Antiquarium di Boscoreale
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8 Reasons To Choose Andante Travels

Travel is finally on the horizon for 2021 and we can't wait to get back out there into the ancient world with you. After almost a year spent at home, travelling the world via books and our television sets, it's time to start thinking about where you want to visit as it once again becomes possible. 

Why choose Andante Travels for your first trip back after lockdown? Well, we've rounded up eight reasons that will give you food for thought.

1) Travel with esteemed experts

Our guides range from leading archaeologists and historians, to television personalities and famous authors – and travelling in their company is a treat. With the likes of Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb, Wanderlust World Guide Awards winner Dr Eireann Marshall and the world's leading expert in rock art Dr Paul Bahn at the helm, you'll experience the ancient world in unique, fascinating and memorable ways.

2) Explore the world in small groups

When you choose an Andante Travels tour, you're choosing to journey to the ancient world not only in like-minded company, but as part of a small group. Because many of our tours visit remote or off-the-beaten-track sites and due to the nature of having an expert guide lead our tours, we feel they work best when group numbers are limited. This way, you'll have the best access to your guide and will get the most out of the experience.

3) Book for 2021 completely risk-free

We understand that your desire to explore the world will have been disrupted by the past year's events, but we also know that you can't wait to return to your travels. This is why all bookings for tours departing in 2021 come with flexible booking – ideal should you change your mind as the trip approaches. We hope our risk-free booking initiative helps get you on your way.

4) Special access experiences

A number of our tours have special access included as part of the itinerary. In Pompeii, for example, you'll be taken to the store rooms at Paestum Museum and for a private visit to the Theatre of Herculaneum. On our Aegean Coast of Turkey tour, you'll enjoy special access to the Roman-era houses of Ephesus. Any special access or private visits will be marked on the individual itineraries' pages.

5) Travel with like-minded people

We're often asked about the types of people who book an Andante Travels tour and the answer is always the same – they're just like you! Yes, our tours are special interest, but if you're enquiring about them and find the itineraries interesting, chances are your fellow travellers will be share your passion or curiosity. Many lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours over the past three decades and there's nothing quite like an Andante dinner, where the conversation is always lively and engaging!

6) We're a Platinum award-winner

Earlier this year, we won the Platinum Trusted Service Award from Feefo. This means that over the past year we’ve achieved at least 50 reviews at a rating of at least 4.5 stars out of 5. Ordinarily, this would have granted us “Gold Award” status, but due to the fact that we’ve reached this milestone for three years running we’re now a Platinum winner, which shows that you've genuinely enjoyed your ancient-world adventures with us.

7) Our industry-leading action plan

We now operate all our departures under our 11-step COVID-19 action plan, which was designed with your safety and wellbeing at the heart of it all. From a free 'travel safe' kit that you'll receive in the post before you depart to coaches that allow for social distancing, we have thought of everything to help you return to travel both safely and with confidence. Read more about this here.

8) Unique tours designed by experts

All of our tour itineraries are created in-house by our team of experts. Their knowledge on archaeological sites in destinations around the world, from the most iconic to those much lesser-known, shapes how we structure each tour from start to finish. This insight along with the connections they have in the working world of archaeology means we can take you on some truly inimitable trips, leaving no stone unturned and offering some very special experiences indeed. 

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8 Reasons To Choose Andante Travels was published on 12 March 2021