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Message From The Founder The Vacation Reinvented Sojourn Variety
A message from
John Alexander, Founder,
Scholarly Sojourns


John has spent the past three decades traveling the globe developing educational and life-long enrichment programming.  He spent sixteen years working for the audio publishing giant, Recorded Books, where he conceived and produced The Modern Scholar —a unique collection of recorded programs featuring lectures from some of the foremost names in the academic world. The series now boasts over 200 titles and has garnered both critical and popular acclaim, including two Audie Award™ nominations. John’s passion for learning and travel often combine in the adventuresome—he has sailed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. An avid cyclist, he logs at least 4,000 cycling miles each year and he has cycled across Ireland, England, Spain, and Greece. John resides in Washington, DC where he works on developing new sojourns. He frequently travels with our tours to ensure that each sojourn is unique and offers participants and unforgettable travel experience.

Dear Fellow Traveler,

Thank you for visiting the Scholarly Sojourns website. I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you on one of our sojourns soon. If you take a few moments to explore the diverse collection of tours, I’m sure you’ll agree we offer a most fascinating combination of distinctive vacations for intellectually engaged travelers.

Most likely you found this site because traveling is a passion for you and you posses a devotion to life-long learning. Perhaps like me, you’ve discovered the rewarding sense of accomplishment that travel can afford—particularly when you return from a vacation feeling that you’ve grown a bit, that you’ve learned something on the journey, that, in fact, you’ve been educated in a new way.

That is exactly why I created Scholarly Sojourns—to offer you the opportunity to explore our world with fantastic teachers and other intellectually engaged travelers. Working with a select group of respected scholars and noted experts, the Scholarly Sojourns team designs distinctive travel opportunities for passionate life-long learners like you. We specialize in tours that provide in-depth examination of the places, people, and events that have shaped our world. Created for those who understand the value of life-long learning and who believe that every journey is also an opportunity to engage the mind, our sojourns offer a variety of intriguing destinations and subjects to explore. Each is fashioned around our core beliefs:

  • Every journey should engage the mind
  • A gifted and inspiring teacher is the best guide
  • A combination of relaxation and thoughtful inquiry is the best way to travel
  • Small, intellectually-engaged groups foster a mentally stimulating atmosphere
  • Each vacation should be the experience of a lifetime
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When you join us on a Scholarly Sojourn, I guarantee you won’t just be going on another tour. Better yet, I promise you’ll be returning with a richer understanding of our world.

Hope to see you soon,
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