B.C. Archaeology

Study Tours of the Ancient World

DATES AND PRICES OF
UPCOMING TOURS

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, these dates are subject to change.

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.


2021

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, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Paros, Melos, Samos, Kos, Rhodes
26th May - 15th June 2021 (arrive Athens 26th May - depart Athens 16th June)
SOLD OUT

CENTRAL ASIA: CITIES OF THE SILK ROAD
A 3-week tour of the archaeology of Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan/Tajikistan led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Ashgabat, Merv, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Penjakent, Dushanbe
2nd - 22nd October 2021 (arrive Ashgabat 2nd Oct - depart Dushanbe 23rd Oct)
$7800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

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
27th November - 10th December 2021 (arrive Cairo 27th Nov - depart Cairo evening 10th Dec)
$4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $900 extra

2022

EGYPT: A THOUSAND MILES UP THE NILE
A 3-week tour of Egypt led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: 7 night luxury Nile Dahabiya cruise from Luxor to Aswan followed by 4-night Lake Nasser Cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel
7th - 28th February 2022 (arrive Cairo 7th Feb - depart Cairo 1st Mar)
$7900.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1500 extra

SOUTHERN GREECE: ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORY
A 3-week tour exploring the archaeology of southern Greece led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Knossos, Phaestos, Santorini, Sounion
8th - 26th May 2022 (arrive Athens 8th May - depart Athens 27th May)
$7900.00 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, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Paros, Melos, Samos, Chios, Kos, Rhodes
29th May - 18th June 2022 (arrive Athens 29th May - depart Athens 19th June)
$7900.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

CENTRAL ASIA: CITIES OF THE SILK ROAD
A 3-week tour of the archaeology of Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan/Tajikistan led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Ashgabat, Merv, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Penjakent, Dushanbe
24th September - 14th October 2022 (arrive Ashgabat 24th Sept - depart Dushanbe 15th Oct)
$7800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

NORTHERN INDIA: THE ANCIENT AND MOGHUL WORLD
A 3-week tour of the archaeology and history of northern India led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Amber, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur
29th October - 18th November 2022 (arrive Delhi 29th Oct - depart Delhi 19th Nov)
$7600.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), single supplement $1200 extra

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
26th November - 9th December 2022 (arrive Cairo 26th Nov - depart Cairo 10th Dec)
$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
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.

As of 1st Jan 2020, the tour price will not include the cost of visas. Visas will not be arranged by or provided by the company. It is essential that the participant makes their own arrangements regarding visas. Information about relevant visas will be discussed at the tour meeting which is held around 8 weeks prior to the program. Failure to acquire and pay for the requisite visa will be the responsibility of the participant.

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