Smithsonian Journeys Winter Catalog

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2021 / 2022 TRAVEL CATALOG


Travel with Smithsonian Journeys Our 2021 / 2022 Travel Collection

The Smithsonian Difference


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8 Reasons to Travel with Us Our Experts Accommodations & Ships Our Travel Styles Tailor-Made Journeys

The Americas 15 Celebrate Smithsonian NEW! 16 Alaska’s Natural Wonders 17 Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage 18 Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon 18 The Northern Rockies 19 Treasures of Yosemite NEW! 20 Yellowstone and the Tetons 20 Yellowstone and the Tetons for Families 21 U.S. National Parks by Private Jet NEW! 22 African American Culture in the Lowcountry NEW! 22 Pueblo Culture and History NEW! 23 Cradle of the Movement: Civil Rights in Alabama NEW! 24 Smithsonian at Space Academy 24 Astronomy in Arizona 25 Astronomy and Natural Wonders of Hawaii 26 Pearl Harbor / Commemorating the 80th Anniversary NEW! 27 In the Wake of Lewis and Clark 28 Great Lakes Grand Voyage 29 Art Along the Hudson 30 Art Along the Coast of Maine 30 Voyage on the Mississippi 31 Costa Rica’s Natural Treasures 31 Amazon River Cruise 32 Machu Picchu and the Galápagos 33 Wonders of the Galápagos Islands 34 Legendary Peru 35 Patagonian Explorer: Argentina and Chile 37 Hiking Through Patagonia NEW! 38 Costa Rica Adventure NEW! 38 Rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River



Hiking along the Italian Riviera: Featuring the Cinque Terre NEW! Hiking Scotland’s Hebrides and Highlands Hiking the Emerald Isle Smithsonian at Oxford Classic Mystery Lover’s England County Clare / Ireland NEW! The Emerald Isle Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Scotland’s Treasures France Through the Ages D-Day: A Journey from England to France Normandy Paris: The African American Experience Journey Through Provence France and Spain’s Basque Region A River Cruise of Provence Waterways of Holland and Belgium A Danube River Cruise Great European Journey Voyage Through Europe Cruising the Rhine and Moselle for Families Holiday Markets Portrait of Portugal Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia A Cruise of the Adriatic and the Aegean Sailing the Greek Islalnds / Sea Cloud II NEW! A Cruise to Ancient Greece Classical Greece Art Meets Science in Switzerland Krákow Berlin Old World Europe Living in Italy Living in France Highlights of Italy The Genius of Michelangelo NEW! Italy’s Lake District Italy’s Amalfi Coast Southern Italy and Sicily Palermo and Taormina Italy’s Apulia Spain’s Andalusia Segovia / Spain NEW! Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal A Cruise of Spain and Portugal

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St. Petersburg and the Baltics Cruising the Baltic Sea Arctic Explorer by Train Journey Through Norway An Arctic Cruise of Norway’s Svalbard Iceland Voyage: A Circumnavigation Cruise Adventure in Iceland


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Around the World 95 Around the World by Private Jet

Student Travel 99

Smithsonian Student Travel NEW!

96 Calendar 98 More Tours for 2021 & 2022

African Safari Safari in Kenya and Tanzania Tanzania Safari NEW! Treasures of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana / Rovos Rail Splendors of Morocco Ancient Egypt and the Nile

Asia & Pacific

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Eternal Japan The Silk Road The Trans-Siberian Express Singapore, Thailand, and Angkor Wat A Cruise Along Vietnam’s Coast Discovering Vietnam Cruising the Mekong River Journey Through New Zealand Splendors of Australia and New Zealand


8 Reasons to Travel with Smithsonian Journeys 1. The Smithsonian Difference Our trips reflect the vast knowledge and experience Smithsonian has gathered since its founding in 1846. All of our itineraries are carefully crafted to provide a deep, authentic, and unique experience, and many also provide special access to Smithsonian research, people, and facilities. For example, meet Smithsonian scientists at a research station in Kenya, observe astrophysicists at work at a Smithsonian observatory in Arizona, or find yourself on a behind-the-scenes tour of a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.

5. Small Groups and Big Experiences Now more than ever, the idea of traveling with a small group of fellow travelers is reassuring. Almost all of our land trips feature guaranteed small groups of 12 to 24 people, allowing for more flexibility. You’ll experience the world in a bigger way, getting up close to renowned sites and taking the path less traveled. And with small-group travel, it’s all about the people. You’ll meet with the local people, participate in cultural traditions, and get to know your fellow travelers and trip leaders.

2. A Name You Can Trust Smithsonian has worked hard over the past 175 years to earn its reputation as one of America’s most trusted institutions. And, as you would expect from Smithsonian, our journeys are known for top-notch service, engaging experts, and some of the most experienced trip leaders and local guides. And when you travel with Smithsonian, you know that your safety and well-being are always a top priority.

6. Great Value Once you add up the extras that we include—experts, enrichment, most meals, excursions, transfers, most gratuities, and even airfare inclusive pricing on many trips—you’ll find that many of our trips are a very good value in addition to being an exceptional experience.

3. 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. Our world-class experts bring meaningful enrichment and insider perspectives to hundreds of departures on all seven continents. You’ll find that some of your best times with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert take place during informal conversations, at meals, and while exploring sites in more depth. In addition to traveling with a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, you’ll be accompanied by a top professional trip leader and local guides who are the best in the industry. They know their destination and itinerary intimately and can make adjustments on a moment’s notice. 4. The Smithsonian Community On any given trip, 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. 4


7. Supporting the Smithsonian Mission When you travel with Smithsonian Journeys, your participation benefits the work of the Institution, supporting our educational mission to preserve our heritage, discover new knowledge, and share our resources with the world. And, you have the comfort of knowing that you are traveling with an organization that is committed to sustaining the character and biodiversity of the places we visit by selecting partners and suppliers who meet our standards for responsible travel and supporting regional economies through our use of distinctive local guides and accommodations. 8. Peace of Mind To assure your peace of mind during these times, we’ve made our payment terms more flexible. Reserve your 2021 journey before March 31, 2021 and you may cancel up to 95 days before the departure date and receive a full refund.* And we are implementing new protocols to ensure that all of our trips meet the health and safety guidelines established by the U.S. Travel Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. *Offer valid for new 2021 bookings received before March 31, 2021. At 95 days before departure, funds paid are no longer refundable. This offer is not available on Private Jet or Tailor-Made Journeys.




It was an incredible treat to be able to travel with one of Smithsonian’s top scientists! Matt was a wealth of knowledge and simply awesome. – William G. 1


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Robyn was really fabulous. Not only were her lectures on wildlife outstanding but she made the difference in so many ways. – Nancy B. 5

Gain in-depth understanding and a sense of wonder Our Experts Among the experts who accompany you on your journey are scholars from around the world—with in-depth understanding of history, culture, politics, the natural world, geology, astronomy, or the fine arts. We select experts whose area of expertise fits perfectly with the destination and who are eager to share their passion, knowledge, and insights about the place you are visiting. 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 and read about the tours they will lead in the pages that follow. And go online to read more about them . . . and see the accolades shared by our travelers.

