Arcadia’s focus on storytelling is what truly makes travelling with us unique. We give discerning and curious travellers the opportunity to go deeper, to become more engaged and to have first-hand experiences and intellectual exchanges that contribute to their lifelong learning. Join one of our set small group departures or we can tailor make your own private expedition.


Ethiopia & Kenya: The Cradle of Humanity

This expedition explores the origins of humankind and begins in the rarely visited Omo River basin, home to 15 nomadic tribes. Under the guidance of legendary safari and tribal expert Charlie McConnell, we cross by special permit into Kenya and explore the archaeology and wildlife of Turkana in the footsteps of the Leakey Family.


Sudan: The Three Niles

This adventure explores the story of the three Niles and the extraordinary cultures and history they gave life to. Led by historian David Adams, we visit areas and sites few travellers have seen, including the pyramids of the Black Pharaohs and a 6-day cruise along the pristine Red Sea coast.


Jordan & Saudi Arabia: Desert Empires

This expedition, the first of its kind, combines the fascinating history and archaeology of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Tracing the Frankincense trade route of antiquity, archaeologist Iain Shearer leads us through the magnificent highlights of Jordan and overland into the rarely-visited remoteness of northern Saudi Arabia in search of ancient ruins and rock art.


Turkey: Rumi and the World of Mystical Sufism

In the company of Sufi scholar Seemi Ghazi, we journey into the mysterious realm of mysticism and examine the life and legacy of Rumi, one of the world’s best known poets. Exclusive meetings with Turkish experts, visits to ancient Dervish lodges and witnessing mesmerising whirling ceremonies helps us peel back the layers of this master storyteller.


Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan: Conquest of the Silk Road

Taking in the iconic sites and vivid history of Central Asia, this expedition explores the life and times of the Silk Road’s great conquerors and the worlds they destroyed and created. Led by archaeologist Iain Shearer, we cross remote deserts in 4x4’s, camp beside ancient ruins and gain exclusive access to archaeological digs.


India & Pakistan: Kipling & The Raj

Follow the life and times of Rudyard Kipling on an epic adventure that sweeps across Northern India and Lahore. In the company of acclaimed Kipling biographer Harry Ricketts, we immerse ourselves into Kipling’s world at the height of the Raj, exploring his life, habits and haunts.


Vietnam: The Road to Independence

Led by Pierre Asselin, one of the leading authorities on Vietnam’s modern history, this expedition engages Vietnam’s past, confronting the conventional narrative on what is a highly contentious history, with a particular focus on French colonialism and the American War.


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