Smithsonian Journeys Small-Ship Ocean Cruising

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Small-Ship Ocean Cruising

2022–2023 cruises by Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT SmithsonianJourneys.org


Welcome Aboard! This month, we were thrilled to see our first small-ship cruises operated with PONANT set sail, each carrying two Smithsonian Journeys Experts and Smithsonian Journeys travelers who are delighted to be out exploring the world again. Our alliance with PONANT is off to a great start and we’ve added six new voyages in 2023—unique itineraries that cover a wide range of destinations, from Québec to Sicily to the Arabian Peninsula. On our new itinerary from Bali to Australia’s Kimberley, we’ll be in the path of the 2023 total solar eclipse—a rare opportunity to watch this phenomenon at sea, in the comfort of a world-class ship. Our 22 itineraries are designed to foster cultural immersion and discovery and include an excursion or activity in every port of call. Each voyage is accompanied by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts, who enrich your experience with their passion, insight, and in-depth knowledge. Take a look at all the wonderful possibilities in the pages that follow, and remember that the well-being of our guests is, as always, our top priority. We hope you’ll join us on an unforgettable voyage with Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT!

Lynn Cutter Senior Vice President, Smithsonian Travel

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Our Alliance with PONANT Life on Board Our Experts

EUROPE 10 A Circumnavigation of Sicily NEW! 11 Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea 12 Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean 14 Cruising from Morocco to Spain’s Andalusian Coast NEW! 15 Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal 16 Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea NEW! 17 Lisbon to London: Cruising Europe’s Western Shores 18 Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage 20 Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea 21 Cruising the Norwegian Fjords 22 Cruising the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea 24 Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice 26 27

THE AMERICAS Symphony on the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes NEW! A Voyage Along the Great Lakes

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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea Cruising the Caribbean’s Windward Islands

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THE MIDDLE EAST Cruising the Arabian Coast NEW!

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC Cruising French Polynesia: Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Tuamotus Solar Eclipse 2023: Indonesia to Australia’s Kimberley NEW! Treasures of Japan by Sea

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POLAR REGIONS Antarctica: The White Continent Cruising Arctic Norway: Glaciers, Ice Floes, and Polar Bears

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Our Alliance with PONANT The Smithsonian/PONANT Difference — Names You Can Trust

For more than a half a century, the travel programs of the Smithsonian Institution have invited you to immerse yourself in other cultures and discover the world’s natural history through diverse itineraries led by top-notch experts and guides. PONANT was founded in 1988 by officers in the French Merchant Navy to offer high-end, small-ship cruises with a deep commitment to sustainable travel. Together, Smithsonian and PONANT offer a cruising experience that is enriching, designed to suit a range of interests, and deeply rewarding. Health and safety are at the forefront of every departure so that you can enjoy your journey with total peace of mind. To learn more about our health and safety protocols, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org/safety-protocols/ponant.

Travel with Our Experts

Our travelers tell us one of their favorite aspects of our journeys is the fun and engaging learning at the core of every trip. Much of this is provided by our world-class experts who bring meaningful enrichment and insider perspectives. On each Smithsonian/PONANT departure, you will enjoy the companionship and knowledge of two Smithsonian Journeys Experts, who will provide an insightful onboard lecture series that imbues your experience with new perspectives. As you travel together, you’ll have plenty of chances to engage with your experts during informal conversations, at meals, and while exploring the sites.

The Smithsonian Community

On any given cruise, you’ll travel with intellectually curious and adventurous lifelong learners. And the enthusiasm lingers long after the trip is over. Often some of the most lasting elements of a journey are the friendships that develop with other travelers who share your passion for deeper learning and exploration.

Small Ships and Big Experiences

The PONANT ships are designed to accommodate just 184 to 264 guests.* And when you’re on shore excursions, you’ll explore in small groups so that you can get up close to sites and experiences. The smaller ship size also allows PONANT to follow best practices for ecologically responsible tourism.

Supporting the Smithsonian Mission

When you travel with Smithsonian Journeys, your participation supports Smithsonian’s mission to further important education, research, and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage.

Each Departure Includes:

• Two Smithsonian Journeys Experts • An included shore excursion or activity in each port of call—often with a choice of excursions • Airport transfers to and from the ship on cruise embarkation and disembarkation days • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship • Complimentary open bar and free Wi-Fi aboard ship • Gratuities to ship personnel, porters, guides, drivers *The Paul Gauguin accommodates 330 guests.

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Life on Board Aboard the PONANT fleet,* you’ll experience the refined elegance of an intimate ship with a relaxed, informal ambiance. Accommodating just 184 to 264 guests, these nimble ships can access small ports, narrow waterways, and remote destinations, while providing guests attentive and personalized service. The French ambiance is palpable on board from the decor of the inviting lounges and common spaces to the delicious cuisine. You’ll unpack once and set off on an unforgettable adventure with like-minded travelers, enjoying a range of amenities, enlightening lectures, and discussions that give you ample food for thought.

Fine Dining Dining is an art form aboard the PONANT fleet. The chefs draw from French culinary heritage as well as traditions in your destination to create inspired dishes using fresh ingredients procured at your ports of call. Favorites including Ladurée macarons, butter made in Brittany, and a superb list of French wines can be enjoyed in gracious dining rooms or al fresco on deck.

Accommodations The staterooms and suites aboard the ships are spacious, bright, and tastefully decorated. Large windows offer panoramic sea views and most staterooms feature balconies, king size or twin beds, stylish en suite bathrooms, and amenities including 24-hour room service.

Leisure and Wellness You’ll have many choices for places to unwind on board. From cozy nooks to expansive lounges that open to the outdoors, and from well-stocked libraries to theaters, each ship has a variety of welcoming common spaces. Onboard spas offer a range of treatments, as well as a salon and a well-equipped fitness center. And, depending on the ship, you can relax even more deeply in a sauna, hammam, or mineral bath. *Please see our website for more information about life on board the Paul Gauguin.

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Our Experts Smithsonian Journeys Experts are scholars from around the world who have an in-depth understanding of their fields, whether it’s history and culture, the fine arts, geology, or the natural world. They are eager to share their passion, knowledge, and insights about the places you visit together— through fascinating lectures and during casual conversations over a meal or on tour. Our travelers continue to tell us that our experts are a major reason they come back to Smithsonian Journeys again and again. Meet some of our experts below, and visit our website to learn more about them. 1

Franklin Knight is professor emeritus of history at Johns Hopkins University, and has been a visiting lecturer at many universities throughout Spain. He has held numerous research fellowships and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and several television programs. Franklin will join our Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal voyage—see page 15.

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2 Katryn Wiese is a professor of geology and oceanography at City College of San Francisco, where she has taught field, lab, and lecture classes since 1995. She studied earth and ocean sciences at Caltech, Oregon State University, and Stanford University, and focused her early research experiences on volcanic processes in Australia, Iceland, and the seafloor. Katryn will join our Cruising Arctic Norway voyage—see page 34. 3 James Zimbelman is senior geologist emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) where he has served as the chairman of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. During his 32 years at NASM, he was involved in the analysis of high-resolution spacecraft imaging and geophysical data of the Earth, and other geologic studies of terrestrial planets. Jim will join our Iceland Voyage—see page 24. 4 Gail Cornell is an architectural historian, whose research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her all over the world. A graduate of Harvard University’s graduate School of Design, she is an adjunct faculty member of New York University and a lecturer on architecture, design, and art at the Museum of Modern Art. Gail will join our Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal voyage—see page 15.

Don Wilson is curator emeritus of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and was named senior scientist in January 2000. Don was director of the Smithsonian’s biodiversity programs for ten years, and for the last 50 years, his work has taken him around the world conducting field work and research. Don will join our Cruising Arctic Norway voyage—see page 34. 5

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Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past 11 years, Kirt has worked for the New Mexico STATEMAP program, studying the geologic history of northern New Mexico. Kirt is also an instructor for the NASA astronaut training program, teaching astronaut candidates geologic mapping techniques. Kirt will join our Voyage Along the Great Lakes—see page 27.

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A Circumnavigation of Sicily Aboard the 184-guest Le Bougainville 8 days from $4,870* / May 4–11, 2023 Set sail from Malta to voyage all the way around Sicily, encountering captivating towns from Palermo to Taormina, simmering volcanoes, and important GrecoRoman archaeological sites from Agrigento to Syracuse. Itinerary

Day 1 — Valletta, Malta: Arrive in Valletta and board the ship. Admire the golden-hued city as you cruise out of one of Europe’s loveliest harbors. Day 2 — Agrigento, Sicily, Italy: Your first stop in Sicily is Porto Empedocle. Travel inland to the World Heritage site of Agrigento, where seven ancient temples line a ridge in the Valley of the Temples. Tour the evocative site, once one of the most powerful cities in the Mediterranean. Day 3 — Erice and Segesta: Anchor in Trapani and journey to the beautiful hilltop village of Erice. Meander the medieval streets, taking in expansive views of Erice’s castles and the coast. Continue to the ancient city of Segesta to visit its magnificent Doric temple. Day 4 — Palermo: Spend today in Palermo, a city ruled over the centuries by the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, and the Normans. Discover unique Arab-Norman architecture at cathedrals and palaces built at the height of the city’s prosperity in the 12th century and recognized together as a World Heritage site.

Greek theater, Taormina

Highlights • Visit five World Heritage sites, including the ancient Greek cities of Agrigento and Syracuse. • Explore medieval Erice, a picturesque hilltop town with two castles. • Enjoy wine-tasting on the slopes of Mount Etna, and watch for flowing lava from the active volcano on Stromboli, one of Italy’s Aeolian Islands. • Take a walking tour of beautiful Taormina, including its Greek amphitheater.

