US Civil Rights: On the Road to Freedom

Travel with André Robert Lee as we visit the iconic sites of the civil-rights movement, meet with people who were a part of history, and immerse ourselves in the courage and perseverance that continue to inspire today’s fight for justice and equality.

Native American Voices

Meet with community and tribal leaders and seek insight and understanding into some of the pressing political issues, passionate activism, and rich diversity of Native American cultures.   

The Changing Faces of Russia

A unique opportunity to meet Russian historians, cultural and political figures, and independent thought leaders.

Iran: Crossroads and Complexities

Iran has been at the center of geopolitics for decades, but few Americans have ever had the opportunity to visit. 

Balkans Mosaic: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro & Croatia

The Balkans, Europe’s best kept secret, are a tapestry of rich history and stunning landscapes.

South Africa: Beyond Apartheid

Explore the political complexity and natural beauty of South Africa on this in-depth new tour.


About The Nation’s Travel Program

Our mission is to design singular excursions for our community of adventurous, intellectually curious, and open-minded progressives.

The Nation has been hosting unique travel experiences for our readers and supporters since 1998, when we launched our annual weeklong seminar cruise. Our mission has always been to design singular excursions for our community of adventurous, intellectually curious, and open-minded progressives. Every journey is carefully curated—on a Nation tour, you will experience each culture in a meaningful, conscientious, and provocative way. Our editors and staff leverage The Nation’s international network to gain access to local political and cultural leaders, and to construct an itinerary available nowhere else. 

Nation Travels specializes in unusual destinations.  We focus on parts of the world where our governments are sometimes at odds, yet where there is much to learn and experience. Our genuine hope is that citizen-to-citizen contact will lead to more productive engagement. We carefully design all of our trips to enhance this goal. We partner with the most experienced tour operators in every country, and our trips offer excellent value—reasonably priced tours featuring unparalleled local guides, excellent hotels, exceptional meals, and memorable entertainment.

Most importantly, The Nation’s travel programs help fund our journalism—the independent, values-driven reporting you can’t find anywhere else. In these times of tough publishing economics, we’re thrilled to offer these trips in support of our mission, along with the opportunity to learn, grow, and experience the world with kindred spirits. 

We started our land excursions in 2014, when, after 16 years of successful cruises, The Nation applied for and was granted a special people-to-people license to host educational trips to Cuba, well before the Obama administration relaxed US travel restrictions to the island. Since then, we’ve hosted over 16 trips to Cuba, bringing almost 1,000 people to the beautiful, fascinating country with an itinerary specially curated for politically sophisticated travelers. In the last few years our program has grown to include unique journeys to Iran, Russia, Colombia, Vietnam, India, and a Civil Rights tour of the U.S. south resulting in several extraordinary sold-out trips.  We’ll soon visit South Africa and Jordan, and new 2019 trips will include Morocco, Greece, South Korea, the Balkans, and a Native American-focused tour.

We invite you to join us for a transformative travel adventure.

100% of the proceeds from our travel programs support The Nation’s journalism.