1. Matt Larsen expert in biodiversity, conservation, and zoology and director emeritus of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. See page 31. 2. Veronica Kalas art historian and archaeologist with expertise in Greek studies. See pages 58 & 60. 3. Alia Kate expert in international relations with a focus on the Middle East and north Africa. See page 84. 4. Jim Zimbelman senior geologist emeritus at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. See page 79. 5. Robyn Keene-Young highly respected travel and nature writer with expertise in Africa. See pages 81 & 82. 6. Deborah Mack anthropologist and Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Museum of African American History and Culture. See page 22.

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Be at home in the world By land, river, or sea

Distinctive Properties

Whether you’re enjoying the cultural treasures of Europe or the wildlife of a safari adventure in Africa, your accommodations enhance your overall experience and are often integral to a memorable trip. Traveling with Smithsonian Journeys, you can be assured of distinctive properties that feature the character and ambiance of the local culture plus the quality service that meets the high standards you expect.

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel, Greece

Intimate Small Ships

With the mindset of explorers and the goal of fresh experiences, Smithsonian Journeys travelers ply the waters of the oceans, rivers, lakes, and canals around the world. Unpack once and enjoy an informal, relaxed ambiance aboard our ideal small ships—ranging from 18-passenger canal boats to small sophisticated ships accommodating up to 180 guests—where curious travelers and engaging conversation, along with casual clothes and attitudes, create a truly enjoyable and exceptional experience. You’ll easily become acquainted with fellow travelers and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the ship’s lounges and dining rooms—and get to know members from other leading cultural institutions who may share the ship with our group. Yet you’ll also feel free to slip off to read a book or, depending on the ship, enjoy a soothing spa treatment. Plus, our ships feature excellent cuisine that can be savored in fine dining rooms or al fresco on deck, and staff members are known for their friendly and helpful demeanor.

Learn more about our properties and cruise ships online!



Hotel Covo dei Saraceni, Polignano a Mare, Italy

Parador de Hondarribia, Spain

Le Boréal

Sea Cloud II

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania 9

Find your perfect trip Our Travel Styles

Discover a journey that speaks to your aspirations and interests! All Smithsonian Journeys trips feature a unique blend of enriching insights, exceptional quality, engaging experts and travel companions, and personal attention. Narrow your search—from more than 100 different itineraries—by using our online Trip Finder. You can discover your perfect trip in just seconds by filtering your interests by travel style (featured here!), special interests, activity level, destination, dates, and trip duration. Classic Land Journeys Our Classic Land Journeys are exciting forays into the history, culture, and natural world of a single country or region. Meticulously planned to include iconic sites and hidden gems, these 10 to 23-day trips are comprehensive and exciting. You may travel the full breadth of a country or just one region, but you’ll always see the highlights up close with an intimate group of 12 to 24 travelers—and most of these trips include airfare for even more value! Cultural Stays Our one-week Cultural Stays allow you to unpack once and enjoy time to discover a destination’s unique sense of place in more depth. Choose from a single European cultural capital or a smaller town that showcases the intrinsic character of the region. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy an insightful experience that features both highlights and lesser-known sites and opportunities to meet with local people.

By staying in one place on a Cultural Stay, you can really explore a destination in depth, gain insight into cultural aspects, and meet the people, too. These are my favorite trips! – Catherine H., Berlin: A One-Week Stay 10


Train Journeys There’s a magical quality to traveling by train as you watch your destination unfold from the comfort of your train car. Whether you are a true train buff or simply enjoy the “romance of the rails,” you will find several fascinating train trips to fulfill your dreams. Small-Ship Cruises—Ocean and River Unpack once and wake up to a brand-new world every day on an ocean or river voyage aboard a fleet of ideal ships that range from a canal boat of just 18 guests to small vessels that accommodate only 180 guests. All of our small upscale cruises share the same hallmark qualities of superb amenities, excellent cuisine, an informal ambiance, and a top-notch Smithsonian Journeys Expert who travels with you.

Special Interest Tours Join travelers who share your interest in art to astronomy or military history. Become a student at Oxford, delve into art and science in Switzerland, or learn about the lives of African Americans in Paris. You can also go behind the scenes at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to understand the challenges of NASA astronauts! Whatever your interest, Smithsonian Journeys ensures a unique and top-notch learning experience. Tailor-Made Journeys Experience the world your way on a Tailor-Made trip, custom designed just for you and your traveling companions. Find more details on these unique trips on the next page. Student Travel NEW! Smithsonian is excited to introduce a unique travel offering specifically designed for high school students, beginning in Summer 2021. For more information see the inside back cover or

Like everyone told me, I returned convinced that this was the best trip I have ever taken! – Gwendolyn S., African Safari



Smithsonian Tailor-Made Journeys With Audley Travel

Experience the World Your Way Now, perhaps more than ever, you may wish to travel with just those close to you—your spouse or your extended family, a favorite travel partner, or a group of close friends. We invite you to discover a place you’ve always dreamed about on a trip designed just for you. We created Smithsonian Tailor-Made Journeys so that you can experience the world your way. You decide when and where you’ll go, and with whom you’ll travel, and we will work with you to build your ideal journey, tailored to your pace and your interests. How It Works You’ll be paired with a country specialist with extensive firsthand knowledge of the region you would like to visit. Simply share your travel aspirations and your interests, and we’ll curate a day-by-day itinerary that fits your budget, based on activities and excursions that will be meaningful to you. On your journey, you can expect excellent local guides, immersive experiences, seamless transfers, and the kind of accommodations you love—whether that’s a historic palace filled with character or a stylish, contemporary hotel. Get inspired at! Then call us at 855-215-8690 and start building your dream trip! 12


Travel to any of these destinations on a Tailor-Made Journey.

North America

Alaska I Hawaii America’s National Parks Canada


Why take a Smithsonian Tailor-Made Journey? Your Trip, Your Way You pick your dates and your travel companions and we’ll help you build your ideal trip. Knowledgeable Country Specialists Work with a designated country specialist, who will fine-tune all aspects of a trip. Have a question about your destination or your itinerary? Your specialist is there for you. Top Private Guides Gain insight and an insider’s point of view from the top local guides who travel with you. Enriching Experiences Take part in enriching experiences specially arranged for Smithsonian travelers, such as visiting Calvados and cheese producers for a tour and tasting in Normandy or attending a traditional Hawaiian luau on Oahu. Time to Explore on Your Own You’ll have plenty of free time built into your itinerary so that you can linger in a historic district, catch an impromptu concert, or just sit at a café and people-watch. This is your trip, after all. Hassle Free From transportation to guides, we’ll take care of all the logistics. And for peace of mind, you’ll have access to a 24-hour phone number so you can reach us anytime.

Austria I Croatia I England France I Greece I Iceland Ireland I Italy The Netherlands I Portugal Scotland I Spain Switzerland


Bhutan I China I India Japan I Thailand I Tibet Vietnam

Africa & the Middle East

Botswana I Egypt Morocco I Namibia Rwanda I South Africa Tanzania

Central & South America

Argentina I Belize I Chile Costa Rica I Ecuador The Galápagos Islands I Peru

Australia & the Pacific

Australia I New Zealand

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The Americas



Celebrate Smithsonian CELEBRATING SMITHSONIAN’S 175 YEARS 4 days from $4,190 Sept. 8–11, 2021

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Join us in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary at this very special event over three days. Our exclusive program reflects the breadth of the Smithsonian’s collections and research and offers an insider’s look into the world’s largest museum complex. We’ll usher you behind the scenes where you’ll meet top curators and researchers whose knowledge and passion create a uniquely immersive experience. Highlights Include

National Museum of Natural History: Opened in 1910, this museum houses the world’s largest collection of natural history specimens and artifacts. Gather in the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils to explore the newly installed hall “Deep Time” and gaze in awe at the remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Woolly Mammoth, and some 700 other fossil specimens. A curator from the Department of Paleobiology provides an insightful presentation, followed by dinner in the museum rotunda.

