Sicily’s top ten archaeological sites

Jan 12th, 2018 | Academy Travel

The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish have all left extensive remains in Sicily, whose strategic geography has long made it a vibrant and intriguing destination. Subsequent centuries of neglect have kept many of these sites well-preserved and, thanks to the work of archaeologists today, many of these sites continue to be brought back ...

Packing tips from Academy Travel

Dec 18th, 2017 | Academy Travel

A recent article in the New York Times has us thinking about packing again, a subject that’s never far from our minds here at Academy Travel. Fold or roll? Packing cubes or not? Carry-on only or checked luggage? We’ve canvassed for opinions, learnt from your on-tour suggestions, and without further ado offer our top ten ...

Introducing Sardinia and Corsica

Dec 6th, 2017 | Robert Veel

In spite of their proximity to continental Italy and France, of which they are semi-independent regions, the islands of Sardinia and Corsica are not well known to most travellers. After a recent reconnaissance trip to the islands, tour leader Robert Veel explains what each island has to offer the cultural traveller.   Landscape The landscape ...

Nine things to do in New York City just off the main trail

Nov 17th, 2017 | Matthew Laing

We all know about the Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but what about the Fraunces Tavern or Sagamore Hill? Academy Travel tour leader Dr Matthew Laing used his comprehensive knowledge of New York’s history, his love of modern art and design and his fondness for a racy Broadway play to come ...

Finding tranquility in modern Japan

Oct 31st, 2017 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Japan today is virtually a synonym for hyper-modernity: the Tokyo prefecture alone has a population of over 13 million, for example. Millions of readers worldwide enjoy fast-paced Japanese comics (manga), with their zany, misfit characters and supernatural plots. And the nation’s GDP – the world’s third largest – stands at USD 4.1 trillion. But amongst ...

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