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Day 6 — Taormina, Sicily: Poised on the Ionian Sea against a backdrop of craggy headlands, Taormina has long drawn writers and philosophers. Discover the town on a guided walking tour and visit the Greek theater, where live performances still take place today. Or travel to Mount Etna, another World Heritage site, and enjoy a tasting of local wines while taking in views from its rugged slopes to the coast. Days 7 & 8 — Syracuse and Ortigia/Valletta, Malta: Your final stop is Syracuse, an ancient city once so powerful it rivaled Athens and Rome. Explore the archaeological park, which includes a Greek theater and one of the world’s largest Roman amphitheaters. See the Ear of Dionysius cave and stroll amid stunning architecture on the island of Ortigia. After breakfast the next day, disembark in Valletta and transfer to airport. Add a one-night extension in Malta.

Sicily Porto Empedocle

Day 5 — Aeolian Islands: Sail to the island of Lipari and visit the Aeolian Archaeological Museum to see artifacts from many centuries found on the archipelago. In the evening, glide by the island of Stromboli where glowing lava can often be seen sliding down the slopes of an active volcano.

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Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea

Aboard the 184-guest Le Jacques Cartier or 244-guest Le Lyrial 8 days from $4,580* / June 28–July 5, 2022 & Sept. 17–24, 2023†

Set sail from Venice along Croatia’s island-studded coast to the Ionian Sea, encountering six World Heritage sites in four countries and exploring the legacy of the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, and more. Itinerary Day 1 — Venice, Italy: Arrive in Venice and board the ship this afternoon. Set sail from the city’s World Heritage-listed lagoon. Day 2 — Rovinj, Croatia: Rovinj was the seat of Venetian power on the Istria Peninsula for five centuries. Witness the Venetian influence on a walking tour of the historic center, including the Basilica of Saint Euphemia and the awardwinning Batana Eco-Museum. Days 3 — Hvar: Discover Hvar Town on a walking tour that includes the Franciscan Monastery, the Venetian Loggia, and the Benedictine Cloister. Learn about Hvar lace, crafted by local nuns out of agave fibers. Or head into the interior on a scenic drive to the village of Velo Grablje. Meet a local lavender grower and enjoy a hike and time on the beach. Day 4 — Dubrovnik: Set on a rocky spur on the Adriatic Sea, the walled city of Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. Enjoy a full day to discover its important sites, from Sponza Palace and the Cathedral of the Assumption to the oldest pharmacy in Europe. Day 5 — Kotor, Montenegro: Enter Montenegro’s spectacular Bay of Kotor, and explore the World Heritage-listed old town of Kotor. Take a walking tour and visit the Lapidarium, a collection of centuries-old stone sculpture, monuments, and architectural embellishments that were rescued from earthquakes and wars. Day 6 — Corfu, Greece: On the Island of Corfu, visit Achilleion Palace and meander through narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with Venetian forts, loggias, palaces, and churches. Day 7 — Itea and Delphi: Dock in Itea, and venture to the World Heritage site of Delphi, once considered the sacred center of the Greek world. Or tour the Byzantine St. Lucas Monastery and continue to Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, to get a sense of local life. Then cruise the narrow Corinth Canal, a rare and thrilling highlight. Day 8 — Athens: Arrive in Athens and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a two-night extension in Venice (2022/2023) or a one-night extension in Athens (2023). *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. †The September 2023 departure will operate in the reverse direction and visit Sarande and Ploce instead of Corfu and Rovinj. Visit our website for details. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on the June 2022 departure are Aneta Georgievska-Shine, an art historian, and Dennis Romano, a historian with expertise in Renaissance Italy and the Mediterranean. See our website for the experts on the 2023 departures.

Dubrovnik’s terra-cotta rooftops

Highlights • Explore Croatia’s Istria Peninsula and admire Venetian architecture on a walking tour of Rovinj. • Immerse yourself in Hvar’s historic towns and lavender farms, and enjoy a full day in the walled city of Dubrovnik. • Sail beneath towering peaks in Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, and tour the historic town of Kotor. • Stroll the timeless streets of Corfu, and discover the ancient ruins of Delphi.

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Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean Aboard the 184-guest Le Jacques Cartier, Le Bougainville, or Le Champlain 8 days from $4,880* / July 5–12, Sept. 1–8, 2022 & July 12–19, Oct. 22–29, 2023† Set sail on the Aegean Sea, exploring World Heritage sites from Pátmos to Delos and visiting gem-like isles in three different island groups: the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Saronics. Itinerary

Day 1 — Athens, Greece: Arrive in Athens and board the ship. Enjoy dinner as you set sail on the Aegean Sea. Day 2 — Patmos: The Dodecanese island of Patmos looms large in the history of Christianity: it was to this rugged island that St. John the Evangelist was banished. Set out on a tour of the Monastery of St. John, still an active place of religious study and a pilgrimage site, and discover its incredible collection of Byzantine art. Continue to the Cave of the Apocalypse and its whitewashed chapel, and see the grotto where St. John is said to have received the visions of the Apocalypse. Day 3 — Symi: Symi is a gem of an island, with picture-perfect seaside villages stacked up the hillsides and cypress forests, vineyards, and olive orchards blanketing the interior. Spend today exploring the island and its charming port of Gialos. Stroll along the quays, lined with brightly painted houses, and take in superb views of the coast from the upper town. 12

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Day 4 — Amorgos: Experience rugged and beautiful Amorgos, the easternmost island in the Cyclades. Meet monks at the 11thcentury Monastery of Hozoviotissa and take a guided tour of picturesque Chora. Or walk through olive groves in Lagada and see a demonstration of a traditional olive press. Visit a typical Cycladic home to learn the age-old practice of distilling essential oils. Day 5 — Santorini and Folegandros: Make sure you’re on deck as the ship sails into the breathtaking Santorini caldera. Encountering the gigantic scale and majesty of the high cliffs surrounding this ancient crater is one of the highlights of the cruise. Anchor off the mountainous island of Folegandros, and spend the afternoon exploring its blue-and-white main town, Chora. Admire a view of the port of Karavostasi and go for a swim at a lovely beach nearby. Day 6 — Delos and Mykonos: The mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, Delos is one of the most sacred places in the Greek world. Your guided visit to this World Heritage site begins at the Sanctuary of Zeus and Athena, where sweeping views of the site give a sense of its former grandeur. Continue to the Sanctuary of Apollo and the magnificent Terrace of the Lions, and walk through a once-wealthy district to the amphitheater. Spend the afternoon on


Highlights • Explore the World Heritage site of Patmos, the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. John, and the Cave of the Apocalypse. • Stroll through colorful villages on gem-like Symi, visit the cliff -side Monastery of Hozoviotissa or an olive oil producer on Amorgos, and admire the stone architecture of tranquil Hydra. • Enter the spectacular caldera of Santorini, and spend the afternoon exploring the secluded beaches and whitewashed villages of Folegandros. • Meander among the ruins of Delos, the mystical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and enjoy an afternoon at leisure on Mykonos.

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Mykonos, where windmills, sugar-cube houses, and azure bays epitomize the beauty of the Greek Isles. During your free time, meander through the Little Venice neighborhood or stop in an ouzeri to nibble mezethes and sip ouzo, the quintessentially Greek aperitif. Day 7 — Hydra: Soak up the timeless character of Hydra, a tranquil Saronic Isle where cars are forbidden. Begin your tour learning about the maritime and military history of the island at the Historical Archives Museum. At the Church of the Dormitian, see offerings from wealthy seafarers; then visit Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion, a splendid example of Hydra’s traditional stone architecture. Enjoy a leisurely stroll back to the port, stopping for a coffee or a taste of a traditional amygdaloto sweet on the promenade.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on the July 2022 departure are Diane Harris Cline, an expert in the classics, archaeology, and, history; and Peter Bobrowsky, a highly respected geologist. See our website for the experts on the September 2022 and both 2023 departures.

Day 8 — Athens: Disembark in Athens and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a one-night extension in Athens. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. †The 2023 departures will visit Rhodes, Santorini, and Nafplion instead of Symi, Folegandros, and Hydra. Visit our website for details. 13


Cruising from Morocco to Spain’s Andalusian Coast Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville 8 Days from $4,530* / Apr. 20–27, 2023 Voyage from Casablanca to Spain’s southern coast, delving into Morocco’s historic medinas and white-washed kasbahs and discovering a palpable undercurrent of Moorish culture in the vivacious cities of Andalusia. Itinerary Days 1 & 2 — Casablanca, Morocco or Rabat: Arrive in Casablanca and settle into your cabin. Tour Casablanca the next day, visiting the new medina, or Habous district, and the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. Or spend the day in the World Heritage site of Rabat and explore the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Mausoleum, Hassan Tower, and the picturesque kasbah. Day 3 — Tangier or Tetouan: Sail to Tangier, an ancient city on the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the Tangier American Legation Museum, a tribute to the long relationship between the U.S. and Morocco, and learn about local heritage at the Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures. Alternatively, choose an excursion to Tetouan and explore its World Heritage-listed medina.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Highlights • Explore the ancient medinas of Rabat and Tetouan, both World Heritage sites. • Sail the Strait of Gibraltar, taking in views of the immense Rock of Gibraltar. • Take a private tour of the Alhambra, Granada’s stunning Moorish palace, and visit the ancient town of Ronda, built dramatically on a cliff -top. • Tour the World Heritage sites of Seville, or discover one of Andalusia’s “white villages” and enjoy a fl amenco performance.

