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.


$100 off any AIA Tour for AIA members
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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 12 participants.


Iran: The Ancient Land of Persia: April 10 - 25, 2019 | Lecturer: Alexander 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.

Japan by Sea: Land of the Rising Sun: May 5 – 19, 2019 | Lecturer: Michelle Damian | 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.

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!

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.

Prehistoric Cave Art of Span and France: September 19-30, 2019 | Lecturer: Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall | Land Tour

Join prehistorian Paul Bahn and see the most famous prehistoric cave art in the world, including Altamira II, Lascaux II, Niaux, Pech Merle, Cougnac, Rouffignac, Font-de-Gaume, and Cueva del Castillo. Experience the rich cultures of Spain and France with visits to charming medieval villages and cities, savoring fine food, wine, and accommodations. Maximum of 20 participants.

Tunisia: Phoenicians to Romans, Mosaics to Mosques | October 17-27 | Lectuerer: Archaeologist Nejib ben Lazreg | Land Tour

Visit all seven of Tunisia’s cultural World Heritage sites, including fabled Carthage, Dougga, Kairouan, and El Jem. Other highlights include Bulla Regia’s underground Roman villas, Thuburbo Majus’s sunken winter baths, and the Bardo Museum’s renowned mosaics. An optional, 4-day extension to Malta is also available. Limited to 20 participants.


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.

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