The Ancient World Is Closer Than Ever With Our New Bare Bones Tour Range, Starting From Just £735pp

8th October 2019
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We are excited to unveil our new 2020 collection of Bare Bones tours, which are more affordably priced than our fuller-bodied trips, but still include return flights from London as well as hand-picked hotels throughout, daily breakfasts, all visits as per the itineraries, and finally the services of an excellent local guide to ensure the expert insight on offer to you is as in-depth and rich as possible.

These are archaeological short breaks with more flexibility – perfect for the modern traveller as well as for those who would prefer more independence than an escorted group tour typically offers.

Starting from just £735pp, these tours will take you to destinations all over the ancient world, from Istanbul to the site of Pompeii and from vibrant Berlin to the iconic city of Rome.

There are four new itineraries on offer for 2020, which visit Florence, Greece, Rhodes and Troy, and hotels for each tour will be centrally located to ensure you can make the best use of your time for independent exploration as well as have access to the best variety of local restaurants for all non-included meals.

Numerous tour operators have recently reported a rising trend in the popularity of historical or archaeological tours, but often these come with a hefty price tag. Our Bare Bones range offers these shorter breaks at accessible prices, but they retain the expert guide element in the form of an experienced local, who knows the sites and stories inside and out.

View the entire Bare Bones 2020 range here

A beautiful city that both gave rise to and defines the Renaissance, Florence is an exciting new destination on offer for 2020. One for art lovers and culture vultures alike, guests will explore the collections housed within the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery. Other highlights include the Pitti Palace, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Museum of the Cathedral, and the Medici Chapel with its tombs produced by none other than Michelangelo. Dr Agata Chrzanowska, an art historian and scholar, will lead this awe-inspiring tour.
5 days from £945pp. 10th – 14th September and 19th – 23rd November, 2020.


The personable and knowledgeable Miranda Spitha will lead this new Bare Bones tour of Greece. Starting out in ancient Athens, guests will climb the Acropolis to the Parthenon, where they’ll visit the Acropolis Museum and enjoy views over the city as it stands today. Continuing on with a journey into the Peloponnese, there will be stops in Corinth and the reputed birthplace of Hercules, Tiryns. In Mycenae, we visit the Argive Heraion where the sanctuary of Hera was built on three gigantic terraces carved into the hillside and in Epidaurus, guests will admire its 14th and 15th century architecture. Nafplio’s archaeological Museum is also on the itinerary, rounding off an insightful week in this amazing country.
6 days from £1,195pp. 19th – 24th June and 4th – 9th September, 2020.


Experience the beauty and stories of an island ruled by Greeks, Crusaders, Ottomans and Italians on this six-day archaeological and historical tour. Visits include the well-preserved Hellenistic city of Kamiros, the Acropolis of Ialyssos, the Temple of Athena at Lindos, Rhodes’ Acropolis, and the fabulous Archaeological Museum. Guests will also tour the Palace of the Grand Master as well as a host of churches.
6 days from £1,045pp. 15th – 20th May and 11th – 16th September, 2020.


About to be the focus of a brand new exhibition opening at London’s British Museum, Troy is a bucket-list destination for many fans of archaeology and history. Experienced local guide Bulent Sahan will lead this trip, taking guests on a tour around Hisarlik, the site believed to be Troy. Other visits include the Temple of Athena at Assos, the Pergamon, the ancient agora of Smyrna, and the incredible ancient Greek site of Ephesus.
6 days from £1,295pp. 27th May – 1st June and 28th October – 2nd November, 2020.


Other tours available under our Bare Bones range include Berlin, Venice, Rome, Pompeii, the Minoans, and Istanbul. Flights and transfers are included with all tours, but if you want to extend your tours on either side, our team can help make arrangements at an additional cost. To view a digital version of our Bare Bones brochure, click here.

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