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.
March 19 – 28, 2022 | 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!
July 16 – 30, 2021 | Karl Taube
Travel from the Gulf Coast lowlands to Mexico’s Central Plateau, and along the way see nine UNESCO World Heritage sites – Tlacotlalpan, El Tajin, Sanctuary of Atotonilco, the Padre Tembleque Aqueduct, El Camino Real Tierra Adentro, and the historic colonial cities of Puebla, Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Mexico City. Added highlights are the rarely visited archaeological sites of the Bajía region.
September 18 – October 1, 2021 | Gary Rollefson
Tour Jordan and explore the Roman splendor of Jerash, the wild beauty of Wadi Rum, impressive crusader castles, the elegant Umayyad palaces scattered in the eastern desert, and the unique majesty of Petra, the marvelous repository of Nabataean culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way gain an understanding and appreciation of the country and its compelling history.
June 19 – July 2, 2022 | 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.
May 28 – June 13, 2022 | 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.
June 2 – 16, 2022 | James Bruhn
Travel through the Welsh and English countryside to view the remnants of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and industrial sites. Explore the World’s largest prehistoric copper mine, Great Orme; Segontium Roman Fort; medieval St. Davids Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral; and the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I at Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech, all UNESCO sites.
August 6 – 23, 2022 | 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.
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 8th century carved relief at Madara Rider, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
September 24 – October 13, 2022 | Malcolm David Eckel
Travel through the three Himalayan Kingdoms of Ladakh, Sikkim, and Bhutan to explore elaborately decorated Buddhist monasteries and formidable fortress-palaces built by former monarchs. View snow-topped Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world, and enjoy these highland cultures including the Gangtey Tshechu honoring the 8th century guru who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
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.
July 8 – 22, 2022 | 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.
September 4 – 13, 2021 | Stephen H. Lekson
Tour the Four Corners of the American Southwest: Aztec, Hovenweep, Salinas Pueblo Missions, Laguna and Acoma pueblos, and the UNESCO sites of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. Join a Native guide to travel by four-wheel drive vehicles into the hidden areas of Canyon de Chelly and Ute Mountain Tribal Park. And enjoy the raucous festivities at the Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo.
June 11 – 26, 2022 | 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!
May 7 – 22, 2022 | 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.
June 7 – 13, 2021 & June 7 – 13, 2022| Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Travel to four US East Coast cities – Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and New York City – to view five outstanding collections of Egyptian art, as well as Cleopatra’s Needle, originally raised in 1475BC in Egypt and now standing majestically in Central Park.
April 12 – 26, 2022 | 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.
August 13 – 30, 2021 | Robin Coningham
Circle the lovely island of Sri Lanka and see six UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Old Town of Galle, Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple, Anuradhapura, and the Sacred City of Kandy. A highlight will be the Esala Perahera Festival where elephants process through the streets accompanied by a cacophony of percussionists pounding traditional drums, dancers clanging finger cymbals and the rhythmic thumping of mock sword battles.
January 9 – 17, 2022 | 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.
December 20 – 28, 2021 | Guy David Hepp
Join a very special nine-day Christmas trip to Oaxaca that highlights the colorful celebrations of the season. View exquisite colonial architecture, the archaeological sites of Mitla, Yagul, and Lambityeco, and the unique folk art of the nearby villages. Walk through the lovely historic center of Oaxaca and explore Monte Albán, the ancient Zapotec-Mixtec capital, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
July 22 – August 9, 2022 | Eric Tagliacozzo
Tour Indonesia and traverse three islands– Java, Sulawesi, and Bali. Climb the huge megalithic site of Gunung Padang, see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Prambanan and Borobudur, experience elaborate burial practices of the Toraja, and gaze on Bali’s UNESCO Heritage complex 1,000 year old Subak water system and the associated temples. Along the way experience an enriching cornucopia of artistic events including dance and musical performances.
February 7 – 18, 2022 | 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!
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!
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.
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.
January 1 – 16, 2022 | Malcolm 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
April 30 – May 10, 2022 | 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.
July 23 – August 5, 2022 | 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.
May 16 – 27, 2022 | 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.
January 31 – February 13, 2022 | 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.
April 27 – May 12, 2022 | 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.
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.
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.
June 4 – 19, 2022 | 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.
March 11 – 21, 2022 | 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.
November 12 -22, 2021 & February 20 – March 2, 2022 | 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!
October 29 – November 11, 2021 & February 5 – 18, 2022 | 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 6 – 19, 2022 | 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.
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.
October 9 – 25, 2021 | Jenny 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.
August 2 – 12, 2021 | Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Travel to five magnificent European cities – St. Petersburg, Moscow, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow – to view outstanding collections of Egyptian art: the Hermitage, the Pushkin Museum, three museums in both Copenhagen and Scotland, including the National Museum’s Collections Centre in Edinburgh.
August 20 – September 4, 2021 & May 13 – 28, 2022 | 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.
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.
June 17 – July 2, 2022 | 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.
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.
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.