Travel with an expert guide to ancient and pre-historic sites around the Mediterranean and in Central Asia. Click on a tour description below for full itinerary and online bookings.
Our new 12-day study tour explores Rome’s history, art and culture from antiquity to the present, with an extended series of lectures and guided site visits.
Dr Nick Gordon has a University Medal and a PhD in history. He is also a practising painter. He leads art and history-themed tours in Europe and Australia.
Explore Italy’s southern capitals, Palermo and Naples, experiencing their blend of ancient and modern cultures that is both sophisticated and exhilarating.
Robert Veel has a BA and M.Ed from the University of Sydney, where he taught for many years. A director of Academy Travel, he leads tours mainly to Italy, the USA and Scandinavia.
Over 3000 years of Egyptian history awaits travelling the Nile Valley from Cairo to Aswan. From the great monuments and museums in Cairo and Luxor to Abu Simbel.
Lucia Gahlin is a UK-based Egyptologist with a wealth of experience as an educator, researcher, archaeologist and museum curator. She has led tours to Egypt since 1994.
This 17-day tour will appeal to those looking to take ‘the road less travelled’ through the regions of Puglia and Basilicata, and on to the Bay of Naples.
Dr Estelle Lazer is an archaeologist with an international reputation for her research on Pompeii. Dr Jeni Ryde is a historian with an excellent knowledge of medieval and modern Italy.
A comprehensive tour covering Morocco’s diverse delights from Volubilis’ Roman ruins, ancient medinas in Fes and Marrakesh to the Sahara and the Atlantic Coast.
Ben Churcher is an archaeologist who has worked extensively in the Middle East. Since 1994 he has lectured on and led tours to Jordan, Greece, Syria, Egypt, China and Morocco.
Join the Easter celebrations and explore great history, culture, faith and art throughout Malta. Take private boat trips and stay in the heart of Valletta.
Dr Estelle Lazer is an archaeologist with an international reputation for her research on Pompeii, featured in several BBC documentaries and the subject of several books.
Escape the Easter crowds to the tranquility of the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to see great art, explore ancient towns and enjoying unmatched wine and food.
Explore the history and culture of Italy’s premier art cities Florence and Venice. See world-class galleries and museums, and visit difficult-to-access sites.
See Greek temples, Roman villas, Byzantine mosaics, Norman cathedrals and exuberant baroque architecture, in a setting of sea and mountains.
Dr Jeni Ryde is a historian with an excellent knowledge of medieval and modern Italy, Spain and Portugal. Her PhD spanned Renaissance studies, heritage and the impact of tourism.
Take a comprehensive tour of Spain, designed to give the first-time visitor an overview of the country’s diverse and fascinating history, art and traditions.
Professor Michael Neuman taught at the University of New South Wales, where his work in urban history, specialising in Spain, has won international awards.
Delve into Iran’s archaeology and experience some of the most remarkable monuments in the ancient and Islamic worlds including Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis.
Dr John Tidmarsh is a classical archaeologist a former lecturer at the University of Sydney. He leads tours throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
Travel through the fascinating regions of Northern Spain via Porto to Lisbon. Explore outstanding art collections, spectacular monuments and vibrant cities.
Experience the fine arts and culture of Persia. See Tehran's fine museums, visit Isfahan’s exquisite mosques and the great sites of Pasargadae and Persepolis.
Christopher Bradley is an archaeologist who specialises in the history and art of North Africa, Central Asia and Arabia. UK-based, he is a graduate of Liverpool University.
Explore Ancient Greece’s rich history. visit Minoan sites in Crete, Mycenaean Pylos, Bronze Age and Classical Olympia, Delphi and Macedonian Thessaloniki.
Explore Corsica and Sardinia, two Mediterranean islands which, despite centuries of invasion and settlement, retain a proud independent spirit.
Uncover Japan’s history, art and culture in new world Tokyo, Kanazawa’s gardens, Hiroshima’s peace memorial and 7 nights immersed in Kyoto’s cultural delights.
Kathleen Olive has a Ph.D from the University of Sydney and lectures on art and history. This will be her third tour to Japan for Academy Travel.
Travel from Burgundy, south through Lyon to the Côte d’Azur, exploring medieval villages, admire fine Roman ruins and visit exceptional regional art galleries.
Dr Kathleen Olive has a PhD in Italian Studies, and lectures on European art and history. Her tours focus mainly on the post-classical Mediterranean world, especially Italy.
This new 15-day tour takes you from Copenhagen, to Oslo, Bergen and Iceland, to explore the region’s distinctive landscapes and cultural traditions.
Travel in the footsteps of medieval merchants from Hamburg to Helsinki, visiting historic Germanic and Scandinavian cities on the Baltic, brimming with history.
Dr Matthew Laing is a historian and political scientist with a PhD from the ANU. Matthew leads tours to the United States, Scandinavia and the Baltic.
Discover another Italy on this 17-day journey along the medieval pilgrim route, enjoying spectacular scenery, hidden gems and the elegance of provincial Italy.
Dr Nick Gordon has a University Medal and a PhD in history and lectures on European art. Nick is also a practising painter and brings this passion to the visual arts.
Travel from Albury to Melbourne exploring the life and legend of one if Australia’s most important characters in history, art, literature and folklore.
Ben Churcher is an archaeologist who has worked extensively in both Australia and the Middle East. Since 1994 he has lectured on and led tours on these regions.
Experience Ethiopia’s history, culture and landscapes. Travel to Lake Tana, Gondar’ s royal enclosure, the Simien Mountains, Axum and Lalibela’s rock churches.
Enjoy the best of land and sea travel on this 17 day tour travelling from Malta to Venice, featuring a nine-night cruise on the luxury sailing yacht Sea Cloud II
Discover Iran’s cultural highlights on this comprehensive tour visit, museums, monuments, palaces and gardens from the Caspian Sea to the desert city of Yazd.
Discover Portugal on this 15-day tour, from Lisbon’s Golden Age to the World Heritage-listed sites of Sintra and Évora, medieval Coimbra and colourful Porto.
Discover Turkey's arts, culture, history and food. Travel in from Istanbul to Ankara, through Anatolia, the Aegean Coast to Gallipoli and returning to Istanbul.
Dr Jenny Lawless is a historian and former inspector of history for the NSW Board of Studies. She has travelled and researched extensively in Turkey.
Travel from Mildura up to Mutawindji National Park on a discovery of our ancient indigenous heritage and the beauty of some of our most remote national parks.
Chris Carter has led archaeology and history themed tours in Europe, South America and Australia for over 20 years. He recently completed a PhD in archaeology.
Dr Kathleen Olive has a PhD and lectures on art and history. Already well known for her tours to Europe, this is her third Japan trip.
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