Archaeological Tours & Trips 2019

211 Ruins & Archaeology tours from 74 tour companies. 614 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Machu Picchu…Ephesus…Chichen Itza…the Parthenon…Angkor Wat…Petra…Stonehenge…Pompeii…all archaeological treasures reflecting the finest cultural achievements of ancient civilizations. Whether you “dig” ancient ruins figuratively or literally, you can find a tour that will breathe new life into your appreciation of their cultures.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Ancient Maya Guatemala

Project Expedition
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 155 / day
$ 1,700
From : $ 2,380
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Discover the highlights of the ancient Maya civilization
  • Take an amazing boat ride through Rio Dulce national park
  • Enjoy the benefit of natural hot springs
Visits:
Tikal, Guatemala
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Archaeological Wonders of Southern Italy and Sicily

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
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10 days
$ 620 / day
$ 6,195
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Gain special access to the excavations of Pompeii with a local expert and peer into the crater of Mount Vesuvius alongside a volcanologist.
  • Gaze at the spectacular mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale and descend into fascinating catacombs in Palermo.
  • Visit eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the dramatic Amalfi Coast and ancient Syracuse to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
  • Hike through a landscape transformed by lava on Mount Etna and enjoy breathtaking views of Taormina and the coast.
Visits:
Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Italy
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Enchanting Peru

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 209 / day
$ 2,299
From : $ 5,697
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Board on rail to see Machu Picchu
  • Visit the world renowned and colorful Indian market in Pisac 
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour around Cuzco
  • Visit lake Titicaca
  • Embark on an unforgettable boat journey to explore the magnificent scenery and fascinating life on and around the lake. 
  • Visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians
  • Enjoy a guided afternoon tour of both colonial and modern Lima
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Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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Machu Picchu & Galapagos Island Hopping

SmarTours
Premier
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15 days
$ 380 / day
$ 5,699
From : $ 7,010
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Sacred Valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land
  • Machu Picchu
  • Visit the bustling and colorful Indian market where many beautiful crafts are traded.
  • Galapagos Island Hopping
  • Explore Lima, known as the City of Kings
  • Visit Cuzco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites
  • See the Church of San Francisco at Lima
  • Plaza de Armas (Lima)
  • Drive to The equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes
  • Visit Church of San Francisco (Quito)
  • Stay at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos), one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”
Visits:
Cusco, Galapagos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Quito, Sacred Valley, Santa Cruz Island, Trieste, Urubamba, Peru
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Golden Triangle

7 days
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit to manufacturing of marble artwork

  • Explore the majestic Qutub Minar
  • Take a visit to Amber fort and palace
  • Visit Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to the Taj Mahal
Visits:
Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, India
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Inca Trail Trek

Lost World Adventures
Premier
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4 days
$ 259 / day
$ 1,037
From : $ 1,400
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the village of Huayllabamba
  • Experience 2-hours hike leads to Intipunku (Gate of the Sun) which overlooks the awesome Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the climb magnificent views of the mountain ranges.
  • Visit the Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca ruins
Visits:
Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Urubamba, Peru
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Maya Reef Explorer

9 days
$ 261 / day
$ 2,349
From : $ 3,171
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Exploration as you travel overland and by river to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai
  • Enjoy the sounds and sights of the awakening wilderness.
  • Explore Belize City, and board a chartered water taxi to Lighthouse Reef Atoll
  • Experience Snorkeling at the ‘Aquarium’ is a favorite guest activity
Visits:
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
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Peru by Land and Water

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 338 / day
$ 4,725
From : $ 5,812
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Lima
  • Visit the ruins on your own or explore Aguas Calientes
  • Explore the walls, stairways, temples and terraces of Machu Picchu.
  • Visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts
  • Explore the heart of Amazon River on board of the Amatista River boat.
  • Visit the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Peru's largest national park
  • Explore Iquitos
Visits:
Cusco, Iquitos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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Belize Active Adventure

