Cruise through the leisurely backwaters of Cochin on a local houseboat, visit the rubber plantations of Trivandum, commune with elephants in Sri Lanka and snorkel for three days in the immaculate Maldives—it’s all part of this rich India expedition.
Raised on Vancouver Island, Allan earned a doctorate degree in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught in the University of California system for more than 12 years. His specialties include Italian Renaissance art and architecture, medieval art, and Byzantine art. His recent publications include a book on Hugo Munsterburg, the first film theorist and a picture book, illustrated with his photographs, of the historical architecture of northern Cyprus. He has also produced a documentary film on the history and architecture of the medieval city of Famagusta, on the east coast of Cyprus, where Allan lived and taught for two years. He has published a number of works of travel photography. Allan's latest book is entitled, Palermo - Travels in the City of Happiness: Art, Architecture & History in Sicily's Ancient Capital (2015).
Allan's Upcoming Expeditions
India, Sri Lanka & the MaldivesNovember 27 — December 14, 2015
Treasures of Turkey with CappadociaMay 2 — May 18, 2016
Straddling ancient and modern worlds, Turkey allows one to travel through time, reaching as far back as 7500 BC and its Ottoman palaces and medieval mosques, to early Christian monastic communities in Cappadocia and their sculpture hermitages and underground cities.
The Fabled AdriaticMay 30 — June 11, 2016
Your Adriatic and Ionian sea odyssey spans the millennia, from Paleothic times to Roman conquest, Byzantine era to Venetian dominance; pause to reflect on the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque treasures that we’ll discover.
Circumnavigation of the Black SeaOctober 4 — October 18, 2016
Centuries of history and architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria—and its busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.