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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.

 

‘It’s hard to return to earth after being in heaven with Far Horizons’ – Alberta Chulick

 

‘Every time I pass a group of people on one of those traditional tours (30-40 people straggling along behind a tour leader who’s so far ahead of them that the leader is holding aloft a little flag and communicating via a microphone), it makes me think of supermarket bread. Mass-produced. Conveyor belts. Completely unmemorable.  Far Horizons trips are like artisan bread – small batches, hand-crafted, full of flavor, meant to be savored’. – Tony Navarrete

 

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.

Tour Easter Island and see the Tapati Festival

Tour Easter Island and see the Tapati Festival

February 7 – 18, 2021 | 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!

Sail the Sapphire Seas of Turkey

Sail the Sapphire Seas of Turkey

April 25 – May 9, 2022 | Jennifer Tobin
Join only eight others on a 15-day odyssey including eight days onboard a private yacht. Explore the dazzling remains of former civilizations, fascinating crusader’s castles, and remote fishing villages. Enjoy the leisure time to hike, swim in the crystal-clear water of the Eastern Mediterranean or simply snooze on deck. And during the voyage, enjoy informal talks on the culture, archaeology, and history of Turkey. Each day presents a new discovery!

England’s Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Medieval Painted Churches

England’s Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Medieval Painted Churches

June 6 – 20, 2022 | 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.

Eastern India: From Bodh Gaya to Kolkata to Puri

Eastern India: From Bodh Gaya to Kolkata to Puri

January 2 – 17, 2021 & January 1 – 16, 2022 | M. David Eckel An adventure into remote areas of eastern India – from Bodh Gaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment to Patna where a casket believed to contain the Buddha’s ashes was found, to the great city of Kolkata, to Bishnupur’s Laterite Hindu temples, to the Buddhist Golden Triangle of the East, to the intricately carved Jain caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri, and to the Sun Temple at Konârak.

Undiscovered Egypt Tour & Nile Cruise

Undiscovered Egypt Tour & Nile Cruise

October 24- November 6, 2021 | 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.

The Majesty of Egypt Tour

The Majesty of Egypt Tour

February 28 – March 13, 2021 & October 10 – 23, 2021 | 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!

American Southwest Tour

American Southwest Tour

September 4 – 13, 2021 | Steven H. Lekson
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, Laguna Pueblo’s Mission Church, and the Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo.

The Wonders of Tunisia

The Wonders of Tunisia

October 17 – November 1, 2021 | Jennifer Tobin
On this 16-day tour experience Tunisia’s riches from Phoenician remains, Roman amphitheaters and aqueducts, Arab fortresses, and Jewish synagogues, thousand-year old mosques, and vibrant Berber (Amazigh) fortified villages. And see all seven of Tunisia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Dougga, Kairouan, the medinas of Sousse and Tunis, the Punic remains of Kerkouane, magnificent Carthage, and El Jem, the largest Roman amphitheater in North Africa.

Christmas in Oaxaca Tour

Christmas in Oaxaca Tour

December 20 – 28, 2020 & 2021 | Guy David Hepp
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.

South India Tour

South India Tour

January 25 – February 10, 2021 & January 24 – February 9, 2022 | Paula Richman and Michael Fisher
Join Far Horizons 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.

Scandinavian Tour: The Vikings of Denmark, Germany, Norway & Sweden

Scandinavian Tour: The Vikings of Denmark, Germany, Norway & Sweden

June 19 – July 3, 2021 / Julian Richards & Dawn Hadley
More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings dominated northern Europe from their base in Scandinavia. Travel through Denmark, Germany, 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.

Ireland Tour: The Archaeology of Éire

Ireland Tour: The Archaeology of Éire

June 12 – 27, 2021 | 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!

Tour Central Mexico’s Toltec Heritage

Tour Central Mexico’s Toltec Heritage

April 10 – 20, 2021 | 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.

Georgia & Armenia Tour

Georgia & Armenia Tour

August 6 – 23, 2021 | 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.

Greek Isles: Cyclades, Santorini, and Aegina

Greek Isles: Cyclades, Santorini, and Aegina

June 5 – 18, 2021 | Jennifer Tobin
The isles 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: Tinos, Mykonos, Delos, Despotiko, Paros, and Naxos in the Cyclades archipelago, and then Santorini and Aegina.

