Celebrating 35 years of travel
Back in 1985, a team of people in the Salisbury area with a shared passion for travel and archaeology came up with the idea of Andante Travels, a special interest travel company that would offer guests a new type of holiday, allowing them to explore the ancient world in the company of expert archaeologists. That same year, we launched with one tour – Journey Through Wessex – and took just one guest on it. Last year, in 2018, we ran 137 tours and a huge 2,502 guests chose to take their holidays with us. Now, we are approaching 2020 and this will be an incredibly special year for us as it marks our 35th anniversary as a company.
Over the past three decades, we’ve faced many challenges – as is the nature of the travel world – but we've held our ground throughout all of the difficulties, thriving in the face of ever-changing times. Our team’s expertise coupled with the loyalty shown by our valued guests has allowed us to grow with the market. As a result of this, we have continued to showcase exactly what our dedicated specialists can do. What's more, 2018 was a great year for us, bringing home two prizes at the prestigious British Travel Awards (silver awards for Best Special Interest Holiday Company and Best Holiday Company to the Italian Peninsula), and we also won Feefo’s Gold Trusted Service Award, given to businesses that deliver exceptional experiences as rated by customers.
We wouldn't exist without you – our fantastic Andante Travellers – so the celebrations for our upcoming anniversary will ensure that you can be part of it, too. Stay tuned for competitions, giveaways, special content from our expert Guide Lecturers and even a few hidden golden tickets...
Share your Andante Travels memories with us
As we've said, we wouldn't be here without you and with that in mind we'd love it if you could share some of your favourite Andante Travels memories with us!
All you need to do is click the button below and submit any anecdotes, memorable moments, packing tips, cherished photographs or words of support for our fantastic Guide Lecturers. Whatever you'd like to share with us, we are listening. We may even include some of your quotes, pictures and tips in future 35th anniversary social media posts, blogs and emails.
In the past 35 years Andante has...
Our collection of destinations span the ancient world, taking in culture, history and heritage along the way. From Peru and Ireland, to Germany and Ethiopia – no stone is left unturned by our intrepid travellers and the celebrated Guide Lecturers that escort them all over the globe.
And, our collective aim as a company remains the same – to provide authentic experiences in destinations both iconic and off-the-beaten-path, where leading experts can open doors to excavation sites and museums alike in order to give guests unique experiences they simply won’t be able to find elsewhere.
Where it all began in 1985: Journey Through Wessex
Being based in Salisbury, it's important to us to celebrate our glorious and archaeologically-rich surroundings, so what better way to do that than by bringing back our first ever tour?
Running first in 1985 with just one guest, our beloved Journey Through Wessex itinerary has been revived for this very special occasion. Led by expert Mark Corney, a contributor to Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’, this seven-day trip will take guests to Maiden Castle, the Wiltshire Museum, Fishbourne Roman Palace, the Roman Baths Museum in Bath, and to both Salisbury and Winchester to visit their respective cathedrals. What’s more, Journey Through Wessex includes a fascinating tour of the iconic site of Stonehenge.
Our Photo Competition
Now that our 2020 brochure has launched, we are officially celebrating our 35th anniversary – and we wouldn't have reached this impressive milestone without you, our valued guests. To show our appreciation, we are launching an exciting photography competition because we would love to see your snaps from Andante tours over the years.
At the end of the competition, we will produce a 2021 calendar showcasing their fantastic works of art. The calendar will be available to purchase - with all the proceeds going directly to our chosen 35th anniversary local charity, the Stars Appeal. This competition will run for one year, with each month having a different theme and one winner.
Anyone chosen as our monthly winner will win a £50 Amazon gift card, and will also receive a copy of the calendar once the competition has ended.
January: Your best holiday experience
What made your Andante tour really special? Was it a guide lecturer who brought the past to life at a site you'd always wanted to visit? Perhaps it was a particular meal you enjoyed during the trip. Or, maybe, it might have been something as simple as a hotel making your stay particularly comfortable.
The winner of January will be selected in February, to submit your photo email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Terms & Conditions apply:
- All photos must be supplied to email@example.com - please submit with your full name, a brief description of what the photo is and your email address to enable us to get in touch with you if you have won
- You agree to Andante Travels using your supplied photo in marketing communications – credit of the photo will be applied to the image
- All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. If possible, image specifications would follow 297mm x 210mm at 300 dots per inch
- This competition is open to everyone
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Very well planned and executed visit backed up excellent tour leader and tour manager. The programme covered all the sites of interest in the geographical confines of the tour. The behind-the-scenes organisational back up was considerable and much appreciated. Feefo customer review
First class organisation, leaving little to do other than turn up and enjoy the experience. Quality of experience of the Egypt tour amazing. This was our first Andante experience and nothing will stop us returning. Many on our tour were Andante veterans and all could not give high enough praise of the service. Feefo customer review
They organised our tour efficiently and with expertise; there was nothing we had to worry about. The trip was well planned to cover a variety of very interesting sites. The tour manager and guide was exceptional and made the whole experience a great success in organisation and expert knowledge of sites. 100% happy with every aspect. Feefo customer review