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Delve into the past for an unforgettable journey

Unearth the ancient past of nations worldwide, from the Roman presence in the UK and the secrets of the ancient Egyptians, to the impression left across Europe by the mighty Greeks and the unknown treasures of Uzbekistan - all part of our archaeology and history holidays.

Our expertly planned archaeology holidays are ideal if you’ve always had an interest in the lives of past civilisations or the incredible structures they left behind. A knowledgeable host will guide you on these fascinating journeys, which include visits to key sites and informative talks that bring history to life. We are here to make your history holidays an experience you will treasure.

Archaeology host, Gillian Hovell

quote marckWhat can a customer expect from one of your archaeology holidays?

I always try and give a narrative about the sites so that it brings to life the area and gets people really interested and learning about archaeology. I believe Saga’s archaeology holidays are great fun as well as an unforgettable experience.

Where in the world is your favourite place to visit for an archaeological experience?

That’s a tricky question because from the ancient Neolithic sites in Orkney to the Greek city of Ephesus in Turkey the world is full of amazing sites which all transport you back to a long lost time. I don’t have a favourite place because each site is so different and has its own story to tell.

What do you think is the most interesting/ exciting part of your job?

The greatest part of my job is sharing all my experiences with the guests. I get such a buzz when you see the light go on in people’s minds and they start to understand what they are looking at. It’s like you’ve opened up a whole new world for them they didn’t know existed.

Do you have any interesting stories or anecdotes from your time hosting Saga archaeology holidays?

One of my favourite memories is of the Saga guests in Enkomi - the site of a bronze age city in Cyprus. We worked with a local guide in Cyprus and I remember her saying that guests only normally spend half an hour looking around this site. An hour-and-a-half later, our excited guests had to be rounded up! The guide said she had never seen such an excited bunch of people.

You have hosted archaeology holidays with Saga in the UK, Italy and Sicily, Crete, Cyprus and Malta – do you have any favourite sites or highlights for any customers thinking of  going?

This is another tricky question because our guests get so much from all these holidays, but I suppose I love Ancient Greek and Roman sites because their writing that reveals so much about their lives and these places. They become so alive!"