Falco’s Britannia - Exploring Roman Britain with Lindsey Davis

Old Sarum
Old Sarum
Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle
Old Sarum
Old Sarum

Exploring Roman Britain with Lindsey Davis

This tour offers you the chance to visit some of the most important sites in Roman Britain alongside both an award-winning novelist and a well-known archaeologist. Your Guide Lecturer, Denise Allen, who has just written a book on Roman Britain, will provide you with cutting-edge commentary on the sites, while Lindsey Davis will give insights into how she conceived her Falco and Albia series, both with main characters who have had formative experiences in Britannia. Immerse yourself in Roman Britain as they knew it.

  • Explore the luxurious palace at Fishbourne for its history and its place in the Falco novels
  • Enjoy the sacred, healing complex around the hot spring of Roman Bath with an expert guide lecturer
  • Discover everyday life in Roman Londinium at the Museum of London and other surviving sites in the city
  • Visit two superb Roman villas on the Isle of Wight

Themes

  • Romans

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

Our day in London starts with a visit to the Museum of London where we view the objects left behind by the people of the Roman capital, including leather undergarments, a garum amphora and a wooden ladder. In the afternoon, we visit the Billingsgate Roman baths and the Mithraeum.

Hotel: Overnight in London
Meals: Lunch & dinner included

Day 2

In the morning, we visit the Roman baths at Welwyn preserved just north of modern-day Welwyn Garden City. We proceed to the ancient city of Verulamium, where we visit the only theatre visible above ground in Britain. Our final visit of the day takes us to Verulamium Museum, which contains beautiful colourful mosaics, a hoard of gold coins and many everyday objects excavated from the Roman town. 

Hotel: Overnight in London
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We travel to Butser Ancient Farm, to explore a reconstructed Romano British housing, before proceeding to Chichester, where we see vestiges of what had been the heartland of King Togidubnus. We end the day at Fishbourne, the backdrop of a Falco novel, and believed by many to be Togidubnus’ palace, the opulence of which is evidence by its extraordinary mosaics. 

Hotel: Overnight in Portsmouth
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We cross the water to the Isle of Wight where we visit Brading Villa, which has an extraordinary array of figurative mosaics, including the intriguing depiction of a man with a cockerel head. We continue to Newport Villa, with a well-preserved bath complex and frescoed walls.

Hotel: Overnight in Portsmouth
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

This morning we venture to Portchester Castle, built inside the best-preserved curtain wall of any Roman fort in Northern Europe. It was built in the late 3rd century as the most westerly of the Saxon Shore Forts, protecting cross channel trade and defending against piratical raids. We continue to Old Sarum to consider the transition from Iron Age hill fort to important hub on the Roman road system to Saxon cathedral.

Hotel: Overnight in Bath
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

The bathing complex in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is intriguing for conflating a bathing complex with a sacred spring to the goddess Sulis. Our final visit is closely linked to the first Falco novel, namely the mines at Charterhouse, whose extraction of silver and lead was important for the payment of Roman soldiers.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - All local transport
  4. Meals - Water with all meals, tea or coffee with dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2020 Tour Details

Mon 13th Jul - Sat 18th Jul

Available

£2,395

without flights

sgl supp: £610

FBR20A

Led By: Dr Denise Allen , Lindsey Davis

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