Archaeology Tours

Our archaeology tours are led by expert Chris Carter. They are all SMALL GROUP tours and often fill up quickly, on a strictly first come first served basis.

To join one of these tours, we advise you seek an expression of interest first. You will find a list of upcoming tours below. Simply fill your details into the form and list the tours you'd like to hear about and we will contact you straight back.

If you would simply like to be added to the list to receive updates, enter your name and details without ticking any of the tours. 

Meet Chris Carter

Chris or one of his colleagues will guide you on your adventure. Below is an interview with Chris about his background in archaeology. The video is from an ABC Catalyst program featuring Chris with clients at one of his study locations in Chile's Atacama Desert.

Upcoming Tours
Enquire using the form, above

If you are interested in knowing more about these tours, select them from the list (above) and submit your details to us. Itineraries will be available on request. Prices do vary depending on expressions of interest and we will do a detailed price once we have sufficient expressions of interest. As a rough guide, expect tours to average at between $300-$400 per person per day but some of the South American tours and tours that include premium components e.g. cruising, may be higher.

A Celtic Myth: The History & Heritage of Ireland

JUL 16 | 21 days
Led by Chris Carter

This tour will circuit the Republic of Ireland visiting historic and archaeological sites en route. Sites on the itinerary include Newgrange, the ring forts and megalithic tombs of the west, the Aran Islands, castles, church ruins and graveyards, Cahir Castle, the Rock of Cashel, Jerpoint Abbey and the monastic centre of Glendalough.

ex Dublin

Half the Perfect World: Greece & the Cyclades

SEP 16 & SEP 17 | 18 days
FULLY BOOKED (SEP 17 available)
Led by Chris Carter & Susan Lever

Beginning in the spectacular city of Athens we will cross the Aegean to Crete before returning via a number of the Cycladean islands including a Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos.

ex Athens

Where the Rivers Run

OCT 16 | 10 days

Led by Chris Carter

Departing from Canberra, the tour will begin by looking at the southward expansion of colonial settlement of NSW as we drive down the Hume Highway – following the route of the early white settlers as they made their way down the Murrumbidgee River and beyond.

ex Canberra

In the Wake of the Beagle: The Voyage of Charles Darwin

JAN/FEB 17 | 42 days (in modules)

Led by Chris Carter

From Cambridge University to the Galapagos Islands, join us as we follow the route of the Beagle in an attempt to better understand the voyage of Charles Darwin and how it shaped his thinking. We will visit a Museum in Cambridge where many of his specimens are still housed and Down House in Kent before flying to Rio de Janeiro; cruise from Buenos Aires around Cape Horn to Valparaiso; journey up the west coast of Chile and Peru before spending seven days cruising the Galapagos Islands.

In modules over 42 days. Ex London; ex Rio de Janeiro; ex Buenos Aires; ex Santiago; ex Lima

Around the Cape: From Rio to Santiago

JAN/FEB 17 | 23 days

Led by Chris Carter

Travelling from the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro to Santiago, join us as we journey around the southern periphery of South America visiting Buenos Aires, Punta del Este, cruise to the Falkland Islands and around the southern-most point of the continent – Cape Horn. We then pass through the spectacular channels of Tierra del Fuego, the Patagonia fiords and cruise north to Valapariso.

ex Rio de Janeiro

Mt Serle Survey, Northern Flinders Ranges, SA

MAR 17 | 12 days

Led by Doug Williams & Tony Corrigan.

Mt Serle Station is located in the northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Working closely with the traditional owners, the Adnyamathanha people, this project will involve a survey and recording plan of this property and will be undertaken over a number of years.

ex Adelaide

Camino de Santiago

APR/MAY 17 | 21 days

Led by Chris Carter

Well, we are not walking the entire distance! Via Sevilla, Merida, Caceres and Salamanca we will follow the Via de la Plata by bus, walking only selected sections until just beyond Tabara. From that point we will walk the rest of the way to Santiago de Compostela. We will be walking 15 days out of the total 21 for a total distance of around 320km.

ex Madrid

Walking in Peru

JUL 17 | 18 days

Led by: Juan Cardenas & Genelle Carter.

At its peak, the Inca Empire in South America ruled an area extending from Colombia to southern Chile and from the Pacific Ocean to the eastern slopes of the Andes. Control of such a vast Empire relied on a system of roads: to move armies, labour, goods and information as well as connecting ritual sites throughout the Empire. The aim of this tour is not only to introduce you to these spectacular landscapes and visit the archaeological sites of the region but also to provide an understanding of the practical, spiritual and ritual significance of these trails and their contribution to the success of the Empire. The tour concludes with a walk into Machu Picchu along the famous Inca Trail.

ex Lima

Perfect One Day: Central Qld

JUN/JUL 17 | 16 days

Led by Chris Carter & Tony Corrigan.

Join us as we travel north from Canberra and Sydney through northern NSW via Lightning Ridge into Queensland. We will explore parts of the Carnarvon Gorge National Park before heading across to the coast at 1770, Lady Musgrave Island and Fraser Island.

ex Canberra/Sydney

The Southern Cone: Argentina & Chile

NOV 17 | 21 days

Led by: Chris Carter & Penny Heath.

The place - contrasting countries from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, the vast Pampas, jungle shrouded Iguazú Falls to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. The culture - evolved from a fusion of an indigenous past, Colonial conquest and modern immigration - a mix of place and character that varies from north to south and west to east, absorbing that of its neighbours while each place created a sentiment of its own.

ex Santiago

Pyramids, Temples & Tombs

MAR 18 | 18 days

Led by Chris Carter

Join us in the Mayan heartland. We will visit spectacular ruins set deep in the jungles of Central America – to get to them we will travel up rivers, drive through jungles and even paddle a canoe through a cave system. We will cruise the Barrier Reef of Belize and sail into Guatemala via the Rio Dulce. Experience Mayan culture as it is today and see how it may have been deep into the past.

ex Guatemala City


Payment Terms

  • We will ask you for a $500 initial deposit to reserve a spot on any tour. 
  • If we don't reach our minimum numbers for the tour, we will refund this. 
  • Otherwise, this is non-refundable, but up to 6 months prior to travel, can be transferred onto any other Wildiaries tour (including these archaeology tours). 
  • Once a tour has reached minimum numbers, we will ask you to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit with the balance of payment due at least 60 days prior to travel (or sooner, depending on the supplier's terms and conditions).   


We stay in a range of accommodation. On some of the trips, the accommodation will be basic (outback Australia for example) and elsewhere more premium. We tend to prefer a balance of accommodation. Luxury options may be available on request for a supplement.  


  • Generally our tours exclude flights to and from the city the tour begins.
  • If you would like help with your flight bookings, please contact us. 

Our licensed travel agent can generally arrange all travel to and from tour locations. We can also arrange fully-guided options as well as tailoring packages for families and groups travelling together.

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