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.
February 17 – 26, 2019 | 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!
September 20 – October 7, 2019 | Jennifer Rose
‘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.
March 23 – 31, 2019 | Karl Taube
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 Villahermosa, Xalapa and Mexico City!
May 17-June 2, 2019 | David Eckel
Tour Indonesia and visit four of the archipelago’s islands – Java, Sulawesi, and Bali with an extension to Komodo to see the island’s acclaimed giant lizard. See the huge megalithic site of Gunung Padang, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Prambanan and Borobudur, elaborate funeral rituals and burial practices of the Toraja, and Bali’s UNESCO Heritage Property, the 1,000 year old Subak water system and associated temples.
February 3 – 16, 2019 | 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.
June 2 – 15, 2019 | William R. Cook
Tour England’s Cathedrals, abbeys, and medieval painted churches From Durham Cathedral, to Fountains Abbey, to churches in tiny villages that harbor exquisite medieval paintings. Far Horizons 2 week itinerary travels from the far north, west to Bath, and to the far southeast to Canterbury and includes 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
January 3 – 19, 2019| David Eckel
Join South India specialist, Professor David Eckel, 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.
August 4 – 16, 2019| James Bruhn
With only five others, travel from northern York to the Salisbury plains to explore prehistoric stone circles, glorious abbeys, Hadrian’s Wall, medieval castles with a private tour of Vindolanda Roman Fort. Meals and overnights in traditional pubs and charming inns.
October 3 – 19, 2019 | 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.
February 2 – 19, 2019 | Paula Richman and Michael H. Fisher
Far Horizons offers 14 participants an extraordinary 18-day tour through Gujarat and Rajasthan: Explore ornate palaces, desert fortresses, Jain sanctuaries, nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the cities of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Khimsar, Pushkar, and Jaipur.
April 28 – May 12, 2019 | 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.
May 5 – 18, 2019 | Judith M. Barringer
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. Travel from Mykonos through the Cyclades archipelago to Santorini and Crete and Aegina.
September 7 – 24, 2018 | Emil Nankov
Remote, beautiful Bulgaria offers a fascinating past and a plethora of historical monuments – The Sveshtari Thracian tomb, the Rogozen Collection of silver, medieval cities, rock-hewn churches, the rock relief at Madara Rider, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
May 4 – 19, 2019 | 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.
September 7 – 21, 2019 | Judith M. Barringer
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.
September 18 – October 4, 2018 | Johan Elverskog, Co-sponsored with History News Network
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 Bingling Grotto with 1,000 year old painted frescoes. Highlights will include Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Turpan, Kuqa, Urumqi and much more.
May 30 – June 10, 2019 | 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
November 3 – 16, 2018 | 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!
March 9 – 22, 2019 | 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.
Summer 2020 | William R. Cook
Join Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips on an 11-day exploration of the art and architecture of the Cathedrals of France! Enjoy three nights in the center of Paris and view the stunning architecture of Chartres, Bourges,Vézelay, Troyes, Reims, Laon, and Beauvais. along the way, see four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
July 13 – 27, 2019 | Brian Buchanan
From the battlefield at Culloden to Linlithgow Palace, home of the Stewart kings. And see the finely decorated 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, and the Orkney Islands stone age sites of Maeshowe, Stenness Stones, Ness of Brodgar, and Skara Brae. A join the fun at the Tomintoul Highland Games
June 1 – 15, 2018 | James Bruhn
Travel through the Welsh and English countryside to view the remnants of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and industrial sites, including picturesque Conway Castle.
August 6 – 23, 2019| 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.
January 6 – 22, 2019 | 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.
June 8 – 24, 2018 | Jesse Byock
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 culture including wooden stave churches, petroglyph sites, pre-Christian stone ship graves, Viking fortresses, and six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
TBA | 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.
September 21 – October 5, 2018 | 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.
June 14 – 29, 2019 | 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!
August 10 – 27, 2018 | 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.
September 23 – October 7, 2019 | 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 20 – February 2, 2019 | Bob Brier
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.
May 24 – June 7, 2019 | Thomas F. X. Noble
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.
May 4-19, 2019 | 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.
January 29 – February 9, 2019 | 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 15 – 30, 2019 | 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 the enigmatic Nazca Lines and remote Revash and Kuelap. And a highlight will be the Chankillo astronomical observatory built 2,300 years ago.
May 17 – June 2, 2019 | Charles Stewart
Far Horizons offers 12 participants an incredible 17-day archaeological tour that includes eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and specially arranged private tours with archaeologists at four of the most important archaeological projects in the eastern Mediterranean – Hattusa, Ephesus, Aspendos, and Troy.
April 21 – 26, 2018 | 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.
January 5 – 13, 2019 | 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.
September 7 – 16, 2018 | 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.
May 19 – 29, 2019 | 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.
March 16 – 29, 2019| 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.
September 14 – 22, 2018 | 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.
March 7 – 17, 2019 | Stanley Guenter
Journey with Far Horizons on an 11-day expedition through out-of-the-way areas of Guatemala and El Salvador, and discover some of the most influential cities of the ancient Maya, including Dos Pilas, Aguateca, Tazumal, and Joya de Cerén, buried under layers of ash from an eruption of a volcano and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
December 20 – 28, 2018| 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.
August 27 – September 8, 2018 | 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.
May 26 – June 5, 2018 | 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.