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of African American History and Culture: Enjoy early entry to this stunning and thought-provoking museum during its fifth anniversary. Join a private tour of the exhibitions accompanied by museum staff, then savor a lunch of traditional recipes in a private room overlooking the Washington Monument. Smithsonian Castle: Enjoy a gala dinner at Smithsonian’s oldest building, which opened in 1855 and was home to the first Secretary of the Institution and all of its collections. Exclusive Presentations: Attend a keynote presentation by Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, who discusses the Smithsonian’s rich past and exciting future goals. Throughout this special event, curators and other Smithsonian staff will join you to bring more depth and insight into the history, collections, and research of the Institution. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Deputy Director Jaya Kaveeshwar welcomes you to the Hirshhorn with a presentation about the modern art museum’s fascinating history and founding donor, Joseph Hirshhorn. Afterwards, Curator of Sculpture Anne Reeve will lead you through the acclaimed sculpture garden and plaza with over 30 works on permanent display by artists such as Calder, Rodin, and Kusama. The Hay-Adams Hotel: Stay in this elegant historic landmark hotel, located near the White House and Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Please check our website as we continue to fine-tune the itinerary and add new opportunities, such as a visit to see our new baby panda! Limited to 55 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Overnight


Featured Site

Puerto Varas and Lake Llanquihue Washington, D.C.

VIRGINIA Potomac River

Hay-Adams Hotel The White House National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington Monument

National Museum of Natural History

National Mall

U.S. Capitol

Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum Castle and Sculpture Garden



Alaska’s Natural Wonders 11 days from $7,097 July 6–16, Aug. 3–13, Aug. 31–Sept. 10, 2021 & May 31–June 10, July 8–18, Aug. 5–15, 2022

Mount Denali

Experience the natural wonders of Alaska during this unique journey featuring three important national parks. From Denali to WrangellSt. Elias and Kenai Fjords, feel the excitement of seeing bountiful wildlife, majestic snow-covered mountains, and dramatic glistening glaciers. Plus, gain a better understanding of the Alaskan way of life from insightful visits in Anchorage and along your journey. Highlights Include Denali National Park: Enjoy Alaska’s dramatic scenery from a train window as you travel from Anchorage to Denali. The centerpiece of this six-million-acre preserve is Mount Denali, America’s tallest peak. Traveling deep into the park (to Eielson Visitor Center), your expert ranger talks about all that you’ll encounter: the landscape of forests, alpine tundra, and snow-covered mountains and wildlife such as grizzly bear, moose, and caribou that you’ll likely see along the road. Plus, enjoy an easy walk through the tundra. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park: Journey by coach to remote Chitina, then board a prop plane for the half-hour scenic flight to this isolated park. At 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest park in the U.S. and a World Heritage site. Settle deep within the rugged wilderness, home to some of North America’s highest mountains and largest collection of glaciers. You’ll don crampons for a half-day hike out to icefields, cascading waterfalls, and deep canyons and spend time exploring Kennecott, once a bustling copper mine.

Gray wolf in Alaska Overnight Air

Denali National Park




Chitina Talkeetna


Seward Kenai Fjords National Park


Knik Valley

Gulf of Alaska

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park: Travel through the Chugach National Forest en route to Seward. From here, an exciting day cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park features up-close views of glaciers and pristine fjords, along with plenty of marine wildlife, such as whales, harbor seals, and sea lions, as well as bears, mountain goats, and moose along the shore, and memorable puffins and other species of birds. Anchorage: Learn more about the Alaskan experience in Anchorage during visits to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum with its Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, and the Wildlife Conservation Center, plus a city tour featuring the historic downtown area. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts John Grabowska (July/Aug. 31)–award-winning filmmaker of natural history films on the Alaskan wilderness. Scott Burns (Aug. 3)–highly respected geologist.


Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage A Cruise from Vancouver to Juneau Aboard the 220-guest L’Austral

8 days from $4,395 Includes $1,000 early booking savings July 26–Aug. 2, 2021

Bald eagle in flight

Join us for an adventure of a lifetime as you experience the magnificent natural wonders and mosaic of cultural traditions of Alaska during our popular small-ship cruise featuring southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage. Highlights Include Dramatic Landscapes: Explore scenic treasures, from coastlines near Vancouver to tiny Elfin Cove in the north. Venture through narrow straits and into the heart of Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, where sheer cliffs rise thousands of feet. Listen to the thunder of large ice calving into the water at South Sawyer Glacier and Dawes Glacier and see their iconic icebergs up close on naturalist-led expeditions. Wildlife: As nature unfolds before you, take delight in watching hundreds of harbor seals basking on icebergs, a pod of whales feeding off the ship’s bow, and Steller sea lions and sea otters in the water. Look to the sky to see bald eagles soaring overhead, plus myriad other birdlife, including guillemots and Arctic terns. You may even spot brown bears hunting for fish on nearby banks. Cultural Experiences: In Ketchikan, visit a recreated Native Alaskan village with totem poles and clan houses at Potlatch Totem Park, where you’ll watch a master carver during an exclusive demonstration. Sitka is laden with the art and history of its Tlingit culture and 19th-century Russian fur-trading era. Converse with Tlingit artisans in Sitka National Historical Park, where trails are lined with intricately carved totem poles. Marvel at priceless Russian Orthodox icons in the onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral. And get up close to eagles, hawks, and falcons at the Alaska Raptor Center.

Totems in Sitka Point Adolphus Juneau Elfin Icy Strait Cove CANADA Tracy Arm Endicott Arm Dawes Glacier A LASKA Frederick Sound Sitka Petersburg Chatham Strait

Space reserved for 50 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about L’Austral on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Patty Hostiuck–highly respected naturalist with many years of experience in Alaska and expertise in biodiversity and conservation.

