People often ask what separates Far Horizons from other tour companies. With over 35 years in the travel business and extensive first-hand knowledge of our destinations, we are able to provide our clients with unparalleled individual attention, starting with the first phone call or email until you return home, a happy and enriched traveler. We carefully select PhD scholars as our study leaders, renowned specialists who will inform, enlighten, entertain and delight. Traveling with a maximum of only 14 others allows us to stay in elegant small hotels and dine on creative cuisine in distinctive restaurants that do not cater to tour groups. For your enjoyment, you can spread out in the buses we use, relish large rooms even if you are a single, and savor close-up attention from our study leaders who are with you from the first day of the tour until the last – 24/7. The yachts and other vessels we charter offer exclusivity and luxury, and we never combine our groups with other organizations. With our 85% return rate, we are proud that our learning vacations offer a rich educational experience, the camaraderie with fellow travelers who share like interests, and of course, a healthy dose of fun.
The following is a comprehensive list of all our upcoming trips. If you are looking for an itinerary that is unique or not listed here, contact us to discuss our custom tour options.
December 20 – 28, 2017| Stanley Guenter
Join Far Horizons for a special nine-day Christmas trip to Oaxaca that highlights the colorful celebrations of the season, the fascinating archaeology, and the unique folk art of the neighboring villages.
September 22 – October 6, 2017 | John France Travel on this 15-day trip through five countries: Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and Bari Italy. Along the way, see 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
October 21 – November 2, 2017 | Stanley Guenter
Travel on this 13-day trip to the Highlands of Guatemala. Visit ceremonial centers, meet people from the country’s varied ethnic groups, and learn about religious rituals based on ceremonies with roots in the world of their ancient forebears. And attend the Day of the Dead festivities held in Santiago Sacatepéquez where huge, beautiful kites are flown.
May 28 – June 14, 2017 | William R. Cook
Join Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips on an 18-day exploration of the ecclesiastical structures in Romania, Armenia and Georgia!
August 26 – September 7, 2017 | John France
Join our Medieval specialist, John France, onboard a private yacht as we cruise through the Greek Dodecanese Islands of Samos, Pátmos, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Symi and Rhodes.
June 2 – 16, 2017 | James Bruhn
Travel through the Welsh and English countryside to view the remnants of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and industrial sites, including picturesque Conway Castle.
January 6 – 14, 2018 | Stanley Guenter
Join Far Horizons on this 9-day trip to explore lost Maya ceremonial centers, meet people from the country’s varied ethnic groups, while seeing spectacular wildlife that other countries around the world label ‘endangered’. Travel from the Maya city of Lamanai in the north to the remote ceremonial centers of Lubaantun, and Nimli Punit in the south.
June 1 – 12, 2017 | Steven L. Tuck
View four UNESCO World Heritage sites as we travel from Rome to Orvieto and Cortona hill towns. See the necropolis at Cerveteri and Tarquinia, the Volumnus Hypogeum in Perugia, Volterra’s Etruscan Museum, and Glorious Florence
September 30 – October 8, 2017 | Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Join Far Horizons on a truly unique 9-day tour of Berlin, Paris, London, and Cambridge, with an emphasis on each city’s great museum and their Egyptology collections: Neues Museum, the Louvre, the British Museum and the newly re-opened Fitzwilliam Museum.
August 6 – 18, 2017| James Bruhn
Travel from northern York to the Salisbury plains to explore prehistoric stone circles, glorious abbeys, Hadrian’s Wall, and medieval castles with meals and overnights in charming traditional English pubs and inns.
November 4 – 20, 2017| Daud Ali
Join South India specialist, Professor Daud Ali, on this unusual journey to out of the way areas. Experience fragrant tea plantations to many-hued spice markets, vividly painted and ornate temple facades to the serene backwaters of Kerala. And along the way, visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hampi, Malabalipurum and one of the Greatest Living Chola Temples.
June 23 – July 1, 2017 | Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Join Egyptologists, Bob Brier and Patricia Remler, on this unusual journey to out of the way areas. Travel from London to Liverpool and back visiting the Egyptian collections of museums and Roman archaeological sites along the way.
March 10 – 19, 2017 | F. Kent Reilly III
Much of the imagery still present in modern Maya iconography had its genesis in Olmec art. Travel from Villahermosa to Chalcatzingo to visit the birthplaces of that art, where the colossal heads and finely carved sculptures emblematic of the Olmec style were found. Also enjoy the spectacular Olmec artifacts on display in the Anthropology Museums of Xalapa and Mexico City!
May 21 – 31, 2017 | Steven L. Tuck
Travel to Rome and explore the largest archaeological park in the world, before traveling south to see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum.
February 4 – 16, 2018 | Stanley Guenter
Explore the capital cities of the ancient Maya and view four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin at magnificent Copán and Quiriguá. Walk through lush tropical forest at Tikal to view towering temples, and end up in Palenque, arguably the most beautiful of the ancient Mesoamerican cities.
