Spain and Morocco Tour: In the Path of Medieval Islam

Spain and Morocco Tour: In the Path of Medieval Islam

May 2 – 16, 2020 | 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.

Sri Lanka Tour: Resplendent Land

Sri Lanka Tour: Resplendent Land

2021 dates TBA| Anne Blackburn
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.

Iran Tour: Empires of Everlasting Fires

Iran Tour: Empires of Everlasting Fires

Dates TBA | Study Leader TBA
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.

Georgia & Armenia Tour

Georgia & Armenia Tour

August 7 – 24, 2020 | John France
Tour Georgia and Armenia: These two countries, tucked east of Turkey and south of Russia, have much to offer the intrepid traveler. Although way off the tourist trail, six fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites are found here. Walk through intriguing stone circles from the Iron Age, splendid churches built more than 1,000 years ago, and gaze in awe as we traverse the magnificent mountain scenery.

Eastern Turkey Tour

Eastern Turkey Tour

May 8 – 23, 2020 | Jennifer Tobin
Rugged, beautiful eastern Turkey offers the adventurer a fascinating past and a cornucopia of historical monuments – the Armenian capital of Ani; the stunning tomb of King Antiochus I on the top Nemrud Mountain; Zeugma’s stunning mosaics; Ayanis, the ancient capital of Urartu; Göbeklitepe dating back to 12,000 years ago; and Diyarbakır, one of the oldest cities in the world.