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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.
Robert Veel has a BA and M.Ed from the University of Sydney, where he taught for many years. Robert has an intimate knowledge of Venice, its history, art and architecture.
Unpack and unwind on this residential tour exploring the art and history of Venice, from its Byzantine origins to its Renaissance glory and modern beauty.
Gerald Deslandes is a former curator and cultural historian with a BA from Cambridge University, and has led more than 50 tours to Europe and the UK.
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 linguist and art history specialist with over fifteen years’ experience leading tours to Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Explore Sardinia and Corsica, two Mediterranean islands which, despite centuries of invasion and settlement, retain a proud independent spirit.
Sue Rollin is an archaeologist, historian and linguist with 30 years’ experience in leading tours to Central Asia, India, the Middle East and countries around the Mediterranean.
Journey beyond the kasbahs, to uncover a fascinating history, exotic culture and stunning landscapes that have attracted travellers for centuries.
Dr Jennifer Lawless has led tours to Greece, Turkey and Iran. Jenny has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship and a NSW Premier’s History Prize for her research and writing.
Explore ancient Greece and its legacy on this 17-day tour through Classical and Bronze Age sites. Visit Athens, Nafplio, Olympia, Delphi and Santorini.
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.
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.
Robert Veel has a BA and M.Ed from the University of Sydney, where he taught for many years. Robert has an intimate knowledge of Rome, its history, art and architecture.
Discover the city of Rome beyond the tourist trail, with special visits to difficult to access sites and expert guidance through its history, art and culture.
Dr Kathleen Olive has a PhD and lectures on art and history. She is one of Academy Travel’s most respected tour leaders.
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.
Ben Churcher has a wide range of experience as an educator, and an archaeologist. Since 1994 Ben has led tours to Jordan, Greece, Syria, Egypt, China, Morocco and Central Asia.
Uncover the wealth of history and culture of the ‘Stans’, with visits to the Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and the desert oasis of Merv.
Dr Matthew Dal Santo is a historian with a D.Phil from Cambridge University. His expertise includes modern Russia, Scandinavia and the Balkans.
Explore Russia’s most remote regions, with a blend of Russian and oriental cultures and religions, and dramatic volcanic landscapes in and around Kamchatka.
Dr Nick Gordon holds a University Medal and a PhD in history from the University of Sydney. Nick designs and leads history, art and culture tours for Academy Travel.
Explore Europe’s extraordinary history and archaeology at one of its great cultural crossroads and discover Slovenia and Friuli on this new 17-day tour.
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.
Robert Veel is a cultural historian with over 20 years’ experience leading tours to Italy and has led numerous tours aboard the Sea Cloud II.
Enjoy the best of land and sea travel on this 17 day tour travelling from Malta to Sicily, featuring a six-night cruise on the luxury sailing yacht Sea Cloud II.
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.
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.
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.
Discover Portugal on this 14-day tour, from Lisbon’s Golden Age to the World Heritage-listed sites of Sintra and Évora, medieval Coimbra and colourful Porto.
Delve into the art and architecture of Classical and Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul and discover a fascinating history of where East meets West.
Gillian Hovell is a UK-based freelance, published historian and archaeologist with extensive experience in lecturing and leading tours to the ancient world.
Ben Churcher has a wide range of experience as an educator, and an archaeologist. Since 1994 Ben has led tours to China, Jordan, Greece, Syria, Egypt & Morocco.
Travel along the Silk Road from Imperial Beijing and Xian’s terracotta warriors to Buddhist monasteries and caves and the Islamic regions in China’s far west.
Christopher Bradley Has an honours degree from Liverpool University and specialises in the history and art of North Africa and Arabia.
Robert Veel holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education. He is a director of Academy Travel, speaks fluent Italian and leads tours to Europe, Scandinavia, the US & Australia.
Dr Estelle Lazer is an archaeologist with an international reputation for her years of work on the human skeletal remains discovered at Pompeii.
This 16-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.
Chloe has conducted extensive research and fieldwork on traditional crafts and textiles throughout Mexico. She has lived and worked in Mexico for many years and is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Unravel the unique history, archaeology and natural beauty of Mexico: Aztecs, Maya, the colourful Days of the Dead; volcanos, jungle and tropical coast.
Dr John Tidmarsh is the former president of the University of Sydney’s Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation, and a former lecturer in the Department of Archaeology.
Explore Crete’s sprawling Minoan palaces and cruise the Peloponnese on a small ship, visiting archaeological sites and museums in Olympia, Delphi and Athens.
Dr Estelle Lazer has an international reputation for her work on the human victims of Pompeii. Her PhD studied the site’s human skeletons, and her current project is to CT scan and X-ray the uniq
Join internationally-acclaimed archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer for an in-depth exploration of one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites.
Ann MacArthur holds a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and speaks fluent Japanese. Ann has over 20 years experience as a museum educator.
Dr Chris Carter has an Honours and Master’s degree in archaeology and has recently completed a PhD. He has led tours to Central and South America for over 20 years.
Explore the ancient civilisation of the Maya, visiting the pyramids, temples and tombs of this mysterious culture’s heartland in Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.
Robert Veel is a cultural historian with over 25 years’ experience leading tours to Italy and speaks fluent Italian.
Palermo and Naples
Dr Nick Gordon is a cultural historian and artist, with over 10 years of experience leading tours to Italy. Nick holds a University Medal and PhD in history from the University of Sydney.
Dr Estelle Lazer is an archaeologist with an international reputation and an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney.
Dr Jeni Ryde is a linguist and art history specialist with over fifteen years experience leading tours to Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Dr Kathleen Olive has more than 15 years’ experience leading tours to Europe and the USA. She has a PhD in Italian literature and speaks fluent Italian.
Explore the art, architecture and gastronomy of France, from the birth of the Romanesque at Autun and Cluny, to the drama of modern art on the French Riviera.
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