We've Launched Our New 2020 Brochure With 15 New Tours, Offering Archaeological Journeys Into The Ancient World

2nd July 2019
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Newly created itineraries for 2020 include Oman, Venice at Carnevale, the Isle of Man and South East Turkey and such is the demand for the newly re-introduced Lebanon tour that four departures have been added. In addition, a revived edition of our first-ever tour – Journey Through Wessex – has been brought back to celebrate the company's milestone 35th anniversary and our new brochure also features the iconic Oberammergau Passion Play combined with opportunities to explore either Munich and Salzburg or the beautiful castles of Bavaria.

Many tours feature exclusive special access experiences, such as the Ta' Cenc prehistoric temple on the Malta & Gozo tour; the grand gallery and royal burial chamber in the Pyramid of Khufu on the Egypt - Highlights & Discoveries tour; and a curator-led tour of the Zagreb Archaeological Museum on the Dalmatia & Dubrovnik tour.

Brand New Tours For 2020

Ancient Catalonia | Iberians & Romans in North East Spain

On this new eight-day tour of prehistoric cave paintings, impressive Roman remains and vibrant cities, guests will explore the distinctive regional culture. Visits include the UNESCO-listed rock art at Ulldecona, the Roman aqueduct at el Pont de les Ferreres and the 2,500-year-old village of Callafel. This tour departs on either 1st June or 5th October and prices start from £2,395pp.

Denmark | Not Only Vikings

Journey through Jutland and the Danish islands on this 10-day exploration of Viking heritage, amazing museums and the stories to be found here. Come face to face with the Iron Age Tollund Man at the Silkeborg Museum, discover the open-air museum of Den Gamle By and tour Jelling, a site made famous because of its connection to Harald Bluetooth – King of Denmark. This tour departs on either 17th June or 2nd September and prices start from £3,995pp.

Venice at Carnevale

Another exciting new tour from Andante Travels, this time to its already popular destination of Venice, but during the Carnevale celebrations. On this trip, guests will enjoy a lecture on the history of masks at the famous atelier Ca' Macana before taking in the Carnevale activities. Elsewhere, there is a very special private tour of the legendary St. Mark's Basilica and a private tour of the Doge's Palace. On Murano Island, there will be a glass-blowing demonstration and a private visit to the Casino Zane, whose gambling room was used by Mozart, also awaits. This tour departs on 17th February and prices start from £2,795pp.

Egypt Cruise | In the Wake of the Pharaohs

A luxurious Nile cruise taking guests between Cairo and Aswan. Guests will explore Seti I's temple at Abydos, the temples at Abu Simbel and the lesser-known sites of Beni Hasan and Amarna. There will also be time to pore over artefacts at Cairo's Egyptian Museum, a special evening visit to Luxor Temple and a stop at the Valley of the King. This tour departs on either 5th May or 31st August and prices start from £4,795pp.

The Archaeology of the Isle of Man

Discover this sea-bound kingdom and its surprising archaeology. Spend six fascinating days exploring all that the Isle of Man has to offer, from the world's largest working waterwheel at Laxey and the striking examples of both Norse and Celtic crosses, to the Viking burial ship at Balladoole and Tynwald Hill, where the area's parliament has met since the 13th century. This unusual tour departs on either 22nd June or 7th September and prices start from £1,495pp.

Poland | Slavs, Celts & Goths

Spend 10 days visiting great Polish cities, touring captivating museums and exploring sites in remote countryside locations, which all tell stories of this country's varied past. Walk among ancient stone circles, pay a visit to extraordinary salt mines that date back to the 13th century and wander around a selection of historic castles. This tour departs on either 30th May or 25th July and prices start from £2,995pp.

North India

This is a tour of India's magnificent north at 18 days long. Taking in leading museums, iconic monuments and famous sites, explore the turbulent history and cultural heritage of this unforgettable country. Witness a sunset aarti ceremony on the steps of the Ganges, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal and explore the Amber Fort. Other experiences include a contrasting tour of Old and New Delhi, the chance to indulge in amazing Indian cuisine in Lucknow, and time at Khajuraho to see its amazing sculptures. This tour departs on either 30th January or 1st December and prices start from £4,845pp.

Revived and Refreshed Itineraries for 2020

To celebrate our 35th anniversary, we have brought back our first ever tour – Journey Through Wessex – for two special departures. Based in our home city of Salisbury, this tour will examine the monuments of Wessex. Explore Stonehenge, tour Salisbury Museum and take a walk around Old Sarum – the original site of Salisbury Cathedral – before visiting the cathedral's present-day home. There will also be visits to Maiden Castle, the Neolithic henge at Avebury and Fishbourne Roman Palace.

Another of our longest-running tours, which takes guests to the iconic site of Pompeii, has also undergone a refresh with all 17 of the 2020 departures including newly added special access experiences. Guests will visit the Theatre of Herculaneum, opened especially for Andante tour groups; enjoy private access to the Cave of Sejanus and the adjoining villa of Pausilypon with its dramatic coastal views; and special private access to Paestum Museum's store rooms, where guests can admire painted Lucanian tombs, which aren't on display to members of the public.

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