Why choose Andante?
OFTEN IMITATED, NEVER MATCHED
No one does archaeological touring quite like Andante, the first specialist UK operator to go beyond the surface of cultural travel, to dig deeper into the past and create unique explorations of some of the world’s most important sites. From the relationships we have with local custodians to the way travelling with an expert enhances the experience, and from 24-hour support from our team while you’re on tour to the careful thought that goes into each itinerary, trust Andante for your next ancient world adventure and travel with the best.
INSIDER KNOWLEDGE GARNERED FROM NEARLY 40 YEARS OF TOURING
We are fast approaching our 40th anniversary in travel and our longevity in the industry means that not only do we know the destinations and sites we visit inside and out, but we have also fostered strong relationships with the people on the ground who help us bring our carefully curated itineraries to life. This, in turn, enables us to create the most in-depth, all-encompassing, and immersive tours possible for our guests. We know the best way to get you there, the most effective routes to travel around and how to make your visits as memorable as they can be.
QUALITY TIME ON SITE – WE DON’T CUT CORNERS
When you choose an archaeological tour with Andante, rest assured that your time at sites both iconic and lesser known will be very well spent. We don’t cut corners; you won’t be rushed, and your visits throughout will be at a pace that independent travellers aim for when they explore the ancient world.
WE ONLY SEE THE VERY BEST ON TOUR AND ONLY ADD FREE TIME WHEN IT IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF GUESTS TO DO SO
During our tours, there doesn't tend to be too much down time. While our tours are still holidays, we understand that our guests want to explore the destination they have chosen and really get the most out of their time away. Our itineraries are designed to showcase the best of what’s on offer, travelling between archaeological sites and museums, restaurants, and hotels, so that nothing worth experiencing is missed.
ADDITION OF SPECIAL SITES KNOWN TO OUR ARCHAEOLOGISTS
One of the advantages of choosing a tour led by an expert archaeologist is the access and insight they offer. For example, a number of our tours include visits to sites made possible only through the knowledge and connections of the Guide Lecturer at the helm.
TOUR MANAGERS AS WELL AS GUIDE LECTURERS SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON INFORMING
In addition to travelling in the company of an expert Guide Lecturer, you will be accompanied by a Tour Manager throughout your trip, who will be on hand to manage the day-to-day aspects of the overall experience, leaving your Guide Lecturer free to focus on informing and entertaining.
CALIBRE OF OUR GUIDE LECTURERS – UNLIKE LOCAL GUIDES THEY CAN PRESENT SITES IN A MUCH WIDER HISTORICAL CONTEXT
Unlike local guides, travelling to an ancient world destination in the company of an expert Guide Lecturer means they can present the sites visited in a much wider historical context. You will also have many opportunities to ask questions throughout your tour, with direct access to someone who knows the sites and their stories incredibly well. Among our team of expert guides, you’ll find renowned historians, experience archaeologists, popular broadcasters, and accomplished authors, so you will always be in fantastic hands on an Andante tour.
CAREFULLY THOUGHT-OUT PROGRAMMES THAT FOLLOW A THEME
Our itineraries are designed by experts and led by them, too. We work closely with our Guide Lecturers from the early tour development stages, and, thanks to their insight, our tours remain engaging and invigorating, as it’s in their warm and skilful presence that the past quickly springs to life. Our programme is diverse and exciting, with each itinerary delving deeper into the stories of an era, a particular civilisation, or the life of a particular individual.
EXCELLENT VALUE – INCLUSIVE OF MEALS AND WINE AT DINNER, NO PASSING AROUND A HAT FOR TIPS AS THESE ARE ALL INCLUDED
The price you pay for your Andante Travels tour represents excellent value for money. With most aspects of your tour included, from entry to all sites as per the itinerary, from tips to treats and – more often than not – wine with dinner. There is very little you will need to budget for on holiday except souvenirs and drinks at the bar. 24HR PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE Should you need any help with official form-filling or advice on what to pack, our friendly team is always ready to help here from the office. While you are on holiday, our Tour Manager is on hand to help, at the end of the phone or just a step or two away, should you need them. And with round the clock support from our operations team, we can provide practical assistance at every point of the tour.