Turkey & Europe Tours
Travel and immerse yourself in a mélange of culture!
Here are our upcoming trips to Turkey and Europe. If you are looking for something unique or not listed here, contact us to discuss our custom tour options.
Bulgaria Tour: Land of History
October 1 – 18, 2023 | 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!
Italy’s Tuscany & Umbria: Art & Architecture Tour
May 15 – 26, 2023 | 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.
Rome and Southern Italy Tour
May 21 – 31, 2023 | 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.
Tour Egyptian Art in Nine European Museums
Dates TBA | Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Travel to six magnificent European cities – Hannover, Hildesheim, Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow – to view outstanding collections of Egyptian art: Germany’s August Kestner Museum and the Romer und Pelizaus Museum, Berlin’s Museum Island and The Neues Museum, three museums in both Copenhagen and Scotland, including the National Museum’s Collections Centre in Edinburgh.
England’s Castles, Battlements, and Stately Homes
July 21 – August 3, 2023 | Patrick N. Allitt
Impregnable fortifications, fairy-tale castles, and opulent Great Houses await you while traveling from The Borders to the city of London. During the trip, learn about England’s medieval history and endeavors to protect this island nation from foreign invaders. Walk through Durham Castle and Cathedral, Tower of London, and Blenheim Palace, all UNESCO properties, and spend the night in an 11th century castle.
Italy: In the Path of the Etruscans
June 13 – 24, 2023 | 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.
The Remote Caucasus: Tour Georgia and Armenia
Dates TBA | 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.
Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta Tour
Spring 2024 | 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.
Scandinavian Tour: The Vikings of Denmark, Norway & Sweden
June 30 – Jul 14, 2023 | Steven Ashby
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.
Greek Isles: Cyclades, Santorini, and Aegina
June 11 – 24, 2023 | Robert Garland
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.
Artistic and Architectural France Cathedral Tour
August 19 – 30, 2023 | 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.
Sail the Sapphire Seas of Turkey
April 26 – May 10, 2023 | 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!
Eastern Turkey Tour
May 13 – 28, 2023 | 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; Karahantepe and Göbekli Tepe dating back to 11,000 years ago; and Diyarbakır, one of the oldest cities in the world.
The Archaeology of Greece
May 27 – June 11, 2023 | 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.
Ireland Tour: The Archaeology of Éire
June 10 – 25, 2023 | 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!
Voyage through History: The Dodecanese Islands of Greece
September 17 – 30, 2023 | Robert Garland
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.
Tour the Baltics In the Path of the Northern Crusades
June 2023 | 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.
Wales and Roman England Tour
June 2 – 16, 2023 | 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.
Through the Glass Darkly: An Archaeological Pub Crawl of England
September 17 – 29, 2023 | James Bruhn
With only five others, travel from northern York to the Salisbury plains. Explore prehistoric stone circles, glorious abbeys, Hadrian’s Wall, medieval castles, and enjoy a private tour of Vindolanda Roman Fort. Meals and overnights in traditional pubs and historic inns, where we will touch pint mugs with local people while we savor delicious regional delicacies, washed down with the region’s best samples of the British brewer’s art.
Sicily Tour: Art & Archaeology
September 8 – 22, 2023 | Thomas 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.
Western Turkey Tour
May 27 – June 12, 2023 | Jeremy McInerney
Far Horizons offers 14 travelers an incredible 17-day archaeological tour that includes nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and specially arranged private tours with archaeologists at five of the most important archaeological projects in the eastern Mediterranean – Hattusa, Ephesus, Perge, Çatalhöyük, and Troy.
The Art of the Silk Road: St. Petersburg, Paris, London
Dates TBA| 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.
England’s Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Medieval Painted Churches
July 16 – 30, 2023 | 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.
Iceland Tour: In the Path of the Vikings
Dates TBA | Elizabeth Rowe Tour Iceland and learn about the people who settled this remote island. On Far Horizons 11-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.
Scotland Tour: Scottish Highlands & Lowlands
July 7 – 21, 2023| 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.