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Ancient Rome

This in-depth tour divides our program into historical segments. —We will be visiting the monuments of each period as a unit, the Early Republic, Early Rome and the Etruscans, Republican Rome, Late Republican and Augustan Rome, the Early Empire, the High Empire, Christian Rome and the Imperial Palaces of the Later Empire thus giving us a true understanding of each era as a whole. We will spend a full day at Ostia Antica, the port of ancient Rome, and another day at Tivoli visiting Hadrian’s Villa, the largest villa ever built in the Roman Empire. By looking beneath the contemporary levels of the city — under churches, in the basements of restaurants, as well as in subterranean archaeological sites — we will rediscover significant parts of the ancient city that still exist on the banks of the Tiber.

June 17 28,


Led by Prof. Myles McDonnell
Baruch College, CUNY


Scotland and Its Islands
This unique tour encompasses a series of prehistoric sacred places and monuments on the mainland and northern islands of Scotland. Stone circles and awe-inspiring tombs; intricately decorated Pictish stelae; towering brochs; stone-built villages; medieval castles; and mysterious landscapes are set amid peat-covered moors and along swift-flowing burns. We will begin with the Early Christian monastic settlement on Iona and continue to the Isle of Lewis, where we will ponder the enigmatic megalithic Stones of Callanish. We then fly to Edinburgh and travel into the countryside to see the unusual Bronze Age burial cairn at Cairnpapple Hill, fascinating carved Pictish menhirs and a fairy-tale castle. Tour highlights include our five days on the Orkney and Shetland Islands visiting fabulous Neolithic and Viking sites such as Maes Howe and Skara Brae, Britain’s most outstanding Stone Age settlement and burial cairn.

June 19 July 5,
Led by Prof. Gordon Noble
University of Aberdeen



Caves & Castles
Northern Spain & Southern France

This tour provides an exploration of the outstanding Paleolithic art found in the caves of northern Spain and southwestern France. We begin in Burgos, visiting Atapuerca, an extremely important paleontological site. From Santillana del Mar we visit caves known asEl Pindal, Tito Bustillo, El Castillo, Las Monedas and Altamira II, all famous for their rich paintings. We also visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, before crossing the Pyrénées into France. Tour highlights in France include the caves of Gargas, Bédeilhac, Le Mas-d’Azil, Lascaux II and Pech-Merle. During our four-day stay in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac we visit the region's major caves and museums and explore medieval villages and the castles and fortresses of the Dordogne Valley. We end our tour with the Chauvet cave replica, where early sapiens imagery (25,000 years old) is the most spectacular ever discovered.

View Dr Larick's
introduction to the tour.

Sept. 6 20,


Led by Dr. Roy Larick
Cleveland State University



Ancient Ireland

This exciting tour explores the fascinating prehistoric and early Christian sites scattered in the lush Irish countryside. Our touring will span thousands of years as we study Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments and artifacts, Celtic defensive systems and stone forts. Some of the tour highlights include prehistoric Newgrange and Knowth; the dramatic dry-stone fort of Dun Aengus on the Aran Island of Inishmore; the Ring of Kerry; fascinating Ogham Stones; the monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise; Dublin and Belfast. Our tour will be enhanced by traditional music and dance performances and special lectures by local archaeologists and historians. 

Sept. 16 Oct. 2,


Led by Prof. Charles Doherty
University College Dublin


Ancient Peoples of the Danube Valley

While studying the complicated and colorful history of the many peoples who have occupied the lands along the Danube River, we will visit Neolithic villages and tombs, Greek settlements and marvelously carved and painted Thracian tombs. We will see great monuments and cities built by the Romans, fabulous Byzantine churches and World Heritage monasteries, as well as uniquely Ottoman architecture. But our most amazing discoveries will be in the museums, where the archaeological evidence of an unparalleled artistic heritage is revealed, including Vratsa's outstanding collection of Thracian artifacts, the famous Rogozen Treasure hoard of silver, and the oldest gold jewelry in the world at Varna.Throughout we will be astounded by the beauty of the countryside and charmed by our hosts.

Sep. 24 Oct. 10,
Led by Prof. Nikola Theodossiev
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski


Sicily & Southern Italy

Our tour provides an opportunity to see some of the best-preserved monuments ever created by the ancient Greeks. Touring includes the Byzantine and Norman monuments of Palermo, Phoenician Motya and the classical sites of Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento and Siracusa. A highlight will be our visit to a Roman villa unique for its 37 rooms floored with exquisite mosaics. We will take a break in luxurious Taormina and then, on the mainland, visit the fascinating ancient cities of Paestum, Pompeii and Herculaneum, plus the incredible “Bronzes of Riace.” The tour ends in Naples with a visit to the Archaeological Museum where we will view an unsurpassed collection of classical art.

Sept. 26 Oct. 11,


Led by Prof. Gerald Schaus
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada


Oct. 17 Nov. 1,


Led by Prof. Gerald Schaus
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada


Cyprus, Crete & Santorini
This study tour explores the spectacular and varied cultural treasures of Cyprus, Crete and Santorini as manifested by their fabulous sites and museums. From Neolithic villages to the Bronze Age palatial cultures of the Minoans, Mycenaeans and Cypriotes, then on to the Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras, our Aegean adventure unfolds a clear development of cultural achievements. After a nine-day tour of Cypriote sites (south and north), we fly to Crete for an extensive five-day exploration of Minoan archaeology. Lastly, we ferry to Santorini where we will visit the renowned ancient cities of Akrotiri and Thera. Sunny skies, excellent beaches and delicious Mediterranean cuisine will enhance our discovery of these ancient civilizations.

Sept. 29 17,
Led by Prof. Robert R. Stieglitz
Rutgers University


Malta, Sardinia and Corsica
We are never far from the sea as we explore these three gorgeous islands, each unique in its ancient monuments, physical beauty and fabulous cuisine. The immense megalithic temples on Malta are constructed with the island’s wonderful golden stone, while Sardinia’s amazing nuraghes are scattered amid lush green rolling hills. We will journey through Corsica’s wild and spectacular mountain scenery to mysterious cult sites and enigmatic menhirs. Along the way we will visit ancient Phoenician ports and cities built by Romans, Greeks and Crusader knights as well as fine museums and historic villages.

April 27 May 12


Led by Prof. Robert R. Stieglitz
Rutgers University



Great Museums: Paris
This tour will focus on the museum collections of Egyptian Classical, Near Eastern and Asian art in the Paris’s extraordinary museums. For all who have visited Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Syria or Southeast Asia, or will visit these places, this tour is an absolute treasure trove of art from their ancient cities. We will visit major collections of Christian and Jewish art and wonderful paintings from Impressionism and the advent of Modernism to the contemporary art scene. Our long stay in this vibrant city will also give us the opportunity to take advantage of Paris’s cultural offering.

May 6 14   


Led by Prof. Ori Soltes
Georgetown University