Le Conte Bay

Gulf of Alaska Port of Call

Misty Fjords National Monument


Featured Site Ship

From Vancouver



Grand Canyon National Park

Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon 10 days from $4,195 April 18–27, Sept. 1–10, Oct. 6–15, 2021 & April 20–29, Aug. 31–Sept. 9, 2022 Enjoy an overview of the natural wonders of three iconic national parks in Arizona and Utah, all in one exciting tour! Highlights Include Sedona: Travel through the beautiful desert landscape from Phoenix to Sedona, known for its towering red sandstone formations. Explore this dazzling landscape during an exciting off-road jeep excursion. Grand Canyon National Park: Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, this World Heritage site stretches nearly 300 miles through the Arizona desert. Witness truly awe-inspiring vistas of banded layers of rock that rise to plateaus and bluffs thousands of feet overhead, while the mighty Colorado River rushes below. Beyond the park, walk through the sinuous red slot canyon of Upper Antelope Canyon, and later, observe soaring sandstone cliffs up close during a float trip on the Colorado River. Learn about the canyon’s cultural and geological history during almost three days here. Bryce Canyon National Park: Gaze in wonder at a stunning array of hoodoos, the legendary rock formations dramatically sculpted by erosion. Learn about the park’s unusual geology at the Visitor Center and enjoy the day to walk or hike where you wish. Zion National Park: Spend a day exploring the diverse landscapes of this wondrous park, including deserts, forests, rivers, canyons, buttes, and natural arches. Take a guided hike to observe the sandstone cliffs ranging from cream to pink and rusty red, then explore at leisure. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Patty Hostiuck (April 18)–highly respected naturalist. Howard Topoff and Carol Simon (Sept.)–biologists with expertise in animal behavior, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Wayne Ranney (Oct.)–expert in Earth science and geology. 18


Glacier National Park

The Northern Rockies

Featuring Glacier, Banff, and Jasper National Parks 11 days from $5,891 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees June 21–July 1, July 5–15, Aug. 23–Sept. 2, 2021 & June 20–30, July 4–14, Aug. 24–Sept. 3, 2022 Discover some of the most spectacular landscapes of the northern Rocky Mountains during leisurely hikes and drives through Glacier, Banff, and Jasper National Parks— all World Heritage site parks. Highlights Include Glacier National Park: Drive along the Going-to-theSun Road, famous for its breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Hike along St. Mary Lake, which showcases the divide between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. And in Whitefish, Montana, you’ll go hiking, visit a nature center, and enjoy vistas from the mountain summit. Banff National Park: Take a hike along emerald Lake Louise, often called the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies.” Journey to the Columbia Icefield for a once-in-a-lifetime “ice coach” tour of Athabasca Glacier. Other highlights include a gondola ride to the top of 8,000-foot Sulphur Mountain, overlooking the town of Banff, and a drive along Tunnel Mountain Road where you’ll see the Hoodoos and Bow Falls. Jasper National Park: Explore the geological marvel of Maligne Canyon and enjoy a cruise on cerulean Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Later, drive along the Columbia Icefields Parkway, which parallels the Continental Divide and features dramatic landscapes and wildlife such as bear, moose, elk, and mountain goat. You’ll also stop at the Glacier Skywalk, a transparent-bottomed observation deck suspended nearly 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Martin Magne (June/Aug. 23)–expert in the history, archaeology, and anthropology of Canada. Carola Stearns (July 5)–field geologist and geophysicist with expertise in archaeology.

Treasures of Yosemite 7 days from $4,675 June 5–11, Sept. 18–24, 2021

Yosemite Falls

Located in the western Sierra Nevada of central California, Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most magnificent scenery of the American West. This World Heritage site is renowned for its imposing sequoia trees, towering granite cliffs and escarpments, expansive vistas, and cascading waterfalls. Yosemite was central to the development of America’s national park system, from its status as protected land, established in 1864 when Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, to its designation as a national park in 1890. During leisurely hikes, discover the park’s natural beauty and along the way learn about its history and the people involved in its creation. Highlights Include

Yosemite Valley: Enjoy walks or hikes that feature some of Yosemite’s classic sites. Begin at the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove, home to some 500 giant trees hundreds of feet tall. Then travel into the heart of Yosemite Valley to witness the classic features of El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Peak, Bridalveil Falls, and Lower Yosemite Falls. Yosemite’s High Country: Go beyond Yosemite Valley, where the majority of visitors experience the park. You’ll travel deep into Yosemite to take easy hikes in Hetch Hetchy Valley or areas farther out along Tioga Pass Road. Depending on weather, destinations could include Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Lake, Olmsted Point, and Mono Lake. People of Yosemite: Learn about the legacies of naturalist John Muir and photographer Ansel Adams and their important roles in preserving California’s Sierra Nevada. Plus, learn about the Ahwahnechee, early inhabitants of this region; visit the Pioneer History Museum; and hear about ongoing conservation efforts to protect the park’s majestic character.

Giant Sequoias

Accommodations: Stay two nights at the Wawona Hotel, designated a National Historic Landmark, which is cradled between the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and Yosemite Valley. Then stay three nights at Yosemite Valley Lodge, located in the very heart of Yosemite Valley. Plus, enjoy a tour of the historic Ahwahnee Hotel, followed by a festive farewell dinner in the hotel’s famously elegant dining room. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Greg Smith–former California State Park ecologist and park superintendent.

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone and the Tetons 7 days from $4,995 Aug. 15–21, Sept 12–18, 2021 Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, is the cornerstone of America’s national park system. Discover the wonders of Wyoming’s historic Yellowstone and the nearby Grand Teton National Park on this new tour. Enjoy leisurely walks or more strenuous hikes in both parks, learn about geology, and observe plentiful wildlife. Highlights Include Yellowstone National Park: In America’s first national park, you’ll watch for bears, bison, bald eagles, coyotes, and elusive wolf packs in the wildlife-rich Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley, often called the “American Serengeti.” Learn about geology as you marvel at the awesome Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where two staggered falls spill water twice the height of Niagara, and walk around the geysers, hot pools, and mud pots at Norris Geyser Basin and Old Faithful, as well as the limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. You’ll also visit with renowned landscape and nature photographer Dan Hartman at his home studio. Grand Teton National Park: A calm water float trip along the Snake River transports you through the heart of Grand Teton National Park, offering spectacular panoramas and prime wildlife viewing. Take a boat ride across Jenny Lake, just one of a string of jewel-like lakes that dot the landscape. Travel along the park’s inner road to view wildlife and mountain lakes, and visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, perched on a knoll overlooking the National Elk Refuge. Plus, enjoy the lively town of Jackson during your two-night stay. Lodgings: Spend two nights at a hotel located on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Gardiner; two nights at a lodge within Yellowstone National Park; and two nights at an upscale boutique property just a short walk from the heart of downtown Jackson.

The Teton Mountains

Yellowstone and the Tetons for Families Featuring a Montana Ranch Stay

7 days from $4,995 (adult) & $4,495 (child)* June 25–July 1, July 4–10, 2021 Introduce your family to these two amazing national parks as everyone learns about important ecological issues during a fun, engaging experience. You’ll take part in many of the same activities as our classic Yellowstone and Tetons adventure, plus enjoy whitewater rafting on the Snake River and take the exciting Jackson Hole aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak for views and hikes. Another added dimension is staying at the 320 Ranch, a 110-year-old homestead turned Montana guest ranch. Here, beginners can take horseback riding lessons while advanced riders head out for the hills. Or you can go hiking in scenic alpine meadows or learn how to fly-fish. *(Child 8–16 years old sharing with an adult) Overnight Motorcoach




320 Guest Ranch Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Limited to 18 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Jack Noll (all Yellowstone/Teton departures)–expert naturalist with additional expertise in outdoor leadership skills for youth. 20


Grand Teton National Park Jackson


U.S. National Parks by Private Jet PRIVATE JET

10 days from $47,500 (price based on six travelers*) Multiple Dates (Please advise us of your desired time of travel.)

We offer two options for you to travel on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to eight renowned American national parks. Join us with your family or friends on a completely customizable trip. Take off aboard your own private jet, specifically selected for you based on your group size. You select the dates and have the option to customize the itinerary to meet your interests and needs completely.

