Travel & Archaeology

History & Archaeology Tours

Knowledge and insight from history, prehistory and the ancient world.

Coronavirus Message:
We hope that all of you in our community of ‘Hidden Historians’ will experience the least possible disruption from the coronavirus situation. For an outline of our current procedures for both overseas and UK tours, and how these might affect your own decisions, please read our latest News post by clicking on the button below.

Guided Tours

An expanding collection of superb holidays exploring the archaeology and history of Europe and the Mediterranean. We ensure the content and quality for a wonderful holiday and a worthwhile experience in one. And at great value for money too!

Leisure with Enrichment

Fascinating content, expert guides and small groups provide an enriching travel experience. Together with relaxed itineraries, great hotels and beautiful locations they are perfect combinations of leisure and interest.


Hidden History is owned by Dr Simon Butler, who started leading archaeology tours 20 years ago as an extension of his work in professional archaeology. He combines archaeology and travel into the most enriching and enjoyable experiences for all.

Personal Service

As independent specialists we provide a more dedicated, personal service with flexibility and bespoke planning. Backed-up by the buying power and respected authority of the Travel Network Group and Travel Trust Association.

Featured Tours

The ingredients are travel, archaeology, history, landscape and culture. We combine them to create wonderful holidays and worthwhile experiences with a satisfying blend of leisure and enrichment.

Confirmed Departures

Tours have minimum and maximum numbers of participants, and we keep our group sizes small, so the earlier you can book the more likely you are to secure a place, and the earlier we can confirm your tour to run. Here are just some of our tours already confirmed to run in 2021, if Covid restrictions allow.

What our customers say

We would certainly use Hidden History again as we had a fantastic holiday.

Hidden Historian,
Malta's Millennia, 2017.

Length of tour and variety of visits were perfect.

Hidden Historian,
Sicilian Civilisations, 2017.

More than met my expectations. It was well thought-out and well paced. The tour notes were excellent.

Hidden Historian,
Pompeii & Bay of Naples, 2017.

An excellent and very enjoyable tour, covering a wide span of Malta’s history with an emphasis on the archaeological sites.

Hidden Historian,
Malta’s Millennia, 2016

We went on three short UK tours this year and undoubtedly enjoyed this one the best.

Hidden Historian,
Romney Marsh, 2016

Having been touring archaeological sites in many parts of the world for +50 years, I can honestly say that your Cyprus tour was outstanding in my experience.

Hidden Historian,
Aphrodite’s Cyprus, 2016.

We recently went on the Hidden History tour of Crete and Santorini and would recommend it to everyone.

Hidden Historian,
Minoan Crete & Santorini, 2016.

Country Profiles

Use our country profiles to get a feel for the archaeological and historical interest of different destinations. You can follow things up through our Reading Lists and explore travel itineraries through our Tours pages.

Further Reading

We have categorised our recommended publications by destination. Most publications can be ordered directly by following the relevant link.

Here are some links to archaeology-related organisations and websites useful for keeping up-to-date and involved.

Do you appreciate the beauty and interest of ancient artefacts? Simon’s Artefact pages highlight the significance and appeal of antiquities.

We combine travel, archaeology, history and culture to create wonderful holidays and worthwhile experiences.