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Viking art

Viking Age Scandinavia:

Sweden, Denmark & Norway
This new tour places the Viking Age in the wider context of European history, and in Scandinavian history from the Bronze Age to today. The tour includes visits to the national museums of Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo as well as the fabulous ship museums of Roskilde and Oslo and other celebrated archaeological sites. Other tour highlights are the Viking market towns Birka and Sigtuna, the great mounds and sanctuary at Gamla Uppsala, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Visby, the superbly constructed camps of the Danish warriors at Fyrkat and Trelleborg and the hall excavated at Lejre that is the Heorot in the epic poem of Beowulf and the Hleidr of Norse legend. Join us as we travel through Scandinavia’s spectacular and varied landscape that shaped life in the Viking Age.

Aug. 7 22,

2014

Led by Prof. Kenneth W. Harl
Tulane University

16 DAYS


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. 2 20,
2014
Led by Prof. Robert R. Stieglitz
Rutgers University

19 DAYS


 

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 five-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.

View Dr Larick's
introduction to the tour.

Sept. 7 20,

2014

 
Led by Dr. Roy Larick
Cleveland State University

14 DAYS

Sept. 28 Oct. 11,

2014

Led by Dr. Roy Larick
Cleveland State University
14 DAYS

 

The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Splendors of Georgia & Armenia

The small republics of Georgia and Armenia have for thousands of years served as a crossroads of cultures. Archaeological evidence suggests that they are the sites of the oldest presence of humans outside of Africa. Nomads from Central Asia and traders from the ancient Near East, travelers and conquerors, all stopped here and left their mark. Out of these rich cultures came skilled craftsmen producing an art style that influenced all of Europe and filled the museums of these two countries with extraordinary works of art in gold, silver and other metals. The architecture of Georgia and Armenia is still another expression of their cultural identities and is most evident in their ecclesiastical buildings, so uniquely designed and richly decorated with wall paintings, icons, reliefs and textiles quite different from one another. Join the Oriental Institute to explore their mountain villages, bustling capitals and glorious landscapes, their history and their art and music, we will come to know the heart and soul of the Caucasus.

View Oriental Institute's brochure of this tour. 

Sept. 5 24,

2014

Led by Dr. Tasha Vorderstrasse
The Oriental Institute

20 DAYS


 

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.

Oct. 4 26,

2014

Led by Prof. Blaise Nagy

College of the Holy Cross


16 DAYS


 

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.


April 24 May 3

2015

Led by Prof. Ori Soltes
Georgetown University


10 DAYS

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 29 May 14

2015

Led by Prof. Robert R. Stieglitz
Rutgers University


16 DAYS

Dolman Cross

Megaliths & Monuments

Brittany and the Salisbury Plain

Amidst the picturesque Breton villages, we explore Brittany’s intriguing megalithic sites, including the “great stones” at Carnac, enormous dolmen and cairns dating back to 5000 BC, the covered tombs around Lannion, as well as regional museums, the parish closes typical to Brittany and the spectacular Abbey of Mont St. -Michel. This tour would not be complete without the exciting prehistoric sites of England’s Salisbury Plain, with the spectacular Stonehenge and the wonderful sites of the Avebury landscape.

 

May 6 20,

2015

Led by Dr. Roy Larick
Cleveland State University

15 DAYS


Classical Greece
This popular tour encompasses the major Mycenaean, Classical and Byzantine sites of mainland Greece, beginning with the Acropolis in Athens. We then expore the Peloponnese from the Panhellenic sanctuary of Olympia, Byzantine Mistra and the great healing center at Epidaurus to the Bronze Age sites of Tiryns and Mycenae. Traveling north, our program includes mystical Delphi, the amazing monasteries at Meteora, the mosaics of Pella and the many monuments associated with Phillip and Alexander.  This wonderful tour ends with the fabulous treasures in Thessaloniki's museum.

May 10 25,
2015
Led by Prof. Gerald Schaus
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
16 DAYS

Anatolia: Crossroads of Europe and Asia
Beginning in Ankara, this superb tour takes us to the Hittite capital of Hattusa, the oldest Neolithic site excavated in Anatolia at Çatal Höyük, the fanciful rock formations and hidden rock-hewn churches in Cappadocia, the Hellenistic cities on Turkey's southern and western coasts and the lovely tiled mosques and mausoleums of Ottoman Bursa. Tour highlights include the ongoing excavations at Aphrodisias, Sardis, Ephesus, where we will see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Pergamon, famed for its theater and library, and legendary Troy. Our adventure ends with a three-day visit to Istanbul's magnificent mosques and museums.

May 17 June 6,
2015
Led by Prof. Kenneth W. Harl
Tulane University

21 DAYS


 

Sicily plus the Aegadian and Aeolian Islands

Our tour will offer a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the less accessible and less visited sites on this beautiful island. We will venture out to Levanzo in the Aegadian Islands to view the cave paintings surviving from Sicily's earliest human settlements and to the Aeolian Islands to visit the Neolithic villages of the Stentinello culture on Lipari and Panarea as well as the remains of the Greek colonies. We will revisit some of the important Greek and Roman sites in Agrigento and see the amazing mosaics at the Villa Imperiale, as well as those new to us at Akrai and Solunto, one of Sicily’s three Punic cities. We will stroll along the medieval streets of Erice and study the extraordinary Baroque architecture found mainly in the southeastern towns of Noto and the UNESCO World Heritage Cities of Modica and Ragusa Ibla.

May 27 June 12,

2015

Led by Prof. Myles McDonnell
Baruch College, CUNY

17 DAYS


 

Etruscan Italy

This unique tour will introduce us to the Etruscans by bringing us to the most important Etruscan sites in central Italy. Our stops will include museums that showcase some of the greatest collections of Etruscan art where we will view the beautiful objects used in their lifetimes and taken to their grave. We will visit the hill sites they selected for their cities including Volterra, Marzabotto and Chiusi and their fascinating tombs at Sovana, Cerveteri and Tarquinia. We will explore the medieval towns of Perugia, Cortona and Orvieto, and the dazzling cities of Rome and Florence where many of the Etruscan collections are housed. The summer flowers, as well as the fine wines and famous cuisine of Tuscany and Umbria, will enhance our appreciation of these incredible people and all they left behind.

June 15 29,

2015

Led by Prof. Larissa Bonfante
New York University

15 DAYS


 

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,

2015

Led by Prof. Myles McDonnell
Baruch College, CUNY

12 DAYS


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,
2015
Led by Prof. Gordon Noble
University of Aberdeen

17 DAYS


 

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,

2015

 
Led by Dr. Roy Larick
Cleveland State University

15 DAYS


 

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,

2015

Led by Prof. Charles Doherty
University College Dublin

17 DAYS


Bulgaria
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,
2015
Led by Prof. Nikola Theodossiev
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
16 DAYS