May 27 – June 10, 2017 | Jennifer Tobin
Greece is a land of rugged beauty that includes over 2,000 islands stretching from the Ionian Sea in the west to the Aegean Sea and Turkey in the east. A geographic crossroads, the area has been a turbulent battleground for millennia.
January 29 – February 9, 2018 | Sidsel Millerström
Travel to one of Polynesia’s most fascinating islands – enigmatic Easter Island where we will explore immense stone statues, perplexing petroglyphs, and vibrant cave paintings. The trip is timed to include the island’s wonderful Tapati Festival, a time of revelry and feasts and of honoring the culture – both past and present!
June 9 – 24, 2017 | Clark Erickson
From the Moche cities of the north to the fabled Inka sites of the highlands, experience the wealth of Peru’s archaeological past. Caral, ChanChan, Ollantaytambo, and the incomparable Machu Picchu all await, along with an opportunity to fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines. And a highlight will be joining the director of the Chankillo project to view summer solstice at this observatory built 2,300 years ago.
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More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings dominated northern Europe from their base in Scandinavia. Travel through Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to view the remains of this pre-Christian culture including stave churches, petroglyph sites, ship burials, Viking fortresses, stone ship graves, and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
June 16 – July 1, 2017 | Enda O’Flaherty
The Emerald Isle has a rich history dating back over 9,000 years, when Mesolithic hunter-gatherers migrated to the island. The various populations that have inhabited this territory have all left their imprint on the history of this fascinating country! Today Ireland is home to the greatest surviving concentration of field monuments in Europe. Enjoy Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Early Christian, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern sites!
July 29 – August 13, 2017 | Brian Buchanan
Scotland contains some of the last great open space of Europe, famed for its moody highland mountains, mist shrouded glens, dazzling lochs, wild coastlines, and lush, verdant forests. It is a nation of astounding contrasts and hosts a wealth of archaeological and historical sites.
April 22 – 27, 2017 | Marcello Canuto
More than 1,500 years ago Maya rulers jockeyed for supremacy as they created immense city states. Mounting evidence now indicates that a single kingdom, called Snake (‘Kaan’), had a disproportionate influence, and newly-discovered texts affirm their royal power. Travel by chartered helicopter to El Mirador and La Corona, and by truck along jungle-shrouded tracks to Holmul where recent finds link this center with the Kaan family.
February 18 – 27, 2018 | Stanley Guenter
Travel deep into the remote southern area of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula where recent excavations have exposed remains of pyramids and cities that, until recently, were nearly impossible to reach. Hieroglyphic texts found here are changing our knowledge of the Maya by revealing history that has been silent for more than one thousand years!
April 23 – May 7, 2017 | John France
Follow the Path of the Crusader Knights across four countries: Northern Cyprus, Greek Cyprus, Greece and Malta. Led by a renowned medieval specialist, begin in Cyprus where the Crusaders fled after the fall of Jerusalem.
April 30 – May 13, 2017 | Jennifer Tobin
The islands of the Aegean offer travelers a unique perspective of Greece, ancient and modern. A wealth of archaeological sites set in stunning locations reveal the myth and history specific to each island.
January 3 – 17, 2018 | Bryce Beemer
The spellbinding gilded pagodas of Myanmar are an omnipresent backdrop to daily life in both rural and urban areas. On this 14-day journey learn about this once forbidden country’s complex past, exploring Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and many small villages along the way! Also, see remote Mrauk-U on a fascinating post-trip extension!
July 29 – August 16, 2017 | David Eckel
A highlight of this trip will be the Esala Perahera Festival, a centuries-old celebration of Sri Lankan Buddhism. As elephants process through the streets, they are accompanied by a cacophony of percussionists pounding traditional drums, dancers clanging finger cymbals and the rhythmic thumping of mock sword battles.
February 3 – 19, 2018 | Jennifer Rose
Travel from Mumbai through India’s Gujarat and Rajasthan, and along the way experience five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the ornately decorated stepwell of Rani ki Vav, the Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur, Jaisalmer Hill Fort, Elephanta Caves, and Victoria Terminus. View ornate palaces, desert fortresses, centuries-old havelis, Jain sanctuaries, Parsi fire shrines, walled cities, Udaipur’s Mahakaleshwar Temple filled with devotee worshiping Lord Shiva, the lovely pink Palace of the Winds….
Sept 23 – Oct 7, 2017 | Luisa Sernicola
Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world. Perched atop Africa’s highest plateau, Ethiopians developed a written language and a sophisticated culture based on a deep love of religion. . The trip itinerary is planned around the Meskel celebrations which take place throughout the country. No trip to Ethiopia would be complete without visiting Gondar and Bahir Dar or the famed rock-cut churches at Lalibela.
January 21 – February 3, 2018 | Kathryn Howley
Travel along the Nile and through the deserts of northern Sudan where towering pyramids, gigantic mud-brick buildings, painted rock-cut tombs, and ornately carved temples await discovery. This is the land of Kush where, fed by the richness of the river, remarkable civilizations developed more than 4,000 years ago.
