An archaeological holiday is a vacation that includes some type of visit to a historical site, monument or the like. It can include working on a site, digging and collecting or cataloging what you find, or it can mean a simple tour alone. If you want to enjoy some archaeology on your next holiday, note a few important considerations for how to do this and ensure you enjoy your time away.
1. Examine the itinerary carefully
Note how long you'll be on a bus for a tour versus how long you'll be spending walking to get an up-close look at monuments and historical sites. Obviously some sites will be a long bus ride away and in some cases, you may not be able to leave a vehicle to actually get out and walk around a certain attraction, but it's good to note how much time you can spend on a dig site, walking through ruins and so on. You don't want to spend your archaeological holiday just driving around a city; you should be spending the majority of your time actually touring certain sites and attractions, getting as close as you possibly can. Note too if the itinerary allows for adequate rest and, especially if you might have a hard time being on your feet all day, how many stairs you'll have to climb to ancient sites or to tour other such areas.
2. Consider the surrounding culture and restrictions
If you have a number of destinations you're considering, remember the think about the surrounding culture and restrictions and if you would be comfortable in that atmosphere. For example, in some areas of the world, women are required to dress very modestly and you may not want to be in the high heat without being allowed to wear shorts. There may also be areas where natives stop for daily prayers or other such traditions that might make you uncomfortable. Always check on these things and keep them in mind when deciding on which destination would be right for your historical tour.
3. Be sure to note sleeping arrangements
When a tour provides "lodging," be sure you ask what that means. In some cases, a certain historical site might be near enough to a big city that your lodging includes a standard hotel, but for jungle expeditions, mountain climbing and the like, your lodging might be nothing more than a fancy tent. You may find such rustic accommodations suitable, but it's good to find out what is actually included when it comes to sleeping arrangements before you book an archaeological holiday.