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Day 4 — Málaga, Spain and Granada: After a morning to explore Málaga, spend the evening in Granada, seat of the last Moorish kingdom in Spain. Visit the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, and explore the incomparable palaces and courtyards of the Alhambra on a private evening tour. Day 5 — Marbella or Ronda: Arrive this morning in Marbella. Visit its whitewashed old town and a collection of sculptures by Salvador Dalí, or travel to cliff-top Ronda. Uncover layers of history amid the twisting streets of its Moorishinfluenced center, and see the Plaza de Toros, Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring and one of its most architecturally beautiful. Day 6 — Seville or Vejer de la Frontera: Anchor in Cadiz and travel to Seville. Stroll through the Murillo Gardens and visit the Real Alcazar, the Gothic Cathedral, and La Giralda bell tower—together considered a World Heritage site. Explore the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the city’s former Jewish quarter. Alternatively, take a walking tour of the picturesque “white village” of Vejer de la Frontera, and return to Cadiz for a flamenco performance and a tapas lunch. Days 7 & 8 — At Sea/Lisbon, Portugal: As we make our way toward the Atlantic coast of Portugal, enjoy a day to relax at sea, taking advantage of the ship’s amenities. Disembark in Lisbon after breakfast the next morning. Add a three-night extension in Morocco or a two-night extension in Lisbon. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Each cruise will feature two Smithsonian Journeys Experts. See our website for the experts on this departure.

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Admire the architecture of Seville, from the Gothic cathedral to the 14th-century Mudéjar Alcázar to the charming homes of the old Jewish quarter.

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Mallorca, an island of idyllic coves, soaring limestone cliffs, and almond orchards; and delve into history in Palma de Mallorca.

• Savor paella at a local restaurant in Valencia, and explore the city’s modernist Mercado Central, a gastronomic hub.

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Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal Aboard the 184-guest Le Bougainville or Le Champlain 8 days from $4,280* / May 3–10, Oct. 8–15,† 2022 Follow the Iberian coast from Lisbon along the southern shores of Spain, exploring captivating cities and World Heritage-listed architecture in Seville, Granada, Palma de Mallorca, and Valencia. Itinerary Days 1 & 2 — Lisbon, Portugal/At Sea: Arrive in Lisbon and embark the ship. Sail past the Tower of Bélem and the Monument to the Discoveries this evening. Spend a leisurely day at sea, enjoying lectures and the ship’s amenities. Day 3 — Seville or Vejer de la Frontera: Dock in Cadiz and travel to Seville, the capital of Andalusia. Here, visit two World Heritage sites: the Real Alcazar and the Cathedral of Seville, and enjoy a tapas lunch. Alternatively, visit the “white village” of Vejer de la Frontera, perched high above a gorge, and return to Cadiz for a flamenco performance. Day 4 — Málaga and Granada: From Málaga, spend the day in Granada. Visit the cathedral and royal chapel, final resting place of Ferdinand and Isabella. Take a private evening tour of the exquisite palaces and courtyards of the Alhambra, including the Generalife Palace and Gardens, a summer residence for the sultan. Days 5 & 6 — At Sea/Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands: Enjoy talks by your experts as you sail to Mallorca. Tour Palma de

Mallorca, the cosmopolitan capital of the Balearic Islands, and see the Catalan Gothic architecture of the Palma Cathedral. Day 7 — Valencia: On a walking tour of this architectural hub, see paintings by Goya and Maella at the cathedral, and explore the World Heritage-listed La Lonja de la Seda and the modernist Mercado Central. After a paella lunch, visit the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Day 8 — Barcelona: Disembark in Barcelona and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a one-night extension in Lisbon or a two-night extension in Barcelona. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. †The October departure will operate in the reverse direction with a slight variation in the order of ports of call. Visit our website for details. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on the October departure are historian Franklin Knight and architectural historian Gail Cornell. See our website for the experts on the May departure. 15


Highlights • Venture to the medieval walled towns of Carcassonne and Lucca, and opt to visit the historic hilltop gems of Eze and Volterra. • Discover the World Heritage sites of Arles and Avignon, or soak up the charms of Aix-en Provence, the home of Paul Cézanne. • Explore the French and Italian Rivieras, and ride a local boat to the villages of Cinque Terre. • Trace the legacy of great artists, from Van Gogh in Provence and Matisse in Nice, to Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters in Florence.

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Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain 9 Days from $5,150* / Oct. 8–16, 2023 Sail the length of France’s southern coast to Italy, exploring Provence, the Côte d’Azur, the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, and Tuscany, and making a stop in Corsica to explore the cliff-top town of Bonifacio. Itinerary

Day 6 — Cinque Terre or Lucca and Pisa: Take in views of the five tiny villages known as the Cinque Terre during a morning sail. Then ride private boats from Porto Venere to two of the villages, or travel into Tuscany to discover the walled town of Lucca and visit Pisa.

Days 1 & 2 — Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France: Arrive in Barcelona and embark the ship. The next day, sail to Sète, France, and travel inland to the fortified medieval city of Carcassonne to discover this fairy-tale-like World Heritage site.

Day 7 — Florence or Volterra: Immerse yourself in the spectacular Renaissance city of Florence, encountering some of its most iconic artistic treasures. Or ascend to Volterra and visit Roman ruins and the excellent Etruscan Museum.

Day 3 — Marseille and Provence: Anchor in Marseille, France’s oldest city, and travel into Provence on your choice of excursions. Tour the elegant university town of Aix-en-Provence, home of Émile Zola and Paul Cézanne. Alternatively, visit Roman sites and trace the steps of Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, or continue along the Rhône to Avignon to explore the extraordinary Papal Palace.

Days 8 & 9 — Corsica, France and Civitavecchia, Italy: Follow the coast of Corsica to the fortress town of Bonifacio. Meander through the medieval citadel, or ride a local boat along the coast, exploring limestone grottos. The next day, disembark in Civitavecchia and transfer to the airport. Add a two-night extension in Barcelona or a two-night extension in Rome.

Day 4 — Nice, Eze, or Monte Carlo, Monaco: Sail the Côte d’Azur to Nice, and visit a museum dedicated to Marc Chagall. Alternatively, tour chic Monte Carlo and the hilltop town of Eze, or journey to St. Paul de Vence and visit the Maeght Foundation.

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Highlights • Discover historic Porto on a walking tour, and visit a port cellar to sample the city’s renowned port wine. • Explore Santiago de Compostela, and enjoy lunch in the 16th-century Hostal de Los Reyes Catolicos. • Admire the architecture of Bilbao, from Gothic and baroque buildings to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum. • Venture to the World Heritage site of Mont St. Michel or the walled city of Saint-Malo, France, and visit Normandy D-Day beaches.

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Lisbon to London: Cruising Europe’s Western Shores Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain 9 days from $5,530 / Apr. 15–23, 2022 Trace history from the Roman era to the D-Day landings on a cruise along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, France, and England. Itinerary Day 1 — Lisbon, Portugal: Arrive in Lisbon and settle into your cabin. As you sail toward the Atlantic, pass two World Heritage monuments: Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Day 2 — Porto: In Porto, see stunning azulejos (painted tiles) at the medieval cathedral, stroll through historic Ribeira to Dom Luis I Bridge, and enjoy a tasting at a traditional port cellar. Or take a guided architecture tour of the Church of São Francisco and the neoclassical Stock Exchange. Day 3 — Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña: Journey through Galicia to its World Heritage-listed capital of Santiago de Compostela. Take a walking tour and enjoy free time in this pilgrimage site before lunch at the Hostal de Los Reyes Católicos, commissioned in 1501 to welcome pilgrims. See the Roman Tower of Hercules and meet the ship in A Coruña. Day 4 — Bilbao: Dock in Santander and travel overland to Bilbao. Explore this dynamic city, from the avant-garde Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to the Old Town, where Renaissance and baroque buildings coexist with modernist architecture.

Days 5 & 6 — At Sea/Saint-Malo or Mont St. Michel: After a day to relax and attend lectures at sea, arrive in Saint-Malo and discover its dramatic history on a tour of the walled city. Enjoy a concert of medieval and Celtic music and a tasting of local cider. Or visit the World Heritage site of Mont St. Michel, a fortified abbey perched on a tidal island. Day 7 — Caen or the Normandy Beaches: Delve into the medieval history of Caen on a guided tour, or set out on an excursion to the Normandy beaches, where Allied soldiers made their dramatic landing on D-Day. Days 8 & 9 — English Channel and London: Listen to engaging talks as Le Champlain plies the English Channel. Arrive in London the next morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a one-night extension in Lisbon. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Each cruise will feature two Smithsonian Journeys Experts. See our website for the experts on this departure. 17


Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville

8 days from $5,590* / June 17–24, June 24–July 3,† 2023 Uncover the legacy of ancient civilizations from prehistory to the Vikings as you sail from Norway’s fjord-carved coast to the far-flung Shetland and Orkney Islands to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands. Itinerary Day 1 — Bergen, Norway: Arrive in Bergen, a city founded on an old Viking settlement in 1070. Embark the ship this afternoon and navigate the fjords and islands of Norway’s coast. Day 2 — Flåm Railway and Norwegian Fjords: Board the Flåm Railway for a magnificent morning journey aboard the steepest standard‑gauge railway track in Europe. The railway runs from sea level to an altitude of 2,850 feet, featuring tunnels, switchbacks, and spectacular views. We make a brief stop at Kjosfossen waterfall to photograph this spectacular 300-foot-high waterfall, and then enjoy a taste of Norwegian hospitality at a well-known ski resort. Day 3 — Olden: In picturesque Olden, hike to a viewpoint over Kjenndalen Glacier and ride a cable car to the summit of Mount Hoven for spectacular views of the fjord and villages below. Or enjoy a scenic drive to Briksdal Glacier, and approach the ice by electric “troll car” and on foot, learning the geological forces that keep the ice in constant motion. Enjoy views of Norway’s phenomenal coastal scenery as we make our way to the open sea this afternoon. 18

