Takht-i Suleiman: a mysterious Fire-Temple high in the Zagros Mountains of Iran

Aug 24th, 2018 | Dr John Tidmarsh

High in the Zagros mountains, that vast limestone range running some 1600 km from north-west to south-east, essentially separating Iran from Iraq, lies one of the most remarkable (and little known) sites of ancient Persia. Concealed by some of the highest mountains in the Zagros Range and thus hidden from...

Portugal: Secrets Unveiled

Jun 6th, 2018 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Portugal’s status as a minor European power today belies its former greatness as the administrator of a huge empire, stretching from Brazil to Macau. Gaining independence from Spain in 1139, this outward-looking kingdom fomented the Age of Discovery; its fleets discovering the New World under Christopher Columbus in 1498 and...

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...

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...

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...

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