To travel on an Andante tour is to encounter the past in real time. Through the expertise, passion and knowledge demonstrated by our Andante Guide Lecturers, history will be brought vividly to life in a variety of ways. Whether you are handling artefacts, enjoying behind-the-scenes access or listening to lectures as you go, our guides will be on hand to ensure your experience on tour is both memorable and immersive. From leading archaeologists to broadcasters and esteemed historians, the experts leading our tours will put sites into cultural context, share fascinating insights and make your journey to the past simply unforgettable.
Tours that focus on a particular theme or subject may also be led in full or part and/or accompanied by an Onboard Expert Guest Lecturer or Celebrity Guest and other tours are led by other experts such as Local Guides in a particular destination. Please see individual tour pages on our website for who is taking part in any particular tour.
Andante Guide Lecturer
Diana Blumberg is an archaeological scientist who specialises in the analysis of archaeological materials. She has worked on archaeological field schools in both Pompeii and Portus (the latter being one of the harbours of ancient Rome), and also has excavation experiences in the United Kingdom.View profile
Brian Ayers is a British archaeologist specialising in medieval urban archaeology. He was formerly the City Archaeologist of Norwich, about which city he has published extensively (including the book Norwich: Archaeology of a Fine City), and the County Archaeologist of Norfolk.View profile
Author and presenter Dr Michael Jones is a leading military historian with special interests in the Hundred Years War and Richard III. He is a member of several distinguished societies in the UK, including the British Commission for Military History and the Royal Historical Society.View profile
Dr Tertia Barnett is an archaeologist specialising in the rock art of Britain, Europe and North Africa. She currently runs a research project exploring Neolithic rock carvings in Scotland, based at Historic Environment Scotland, and is also an Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University.View profile
Dr Marc Morris is a historian who specialises in the Middle Ages. He studied and taught at the universities of London and Oxford and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England.View profile
Professor John Rick is Associate Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University, previous Curator of Anthropological Collections, and past Director of Stanford’s Archaeology Center. He focuses on South American archaeology including the lost city of the incas.View profile
Celebrity Guest Lecturer
Lindsey Davis is a novelist known for her Roman detective, Marcus Didius Falco and her ongoing series about his daughter, Flavia Albia. She has also written standalone books, some set in English Civil War, and novellas. Her work has been dramatized for radio and is being developed for TV.View profile