The Archaeology Channel Tours

The Archaeology Channel Tours is a program set apart from others by our commitment to storytelling and expert guidance.  We believe that a tour should be far more than a photo-op or checking off a bucket list.  For us, a tour is an opportunity to perform our mission to tell the human story, in this case by bringing people to the real sites where history took place.  We like to embed the background in the tour process, so each destination represents an episode in the historic timeline and has a comfortable place in the temporal, cultural and environmental context.  We also like to design unique tours not offered by others.

Just below, you can see our upcoming tour schedule.

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Explore Megalithic Ireland

Sometime between roughly 4000 and 3500 BC, Neolithic farmers began building many impressive megalithic monuments in Ireland. These structures are closely tied to the landscape. Made of large rough stone blocks, these megaliths typically served as memorial or burial sites. Often located in clearings surrounded by the vast forests that previously covered most of Ireland, these tombs reflect ancient humans’ ability to adapt to the environment. These large memorials are complex and impressive, even though the Irish monuments typically receive less public attention than their counterparts in England and Scotland. This 12-day tour will uncover Ireland’s fascinating prehistory while visiting sites with stunning and impressive stone circles, capstones, and tombs. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn about history and folklore while exploring the breathtaking sites that Ireland has to offer.

Dates: September 9 - 20, 2022

Click here to view the itinerary and register for your spot! Registration Deadline: June 10, 2022.

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Malta: Land of Forgotten Temples

Inhabited since approximately 5900 BC, Malta is home to the world’s oldest religious structures. Archaeologists believe these structures to be temples that were in use from 4000 to 2500 BC before their builders mysteriously vanished. It is likely that the builders were beset by disease or famine, but whatever the cause for their demise, they left a wake of forgotten temples behind. This tour, led by experts on Malta history and prehistory, will explore the story of these forgotten temples as well as examine the layers of Malta’s history. While the temples date to the Neolithic, Malta also features many sites, such as “Clapham Junction,” that date to the bronze age, and others like St. Paul’s catacombs, that span from the third century AD through the Phoenician, Roman, and Punic occupations of Malta. Don’t miss the chance to experience antiquity and adventure with us in Malta!

Dates: March 18 - 25, 2023

Click here to view the itinerary and register for your spot! Registration Deadline: December 18, 2022.

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The Viking Age in Denmark

The Viking Age officially began in AD 793 with the Viking raid on the island of Lindisfarne along the northeast coast of England and ended in the 11th century when the Norse kingdoms, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, accepted Christianity and established diplomatic relations with other European countries. Technological innovations in ship-building and sailing extended their reach westward to North America, southward into the Mediterranean Sea, and eastward as far as Persia. Their raids became legendary; they besieged Paris, Constantinople and other cities; and they and their descendants ruled far-flung territories from Greenland to Russia. The world knows them from their exploits in distant lands, but the best way to understand Vikings is to visit the places where they originated. Our ten-day tour of Denmark, led by experienced tour guide Benedikte Ehlers in tandem with archaeologist Dr. Richard Pettigrew, is a journey around the length and breadth of the country, as well as a part of Germany, with stops at all the major Viking sites and interpretive centers, including the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. Along the way, you will enjoy gaining an unprecedented understanding of the remarkable Viking lifeway and culture, as well as the deep history and prehistory from which these fascinating people emerged.

Dates: May 29 - June 9, 2023

Click here to view the itinerary! Registration Deadline: TBD, 2023. Spots are limited, so register today!

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The Heartland of Ancient and Medieval Persia

The roots of ancient Persia lie in the Elamite Civilization and the Neolithic cultures that preceded it.   The word “Persia” is a misnomer, as the Persians per se were one of a number of Iranian tribes that swept into the Iranian Plateau and created a series of empires that dominated the Middle East and much of central and south Asia for long periods over the past three millennia.  This tour explores pre-Iranian cultures as well as the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanian empires and the complex and chaotic Medieval period, with a geographic focus on key sites of Iranian history.  Expect wonderful interactions with the warm, friendly and welcoming Iranian people.  The two halves of the tour are separately reservable.

Dates: October 16 - 31, 2022

Click here to view the itinerary and register for your spot! Registration Deadline: August 16th, 2022. Spots are limited, so register today!