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The British Isles have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Evidence has been found from The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic (10,000 to 4,500 BC) periods, also known as the Old and Middle Stone Ages. Join us on a journey from then, through to Neolithic and Bronze Ages (4500 to 600 BC), Iron Age (1200 BC to 600 AD), Classical Period (when the Romans invaded), Medieval period to today!
Great Britain, or Roman Britannia, became the target of great general Julius Caeser, before he was rudely interrupted by political turmoil back in Rome, leading, ultimately to his brutal assassination on the Ides of March in 44 BC. Emperor Claudius returned 100 years later to complete what Caesar had started.
“Follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, from his first arrival off the coast of Dover, where he first encountered the Britons. Recent excavations have located the precise landing point of Caesar’s ‘invasion’ forces; the University of Leicester has conducted these excavation. Visit the site near Ramsgate guided by me and Clio to find out more! ”
Begin your trip by sailing along the coast of Dover, just as Caesar did, until you reach Ramsgate and Pegwell's Bay, where he landed. Then travel onwards to the mouth of the River Thames, visiting Richborough, Canterbury, Rochester, and then Colchester en route.
Following the path of the Roman development throughout the British Isles, leading you to London, the South West and beyond.
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ArchaeoMuse is proud to be an official Tour Operator for the Great West Way®!
We have launched our anticipated and dedicated Great West Way page, full of exciting and compelling experiences!
Feature Trips for 2021
History, Literary, and Culture.
Based in Wiltshire, Bath, and Dorchester, enjoy 9 days of exploration of the poetry and prose of Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, two writers with strong connections to the Great West Way.
Visit the places mentioned in their works as well as the places that inspired them. Sample works:
Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Bath
Hardy’s Jude the Obscure
We will also visit museums, archaeological sites, and galleries.
8 Nights From:
Including breakfasts, 4 dinners, educational materials, guides, coordinator for all transport, transfers, and accommodation.
The ancient origins of modern Britain.
Join Clio (Muse of History) and your knowledgeable guide, for 6 nights, on the fascinating path from Ancient Bronze Age Britons, Iron Age Celts, Romans, Medieval Anglo-Saxons, and Normans to Modern Great Britain.
This fascinating adventure is based around Stonehenge and the surrounding countryside! This is the best way to understand the rich and provocative context of this important monument. Thalia, Muse of leisure and entertainment, will suggest a great pub where you can have a break and enjoy a taste of Britain.
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Including breakfasts, 3 dinners, educational materials, guides, coordinator for all transport, transfers, and accommodation.
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Discover The Great West Way®
ArchaeoMuse is proud to be an Official Tour Operator for 'The Great West Way®'. An ancient route that meanders through charming idyllic towns and quaint villages that have been inhabited for hundreds of years.
Immerse yourself in stories of the past with so much extraordinary history such as the timeless Stonehenge. Travel back to ancient Briton, to the Romans, and beyond.
See our dedicated Great West Way® page!
The enchanting and beautiful country of Wales possesses a rich and long history, dating back to the prehistorical times, with settlements dating back to the Palaeolithic era. Wales has been occupied by modern humans since 225,000 BCE, with continuous occupation from 9,000 BCE.
Wales has numerous sites of archaeological interest ranging from the Mesolithic period up until Post Medieval times. Explore prehistoric caves; mines; burial chambers; stone circles; hillforts; Roman forts; Romano-British villages; medieval castles; remains of the prominent slate industry; coastal structures and shipwrecks dating to all periods.
Subsequent periods include a Bronze Age connection with the bluestones of Stonehenge, Iron Age Celtic settlements at Tre's Ceiri, or Town of Giants in northern Wales and the spectacular Roman fortress at Caerleon and town at Caerwent.
The fun continues with many spectacular medieval castles all around Wales that are testament to the transformation of this magical land from ancient to modern.
Scotland provides a rich array of experiences activities ranging from the most ancient to this modern, vibrant nation within the UK.
Explore an ancient Neolithic settlement frozen in time on the island of Orkney, roman forts, Scotch whisky distillers, the stately golf courses of St. Andrews and much more.
