Christmas in Wessex

6 days

From $2,625

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Based in Salisbury, enjoy Christmas with us as we explore the archaeology of Wessex. The chalk downs of this ancient kingdom have been a focus for monumental building and funerary ritual for more than five millennia. Henges, burial mounds of all shapes and sizes, causewayed camps, early field systems and ‘cursus’ monuments are scattered everywhere, forming a landscape full of clues and interest, but unintelligible to the untrained eye. Our archaeological excursions include a day among the stone circle in Avebury as well as visits to Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, and – on the morning of Christmas Eve – we visit the world-famous monument of Stonehenge. We also explore medieval Salisbury, paying a visit to its splendid cathedral and then it’s on to the Christmas market in nearby Winchester. On Boxing Day, we spend time in the countryside at Cranborne Chase, where we take a walking tour of the archaeological monuments of the area.

Tour highlights:

  • Spend time at the Christmas markets in Winchester and Salisbury soaking up the festive spirit
  • A full day to explore the archaeological remains at Avebury and the related artefacts in the local museum
  • Enjoy a relaxed walking tour on Boxing day in the Cranborne Chase landscape exploring the diverse archaeology
  • Wander the landscape around Stonehenge and admire the well-known stone circle from the Neolithic period

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Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $505

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Dr Paul Tubb

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A landscape archaeologist and Mountain Leader, Paul has been studying the prehistory of southern Britain for the past 40 years.

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Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
December 22 2020 AWEX201227 December 22 2020 (Tuesday) December 27 2020 (Sunday) Dr Paul Tubb $2,625
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