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Address: Kirkwall, Scotland

Orkney Archaeology Tours offer all-inclusive small group holidays, private...

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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Archeology for diverse ages

Last March, my college age son, my sister, my 85 year old mother and I spent four days visiting Orkney on a private tour with Orkney Archaeology Tours. Caz designed a tour based... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sebastopol, California
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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Last March, my college age son, my sister, my 85 year old mother and I spent four days visiting Orkney on a private tour with Orkney Archaeology Tours. Caz designed a tour based on sites that were open in the "off season". She arrived promptly in an immaculately cleaned van, and paced the tour appropriately for our group. Her stories... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

A tour guide who is an archaeologist. How much better could you get! Our day with Dave was really interesting and highly informative. Dave was able to bring the archaeological sites that we visited to life. It was also interesting to hear him debunk some commonly held beliefs. He was very engaging and enthusiastic about all of the sites that... More 

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Youngsville, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Dr. Dave was wonderful! We saw so much and learned so much!!! Of the four tours we took on our visit, this one was the best!!!! Even in the rain he never stopped! Thank you for a wonderful experience. I would definitely do it again!!!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Our tour guide Dave was highly professional and he organized an amazing weeklong tour. I've been on many tours throughout the world before, and this tour was by far the most informative and educational tour that I've ever been on, AND it was extremely interesting as well. Dave was extremely organized and helped to rearrange our schedule when a gale... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Most often waiting a long while to realize a dream leads to expectations so high they can only be dashed.. not this time. The islands were as beautiful and the sites as moving as I'd imagined. The thorough knowledge of my host was enhanced by his clear passion for this place; which I came to share.

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Medicine Hat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

To celebrate my 70th birthday in 2016 I booked a week in September with Orkney Archaeology Tours for myself and my husband. I am a North American archaeologist and my husband is a power engineer. The tour was superb and by far the best guided tour we have participated in and overall our 2 weeks in Scotland and Orkney will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Definitely the best way to discover the Orkneys, there is so much to see and visit there that having a tour guide like Caz with all the knowledge she has on archeology but also on the islands in general is invaluable! The tour was extremely well organised with a very well balanced program each day, Caz took extremely good care... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I chose Orkney Archaeology Tours because I had always had a hankering to see Skara Brae. I did see that, but so, so much more in the company of an excellent guide on the most skilfully organised tour I have ever participated in. The 8 of us were a slightly eclectic group, with different levels of expertise and interest, but... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

This 8-participant tour brought a delightful personal introduction to the history of Orkney archaeological sites. Caz and Dave, archaeologists who alternate weeks as tour guide, are long-term residents of the island. They share a wealth of local knowledge and stories along with brilliant insights into the thousands-of-years layers of history at this crossroads between the Norse and Celtic cultures. The... More 

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

This was a wonderful week. The basics were excellent - good admin and documentation in advance, a pleasant minibus, the best hotel rooms in Kirkwall, more food than we could manage for lunch, and the entire Ayre Hotel menu available in the evenings. The specifics were even better - a week with Dave who has his finger on the pulse... More 

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