An archaeologist, historian, author and linguist, formerly a tutor and lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern history.
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. Her personal interests include art and architecture, comparative religion, gastronomy and walking.
Sue has a BA and MA from the University of London, a Diploma in Conference Interpreting from the University of Westminster and held a 2-year research scholarship at Heidelberg University. She has worked as a tutor and lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern history at both Cambridge and London Universities and continues to lecture on a variety of topics for the Art Fund, Arts Society and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s adult learning programme. In Australia Sue has done 3 lecture tours for ADFAS, with a fourth one in the pipeline for 2019. She speaks French, German, Spanish and Italian (and a little Russian, Arabic and Turkish) and works regularly for international organisations such as the European Union, Council of Europe and United Nations.
Sue’s historical knowledge covers a long time frame, from the ancient world to modern times. She is particularly interested in cultural interaction as she and her group explore the rich legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, visit the splendid monuments of the Arab and Berber dynasties of North Africa, Andalusia and the Middle East, admire the glittering mosaics of Norman Sicily, delight in the superb architecture and decorative arts of the Ottoman empire and Central Asia and experience the colourful diversity of Mughal and Hindu India.
Since Sue led her first tour of Classical Turkey in 1987, she has designed and led over 60 cultural tours in 10 countries and 3 continents and travelled in many more.
We asked Sue, what motivates you as a tour leader?
“I enjoy meeting adventurous and open-minded travellers and renewing old acquaintances, sharing my knowledge as we visit interesting sites, travel through beautiful landscapes and chat and exchange ideas over a drink or a delicious meal. It is a privilege to be able to introduce others to some of my favourite places,” says Sue, “and to share some unforgettable experiences.”
“My fellow travellers often comment on my energy and enthusiasm and I hope that when they return home they take back with them positive memories of the places we have visited and the people we have met. Prepare to be surprised, feel inspired, learn something new, relax, have fun and make new friends – these are just a few of the benefits of our travels.”