International Departures

Upcoming Departures

Due to the global spread of COVID-19, all OI trips have been cancelled or postponed. Please do check back in the future for both domestic and international offerings. 

Egypt: In the Footsteps of Breasted, 100 Years of OI Exploration

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Our Egypt 2019 tour is currently sold out. To be included on a wait list, please email Our Egypt tours traditionally fill up with members from the previous year’s waiting list.

For 100 years, the OI has been a leading force in rediscovering the ancient landscape of Egypt. Join us as we drive, fly, and cruise through Middle Egypt and Lake Nasser, on a journey that puts you in the footsteps of OI 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.

Main Tour Dates: November 21 – December 20, 2019, includes Thanksgiving Dinner at Chicago House in Luxor.
Pre-Tour Extension: Saqqara and Old Cairo, November 19 – 21
Post-Tour Extension: Alexandria, December 8 – 10

To be placed on a wait list, email Matt Welton:

Turkey and Greece: From Hittite Fortresses to Minoan Palaces, a Centennial Year Tour


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Our Turkey and Greece tour is currently sold out. To be included on a wait list, please email Our tours traditionally fill up with members from our previous year’s waiting list.

Join us on an incredible journey through legendary landscapes and epic history as the OI combines two academic disciplines to navigate the intersections where East meets West.

Experience the Iliad from the Hittite perspective as OI professor Theo van den Hout leads a march westward from Hattusa to Troy. In Turkey, we drive up the sky-blue coast of the Aegean to the scented bazaars of Istanbul.

In Crete, we are met by art history professor Seth Estrin for an adventure through the stunning beauty of the Minoan world. As the sun sets on our travels, we head up the rugged mainland of Greece to Mycenae and raise a glass in the shadows of the Parthenon.

Main Tour dates: June 12 – June 28, 2020
17 days
Cappadocia pre-tour: June 9 – 12, 2020

To be placed on a waiting list, please email Matt Welton:


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