Bryce Canyon

Or, if you love the idea of this trip, but you’re traveling on your own or with a spouse, we’ll arrange small groups of up to six people based on mutually desired travel dates. Let us know your preferred travel times, and we’ll take care of organizing the group. Travel on the itinerary outlined below aboard a Beechjet 400 jet or similar with round-trip private jet transportation from Los Angeles International Airport included. Whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy exclusive experiences tailored to your interests (many of which you can’t get on your own), meet top local experts and guides, and stay in luxurious lodges and ranches. Your Travel Director will handle all the details throughout so that you can be immersed in the landscape, history, and culture of the American West.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Highlights Include

The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone: Learn about authentic cowboy culture and skills and go horseback riding with your guides at a ranch in the shadow of the Tetons. Discover the fascinating geological features and plentiful wildlife of these parks (plus stunning views of Yellowstone from your private helicopter ride). Arches and Canyonlands: Explore a wilderness of canyons, mesas, and colorful buttes carved by the Colorado River in spectacular Utah. Hike to the famed Delicate Arch, meander in the Devil’s Garden, and take a white-water rafting trip down the mighty Colorado. Bryce and Zion: Enjoy panoramic views of the famous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and in Zion, take special guided hikes, while others may want to learn canyoneering skills (hike, climb, and rappel down narrow slot canyons), or take a spectacular off-road tour of the Vermillion Cliffs. In the evening, a local astronomer will point out the celestial wonders of the night sky. The Grand Canyon: Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World from different perspectives. Hike the Grand Canyon’s trails, soar above the gorge on a helicopter ride, explore a slot canyon with a native guide, refresh yourself in the clear waters of Lake Powell, and enjoy a sunset al fresco dinner. Please call 866.903.7650 to speak with a Travel Specialist to learn more details about this journey. * Prices may vary based on group size, dates, and other customizations.

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Owens-Thomas House, Savannah

African American Culture in the Lowcountry From Charleston to Savannah

6 days from $4,750 Nov. 7–12, Nov. 14–19, 2021 From stately homes to moss-covered oaks, South Carolina’s Lowcountry is among America’s must-visit destinations. But charm must reconcile with history— and historical boom economies were built from the toil of enslaved people. Delve into the compelling histories of African American culture. Curated visits provide deeper interpretation of family histories; the experiences and accomplishments of those who lived through and emerged from slavery to freedom; appreciation for the area’s unique natural history and wetlands; and insight into Gullah Geechee cultural heritage. Highlights Include

Charleston: Immerse yourself in the history of the McLeod Plantation Historic Site, devoted to understanding the experiences of historically enslaved people and their descendants. St. Helena Island: Explore one of the preeminent historical and cultural African American educational institutions during a private tour of the Penn Center. Hilton Head: Visit historic Gullah neighborhoods, known for their preservation of African, Caribbean, and distinctive African American linguistic and cultural heritage. Savannah: On a private guided tour of the OwensThomas House and Slave Quarters, learn about the intertwined lives of enslaved families, slaveowners, and free people of color. Travel via pontoon boat to Ossabaw Island Heritage Preserve to learn about its 200-year-old African American communities. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Mesa Verde

Pueblo Culture and History Mesa Verde, Chaco Culture, Canyon de Chelly, and Pueblo of Acoma 8 days from $4,845 May 15–22, Oct. 9–16, 2021 For over 2,000 years, the Ancestral Puebloan people occupied a vast region of the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest’s Four Corners area. Here, they built highly sophisticated communities on mesa tops, canyons, and cliffs, where they carried out ceremonies, agriculture, and trade. Learn about the traditions, legends, and archaeological finds of Mesa Verde National Park and Chaco Culture, both World Heritage sites, and other significant sites of the Southwest during this new tour. Highlights Include

Durango’s Center for Southwest Studies: View rare and historic artifacts from the center’s private collections. Mesa Verde National Park: Some 600 cliff dwellings have been recorded at this ancient site, including the famous multi-story Cliff Palace with 150 rooms. Learn about this impressive ancestral site and visit several of the significant dwellings. Chaco Culture National Historical Park: Witness this remarkable site, renowned for its monumental public buildings and distinctive architecture, especially the ancient urban ceremonial center. Canyon de Chelly National Monument: Hike into this unique and jointly managed park with a Navajo guide, who shares ancient and modern insights. Then take a full-day, four-wheel-drive excursion with local guides to Fortress Rock and Antelope House. Pueblo of Acoma: Visit Sky City, built on top of a mesa and the oldest continually inhabited site in North America. Limited to 20 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Deborah Mack (both dates)–anthropologist and Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Museum of African American History and Culture. 22


Smithsonian Journeys Expert A historian with expertise in Ancestral Puebloan culture will accompany this tour.

Cradle of the Movement: Civil Rights in Alabama 6 days from $4,795 May 17–22, Oct. 11–16, 2021 Alabama was home to some of the great turning points of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Here, the movement’s national leadership took shape and people came together to advance the cause of justice. Join us on a unique program that both expands and deepens the historic narrative of this inspiring era and illustrates how the work in contemporary social justice continues today. Highlights Include

Birmingham: During a panoramic tour, a local expert brings insight into the people and places of Birmingham that were central to the Civil Rights Movement, including the Historic Bethel Baptist Church and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, site of the infamous 1963 bombing. Make a special visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a Smithsonian Affiliate, which presents an in-depth look at the Civil Rights Movement through time, from segregation through today’s international struggle for universal human rights. Selma: Visit Brown Chapel AME Church, staging ground for the 1965 voting rights demonstrations and the starting point for the March 7, 1965 “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march. Meet participants of the historic march and trace their footsteps as you walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and follow the march route to Montgomery. Montgomery: Join a curator at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts to explore Alabama’s African American collections. A city tour spotlights Dexter Avenue/King Parsonage where Dr. Martin Luther King resided; the Freedom Rides Museum; and Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Dr. King was pastor. You’ll also visit the Legacy Museum, which uses interactive exhibits to examine mass incarceration as the legacy of slavery and segregation,

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery

and explore the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, also known as the Lynching Memorial, a sacred place for truth telling and reflection about racial terror in America. Meet with staff from the Equal Justice Initiative to discuss their work. Tuskegee: Tour the Tuskegee Airmen Historic Site commemorating the contributions of African American aviators of World War II and visit the campus of Tuskegee University, founded by Booker T. Washington. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Birmingham


Tuskegee Montgomery

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Gulf of Mexico Smithsonian Journeys Expert Ahmad Ward (both dates)–historian and Executive Director of Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (S.C.) and former Vice President of Education and Exhibitions at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery


THE AMERICAS / SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS Mission simulation, International Space Station

