Archaeological adventures

Immerse yourself in another culture

Open a window on the past with an archaeological holiday. Explore the amazing sites of once-mighty kingdoms and follow in the footsteps of ancient Greeks and Romans, or go further afield and discover Peru’s mysterious Inca empire and the vast temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Enjoy some Greek classics

Athens has a treasure trove of antiquities to discover, including the famous Acropolis, with its magnificent Parthenon, and other sites such as the well-preserved Temple of Hephaestus. A visit to the Acropolis Museum puts them into context, while the National Archaeological Museum of Athens brings together important artefacts from the length and breadth of the land, for a rounded view of this influential civilisation.

When in Rome…

From the Colosseum to the Pantheon, Rome really is archeological heaven. A walking tour is one way to take in the key sights and get your bearings in this vibrant capital. Turn a corner and there’s something new to see – the Palatine Hill and the Forum are great places to wander around at a more leisurely pace and soak up the atmosphere.

Petra perfection

If you’ve seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, you’ll recognise the Treasury at Petra. Set in a stunning desert landscape, this site covers 60 sq km, and there’s a lot to see, from the Street of Facades to the amazing views from the High Place of Sacrifice. One of the most dramatic ways to enter is via The Siq, just as Indiana did! This narrow gorge winds through the red rock and opens out in front of the Treasury.

Incredible Incas

The fabulous Inca citadel of Machu Piccu perches high in the Peruvian Andes and continues to fascinate visitors, as many aspects of it still remain a mystery. The site was abandoned in the 1500s, but no one knows why because the Incas had no written language. Perhaps the best thing to do is visit Machu Piccu for yourself, explore the temples, terraces, palaces and plazas, and reach your own conclusion!

Amazing Angkor Wat

The intricately carved sandstone temples in Cambodia's Siem Reap province make up the world’s largest religious monument. They date from the 12th century AD Khmer Empire and cover 162 hectares. An estimated 300,000 workers were involved in Angkor Wat’s construction, so why not take your time to explore this beautiful site and find a peaceful spot to appreciate the fruits of their labour?

Are you 50 or over and planning an archaeological adventure? While Saga Travel Insurance doesn’t include cover for lost kingdoms, it does protect lost luggage, with up to £5,000 cover for baggage that goes astray, is stolen or damaged.

 

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Parthenon Temple, Athens, Greece