B.C. Archaeology

Study Tours of the Ancient World

DATES AND PRICES OF
UPCOMING TOURS


The island of Elephantine at Aswan


"O how I long to travel back,
And tread again that ancient track!
That I might once more reach that plain,
Where first I left my glorious train;
From whence th'enlightened spirit sees
That shady city of palm-trees".
C.J. Vaughan (1816-1897) from 'The Retreat'


SCHEDULE
Hadrian's villa, Tivoli
Fairy chimneys, Cappadocia


The first date is the day you should arrive (accommodation included).
The last date is the final day (accommodation included).
Departure should be scheduled for the following day.


2019

ANCIENT ETHIOPIA: HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
A 3-week tour exploring ancient and medieval Ethiopia led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Simien Mountains, Aksum, Lalibela rock churches, Rift Valley
13th November - 2nd December 2019 (arrive Addis 13th Nov - depart Addis 3rd Dec)
$7500 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

2020

ANCIENT EGYPT: A THOUSAND MILES UP THE NILE
A 4-week sailing tour of Egypt led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: 3 week luxury Nile Dahabiya cruise from Minya to Aswan followed by 3 night Lake Nasser Cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel
1st - 29th February 2020 (arrive Cairo 1st Feb - depart Cairo 1st Mar)
SOLD OUT

ANCIENT EGYPT: A THOUSAND MILES UP THE NILE
A 4-week sailing tour of Egypt led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: 3 week luxury Nile Dahabiya cruise from Minya to Aswan followed by 3 night Lake Nasser Cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel
7th March - 4th April 2020 (arrive Cairo 7th Mar - depart Cairo 5th Apr)
$8600.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $3000 extra

ESSENTIAL MALTA AND SICILY: FROM PREHISTORY TO THE NORMANS
A 2-week tour exploring Malta and Sicily led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Valetta, Hagar Qim, Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Palermo, Taormina
26th April - 9th May 2020 (arrive Luka Malta 26th Apr - depart Rome 10th May)
$4200.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $900 extra

SOUTHERN FRANCE: THE ANCIENT & MEDIAEVAL WORLD
A 3-week tour exploring southern France/Provence led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Arles, Nimes, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Vaison la Romaine, Carcassonne, Toulouse
12th - 30th May 2020 (arrive Nice 12th May - depart Paris 31st May)
$7900.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

ESSENTIAL TURKEY: THE CLASSICAL AND OTTOMAN WORLD
A 2-week tour of the archaeology and history of western Turkey led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Priene, Miletus, Pergamum, Pamukkale, Gallipoli
6th - 19th September 2020 (arrive Istanbul 6th Sept - depart Istanbul 20th Sept)
$4400.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $900 extra

CENTRAL ASIA: CITIES OF THE SILK ROAD
A 3-week tour of the archaeology of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bokhara, Khiva, Ashgabad, Marv
4th - 24th October 2020 (arrive Ashgabat 4th Oct - depart Tashkent 25th Oct)
SOLD OUT

ESSENTIAL IRAN: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PERSIA
A 2-week tour of Iran exploring ancient and medieval sites led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Tehran, Shiraz, Bishapur, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Yazd, Kashan, Isfahan
25th October - 8th November 2020 (arrive Tehran Oct 25th - depart Tehran 9th Nov)
$4800 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $900 extra

ESSENTIAL EGYPT: THE WORLD OF THE PHARAOHS
A 2-week tour exploring Egypt from Cairo to Abu Simbel led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Giza, Cairo Museum, Luxor, Edfu, 3 night Nile cruise Luxor to Aswan, Abu Simbel
22nd November - 5th December 2020 (arrive Cairo 22nd Nov - depart Cairo 6th Dec)
$4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $900 extra

2021

ANCIENT EGYPT: A THOUSAND MILES UP THE NILE
A 4-week sailing tour of Egypt led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: 3-week luxury Nile Dahabiya cruise from Minya to Aswan followed by 3-night Lake Nasser Cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel
6th February - 6th March 2021 (arrive Cairo 6th Feb - depart Cairo 7th Mar)
$8600.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $3000 extra

NORTHERN GREECE: ALEXANDER'S WORLD
A 3-week tour exploring the archaeology of northern Greece led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Corfu, Dodona, Meteora, Dion, Vergina, Pella, Thessaloniki, Amphipolis, Philippi
6th - 25th May 2021 (arrive Athens 6th May - depart Athens 26th May)
$7800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

