Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Julian Droogan

Julian Droogan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University where he teaches issues of contemporary Politics and International Studies.

He has written books and papers on archaeology, material culture and religion as well as the role of religion in modern politics and international relations. Julian’s tours combine a focus on the history, art and archaeology of a region with a love of its religious, artistic and architectural heritage, while also paying attention to the dynamic forces at play in the modern world. Julian is also a visiting lecturer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


Current Tours:

Lands of Myths and Heroes  |  11 – 24 September 2023 (14 days)

Mexico City  |  11 – 18 December 2023 (8 days)

Sicily and Malta  |  15 – 28 September 2024 (14 days)



Julian was amazing, as usual. Kind and caring as well as brilliant and so interesting.’’
Sue D.  |  Into the Sahara: Algeria 2019


He is unfailingly generous, knowledgeable, fun, approachable, helpful and wonderful to travel with.’’
Dennis C.  |  The Frankincense Route, 2018


“Julian is enthusiastic, precise and able to convey his information in a manner that is easily understood. He is one of the best tour leaders I have encountered in the many trips I have undertaken with Renaissance Tours.”
Mary O.  |  Through the Holy Lands: Israel and Palestine, 2017


“Julian is an outstanding tour leader. His enthusiasm and knowledge added so much to the trip.”
Susan N.  |  Through the Holy Lands: Jordan, 2017