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Take a step back in time and learn about past civilisations by including a trip to an archaeological site in your itinerary.

Below is just a small selection of archaeological sites you are able to visit on a trip with Audley.

Recommended archaeological sites

Ruins at Tikal

Tikal & El Petén

The north of Guatemala, known as El Petén, is an area of lush lowland jungle whose depths conceal countless Maya ruins, half-buried and entwined by tree-roots and lianas.

The Terracotta Warriors, Xian


Xian is much more than a host for the Terracotta Warriors: it’s a throbbing, modern-day Chinese city with preserved Ming architecture, museums and a Muslim Quarter that serves up fresh street food in its lively night markets.

The Monastery, Petra


The hidden city of Petra offers a well-preserved glimpse into the Nabataean Empire. On a visit, you can climb to the High Place of Sacrifice, marvel at the acoustics in the amphitheatre and admire the shifting shades of red and pink in the Siq at sunrise.

El Jem, Tunisia

El Jem

The ancient amphitheatre of El Jem, the single most impressive Roman monument in Africa, is a dramatic and arresting sight. Each summer, world-famous orchestras and artists perform at the classical music festival here.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

‘Discovered’ by Hiram Bingham in 1911 although known to local farmers, Machu Picchu’s isolation protected it from the conquistadors. Here, we detail some of the features you can see at the site, as well as short hikes around the ruins.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Temples of Angkor

Exploring the temples at Angkor is a truly memorable experience. Angkor Wat is arguably the most impressive of all the Angkor temples, and reportedly the largest religious structure in the world.

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