NEAF Travel Tour Program

A NEAF tour group on the banks of the Niger River at Segoukoro, Mali. 2007

A NEAF tour group on the banks of the Niger River at Segoukoro, Mali. 2007

Near Eastern Archaeology Tours have been running for over 20 years. In recent years they have been run in conjunction with the Sydney based travel companies: Academy Travel and Alumni Travel.

NEAF tour destinations have included Jordan, Syria, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mali, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China.

These tours are designed to suit people with a fascination in both archaeology and history and they are suited to the lay-person with a general interest in the subject.

Our tours are fully-escorted by leaders who are experts in their field and they make sure that their personal love of travel and archaeology is passed on to tour participants.


4 – 22 September 2017

From Babylon to Berlin: Near Eastern collections in European Museums

Babylonian wall

Glazed bricks from the Ishtar Gate, Babylon, in the Pergamon museum, Berlin.

With Dr Kate da Costa

Whether you call it plunder or The Enlightenment, the great world museums of Europe contain the most outstanding collections of Near Eastern material outside their countries of origin. Generally amassed from the Ottoman Empire, and connected with some of the most famous names of archaeology – Layard, Rich, Rassam, Mariette, Koldewey and Carter – the Hermitage, Berlin Museums, Louvre and British Museum are full of the most extraordinary treasures. On this tour, with introductions from guest curators, you will see silver Scythian treasure hoards, the reconstructed Ishtar Gate from Babylon, the famous reliefs of the Assyrian palaces of Nineveh, the façade of Mushatta castle, Nefertiti’s bust, the Code of Hammurabi, Fayyum portraits, Byzantine icons, Saudi Arabian antiquities, eastern Roman statues and ... the list goes on.

Please contact Alumni Travel 1300 799 887 or (02) 9290 3856 and book a place on this tour.

For the tour itinerary and booking details: download here


7 – 27 September 2017

China: Along the Silk Road

Lixia

A Chinese gentleman from Linxia, often referred to as 'Little Mecca'.

With Ben Churcher

The exotic Silk Road within China is rich in historical and cultural highlights. From the might of Imperial China in the east, to brilliantly decorated Buddhist monasteries and caves in the west and the desert steppes and Islamic influences of Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar, we discover the treasures and influences of the Silk Road.

This tour will be both a journey through the changing face of China today, as well as an examination of its deep and awe-inspiring history and culture. Our 21 day tour commences in Beijing with visits to the Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Ming tombs. We fly to Xi’an, terminus of the Silk Road and home to an army of terracotta warriors. Heading further west to Tianshui and Lanzhou, we visit Buddhist Grottoes carved into the side of mountains and the great yellow hat Labrang Lamastery at Xiahe. Travelling into the Taklaman Desert we explore the archaeological sites of Jiaohe and Gaochang and the Flaming Mountain. See well-preserved mummies in Urumqi and immerse yourself in the bustling Sunday Bazaar at Kashgar before concluding our journey in Chengdu.

This tour is now full

Please contact Academy Travel ([02] 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 [outside Sydney]) to be placed on a waitlist for this tour.

For the tour itinerary and booking details: download here


COMING UP IN 2018

MOROCCO

26 March 26 - 13 April 2018
With Ben Churcher

This comprehensive 19-day tour will introduce you to the diverse delights of Morocco including its stunning scenery, fabulous Islamic architecture, ancient cities and delicious food.

Please contact Academy Travel ([02] 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 [outside Sydney]) to book a place on this tour.

For the tour itinerary and booking details: download here


ESSENTIAL IRAN

15 April - 2 May 2018
With Dr John Tidmarsh

This 18 day tour travels through the marvellous spring-time mountain and desert landscapes of Iran and visits some of the most remarkable monuments in the ancient and Islamic worlds.

Please contact Academy Travel ([02] 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 [outside Sydney]) to book a place on this tour.

For the tour itinerary and booking details: download here


GREECE: Agamemnon to Alexander

5 - 22 May 2018
With Dr John Tidmarsh

Explore Ancient Greece’s rich history on this 17-day tour focussing on two of the most remarkable eras, the Aegean Bronze Age and Macedonian ruler Philip and his son Alexander the Great. In Crete, we explore the sprawling palaces of the Minoan Age. We then travel to Athens and the Peloponnese, entering the world of Mycenaean kings with their forbidding palaces and monumental burials. We continue via the great classical sites of Olympia and Delphi before arriving at Thessaloniki, gateway to ancient Macedon.

Please contact Academy Travel ([02] 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 [outside Sydney]) to register your interest in this tour.

A tour itinerary will be available soon.