Upcoming Departures

We have just set out to explore the crafts and foods of Central Asia! Our 2024 tour of Egypt is currently sold out. To be added to the waitlist please email isac-communications@uchicago.edu.
In June of 2022 we returned to travel with a tour of Turkey and Greece, transporting ISAC travelers to the very intersections where East meets West. In October of 2022, we set out even further, on a multi country tour across the Mediterranean, to explore the impact that the Phoenicians had on the region. We wrapped up 2022 with a grand tour of Egypt. In 2023 we set our sights on France, Israel, and Egypt. In 2024/25 we embark on a tour to Central Asia, a return to Egypt to celebrate 100 years of ISAC fieldwork at Luxor, a luxury cruise around Turkey and Greece, and more!

The Crafts and Cuisine of the Silk Road, and ISAC tour of Central Asia
June 10 –27, 2024
Led by Gil Stein, Rowe Professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, ISAC, Director of the Chicago Center for Cultural Heritage Preservation, University of Chicago
Destinations include: Ashgabat, Merv, Kunya Urgench, Nukus, Muynak, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarakand, Tashkent, and the Fergana Valley

Join us on a journey that explores the traditional crafts and foods of Central Asia. We set out on the Silk Road, travel through epic landscapes and marvel at modern architecture as we come face to face with artisans who continue to practice the crafts that were essential commodities along one of world’s most monumental trade routes. Travel with us and visit Bronze Age archaeological sites at the foothills of the Kopet Dag Mountains, drop in at a ghost town by the Aral Sea, take in the ambience at ancient workshops, and discuss the importance of cultural heritage at some of the regions most important museums. We are excited to explore the Fergana Valley on this tour, it is a first time ISAC destination!

While the full brochure is coming soon, please read the itinerary and pricing here. 

Our 2024 tour to Israel has been postponed to a later date.

Past Departures

The Wonders of Ancient Egypt

Egypt 2022 Brochure.pdf

Our Egypt tours sell out fast. To be included on a wait list, please email mwelton@uchicago.edu.

For 100 years, the ISAC has been a leading force in rediscovering the ancient landscape of Egypt. Join us as we drive, fly, and cruise the Nile on a journey that puts you in the footsteps of ISAC founder James Henry Breasted. Personal site tours and briefings by archaeologists and experts in the field give you unprecedented access to a country steeped in mystery and filled with wonder.


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