Ruins of the Ancient Minoan Palace of Phaistos
Ruins of the Ancient Minoan Palace of Phaistos

Our 9 Best Holidays For Archaeology and History Lovers

If you're something of a history buff and you love to discover stories about the places you visit on holiday, why not consider one of our archaeological adventures? From Malta and Greece, to Italy and Albania, we have a broad selection of tours on offer both this year and for 2021 that will bring you face-to-face with iconic ruins and legendary tales.

Want to tick the sprawling site of Pompeii off your bucket list? We can help. Fancy walking among some of ancient Greece's mythical locations or spending time at the mighty Palace of Knossos, where Theseus defeated the Minotaur? Let us take you there. Interested in exploring an unusual destination to find out more about its surprising history? Allow us to recommend a tour of Bulgaria.

Don't forget, to secure a place on any 2020 holiday without paying a penny, just book before August 3rd. Find out more about our 2020 £0 deposit offer here

Pompeii & the Classical Wonders of Campania

Explore this world-famous archaeological site and walk in the footsteps of its ill-fated citizens. Visit opulent villas of the Roman super-rich, explore Naples' Archaeological Museum and pay a visit to neighbouring Herculaneum.

Albanian Archaeology

Looking for a different kind of holiday? Join us in Albania. Visit the Roman amphitheatre in Durres, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint and Apollonia, the second-oldest Greek colony in Albania, dating back 2,700 years.

The Archaeology of Crete

A destination that needs no introduction, Crete is home to some magnificent archaeological sites. Here, Greek myth becomes reality with visits to the Palace of Knossos and Phaistos. You'll also take a boat over to the haunting island of Spinalonga.

Bulgarian Archaeology

Another destination somewhat off the beaten track, Bulgaria will astound you with its beauty and history. See the Madara Horseman – 75ft above ground level, explore remarkable Thracian tombs and visit the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery.

Malta's Archaeological Heritage

There are many reasons to visit Malta, but its rich archaeological heritage is up there as one of the best. From the ancient and mysterious Hal Saflieni Hypogeum to the 5000-year-old temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, there is much to see.

Archaeology of Orkney & Shetland

No need to travel too far to explore fascinating ancient sites! Join us in Scotland and visit the multi-period settlement of Jarlshof, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney and the best-preserved Iron Age tower in existence - Mousa Broch.

Archaeology of the Peloponnese

Another Greek archaeological adventure, this time visiting the Lion Gate at Mycenae, the impressively well-preserved and unspoilt site of Messene, and the dead city of Mistras. Elsewhere, admire Venetian and Neo-Classical architecture in Nafplion.

The Archaeology of Denmark & Sweden

How about a twin-centre holiday, where you will visit the Royal Mounds at Gamla Uppsala, the impressive but ill-fated warship Vasa, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum, and the Baroque Skokloster Castle. 

The Gardens and Archaeology of Turkey

Brand new for 2021, this holiday offers the perfect fusion of nature and history. Visit Ephesus, the largest ancient city to have been excavated, and Assos, with its impressive theatre. An array of gardens and parks also feature on this holiday.

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Our 9 Best Holidays For Archaeology and History Lovers was published on 7 July 2020