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.

Travel to Iran in October 2018

Iran: The Changing Faces of Iran

April 20 - May 6, 2020

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. Keelan Overton

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Valley of Isalo, Madagascar

Madagascar: A World Apart

September 4 - September 20, 2020

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.

Led By: Mr. Kenny Carlino

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Rayen, Iran

Iran: The Changing Faces of Iran

October 1 – October 17, 2020

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 Clarke

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North and South Ethiopia: In Search of the Ark

October 7 - October 25, 2020

The deepest roots of humanity can be found in Ethiopia, a land raw in its beauty, spirituality, and sheer timelessness. A travel jewel not to be missed where evidence of prehistoric, ancient, and post-classical times abounds.

Led By: Mr. Yitbarek Mamo

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Great Pyramid of Giza - El Giza, Egypt

Egypt: Lands of the Nubian Pharaohs

October 16 - October 28, 2020

Accompanied by an Egyptologist, explore the vast grandeur and beauty of Egypt, a land of magnificent World Heritage sites. Begin in Alexandria, once considered the jewel of the Mediterranean. Discover the Pyramids In Cairo then learn about the enduring civilizations of the Nile aboard the beautiful St. George Sonesta while visiting Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo.

Led By: Mrs. Rasha Madi

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Madain Saleh - Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Beyond the Veil

November 7 – November 20, 2020

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.

Led By: Ms. Brid Beeler

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