Press release


Thursday 16 May 2013

Discover your inner Indiana Jones as you journey to uncover the secrets of mankind’s greatest civilisations. From hidden treasures to Wonders of the World, a Saga archaeology tour is your chance to immerse yourself in ancient culture.

Archaeology in Rhodes starts from £799pp for 7 nights departing October 2013
Discover the history lying at the heart of this beautiful Greek island and learn about the legacy left by the Knights of St John on this full board tour.  Visit the Palace of the Grand Masters and walk along the Street of the Knights in Rhodes Old Town, and explore Kameiros, one of Greece’s best-preserved classical cities.  Enjoy breathtaking views from the 15th century Monolithos Castle and then head to Lindos, where the Acropolis holds one of the most sacred sites of the ancient world – the Temple of Athena Lindia.
Departures available from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Crete and the Minoan Culture starts from £849pp for 7 nights departing October 2013
Ancient Crete was the heart of the Minoan kingdom, which has left behind a wealth of archaeological treasures.  This full board tour explores the ruins of Górtyn city with its amphitheatre and circus remnants, as well as the elaborate Palace of Knossos.  You’ll also enjoy a scenic drive around Lissithi Plateau, where you can see the entrance to Dikti Cave  -  where Rhea, wife of Kronos, was said to have hidden to give birth to Zeus.
Departures available from London Gatwick and Manchester.

Malta’s Ancient Legacies starts from £899pp for 7 nights departing March 2014
Unearth Malta’s intriguing history from prehistoric times to Roman rule.  Highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage site Gjantja temples which are among the world’s oldest man-made religious structures.  At the Ghar Dalem Caves marvel at rich deposits of animal bones which pre-date man.  This full-board tour also includes a taste of Malta’s viticulture with local wines served at lunch and dinner.
Departures from Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Archaeology in the Land of the Pharaohs starts from £1399pp for 12 nights departing September 2013
Explore the distinctive architecture of the Pharaohs on this unique 12 night, full board tour. Discover the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World left relatively intact, as well as the Luxor temple, Egypt’s best preserved temple, Edfu, and the temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Immerse yourself in Egyptian culture with an included three night cruise along the River Nile, visit the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens as well as discovering artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun in Cairo.
Departures available from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Jordan, Land of Ancient Wonders starts from £1499 for 9 nights departing June 2013
Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Jordan, visiting ancient temples, castles and ruined cities on this adventurous tour. Discover the legacies of Jesus Christ and Lawrence of Arabia through Jordan’s architecture by visiting one of the country’s most revered holy sites, the Roman city of Jerash, the prehistoric valley of Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and the city of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Includes all breakfasts, two lunches and eight dinners.
Departures available from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

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Editor’s Notes:
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