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Orkney Archaeology Tours - Private tours

Address: Kirkwall, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 13 Activities in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Orkney Archaeology Tours offer all-inclusive small group holidays, private tours and day tours led...
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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.
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We took part in the Orkney Adventure tour in May 2014, and it exceeded all our expectations. There are a vast number of archaeological sites on the islands and you could find them yourself, but having a professional archaeologist as a guide was a huge advantage. Dave was very knowledgeable about all the sites from neolithic to Second World War... More 

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Walton-on-Thames, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a brilliant way to visit almost everywhere of interest in the main Orkney islands, with an extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide, and based in a first class hotel on the sea front at Kirkwall. The lunches at various on-site locations were also excellent, and there were a number of visits to special sites not open to the public.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We spent three days with Dave Laurence visiting the major sites in Orkney. Dave is an extremely knowledgeable and expert guide and with an infectious enthusiasm for his subject. We could not have enjoyed it more.

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Castle Douglas, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Could not fault Caz in any way, provided everything we need and has excellent knowledge of the islands even managed to arrange dry, sunny weather. To be highly recommended

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Frodsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We wanted our first visit to Orkney to give us as wide experience of the islands as possible in a week and this tour led by Caz was perfect. Good hotel, interesting itinerary, excellent organisation even providing little extras like hard hats, knee pads and walking poles for various explorations underground or up and down hills. Caz had enormous knowledge... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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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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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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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