Travel Guides Crafted by Experienced Archaeologists & Historians

Archaeological & Historical Tours, Cruises & Activities

There are many tour company offering tours, cruises and other activities with a focus of archaeology and history. So many that it can be quite a daunting task to choose one. On this page we promote those organised, multi-day tours that we have either taken ourselves or have vetted as part of our partner programme. Some have been recommended, or our recommendation has been seconded, by our readers. No tour company has paid to be listed on this page. For some tours, certainly not all, we may receive a small commission for the introduction. Any commission comes out of the advertised price – it is not added to the advertised price.

Oberoi Philae Dawn View

Oberoi Luxury Nile Cruises

Cruising the Nile is a truly remarkable experience. The ever-changing view as your boat cruises the Nile is sure to captivate you. All the while anticipating another stop at an ancient Egyptian temple. Cruising the Nile for the spectacular archaeology is a once in a lifetime trip for many. So make it that much more special by taking a luxury cruise with Oberoi.

A Nile cruise ship docked in front of ancient ruins at dawn.

Explore Ancient Egypt on a Nile Cruise

A Nile cruise is the best way to get to see the many ancient Egyptian sites between Luxor and Aswan. It is not just a means of transport, but an experience in and of itself. February is the most popular time of the year, but cruise ships run throughout the year. Tourradar, a highly rated organised tour platform, has brought together the best Nile cruises. Whether you want to include Cairo and/or the Red Sea, or just a cruise up or down the Nile, you are sure to find a cruise to suit your needs. There are currently very good deals on some of the cruises. 

Red Rocks Dancing

Red Rocks Rwanda Tours: History, Culture & Nature

Red Rocks Rwanda tours offer a captivating journey through this East African nation known for its rich heritage and tumultuous past. Ideally suited for travellers interested in culture, history and wildlife, these tours provide an all round understanding of the country’s heritage, from its pre-colonial roots to the post-genocide era of reconciliation and growth. They are a great choice for those seeking meaningful and educational travel experiences. Our tours provide a profound and enlightening journey through a country that has overcome significant challenges to become a symbol of resilience and progress.
Three people admiring the ruins of Temple Segesta from a short distance.

Archaeology & History Tours in Europe

Europe is a popular destination for many, many people. Throughout the year. Whether it is a mug of mulled wine at traditional Christmas markets in winter, or exploring amazing archaeological ruins in summer. Many first-time visitors choose to visit a number of different countries. If this is what you are looking for, spend a few weeks and explore a taste of everything; western Europe, central Europe, Eastern Europe. Or choose an itinerary that focuses on Mediterranean Europe. The options are endless. 

The Venetian castle in the port of Naoussa on Paros.

Archaeology & History Tours in Greece

For anyone with the slightest interest in the past, Greece has an incredible history that spans many thousands of years. But it is the archaeology of the last four millennia, the sites of the Minoans, Romans, Arabs, Latin Crusaders, Venetians, Slavs, Albanians and Turks, that the country is better known. From the breath taking site of Delphi in the mountains of mainland Greece to the fanciful reconstruction of Knossos on the island of Crete, there are tours and cruises that take in these and many more iconic ancient and historic sites of Greece.

Mexico Palenque

Aztecs & Mayans, or Colonial Mexico

From Mexico City to the tip of the Yucatan Peninsular, Mexico has some extraordinary archaeological sites associated with many cultural groups, including the Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayans, and others. The arrival of Europeans resulted in a very different heritage. Whether you want to explore archaeological sites such as Teotihuacan or Chichén Itzá, Guadalajara or Merida, or a combination of both indigenous and colonial centres, you are spoilt for choice in what is on offer in the way of organised tours in Mexioc.

South America

An aerial view of Machu Picchu surrounded by high mountains.

Peru & Machu Picchu

As iconic an archaeological site Machu Picchu is for Peru, there is a lot more to this South American country than Machu Picchu. And, there are many different ways to visit the site, high in the mountains. You can choose from a small group, 4-day hike of the classic Inca trail, or take a longer adventure and visit a few archaeological sites towns of the Andes, including the Nazca Lines. Choose to stay in hotels or accommodation offered by local community Co-ops.