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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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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12 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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
9 helpful votes 9 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Bangor, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We have just returned from a fantastic week with Orkney Archeology Tours. It was brilliant to have an archeologist leading the small group, taking us in a very comfortable minibus to many of the best archeological and historical sites, and explaining them in an informative and entertaining way, offering insight and discussion that you don't get in the guide books.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Lead by Caz, who every question she was asked from the archaeology, heritage, natural history to local infra-structure - she could give an educated answer. Excellent organisation for the whole week as well. As for Orkney - what a stunning place. I was overwhelmed with the archaeology and coming from Cornwall I have seen a lot.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I traveled with Orkney Archaeology Tours in June 2014. It was an amazing experience. The tour was expertly run by Caz, an Orkney native who is earning her PhD in archaeology. She seems to know everyone in the islands and she tells stories about the local history (ancient and recent) every step of the way. She took us to sites... More

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