The MMT at the Harvard | Smithsonian Whipple Observatory

Smithsonian at Space Academy 5 days from $3,995 Nov. 7–11, 2021 In collaboration with the renowned U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, we invite you to travel to Huntsville, Alabama for a VIP and hands-on experience focused on the history and future of space exploration. Highlights Include Special Speakers and Mission Leaders: Partner with a former astronaut who will train your group and share insights for your missions. Participate in daily discussions and attend a panel discussion with NASA emeritus scientists and engineers who have worked on the most important projects in the history of the space program. Behind the Scenes: Explore the nearby Marshall Space Flight Center, the largest NASA center and home of the U.S. government’s rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research. Visit historic rocket launch testing sites and the Payload Operations and Integration Center—the NASA facility that oversees scientific operations on board the International Space Station. Space Academy Activities: Participate in classic Space Academy activities, including group missions that simulate a lunar shuttle launch and address the challenges of surviving on Mars. The adventurous have the option to try out the astronaut training simulators, featuring the spinning Multi Axis Trainer, the Aviation Challenge Flight Simulators, and the Underwater Astronaut Trainer. You’ll also build and launch your own model rockets and take part in a stargazing session led by USSRC staff. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Enrichment Astronauts Hoot Gibson or Mike Foreman will lead teams of 10-12 travelers. Scientists and speakers from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, including former NASA engineer Homer Hickam or David Hitt will provide further educational insight. (Please note that speakers are subject to change.) 24


Astronomy in Arizona Behind the Scenes with Smithsonian

5 days from $3,590 Includes $250 early booking savings April 11–15, 2021 Few places on Earth offer better opportunities to study astronomy than the ultra-clear skies of southern Arizona. Join us on an intergalactic journey and discover for yourself an infinite array of celestial phenomena during hands-on telescope viewing, in-depth lectures, and tours of some of the world’s great centers for astronomical research. Highlights Include Exclusive Access: Gain special insight during a VIP visit to the Center for Astrophysics|Harvard & Smithsonian’s Fred Lawerence Whipple Observatory. This four-story structure high atop Mt. Hopkins includes offices, workshops, and computer labs that rotate with the impressive MMT telescope during nightly observations. Lower down on The Ridge, get to know the astronomers and staff during a special dinner at the Astronomers’ Quarters, who then join you for night sky viewing through small telescopes. Engineering, Technology, and Manufacturing: Take a private tour of the University of Arizona Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab to learn about the production of the most advanced giant telescope mirrors in the world. Active Stargazing: Ascend more than 9,000 feet to Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter (part of the University of Arizona Steward Observatory), to take part in an exclusive night of astronomy. Here, you’ll view planets, stars, and galaxies through the center’s 32-inch Shulman telescope, the largest publicly dedicated telescope in the Southwest. You’ll also learn how to photograph stars and planets and use sky charts to view the night sky. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert David Aguilar–astronomer, author, and former director of public affairs at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Observatory at Haleakala, Maui

Night sky in Hawai’i

Astronomy and Natural Wonders of Hawai’i 9 days from $6,995 June 5–13, Sept. 29–Oct. 7, 2021 This unique natural history tour of Hawai’i focuses on the wonders of the universe, the Earth’s immense geological forces, and the amazing world under the sea. Discover the islands of Maui and Hawai’i through the lens of astronomers, geologists, and marine scientists, and through native Hawaiian culture and history. Highlights Include Maui: Ascend to the summit of Haleakala for a behindthe-scenes tour of one of the telescopes at the Haleakala Observatory site. Pan-STARRS utilizes very large digital cameras, telescopes, and computing facilities in its search for new asteroids, comets, and other celestial objects. Then enjoy spectacular vistas of Maui from Haleakala National Park. During a nature walk, marvel at the volcano’s moon-like crater and learn about endemic plants and native birds. Later, take a private tour of the Maui Ocean Center, where a marine biologist provides insight into this three-acre tropical reef aquarium and marine science center. And learn more about the night sky from an astronomer during a stargazing cruise aboard a catamaran in Ma’alaea Harbor. Hawai’i: Trace the history of traditional Hawaiian celestial navigation during a curator-led tour of the Imiloa Astronomy Center and watch a planetarium show about the night skies. Stop in the picturesque town of Waimea to visit the headquarters of two astronomical observatories, Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and the W.M. Keck Observatory, to learn about the innovative research being done at the summit. (Should the Mauna Kea Observatory Complex be accessible, travelers will instead ascend to the summit and meet scientists at Smithsonian’s Submillimeter Array.) Gain insight from a resident geologist at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, home to Kilauea and Mauna Loa and the volcano goddess Pele. Observe the volcanic activity from Steaming Bluff and

view exhibits at Kilauea Visitor Center. Descend along the Chain of Craters Road to view huge mounds of black lava flows. Along the scenic Kona Coast, stop at a black-sand beach to observe green sea turtles and visit Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, once an important residence of Hawaiian royal chiefs and place of refuge. Later, take a walk in the North Kohala backcountry, known for its waterfalls and breathtaking views. Accommodations: Enjoy stays at delightful hotels that feature spectacular views, luxurious pools, gardens, and beach, plus another stay near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Limited to 22 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

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Haleakala National Park

North Kohala South Kohala Kona


Mauna Kea



Volcano Village Volcanoes National Park


Smithsonian Journeys Expert Richard Wainscoat (both dates)–astronomer at the University of Hawai’i who works with the Pan-STARRS telescope atop Haleakala. 25


Pearl Harbor

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary 6 days from $5,695 Dec. 3–8, 2021

USS Arizona Memorial

“On December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the empire of Japan.” So began the address of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Congress. The attack and accompanying declarations of war brought our country fully into World War II within a matter of days. During this new military history tour, gain insight from experts on this momentous day and its impact on America, learn about the lives of sailors on board the ships, and attend special events that commemorate the 80th anniversary and memorialize those who died during the attack. Highlights Include Memorial Sites: During a full-day tour of Oahu accompanied by a historian, honor those who bravely served our country at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, situated in an extinct volcanic crater. Among other sites, you’ll also visit Iolani Palace, which served as Command Center during the war. View footage of the attack and browse historic artifacts at the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, then ride a Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to board the USS Arizona Memorial, built above the remains of the battleship. Ships and Planes: Get a sense of life aboard a World War II-era submarine when you explore the USS Bowfin, a fleet attack submarine that sank 44 enemy ships during the war. Embark the USS Missouri, the last American battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned. “Big Mo” was instrumental in attacks on Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa, and the Japanese surrender on its deck brought World War II to an end. At the Aviation Museum on Ford Island, you’ll also explore two hangars of World War II-era airplanes.

USS Missouri

Anniversary Ceremonies: Attend the 80th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack. Activities will likely include a wreath presentation from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, a Freedom Bell Ringing at the USS Bowfin, a performance of the Pearl Harbor Mass Band, a USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony on Ford Island, and participation by top American leadership from all branches of government. Cultural Sites: With Diamond Head as a dramatic backdrop, visit Honolulu’s important sites such as the Hawai’i State Capitol, City Hall, and the Kawaiahao Church. Stop in at Smith’s Union Bar, a popular hangout for the crew of the USS Arizona and dine at the iconic Royal Hawaiian. Also known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, this luxury hotel was leased by the Navy to serve as a rest and relaxation center for sailors during World War II. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

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Smithsonian Journeys Expert A military historian with expertise in World War II and the Pacific theater will accompany this tour.


