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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Peru: Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines

Although Peru has been occupied since aat least 13,000 BC, one of the most extraordinary societies to emerge has been the Inca Empire. Rising up around the 15th century AD, the Incas established a sophisticated society that conquered a large portion of South America. At its height, the Inca empire controlled a 2,500 mile stretch of the Pacific Coastline. However, in the 1500s, the Inca met their end at the hand of the Spanish. In modern Peru, the Inca capital of Cuzco presents a hybrid of Spanish and Inca cultures. The colonial buildings that sit atop ancient Inca walls to this day are a living testament to the dual nature of modern Peru. In addition to the Inca, Peru was also populated by other smaller societies, including the Paracas and the Nazca. This tour will feature an exploration of the works and artifacts left behind by these cultures, including a flight over the Nazca lines, a visit to the iconic city of Machu Picchu, and a visit to a museum where the famous Paracas skulls are held. See the collision of the East and the West on our tour, led by Dr. Michele Koons of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who is actively engaged in archaeological field research in Peru.

Dates: October 8-18, 2023

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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.

Dates: March 1-18, 2024

Click here to view the itinerary and register for your spot! Registration Deadline: December 1, 2023. Spots are limited, so register today!

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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 27- June 7, 2024

Click here to view the itinerary and register for your spot! Registration deadline: January 26, 2024. Spots are limited, so register today!