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A Taste of Turkey
21 days from 8 June
Led by Chris Carter & Suleyman Gursay

Experience the Byzantine and Ottoman splendour of Istanbul, including the bazaars mosques, ancient palaces and the seraglio of the sultans. We will tour the battlefields of Gallipoli, birthplace of modern Turkey and an Australian legend; explore legendary cities of the Aegean coast, from Troy to Pergamon and Ephesus; explore the wonders of Cappadocia.

As with previous tours, we will spend seven nights cruising the Mediterranean on a private, chartered yacht. We will also experience a range of Turkish cuisine from simple home-cooked meals, making your own pides through to the finest restaurants.

 

The Greek Islands:
A Journey through Rhodes, Crete & the Cyclades:
21 days from 30 June, 2019
Led by: Chris Carter

Visit Venetian ports, Crusader castles Minoan palaces on Crete, the ancient city of Delos and the Acropolis. This tour begins in Rhodes, crosses to Crete before island hopping north stopping at Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos to conclude in Athens. While the overall tour is listed for 21 days, it is divided into four modules from four to six days and can be reduced to suit.

This tour will provide a glimpse of Greece from an Aegean perspective and also provide you with a chance to sample Greek culture and cuisine at its source. Stunning landscapes, spectacular archaeology and beautiful people, this will be a great tour.

This tour follows directly on from Turkey which means that a few days on Rhodes would provide an ideal extension to that tour.

 

Beyond the Great Divide:
Through NSW to Central Queensland 17 days from 12 August 2019
Led by Chris Carter & Tony Corrigan

Join us as we travel north from Canberra and Sydney, across the Great Divide, through northern NSW via the Warrumbungles and Lightning Ridge into Queensland. We will explore parts of the Carnarvon Gorge National Park before heading across to the coast to visit both Lady Elliott Island and Fraser Island. The tour will finish in Hervey Bay, allowing you to fly home from there.

 

The Nature of the Pantanal:
Brazil’s wildlife blockbuster – and more! 23 days from 12 July, 2019
Led by: Ian Fraser

The Pantanal, in remote south-western Brazil near Paraguay and Bolivia, is the world’s largest ephemeral wetland, 15 times the size of the famed Okavango Delta. Every year 80% of it disappears under about 1.5 metres of floodwater, though parts are much deeper, and dries again to provide a refreshed mosaic of waterways, swamps, grasslands, woodlands and riverine forest. It also provides the continent’s greatest wildlife spectacle, and almost certainly the greatest in the world outside of Africa. These days most of the landowners (cattle grazers) recognize its natural values and many of them now run modern, comfortable, wildlife-rich lodges, surrounded by wildlife.

In addition we shall start and end the tour in the Atlantic Forests, one of the world’s richest and most threatened ecosystems. The tour finale is a luxury stay on the edge of the famed Iguazu Falls, the world’s largest.

 

The Northern Isles: the Orkneys and Shetlands A Series of Writing Workshops
16 days, from 28 August
Led by: Dr Inga Simpson

Join award winning author, Inga Simpson (Mr Wigg, Nest, Where the Trees Were and Understory), as she explores the spectacular island landscapes of the Orkneys and Shetlands. Take part in writing workshops as you explore the northern islands, seeking out places that are historically significant, spectacularly beautiful or filled with subject matter that will test your writing skills.

Comprised of some twenty inhabited islands and many more uninhabited ones, the archipelago is littered with Neolithic and Iron Age ruins along with remnants of Viking settlements. This tour will visit the well-known neolithic ruins at Skara Brae and the Ness of Brodgar on Mainland but will also venture further afield to the islands of Hoy, Rousay and Westray visiting a range of spectacular landscapes as you walk the coastal trails and explore the island villages.

The Shetlands are even further to the north but still contain a broad range of prehistoric ruins and wild landscapes.

 

Lost Mines of the Mithaka Archaeology Project Birdsville/Betoota, SW Queensland
12 days, September 2019
Led by: Doug Williams

The channel country of eastern central Australia was home to an Aboriginal trading network that spanned the continent from the Spencer Gulf to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The team has recently

discovered a massive network of hundreds of sandstone quarries and associated living and ceremonial areas, some of which are the biggest quarries of any kind in Australia. The Mithaka Traditional Owners want to share the knowledge of these fascinating places.

Against the spectacular backdrop of the channel country desert landscape, this program will teach and apply archaeological skills and techniques to documenting some of these impressive sites. Participating in a real archaeological research project, through archaeological survey and excavation you will contribute data to build our understanding of these sites and how they each contributed to Aboriginal life. All levels of experience are welcome as training will be provided commensurate with the needs of the participants. The project is run in conjunction with Griffith University and the Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation.

The base for the project will be the iconic Betoota Hotel, built in the 1880’s, now renovated and reopened to form a welcome oasis. Toilets, showers and laundry are available with meals provided at the hotel.

 

The Art & Archaeology of Spain
21 days from 2 October
Led by Chris Carter & Oscar Del Pozo

The itinerary has been structured to take in a diverse range of Spanish environments: from the Mediterranean coast, across the Meseta, through the mountain ranges and into the Basque country. The tour will commence in Barcelona move west to Bilboa before travelling south through Madrid, Cordoba and Sevilla to finish in Granada.

The archaeological sites, cities and towns selected for this tour provide a glimpse of the past through sites including Roman cities, Visigothic towns, Muslim medinas and mosques, the castles of the Reconquista, Mudejar architecture and the Gothic and Baroque churches of the later periods.

From the Prado to the Guggenheim, we will also discuss the history of Spanish art, with a chance to view works by famous artists such as Goya, Velasquez and El Greco as well as those of more modern artists such as Picasso, Miro and Dali.

There is an option to extend the tour on to Morocco.

 

Into the Maghreb:
Morocco
11 days, from 22 October Led by: Christopher Carter

After crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier from Algeciras in Spain, this tour will travel from Chefchaouen through Fez, Meknes and Rabat to Casablanca and on to finish in Marrakesh. From the northern Rif to the southern Atlas, we will see the landscapes, walk through ancient cities, shop in the busy souks and enjoy the culture and cuisine that is Morocco.

This tour follows on directly from the Spain tour and can be taken as an extension or as an individual tour .

 

In Search of the Maya: Guatemala, Belize and Honduras 18 days, from 14 November
Led by: Christopher Carter

The tour will present the cultures of these Central American countries from the Prehistoric through the Colonial to the present. Highlights include Antigua, the Colonial capital of Guatemala; the Mayan cities of Tikal, Lamanai, and Caracoles; beautiful Lake Atitlan; the colourful markets of Chichicastenango; Copan in Honduras; the spectacular gorge of Rio Dulce; and the beautiful Barrier Reef of Belize.

This is being organised by Academy Travel in Sydney. Please contact them on 02 92350023.

Please contact us directly if you have any questions or require further information about any of the tours.

We are always looking for ideas for new tours, feel free to forward any suggestions.