Arrivals & Departures Exploring epic England

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Two new tours exploring England's tumultuous history mean you don't have to dig too far to uncover remarkable stories that reverberate from periods long since past.

Echoes of the past are scattered throughout England, from Hadrian's Wall in the north to Stonehenge in the south.

These ancient monuments are, without doubt, fascinating. But it's one thing to visit and another to get a full appreciation for the significance of the Roman legacy at Bath or landmarks of the old Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex.

Travellers can explore the past in the company of experts on one of two new itineraries, one north, the other south, put together by Peter Sommer Travels - a group that specialises in archaeological and history tours.

From July 2-8, Exploring Wessex: From Neolithic Avebury to Georgian Bath visits the Neolithic stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, the mosaics at the Roman villa of Chedworth, Salisbury Cathedral, the ruins at Glastonbury Abbey, and the Roman town of Bath which today wears proudly its Georgian grandeur. The tour costs from around $4650 per person, twin share with stays in four and five-star hotels.    

In the north, Hadrian's Wall was built to protect England's oft-invaded northern frontier. Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, warlords and raiders have all attempted to make it their own and this seven-day tour, from July 8-14, traces its fortifications with stays in four-star accommodation including a 14th century castle. Exploring Hadrian's Wall: Romans, Reivers and Romantics costs from around $4390, twin share.

Both small-group tours are in the company of expert guides in history and archaeology. See petersommer.com. 

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