September 7 - 20, 2019
An educational tour designed and organized by Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI)
Led by "Standing With Stones" Filmmakers Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin
This 13-day tour traverses Britain, all the way from the Orkney Islands to the Salisbury Plain, to visit megalithic sites of the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The journey begins in Kirkwall, in the Orkneys, where we spend three nights and visit a surprising group of sites comprising the World Heritage Site known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. The Ring of Brodgar is the third-largest circle henge in Britain, while Skara Brae is Europe's most complete Neolithic village and Maes Howe is one of Britain's most majestic passage graves.
After a ferry ride to the Scottish mainland, our bus on Day 4 wends through the Highlands to Inverurie, along the way visiting chambered cairns that are among Scotland's oldest structures. After visiting Recumbent Stone Circle sites around Inverurie, we head south on Day 6 to Keswick in the Lake District of Cumbria, northwest England. This is our launch point to see the stone circles of Long Meg and Her Daughters, the sixth-largest in Britain, and Castlerigg, whose majestic beauty inspired Romantic poets.
We hit the road again on Day 8, driving south to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home, along the way stopping at Arbor Low, one of the best preserved henge circle monuments in Britain. We take a morning off to enjoy Shakespeare's town, then visit Belas Knap, a hilltop long barrow chambered tomb with stunning views to the sunset. Day 10 is quite busy as we drive to Salisbury, seeing along the way the Rollright Stones, one of Britains best loved circles, as well as another circle henge and long barrow and the Uffington White Horse, strikingly inscribed into a hillside.
We save the best for last, as Day 11 brings us to the capital of prehistoric Britain: West Kennet, the second largest barrow in Britain; Silbury Hill, the largest man-made mound in Europe; and Avebury, Britain's largest stone circle. We enjoy a day in historic Salisbury and then visit the Wiltshire Museum to see some of the artifacts excavated from the nearby Stonehenge area. Finally, on Day 13 we begin our day with a sunrise visit to Stonehenge within the stones, something not permitted to regular public visitors, then pay a visit to Woodhenge, where the original wooden posts are marked by concrete cylinders and from which we can see Durrington Walls, the largest henge site in Britain.
Total Price (double occupancy): $4545 to $5739, depending on number of participants (assuming double occupancy; single lodging fee of $852 will be added).
Registration fee: $1000 to ALI by registration deadline of June 7. This amount is included in the total price above. Taking reservations now!
Costs not included: personal travel insurance, airfare to & from the UK.
Dates: September 7 - 20, 2019
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