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.
Stephen is an historian and archaeologist from the south of England and, although British, has spent much of his life overseas. Born in Singapore, he spent most of his early childhood in Germany before moving to England. After university, he spent nearly four years teaching in Japan; his travels across Europe and Asia have created a deep interest in history that ultimately turned into his profession.
Since returning to the United Kingdom in 2007, Stephen has taken part in ground breaking archaeological excavations at Stonehenge, and spent several years conducting surveys of the New Forest National Park. For seven years he researched shipwrecks along the south coast of England, with a particular focus on the 1,000 wrecks dating back to World War I. He has studied and recorded numerous elements of the history, particularly the military history, of Europe, including D-Day infrastructure in Britain and the battles of World War II. Most recently, he has published a series of articles on Motor Torpedo Boats and Motor Gun Boats, the Royal Navy’s equivalent of American PT boats.
Stephen'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.