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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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99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 659 Great 77 Average 24 Disappointing 1 Terrible 2
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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
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4.8 Meals
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Great sites, poorly managed November 2018

2.0

Archaeological Wonders of Southern Italy and Sicily

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 2.0
I grew up with National Geographic so when I signed up for a NG trip I was quite excited. I spent a lot of time on a crowded bus. Some of the accommodations were two star, peeling paint, smelly rooms, poorly catered. This was an expensive trip all my girl friend and we spent 17,000 dollars for the two of us. Some of the guides were actually wrong about what they were saying about the history of Sicily, and you did not have to be an expert to realize this. There were a number of representations that tour operators made that turned out to be less than accurate. The tour group one night was having dinner in Sorento, and I asked about the wine they were serving, that is the grape and vintage, the only explanation I got was "its red". In another circumstance, the tour operator lost guests at Pompeii, and then threatened to leave them. It was a mess. I could go on, but I would cross this trip off the list. Read more

Operator National Geographic Expeditions

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Does Not Recommend

Convenience of payments is not worth the stress. October 2018

1.0

Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
So far, our experience has not been great.
We booked, everyone was fabulous, we were excited! I was offered an additional $100 off of my trip and $45 off the price of private rooming, along with my boyfriends. Obviously an incentive to get us to book. Neither discounts were ever taken off the bill, even after sending in emails. Eventually I sent screenshots of what other reps had said and had the $45 taken off, but they refuse to honor the other discount. Oh well, only $200.
We are supposed to be leaving in January. They recently emailed and said that due to low enrollment, they are changing the dates to combine us with another group. Not only did I get this time off work, but the second date is after my semester already starts. Im not sure what Ill do for school, and no one at EF seems to care how this affects us. We selected a specific date? How can you just go and change it? Oh well, we will have to make it work.
Finally, the cherry on the cake here, we are told that our private room isn't a guarantee and we wont necessarily get it if we change dates. So the upgrade we already paid $700 for isn't necessarily available. No one ever mentioned it being questionable, they were in such a rush to take our money they didn't even feel the need to let us know. I told them that the private rooming is make-or-break for us, and Ive been waiting on a reply for days.
So far, the anxiety I feel over losing out on 3k is not worth the convenience of the monthly payments. Id highly recommend booking elsewhere unless you are unemployed and not a student.
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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

JB

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Best trip ever September 2018

5.0

America Israel Tours Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Best trip ever. Our guide had so much knowledge on every site we went to.
He gave us lots of guidance and only took use to safe places to shop. Our bus driver was the best and got us around any traffic snare. Can't wait to go again because one trip is not enough time to spend there and I'll go with America Israel Tours again.
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Operator America Israel Tours

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Recommends

Great trip August 2018

5.0

America Israel Tours Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great trip. Excellent experience!

Operator America Israel Tours

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Everything Went Well (Except for a Little Hiccup)! August 2018

5.0

America Israel Tours Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This summer my husband and I traveled to Israel and Jordan using the services of your tour company. We had a great experience and we are recommending the trip to family and friends. Your tour guides and drivers (both in Israel and Jordan were professional, knowledgeable and
courteous). However, the driver who picked us up at the hotel in Jerusalem to take us to the Israeli - Jordanian border left us at the terminar without any guidance. Thank God that someone (a guide who worked for a different company) noticed that we looked disoriented and gave us the necessary information for us to make it safely to the Jordanian side, where our Jordanian guide and driver were waiting for us. Except for that incident everything else was superb. Lord willing we'll be back someday!
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Operator America Israel Tours

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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:


Archaeological Sites in Europe

Israel: Temple on the Mount & Dome of the Rock, Old Jaffa Port, Western Wall, 

Greece: The Acropolis (Athens); the island of Delos; Delphi; Epidaurus; Marathon; Mycenae; Olympia; Temple of Poseidon (at Cape Sounion)

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)

Britain: Stonehenge; Hadrian’s Wall 

Ireland: Skellig Michael (island); Carrowmore

France: Lascaux caves (replica)

Spain: The Alhambra (Granada); The Great Mosque (Cordoba)

Croatia: Emperor Diocletian’s Palace (Split)

Archaeological Sites in Asia

Cambodia: Angkor Wat (Siam Reap)

China: Terracotta Army (Xian); The Great Wall 

Japan:  Kyoto’s temples; Kasuga Shrine (Nara)

Indonesia: Borobudur

India: Taj Mahal; Fatehpur Sikri; Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Nepal: Lumbini, Changu Narayan

Archaeological Sites in the Middle East

Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman Citadel, Ummayad Palace, 

Israel: Old Jerusalem; Akko; Be’er Sheva; Caperneum; Herodium; Masada; M

Turkey: Ephesus, Pergamo, Gobekli Tepe, Troy, Hattusha, Aphrodisias

Archaeological Sites in Africa

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

Tunisia: Roman amphitheater at El Djem

Zimbabwe: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Tanzania: Olduvai Gorge

Benin: Royal Palaces of Abomey

Archaeological Sites in Central & South America

Peru: Machu Picchu

Chile: The Moai (Easter Island) 

Guatemala: Tikal

Archaeological Sites in North America

Mexico: Chichen Itza; Tulum; Teotihuacan

United States: Cahokia Mounds (Illinois); Capitol Reef National Park and Horseshoe Canyon, Utah; Canyon de Chelly and Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona

Canada: Writing on Stone Provincial Park (Alberta)

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