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Orkney Archaeology Tours - Private tours

Kirkwall, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 11 Activities in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Orkney Archaeology Tours offer all-inclusive small group holidays, private tours and day tours led by professional archaeologists who are also... more » Owner description: Orkney Archaeology Tours offer all-inclusive small group holidays, private tours and day tours led by professional archaeologists who are also accredited green badge Orkney Tourist Guides. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Informative, entertaining, lively, impeccable organisation, detailed local knowledge and a very high level of professional expertise: it was the most enjoyable guided tour of the mysteries of Orkney, from the Neolithic to WW2. Thank you to Dave for all of the above plus safe driving and deft handling of the needs of all the group members. A week is not... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was one of our favorite holidays, ever. The tour lasts a week, with lodgings and meals provided. Caz, our guide, was knowledgeable about every site on the island. She had a thoughtful and informative answer to all of our questions. Orkney is the place for a non-archaeologist to get excited about archaeology- Sites range from the Neolithic (Skara Brae,... More

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San Francisco, California
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My husband suggested this tour since I am an archaeology student but I think the level of information that Caz presented would appeal to most people with a genuine interest in archaeology. The hotel was very good and centrally located in Kirkwall with good food (salmon and lamb my favourites).. The guide knew when ships were arriving and when other... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is tour is exceptionally well-organized, interesting in scope and informed by a high-level of professional knowledge on the part of the organizers. The small group size provides for both friendly interactions and opportunities for one-on-one discussions with guides and other personnel. The breadth of sites visited was diverse and impressive. It was great to be centred in comfortable accommodation... More

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Glasgow, Scotland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A wonderful experience which lived up to all expectations and gave a great overview of prehistoric Orkney and more. Dave was an excellent guide, highly knowledgeable and professional, with everything planned to perfection. You get a chance to visit the main historical sites on the Mainland and Rousay, ranging from Scara Brae and the ongoing dig at the Ness of... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The small tour in a vehicle which could go where larger vehicles could not go, the small group of congenial people with like interests, and above all the expert local guide, made this the perfect tour for me. Caz was knowledgeable, interesting, considerate, and managed to keep us all on schedule without seeming to rush us. We saw a wide... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you are interested in Archaeology you must go on this tour. There is so much to see in Orkney you need an expert to guide you through, give you privileged access and explain what you see. Dave's supreme knowledge, his relationship with Archaeologists working on site, and his ability to convey his love of the subject made this an... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We loved the tour with Dave Lawrence. Could not be faulted for friendliness, academic excellence, comfort and privileged access experiences. Would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who wants to engage with the history and mystery of wonderful Orkney.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The small group tour I took last week was spectacular. My reason for going was to see the excavations at the Ness of Brodgar. But Caz widened my horizion and provided informative and fun facts and narration regarding the many sites we visited covering Orkney's history from the Neolithic to World War II. Her obvious concern about giving us the... More

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

For all six of us, three couples in our sixties and early seventies, this trip exceeded our already high expectations. Dave, our knowledgeable and friendly guide, steered us around Neolithic chamber tombs, stone circles and villages, into Iron Age subterranean structures and to Pictish brochs. We saw the remains of Viking houses and halls, inscribed runes, Kirkwall's wonderful Romanesque Cathedral,... More

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