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JULIUS CAESAR IN BRITAIN (4 days)
Caesar initiated one of Rome’s greatest campaigns of expansion, with his establishment of colonies, or satellite settlements of the Roman Republic. He began with the Roman province of Gallia and continued a powerful path of development and civilisation leading all the way to the English Channel. Ceasar made the fateful decision to cross the channel and explore the island that would later be known as Britannia, or modern Great Britain.
In the course of his Gallic Wars, Julius Caesar invaded Britain twice: in 55 and 54 BC. In the first invasion, he arrived with only two legions and did not make much progress from beyond a landing on the coast of Kent. This changed dramatically for his second invasion which consisted of 628 ships, five legions, and 2,000 cavalries. Recent archaeological excavations by the University of Leicester have located the precise landing point of Caesar's invasion forces.
Why did Caesar return to Britain in the winter of 55-54 BC? Caesar returned to Britain because of Mandubracius, a prince from the British tribe the Trinobantes required his protection by fleeing to France to ask for Caesar protection. his father had been killed by a leader called Cassivellaunus, who had been chosen to fight against the Romans By returning to Britain Caesar was protecting a tribe who had asked for the help of Rome so this request made it a ‘just war’ or Bellum Iustum.
Join us at the location where Caesar landed and commenced his exploration of this enchanting island.
Pegwell Bay - Ebbsfleet (on the Isle of Thanet, Kent)
Caesar claimed he invaded Britain in an act of self-defense, to protect Rome. As he said in his Gallic Wars, 'He made this decision because he found that the British had been aiding the enemy in almost all our wars with the Gauls '.
Explore the geography of the East Kent coastline, and the landing site of Ceasar’s first invasion. He was only there for a month and didn't make much ground, but he had crossed beyond the world known to Romans, the Orbis Terrarium, and brought the inhabitants of Britain under the rule of Rome.
Visit the Ebbsfleet ditch. Its defenses appear to be Roman in form. The flat-bottomed ditch is very similar in size and shape to Julius Caesar’s siege works at Alésia, France. At its base of the ditch, pottery of mid-1st century BC was discovered as well as, human and animal bone, and the tip of a Roman spear.
Canterbury and Rochester
Follow the likely path Ceasar took in finding Cassivellaunus. Caesar's account describes two battles he won within a days' march of the coast. Then he forded the Thames and marched in search of Cassivellaunus, whose territory lay north of the Thames.
Canterbury is a beautiful cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has been occupied since Paleolithic times. There are many historical structures here, including the Roman city wall.
The next exploration is the city of Rochester! Over time it has been occupied by Celts, Romans, Jutes, and Saxons. During the Roman conquest of Britain, a decisive battle was fought at the Medway. The first bridge was constructed early in the Roman period and later, the settlement was walled in stone.
Ramsgate and Richborough
Explore this stunning stretch of coastline, from Pegwell to Ramsgate, taking in views across the English Channel and passing historical sites. Exploration of the hinterland of Roman Ramsgate, the possible directions for Caesar's forces and where, in 597, the Roman St Augustine landed and re-introduced Christianity to this part of Britain.
Next, discover Richborough's Roman Fort and Amphitheater. See the massive walls and ditches from the various stages of Roman occupation that lasted around 400 years.
Visit the settlement that would ultimately arise from Caesar’s visit. Visits to the British Museum, the City of London Museum, and exhibits illustrating the evidence for Caesar’s visit. Enjoy an exploration of Shakespear’s account in his Julius Caesar, and the influence it has exerted over the centuries.
Visit Shakespeare's Globe, and you might be lucky to see 'The Tragedy of Julius Caesar' a history play and tragedy by William Shakespeare first performed in 1599. Exploration of Shakespear’s account and the influence it has exerted over the centuries.
More than Fish 'n' Chips, Afternoon tea, and Sheep!
We can tailor-make your travel experiences for you and your desires. We provide experiences for individuals, groups, families, friends, academics, and history buffs (beginners or experts).
We proudly collaborate with historians, archaeologists, locals, experts, and academics to ensure that your needs are met.
“I cannot praise ArchaeoMuse enough. Lucy and Antonio worked tirelessly to tailor-make our Y7 trip to the Bay of Naples; such a wonderful experience for pupils and staff.”