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Day 4 — Shetland Islands, Scotland: Dock in Lerwick, the capital of the majestic Shetland Islands. Journey to the archaeological site of Jarlshof, which reveals 5,000 years of human history. Then see breeding puffins, guillemots, shags, and fulmars on the coast. Alternatively, take a walking tour of Lerwick, exploring its narrow lanes and visiting its 19th-century town hall and the award-winning Shetland Museum and Archives. Or ride the ferry to the Island of Mousa for a hike, birdwatching, and a visit to a 2,000-year-old tower that is the best-preserved Iron Age fortress in the British Isles. Day 5 — Orkney Islands: Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town of Kirkwall welcomes us with its charming alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. The Vikings established this port town and built its enduring symbol—the towering 12th-century St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the “Light of the North,” which we will view. Then explore the Orkneys’ prehistoric sites, including the Ring of Brodgar, the ceremonial Stones of Stenness, and the extraordinary Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae—the best-preserved Neolithic village in Northern Europe. Day 6 — Isle of Skye and Scottish Mainland: Enjoy a full-day excursion to discover the ethereal landscapes of the Isle of Skye. Discover the Trotternish Peninsula; visit the award-winning Skye Museum of Island Life; and explore Dunvegan Castle, continuously


Highlights • Cruise through Norwegian fjords to the glaciers of continental Europe’s largest ice cap, and take a spectacular train journey on the Flåm Railway. • Venture to the remote Shetland Islands and discover the 5,000-year-old ruins of Jarlshof, delve into local culture, or hike the Island of Mousa. • Discover ancient sites in the Orkneys, from the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae to the Ring of Brodgar, to relics of the Vikings in Kirkwall. • Experience the mystique of the Isle of Skye, exploring Armadale Castle or the Trotternish Peninsula; and cruise legendary Loch Ness.

inhabited by the Clan MacLeod since the 13th century. Or choose to explore the remains of Armadale Castle with its gardens and awardwinning museum, plus visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic castles in the world. Day 7 — Scottish Highlands: Take a scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands along Scotland’s Great Glen and the Calendonian Canal. Enjoy views of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and end your journey at the small town of Fort Augustus. Choose an excursion to cruise on Loch Ness or see highlights that include Glenfinnan, the railway viaduct of the Jacobite steam train (featured in Harry Potter), the locks of Neptune’s Staircase, and a tour and whisky tasting at the Ben Nevis Distillery. Day 8 — Glasgow: Disembark in Glasgow, a dynamic city where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still permeates the culture. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a one-night extension in Bergen and/or a two-night extension in Edinburgh. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings.

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GLASGOW UNITED KINGDOM Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on the June departure include ancient historian and archaeologist Gillian Hovel. See our website for additional experts.

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Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville

7 days from $5,250* / June 17–23, 2022 & May 5–13, 2023† Discover historic castles, local lore, and breathtaking landscapes on a cruise from Scotland’s Hebrides to Belfast, Dublin, and Northern Wales. Itinerary

Day 1 — Glasgow, Scotland: Arrive in Glasgow and embark the ship this afternoon. Day 2 — Kyle of Lochalsh and Isle of Skye: Cruise to the Hebrides and dock in Kyle of Lochalsh. From here, visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle or travel to the Isle of Skye to see the remains of Armadale Castle and visit its award-winning Museum of the Isles. Day 3 — Tobermory, Isle of Mull, and Iona: On the Isle of Mull, go ashore at the charming port of Tobermory and delve into the fascinating history of Clan Maclean at their ancestral home, Duart Castle. Then take a ferry to Iona, where Christianity was established in Scotland in A.D. 563, and tour Iona Abbey. Caernarfon Castle, Wales

Highlights • Experience the Scottish Hebrides, from the Isle of Skye to the sacred sites of Iona. • Trace history in Belfast at Crumlin Road Gaol and the Titanic Belfast Museum, or venture to Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. • Explore vibrant Dublin with a guide, seeing the Book of Kells and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, or Christchurch Cathedral and Dublin Castle. • Visit Caernarfon Castle in Wales, or meander among rare plants from around the world at Bodnant Garden.

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Day 6 — Holyhead, Wales: Arrive in Holyhead and travel to North Wales, a cradle of Celtic culture where Welsh remains the mother tongue. In the foothills of Snowdonia, visit Bodnant Garden during the bloom of spring. Or take a guided tour of Caernarfon Castle, one of four northern Welsh castles built by Edward I that have been collectively designated a World Heritage site. Day 7 — Glasgow, Scotland: After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. †The May 2023 departure is two days longer and follows an alternate itinerary that visits Dover, Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly, and Kinsale instead of Kyle of Lochalsh and Dublin. Visit our website for details.

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Day 5 — Dublin, Ireland: Set out on a panoramic tour of Dublin, including the 18th-century Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and the illuminated Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the historic General Post Office. Alternatively, focus on two of Dublin’s oldest and most important buildings: Christchurch Cathedral, which dates back to 1038, and Dublin Castle and its State Apartments.

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Day 4 — Belfast, Northern Ireland: In intriguing Belfast, see the stately buildings of the city center and cross Queens University to the celebrated Botanic Gardens. Explore Crumlin Road Gaol, a Victorian-era jail that housed prisoners as late as the 1990s, and tour the Titanic Belfast Museum. Or follow Northern Ireland’s coast to its famous sites: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, and Dunluce Castle.

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Venture deep into the fjord lands to spectacular Geirangerfjorden, and sail Lysefjorden to see iconic Pulpit Rock, which rises some 2,000 feet above the water.

• Step into history at the Viking site of Ullandhaug, the oil town of Stavanger, and the 17th-century ironworks at Arendal. • Admire art nouveau architecture on a city tour of Alesund, and meander among the wooden houses of picturesque Tvedestrand. •

Delve into lively Gothenburg, Sweden, visiting the city’s world-renowned Museum of Fine Art or the Volvo Museum where every model since 1927 is on display.

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Cruising the Norwegian Fjords Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville 8 days from $7,300* / July 30–Aug. 6, 2022 Sail into the heart of the Norwegian fjord lands, discovering Viking settlements, historic towns, and extraordinary landscapes of jeweltoned waterways and staggering peaks. Itinerary Day 1 — Bergen, Norway: Arrive in Bergen, the gateway to Norway’s fjords, and embark the ship this afternoon. Day 2 — Alesund: Explore Alesund on a walking tour of the city’s art nouveau architecture, a visit to the Atlantic Ocean Park to learn about local marine life, or a guided outing by electric bike. Day 3 — Geiranger and Hellesylt: Cruise into the World Heritage site of Geirangerfjorden and set off on an extraordinary drive to visit the Jostedal Glacier National Park Centre. Or follow Eagle’s Road through incredible mountain scenery to a traditional turf-roofed farm and sample the goat cheese produced here. Later, visit the Geiranger Fjord Centre and enjoy free time in Hellesylt. Day 4 — Loen: Arrive in Loen, your base for exploring nearby glaciers. Choose an easy hike to a viewpoint over Kjenndalen Glacier, and ride a cable car up Mount Hoven for spectacular views. Or take a scenic drive to Briksdal Glacier and walk beneath its face. Day 5 — Sandnes and Lysefjorden: Go ashore at Sandnes to visit the Viking site of Ullandhaug and the historic oil port of Stavanger. Alternatively, join a guided Nordic walking excursion along a fjord,

or hear a recital at the 13th-century Utstein Monastery. Sail the Lysefjorden to view the breathtaking, 2,000-foot-tall Pulpit Rock. Day 6 — Arendal: In Arendal, where iron was produced beginning in 1665, take a guided tour of the fascinating Naes Ironworks Museum. Stroll through charming Tvedestrand, where there is a bookshop on nearly every corner. Day 7 — Gothenburg, Sweden: Take a panoramic tour of this lively Swedish city, and join a guide at its world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts and the Fürstenburg Gallery. Or visit the Volvo Museum, which features every Volvo model as well as the latest concept cars. Day 8 — Oslo, Norway: Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a one-night extension in Bergen. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on this departure are Terje Leiren, an expert in Scandinavian studies with a focus on history and culture, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert. 21


Peterhof Palace and Gardens

Cruising the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain

8 days from $7,240* / May 18–25, 2022 & July 24–Aug. 2, Aug. 10–18, 2023† Delve into rich history and culture in the cities of the Baltic Sea, from the design hub of Helsinki to imperial St. Petersburg to Tallinn’s medieval Old Town. Itinerary Day 1 — Stockholm, Sweden: Arrive in Sweden’s magnificent “Venice of the North” and embark the ship. Cruise through the scenic Stockholm Archipelago this evening. Day 2 — Helsinki, Finland: Stand on deck as the ship approaches Helsinki for the best view of the 18th-century maritime fortress of Suomenlinna, a World Heritage site. On a city tour, visit the stately Senate Square and the modernistic Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn out of natural bedrock. See the Sibelius Monument, dedicated to Finland’s greatest composer, and enjoy free time to explore the lively Market Square. Alternatively, take the ferry to Suomenlinna for a guided tour of its historic fortress. Days 3–5 — St. Petersburg, Russia: Peter the Great founded majestic St. Petersburg in 1703 as his “Window on the West.” Set off on a panoramic tour that includes the city’s other highlights. Or enjoy in-depth guided visits to the St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, delving into the fascinating 22

