Types of group
AWT organizes tours for schools, colleges, friends of museums groups and history societies. We are also renowned for our astronomy tours and our adventure trips to the desert. Many of our clients have been travelling with us for years and include Schools, The Friends of a variety of UK and International Museums, Ancient History Publications, Astronomy Societies, Ancient History Groups, Egyptology Societies, University and Adult Learning Groups, NADFAS and U3A members, and of course private groups of friends and family.

History and museum society tours
The regular societies who travel with us appreciate what our group tours do for them. We work to provide their members with a one-off exciting experience, re-invigorating the society’s enthusiasm for their subject. We create special itineraries rich in content and a sense of a shared journey that is always great fun. Whether it is a trip to the world’s great collections such as Turin, Berlin, Leiden, New York or Paris or a more daring adventure in the deep desert of Egypt, we’ll create something that your society will talk about for years. We are also flexible about numbers and we can divide large groups into smaller guided groups to make viewing the sites more comfortable. We’re also happy to cater to any age-range.

Adventure travel
An AWT adventure tour can show you parts of the world still inaccessible to other companies. Our deep desert expeditions to both Gilf Kebir, made famous by the film ‘The English Patient’ and the Great Sand Sea of Egypt are unique in the UK market. On these desert trips, four-wheel-drive vehicles transport you through desolate and unspoilt landscapes, whilst comfortable desert camps, wonderful al fresco meals and fascinating conversation show you the AWT touch. We also know that nothing will prepare you for the magic of the desert sky, which is why we want to take you there. And if you prefer hotel accommodation, we also have a selection of grand oasis-hopping tours in Egypt’s Western Desert. Visit Siwa, Kharga, Dakhla and Bahariya all stunning locations with lots of historic sites and traditional farming communities unchanged for centuries. And we hunt out the unknown and undiscovered in other places too. From Persia’s forgotten temples and abandoned medieval towns to the mountains of Peru, our adventure tours are full of surprise and magic.

Specialist groups
Our group tours vary from logistically complex trips for large organizations to small groups of like-minded friends with a common interest. Each and very one gets the same attention to detail. And there is no limit to what kind of group tour we can organize for you. We’ve done religious to sports tours and just about everything in between. We’re always fascinated to find out what each group’s special interest is.

We provide our clients with flexibility, working to different budgets and creating the itinerary that fits the bill. We can also supply tour managers and experts if required. Take a following look at what we can do for the many different types of group we organize.

School and university groups
AWT is aware of the place educational travel can play in student life. We offer Ancient History and Archaeology school tours as well Cultural and Art tours to Europe. We can work with your school curriculum and create a tour that combines educational content with the safe experience of a modern-day culture. We’ll also ensure the right mix of formal discussion and learning from the teaching staff, to informal guiding from our resident experts. AWT is also keen to promote cross - cultural awareness and visits to local schools can be made by arrangement as part of your itinerary.

Astronomy World Tours
AWT are leading experts in travel for solar eclipses and we arranged fantastic eclipse tours in 2010 to Russia and China. In 2006, our special Eclipse programmes made us one of the largest operators in Egypt, Libya and Turkey during the eclipse period. These tours were all a huge success. We were able to offer astronomers tours that were utterly unique - wonderful dark skies and easy access to remote locations unspoilt by light pollution, partnered by some of the greatest archaeology in the world.

AWT also has access to some of the UK’s most well-known astronomers, to create many different types of tour in spectacular destinations. We’d love to hear from your astronomy group or society about the trip you’d like to make - and we’ll make it happen.

Photography tours
If you run a photography group we can take any itinerary and turn it into a great photography trip. We do the research to find you near-perfect scenery and sites to photograph. We ensure our trips are entertaining, relaxing as well as a wonderful way to learn. You will have an expert guide at all times so you can fully concentrate on your group.

Whether it’s a fund-raiser for your own society or a way of supporting another organization, AWT group tours can be a great way to raise funds. We typically agree a ‘capitation’ fee paid for each passenger booked on a trip. Clients have been able to raise thousands of pounds every year this way and have a wonderful time in the process. Not only can we supply the fundraising itinerary for you, or work with you to create your own special one, but we always supply a local guide, from our very select band of experts. We can also supply a UK Tour Manager and even your own archaeologist to accompany the tour if required.

Friends and family
It might be a silver wedding anniversary, a special birthday or even a family reunion; AWT is ready to make your event a special one. Groups of friends travel with us all the time and we can cater for almost every taste. We can provide a tour with the best a country has to offer, followed by a relaxing beach holiday extension. We have organized Nile Cruises, wildlife safaris, family diving holidays and, of course, our forte, explorations of the great ancient sites of the world. We’ll pull a special party together for a family member in an unforgettable location. We also know how to keep a secret - so if you want to give someone the surprise of a lifetime, just talk to us.

Well, in short, anywhere! Call us and tell us where you want to go however to take advantage of our special rates, ideally, you might like to consider the following destinations: Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Sudan, Morocco, Iran, European cities, or any of the Worlds greatest Museum Collections.

Working with the best
We are now ABTA and ATOL bonded through a partnership with Voyages Jules Verne, one of the UK’s largest high quality tour operators and this provides many benefits to our clients. You will have complete peace of mind about the quality of your tour, the assurance of the bonding and the experience of one of the world’s most frequently awarded travel companies. No one, however, especially in Egypt, has the expertise and contacts of AWT itself, as our wonderful itineraries and excellent feedback from passengers demonstrate repeatedly.

What can we expect to see?
Our aim is to show you the most well-known sites of each country but then give you that little extra. We add to the core of a country’s best sites off-the-beaten-track places that other tour companies just don’t do. You’ll see places that not even other archeologists have necessarily seen. Sites like the Hibis temple at Kharga Oasis; or the magical walk, above the Valley of the Kings, over the mountain of Meretsegar - whose name means ‘She Who Loves Silence’. Takht e-Suleiman ‘The Throne of Solomon’ high up in the Zagros Mountains has captivated our clients as has Beidha in Jordan, one of the oldest settlements on earth with a truly amazing atmosphere. And nothing beats the magnificent sunset over the White Desert on the edge of the Sahara. We know how amazing some hidden sites are and we know how to get to them. Let us provide you with unforgettable experiences in exceptional surroundings in the company of like-minded people.

Special access
AWT is famous for visiting the parts that other travel companies cannot reach! With our excellent relations with many of the world’s antiquities organizations, we can obtain private access to wonderful sites that may have been closed to the public for years. There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a specially opened temple or tomb, explained by a dedicated and knowledgeable local inspector. 

Transport and hotel standards
The standard of transport, accommodation and food can vary according to budget - we will do as you ask. In general, AWT operates in 4 and 5 star hotels where we can, as contracts with our travel partners mean we get special rates. In Egypt we use the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor - an Edwardian hotel steeped in history.

If we go off the beaten track then we use the best hotels available. Sometimes we use basic oasis hotels with basic facilities; sometimes we use desert camps (great fun) and sometimes the hotel will be a five-star deluxe palace! It all depends on what is available in the destination of your choice. There are some things we insist on as an absolute minimum; cleanliness, helpful staff and a good standard of food.