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 266 / day
$ 3,195
From : $ 3,930
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the unique jungle atmosphere
  • Explore the caves, beaches and jungles
  • Enjoy the amazing view of Mayan Mountains of Belize
  • Adore the day by watching over 200 species of birds
Visits:
San Ignacio, Belize
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Egypt & Jordan Explorer

13 days
$ 384 / day
$ 4,998
From : $ 6,148
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, & Memphis, Solar Boat Museum, Pyramid of Zoser, Sunset Camel Ride, Egyptian Museum
  • Visit Luxor- Temples of Luxor and Karnak, Avenue of Sphinx, Karnak Open Air Museum, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, King Tut’s Tomb, Nefertari Tomb
  • Explore Aswan  High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, Felucca Sailing and Kitchener Island
  • Discover Amman Jerash City Tour
  • Visit Petra,  The Treasury,  Rock-Cut Tombs,  Nabatean-Built Theatre, Ad-Deir Monastery
  • Explore Wadi Rum, Jeep Tour, Canyons, Water Holes, Lawrence Spring, Khazalee mountain
  • See the Dead Sea, Madaba City, Mt. Nebo, Bethany Tour
Visits:
Amman, Aswan, Cairo, Carthage, Luxor Temple, Memphis, Pyramid of Giza, Sphinx, Egypt
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Peru Family Vacation

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 328 / day
$ 2,950
From : $ 4,130
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • visit all of the sacred sites like Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley
  • Visit Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca and other monuments and ruins important to the Peruvian culture and people. 
  • Explore places truly have a mysterious, yet revered, feel to them. 
  • Our local guides will accompany you every step of the way
  • Also experience delectable local cuisine and stay at fantastic four-star hotels along the way.
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Inca Trail, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Egypt, Jordan & Israel Discovery

16 days
$ 500 / day
$ 7,998
From : $ 9,838
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cairo and see the exciting Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, & Memphis, Solar Boat Museum, Pyramid of Zoser, Sunset Camel Ride, Egyptian Museum
  • Discover Luxor,  Temples of Luxor and Karnak, Avenue of Sphinx, Karnak Open Air Museum, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, King Tut’s Tomb, Nefertari Tomb
  • Experience tour to Amman,Jerash City Tour
  • Explore Petra, tThe Treasury,  Rock-Cut Tombs,  Nabatean-Built Theatre, Ad-Deir Monastery
  • Visit Wadi Rum, enjoy Jeep Tour, Canyons, Water Holes, Lawrence Spring, Khazalee mountain
  • Take an awesome visit to Dead Sea , Madaba City, Mt. Nebo, Bethany Tour
  • Discover Jerusalem, Old City, Nazareth & Galilee, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea, New City, Bethlehem
Visits:
Amman, Bethlehem, Cairo, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Luxor Temple, Memphis, Nazareth, Petra, Pyramid of Giza, Sphinx, Tel Aviv, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Wadi Rum, Egypt, Israel, Jordan
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Best of Greece in 10 days

10 days
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Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the Acropolis with an informative local guide
  • Marvel at the archaeological sites of Ancient Olympia, Delphi and Mycenae
  • Enjoy scenic drives and breezy ferry trips on this Best of Greece adventure
  • Explore the delightful islands of Mykonos and Santorini
Visits:
Acropolis, Athens, Delos, Delphi, Mycenae, Mykonos, Olympia, Santorini, Temple of Zeus, Greece
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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

Travel China Guide
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 139 / day
$ 1,529
From : $ 2,418
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors 
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges 
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund 
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
Visits:
Beijing, Chongqing, Great Wall of China, Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Xian, Yichang, China
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Peru Extensions

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 442 / day
$ 2,650
From : $ 3,260
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Andes Mountains to Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire.
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Experience hike towards Ollantaytambo
  • Discover Cusco
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Inca Trail, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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614 Ruins & Archaeology Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

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Great 58
Average 16
Disappointing 1
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They gave us truly memorable days i

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Best tour operator ever! Mohammad and his team were so nice to us, considerate, flexible and always welcoming. They gave us truly memorable days in Jordan! Every day of our journey was planned to perfection and carefully adapted to our needs and wishes.
Thanks to the entire team and huge thanks to our driver Saleh!