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architecture of both buildings. The next day, visit the incomparable State Hermitage Museum during a specially arranged tour before opening hours. One of the world’s greatest art repositories, the World Heritage-designated museum was founded in 1764 as a private museum of Catherine the Great. The collection now occupies four buildings, all connected to the magnificent Winter Palace—the former residence of the imperial family. Meander through exhibits of European art that span from the Italian Renaissance to the Impressionists. Then see priceless eggs at the Fabergé Museum. The next morning, take an excursion to Pushkin to explore Catherine the Great’s elaborate rococo palace, a World Heritage site, with a special visit to the extraordinary Amber Room. Continue to Pavlovsk, the summer residence she built for her only son. Or take a guided tour of the World Heritage-designated Grand Palace of Peterhof, commissioned by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. Later, discover the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral on a guided tour. Day 6 — Tallinn, Estonia: Having largely escaped the ravages of World War II, Tallinn’s World Heritage-designated Old Town has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years. During a walking tour of both the Upper and Lower Town, see Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and the 13th-century Church of St. Nicholas. Visit the Town Hall and a medieval apothecary, and browse


Highlights • Discover Helsinki’s renowned architecture and innovative design aesthetic on a city tour, or venture into the historic Suomenlinna fortress. • Explore the treasures of St. Petersburg on in-depth tours of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and Peter and Paul Fortress. • Visit the extraordinary Amber Room at Catherine the Great’s palace at Pushkin or tour the palace and gardens of Peter the Great’s Peterhof. • Revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn’s World Heritage-listed Old Town on a walking tour, or delve into Estonia’s 20th-century history on a visit to a history exhibition at Maarjamäe Palace.

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COPENHAGEN the market at the Dominican Convent. Alternatively, delve into Estonia’s 20th-century history from its establishment as a republic in 1918, through Soviet occupation, and to its Singing Revolution, which reestablished Estonia’s independence in 1991. Take a guided tour of Maarjamäe Palace and visit the Memorial to the Victims of Communism. Days 7 & 8 — At Sea/Copenhagen, Denmark: Cruise the Baltic Sea, enjoying lectures and the ship’s amenities. The next morning, disembark in Copenhagen, Denmark’s world-class capital of great heritage and seafaring tradition, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

DENMARK Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on the May 2022 departure are Laura Kennedy, a former diplomat with expertise in Russia, and Glenn Kranking, a historian with expertise in Scandinavian studies. See our website for the experts on the 2023 departures.

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Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot

8 days from $6,320* / June 6–13, Aug. 8–15, 2022 & Aug. 13–20, 2023 Encounter Iceland’s thrilling geological extremes—from glaciers to still-warm lava fields—on a voyage to remote fjords, waterfalls, volcanic islands, and dramatic landscapes imbued with mythology. Itinerary Day 1 — Reykjavík, Iceland: Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Board the ship this evening and cruise north under the midnight sun towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Day 2 — Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Get an up-close view of the cone-shaped Kirkjufell peak as the ship approaches the village of Grundarfjördur. Discover the natural wonders of Snaefellsnes, from the black-pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur to the mystical glacier Snaefellnesjökull, made famous by Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Or board local boats for a whale-watching excursion for a chance to see minke, humpback, pilot, and sperm whales, as well as orcas and dolphins. Day 3 — Grimsey: Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, Grimsey is bisected by the Arctic Circle yet enjoys mild weather year-round. From its only village, Grimseyjarhreppur, set out to explore its lush, emerald hills. Encounter thriving populations of seabirds, including auks, and, with luck, puffins that come to nest on the island’s basalt cliffs from April to August. 24

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Day 4 — Akureyri and Lake Myvatn: Dock in Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest town, and travel to Lake Myvatn, home to fascinating geological phenomena. See the bubbling, steaming geothermal field of Námaskard, and stroll among the surreal lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the mythic source of Icelandic folklore. Watch for migratory birds and 14 species of duck on the shores of Lake Myvatn. After lunch in Skútustadir, explore the town’s distinctive pseudo-craters formed when hot lava flowed over the wetlands 2,300 years ago. On the return to Akureyri, stop at Godafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Alternatively, enjoy the Icelandic tradition of soaking in natural thermals baths. Day 5 — Isafjördur: Awaken in the stunning Westfjords, a rugged peninsula that juts out of Iceland’s northwest coast. Drive along the coast to the tiny town of Bolungarvík and learn about life in this remote outpost at the Osvor Fisherman’s Hut and Hólskirkja, the “Church on a Hill.” Hear a local group sing traditional Icelandic folk songs before continuing to Isafjördur for a visit to the Isafjördur Maritime Museum and a tasting of local specialties. Day 6 — Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar: Sail to the Westman Islands off the southern coast, arriving at Heimaey at midday. Then tour the


Highlights • Explore the mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula, from its black-pebble beaches and legendary glaciers to the iconic peak of Kirkjufell. • Cross the Arctic Circle on a visit to the birdwatcher’s paradise of Grimsey, and head south to see still-warm lava fields, puffin colonies, and beluga whales in the Westman Islands. • Encounter the spectacular waterfalls of Godafoss and Gullfoss, and see geological forces in action in Lake Myvatn, Thingvellir, and Geysir. • Discover the rugged Westfjords, learning about the local way of life in remote fjord-side villages and the town of Isafjördur.

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REYKJAVIK Heimaey island, encountering Viking farmhouses, a puffin nesting ground, the Eldheimar Museum, and the World Heritage site of Surtsey—the world’s youngest island. Alternatively, spend the afternoon at the world’s first Beluga Whale Sanctuary, established by the Sea Life Trust, and also learn about the work of the sanctuary’s Puffin Rescue Center. Day 7 — Reykjavík: Return to Reykjavík and set out for the sites of the Golden Circle: the World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, a lava plain where the world’s oldest legislative body first convened in A.D. 930; the two-tiered “Golden Waterfall” of Gullfoss; and Geysir, a steaming geothermal area that gave rise to the word “geyser.” Stop in Hveragerdi, where geothermal energy has been used to power an extensive greenhouse industry. Cap off your trip on the viewing deck of the glass-domed Pearl, taking in sweeping views of the city.

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Day 8 — Reykjavík: After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. 25


Symphony on the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes Featuring Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot 15 days from $11,860* / Oct. 16–30, 2023 Explore unique cultures rooted in Old Europe as you follow the St. Lawrence River through Québec and continue along the Canadian Maritimes, experiencing worldclass cities and stunning islands illuminated by fall foliage. Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada and St. Lawrence River: Arrive in Toronto and board the ship. Spend the next day enjoying the ship’s amenities and attending talks by your Smithsonian Journeys Experts as you cross Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence River. Days 3 & 4 — Montreal & Québec City, Québec: On a walking tour of Old Montreal, see the ornate Notre-Dame Basilica and the Parc du Mont-Royal. Sail on to Québec City to stroll cobbled lanes steeped in Old World charm and explore Battlefields Park, site of the decisive Battle of Québec.

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Highlights • Experience Montreal and Québec with expert guides, soaking up their Old World charm and vibrant contemporary culture. • Go whale-watching in Tadoussac, and see the natural wonders of Percé. • Tour Alexander Graham Bell’s home on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, and explore the World Heritage-listed fishing town of Lunenburg. • Enjoy walks and hikes in Acadia National Park, and learn about Maine’s native cultures at the Smithsonian-affiliated Abbe Museum.

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Days 5–7 — Tadoussac, Québec and Percé: Visit the Marine Mammal Interpretation Center in Tadoussac, then search for humpbacks and blue whales on a whale-watching excursion. After a day on the water, explore Percé on foot or go on a hike in the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark. Day 8 — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Savor the bucolic beauty of Prince Edward Island. Visit the Confederation Centre of the Arts and tour the Green Gables Heritage Place, which inspired the setting for L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Day 9 — Îles de la Madeleine, Québec: Enjoy a cider tasting at an apple orchard, discover the islands’ Acadian roots at the Musée de la Mer, and take in coastal views from Cap Hérissé Lighthouse. Or hike amid dunes in Pointe de l’Est National Wildlife Area, an important stopover for migratory birds. Days 10–12 — Cape Breton Island and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia: Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck and drive along part of the Cabot Trail, or visit the Gaelic College for a Cape Breton music and dance workshop. Then step back in time at the Fortress of Louisburg, now a living museum. Explore the World Heritage site of Lunenburg on a walking tour, and visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Days 13–15 — Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S. and Gloucester, Massachusetts: Cross the Bay of Fundy during a day at sea. In Maine, visit stunning Acadia National Park, hike the coastal trail, or visit the Smithsonian-affiliated Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. The final morning, disembark in Gloucester and transfer to the airport in Boston. Add a one-night extension in Toronto. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on this departure include Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops. See our website for the other expert on this departure.

