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Our Tours

Travel is above all, an act of discovery. In 2018, we invite you to join us on a richly textured experience through a kaleidoscope of landscapes and cultures. On the following pages you can read about our trips and discover our approach to travel.


Be part of a small group of travelers led by our carefully chosen guest scholars. Enjoy their early evening lectures and their talents for embracing the unexpected and using those events as tolls for understanding the splendid cultures that surround us. Learn and laugh with our local guides, many of whom work exclusively for us.


Travel in as much comfort as each country can provide, but do not travel expecting to replicate the comforts of home. Drive in comfortable vehicles and stay in hotels that we have given much thought to. They may range from luxurious or a restored colonial home, to a simple inn whose balconies overlook a plaza in central Cuba. Discover streets of local cuisine – the fresh tomatoes that accompany each meal in Uzbekistan so perfumed and full of flavor, they could be a meal alone. Enjoy the spots we have chosen for our meals – a trendy new restaurant or, bathed in the pink light of the setting sun, travel by camel with all sounds muted by the towering, rolling sand dunes of the Moroccan desert to a farewell feast.


Travel. Sometimes it's a plan of escape, an opportunity to learn new things or an attempt to gain a perspective on life. And sometimes it's our chance to connect.

The Changing Faces of Iran - April

April 19 - May 5, 2018

Iran has one of the longest histories of human civilization of any modern day country spanning from the temporal roots of the Persian Empire all the way to its current status as a controversial regional power. We begin in Tehran, Iran’s turbulent yet proud capital city...


Led by: Dr. Peter Clark, OBE

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Sri Lanka: The Island of Serendipity

August 16 - September 2, 2018

Though only a small island nation, Sri Lanka gives visitors a perfect trifecta of experiences with its diverse natural offerings, vivid culture, and layered history. We begin in Sri Lanka’s coastal capital city, Colombo, where Sri Lankan artistry is on full display and the scars of the country’s long civil war...


Led by: Mr Hemakumar Hitige

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Colombia: From San Agustin To Cartagena

August 19 - September 3, 2018

No longer a country with a dangerous reputation, Colombia offers a wealth of distinct landscapes, authentic indigenous cultures, and a bold, infectious spirit. Our program begins in Colombia’s bustling Andean capital, Bogotá, where the pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary vie for visitor’s attention...


Led by: Mr. Joaquin Emilio Garcia

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Himalayan Kingdoms, Ladakh, Kashmir, Sikkim and Darjeeling

September 5- September 21, 2018

As the tallest mountain range on earth, the Himalayas have always been shrouded in layers of mystery, offering a promise of the unknown. The kingdoms and peoples who’ve made these mountains their home for thousands of years are renowned for their deep-seated...


Led by Mr. Narpat Singh

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The Heart and Soul of Russia, St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Golden Ring

September 8- September 20, 2018

Russia, long seen as a mysterious, formidable power, has a history as rich and turbulent as the country is expansive. It’s a land of contradictions - a land of frigid Gulags and premier ballets, of dramatic poverty and pristine, pastoral landscapes...


Led by Mr. Mikhail Smetnick

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Israel and Jordan, Heritage of Humanity

September 30 - October 15, 2018

The land we now know as Israel and Jordan is perhaps the most historically rich place on the planet. Once the heart of some of the most ancient and powerful of civilizations, this area of the Near East is also the birthplace of the world’s three major monotheistic religions...


Led by Dr. Kenneth Perkins

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In Search of the Ark: North and South Ethiopia

September 30 - October 15, 2018

The deepest roots of humanity can be found in Ethiopia, where evidence of prehistoric, ancient, and post-classical times abounds...


Led by Mr. Yitbarek Mamo

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Imperial Cities of Morocco

October 9 - October 21, 2018

Morocco has captured the imaginations of visitors for centuries with its layers of rich history, vibrant desert landscapes, and bustling souks that are just as beautiful as they are chaotic...


Led by Mr. Lahoucein Loutar

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The Changing Faces of Iran - October

October 11 – October 27, 2018

Iran has one of the longest histories of human civilization of any modern day country spanning from the temporal roots of the Persian Empire all the way to its current status as a controversial regional power. We begin in Tehran, Iran’s turbulent yet proud capital city...


Led by: Dr. Peter Clark, OBE

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North Sudan and Egypt: Lands of the Nubian Pharaohs

October 31 - November 13, 2018

In Sudan, a country that boasts more pyramids than Egypt, intrepid travelers can discover the enduring traces of ancient and powerful Nubian kingdoms, traverse striking desert landscapes and follow along the trade routes that once brought ebony, ivory, incense and gold...


Led by: Mr. Ahmed Abu El Ella

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Exploring Vietnam: A Dragon Apparent

November 3 – November 15, 2018

Once a French colony and later deeply scarred by a war that ultimately came to define a generation, Vietnam is healing the scars of its past...


Lef by: Dr. Lorraine Paterson

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