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.

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Valley of Isalo, Madagascar

Madagascar: A World Apart

August 19 - September 4, 2022

Madagascar is often referred to as the eighth continent, a land like no other in the world where the Indri sings a song of inexpressible beauty. It is home to eighteen very different tribal groups each with their own different languages and traditions.

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Led By: Mr. Kenny Carlino

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Moroccan kasbah - Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Morocco: Imperial Cities

October 6 - October 18, 2022

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

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Led By: Mr. Jalil Benlabili

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Rayen, Iran

Iran: The Changing Faces of Iran

October 13 – October 29, 2022

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

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Led By: Mr. Amin Badakhshan

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Bedouin - Wadi Rum, Jordan

Exploring Arabia: Qatar, Oman and Jordan

October 14 - October 25, 2022

Whilst to a certain extent pushing modernity to the limit, these three countries of Arabia, are also consciously aware of their Arabian essence. Our journey aims to focus on how deep cultural traditions are being carefully tended and nourished as their economies continue to prosper.

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Led By: Mr. Sihan Haleem

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Madain Saleh - Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Beyond the Veil

October 22 - November 3, 2022

Saudi Arabia is a country of 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. Through conversations and visits, our program sets out to explore this country and the significant changes taking place within its borders.

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Led By: Mr. Samir Komosani

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