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Operator Why Jordan Tours

Great company makes a great trip!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our experience with American Israel Tours was awesome. The tour guide Yeshay was was informative, flexible with our desires, and kind. The bus driver was also funny and got us exactly where we needed to go in good time. The structure of the tour was also perfect because it was not too exhausting per day and ending the tour in Jerusalem really is perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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Operator America Israel Tours

Thank you for the great trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a great trip to India and Sri Lanka. Transfers at the airports were excellent and the guides in both the countries were knowledgeable and friendly. I am beyond happy , When I read all the reviews I was so scared to even go on the tour. My gosh , It was one of the best trips of my life . Our tour leader was such an amazing guy, very well educated, spoke perfect English and was so funny . We had a driver as well that picked us up from the airport, took us to 4 different cities and dropped us off at the hotel, he was such a hard working and a professional man. He drove at times 6 hours from one city to another and he never complained, he would open and close the door for us. AMAZING Our tour leader took us shopping to an expensive place and a cheaper place and he gave us the option as to what we want to buy with whichever quality.He was so knowledgeable and extremely funny. He was an amazing person. I am beyond thankful for this trip. I would definitely recommend them . I enjoyed every minute of it . The hotels were beyond my expectation. They were brand new, clean and the staff were so professional and friendly. I will book 100% again with them for further trips. Booking was easy. Agents at Indus are extremely professional and helpful. I am beyond happy with the experience. We visited The Qutab Minar, Taj Mahal, The amber fort and may more places. Our tour leader told us about the city, people and the scam artists. I am once again so thankful. Thank you Indus"

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Operator Indus Travels

Mesmerizing

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I don't know where to start, Rohit was absolutely fantastic on his service, from our first email to arriving in India to the end of our 6-day tour. He made us feel safe and our every concern, issues were sorted out without any fuss. He made sure we were comfortable all the times and he checked with our Driver. Mr. Ajeet Singh (driver) who was also great, he was always on time and happy to take us where we wanted to go once our sightseeing had finished.

We felt that SafeHands customer service is excellent and Rohit understands his clients.

Also, price wise Rohit was very reasonable.

Thank you so much for planning our 6-day tour and we enjoyed every moment of it and will recommend you and your company to our friends and family.

Keep up the great work Rohit.

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Operator SafeHands Travels

I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing! Efrain was our tour director and he was wonderful! He was very funny and approachable if you had any questions. He made this trip so memorable with everything that went on. During the trip we had a couple of longer bus rides and he always found things to do along the way so we were not sitting for long periods of time. We also had free time after our activities which we loved because we got to go explore the areas on our own. The locals in Belize are also very very nice and very helpful if you do have any questions. I would 10/10 recommend this trip!

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

Enchanted Peru

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We just returned from our Tour in Peru, unfortunately it was riddled with strikes by the Transportation Department. HOWEVER!!! we must say that Smartours went beyond what was normal. We were treated like Royalty, additional nights at the hotel, flight upgrades. We were able to see everything we came for. Some other Tour Groups we shared our hotel with were not that lucky and they ended up stranded. Also I like to say that our Tour Guide in Peru (Enrique) was funny, very knowledgeable and just overall a super nice person, we never felt like that we were a burden or "just a job". Too bad he wasn't able to come to Lima, we really missed him there. Overall our group was amazing and fun, we had a wonderful time. This was one of our many trips with Smartours and I am looking to see where we will go next. Thank you for all your effort. I will email some pictures ;-)

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Ruins & Archaeology Tours and Travel Guide

Ruins & Archaeology Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Machu Picchu…Ephesus…Chichen Itza…the Parthenon…Angkor Wat…the Roman Forum…Luxor…Petra…Stonehenge…Pompeii…all archaeological treasures reflecting the finest cultural achievements of ancient civilizations around the world.