Peru: Hike the Inka Trail

Peru: Hike the Inka Trail

July 24 – August 6, 2021 | Kylie Quave
Hike the Inka Road from Cusco to Machu Picchu and along the way, experience the imposing mountain scenery and explore outstanding Inka stone temples and sanctuaries only accessible by walking this sacred path. Also see Ollantaytambo and Saksaywaman, the enigmatic sanctuary of Qenko, and spend time in the lovely colonial city of Cusco.

Iceland: In the Path of the Vikings

Iceland: In the Path of the Vikings

August 6 – 15, 2021 | Elizabeth Rowe Tour Iceland and learn about the people who settled this remote island. On Far Horizons 10-day journey, experience dramatic landscapes, ancient Norse longhouses, and Viking ships. Learn about the adventures, struggles and often bloody feuds of the great families who settled on this remote island as described in the stories in Iceland’s sagas.

Italy’s Tuscany & Umbria: Art & Architecture Tour

Italy’s Tuscany & Umbria: Art & Architecture Tour

May 17 – 28, 2021 | William R Cook
The birthplace of the one of the most significant movements in Western Civilization lies in the heart of Italy. It is here that the Renaissance developed and reached its apex. This fascinating period in history represents a movement in which art, architecture, religion and politics come together to create an everlasting cultural legacy. Join only 13 others on this in-depth 12-day exploration of the evolution of art and architecture in Tuscany and Umbria.

Mexico Tour: In the Path of the Ancient Olmec

Mexico Tour: In the Path of the Ancient Olmec

March 20 – 28, 2021 | 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!

Sudan: An Exploration of Ancient Kush

Sudan: An Exploration of Ancient Kush

February 1 – 14, 2021 | Tim Kendall
Travel by 4-wheel drive along the Nile and through the deserts of northern Sudan where towering pyramids, painted rock-cut tombs, and ornately carved temples await discovery. . Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Meroe and Jebel Barkal, and enjoy specially-arranged, private tours by archaeologists at Tombos, El Kurru, Kawa, the Temple of Mut at Jebel Barkal, and Old Dongola’s Monastery of the Holy Trinity.

Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta Tour

Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta Tour

April 11 – 26, 2021 | John France
Follow the Path of the Crusader Knights across three Mediterranean islands: Cyprus, Rhodes, and Malta. Led by a renowned medieval specialist, begin in Cyprus where the Crusaders fled after the fall of Jerusalem. Continue to Rhodes where the knights created a stronghold against the Ottomans, and then to Malta, where they remained until the island fell to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798.

Tour India’s Gujarat & Rajasthan

Tour India’s Gujarat & Rajasthan

January 8 – 25, 2021 & January 7 – 24, 2022 | Cynthia Packert
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.

Guatemala Tour: The Enduring Maya

Guatemala Tour: The Enduring Maya

Dates TBA | Study Leader TBA
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.

The Archaeology of Greece

The Archaeology of Greece

May 20 – June 4, 2021 | Steven L. Tuck
Travel through northern Greece and the Peloponnese Peninsula to view both celebrated and more remote remains. Along the way, see ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Thessaloniki’s Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments, Philippi, Aigai, Delphi, Olympia, Mystras, Mycenae, Tyrns, Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, and Athens’ Acropolis.

Tour Jordan & Petra

Tour Jordan & Petra

May 8 – 21, 2021 | 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.

Guatemala & El Salvador: Lost Cities of the Ancient Maya Tour

Guatemala & El Salvador: Lost Cities of the Ancient Maya Tour

March 11 – 21, 2021 | 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.

Mexico’s Yucatan Tour – Off the Beaten Path

Mexico’s Yucatan Tour – Off the Beaten Path

February 21 – March 3, 2021 | 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!

Capital Cities of the Ancient Maya: Honduras, Guatemala & Mexico Tour

Capital Cities of the Ancient Maya: Honduras, Guatemala & Mexico Tour

February 6 – 19, 2021 | 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.

