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Adam Tanner

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A writer and lecturer, who spent much of his career as a foreign correspondent, Adam Tanner has long studied the impact of colonialism, economic engagement and globalization, and is especially interested in the enduring impact of Europe on Asia, Latin America and Africa. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV, NPR, the BBC and written for publications such as Scientific America, Forbes, Fortune, Time and MIT Technology. He is an associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University where he has been since 2011, first as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, then at IQSS. He is also an expert on privacy and commerce and has written two books, What Stays in Vegas and Our Bodies, Our Data

What Our Travelers Say

Adam was a wealth of knowledge regarding Southern Italy.  He was available and open to comments.  

- Warren L., Southern Italy and Sicily

He is a very rare knowledgeable person on any subject, it seems.  The subjects he lectured (on) were excellent. 

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Great European Journey

He was phenomenal in his lectures and in his knowledge. He also gave a lot of extra information and time to everyone. He's a keeper.

- Linda I., Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia

Upcoming Tours

Great European Journey

12 days | Starting at: $4,195
Jul 10, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023

A River Cruise and Train Trip from Holland to Switzerland Aboard Amadeus Imperial
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Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea

8 days | Starting at: $5,990
Sep 17, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023

From Athens to Venice
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The Silk Road: A Journey to Central Asia

17 days | Starting at: $8,695
Sep 27, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023

Featuring the Five “Stans” of Turkmenistan*, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan
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Ancient Civilizations by Sea

13 days | Starting at: $11,420
Apr 2, 2024 - Apr 14, 2024

Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey
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Highlights of Italy

16 days | Starting at: $6,374
Apr 30, 2024 - May 15, 2024
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