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Khmer Kingdoms
(Myanmar, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia)

This popular tour focuses on the historical, religious and aesthetic aspects of these four countries. Beginning in Myanmar visits include the ancient royal cities, pagodas and golden temples in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. We continue to Laos’s magnificent 7th-century Khmer temples at Wat Phu and to remote northeastern Thailand to visit Wat Prasat Phanam Rung and Phimai. In The tour ends in Cambodia with the fine National museum and Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and five glorious days at Angkor Wat. These exciting days will be enhanced by colorful markets and traditional music and dance performances.

Jan. 30 - Feb. 21


Led by Professor Richard Cooler
Northern Illinois University

Our tour introduces the entire span of Japanese archaeology, from Paleolithic sites to medieval castles. Beginning in Tokyo, we fly to Kyushu, visiting samurai houses and gardens, ancient burial mounds and prehistoric town sites as well as Kyushu’s famous traditional craft villages. The tour continues with seven days exploring Nara and Kyoto’s famed temples and gardens as well as the wonderful Kyoto National Museum which has just reopened after a complete reinstallation of its galleries. We have scheduled this tour in the spring, one of Japan’s most beautiful seasons. Throughout, we will visit Japan’s great museums, attend special cultural events and study the role of Japan’s ancient culture in today’s modern nation.

Apr. 2 - 16

Led by Professor Robert Thorp, Washington University
tile Central Asia

Central Asia
(Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan)

The magical names of Samarkand and Bukhara conjure up images of the ancient Silk Road, Alexander the Great and Kublai Khan. We will travel in their footsteps, visiting Tamerlane’s glorious cities resplendent in intricately designed glazed tiles and brick work, as well as Khiva and Nisa, capital of the Parthian empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour highlights include the archaeological remains of ancient Merv and visits to the ongoing excavations at Pikent, Varaksha in Uzbekistan and Gonur-Tepe in the Kara Kum desert of Turkmenistan. Interspersed with the ancient sites will be visits to fine local museums, cultural programs and Central Asia’s legendary bazaars.

Apr. 20 - May 7


Led by Professor Craig Benjamin
Grand Valley State University
Korean Porcellan duck

South Korea
This unique tour explores Korea’s 5,000 years of history. Beginning in Seoul, capital of the Joseon dynasty and home to royal palaces and fine museums, we continue to Gongju, visiting the royal tomb of the Baekje dynasty, and Gyeongju, capital of the Silla dynasty. Tour highlights include the Seokguram Buddhist Grotto, Buseoksa Temple, the Tripitaka Koreana of Haeinsa Temple, a day trip to the Demilitarized Zone and the ancient tumuli, pagodas and rock sculptures that dot the countryside around Gwangju. We will also explore traditional Korea through its music, dance, crafts and folklore.


Apr. 27 - May 11


Led by Prof. Donald Baker
University of British Columbia
Indonesia puppet

Indonesia: The Islands of Java, Sulawesi & Bali
Our tour studies three of Indonesia’s most interesting and exotic islands: Java, Sulawesi and Bali. Beginning in Yogyakarta, the tour includes the renowned temples at Borobudur and Prambanan, a spectacular day trip through mountain villages to the Dieng Plateau, as well as Solo and the nearby Bima cult temples. In eastern Java, we visit the largest temple complex in Indonesia at Panataran and the ancient capital of the Majapahit Empire at Trowulan. We will spend four days in the highlands of Tana Toraja on Sulawesi and five days in the lush tropical paradise of Bali, visiting Hindu temples and traditional villages. Our experience will be enhanced by the many specially commissioned musical and dance performances arranged for us.

Aug. 3 - 23


Led by Professor Richard Cooler
Northern Illinois University
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