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Arcadia Trips

EXPEDITIONS

IN SEARCH OF LOST WORLDS

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.

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Australia - Indigenous Immersion: The Art of Storytelling

This private air safari explores the ancient wisdom of the world’s oldest living culture. Led by archaeologist Jo McDonald, we take a deep dive into Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous culture through the lens of rock art and the stories of the Dreaming, meeting Aboriginal custodians and traveling to some of the remotest regions in the country.

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Papua New Guinea - Voices on the Wind: 60,000 Years of Culture & Trade

This ground breaking expedition explores the culture of PNG in depth, venturing off the beaten track to three of the country’s most fascinating regions – the Sepik River, the Highlands and the Coral Sea. Led by renowned archaeologist Dr Ben Shaw, our journey follows age-old trading routes and features immersive experiences with colourful tribal groups.

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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.

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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.

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Namibia: Guardians of the Game

Led by the world’s foremost chronicler of African rock art David Coulson and anthropologist and award-winning community conservation specialist Dr Margaret Jacobsohn, this 4x4 expedition travels deep into the vast wildlife conservancies of north-western Namibia to meet the Guardians of the Game.

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Botswana: Okavango Through the Lens

Led by legendary master filmmaker and wildlife photographer Greg Nelson, this expedition immerses our travellers in the astonishing biosphere of the Okavango Delta, exploring bush, desert and water environments. Learn new skills from Greg, who will help you create a personal photo book, photo essay or film of your Okavango experience.

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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.

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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.

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Georgia: A Food & Wine Revolution

Led by John Wurdeman, one of Georgia’s most passionate expatriate winemakers, our expedition traces the evolution and revolution of Georgian food and wine. Our small group will be a travelling dinner party, sampling the country’s very best gastronomical experiences, with Georgia’s leading chefs and vintners joining us at our table each day on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

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Iran: End of Empire - Alexander v the Persians

This one-of-a-kind expedition explores the incredible story of Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia. Taking in the iconic highlights of Iran, we immerse ourselves in the bazaars, food, street life and extraordinary architecture of Iran and are joined by leading local archaeologists, who give us exclusive access to fascinating dig sites.

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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.

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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.

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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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Cuba: Revolution Past & Present

Taking in the captivating highlights of Cuba, this one-of-a-kind expedition is led by renowned historian Michael Bustamante and takes a deep dive into the history of the Revolution and its contemporary legacies. From riding in classic cars to sampling the very best cigars and rum with local experts, each day offers an opportunity to immerse ourselves in Cuba’s vibrant energy.

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