Instead of a golden tan you could return from your travels with a gold coin thanks to one unusual holiday offering.

Holidaymakers can take part in trips on the England-Wales border at spots where "Bronze Age man marked out settlements" and "Roman legions waged war".

The popular £1499 (NZ$2922) tour includes 12 days of scouring fields and country land for buried goods.

Guests have discovered medieval coins and even a medieval letter seal from the Vatican City. Photo / Getty Images
Guests have discovered medieval coins and even a medieval letter seal from the Vatican City. Photo / Getty Images

Chris Langston, who runs Metal Detecting Holidays, told MailOnline Travel that guests "have found some awesome finds including a hoard of 38 medieval coins and bronze age tools".

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Another memorable discovery included medieval letter seal from the Vatican City.

The firm runs tours for eight months in the year with a break in the summer.

Mr Langston says that holidaymakers are "mainly international coming from as far a field from the USA, Canada, Australia, Finland, also Europe and the UK too".

Commenting on his own favourite find he said: "If I had to choose I'd say it was the Henry 8th silver Sovereign Penny or the 1st Queen Mary Groat, they are both breathtaking!"

The metal detecting package includes 12 nights of accommodation, a personal detecting guide and ten days of digging in prime locations.

Digging spades and a spare metal detector can also be provided if needed.

The metal detecting package includes 12 nights of accommodation, a personal detecting guide and ten days of digging in prime locations. Photo / Getty Images
The metal detecting package includes 12 nights of accommodation, a personal detecting guide and ten days of digging in prime locations. Photo / Getty Images

Beau Ouimette said after his metal detecting adventure: "The fields and finds were phenomenal, as are the friendships that developed over the stay.

"In the end, the thrill of the many ancient finds will be remembered, but not overshadowed by the entire experience of living and detecting in the comfort of a small English village."