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


2017

ANCIENT EGYPT: THE AMARNA PERIOD
A 3-week tour of ancient Egypt (Amarna Period) led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Beni Hasan, Amarna, Abydos, Luxor, 5 night luxury Nile Dahabiya cruise, Edfu, Philae
12th February - 5th March 2017 | $6700.00 airfares extra

ANCIENT GREECE: ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORY
A 3-week tour exploring the archaeology of Greece led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Knossos, Phaestos, Santorini, Sounion
18th March - 8th April 2017 | $7300.00 airfares extra

SOUTHERN SPAIN: FROM THE ROMANS TO THE MOORS
A tour exploring Ancient and Moorish South Spain led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Toledo, Merida, Italica, Seville, Ronda, Cordoba, Granada
1st - 22nd May 2017 | $7900.00 airfares extra

ANCIENT & WILD AFRICA: S. AFRICA, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA
A 3-week tour of antiquities and game parks in Africa led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Sterkfontein Caves, Kruger National Park, Great Zimbabwe ruins,
Matapos National Park rock art, Lion Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park
23rd July - 13th August 2017 | SOLD OUT

ANCIENT IRAN: HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY
A 3-week tour of Iran exploring ancient and medieval sites by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Tehran, Ecbatana, Bisotun, Susa, Choga Zanbil Ziggurat, Shiraz, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Yazd, Isfahan
9th - 30th October 2017 | SOLD OUT

ANCIENT EGYPT: A THOUSAND MILES UP THE NILE
A 2-week introductory tour of Egypt led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Giza, Cairo Museum, Dahshur, Luxor, Edfu, 3 night Nile cruise Luxor to Aswan, Abu Simbel
13th - 28th November 2017 | $4800.00 airfares extra

2018

ANCIENT EGYPT: RAMESSES THE GREAT
A tour exploring ancient Egypt (Ramesside Period) led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Giza, Saqqara, Deir el Bahri, Karnak, Abydos, Edfu, 3 day Lake Nasser Cruise, Abu Simbel
3rd - 24th February 2018 | $6700.00 airfares extra

ANCIENT SICILY & MALTA: ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORY
A 3-week tour exploring Malta and Sicily led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Valetta, Hagar Qim, Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Palermo, Taormina
3rd - 24th April 2018 | $7200.00 airfares extra

ANCIENT IRAN: HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY
A 3-week tour of Iran exploring ancient/medieval sites led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Tehran, Ecbatana, Bisotun, Susa, Shiraz, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Yazd, Isfahan
7th - 28th May 2018 | $7400.00 airfares extra

SOUTHERN FRANCE: THE ANCIENT & MEDIAEVAL WORLD
A 3-week tour exploring southern France/Provence led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Arles, Nimes, Avignon, Orange, Pont du Gard, Vaison la Romaine, Carcassonne, Toulouse
1st - 22nd September 2018 | $7400.00 airfares extra

ANCIENT MOROCCO: ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORY
A 3-week tour exploring ancient/mediaeval Morocco led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Volubilis, Fes, Sahara dunes, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakesh
6th - 27th October 2018 | $7200.00 airfares extra

ANCIENT EGYPT: A THOUSAND MILES UP THE NILE
A 2-week tour of Egypt from Cairo to Abu Simbel led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Giza, Cairo Museum, Dahshur, Luxor, Edfu, 3 night Nile cruise Luxor to Aswan, Abu Simbel
11th - 25th November 2018 | $4800.00 airfares extra

2019

ANCIENT EGYPT: THE AMARNA PERIOD
A 3-week tour of ancient Egypt (Amarna Period) led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Beni Hasan, Amarna, Abydos, Luxor, 5 night luxury Nile Dahabiya cruise, Edfu, Philae
3rd - 24th February 2019 | $6700.00 airfares extra

ANCIENT GREECE: ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORY
A 3-week tour exploring the archaeology of Greece led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Knossos, Phaestos, Santorini, Sounion
16th March - 6th April 2019 | $7300.00 airfares extra

SOUTHERN SPAIN: FROM THE ROMANS TO THE MOORS
A tour exploring Ancient and Moorish South Spain led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Toledo, Merida, Italica, Seville, Ronda, Cordoba, Granada
6th - 27th May 2019 | $7900.00 airfares 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