Buddhism along the Silk Road

The ‘Silk Road’, coined by 19th century German explorer Ferdinand von Richthofen (uncle of famed WWI fighter Ace ‘The Red Baron’) is something …


Talking Design with Stephen Crafti

ASA Tour Leader Stephen Crafti produces and hosts ‘Talking Design’, a popular fortnightly podcast from RMIT, featuring interviews with experts …


Dr Christopher Gribbin on Emperor Diocletian

Dr Christopher Gribbin, ASA Tour Leader & Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne joins the ‘When in Rome’ Podcast …


Northern Gems of the Baltic

Three magnificent northern gems were suddenly unveiled to an unsuspecting western world in 1991 after a half-century’s occlusion behind the …

Main Plaza - trieste square

Snapshot of Trieste

Unfamiliar territory even to many Italians, this multilingual border town and seaport proves both distinctive and distinguished. Trieste is, as …


Dubrovnik: Pearl of the Adriatic

At the southern tip of the Dalmatian coast sits Dubrovnik, ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The city stands on a promontory beneath …


The Mycenaean site of Pylos

“No one can match the honours dealt a king.” King Nestor of Pylos, Iliad, Book I. First excavated by American …

Frescoes of the Church of the Virgin, Gelati Monastery, Kutaisi, Georgia - by Kristen Hellstrom. The monastery, with its distinctive Georgian church architecture, contains a number of royal tombs, including that of King David, and a number of Georgia’s most important mosaics, frescoes and icons dating from the 12th to the 17th century.

New Tours

This section highlights some of the new and exciting programs on offer during 2017