In the Wake of Lewis and Clark Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers Aboard the 150-guest paddle wheeler American Pride 9 days from $6,790 Includes $250 early booking savings Oct. 7–15, Oct. 21–29, 2021 Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies while cruising two of America’s great waterways—the Columbia and Snake Rivers—from Astoria to Clarkston. Explore the westernmost route of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition, which carved a pathway to the West, and take in the natural beauty, museums, and historic sites that feature the best of Oregon and Washington. Highlights Include History: Reflect on Lewis and Clark’s expedition during a choice of excursions. Walk through the full-scale reconstructed Fort Clatsop, located near the mouth of the Columbia River, where the explorers hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805–1806. And, at Cape Disappointment, stand in the same spot where expedition members beheld their first view of the Pacific Ocean and gain insight at the interpretive center. Look into the storied past of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. And spend a morning in Pendleton, Oregon, to explore the infamous underground city, then tour the Pendleton Woolen Mill. Northwest Beauty: Admire dramatic landscapes, including Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, and the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, as well as Mount Saint Helens. Farther east, enjoy an exciting jet boat ride in Hells Canyon, one of America’s deepest river canyons. Learn about the geologic causes that created this varied landscape at select educational sites throughout your voyage. River Navigation: Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, which chronicles the history of river

Columbia River

navigation, then gain further perspective as you transit a series of eight locks that lift or lower your ship some 700 feet. Farm to Table: Savor award-winning wines at a local vineyard and enjoy the region’s coveted culinary scene aboard ship. American Pride: Feel the spirit of the Golden Age of riverboats as you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard a traditional paddle wheeler. The ship features spacious state rooms with private balconies or picture windows, upscale amenities, and elevator access to all decks. Find more details on our website. Space reserved for 60 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Port of Call Featured Site



Palouse River

W ASHINGTON Astoria Fort Clatsop

Mt St. Helens Cascade Mountains


Snake River

Portland Multnomah Falls

Willamette River


Clarkston/ Lewiston

Pendleton Hells Canyon Columbia River Columbia The Dalles River Gorge


Smithsonian Journeys Experts Harry Fritz (Oct. 7) and Keith Edgerton (Oct. 21)– both historians with expertise in the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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The spectacular Niagara Falls

Great Lakes Grand Voyage

From Toronto to Milwaukee Aboard the 180-guest Le Dumont d’Urville 8 days from $4,995 / Includes $1,000 early booking savings Sept. 30–Oct. 7,* Oct.7–14, 2021 The Great Lakes region is one of the most magnificent and historic inland waterways of the world. This popular cruise features an itinerary that showcases the American spirit of invention and culture, rich maritime history, engineering marvels, and magnificent coastal scenery. Highlights Include Lake Ontario: Cruise from Toronto to New York State. Here, feel the power of spectacular Niagara Falls during a boat ride to the mist-shrouded base of Horseshoe Falls. Then enjoy another view of the waterfalls during lunch from the 33rd floor of a nearby restaurant. Return to your ship and transit the eight locks of the historic Welland Canal, which opened the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast. Lake Erie: Cruise the length of Lake Erie and arrive in Detroit for an in-depth exploration of the industrial and cultural high points of this important American city. During a special tour of the Henry Ford Museum, a national historic landmark, view the important automobile collection and exhibits that showcase the history and cultural impact of the car on American society, as well as other industrial, agricultural, and cultural collections. Discover the aesthetic lives of America’s industrial aristocracy and legacy of the Gilded Age at Grosse Pointe as you tour the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Mansion. Plus, take an in-depth tour of the renowned collections of fine art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Lake Huron: Traverse the strait separating the U.S. and Canada and cruise Lake Huron to Georgian Bay, stopping in Tobermory to take a glass-bottom boat cruise around Flowerpot Island. Then continue cruising Lake Huron. Lake Superior: Cruising to Whitefish Point, observe part of the 50-mile Skeleton Coast. In Sault Ste. Marie, stop at the SS Valley Camp Ship Museum to learn more about the area’s maritime history, including the fate of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You’ll also transit the historic Soo 28


Locks, a 19th-century engineering marvel where colossal freighters make the 21-foot drop from Lake Superior to Lake Huron. Lake Michigan: At the northern end of Lake Michigan is Mackinac Island, a picturesque town preserved in the Victorian era with no automobiles and now a national historic landmark. Take a horse-drawn carriage to the famous Grand Hotel and enjoy lunch overlooking the iconic porch, festooned with flags and geraniums. Afterward, continue to the sacred Ojibwe site of Arch Rock and tour Fort Mackinac, a British fort during the War of 1812. Then enjoy a leisurely cruise on Lake Michigan to Milwaukee. Space reserved for up to 36 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Le Dumont d’Urville on our website. *The Sept. departure will run in reverse.


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Lake Superior Ship Whitefish Point Sault Ste. Marie Georgian Bay Mackinac Island Tobermory Lake N EW Huron W ISCONSIN Toronto Lake Y ORK Ontario Milwaukee LakeM ICHIGAN Welland Niagara Falls Canal Michigan Detroit Lake Erie

UNITED STATES Smithsonian Journeys Expert Frederick Stonehouse (Sept.)–historian with expertise in American maritime history, specifically the Great Lakes.

Olana, the home of Frederic Church

Art Along the Hudson

A Fall Foliage Cruise Round-trip from New York City Aboard the 175-guest American Constitution 9 days from $7,390 / Includes $250 early booking savings Oct. 1–9, Oct. 8–16, 2021 Experience the blazing fall colors of the Hudson River Valley, often the subject of paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Jasper Cropsey, during this popular and unique cruise. From New York City to Albany, you’ll tour museums featuring superior collections of fine art, plus historic homes of artists and political figures. Highlights Include Lower Hudson: Cruise up the Hudson to Tarrytown and Kykuit, the palatial estate that was home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. Take an in-depth tour of the house, featuring superb art and antiques, lush gardens and grounds, and panoramic view of the Palisades. Another highlight features a stop at the nearby Union Church of Pocantico Hills, with its exquisite windows designed by Matisse and Chagall. Mid-Hudson: Tour the United States Military Academy at West Point, founded in 1802. At Storm King Art Center, an impressive outdoor sculpture park, view nearly 100 artworks by prominent modern artists. Across the Hudson is historic Hyde Park and the home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Walk through rooms filled with history, including the room where he gave his famous fireside chats, and visit the Presidential Library and visitors center. Then enjoy an afternoon of cruising the Hudson amid the brilliant fall foliage. Upper Hudson: Arriving in Albany, tour the history and 19th-century art collections at the Albany Institute of History and Art, as well as the more modern art at the Empire State Plaza. Then step into the private world of Frederic Church, a founder of the Hudson River School. Tour his Moorish-style home, Olana, which offers special

insight into this important painter, plus magnificent views across the river of the Catskills. New York City: View the extensive American art collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including spectacular paintings by Hudson River School artists—the ideal conclusion to this cruise. You’ll also enjoy a city tour of Manhattan with a stop at the reflective pools at the World Trade Center Memorial. Space reserved for 60 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about the American Constitution on our website. Port of Call Featured Site Ship





Hudson River

Kingston Poughkeepsie/ Vassar College

Wilderstein Hyde Park

West Point Storm King Yonkers



Kykuit/ Long Island Lyndhurst New York City

Atlantic Ocean

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Janice Simon (Oct. 1) and Jason LaFountain (Oct. 8)–art historians with expertise in the Hudson River School. 29


