Journey through Wessex

Stonehenge, England
Stonehenge, England
Winchester Cathedral, England
Winchester Cathedral, England
View from Westbury White Horse. Hill figure created by exposing white chalk on the escarpment of Salisbury
View from Westbury White Horse. Hill figure created by exposing white chalk on the escarpment of Salisbury
Sarum College in Salisbury
Sarum College in Salisbury
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Avebury stones
Avebury stones
Aerial - Maiden Castle
Aerial - Maiden Castle

Nowhere else in the world could you find such an outstanding cluster of sites covering thousands of years with one small area. This tour takes advantage of the monuments of Wessex as a “textbook” introduction to the story of our human past in Britain – sites inspired by spiritual impulse and the desire to live in comfort and safety. Follow us on a trip through millennia from Prehistory to medieval Britain, using the famous representative milestones in human development to chart our progress, piecing together the past as we go.

  • Enjoy a fascinating journey through time visiting outstanding monuments from each period
  • Visit Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral in the company of an expert
  • View the excellent collections of the Wessex Gallery in the Salisbury Museum
  • Get first-hand insights from British archaeologists

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We meet this evening in our hotel in Winchester and enjoy an introductory lecture before dinner.

Hotel: Overnight in Winchester
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

This morning, we visit the small, unassuming Wiltshire Museum in Devizes which houses some of the finest prehistoric collections in England including finds from Stonehenge and Avebury. Next, we visit the Neolithic henge at Avebury. After lunch, we enjoy a walk around the countryside at Avebury, once an important ceremonial landscape, viewing the chambers of the Long Barrow on the hilltop at West Kennet and pass by Silbury Hill.

Hotel: Overnight in Winchester
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We visit Salisbury Museum with its excellent Wessex Gallery during the morning to view finds from the earliest evidence of human occupation through to medieval times in the Salisbury area. In the afternoon we explore the rich prehistoric landscape at Stonehenge itself. Its world famous stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic, but there is already evidence of human activity dating back to the Mesolithic period.

Hotel: Overnight in Winchester
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Today starts at Maiden Castle, stronghold of the Iron Age tribe of the Durotriges. Widely known for its impressive ramparts, it is one of Europe’s largest and most important Iron Age hillforts. We will spend the afternoon at Roman Town House in Dorchester to view the excavated remains and the impressive mosaic floors.

Hotel: Overnight in Winchester
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

We continue our exploration of the Romans in Britain with a visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace. It is assumed to having been the residence of Cogidubnus, a pro-Roman ruler of the local tribe of the Atrabates. Here, we will view the largest assemblage of in situ mosaics in the UK. The afternoon is spend at Portchester Castle, which formed part of the fortification sites along the Saxon Shore in the late 3rd century established against barbarian attacks from the sea.

Hotel: Overnight in Winchester
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

This morning we travel to Bath to visit the Roman Baths Museum. Besides the vast pre-Roman and Roman collections in the associated museum, the complex comprises the remains of a Roman Temple and a Sacred Spring besides the impressive bath house itself. The afternoon is free to wander Bath at our own leisure.

Hotel: Overnight in Winchester
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We spend the morning in the Salisbury area. Our first visit is to Old Sarum, known as Sorviodunum in Roman times. Originating as an important Iron Age hillfort as part of a system of intervisible forts, it developed into a complete town with castle and cathedral by 1070. Our next stop is Salisbury Cathedral with its important tombs and the world’s oldest still working mechanical clock. Before our tour ends this afternoon, our last visit will be to Winchester Cathedral, one of Europe’s largest Gothic cathedrals.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2020 Tour Details

Sun 3rd May - Sat 9th May

Available

£2,295

without flights

sgl supp: £310

WHC20A

Led By: Mark Corney

Sun 30th August - Sat 5th September

Available

£2,295

without flights

sgl supp: £310

WHC20B

Led By: Mark Corney

Guide Lecturer

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