Traveling through Bulgaria

A post-trip interview with tour manager, Kelly Bryson How long was your trip to Bulgaria and where did you visit? The trip was just over two weeks long and we made a circuit of the entire country, including stops at Sofia, Ivanovo, Madara Rider, Varna, Nessebar, Stara... read more

Traveling along the Silk Road through Western China

A post-trip interview with 2016 trip participant, Kip Lilly   How long was your trip to China and where did you visit? This trip was two and a half weeks long and went west from Xian following the original Silk/Tea/Jade road (Dunhuang, Turpan, Hotan, Kashgar,... read more

Traveling through Ethiopia

A post-trip interview on Ethiopia with tour managers, Kelly Bryson and Heather Stoeckley How long was your trip to Ethiopia and where did you visit? The main tour – Addis Ababa, Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Lake Tana – was 15 days plus a 2-day... read more

Guatemala Tour: The Enduring Maya

October 21 – November 2, 2018 | 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.

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Sicily: The Heart of the Mediterranean

By Heather Stoeckley “To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”  These words from the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe (who traveled to Sicily 1786-1788) have been the playing in the back of head since... read more

Unlocking the past in Mexico City

By Heather Stoeckley Mexico City is bursting with color!  From the purple-blooming Jacaranda trees that line Reforma Avenue, to the yellow and orange dome that tops Palacio de Bellas Artes, everywhere you turn you are acutely aware of how this place epitomizes sun and... read more

Myanmar: Land of Golden Pagodas

By Heather Stoeckley If there is one word to describe my experiences in Myanmar, it would be shwe.  It means ‘golden’ in the Burmese language, and from the moment of arrival, it epitomizes everything one sees in this enchanting country. This word is frequently used in... read more

Sri Lanka: Land of Serendipity

By David Eckel In 1754, the English essayist Horace Walpole coined the term “serendipity” to refer to “a happy and unexpected discovery.” The source for his new word was a Persian story about three princes from Serendip, an island in the Indian Ocean that was known to... read more

Travel through India’s Gujarat and Rajasthan

Exploring traditions in Gujarat and Rajasthan By Jenny Rose   I often think of India as a kind of reverse prism of religious and social diversity, continuously absorbing a wide range of peoples and ideas as it radiates its own distinct culture. Far Horizon’s... read more

What’s the Origin of Ireland’s Name?

“In Gaelic myth, Ériu, Banbha and Fódla were three goddesses who greeted the Milesians upon their arrival in Ireland, and who granted them custody of the island. Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or... read more

“The Snake Kingdom” of the Ancient Maya!

The Petex-Batún is the most inaccessible and rarely-visited region of Guatemala. Today it is lightly populated, and yet more than 1,500 years ago Maya rulers jockeyed for supremacy as they created immense cities here. During the 1990s mounting evidence indicated that... read more

Scandinavia: Nordic Skies and the Midnight Sun

Did you know that the summer solstice sun never sets at the Arctic Circle, and above that latitude the summer sun continues to shine at midnight for days or weeks?  It’s a wonderful time to visit Scandinavia. Scandinavia stretches from northern Germany all the... read more

The Maya Hieroglyphics…

Deep in the remote southern area along the border with Guatemala, 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... read more

The Zoroastrian – India Connection!

The Parsis, devotees of the Zoroastrian religion, came to India from Iran around 1,000 years ago.  They are followers of one of the oldest religions in the world, thought to have begun in the late 2nd millennium BCE with the teachings of Zarathushtra. On a truly... read more

What is Easter Island’s “Tapati Festival?”

Easter Island lies at the southeastern tip of the Polynesian triangle and is one of the most remote spots on the planet. Surrounded by an endless ocean as blue as the sky and located 2,300 miles west of Santiago, Chile, this tiny dot of land is sixty square miles of... read more

In Search of the Crown Jewel at Angkor, Cambodia

Cambodia… The alarm clock sounds at 5:15am; it is still dark despite the curtains being drawn.  I’m not a morning person by nature, but by now – our sixth day on the trip – I am used to our departures at dawn…  And, moreover, I understand their importance in our... read more