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Roman Britain

Edge of Empire

 

Monday 3rd August - Friday 7th August 2015

5 days   £549.95

Stanwick - Piercebridge – Corbridge – Segedunum - Arbeia – Chesters – Housesteads - Roman Army Museum – Vindolanda – Mithraeum – Tullie House Museum – and more …

Hadrian’s Wall – Forts – The Roman Army - Britons and Barbarians

 

Guided by Gillian Hovell BA (Hons), author & archaeologist

Tour Manager: historian Liz Dent

A grand tour of Hadrian’s Wall, the northern edge of the Roman Empire – a land where barbarian and Roman worlds collided.  

Discover how to interpret Roman sites for  yourself

 

Details: Gillian Hovell   email. gillian@visitingthepast.co.uk  

Tel: 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301  

Bookings:  Omega Holidays Ltd  Tel.01524 541 800     www.omega-holidays.com

Email: enquiries@omega-holidays.com    

It is essential to quote Code VPT1 when booking

 

Get the most out of Hadrian’s Wall with Gillian Hovell, author of Roman Britain: site visits, evening talks and illustrated fact sheets will all weave together the narrative of the frontier lands, and will show how life on The Wall was part of the ebb and flow of Rome’s power during 400 years of occupied Britain.

We travel north in the footsteps of the Roman centurions, following Dere Street to Piercebridge and onto Corbridge. Segedunum Fort and the supply depot of Arbeia fuel us for our visits to the many forts and sites along Hadrian’s Wall.  Recent excavations, new exhibitions and refurbished museums will all add to this journey of discovery.

 

 

Includes

 

Stanwick - Piercebridge – Corbridge – Segedunum - Arbeia – Chesters – Housesteads - Roman Army Museum – Vindolanda – Mithraeum – Tullie House Museum – and more …

 

 

Not just a Guided Tour – A Visit into the Past

 

Details: Gillian Hovell   email. gillian@visitingthepast.co.uk  Tel: 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301  

Bookings:  Omega Holidays Ltd  Tel.01524 541 800     www.omega-holidays.com

Email: enquiries@omega-holidays.com    

It is essential to quote Code VPT1 when booking

Organised by Omega Short Breaks Ltd. ABTA Y5914.

 

 

Roman Britain – Edge of Empire

 

5 days

 

Draft Itinerary

 

 

Day 1:  Roman Roads and the Army - advancing North

We meet at our hotel , the Gilsland Spa at Haltwhistle near Hexham and then head south to visit Stanwick's Iron Age fort ramparts to consider the world of the Britons who faced the Romans when they invaded.   As we return north we explore Piercebridge and the remains of the Roman stone bridge that carried the armies north and visit the nearby Roman fort.  We drive eback to out hotel for dinner and enjoy a short but lively evening scene-setting talk by Gillian.

 

Day 2:   Segedunum Fort and Arbeia, Storehouse of the Legions

We visit Segedunum fort, a World Heritage Site, with its museum and reconstructed bath house. After lunch, we tour Arbeia, the fort that became the crucial supply base for Hadrian’s Wall and we visit its brand new museum gallery.  Back at the hotel, our evening dinner is followed by a brief talk to illuminate tomorrow’s visit.

 

 

Day 3:   Chesters Fort, Housesteads Fort and Wall Walk

We advance along Hadrian’s Wall to the cavalry fort of Chesters with the best preserved bathhouse in Britain and we walk down to the bridge site in its tranquil setting.  After lunch at Chesters, we continue to the stunning and atmospheric Housesteads Fort and its famous Roman latrines. The new museum includes a new film about the site, and then we soak up the ambience of the Wall itself as we walk along it for a short distance to enjoy iconic views before heading back to the hotel for dinner and a short briefing to introduce us to Vindolanda.

 

Day 4:  Vindolanda: Romans and Britons

After a morning at the Roman Army Museum, getting a feel for the lives of the Roman soldiers in this military zone, we move on to the Vindolanda site.  This fort sat on the old Roman road south of the Wall and, with exciting new excavations every year, a site guide starts us off.  The wooden writing tablets found here speak directly to us of life on the frontier and were voted the British Museum’s Top Treasures – now we can view them, and so much more, in the magnificent multi-million pound refurbished site museum.  We visit Corbridge with its Roman fort and civilian town full of barracks, shops, workshops and temples.  The site museum includes the Corbridge hoard, a fascinating insight into a Roman soldier’s kitbag. An evening spent relaxing, dining and catching up with tomorrow’s sites.

 

Day 5:  West along the Wall to Carlisle

We drive the length of the Wall and as we head westwards, we pause at Planetrees to view a fine section revealing the construction of the Wall, and at our next stop we walk down to the Mithraeum temple tucked away in fields.  Reaching Carlisle for lunch, we visit the Tullie House Museum and its refurbished Roman Frontier Gallery. We then return acknowledging more Roman sites on the way as we return to our hotel for our departure.

 

 

 

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control

Please note some sites are on rough ground and stout footwear will be required

 

Not just a Guided Tour – A Visit into the Past

 

Details: Gillian Hovell: 01423 203516  email. gillian@muddyarchaeologist.co.uk

Bookings & Brochure:  Omega Holidays Ltd  Tel.01524 541 800     www.omega-holidays.com

Email: enquiries@omega-holidays.com    

It is essential to quote Code VPT1 when booking

 

 

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