These are UK-based specialist tour operators, travel agencies, and companies offering expert guided history and archaeology tours.
ACE Cultural Tours 01223 841055 ACE runs art, archæology, history, music, drama, literature, geology, ecology and wildlife study tours around the world.
Ancient World Tours 020 7917 9494 Specialist tours to archaeological & cultural sites worldwide accompanied by experts.
Andante Travels 01722 713800 starAndante operates small group expert-led tours to archaeological sites and historic places all over the world. It is owned and managed by archaeologists. They have now (Jan 2008) introduced a new programme of tours called 'Bare Bones' which are designed to offer a more flexible approach for independent travellers who don't want to spend all their time with the group following a detailed itinerary but instead might want to opt out from time to time to persue their own interests.
Brookland Travel 01305 259467 History and archaeological tours in the UK and on the continent.
Dr Thomson's Tours 01227 455922 Small-scale (one-man) tour operator. Dr Thompson is a historian & guide based in Canterbury, he takes private tours to historic sites (and battlefields) on both sides of the Channel Tunnel, ie. Kent & Sussex, Northern France & Belgium.
Inscape Study Tours 01993 891726 Expert guided, small group art and architecture tours.
Kirker Holidays 020 7593 2288 The high-quality short breaks specialist has a Cultural Tours programme featuring tours to 25 destinations worldwide but mostly in Europe, for groups of around 15-22 people escorted by an expert lecturer. Subjects covered include Music (concerts, opera & special festivals); Gardens & Botany; Archaeology & Ancient History; Art, Architecture and Art History.
Martin Randall Travel 020 8742 3355 starA programme of over 220 tours across Europe and the Middle East, focusing on art, music, architecture, archaeology and history. 
Old Country Tours 01747 828719 Anglo-American specialist tour operator offering history and battlefield tours in Europe and the USA.
Peter Sommer Travels 01600 888 220 Pound sign starExpert-led cultural tours, and best known for their archaeological tours to Turkey and Greece by land and sea using chartered gulets (for small groups and private tours) to get about from site to site. They also operate tours in Croatia, Ireland, Italy and the UK. They still get rave reviews and last year (2016) were named ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ by AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators.
Travel Editions 020 7251 0045) Operates a programme of specific themed tours each year on a wide range of subjects to a range of destinations. Many of them, particularly in the UK, are historical (eg Romans in Britain, Bristol & Brunel). Check this year's programme on their website.


  • Cape Insights is a special interest travel company that offers expert-led tours around South Africa, including archaeology and history tours.
  • Brightwater Holidays are well-known as a specialist operator of garden tours, but they also have a small spin-off programme of special interest tours including archaeological tours in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Islands.


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