Archaeological tour operator Andante Travels (www.andantetravels.co.uk, 01722 713800) recently expanded its Study Day collection for 2022 due to demand for unique, UK-based trips led by its team of expert guides. These new, day-long experiences include a chance to step inside the iconic circle at Stonehenge and an exploration of Roman glass in the company of glassblowers who supplied glass to director Ridley Scott for the film Gladiator.
Study Days are day-long, expert-led experiences unlike any other. As part of a small group, guests enjoy special access to museums, galleries and archaeological sites that are otherwise closed to the public, where they will encounter lectures, handle artefacts and learn about their chosen subjects. Prices for Andante’s excellent Study Days start from just £75pp and personalised vouchers for them can be purchased from Andante Travels as gifts.
Study Days for Andante have always been immensely popular, but over the past year they have become even more prominent due to people wanting to dip their toe back into travel without venturing too far amid the ever-changing rules.
There are six brand new Study Days in Andante’s portfolio for 2022, which take place in England and Wales, and examine themes that range from ancient glass-making to the Cotswolds’ Roman history, and from the story of Christianity in the north of England to the secrets of Stonehenge.
Guests will also find a selection of returning favourites among the programme, including the unique Roman London – What Lies Beneath day out, which includes special access to an array of interesting and surprising sites, and Ice Age Art at Creswell Crags, which offers a memorable encounter with Britain’s only confirmed examples of Ice Age cave art in the company of the very expert who led the team that discovered it – Dr Paul Bahn. Guests can also enjoy a day in Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb’s company on Andante’s ever popular Henry VIII at Hampton Court day.
This fascinating day out takes place in the ancient Roman town of Caerleon in Wales and is led by Dr Andy Fear, a lecturer in Classics at the University of Manchester. In addition to an introduction to Roman inscriptions, this day includes a practical session where guests will make a ‘squeeze’ of a historic inscription as well as a tour of the National Roman Legion Museum’s gallery and a guided walk, which takes in the amphitheatre, Roman barracks, Caerleon’s Roman fortress, and its baths.
12th March or 15th October | £165pp
Grab a chance to see not only one of the UK’s great archaeological sites – Fishbourne Roman Palace – in the company of a specialist archaeologist, but also to join author Lindsey Davis and to hear her speak about creating her fictional detective, Falco. The day includes exclusive early entry to Fishbourne and a tour of the site from Andante guide Oliver Gilkes, a finds and handling session with the site’s curator, and a talk from Lindsey.
13th April or 12th November | £195pp
Explore the visible remains of Roman Cirencester and the nearby palatial villa at Chedworth, which is home to truly incredible mosaics, in the expert company of Mark Corney, former contributor to Channel 4’s Time Team and landscape archaeologist. Guests will also visit the Corinium Museum and the Roman amphitheatre.
27th April or 4th June | £165pp
This Study Day will begin with Egyptologist Lucia Gahlin giving a lecture on the colourful circus strongman Giovanni Battista Belzoni’s discovery of the most splendid tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I. Guests then have special access to a selection of ancient Egyptian artefacts not usually on display. Following lunch, there’s a guided tour of the Ancient Egypt gallery and the day ends with a discussion in front of David Roberts’ wonderful 1841 oil painting of the Egyptian Temple of Dendera.
14th May or 18th June | £185pp
Roman glass specialist and expert Dr Denise Allen will lead this unique Study Day in Quarley, Hampshire. Guests will join Denise along with glass-makers Mark Taylor and David Hill at Project Workshops. Mark and David previously supplied glass to Ridley Scott for his blockbuster Gladiator and they have also made glass for Outlander and feature film The Favourite. After an introductory talk from Denise Allen about ancient glass-making, there will be demonstrations and more.
17th May | £150pp
Academic, author and broadcaster Dr Emma Wells will lead this new day, which explores the story of Christianity in the north of England through architecture, art, saints and pilgrims. Guests will enjoy a guided tour by Emma that includes the 14th century monks’ dormitories, medieval great kitchen and chapter house, a ‘central tower tour’ and a guided tour of Durham Cathedral Museum. There will also be a very special private organ recital in the 17th century carved wooden choir stalls.
8th July or 8th October | £165pp
This day offers a chance to experience a fragment of Iron Age life and the opportunity to learn new skills as guests will make both a pewter pendant and cordage necklace to take home. On arrival, there will be a guided tour with Maureen Page, one of the two Site Directors at Butser Ancient Farm. Later, there will be an authentic Saxon lunch and the aforementioned hands-on workshops. This day has a small group limit of 12 participants.
14th July or 1st September | £175pp
Revel in the opportunity to examine this landscape in detail – and in the expert company of archaeological guide Peter Berridge – starting with the chance to walk inside the great stone circle itself. We also explore the round barrows on King Barrow Ridge, Woodhenge and the Durrington Walls, where recent excavations have provided new evidence about the builders of Stonehenge. There will also be a visit to Salisbury Museum, where guests enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour.
13th August | £220pp
View the dedicated Study Days brochure for 2022 by clicking here.