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Archaeology Travel Ideas 2024

Travel & Historical Anniversaries in 2024

Red Rocks Dancing


2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide; a gruesome period of the nation’s history that brought an end to the civil war. Rwanda’s economy and tourism was decimated, but following a programme of reconciliation and redevelopment, Rwanda is now not only one of the more successful African states, it is also one of the safest. Culture and heritage, volcanic mountains and gorillas, and the way these are managed today make Rwanda a truly sustainable destination. 

Normandy, France

The northern French region region commemorates two significant but very different anniversaries in 2024. Both of which will be marked with an extensive programme of events for locals and visitors alike. In 1874 the exhibition that launched the Impressionist movement took place in Paris. From 22 March to 22 September, the 5th Normandie Impressionniste festival will celebrate this 150th anniversary with over 150 events around the region that inspired the movement. 2024 is also the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. From the middle of May to mid June, over 100 events will take place along the entire coastline, from Pegasus Bridge to Sainte-Mère-Église.
The Governors' Palace in Colonial Williamsburg dramatically lit at night.

Virginia, USA

In 2026 the USA will celebrate its 250th anniversary. During the period from 2023 to 2026, the state of Virginia is marking the 250 years since the events of the American Revolution that led to the independence of the United States in 1776. This is a story that involved everyone, Native Americans, enslaved African Americans as well as the European colonists. Events planned around the state, a state that had a more defining role in these events in the late 18th century, explore the roles vaious communities played in the revolution.

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The hilltop medieval fortified town of Castelsardo.

Ten Reasons to Visit Sardinia

With an area of some 24,000 km2 Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, has everything most travellers and holiday makers could wish for. Idyllic beaches with uncontaminated waters. Prehistoric archaeology not seen elsewhere in Europe. Distinctive traditional cuisine with flavours that reflect Sardinia’s rich history. Extensive natural parks and green spaces that are ideal for enjoying a wide range of leisure and sporting activities. As well as festivals and traditions that enliven the island all year round.
A boat comes into dock against the quay in Nessebar with ruins in the background.

Seven Reasons to Visit Bulgaria

With a magnificent coastline on the Black Sea, the Balkan state of Bulgaria is at the very edge of south eastern Europe. Perhaps you will not find an iconic monument to rival the Colosseum or the Parthenon, but Bulgaria has a fascinating and complex past that has been shaped by Greek, Latin, Slavic, Ottoman, Persian and Soviet influences. You will find a nation that still has a strong heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes and crafts, as well as 40,000 or so archaeological sites and cultural monuments. Consider our seven reasons to visit Bulgaria and explore over 8,000 years of history.
Half timbered medieval houses with bright pink flowers in window boxes, on a narrow street in Autun.

Autun in Autumn

Founded by Emperor Augustus around 15 BC, in 725 AD Autun would be the eastern most reach of the Muslim Ummayads in Europe. Much later, in the 1830s the town witnessed the beginning of the modern oil shale industry, and in 1852 gave its name to the mineral Autunite. Autun is steeped in many facets of history. Not surprisingly then that this town in the heart of the French region of Burgundy is a designated town of art and history. Following in Roman footsteps, in October Thomas made a brief stop here, and suggests Autun is more than just a staging post.