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


2018

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 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
16th - 30th November 2018 | $4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

2019

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
28th December 2018 - 25th January 2019 | SOLD OUT

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
2nd - 23rd March 2019 | $7300.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
23rd March - 13th April 2019 | SOLD OUT

ANCIENT AND WILD AFRICA: SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE AND BOTSWANA
A 3-week tour exploring antiquities and games parks in southern Africa led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Sterkfontein Caves (incl. Cradle of Humankind Museum), Kruger National Park, Great Zimbabwe ruins, Matapos National Park rock art, Lion Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park
29th June - 20th July 2019 | $7100.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
8th - 21st September 2019 | $4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

ANCIENT IRAN: HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
A 3-week tour of Iran exploring ancient and medieval sites led by Dr Michael Birrell
Includes: Tehran, Ecbatana, Bisotun, Susa, Bishapur, Shiraz, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Yazd, Isfahan
13th October - 2nd November 2019 | $7400 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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 - 4th December 2019 | $7500 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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 | SOLD OUT

ANCIENT EGYPT: A THOUSAND MILES UP THE NILE
A 4-week sailing tour of Egypt led by Dr Michael Birrell - tour repeated due to popular demand (get in quick!)
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 | $7700.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), limited availability of 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 | $4200.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
10th - 30th May 2020 | $7400.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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 | $4400.00 (airfares not included)

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, Ashkhabad, Marv
4th - 24th October 2020 | $7700.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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, Bishapus, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Yazd, Kashan, Isfahan
25th October - 7th November 2020 | $4800 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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 | $4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
17th January - 13th February 2021 | $7700.00 per person twin share (airfares not included), limited availability of single supplement ($3000 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
7th - 27th March 2021 | $7600.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
28th March - 17th April 2021 | $7300.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
5th - 18th September 2021 | $4800.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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, Varanasi, Gwalior, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur
3rd - 23rd October 2021 | $7600.00 per person twin share (airfares not included)

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
14th November - 4th December 2021 | $7700 per person twin share (airfares not included)



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