The Queen Of Sheba – Myth or Reality?

Mar 16th, 2018 | Chris Bradley

Chris Bradley – author, lecturer and Academy Travel tour leader – searches for the mysterious Queen of Sheba in the highlands of Ethiopia. The Queen of Sheba is a difficult woman to pin down. She possibly lived in Ethiopia or Yemen about 3,000 years ago, might have become wealthy on the trade of frankincense and myrrh ...

On the road from Bendigo to the Yarra Valley

Feb 21st, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

What goes into creating an Academy Travel itinerary? Inspiration, perspiration, experimentation and just a dash of serendipity. In 2017 Dr Nick Gordon took a road trip around Victoria to research and plan our upcoming Regional Galleries of Victoria tour. The trip started in Bendigo, travelled around the southern shores of Port Phillip Bay up to ...

Beyond Mount Rushmore: Ten Fascinating Celebrations of the American Presidency

Feb 9th, 2018 | Dr Matthew Laing

In a way that seems completely anathema to Australians, Americans love nothing more than celebrating their political leaders and commemorating their storied lives, on everything from throw pillows to carvings upon mountainsides. The focal point of this adoration has always been the Presidency. It’s a tradition that began with George Washington, a man whose personality ...

The Alhambra of Granada

Jan 25th, 2018 | Academy Travel

Quien no ha visto Granada. No ha visto nada. (He who has not seen Granada, has seen nothing at all.)   Granada is southern Spain’s precious jewel, and for much of the Middle Ages it dangled – like the glowing pomegranate for which it is named – temptingly before the eyes of the Christian conquistadors, who ...

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 ...


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