Ancient World Tours  - The Experts in World Heritage Travel

Ancient World Tours has a reputation for high quality and reliable travelling – backed up by the world-class expertise of Voyages Jules Verne. Our tours always have that special touch of romance and adventure for which we are justifiably famous.

Many of our clients return time and again to re-live the unique travel experience offered by AWT. Our tours are much more than holidays – they are specially crafted adventures, designed to give you unforgettable memories.

Before each tour we provide you with valuable practical information about each country you visit – the itineraries, currency issues, dress codes, and other related subjects.

One of the best aspects of an AWT holiday is the passengers. Seeing fabulous sites in the company of other, like-minded, people in a friendly and unhurried atmosphere does create a genuine sense of shared adventure and discovery.

People of all types and ages come on our tours – singles, couples, families, the retired, students and those who are  simply in search  of something different – all find the AWT experience a refreshing and exciting change from ‘normal’ trips abroad.

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Desert and Oases Travel with AWT

Desert travel doesn’t have to be hard work, and with AWT you are in safe hands. Our 4WD Landcruisers have comfortable forward facing seats (no benches!) and hand picked drivers.

The Oases of Egypt have a long and fascinating history and have much to offer the traveller looking for new experiences. We explore ancient cities, amazing archaeology that is still being discovered and recorded as well as some incredible landscapes.  Meeting the people and discovering the culture of the desert oases is pure delight.

We have GPS units on every trip as well as the necessary maps and charts and satellite telephones for the deep desert. In the desert, we provide tents, sleeping bags, plenty of water, hot drinks and meals.  While in the oases themselves we stay at the best possible hotels available.

All our desert tours visit remote archaeological sites – places that are impossible to see unless you have the right equipment and passes. It is, however, the desert itself that provides the awe-inspiring experience. There is nothing quite like sitting around a camp fire under a canopy of stars.

During the day, you pass through incredible landscapes; beautiful dunes, desolate rocky wastelands and friendly oases. Whether the tour has just one night in the stunning ‘White Desert’ or eight nights in the mountains and Wadis of Gilf Kebir, we know that you will have a fantastic time.


The AWT Team and Our Experts

Most AWT holidays are escorted by a first-class Tour Manager who is there to make sure everything goes according to schedule. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the experience.

The majority are also accompanied by an academic expert who will be with the group throughout the journey to answer questions and give talks on various subjects relating to the sites being visited.

An insight here, an archaeological viewpoint there – these make all the difference to a tour of the ancient world  and really enhance one’s appreciation of a past civilization.

Our experts include; Prof Kent Weeks, Dr Aidan Dodson, Dr Bill Manley, Dr Jo Fletcher, Dr Stephen Buckley and Prof Barry Kemp, featured above talking on site at Amarna.

Needless to say, there will also be a fully qualified local guide on all tours whose role it is to explain each monument in detail to ensure that you get the most from your daily excursions.

Ancient World Conferences

Our aim is to present a series of illustrated lectures from an exciting panel of experts, covering a range of fascinating subjects. We look at archaeology and history from new and intriguing angles. These events are an ideal opportunity to relax, catch up with friends and socialise with our experts.
We have been hosting conferences for over a decade now at several venues including Highclere Castle, Reading University, the Ashmolean Museum and University College London. All have been a huge success. In 2012 our guest speakers (featured above along with AWT staff), included, Dr Philippa Walton, Dr Bill Manley, Dr Stephen Buckley, Dr Aidan Dodson and Dr Campbell Price. Our guest speaker from Egypt was Dr Mansour Boraik, Director General of Upper Egyptian Antiquities, who was accompanied by our senior expert guide, Medhat Saad.
For details of our very successful 2013 conference, please follow this link.
In September 2014 we changed venue again to St Wifrid's Hall, at the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington. This was also a break from our tradition of 2 day events and took place over a single full day. The whole idea was very well received.

Off the Beaten Track!

Many of the sites we visit are away from the usual tourist trail. All tours have been thoroughly researched and planned by our experts who  have discovered some truly inspiring locations to explore.

Our contacts in the archaeological world give us access to many places often closed to the general public. Being accompanied by a local, working archaeologist, is not unusual!

Of course, all the major sites are visited, but it is these special places, full of atmosphere, which make AWT tours so very different.