Special Offers & In The Planning Stages

Year round, our team at AIA Tours works with a variety of local experts around the world to bring you archaeology-themed travel experiences to more than 35 countries and six continents. Each tour is accompanied by a knowledgeable and congenial AIA lecturer/host and professional tour manger/local guide(s).  These trips are designed for anyone with an interest in archaeology, from the curious to the connoisseur.

We are adding new trips all the time! If you are interested in any of the trips below, and would like to be notified when more information becomes available, call us at 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org and mention which tours you are interested in.

Also, check out the variety of trips for which we are already taking reservations.


SPECIAL OFFER

$100 off any AIA Tour for AIA members
To request a coupon, please contact the Membership Department


IN THE PLANNING STAGES - 2019 Tours

Absolute EgyptAbsolute Egypt: January 26 - February 11, 2019 | Lecturer: Stephen Harvey | Land Tour

This meticulously-planned itinerary, featuring premium accommodations and a deluxe, 3-night Nile River cruise, includes all the preeminent sites of the pharaohs from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan. Highlights include the stunning tombs of Seti I and Nefertari, and a day trip to Abu Simbel. Maximum of just 12 participants.

 

Jungle Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya:

March 2 – 15, 2019 | Lecturer: Jeff Karl Kowalski | Land Tour

This tropical adventure provides the best-paced itinerary available to thoroughly explore ancient Maya sites in the lush jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Maya art and architecture will “come alive” as you encounter enormous stelae (carved monoliths), painted frescoes, stucco friezes, carved lintels, and huge temple-pyramids that soar above the rainforest. Explore, in-depth, the sites of Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Tikal, Yaxha, Copan, and Quirigua (four are UNESCO World Heritage sites); with free time to go bird watching or simply relax, reflect, and enjoy our comfortable hotels and remote jungle lodges. No other itinerary provides three nights each at Tikal and Copan. Maximum of just 12 participants.  Now taking Reservations!

 

Morocco: From the Desert to the Sea: March 15 - 28, 2019 | Lecturer: Trevor Marchand | Land Tour

Join us for a unique look at the archaeology, architecture, and history of Morocco, visiting six UNESCO World Heritage sites (Volubilis, Marrakech’s Medina, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Aït ben Haddou casbah) and the ruins of medieval Sijilmassa and Aghmat (recipient of an AIA Site Preservation Grant), meeting with locals from all walks of life, and much more. Maximum of just 15 participants.

 

Iran: The Ancient Land of Persia: April 10 - 25, 2019 | Lecturer: Alex Nagel | Land Tour

In addition to the dazzling cities of Tehran, Shiraz, and Isfahan, visit (twice) ancient Persepolis, one of the world’s most spectacular surviving archaeological sites; discover the Sasanian religious center of Takht-e Soleiman; Pasargadae, location of the first Persian capital; Yazd, one of the last strongholds of Zoroastrianism; and much more. Maximum of 20 participants.

 

Israel: Treasures of the Holy Land: May 2019 | Lecturer: Jodi Magness | Land Tour

This custom-designed itinerary highlights the kaleidoscope of Israel’s archaeological riches. Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites on this well-paced tour, with six nights based in Jerusalem. Highlights include Masada, Megiddo, Beit Shearim, Bethlehem, Caesarea Maritima, Qumran, the Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem’s Israel Museum. Maximum of just 14 participants.

 

Japan by Sea: Land of the Rising Sun: May 5 – 19, 2019 | Lecturer: TBA | Voyage

Embark a luxurious, all-suite, 57-cabin ship and explore lesser-visited areas of Japan. Experience ancient traditions and cultural performances; and visit sacred temples and shrines, celebrated gardens and castles, artists’ studios, and museums. Tokyo and Kyoto are also included, as is a day in South Korea for the National Museum and a UNESCO temple.

 

Prehistoric Tombs & Standing Stones of Wessex & Brittany: May 7 – 18, 2019 | Lecturer: Paul Bahn | Land Tour

Delve into the mysteries of the extraordinary prehistoric sites of Wessex, England, and Brittany, France. Amidst beautiful landscapes see world renowned, as well as lesser known, Neolithic and Bronze Age megaliths and monuments such as enigmatic rings of giant standing stones and remarkable chambered tombs. Explore medieval churches, charming villages, museum collections, and more. Maximum of 20 participants.

 

Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords:
May 19 – 27, 2019 | Lecturer: Andrew Moore | Voyage

Cruise aboard a luxurious, 92-stateroom/suite ship along the coasts of Scotland and Norway, visiting remote ports. Explore ancient and medieval sites in the Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland Islands, before crossing the North Sea to Bergen. Optional extensions in Glasgow/Edinburgh and Copenhagen, Denmark, are available. Now taking advance reservations!

 

Decorated Caves of the Pyrenees & the Rhone Valley: May 30 - June 9, 2019 | Lecturer: Ian Tattersall | Land Tour

Discover with acclaimed paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall many unheralded examples of Ice Age art in Spain and France. Highlights include the original decorated caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya, Niaux, Bédeilhac, and Gargas; plus the newly-opened Chauvet cave replica. Maximum of 20 participants.

 

Hiking Scotland's Orkney & Shetland Isles: July 13 – 23, 2019 | Lecturer: Val Turner | Land Tour

Take daily hikes on remote islands to prehistoric stone circles, burial chambers, and settlements; seeing along the way quaint villages, seabird colonies, and fascinating geological sites. Archaeological sites include Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, and Jarlshof. Maximum of just 15 participants.

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea:
June 23 - July 2, 2019  |  Lecturer: archaeologist Nancy Wilkie | Voyage

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg, and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable, six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. Cruise aboard the five-star, 92-stateroom Le Dumont d’Urville from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port.  Now taking advance reservations!

 

 

Human Origins in South Africa: August 31-September 14, 2019 | Lecturer: Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall | Land Tour

Discover South Africa’s sublime landscapes, early human sites, vineyards, and more, weaving together the threads that make up the rich tapestry of human evolution. Explore Sterkfontein, Pinnacle Point, and Cango Caves; view wildlife during game drives in Kapama Game Reserve; tour the historic cities of Pretoria and Cape Town; attend a wine tasting in the renowned Cape Winelands; and much more.

Treasures of the Mediterranean World: July 13-23, 2019 | Lecturer: archaeologist Kathleen Lynch | Voyage

In summer 2019, history comes alive for the whole family in Italy, Greece, and Turkey .Aboard the luxurious Le Lyrial, with only 122 staterooms and suites, I invite you andyour loved ones to embark on a voyage of discovery, where ancient cities, idyllic islands,mythology, and history are intertwined. Discover many of the most important sitesof the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, such as the Colosseum, Pompeii,Olympia, Ephesus, and Athens’ Parthenon, plus the iconic islands of Santorini and Crete.


If you are interested in any of these trips, and would like to be notified when more information becomes available, call us at 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org and mention which tours you are interested in.