Oriental Institute trips are more than vacations. They’re journeys of a lifetime – adventurous, intellectually stimulating and richly memorable.  Oriental Institute Travel Programs provide exclusive visits and on-site learning privileges not enjoyed by other institutions and travel groups. Participants learn directly from some of the most eminent archaeologists and scholars in the world, at sites the OI has been excavating and researching for almost a century.

Upcoming Departures

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Georgia: A Journey through Traditions (2019 tour brochure and itinerary)
​May 21–June 5, 2019

Tbilisi Akhaltsikhe Kutaisi Mestia • Ushguli Tbilisi

Explore the rich history, traditions, and awe inspiring scenery of Georgia.
Your journey brings you to the birthplace of wine, through atmospheric churches, up close to magnificent wall paintings, and amidst towers which stand guard over Europe’s highest continually inhabited village.  

Led by Tasha Vorderstrasse

For more information or to register, contact:
Nathan Cox at MIR Corporation
(877) 535-9815 / nathan@mircorp.com


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Celebrate 100 years of Oriental Institute exploration as we return to Sudan and sites visited by James Henry Breasted on his 1907 expedition.

December  10 – 18, 2018
Sudan and Ancient Nubia (2018 brochure and itinerary)
Led by Emily Teeter, Research Associate, Oriental Institute

To book this trip, or for more information about the tour, contact Matthew Welton at 773.834-9777 or email oi-membership@uchicago.edu

November 26 - December 10, 2018
The Wonders of Ancient Egypt (2018 brochure and itinerary)
Led by Emily Teeter, Research Associate, Oriental Institute

Previous Departures

May 7 – 25, 2018
The Silk Road: A Journey through Time in Central Asia
Led by Gil Stein, Professor of Archaeology (Director of the Oriental Institute 2002-2017)

October 6 – 18, 2017
Journey to Jordan - Archaeological Heritage of an Ancient Land
Led by Yorke Rowan, Senior Research Associate, Oriental Institute

May 10 – 13, 2017
Dura Europos Discovery Tour
Led by Tasha Vorderstrasse, Research Associate, Oriental Institute, PhD'04

March 11 – 26, 2017
The Wonders of Ancient Egypt
Led by Lanny Bell, Associate Professor Emeritus of Egyptology, AB'63

October 13 – 28, 2016
The Ancient Land of Persia
Led by Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute

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For detailed information about Oriental Institute tours, contact the Membership Office at 773.702.9513 or oi-membership@uchicago.edu. View past trip photos at our Oriental Institute Facebook page.

Oriental Institute Members are welcome on travel-study programs through Graham School of General Studies University of Chicago Alumni Association.