The Baltics: In the Path of the Northern Crusades

The Baltics: In the Path of the Northern Crusades

June 7 – 20, 2021 | John France
Delightful medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, verdant forests, and wild coastlines with shifting sand dunes await while traveling through these three fascinating countries on the shores of the Baltic Sea. And during the trip, learn about and witness the interesting local traditions, and taste luscious cuisines inspired by the multitude of civilizations that have streamed across these lands.

Bulgaria Tour: Land of History

Bulgaria Tour: Land of History

October 4 – 21, 2021 | Vassil Tenekedjiev
Remote, beautiful Bulgaria offers a fascinating past and a plethora of historical monuments – Thracian tombs, gold and silver hoards, medieval cities, rock-hewn churches, the rock relief at Madara Rider, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

North India: Gods, Temples and Archaeology

North India: Gods, Temples and Archaeology

February 10 – 24, 2022 | Michael Fisher
Journey from Mumbai to Agra to Delhi to Jaipur and see nine UNESCO World Heritage sites: the rock-cut temple caves of Ellora and Ajanta; Khajaraho’s sensuous sculptures; the glorious Taj Mahal; Agra’s Red Fort; the splendid Fatehpur Sikri; the Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur; and in Delhi, Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and the14th century Qutab Minar complex.

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.

Eastern Turkey Tour

Eastern Turkey Tour

May 21 – June 5, 2021 | 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.

Cathedrals of France

Cathedrals of France

August 20 – 31, 2021 | William R. Cook
Join a 12-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, Soissons, Laon, Beauvais and Rouen. Along the way, see eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Epernay’s Avenue de Champagne.

Western Turkey Tour

Western Turkey Tour

May 8 – 24, 2021 | 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.

Peru Tour: Inka and Their Ancestors

Peru Tour: Inka and Their Ancestors

June 18 – July 3, 2021 | 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.

Scotland Tour: Scottish Highlands & Lowlands

Scotland Tour: Scottish Highlands & Lowlands

July 9 – 23, 2021 | Brian Buchanan
From the battlefield at Culloden to Linlithgow Palace, home of the Stewart kings. From the finely decorated 15th century Rosslyn Chapel to the Orkney Islands Stone Age sites of Maeshowe, Stenness Stones, Ness of Brodgar, and Skara Brae. Experience the taste of fine whisky and join the fun at the Tomintoul Highland Games, the oldest in Scotland.

Tour Ethiopia: The Wonders of the Horn of Africa

Tour Ethiopia: The Wonders of the Horn of Africa

April 20 – May 4, 2021 | 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.

Bolivia Tour

Bolivia Tour

May 1 – 16, 2021 | 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.

Sicily Tour: Art & Archaeology

Sicily Tour: Art & Archaeology

September 3 – 17, 2021 | 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.

The Art of the Silk Road: St. Petersburg, Paris, London

The Art of the Silk Road: St. Petersburg, Paris, London

June 15 – 25, 2021| Jenny Rose
Travel to three European cities – St. Petersburg, Paris, London – to view collections of Central Asia and Persian works of art. Enjoy private viewing of objects not on public display at the Hermitage, British Library, and the British Museum.

Voyage through History: The Dodecanese Islands of Greece

Voyage through History: The Dodecanese Islands of Greece

September 18 – October 1, 2021 | 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 in the east. Beginning and ending in Turkey, cruise by private yacht through eight Dodecanese Islands – Pátmos, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Symi and Rhodes, plus Samos.

Central Asia Silk Road Tour of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

Central Asia Silk Road Tour of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

September 20 – October 7, 2021 | Jenny 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.

Archaeology and History of England Tour

Archaeology and History of England Tour

August 15 – 27, 2020| 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.

Italy: In the Path of the Etruscans

Italy: In the Path of the Etruscans

March 18 – 29, 2021 | 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.

Wales and Roman England Tour

Wales and Roman England Tour

July 5 – 19, 2021 | James Bruhn
Travel through the Welsh and English countryside to view the remnants of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and industrial sites, including picturesque Conway Castle.

The Archaeology of Belize Tour

The Archaeology of Belize Tour

January 9 – 17, 2021 | 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.

Rome and Southern Italy Tour

Rome and Southern Italy Tour

May 21 – 31, 2021 | Thomas F.X. Noble
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.