Villas & Palaces of Roman Sussex

3 days

From £575

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Summary

Bignor, Fishbourne and the Roman sites of Chichester

Villas were one of the major features of the Romano-British landscape and remain a constant source of fascination and debate. Questions remain about whether they were latifundia or great houses and whether their owners were Roman British or whether they were absentees. More importantly, perhaps, the place of these establishments in the life of Roman Britain is still uncertain. This tour explores some of these complexities by visiting Fishbourne and Bignor in Sussex, two very different examples of Romano-British villas. The great palace at Fishbourne was founded very early on and contains rich mosaics and decoration, before being abandoned after a fire in the 3rd century AD. Here we will look at the site and its mosaics, considering the competing theories put forward to explain this remarkable and elaborate complex, which would not be out of place in Italy. In contrast, Bignor Villa has a more typical development, beginning as a small farming establishment and growing into a great courtyard villa with elaborate mosaics by the 4th century AD, before being quietly abandoned sometime thereafter, going out with a whimper rather than a bang.

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy a privileged, behind the scenes access to Fishbourne Roman Villa
  • Visit the wonderful Novium Museum which preserves the Roman Baths in Chichester
  • Admire the stunning mosaics of the Roman Villa at Bignor

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£575

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  • Pay a low deposit of £99, was £250.

Single supplement: £185

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
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  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Oliver Gilkes

Guide Lecturer

Oliver currently works for Andante Travels in the archaeology department, designing new tours all over the world.

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Dr David Rudling

Guide Lecturer

Dr David Rudling is the Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
18 June 2021 ASRS210618 18 June 2021 (Friday) 20 June 2021 (Sunday) Oliver Gilkes Dr David Rudling £575
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£250
£185 Book Now
20 August 2021 ASRS210820 20 August 2021 (Friday) 22 August 2021 (Sunday) Oliver Gilkes Dr David Rudling £575
(ex. flights)
£99
£250
£185 Book Now
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