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Take a trip back in time on one of these 10 Scotland archaeology tours in 2023. Explore ruins, excavations, and archaeology digs near hot spots such as Shetland Islands, Iona, St. Kilda, Orkney Islands, and Isle of Skye on a guided private or small group tour with an exceptional multi-lingual guide aided by historians and archaeologists. These 10 archaeology trips also afford plenty of opportunities to enjoy cruises, archaeological site visits, small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, and village visits. Simply tell one of our Scotland travel experts about your ideal archaeology trip they will help you start planning a seamless adventure.
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Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands
$12,350
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Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles

Edinburgh - Bergen - 9 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Visit Shetland Islands for wildlife
  • Stroll to see the wooden houses
  • Explore Hardangerfjorden
  • Explore the Stone Age sites
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Bergen
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a voyage aboard the new National Geographic Resolution, sail across the North Sea in the wake of legendary explorers and seafarers, traveling from Norway’s breathtaking fjords and snow-dusted mountains to Scotland’s rolling green hills and ancient ruins. Glide beneath the dramatic …
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Broch of Mousa, Scotland
$5,995
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British Isles: Legendary History & Wild Nature

13 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • See Tresco, Bronze Age burial site
  • Discover Tresco Abbey Garden
  • Enjoy bird-watching in Rathlin
  • Step inside the fortress Llanduno
  • Visit the island of Staffa
Starts / Ends:
Portsmouth / Leith
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take this opportunity to join Sea Spirit on its 13-day cruise to explore and discover the wonderful beaches, ruins and wildlife as you visit different islands. Discover the sand-fringed island of Tresco, Bronze Age burial site and see the 20,000 exotic plants in Tresco Abbey Garden. Enjoy …
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.
$9,250
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Scotland's Highlands and Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Lord of the Glens
  • Sail through Loch Ness
  • Visit medieval abbey ruins
  • Hike in spectacular Cuillin Hills
  • Discover ancient standing stones
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, Hiking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The only expedition of its kind, explore Scotland as few people have on an encompassing and enchanting Scotland voyage. Walk among ancient stone monuments, weave your way through ruins of fantastic castles, and stroll through a sacred abbey. Learn the legacy of 1,300-year-old clans and visit the …
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Explore the enchanting city of Glasgow
$6,395
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Scotland Slowly

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Observe prehistoric structures
  • Appreciate Scotland's shorelines
  • Climb an Iron Age fortification
  • View a large sea bird colony
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
June is an ideal month to visit Scotland, with birds breeding well underway, there are plenty of opportunities for avian enthusiasts. Photographers are in their glory amid the gorgeous scenery and small-group tutorials can help shutterbugs capture the experience at its finest. Board the Ocean …
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Discover ancient cultures of the Orkney islands
$12,740
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Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes, & Iceland

Bergen - Reykjavík - 13 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Go back in time at Skara Brae
  • See the mysterious Ring of Brofgar
  • Walk through Jarlshof
  • Observe incredible birdlife
Starts / Ends:
Bergen / Reykjavik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail beneath the midnight sun, overseas steeped in Norse mythology, and along the route of the boldest Vikings who ventured west. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home—Danes by nationality and Viking by blood. See the graves of their Viking ancestors and explore their …
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Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands
$17,770
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Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Explore Celtic and Viking culture
  • Sail around Skellig Michael
  • Zodiac cruise in Scotland
  • Visit giant seabird colonies
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Walk through Stone Age village ruins 5,000-years-old, Zodiac cruise around the stunning island of Staffa, and hoist a pint or two with spirited natives in cozy pubs throughout the land. You’ll explore ancient sites in moody landscapes to learn about culture and history in lands that have been …
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Grass covers the houses of the Faroe Islands, blending them into the landscape.
$4,395
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North Atlantic Saga: Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland

Aberdeen-Reykjavik - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Stand among Neolithic stones
  • Shop for exquisite handicrafts
  • See the volcanic Surtsey island
  • Follow the routes of the Vikings
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 11-day expedition cruise charts a course unlike any other on Earth, from the costaline of Scotland, through the cliffs of the Faroe Islands, to the volcanic plains of Iceland. Explore ancient Neolithic ruins on rugged Celtic islands, and sail into the sagas of Norse explorers bound for …
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Explore Dublin
$10,100
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Dublin to Reykjavik - Port to Port

11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud
  • Visit the Dunluce Castle ruins
  • Explore Isle of Noss
  • Visit St. Kilda
Starts / Ends:
Dublin / Reykjavik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience how different and beautiful two countries can be on this journey through Scotland, and Iceland on this 11-day expedition aboard Silver Cloud. Sail from Ireland’s capital to Iceland’s capital, Dublin to Reykjavik, with stops in Scotland. The voyage starts with Portrush, Lock …
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Two curious sheep in England
$6,276
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British Isles

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Maud
  • Visit Rathlin Island
  • Explore St. Kilda
  • Discover Isle of Lewis
  • Enjoy South Cornwall's beauty
Starts / Ends:
Dover / Dover
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail from the south of England to the most northerly region of Scotland – covering a vast area in between. A true British Isles journey, visiting England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and the Hebrides, head for remote destinations which will …
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Isle of Iona, Scotland
$9,999
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Jewels Of The National Trust

15 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Ovation
  • Admire the Cliffs of Dover
  • Discover Chesil Beach
  • Walk through Isle of Man
  • Wander at Rothesay's gardens
  • Tour Oban whisky distillery
Starts / Ends:
Dover / Dover
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the magnificent sights, sounds and tastes of Northern Europe on a 15-day cruise aboard Seabourn Ovation. This classic voyage begins in Dover, and travels to Northern Europe with visits to historic and beautiful ports of Portland, Falmouth, Fishguard, and Dublin,Isle Of Man, Belfast, …
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