Many tours include these and other famous ruins and sites in their itineraries, while others offer travelers opportunities to engage in some amateur archaeology themselves. Whether you “dig” ancient ruins and sites figuratively or literally, you can find a tour that will breathe new life into your appreciation of their cultures.

Why You Need a Guide: The Importance of Archaeological Group Tours

Unless you are a qualified expert in the exact sites that you are visiting (and chances are, you’re not), getting information on archaeological site can be complicated, timely, or even impossible. This is the main reason that having a tour guide is quintessential when visiting, for example, a series of ruins.

Not only was the thing in front of you created during a time so long ago that you can barely imagine the context -- the wear and tear of time will have also degraded what it once was, making it more unrecognizable.

Going on a tour with a knowledgeable guide is by far the best way to connect with the historic (and sometimes prehistoric) places you are visiting, which is also important. Tours to ancient ruins and archaeological sites around the globe offer some of the best introductions into the often remarkable achievements of past cultures.

With a guide, you will be able to answer questions like:

  • How did the ancient Mayans uncover their startling insights into astronomy that enabled them not just to predict when the spring and fall equinoxes would appear, but produce special effects to mark the occasion?
  • How did the ancient Egyptians build the Pyramids without modern technology?
  • What evidence proves that dinosaurs once roamed the American West in great numbers?
  • Are there still more ruins likely to be uncovered at the Roman Forum?
  • How did ancient Easter Islanders move multi-ton stone statues miles away from their quarries?
  • What is the mystery behind England’s Stonehenge?

The possibilities are almost limitless, but here’s a small sampling of some key archaeological sites and ruins around the world that you can tour:

Top Archaeological Sites in Europe

  1. Israel: Temple on the Mount & Dome of the Rock, Old Jaffa Port, Western Wall, 
  2. Greece: The Acropolis (Athens); the island of Delos; Delphi; Epidaurus; Marathon; Mycenae; Olympia; Temple of Poseidon (at Cape Sounion)
  3. Italy: The Colosseum, Forum; and Ostia Antica (Rome); Hadrian’s Villa; Pompeii; Herculaneum; Agrigento, the old city of Siracusa and Taormina’s Greek theater (Sicily)
  4. Britain: Stonehenge; Hadrian’s Wall 
  5. Ireland: Skellig Michael (island); Carrowmore
  6. France: Lascaux caves (replica)
  7. Spain: The Alhambra (Granada); The Great Mosque (Cordoba)
  8. Croatia: Emperor Diocletian’s Palace (Split)

Top Archaeological Sites in Asia

  1. Cambodia: Angkor Wat (Siam Reap)
  2. China: Terracotta Army (Xian); The Great Wall 
  3. Japan:  Kyoto’s temples; Kasuga Shrine (Nara)
  4. Indonesia: Borobudur
  5. India: Taj Mahal; Fatehpur Sikri; Ajanta and Ellora Caves
  6. Nepal: Lumbini, Changu Narayan

Top Archaeological Sites in the Middle East

  1. Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman Citadel, Ummayad Palace, 
  2. Israel: Old Jerusalem; Akko; Be’er Sheva; Caperneum; Herodium; Masada; M
  3. Turkey: Ephesus, Pergamo, Gobekli Tepe, Troy, Hattusha, Aphrodisias

Top Archaeological Sites in Africa

  1. Egypt: the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara; Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens at Luxor, Abu Simbel at Aswan
  2. Tunisia: Roman amphitheater at El Djem
  3. Zimbabwe: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  4. Tanzania: Olduvai Gorge
  5. Benin: Royal Palaces of Abomey

Top Archaeological Sites in Central & South America

  1. Peru: Machu Picchu
  2. Chile: The Moai (Easter Island) 
  3. Guatemala: Tikal

Top Archaeological Sites in North America

  1. Mexico: Chichen Itza; Tulum; Teotihuacan
  2. United States: Cahokia Mounds (Illinois); Capitol Reef National Park and Horseshoe Canyon, Utah; Canyon de Chelly and Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona
  3. Canada: Writing on Stone Provincial Park (Alberta)

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