September 23 – October 8, 2017 | Professor Robin Vose
In 711, an army of Arabs and Berbers landed on the Iberian Peninsula, and over the next seven years, through diplomacy and warfare, they brought most of present-day Spain and Portugal under Islamic control. For more than 700 years, until the Christians retook the land in 1492 (reconquista), Muslim dynasties ruled al-Andalus, and during this time there was a blossoming of philosophy, arts and sciences.
September 5 – 19, 2017 | Emma Blake
Join Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips on a 15-day journey around Sicily. Here, monumental evidence of waves of conquering armies covers the landscape. As we circle this lovely isle, view marvels from the past and beauties of the present – Syracuse, Agrigento, Segesta, Cefalù, and Taormina.
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Eastern Turkey conjures up images of women in veils, mustached gentlemen in turbans with drawn sabers in hand and camel trains winding through the desolate wilderness. As the battlefront of eastern and western cultures for thousands of years, the East contains an astonishing abundance of ancient castles and majestic fortified cities.o Be Announced
September 9 – 24, 2017 | Charles Stewart
Far Horizons offers 12 participants an incredible 16-day archaeological tour that includes specially arranged private tours with archaeologists at three of the most important archaeological projects in the eastern Mediterranean – Hattusas, Ephesus, and Troy.
September 2-11, 2017 | Todd Bostwick
The Four Corners area of the American Southwest is one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Explore the archaeology and experience the culture at Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Ute Tribal Park, Canyon de Chelly, Acoma, Zuni Pueblo’s Mission Church, and the Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo.
September 8 – 25, 2017 | Emil Nankov
Bulgaria displays a treasure trove of historic monuments that span thousands of years of history. The Thracians left behind an abundance of artwork in their spectacular tombs.
March 3 – 18, 2018| Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Explore some of the most historically important, yet often unvisited, sites in Egypt: Alexandria; Amarna (with a private tour led by the archaeologist working there), and recently opened tombs near Saqqara (closed to the public). The trip culminates with a three day cruise down the Nile aboard a traditional Egyptian sailing yacht.
November 4 – 17, 2017 | Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Travel from Cairo to Luxor to Aswan to Abu Simbel, and along the way experience awe-inspiring events as Far Horizons opens sites closed to the public – the pyramid of Unas, the richly-painted tomb of Nefertari, and the tomb chamber of the Great Pyramid. Join Far Horizons as we travel in the footsteps of the pharaohs!
January 6 – 22, 2018 | Damian Evans
A 17-day journey to Cambodia and Laos that includes six full days exploring the great Khmer city of Angkor, including glorious Banteay Srei and remote Beng Mealea. Led by the Director of the largest archaeological project at Angkor, enjoy an insider’s view of the most recent discoveries. In Laos, see Vat Phou, certainly one of the most spectacular of the Khmer cities, and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang.
April 7 – 20, 2018 | Gary Rollefson
This 14-day trip has been designed to give an understanding and appreciation of the country and its compelling history. The itinerary includes several highlights, including Petra, the marvelous repository of Nabataean culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
March 2 -18, 2017 | Jennifer Rose
To many, the word “Persia” evokes a distant land remote in time, the home of ancient monuments and striking works of art: carpets, tiles, fine ceramics, miniatures and metal work. Indeed, Iran is a world both ancient and contemporary, linking the heartland of Asia and the cradle of Western civilization, a bridge between East and West.
April 18 – May 5, 2018 | Johan Elverskog
‘Silk Road’ – the very phrase conjures up images of camel caravans heavily laden with precious goods, slowly moving along barely-visible tracks through an endless desert. Conquered by names engraved in history books – Alexander the Great, Genghiz Khan,Tamerlane – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan are where empires were born.
June 2 – 12, 2017 | Stanley Guenter
The Toltecs are the most mysterious and controversial group from ancient Mesoamerica and the interpretation of their importance to the greater cultural traditions of this region have ranged from seeing them as the “mother culture”, from which all others sprang, to a group that didn’t even exist historically, and were nothing but a figment of the Aztec imagination.
May 5 – 21, 2017| Andrew Roddick
Join Far Horizons on an extraordinary 16-day journey through Bolivia that includes magnificent archaeological sites, indigenous peoples still wearing colorful dress, striking colonial cities created by the Spanish conquerers, and all five of Bolivia’s stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
October 10 – 26, 2017 | David Brophy
Begin in X’ian where a king enshrined hundreds of clay warriors in his grave. See the renowned Mogao Caves filled with ornate Buddhist paintings, explore one of the world’s oldest continuous markets in Kashgar, learn about the Uighur culture, and travel through the Taklamakan Desert by camel to see the earliest Buddhist pagoda. Highlights will include Kashgar market, Turpan, Kuqa, Urumqi and much more.
October 15 – 30, 2016 | Andrew Wilson
Travel, as ancient mariners and merchants did over a thousand years ago, along the Maritime Silk Road of the South China Sea. Rarely visited, the area is rich in history and the remains of former civilizations.