NEAF Travel Tour Program

Pasargadae

A NEAF tour group at the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae, Iran, in 2017.

Near Eastern Archaeology Tours have been running for over 30 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.


Tours in 2018

Egypt with Karen Hendrix: 13 January – 07 February 2018

Giza

The incomparable view of the pyramids at Giza.

This is one of the most comprehensive tours of Egypt that you will be able to find. It encompasses not only the great monuments of the ancient Egyptian world such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the glories of Upper Egypt including the Temple of Karnak and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens with their many tombs and lesser known funerary temples, but it also includes visits to the city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, and brought to glory by the Ptolemies on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the Nile Delta, and the evocative Siwa Oasis where Alexander may have first felt his connection with the divine. The tour also takes you off the beaten track to the less well visited Middle Kingdom sites in the Faiyum all the way down to Beni Hasan and Tuna el-Gebel before we make a very special trip to Tell el-Amarna, the ancient sun city of Akhenaten.

All enquiries for this tour should go to Alumni Travel: www.alumnitravel.com.au; 1300 799 887; (02) 9290 3856

A tour brochure is available here.


Morocco with Ben Churcher: 26 March 26 – 13 April 2018

Morocco

The kasbah at Ait Benhaddou, Morocco.

his 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. Starting in cosmopolitan Casablanca, the tour includes visits to Rabat overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Roman Volubilis, the impressive fortifications of Moulay Ismail at Meknes and the hustle and bustle of the souk at Fes. Crossing the Atlas Mountains, past stands of Lebanese Cedar, we enter another world of kasbahs and verdant oases in the northern Sahara Desert. Here we visit Erfoud, Tinerhir and Ouarzazate along with the Dades and Todra Gorges, traditional homelands of the Berber and Tuareg. Crossing back across the Atlas Mountains, we spend time in fabulous Marrakesh before concluding our tour at the delightful town of Essaouria that is nestled within medieval fortifications overlooking the Atlantic.

All enquiries for this tour should go to Academy Travel: academytravel.com.au; (02) 9235 0023; .

A tour brochure is available here.


Essential Iran with John Tidmarsh: 15 APRIL – 2 MAY 2018

Isfahan

The Sheik Lotfollah Mosque at Isfahan, Iran.

Over 18 days we travel through the spring-time mountain and desert landscapes of Iran and visit some of the most remarkable monuments in the ancient and Islamic worlds. We explore Achaemenid palaces and royal tombs, mysterious Zoroastrian fire temples, enchanting mud-brick cities on the desert fringes, and fabled Persian cities with their enchanting gardens, caravanserais, bazaars, and stunning cobalt-blue mosques. Perhaps more importantly, however, we encounter the unsurpassed friendliness and hospitality of the Iranian people.

All enquiries for this tour should go to Academy Travel: academytravel.com.au; (02) 9235 0023; .

A tour brochure is available here.


Greece with John Tidmarsh: 5-22 MAY 2018

Athens

A view of the porch at the Erechtheion on the Athenian Acropolis.

During our travels we shall visit many of the great sites of ancient and medieval Greece while focussing on two vital eras in its rich history, namely the world of the Aegean Bronze Age and that of the Macedonian rulers Philip and his son Alexander (the Great), whose exploits altered the ancient world forever.

In Crete we discover the Minoan civilization that flourished during the Middle Bronze Age on Crete from c. 2000BC to 1500 BC which through its art and architecture made a significant contribution to Western European civilization as it is known today. We visit the Palace of Minos at Knossos, home to the legendary Minotaur, as well as the lesser-known (but equally fascinating) Minoan palaces of Malia, Gournia and Phaestos.

When in northern Greece, we visit the premier cities of the ancient Macedonian kingdom. Explore Pella, the kingdom of the brilliant military commander, Philip II father of Alexander, with its palace complex, agora and opulent houses embellished with fine pebble mosaics as well as Vergina, burial place to the Macedonian kings, where Philip was assassinated and then buried in an unplundered tomb whose contents were revealed to the world in 1977.

All enquiries for this tour should go to Academy Travel: academytravel.com.au; (02) 9235 0023; .

A tour brochure is available here.


Iran in Depth with John Tidmarsh: 9-31 October 2018

Yazd

The dome of the Friday Mosque at Yazd, Iran.

Over 23 days we travel through mountain and desert landscapes of Iran and visit some of the most remarkable monuments in the ancient and Islamic worlds. We explore Achaemenid palaces and royal tombs, mysterious Sassanian fire temples, enchanting mud-brick cities on the desert fringes, and fabled Persian cities with their enchanting gardens, caravanserais, bazaars, and stunning cobalt-blue mosques. Perhaps more importantly, however, we encounter the unsurpassed friendliness and hospitality of the Iranian people which leave most travellers longing to return.

All enquiries for this tour should go to Academy Travel: academytravel.com.au; (02) 9235 0023; .

A tour brochure is available here.