Adventures in Archaeology & History for Everyone

Archaeology Travel is an ethical limited company registered in England (Company Number 10591752), established to assist people who enjoy exploring our world’s pasts; from earliest times to more recent contemporary histories.

We achieve this in three ways:

► provide information & inspiration

► offer unique, small group and private, bespoke archaeology tours

► work with various bodies & organisations to promote destinations, sites & museums, and relevant services & products

At the heart of each of these three activities is a code of ethics that sets us apart from other organisations and companies that offer similar services.

Our Code of Ethics

► Archaeology Travel does not answer financially or intellectually to shareholders or venture capitalists, or any other stakeholder with vested interest in the travel and heritage industries

► All information provided is original and impartial, honest and often passionate

► Archaeology Travel supports and promotes the principles of responsible travel, in particular actively encouraging irreproachable behaviour when visiting heritage sites and attractions, promoting a standard that often goes beyond the legal prescriptions set out in some countries

Thomas Dowson, Founder and Editor

Thomas Dowson, Archaeology Travel BlogI grew up on a farm south of Harare in Zimbabwe, southern Africa. From an early age I was introduced to archaeology, with a rock shelter containing prehistoric cave paintings literally a stone’s throw from the front door of the family home. I went on to study archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and then researched and taught archaeology at leading universities in South Africa and the UK. Continue Reading >>

Destination Guides

In 1982 one of the most influential archaeologists of the 20th century, Kent Flannery, wrote:

What the world wants is for archaeology to teach it something about humanity’s past. … They want to hear about Olduvai Gorge, and Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu.

Nearly four decades later, the world now wants to see those sites for themselves. Cultural tourism is one of the principle reasons people give for travelling. And go to these far off places is becoming increasingly easier and more affordable. While more people are now able to travel distant destinations, so too we are also exploring the history of those places closer to where we live more so than ever before.

Through the website and certain social media channels, archaeology travel not only produces the information and inspiration to visit archaeological sites and museums near and far, we also work to provide a forum on the social media channels for people to share those experiences with others.

At the core of this provision of information are destination guides. A page for France, for example, provides a lead-in to Exploring the Past in France. Here you will find links to each region, where you can find the details of what archaeological and historical sites and museums are present in that area.

Some people prefer to focus on specific interests, for example Prehistoric Cave Art in France, or the Roman Site in Nîmes. For now these guides are freely available online.

All content produced on this website is originally produced and not mechanically generated or copied from generic websites. To find an area follow the ‘Destinations’ link in the navigation bar, or click here.

Some of our readers relish staying in Parisian luxury hotels while visiting some of the World’s finest museums. Others revel in something a bit more extreme, such as white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon and seeing the ancient mud-built cliff dwellings that are over a thousand years old. Of course there is no reason at all why you can not enjoy both styles of travel.

As a supplement then to the regional and thematic guides we publish a range of articles based on actual experiences exploring the archaeology and history of an region, place or city. These range from reviews of guidebooks, staying in France – there is a review of a wonderful book about Roman Provence by Edwin Mullins, to a cruise on the Nile, to tips on buying tickets for the Acropolis or the cave art site of Font de Gaume in the Dordogne. Or, which Paris Pass to buy?, Is English Heritage Membership worth it? There are hundreds of articles written for fellow explorers by people who have already done it, start here to browse all articles published on Archaeology Travel.

What Some of our Readers Say


… by email

I’ve been using your website ‘archaeology-travel.com’ as a point of reference to plan a trip to the rock art caves in the south of France. It is an excellent website with great information (including getting tickets for Font de Gaume), and I am very glad I stumbled across it. Thank you very much!

… on Instagram

What a lovely IG feed to stumble upon. Informative, creative and original in equal measure!

… on Facebook

Following your page is like having my own personal tour guide. Thank you!

… on the website

Your information is the best. It helped me a lot. I have just successfully reserved tickets yesterday by mail.

Archaeology Travel Tours

Besides providing information and inspiration for readers to create their own adventures, Archaeology Travel also offers ethically-based small group and bespoke tours for clients.

Drawing on a professional background in archaeology and ten years in the hospitality industry, Thomas Dowson (Founder and Director of Archaeology Travel) offers a unique and select portfolio of small group and bespoke tours in archaeology. Thomas’s professional background is in archaeology and art history; having taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and carried out first-hand research at major universities in South Africa and England. His tours then focus on art and archaeology, whether it is the cave art of France, or the changing artistic traditions during 8,000 years of archaeology and history in Bulgaria.

Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful time I had on your tour. It was nice having my personal archaeologist to explain things, especially the French Guides. I enjoyed your company, especially during meals. Most tour guides ditch you at mealtimes, and I hate eating alone. Just got my French photos printed today, makes me nostalgic already.

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How do the ethical principles listed above apply to these tours? Because Archaeology Travel is not owned or funded by a group of shareholders or venture capitalists our tours are not marked up to meet these financial demands and commitments. Put quite simply, this is how we are able to offer a tour to Bulgaria staying in five star accommodation for €1755, where as our competitors are required to charge in excess of €2700 with only three and four star accommodation. The same applies to comparable tours to Puglia, €1995 as opposed to just over €3000. As a small company, we have fewer overheads, but the safety and trust is just as paramount for our clients.

Consultancy, PR & Advertising

For details on how we work with various bodies and organisations, click here.

Some of the organisations and companies we have worked with.

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