aegean Sea , or  voyage in luxury into Prehistoric Orkney and walk into life 5,000 years ago (maybe with an unforgettable cruise to Iceland too!);
maybe a land-based tour of the stunning island of ancient Sicily appeals, or one of the prehistoric temples and sites of magnificent Malta, or why not come to Ancient Pompeii with me.
Then come and join me on these fantastic holidays of a lifetime.

March 2018      Archaeology of Sicily
8th-20th March 2018  with Saga special interest Archaeological Holidays

Agrigento

A rare opportunity to tour the great ancient sites of Sicily.  Set in the centre of the Mediterranean, this jewel in the sea has welcomed and battled with just about every civilisation that sailed past it.  The Greek and Roman sites are, quite simply, breathtaking.

Want to sample the sites before deciding?  Explore the island in some of my blog posts: here you can find volcanic Mt.EtnaTaormina and its not-to-be-missed ancient theatre and, of course, Agrigento, home to one of the three best preserved Greek temples in the world.  (If you’re wondering, the others are the Parthenon in Athens and those at Paestum).

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Itinerary, prices, flight options, booking and all you need is here

April 2018   Malta’s Ancient Legacies  with Saga special interest Archaeological Holidays

A real favourite:  a palaeolithic cave, 5,000 year old megalithic templesBronze Age ‘cart ruts‘, medieval towns, Roman mosaics and catacombs and great church architecture and art and a trip to the island of Gozo too.  All with a fantastic museum and your very own lecturer to bring it all to life.

Sample a taste of the ancient delights of Malta in my blog post.

Itinerary, hotel details, booking etc. all available here

Join an Exclusive Private Muddy Archaeologist Group
on a Cruise to Prehistoric Orkney & Shetland, Faroes & Iceland
with Voyages to Antiquity
5th-20th August 2018

Ring of Brodgar

Sail on the splendid Aegean Odyssey and experience the 5,000 year old sites of Orkney, the amazing prehistory on Shetland, the natural wonder of the Faroe Islands and then sail in the wake of the Vikings as we head to stunning Iceland.

Gillian will be your private lecturer on board and will accompany you to the sites.    You will benefit from all the comfort, public lectures and excursions of the regular guests on board, but AT NO EXTRA COST you can be part of this exclusive group with the Muddy Archaeologist!

[Minimum group number of 10 required for the Muddy Archaeologist group to be viable.  If numbers are not reached, your fantastic cruise will still go ahead, but without the additional exclusive benefits from the Muddy Archaeologist]

Take an early look in my blog posts at the delights of Orkney’s 5,000 year old houses at Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. You can even catch up with the excavations at the great and unique Neolithic temples at Ness of Brodgar – built by folk who lived at Skara Brae and worshipped at the Ring of Brodgar!  And, of course, there are the thousands of years of history (and prehistory!) at Jarlshof on Shetland to enjoy.

BOOK NOW (selling fast) but quote code AEG 180805 and be sure to ask at the time of booking to be in the Muddy Archaeologist Private Group

Booking with Voyages to Antiquity    Tel. 01865  567390
Prices, details, and lots of helpful information:  www.voyagestoantiquity.com

and please confirm your booking in the exclusive group by contacting Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist   email or 07860 637301

Cruise the Aegean Sea : The Aegean Experience with Voyages to Antiquity
1st-13th October 2018

Begin with a truly fantastic land tour that takes in Ancient Athens, the oracle site of Delphi,  prehistoric Mycenae and the famous theatre and healing sanctuary of Epidaurus.  Then hop on board the Aegean Odyssey for a voyage around the breathtaking islands of the Aegean Sea.

Minoan Akrotiri and Knossos (watch a brief Muddy Archaeologist video here or sample the Minoan world in my blog ) take us back to the Bronze Age; the island of Rhodes thrills with its acropolis temple in  Lindos and the medieval streets of Rhodes town; the now uninhabited island of Delos, with its sanctuary sacred to the god Apollo, is a true delight.  And we visit the quieter islands of the Aegean too.

Gillian Hovell, the Muddy Archaeologist, is one of your public lecturers on this wonderful cruise.

The cruise is a special anniversary cruise for the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS).  Join us and wallow in and discover the art that began it all for us in the West!

BOOK NOW (selling fast) but quote code AEG 181005 and be sure to ask at the time of booking to be in the Muddy Archaeologist Private Group

Booking with Voyages to Antiquity    Tel. 01865  567390
Prices, details, and lots of helpful information:  www.voyagestoantiquity.com

and please confirm your booking in the exclusive group by contacting Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist   email or 07860 637301

An extension to 22nd October is available on this cruise: 

Meteora

Add the cliff-hanging monasteries of Meteora, and walk in the footsteps of St.Paul at Thessalonica and Philippi, and of St.John at Patmos.  Cruise past Mt.Athos and visit more Aegean islands to capture the magic of it all.

BOOK NOW (selling fast) but quote code AEG 181005 and be sure to ask at the time of booking to be in the Muddy Archaeologist Private Group

Booking with Voyages to Antiquity    Tel. 01865  567390
Prices, details, and lots of helpful information:  www.voyagestoantiquity.com

and please confirm your booking in the exclusive group by contacting Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist   email or 07860 637301

And looking ahead to 2019

May 2019      Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords with Smithsonian Journeys
and ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’
21st – 29th May 2019

We board the small ship 5-star 240-passenger Le Boreal in Bergen in Norway, exploring this wonderful town before sailing  to the stunning fjords of Norway.  We voyage on to explore Prehistoric Orkney & Shetland and sail on to the wild scenery of the Highlands and Rannoch Moor, in the company of the Muddy Archaeologist.  Add an optional extra couple of days in Edinburgh & Glasgow to add even greater value to this adventure.

Sail on the exclusively chartered five star 220 guest Le Boreal,  with Smithsonian Journeys.
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Take a sneak peak of the great sites on this cruise in my blog posts:  Bergen in Norway boasts  Edvard Grieg’s beautifully located summer home, a wonderful all-wooden Stave Church and the colourful harbour where you can revel in everything from the fish market or the all-year Christmas shop!     See what it’s like to step back in time at Jarlshofthe archaeological jewel of Shetland, and on Orkney at Skara Brae, the amazing Ring of Brodgar, and at the wonderful St Magnus Cathedral at Kirkwall.  Discover just how much there is to see in Glasgow during the optional post cruise extension! 

Itinerary, prices, booking and everything you need to start your great adventure are available here

2019      Sorrento – A One Week stay in Italy 
with Smithsonian Journeys including World Heritage Sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum & Paestum, plus Naples’ stunning Archaeological Museum and the beautiful Amalfi Coast and the isle of Capri, resort island since the Roman emperors.
Taste local cuisine and explore Italian life today.

17th – 25th April 2019
18-26th September 2019
2nd – 10th October 2019
Save $250 per person off of 2019 departures when you book by August 31, 2018!

Travel with The Muddy Archaeologist and experience these ancient sites as Gillian share the archaeologists’ tips that bring these places alive with people, their aspirations, fears and daily life.

Take a sneak preview with my Blog on Pompeii.

 

For enquiries about any of these holidays, please just contact me:
email  or Tel: 07860 637301

The Parthenon