Led by Co-founder, Mike Messick, watch centuries of history and splendid architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. You'll explore busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.
Allan spent most of his childhood in a small mill town on Vancouver Island wondering what the rest of the world was like—and has spent much of his adult life finding out. He has always loved adventure and believes travel to be the most ‘total’ of all educational experiences. Allan has a Ph.D. in art history from U. C. Santa Barbara and has taught many courses on ancient Greek and Roman, Byzantine, and Italian Renaissance art and architecture. Allan is currently a lecturer in art history at U. C. Santa Cruz and for over a decade has worked on Zegrahm voyages in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Black seas. As a travel writer he has several publications on Mediterranean art history, including the definitive field guide for the architecture and archaeology of northern Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012), Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2014), and The Hippodrome of Istanbul / Constantinople: An Illustrated Handbook of its History (2019). Allan also made the award-winning documentary The Stones of Famagusta: The Story of a Forgotten City (2008). He lived in Cyprus between 2005 and 2007, and many of his publications are on the art and architecture of the island. He has traveled extensively in Turkey, the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and India, and has a travel blog at Allan’s Art and Architecture Worlds, where he shares his love of travel photography and the wonders of the world’s artistic creations.
Allan's Blog Posts
Allan's Upcoming Expeditions
Circumnavigation of the Black SeaJuly 18 — July 31, 2021
Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & JordanOctober 22 — November 4, 2021
The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilization.