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 famous Meho Museum designed
by I. M. Pei. 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.
(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.
of the Clouds
Yunnan and Sichuan
Beginning in Yunnan, where excavations have
revealed the material remains of a sophisticated Bronze
Age culture, we will study the complex history of
this very beautiful region. We will then travel to
two distinctive ethnic areas: Dali and Lijiang, each
with a diversity of religions, languages and culture.
We will visit temples famed for their frescoes and
cave sites that show the impact of Taoism and Tantric
Buddhism on the numerous peoples who occupy the area.
Traveling into Sichuan, our touring will include Chengdu,
the Sanxingdui site museum, the Taoist temples on
Qingchengshan, birthplace of the Celestial Master
sect in the Han dynasty, and the fabulous Buddhist
grottoes rich in finely carved sculptures in Dazu.
Our tour ends in Shangha with its superb museumi.
Lush vegetation and colorful cultures will enhance
our enjoyment of these exotic regions.
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.
China: Beyond The Great Wall
This unique new tour highlights major sites
of alien dynasties. It includes visits to the Yungang
cave-chapels of the Northern Wei; the capital and
tombs of the Korean Koguryo kingdom that dominated
the Northeast for seven centuries; and the capitals,
tombs and architecture of the Liao, Jin, Mongol, and
Manchu emperors. Crossing the plain of Manchuria and
the grassland steppe of Inner Mongolia, our tour explores
chapters in Chinese civilization untouched by other
Archaeological Tours itineraries.
(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 five days at Angkor Wat. These
exciting days will be enhanced by colorful markets
and traditional music and dance performances.