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A Voyage Along the Great Lakes Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot or Le Dumont-d’Urville

8 days from $6,120* / Sept. 18–25, 2022 & Aug. 28–Sept. 4, Oct. 9–16, 2023 Experience the Great Lakes in their autumn splendor, exploring the islands and coasts of Ontario and Michigan and discovering natural wonders and historic sites from Georgian Bay to Mackinac Island. Itinerary Day 1 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Arrive in Toronto and settle into your cabin. Set sail on Lake Ontario in the evening. Day 2 — Niagara Falls and Lake Erie: Transit the Welland Canal to Port Colborne for a visit to Niagara Falls, a group of three waterfalls that straddles the border between Ontario and New York. Ride a specially designed boat within feet of Horseshoe Falls. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising Lake Erie. Day 3 — Detroit and St. Clair River: Sail through Detroit, taking in views of Motor City and Ambassador Bridge. Cruise the St. Clair River, used by French fur traders in the 18th century, on the way to Lake Huron. Day 4 — Lake Huron: Parry Sound and Georgian Bay: Dock in Parry Sound and set out on a cruise aboard the Island Queen among the Thirty Thousand Islands of Georgian Bay, or take a nature walk in Killbear Provincial Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Day 5 —Manitoulin Island: On Manitoulin Island, learn about the area’s First Nations heritage at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation or hike to the highest point and sample local wines and cheeses. Alternatively, go kayaking on the upper Kagawong River. Day 6 — Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U.S.: Enter the U.S. and explore Tahquamenon Falls State Park and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Or visit the Sault Lock Viewing Station and Interpretive Center and the Museum Ship Valley Camp. Ride a chartered boat to the Soo Locks, where your boat is raised 21 feet to access Lake Superior. Day 7 — Mackinac Island and Lake Michigan: Tour historic Mackinac Island by horse-drawn carriage, viewing the iconic Grand Hotel and the museum of Fort Mackinac. Enjoy free time in town before an afternoon sail on Lake Michigan. Day 8 — Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Disembark in Milwaukee and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a one-night extension in Toronto.

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Highlights • Cruise into the spray of Niagara Falls, and transit a 1,377-foot lock on the Welland Canal. • Navigate “the thirty thousand islands” of Georgian Bay by boat, or discover the unusual geology of Killbear Provincial Park. • Go hiking on Manitoulin Island, kayak through wetlands on Kagawong River, or visit the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. • Tour the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum or Museum Ship Valley Camp in Sault Ste. Marie, and explore timeless Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island

Little Current Lake Huron

*Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 0% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on the September 2022 departure are geologist and author Kirt Kempter and Frederick Stonehouse, a historian with expertise in American maritime history, specifically the Great Lakes. See our website for the experts on the 2023 departures.

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Highlights • Make a full daylight transit of the Panama Canal, one of the greatest wonders of engineering in history. • Visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Punta Culebra Nature Center on a specially-arranged tour guided by Smithsonian staff. • Explore World Heritage-listed Darién National Park, and visit a village of the indigenous Emberá people to learn about their rich culture. • Go snorkeling among coral reefs in Panama’s remote San Blas Islands.

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COSTA RICA PUERTO CALDERA Quepos

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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot

8 days from $4,540 / Feb. 11–18, 2023 Delve into the tropical forests of Panama and Costa Rica and cross the legendary Panama Canal, learning about Smithsonian’s scientific studies in the region as you explore a range of pristine ecosystems. Itinerary Day 1 — Colón, Panama: Embark the ship in Colón, and sail east along Panama’s coast. Day 2 — San Blas Islands: Enjoy a day to explore the San Blas Islands, governed by the indigenous Kuna people. Stroll the long white-sand beaches, and go swimming and snorkeling. Day 3 — Panama Canal: Today, set off on a journey that inspired the imagination of many 20th-century adventurers: a daytime transit of the Panama Canal. This marvel of engineering was completed by the United States in 1887 and opened in 1914. Delve into the dramatic history of its construction and engineering as you pass through three levels of locks. Day 4 — Panama City: Enjoy a full-day excursion that includes a guided tour of the Biomuseo, designed by architect Frank Gehry, and a walking tour in the charming colonial district. Then take a specially arranged tour of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Punta Culebra Nature Center, an open-air museum dedicated to marine science and conservation. Day 5 — Playa Muerto, Darién National Park: Venture into the 28

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Highlights • Experience Dominica, the Caribbean’s “Nature Island,” on a hike to spectacular viewpoints, a boat ride on the Indian River, or a tour and tasting at a family-owned chocolate factory. • Go island-hopping in the mostly uninhabited French archipelago of Les Saintes, watching for wildlife and swimming and snorkeling. • Take a jeep tour of Bequia in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or sail a catamaran around neighboring islands. • Swim and snorkel or dive off the tiny island of Mayreau and in Tobago Cays Marine Park.

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Cruising the Caribbean’s Windward Islands Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville 9 days from $4,690* / Feb. 25–Mar. 5, 2023 Sail across the spectacular Windward Islands, exploring rain forests, snorkeling reefs, and encountering history and culture from Dominica to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Barbados and beyond. Itinerary Day 1 — Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia: Arrive in St. Lucia and board the ship in Vieux Fort. Day 2 — Portsmouth, Dominica: Explore the Caribbean’s “Nature Island” on a variety of excursions. Hike the Syndicate Nature Trail, visit the cacao farms on the northeastern coast and enjoy a tour and tasting at a sustainable chocolate factory, or watch for wildlife as you cruise among the mangroves of enchanting Indian River. Day 3 — Les Saintes, Guadeloupe: Go sailing on a local boat amid the French islands known as Les Saintes, and stop to swim and snorkel. Alternatively, take a guided tour of Fort Napoléon and Marigot Bay, or paddle a glass-bottomed kayak to the stunning Baie des Saintes. Day 4 — Bequia Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Discover Bequia on a jeep tour, exploring picturesque Port Elizabeth, the ruins of 18th-century Hamilton Fort, and the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Or set off on a catamaran and drop anchor off a tiny island to snorkel and swim. Days 5–7 — Mayreau Island, Grenada, and Tobago Cays:

During a day on tiny Mayreau, swim, stroll the beach, snorkel, or dive among the reefs; and enjoy a beach barbecue lunch. Discover the “Spice Isle” of Grenada, visiting a nutmeg cooperative and a rum distillery, and exploring Grand Etang National Park. Continue to Tobago Cays Marine Park for snorkeling and swimming among vibrant marine life within its fringing reef. Days 8 & 9 — Bridgetown, Barbados: Arrive in Bridgetown, the World Heritage-listed capital of Barbados, known for its colonial architecture. Go snorkeling and swimming among sea turtles, tour the plantation home of Clifton Hall and Codrington College, or take a historical tour of the island. Toast your Caribbean adventure with a glass of the island’s famous rum. Disembark the next morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Add a two-night extension in St. Lucia. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Each cruise will feature two Smithsonian Journeys Experts. See our website for the experts on this departure. 29


Cruising the Arabian Coast Aboard the 184-guest Le Bougainville 9 Days from $5,820* / Jan. 6–14, 2023 Trace the northern coast of the Arabian Peninsula on an nine-day cruise, discovering world-class cities and ancient cultures, desert islands and dramatic fjords from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Doha and Muscat. Itinerary Days 1 & 2 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E): Arrive in Dubai and embark the ship. Set out on a guided tour of this boundary-pushing city, from the traditional spice and gold souks to the iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Visit the Dubai Museum and delve into Emirati culture at the Sheikh Mohammed Center of Cultural Understanding, then enjoy an Emirati-style lunch. Day 3 — Sir Bani Yas: Step ashore on the desert island of Sir Bani Yas, and set off in 4x4s on safari with local naturalists. Observe some of the 17,000 creatures that inhabit the island’s Arabian Wildlife Park, including oryx, giraffes, hyenas, cheetahs, and more.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

Highlights • Encounter enthralling art, architecture, and design, from the Burj Khalifa and the Louvre Abu Dhabi to IM Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. • Venture into the souks of Dubai and Doha, and visit historic forts and mosques in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. • Set out on safari on the desert island of Sir Bani Yas, searching out giraffes, oryx, cheetahs, and more with naturalists. • Explore the dramatic fjords of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula by traditional sailing dhow.

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Day 4 — Doha, Qatar: Delve into dynamic Doha, a burgeoning center of culture and style filled with striking high-rises and age-old souks. Visit the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by IM Pei, and learn about Qatari history and culture at the new National Museum, another architectural marvel. Venture into the colorful Souk Waqif, built on the site of an ancient marketplace. Days 5 & 6 — Abu Dhabi: In Abu Dhabi, the capital of the U.A.E, see the impressive exhibitions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi and admire the building’s stunning architecture. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, home to 82 marble domes and more than a thousand columns inlaid with gemstones. Meander through Masdar City, a planned city that showcases clean-tech solutions and sustainable urban design. Day 7 — Khasab, Oman: Arrive in Khasab, and board a traditional sailing dhow to explore the dramatic fjords of Oman’s remote Musandam Peninsula. Watch for dolphins, and take in views of the spectacularly rugged coast. Days 8 & 9 — Fujairah, U.A.E and Muscat, Oman: In the commercial hub of Fujairah, visit Fujairah Fort, the oldest and largest castle in all of the Emirates. Examine archaeological finds in the museum, and visit a mud-and-stone mosque in the oasis of Al Bithnah. Gather for a festive farewell reception and dinner, and disembark in Muscat the next day. Add a one-night extension in Dubai and/or a two-night extension in Muscat. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Each cruise will feature two Smithsonian Journeys Experts. See our website for the experts on this departure.

