Now that overseas holidays have once again been given the green light as we cautiously return to travel abroad, it might be easier to overlook a staycation.
However, we are delighted to share that we have nine brand new UK tours on offer for 2022, which feature in our newly released brochure. From Ireland's north west to the castles of Wales and from Scotland's Hebridean highlights to England's ancient treasures, these new UK-based itineraries shine a spotlight on history, culture, heritage, wildlife and, of course, archaeology.
There are three captivating new Welsh tours all led by expert Guide Lecturer Guto Rhys, starting with Forts & Castles of North Wales, which spends six days visiting the stunning castles of Dinas Emrys, Dolbadarn and Dolwyddelan along with those at Conwy, Caernarfon and Herlech, while staying in the Italianate village of Portmeirion. Then, there’s the new Mabinogion: Magic Medieval Welsh Myths tour, which at five days in length will see you explore sites of medieval and Dark Age legends while learning about the origins of Arthurian legends and listening to the tales on the very spot where they occurred. Finally, there’s the Druids to Saints – Wales & Its Gods tour. At eight days in length, this tour travels the rugged coast of Wales, visiting museums, Neolithic burial chambers, a stone circle, Roman religious monuments and two remarkable medieval cathedrals.
If you're hoping to up your step count next year, there are two walking tours on offer. The first is an 11-day discovery of the Thames river that starts in a remote Gloucestershire meadow – the unassuming source of the river itself – and ends in London. With daily walks that range from three to eight miles in length, travel on foot along the Thames Path trail, visiting the 12th century Dorchester Abbey, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and the Elizabethan Kelmscott Manor. Our other UK-based walking tour comes in the form of Walking Ancient Wessex, an eight-day trip that stretches from Iron Age to Roman Britain. Explore ancient monuments on foot, including the stone circle at Avebury and Stonehenge, and gaze upon the mysterious Uffington Horse.
Where the UK’s magnificent wildlife is concerned, there are two new tours that combine the best of the natural world with the best of national archaeology. Starting off in Wales, there’s Andante’s Archaeology & Wildlife of the Pembrokeshire Coast tour. At six days long, this tour explores the ‘wild, wild west’ and will see you visit the site of the quarry for the Stonehenge bluestones, enjoy a sea safari to search for wildlife and walk to the Iron Age hillfort of Foel Drigarn. The other Archaeology & Wildlife tour explores East Anglia. Over seven days, travel from the Broads to Sutton Hoo visiting an array of interesting and stunning sites along the way.
Go on the trail of the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge in North West Ireland, another new tour for 2022. Spend eight days discovering sites linked to this early Irish epic such as Navan Fort, the prehistoric passage tombs in the Carrowmore Megalithic cemetery, the Irish Court Tomb of Creevykeel and the extensive royal centre of the kings and queens of Connaught at Rathcrogan.
Finally, why not head over to Scotland and enjoy a whirlwind tour that showcases the Highlights of the Hebrides? At just six days in length, this trip will shine a light on the history and heritage to be found on the edge of the Atlantic. Visit the Iron Age village at Bosta, the Bronze Age standing stones of Callanish, the 16th century effigy tombs at Rodel Church and the 1st century AD fortification that is Carloway Broch. This tour also has a limited number of zero single supplement places available for solo travellers.