THE GREEK ISLANDS: IN THE WAKE OF ODYSSEUS
A 3-week tour exploring the archaeology of the Aegean islands of Greece led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Athens, Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Paros, Samos, Kos, Rhodes
26th May - 16th June 2021 (arrive Athens 26th May - depart Athens 17th June)
$7800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

ESSENTIAL MOROCCO: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL KINGDOMS
A 2-week tour exploring ancient/mediaeval Morocco led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Sahara dunes, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakesh
12th - 25th September 2021 (arrive Casablanca 12th Sept - depart Casablanca 26th Sept)
$4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $900 extra

ANCIENT ETHIOPIA: HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
A 3-week tour exploring ancient and medieval Ethiopia led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Simien Mountains, Aksum, Lalibela rock churches, Rift Valley
6th - 25th October 2021 (arrive Addis 6th October - depart Addis 26th October)
$7900 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

ESSENTIAL EGYPT: THE WORLD OF THE PHARAOHS
A 2-week tour exploring Egypt from Cairo to Abu Simbel led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Giza, Cairo Museum, Luxor, Edfu, 3 night Nile cruise Luxor to Aswan, Abu Simbel
14th - 27th November 2021 (arrive Cairo 14th November - depart Cairo 28th November)
$4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $900 extra



WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Lunch in Luxor
A felucca ride in Aswan

The stated tour price includes:
3 to 4-star twin-share accommodation Bed & Breakfast
Domestic/internal flights
Ground transport
Visas
Museum entries
Site entries

Tour numbers are limited to 18 persons and the guides.

Please note that B.C. Archaeology reserves the right to make minor alterations to the itineraries in the period up to 60 days prior to a tour departure. The itinerary dates and prices may be subject to change due to the scheduling of the operators, availability of access and increases in taxes and levies.

WHAT ADDITIONAL EXPENSES ARE THERE?
Lunch in Tripoli
Shopping at Philae

Listed tour prices do not include the international airfares - we predominantly use Emirates Airlines for our international flights. Our issuing agent is Twin Wings Travel in Marrickville which gives competitive prices - they can be reached on 02 9550 9955. They can arrange to issue tickets for you - this will mean that you will travel and arrive with the B.C. Archaeology group. Business class airfares are usually available on request - an additional fee would be charged for this upgrade. You can also make your own flight arrangements, or use other Airlines if you like. It is recommended that you book your flights early to ensure that places are available - it is normally possible to choose an aisle or window seat upon booking.

Tours do not include lunches or dinners. We generally go to small restaurants where you can order whatever you like a la carte (from the menu). Occasionally we have a picnic lunch and the price would then be split amongst participants. A rough guide for additional expenses would be about $800 per person. European destinations like Italy/Spain may be more expensive.

The tour price does not include the cost of travel/health insurance. The participant must purchase this separately - no one will be permitted to travel without proof of purchase of insurance. We do not permit the use of Travel Insurance provided by membership of a Creditcard. Neither B.C. Archaeology nor Dr Michael Birrell is responsible for your health or possessions.

You would be expected to tip the local national guides at the end of the tour program. A suitable tip for guiding would be $50 per person. All other tips such as porterage are covered by the tour cost.

Single supplement (otherwise known as "a room of one's own") is an additional $1200 per person. A single traveller will not be required to pay a 'Single Supplement' in the event that they end up having a room on their own. The tour company reserves the right to assign rooms if no prior arrangement has been made. Single travellers will share with a person of the same gender and, where possible, of a similar age.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?
A street at Leptis Magna, Libya
The Trajaneum at Pergamum

You will need to fill in the application form - this can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Please send this form, together with a $500 deposit to:
B.C. Archaeology Travel,
P.O. Box 1236, Mittagong, NSW, 2575.

Cheques should be made out to 'B.C. Archaeology'. At present we do not take credit card payments, although direct deposits into our client travel account can be arranged. Please note that the payment of a deposit signifies your intent to travel on the specified tour. We stop taking deposits when our maximum number of participants has been reached because we are holding a position for each deposit. In the event that you change your mind about coming on the selected program, the deposit is not refundable but it can be transferred to another program. Please consider carefully before sending a deposit and returning the application form.

In the event that a particular tour is cancelled by the company, a total refund is assured.

If you would like more information on our 'Terms and Conditions' please click HERE

For individual tour itineraries please click HERE

For more information about travelling to these destinations please click HERE