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Prehistory & Ancient History guided by Gillian Hovell,

Archaeologist & Author


Archaeological tours that take you beyond the sites

Not just a Guided Tour - A Visit into the Past







Monday 11th - Friday 15th July 2016

Hadrian’s Wall: Edge of Empire

5 Days   £599.95             

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


A grand tour of Hadrian’s Wall, the northern edge of the Roman Empire – a land where barbarian and Roman worlds collided.  Walk in the footsteps of the Romans, discover what life really was like on the frontiers of the Roman Empire and take it all a step further – for this tour also reveals the archaeological tricks of the trade that will enable you to interpret Roman sites for  yourself …  


2016 TOURS


Midsummer on  Prehistoric Orkney and Shetland

Sunday 19th June - Tuesday 28th June 2016


10 Days  £1,649   (early booking discount until 12th February 2016: from £1,599 per person)

Single supplement on ferry and at hotel available

Tombs – settlements – brochs – standing stones – scenery, botany & birdlife


We return to the Orkneys and Shetland for another inspirational and comprehensive archaeological tour of these remote islands, home to some of the best preserved prehistoric sites in Northern Europe.  


From our base at Stromness, we shall enter homes that are 5,000 years old, crawl into tombs that were ‘homes for the dead’ and revel in world-famous megalithic monumental sites set in unforgettable scenery.  We also plan to visit some on-going excavations during this tour and to witness, first-hand, as the millennia are unearthed.  We believe this is the most comprehensive tour of the Prehistoric Orkneys that exists.  But you still get breathing space to appreciate the wonderful atmosphere of these remote islands.  

Book now for a holiday of a lifetime.





4 October - 19 October 2016   Venice to Rome    

Classical Italy and the Adriatic Cruise

16 Day cruise on board the small cruise ship, the Aegean Odyssey     

Fantastic value including 2 nights in Venice and 2 nights in Rome:  From £2,645


Venice (hotel stay) - Urbino - Diocletian's Palace in Split - Dubrovnik - Lecce, Italy - Butrint UNESCO site - Corfu - Taormina theatre, Sicily - Amalfi coast - Pompeii/Herculaneum - Rome (hotel stay)


An unmissable cruise from glorious Venice down the Adriatic, visiting stunning ancient and medieval sites and breathtaking scenery on the way.  Sailing to Sicily, we visit ancient drama in Sicily and travel up to the unique site of Pompeii and on to the Eternal City of Rome, where we stay in more luxury for two nights while we explore the great monuments and sites of the heart of the Roman Empire.


Book through Voyages to Antiquity, quoting that you wish to join the Muddy Archaeologist/Visiting the Past group so that you can join me for our extra lectures, briefings and site visits.  I shall also be giving three public lectures to the ship's passengers but you will be my special guests!


Email me for any enquiries   or  Tel: 01423 203516    Mob. 07860 637301  

Book any of the above tours directly with Visiting the Past Tours via The Muddy Archaeologist

And book the cruise through Voyages to Antiquity


2015's successes included:


Prehistoric Orkney and Shetland


Roman Pompeii & Herculaneum


9  Days   £1,499.95      Paestum – Stabiae – Cumae – Pozzuoli –San Lorenzo – Naples’ Archaeological Museum – Mt.Vesuvius – Pompeii – Herculaneum Oplontis – Capri

A magnificent tour around the Bay of Naples.  Explore Roman history from its origins to the rise of the late Republic and the luxury of imperial Rome.  Discover Roman art, architecture, religion and daily life, as we add, each day, new aspects of Roman life to our explorations.  Perhaps the most insightful tour of this internationally important archaeological region that you can book.


Hadrian’s Wall: Edge of Empire




‘Visiting the Past Tours’ is the trading name of Visiting the Past Ltd

 Registered Address: 212 Woodfield Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4JF

 Company No: 08315220




Other Tours with The Muddy Archaeologist


I'm very pleased to have been invited to be the archaeology host on the following Saga Special Interest Archaeology Holidays in 2016.       Please join me if you can!


Ancient Crete    3rd May - 10th May   and again 7th June - 14th June 2016

Minoan Crete here we come!

Saga Holidays Specialist Archaeology holiday

Booking available through Saga’s website

Join me, your lecturer and guide, either on our

Visiting the Past Tours


Or a Visiting the Past  Cruise from Venice to Rome (October 2016)

on board Voyages to Antiquity’s small cruise ship, the Aegean Odyssey,

Or on a Saga Special Interest Archaeology Holiday

and I can promise you a holiday that will share a stunning story, a narrative of an era, archaeological tricks of the trade,

and a visit into the daily lives, rituals and homes of the past

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Here’s what our

Visiting the Past Tours customers say ...


‘A million thanks to you for a fantastic, memorable holiday’

‘We’ve been looked after exceptionally well.

Many thanks!’

‘Very interesting + inspiring + great fun too’

‘Most enjoyable with fantastic archaeology, history & wildlife.

‘Very well organised

and fun. Thank you’

‘Brought out the little boy in me - whoopee!’



‘I would certainly come on another Tour. The help and consideration I received when I had difficulties was really marvellous’


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