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Cruising French Polynesia: Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Tuamotus Aboard the 330-guest Paul Gauguin 11 days from $5,800* / Sept. 7–17, 2022 Immerse yourself in the idyllic isles and ancient culture of French Polynesia on a cruise to the Society and Tuamotu Islands. Itinerary Day 1 — Papeete, Tahiti: Arrive in Papeete and embark the Paul Gauguin in the late afternoon. Day 2 — Huahine, Society Islands: Discover the stunning island of Huahine. On an optional excursion to Maeva, see excavated marae dating from pre-history to the 16th century. Gather for an included celebration of Polynesian dance and music. Days 3 & 4 — Bora Bora/At Sea: Snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, or relax on a private beach on beautiful Bora Bora. Or choose an optional excursion such as a sunset jet boat ride or a 4x4 tour of Mount Otemanu. During a day at sea, enjoy the ship’s amenities and attend talks by our experts. Day 5 — Rangiroa, Tuamotus: Explore Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world, at your own pace, strolling the coast and meeting the local community. Or choose an optional activity, from snorkeling to a pearl farm visit. Days 6 & 7 — Fakarava/At Sea: A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the atoll of Fakarava is home to a rich diversity of habitats and fauna. Discover the atoll while swimming, snorkeling, or diving; or visit the village of Tetamanu. Return to the Society Islands during a day at sea. Day 8 — Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands: Spend a day on a private motu off the coast of Taha’a. Swim, snorkel, and kayak; watch craft demonstrations; or just enjoy the beach. If you wish, join an optional excursion to Taha’a. Then enjoy an included Polynesian beach barbecue. Days 9 & 10 — Mo’orea: During two days on idyllic Mo’orea, take an included tour of Opunohu Valley, guided by an anthropologist. Or choose from a range of optional excursions including hiking, snorkeling, or diving; whale watching; or meeting coral reef researchers. Day 11 — Papeete: Disembark in Papeete and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Please Note: In addition to activities marked as “included,” this journey offers a variety of optional excursions (at an additional expense) to customize your experience. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing and details on the ship and deck plan. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on this departure are Charles Urbanowicz, an anthropologist with expertise in the peoples and cultures of the Pacific, and Lindsay Whaley, a linguist with expertise in the Pacific Islands.

Sailing the lagoon of Bora Bora

Highlights • Visit ceremonial marae in Huahine, and attend a performance of Polynesian dance and music. • Explore magnificent Bora Bora, and spend time on an exclusive white-sand beach on a motu, or islet, off the coast. • Encounter the magnificent atolls of the Tuamotus, visiting Rangiroa, home to the legendary Blue Lagoon, and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Fakarava. • Join an anthropologist in Mo’orea for a walk through rain forests to ancient cultural sites.

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Solar Eclipse 2023: Indonesia to Australia’s Kimberley Aboard the 184-guest Le Lapérouse 16 days from $14,830* / Apr. 9–24, 2023 Witness a rare total solar eclipse on a voyage that will have you exploring the unusual natural wonders of Komodo National Park and the Kimberley, snorkeling and diving off tropical isles, and discovering the compelling history and culture of Timor-Leste. Itinerary Day 1 — Bali, Indonesia: Arrive in Bali and settle into your cabin. Take to the sea this afternoon. Days 2–4 — Banta Island and Komodo National Park: Make a stop at Banta Island to snorkel or dive amid vibrant marine life. On guided walks in the World Heritage-listed Komodo National Park, observe the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo “dragon.” As you cross the Savu Sea, listen to talks by your Smithsonian Journeys Experts. Days 5–7 — Dili and Baucau, Timor-Leste/At Sea: Dock in Dili, the capital of beautiful Timor-Leste, and learn about the tiny country’s dramatic history on a city tour. Continue to Baucau for a cultural performance and snorkel or scuba dive before a day at sea.

King George Falls, Australia

Highlights • Watch the total solar eclipse from the comfort of your ship, positioned on the eclipse path off the northern coast of Australia. • Observe Komodo “dragons” on a guided hike in Komodo National Park.

Day 9 — King George River: Venture up the King George River by Zodiac, passing through vertical canyons on the way to stunning twin cascades that fall some 260 feet.

• Examine ancient rock art in the Kimberley, and take in a cultural performance on Timor-Leste.

Days 10 & 11 — Swift Bay/At Sea: Examine prehistoric rock art left by ancient Aboriginal peoples, and discover the symbolism behind these well-preserved paintings. Spend a day at sea getting into position for the eclipse.

• Take a scenic flight over Western Australia’s Bungle Bungles, and cruise in Zodiacs to King George Falls.

Day 12 — Solar Eclipse: Witness the 2023 solar eclipse from on board the ship, far from the crowds expected on land. Learn more about the phenomenon from our experts.

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Day 8 — Wyndham, Australia: Arrive in Australia’s Kimberley region and choose from a variety of options to discover this wild landscape. Watch for wildlife on an Ord River cruise, take a scenic flight over the astonishing Bungle Bungle Range, or explore the El Questro wilderness area.

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Days 13 & 14 — Collier Bay: Experience two of the Kimberley’s most unusual phenomena: Montgomery Reef, a coral bank that rises out of the water at low tide, drawing all kinds of wildlife; and the sideways cascade known as Horizontal Falls. Days 15 & 16 — Lacepede Islands/Broome: Visit the Lacepede Islands, home to large populations of breeding boobies and terns, as well as frigatebirds, oystercatchers, sea turtles, and much more. Disembark in Broome, and transfer to the airport for your return flight. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Each cruise will feature two Smithsonian Journeys Experts. See our website for the experts on this departure.

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Antarctica: The White Continent Aboard the 244-guest Le Lyrial

12 days from $10,850* / Feb. 20–Mar. 3, 2023 Includes round-trip air from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and one hotel night in Buenos Aires Immerse yourself in a magnificent realm of ice on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Antarctica, and encounter astonishing wildlife—from thousands of penguins to breaching whales—on excursions with our naturalists. Itinerary

Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina: Arrive in Buenos Aires and check into your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Day 2 — Ushuaia: Fly to Ushuaia, and enjoy an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Discover the park’s flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes with our guides, and with luck, encounter beavers, birds, wild orchids, and more. After lunch in the park, return to Ushuaia to embark the ship. Set sail on the Beagle Channel, named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his South American voyages. Days 3 & 4 — Drake Passage: Cross the legendary Drake Passage, enjoying time to get familiar with the ship and deepen your knowledge of Antarctica. Your Smithsonian Experts and the team of naturalist guides on board will present insightful lectures on the history and wildlife of this icy continent. Days 5–9 — Antarctic Peninsula: Spend four days exploring the outer shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula, where abrupt mountains create precipitous coastlines and massive glaciers calve icebergs of all shapes and sizes. In this seemingly harsh environment, a vast array of wildlife flourishes, including millions of penguins and seabirds, as well as numerous species of seals and whales. At this time of year, we may get the chance to observe humpback and minke whales, pods of orcas, elephant and leopard seals, giant petrels, and great skuas. Go ashore on volcanic islands to walk among fur seals and gentoo and chinstrap penguins and their newly hatched chicks. Continue further south into the realm of ice, encountering playful Adélie penguins and unusual marine life. Cruise past tabular icebergs that dwarf the ship, ice floes where Weddell seals loll, and icebergs that glow ethereal shades of turquoise. Along the way, learn about the history of Antarctic exploration, from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition to the ventures of explorers such as Jean-Baptiste Charcot and Adrien de Gerlache. You may have the chance to visit a research station. Keep in mind that your course is dependent on weather, sea, and ice conditions. Every cruise is unique, and your seasoned captain and crew are expert at making the most of the conditions at hand. Days 10 & 11 — Drake Passage: Relax and reflect on board as you return across the Drake Passage, keeping an eye out for seabirds and marine life. Day 12 — Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Argentina: Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires to connect to your flight home.

Cruising Antarctica by Zodiac

Highlights • Experience the unusual flora of Tierra del Fuego National Park. • Encounter spectacular polar panoramas, navigating among towering glaciers, lava sculpted mountains, and immense icebergs. • Observe various species of penguins and watch for breaching whales. • Enjoy excursions by Zodiac with expert naturalists, maneuvering among icebergs and stepping onto the continent itself.

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USHUAIA Drake Passage

Add a two-night extension in Buenos Aires. Limited to 200 Smithsonian Journeys guests. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on this departure include Peter Bobrowsky, a highly respected geologist. See our website for the other expert on this departure.

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Cruising Arctic Norway: Glaciers, Ice Floes, and Polar Bears Aboard the 264-guest Le Boréal or L’Austral

10 days from $10,360* / June 14–23, 2022 & June 13–22, 2023 Includes round-trip air between Paris and Longyearbyen and two hotel nights in Paris Travel under the midnight sun to Norway’s remote Svalbard Archipelago, and experience a wondrous land of glaciers, fjords, icebergs, and polar bears. Itinerary Days 1 & 2 — Paris, France and Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway: Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel. Fly to Longyearbyen the next morning and board the ship after lunch. Cruise north along the fjord-carved coast. Day 3 — Hornsund: Venture into Hornsund, one of the first fjords discovered by whalers in the 17th century. See its large population of little auks, and take in views of the eight glaciers that surround the fjord’s end. Day 4 — Bellsund: Follow the path of early explorers into Bellsund, where evidence of whaling and hunting stations can be found on the shore. Amid its lush valleys and tundra, seek out wildlife such as reindeer and arctic foxes.

Polar bear, Svalbard

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Observe a wide range of Arctic wildlife, from majestic polar bears and walruses to arctic foxes, reindeer, puffins, and some of the world’s largest whales.

• Marvel at the spectacular icebergs of Kongsfjorden, and encounter the iridescent blue front of the vast Monaco Glacier. • Glide among the ice floes in a Zodiac with expert naturalists, on the lookout for polar bears and seals.

