Our Tours

Travel is above all, an act of discovery. 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.

Graffiti - Bogota, Colombia

Colombia: From San Agustin To Cartagena

August 18 - September 2, 2019

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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Dal Lake - Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Himalayan Kingdoms: Ladakh, Kashmir, Sikkim and Darjeeling

September 4 - September 20, 2019

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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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Isfahan, Iran

Iran: The Changing Faces of Iran

October 3 – October 19, 2019

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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Zakho Bridge - Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan: At the Crossroads of Time

October 6 – October 18, 2019

To visit Iraqi Kurdistan is to discover thousands of years of history, spectacular mountain scenery and to be part of a unique experiment in self-rule. Traveling with Mr. Balin Zrar our journey explores the three northern governates of Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah.

Led By: Mr. Balin Zrar

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Tomb of Moulay Ismail – Meknes, Morocco

Morocco: Imperial Cities

October 8 - October 20, 2019

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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Meroe Camel - Sudan

North Sudan and Egypt: Lands of the Nubian Pharaohs

October 30 - November 12, 2019

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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Madain Saleh - Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Beyond the Veil

November 2 – November 14, 2019

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are countries of startling contrasts–barren sands masking great oil reserves, millennia-enduring archaeological sites sharing city blocks with modern engineering marvels, and conservative Islamic ideals juxtaposed by images of luxury symbols from the West.

Led By: To be announced

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