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2019 Tours and Cruises with the Muddy Archaeologist

Fly to the sun and sail the sites of the Mediterranean Sea ,
or enjoy a comprehensive exploration of the archaeology and wildlife of Orkney & Shetland and walk into life 5,000 years ago ;
maybe a glorious land-based tour of the stunning island of ancient Sicily appeals,
or why not come to Ancient Pompeii with me.
Then come and join me on these fantastic holidays of a lifetime.

DATES HERE: See below for more details


18-26 September  2019 Smithsonian Journeys  Pompeii & More  A Week in Sorrento’

4-20 October  2019 Travel Academy  Sicily  ‘Sicily & the Aeolian Isles’

23-31 October  2019 Smithsonian Journeys  Pompeii & More  ‘A Week in Sorrento’


3-19 April  2020   Travel Academy: Sicily & the Aeolian Isles

11-17 May  2020   Ciceroni Travel: Albania 

23-31 May 2020   Smithsonian Journeys  ‘Scottish Islands and Norwegian Fjords’

3-18 June 2020   ASA (Australians Studying Abroad) Shetland & Orkney   Shetland and Orkney: Archaeology and Wildlife of the Northern Isles   This fabulous 18-day tour is SO popular/selling out that we shall be offering this again from 31 May – 17 June 2021.

16-24 September   Smithsonian Journeys  Pompeii & more  ‘A Week in Sorrento’

If you’re hesitating, be assured of excellent service, care and knowledge from me – here’s my certificate of excellence from Saga for my recent year’s service.  Join me and share the Mediterranean’s archaeology, the stories, the scenery, the sun & blue seas, the fun and fellowship and sense of exploration.


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.

18-26th September 2019
2nd – 10th October 2019

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.




Fantastic Sicily   October 2019

Come with me and explore this magnificent island, full of archaeology, history, art …  food, culture …  Details soon


And in 2020

The Scottish Islands and Norwegian Fjords with the Smithsonians on board Le Boreal   

23rd – 31st May 2020

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 Jarlshof, the 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


June 2020  

Skara Brae, Orkney

Shetland and Orkney; Archaeology and Wildlife of the Northern Isles

3rd-18th June 2020 

with  ASA Cultural Tours – Australians Studying Abroad.  (though, of course, this isn’t just for Australians – every one is welcome!)

Shetland Ponies

I believe this is the most comprehensive tour of Shetland and Orkney available.   

We begin in glorious Edinburgh and then head out to 11 islands, stunning scenery, seals, Shetland ponies, nature reserves, geology, archaeology, and the delights of the local Orcadian produce … 

We shall visit 5,000 years of history from the Neolithic first farmers’ stone circles, atmospheric tombs and settlements, to Iron Age brochs, through the strong Viking presence, here, around marvellous medieval castles and amongst the reminders of World War II.

Ring of Brodgar

Gillian will be your private lecturer who will accompany you to all the sites.

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.


Details and enquiries here



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