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Day 5 — Sailing to the Ice Floe: Sail up to the edge of the ice floe, and, conditions permitting, ride a Zodiac amid these slabs of ice, which can harbor seabirds, seals, and polar bears. Day 6 — Måkeøyane and Monaco Glacier: Cruise south to explore the Måkeøyane Archipelago. Continue to majestic Monaco Glacier, and watch for ice calving off its towering, blue-tinged wall. Polar bears and whales can often be spotted here. Day 7 — Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park: Admire the spectacular ice formations of Raudfjorden. Then visit Smeerenburg, a former Dutch whaling colony that is one of Spitsbergen’s most important archaeological sites. Day 8 — Ny-Ålesund and Kongsfjorden: Stop by the museum and post office in Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town from which Roald Amundsen’s Arctic expeditions departed. Then sail into beautiful Kongsfjorden, navigating among icebergs to reach the Kongsbreen, the “Glacier of the King.” Days 10 & 11 — Longyearbyen and Paris, France: Disembark in Longyearbyen. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Paris. Check into your hotel and catch your flight home the next morning. *Pricing reflects a savings bonus ranging from 5% to 30%, based on the number of staterooms available at the time of printing. See our website for current pricing. Book early for higher savings. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Our experts on the 2022 departure are Katryn Wiese, a highly respected expert in geology and oceanography, and Don Wilson, expert mammalogist and curator emeritus of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. See our website for the experts on the 2023 departure.

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The PONANT Fleet In addition to the enriching experience that each of our curated itineraries provide, the PONANT fleet perpetuates the cruising philosophy of Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT: small capacity yachts perfect for fostering camaraderie and a unique ambiance of casual sophistication, wellbeing, and privacy. The PONANT fleet includes the PONANT Explorers (184 guests each) and the PONANT Sisterships (264* guests each). Each ship has its own color palette and motif, but all share an elegantly understated aesthetic and European sensibility and craftsmanship. The staterooms and suites feature panoramic sea views, and almost all feature a private balcony. Life aboard ship is relaxed and refined, and an air of casual sophistication enhances the unique experience of feeling that you are aboard a private yacht. The new Explorer ships feature a world exclusive: the first ships ever to be equipped with an underwater, multi-sensory lounge, called Blue Eye, located within the hull, eight feet beneath the water line. Two large windows provide views of the underwater marine life, and guests can also hear and sense this life through unique wave technology. *Le Lyrial accommodates 244 guests.

The PONANT Explorers and Sisterships Ship Amenities

Stateroom Amenities

• Two restaurants • Theater • Two lounges with bars • Four spacious deck spaces for passengers • Fitness center, spa, and pool • Shop • Infirmary • Three elevators • Marina • Blue Eye underwater lounge (exclusive to Explorer ships)

• Private balconies (except Superior Staterooms on Sisterships) • A queen bed or two twin-size beds • Individually controlled air conditioning • En suite bathroom with bath products, hair dryer, and bathrobes • Direct-dial satellite telephone • Free Wi-Fi • Flat-screen satellite TV • Movies on-demand • iPod™ player, desk, mini-bar, and safe • 24-hour room service • Butler service for specific suites on Sisterships • Connecting staterooms available

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(including 1 for person of reduced mobility) - 1 Deluxe suite Restaurant - 23 Prestige stateroomsWC

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DECK 3 Restaurant - 23 Prestige staterooms (including 1 for person of reduced mobility) - 1 Deluxe suite GRILL DECK 4 RESTAURANT SHOP

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MAIN LOUNGE

POOL

Restaurant - 23 Prestige staterooms GRILL RESTAURANT

THEATER

RECEPTION (including 1 for person of DESK reduced mobility) -

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1 Deluxe suite

EXCURSION DESK

Reception Desk - Excursion Desk -feature Main Lounge - Pool Deck Suites - Shopon- Medical Center Theater - 13Suite Deluxe - 1 Deluxe suite NOTE : Le3Champlain and Le Lapérouse three Grand Deluxe Decks 5 & 6, and- one Owner’s on staterooms Deck 6. MAIN LOUNGE POOL THEATER DECK 36

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The Sisterships

Ship Specifications

L’Austral, Le Boréal, Le Lyrial, & Le Soléal Owner’s Suite Deck 6

Deluxe Suites Deck 6

Deluxe Staterooms Deck 3

Prestige Suites Deck 4-5-6

Prestige Staterooms Deck 3

Superior Staterooms Deck 3

626 624 622 620 618 616 614 612 610 608

Owner’s suite

GRILL RESTAURANT

POOL

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• Guest capacity: up to 264 passengers • Crew size: 140 • Length: 466 ft/Beam: 59 ft/Draft: 15.3 ft • Cruising speed: 14 knots • Guest decks: 6 • Flag: French • Launched: 2010 (Le Boréal), 2011 (L’Austral), 2013 (Le Soléal), 2015 (Le Lyrial)

602 Deluxe Suite INTERNET

539 625 623 621 619 617 615 611 609 607 605

603 601 Deluxe Deluxe Suite Suite

PANORAMIC LOUNGE

PANORAMIC TERRACE

LIBRARY

HAMMAM 508 506 504 502

536 534 532 530 528 526 524 522 520 518 516 514 512 510 IMAGE & PHOTO DESK

5

BRIDGE 509

4

539 537 535 533 531 529 527 525 523 521 519 517 515 511

507 505 503 501

434 432 430 428 426 424 422 420 418 416 414 412 410 408

406 404 402

THEATRE 437 435 433 431 429 427 425 423 421 419 417 415 411 409 407 405 403 401

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EXCURSION DESK

334 332 330 328 326 324 322 320 318 316 314 312 310 308

RECEPTION DESK

337 335 333 331 329 327 325 323 321 319 317 315 311 309 307 305 303 301 300

306 304 302

MAIN LOUNGE SHOP

NOTE: Le Lyrial features one Owner’s Suite, one Grand Privilege Suite, three Deluxe Suites, one Grand Deluxe Suite, eight Privilege Suites, and one Prestige Stateroom on Deck 6. 37 MARINA

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Smithsonian Journeys/PONANT Cruises 2022-2023 Departures

Voyage

Page

Dates

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A Circumnavigation of Sicily NEW!

May 4–11, 2023

Le Bougainville

11

Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea

June 28–July 5, 2022

Le Jacques Cartier

Sept. 17–24, 2023

Le Lyrial

July 5–12, 2022; July 12–19, 2023

Le Jacques Cartier

Sept. 1–8, 2022

Le Bougainville

Oct. 22–29, 2023

Le Champlain

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Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean

14

Cruising from Morocco to Spain’s Andalusian Coast NEW!

Apr. 20–27, 2023

Le Dumont-d’Urville

15

Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

May 3–10, 2022

Le Bougainville

Oct. 8–15, 2022

Le Champlain

16

Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea NEW!

Oct. 8–16, 2023

Le Champlain

17

Lisbon to London: Cruising Europe’s Western Shores

Apr. 15–23, 2022

Le Champlain

18

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage

June 17–24, 2023; June 24–July 3, 2023

Le Dumont-d’Urville

20

Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea

June 17–23, 2022; May 5–13, 2023

Le Dumont-d’Urville

21

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

July 30–Aug. 6, 2022

Le Dumont-d’Urville

22

Cruising the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

May 18–25, 2022; July 24–Aug. 2, 2023; Aug. 10–18, 2023

Le Champlain

24

Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice

June 6–13, 2022; Aug. 8–15, 2022; Aug. 13–20, 2023

Le Bellot

26

Symphony on the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes NEW!

Oct. 16–30, 2023

Le Bellot

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A Voyage Along the Great Lakes

Sept. 18–25, 2022

Le Bellot

Aug. 28–Sept. 4, 2023; Oct. 9–16, 2023

Le Dumont-d’Urville

28

Panama and Costa Rica by Sea

Feb. 11–18, 2023

Le Bellot

29

Cruising the Caribbean’s Windward Islands

Feb. 25–Mar. 5, 2023

Le Dumont-d’Urville

30

Cruising the Arabian Coast NEW!

Jan. 6–14, 2023

Le Bougainville

31

Cruising French Polynesia: Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Tuamotus

Sept. 7–17, 2022

Paul Gauguin

32

Solar Eclipse 2023: Indonesia to Australia’s Kimberley NEW!

Apr. 9–24, 2023

Le Lapérouse

33

Antarctica: The White Continent

Feb. 20–Mar. 3, 2023

Le Lyrial

34

Cruising Arctic Norway: Glaciers, Ice Floes, and Polar Bears

June 14–23, 2022

Le Boréal

June 13–22, 2023

L’Austral

Apr. 15–22, 2022

Le Soléal

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Treasures of Japan by Sea

There is still time to book!

Treasures of Japan by Sea Aboard the 264-guest Le Soléal

8 days from $6,500* / Apr. 15–22, 2022 Cruise the length of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, visiting shrines, castles, World War II sites, and two of Japan’s most renowned gardens at the height of spring. Highlights • Experience two world-famous gardens, the Ritsurin and the Korakuen, and meander among 17th-century architecture in Kurashiki. • Visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima or take a sake tasting tour in historic Saijo; then see the iconic “floating” torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island. • Walk in the footsteps of the samurai in beautifully preserved Hagi Castle Town, and tour temples and residences in the samurai stronghold of Chofu. 38

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Pricing in this catalog is subject to change. Airfare is not included in the price unless specified on the itinerary page. Please see full Terms and Conditions online at SmithsonianJourneys.org/ponant-terms-conditions. PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: iStock, Dreamstime, Danita Delimont, Shutterstock. Front Cover: PONANT/Mike Louagie. Back Cover: PONANT/Laurence Fischer. PONANT Images: pp.2–3, 5/Olivier Blaud; p.6/ Francois Lefebvre; p.7 bottom/Christophe Dugied; p.7 top/Tamar Sarkissian; p.21/Violette Vauchelle; p.33/Nathalie Michel; p.35/Nicolas Matheus; p.38/Margo Sib; p.39/Noemie Watel. Additional photos: pp.8–9/ Smithsonian Journeys Experts; p.31/Paul Gauguin. Printed December 2021.

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