About Andante

Expert-led | Excellent Value Archaeological Journeys

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What to expect when you travel with us

Founded and run by archaeologists, Andante Travels has grown to become a leading specialist tour operator. Nominated for the British Travel awards in 2012 and 2013, and in 2013 we were awarded 'Best Small Holiday Company for Customer Service' at the prestigious British Travel Awards. Thanks to the wonderful support of our travelers we are running for no less than 5 awards in 2014. Our tours have also been named ‘Trips of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic Traveler Magazine 5 years in a row. Over the years we have introduced thousands of people from all over the world to the wonders of human history.

Here are a few more details on our holidays and service. If you have any further queries then please do get in touch.

Expert Guide Lecturers to lead every tour

Our tours are conceived, planned and led by articulate experts: eminent archaeologists, historians and academics. Drawing on the ancient sites we visit, our Guide Lecturers are able to build up a vivid picture of life in the past with good humor and skill. They will be there to enlighten and inspire you from breakfast to supper and even in the bar afterwards!

And professional Tour Managers

Our tours are also accompanied by a professional Tour Manager. Competent, efficient and charming, our Tour Managers ensure all the practical details of your vacation are taken care of. They are also excellent company and include linguists, writers, archaeologists and fellow travel enthusiasts.

Exclusive Special Access

Ever wanted to go behind the scenes at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg? To visit the trenches of a working excavation or stand among the stones at Stonehenge? We offer our guests privileged, private access to some of the truly great sites, monuments and museums.

Small Groups - average 18 guests

Andante Travelers are interesting, intelligent people leading all manner of different lives. We aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere - we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed. Our maximum group size is 25, although some are restricted to as few as 15; the average group size is currently 18. You can also search our site specifically for small group tours.

Low Single Supplements

We have no desire to penalize the single travelers who come on our tours! As such we try to keep single supplements to a minimum and only ever pass on charges from the hotel. We have single places available on all our trips and these are often the first to fill. Many friendships (and even the occasional romance) have been formed on tour over the years! You can also search our site specifically for tour with low single supplements

International Flights

We can arrange flights from airports across the USA. While the prices you see in this brochure are land-only, we are happy to organize international flights to suit you. Just let us know where and when you wish to fly from and we will do our best to meet your needs. We can also, of course, arrange flights from multiple destinations within Europe, if you happen to traveling from this side of the Atlantic.

Value for Money - no hidden costs

We guarantee not to pass on any currency surcharges - the price of your tour will stay the same, regardless of the price of the dollar, pound or euro. Unless otherwise stated all our tours include: flights, expert Guide Lecturer, Tour Manager, all meals (except on traveling days), accommodation, local travel, entry to all sites and museums and tips.

Hand-Picked Hotels, Good Food

We are firm believers in offering you an authentic hotel of charm and character. Some of our hotels are among the best in the world, others are simple but ideally located for the sites. Each is carefully selected by a member of trained Andante staff. From feasting at the top of the Reichstag to our famous picnics, we also make the most of good local food (and guests have commented that Andante Tours can expand the waistline as well as the mind!).

Link your Tours

Our journeys range from 5 day introductions to 23 day adventures. With multiple departures throughout the year, many of our trips can be linked together to form longer tours. We are happy to arrange connecting flights and hotels, allowing you to spend as long as you wish exploring the ancient world. You can view some ideas for linking your tours on each tour page of the website.

Vacations everyone can enjoy

All you need to enjoy our tours is enthusiasm and an inquiring mind. Our groups include people from all walks of life, and we regularly welcome guests from Australia, Canada, Ireland and the USA as well as the UK. Some of our travelers have a lifelong passion for archaeology, others have no prior knowledge. Guests often report coming home amazed at how much they saw and learned, almost without realizing, while simply immersed in the past.

Active, Adventurous Journeys

All of our tours are at least moderately active and are carefully planned to minimize the amount of time spent on the road. The level of walking activity varies from tour to tour. There is no age limit on our tours - if you are fit and active, we are happy to welcome you along!

Peace of Mind

When you travel with us, you will be looked after around the clock. In the unlikely event of an emergency, Andante staff will be on hand to help you both on tour and from our head office. We are experts in dealing with the unexpected. We have a 24-hour emergency number which is manned at all times and, of course, you will be accompanied by Andante staff at all times.

Full Financial Protection

The UK travel industry is one of the most strictly-regulated in the world. In order to operate in the UK, we adhere to the highest standards of financial regulation, and customer safety and protection. All our vacations are fully bonded and protected. The air vacation packages in this brochure are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organizer’s License granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3552. ATOL protection does not apply to all vacation and travel services in this brochure. Vacations without flights are protected by ABTOT. This means that in the unlikely event of our insolvency, your vacation would be completed or refunded.

Unparalleled Customer Service

Guests consistently rate our office service 10/10 for courtesy, helpfulness, and knowledge of our tours. The Andante Office staff hold 18 archaeology degrees (including 8 graduate degrees) and speak 10 languages between them. The phones at Andante are manned by the people who plan – and have often been on or led – our tours. They are available Mon-Fri to advise on any and all aspects of your vacation.