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...

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...

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...

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...

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