Expert-led history trips to book for 2023
Join esteemed World War II historian, James Holland on this eight-day tour, as you uncover one of the most pivotal moments: The Battle for Sicily. Follow in the footsteps of the Allied Forces, who struggled to gain control of Sicily and witness historical sights including the invasion beaches on the island's south coast, the Plain of Catania and hill-top towns of Assoro, Centuripe and Troina. Sicily is rich in history and you'll have the opportunity to visit Ragusa, with its baroque architecture, as well as the Medieval streets of Taormina, and the Roman Amphitheatre and Greek ruins at Siracusa. You'll also receive a complimentary copy of James' book, Sicily '43 and there will be plenty of time to ask him questions about the campaign.
8 days from £1,889 | Departs September 2023
Join expert historian, Guy Walters on this five-day tour to some of World War II's most iconic locations including Colditz and Stalag Luft III. You'll visit the prisoner-of-war camp, made famous by the 1963 film The Great Escape and Guy will tell its true story, while showing you around the camp, as well as the routes taken by the escapees. Continue along those routes as you cross the border into Germany, visiting Chemnitz, before a day at Colditz Castle - which was converted into a high security prison during the war. There will also be time to visit the German city of Dresden, home to the Museum of Military History and the Frauenkirche - a Lutheran church, reconstructed in 1994 after the firebombing of Dresden towards the end of the war.
5 days from £1,539 | Departs October 2023
Step back in time with esteemed historian Dame Mary Beard, as you explore Ancient Rome on this five-day tour. Not only will Mary accompany you around sites including Palatino, the Roman Forum, Monte Testaccio, and the Centrale Montemartini Museum - but she'll also host a dinner and evening of conversation back at your hotel. Enjoy a walking tour through the historic heart of the city, visit the Roman harbour of Ostia Antica and even have time to explore Rome further at your leisure.
5 days from £2,245pp | Departing September 2023