Pulling the Dory by Winslow Homer

Oak Alley, Mississippi

Voyage on the Mississippi Art Along the Coast of Maine

A Round-trip Cruise from Portland Aboard the 100-guest Independence CRUISE

9 days from $6,395 Includes $250 early booking savings Aug. 6–14, 2021

Maine’s magnificent coastline is a delight to visitors and an inspiration to many American artists. Discover its unique and enduring appeal on our popular cruise showcasing evocative seascapes, charming towns, and art by Maine’s most famous painters. Highlights Include Picturesque Ports: Cruise through protected waters to experience some of Maine’s most picturesque ports, including Bar Harbor, Rockland, Castine, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Bath, and Camden, considered the “tall ship capital of Maine.” Art and History: At the Farnsworth Art Museum learn about the Wyeth family of artists as you visit the renowned Wyeth Center and the Olson House. Take an exclusive tour of the Portland Museum of Art, home to works by Winslow Homer and Frederic Church. Gain insight into the region’s rich seafaring history at the Maine Maritime Museum, located at a 19th-century shipyard in Bath. Plus, learn about Maine’s Native people at the Abbe Museum of Bar Harbor, a Smithsonian Affiliate, plus the literary associations of Castine. Natural History: Travel through the natural beauty of Acadia National Park, made famous by Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, and visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Space reserved for 35 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about the Independence on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Janice Simon–art historian with expertise in American artists, especially of New England. 30


A River Cruise from New Orleans to Memphis Aboard the 184-guest American Jazz CRUISE

9 days from $6,690 Includes $250 early booking savings Nov. 6–14, 2021 & April 16–24, 2022

Journey to the heart and soul of the American South aboard a modern riverboat. From spirited New Orleans to lively Memphis, learn about the region’s complex history and its enormous influence on American history and culture. Highlights Include Historic Towns and Plantations: Take a walking tour of the historic French Quarter in New Orleans and visit Oak Alley plantation, a National Historic Landmark. In Baton Rouge, enjoy a city tour then stop at Rosedown Plantation. Continue to Natchez, renowned for its 19th-century prosperity and more than 500 stately antebellum homes. At Longwood Plantation, walk through the house of Natchez planters and learn about the life, customs, and music of the enslaved people who lived there. Civil War Sites: Learn how the Union came to control the Mississippi River when you tour Vicksburg National Military Park, where more than 1,400 monuments and memorials dot the landscape, and visit the restored ironclad gunboat USS Cairo. Civil Rights Movement: During a city tour of Memphis, visit the National Civil Rights Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and view the robust collections that trace the culture of slavery, African-American history, and the American Civil Rights Movement. Mississippi River Cruise: Listen to traditional music and savor the finest in southern cuisine as you cruise this historic river aboard the elegant new American Jazz. Introduced in 2020, this contemporary riverboat features a modern aesthetic and spacious staterooms and suites, each with a private balcony. Find more details on our website. Space reserved for 36 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Richard Kleese (Nov.)–military historian with special expertise in the Civil War.

Amazon River Cruise Aboard the 36-guest Zafiro

Costa Rica’s Natural Treasures

9 days from $5,295 Includes $1,000 early booking saving Oct. 9–17, Oct. 28–Nov. 5, 2021

11 days from $4,281 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Oct. 18–28, Nov. 29–Dec. 9, 2021 Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica possesses a wealth of natural beauty and a variety of wildlife that belies its diminutive size. Discover its pristine landscapes, exotic flora and fauna, and unique environments of cloud and rain forests. Highlights Include

Monteverde Biological Reserve: During nature walks in this unique cloud forest, be amazed by hundreds of species of plants, mammals, and birds, plus visit a hummingbird gallery and butterfly garden. Palo Verde National Park: Explore this important park, comprising both an extraordinary wetland and one of the world’s last tropical dry forests. Volcanoes: Gain insight into geology at Poas and Arenal volcanoes. Adventure: Discover the forest canopy from hanging bridges and enjoy a “float safari” featuring plentiful wildlife sightings along the river. Plus, engage in optional active adventures at a resort overlooking the Pacific. Cultural Experiences: Learn about Costa Rica’s coffee industry (one of its largest exports) and impressive educational system during special visits, plus enjoy a cooking demonstration. Limited to 17 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Matt Larsen (Oct.)–expert in biodiversity, conservation, and zoology and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Patty Hostiuck (Nov.)–highly respected naturalist with expertise in biodiversity and conservation.

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Exploring the mysterious Amazon River Basin—one of Earth’s most exotic natural realms and our planet’s largest rain forest ecosystem—is an unforgettable experience. As you discover this enthralling world of verdant tropical waterways and rain forests, learn about critical global issues of biodiversity and sustainability and the relationship that local villagers have with their environment. Highlights Include

River Exploration: In an authentic atmosphere of exploration, cruise past the confluence of the Río Ucayali and Río Marañón—the legendary inception of the Amazon River—where the primeval calls of birds and wildlife echo across the rain forest. Far removed from civilization, cross into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, the largest wetlands refuge in the world. Tropical Wildlife: Gain up-close views of gray and pink Amazon River dolphins, red howler and squirrel monkeys, monk sakis, sloths, and other animals. You’ll also see colorful parrots, toucans, blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws, and the distinctive hoatzin. Active Adventure: Take exciting daily expeditions by excursion boat or kayak and enjoy nature walks that take you into the rain forest. River Villages: Visit villages along the shore, accompanied by your local guides. Learn about the ribereños people and their special relationship with the environment, meet a local shaman who explains indigenous medicinal plants, and watch preparations of a traditional meal. Space reserved for 30 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Zafiro on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Jesus Rivas (Oct. 9) and Nina Zitani (Oct. 28)–highly respected naturalists with expertise in biodiversity and conservation.

Squirrel Monkey



Machu Picchu and the Galápagos 16 days from $9,293 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees May 8–23, June 5–20, July 17–Aug. 1, Sept. 25–Oct. 10, Oct. 9–24, 2021 & Feb 26–March 13, April 2–17, May 7–22, June 4–19, 2022 South America is home to many unique and amazing sites, and this popular tour features two of its most important cultural and natural treasures—the World Heritage sites of Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands. Journey first to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about ancient Inca culture and ascend into the Andes where you’ll experience the enigmatic site of Machu Picchu. Then immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Galápagos Islands for three magical days and explore the unique wildlife that Charles Darwin encountered during the early 1800s.

Llama at Machu Picchu

Highlights Include

Cusco and the Sacred Valley: Venture to the World Heritage site of Cusco, where you’ll visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, as well as Sacsayhuaman and meet a local family during a traditional meal. Come to understand the Inca culture, both past and present, during excursions to Pisac, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo. Machu Picchu: Explore the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” as your small group moves nimbly throughout the site. By staying overnight nearby at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, you’ll experience Machu Picchu without the crowds—allowing you to feel its true spirit. The Galápagos Islands: Witness Darwin’s theories of natural selection in a fascinating landscape during an exciting three-night stay on Santa Cruz Island. Here, settle into a beautiful hotel in the lush highlands and visit a family to see and learn about the giant Galápagos tortoises. Explore other islands, including North Seymour and Santa Fé, during excursions on a privately chartered yacht. Active Adventure: Experience the natural wonders of the Galápagos while swimming and snorkeling and during nature walks and boat rides. Wildlife: In addition to giant Galápagos tortoises, observe sea lions and iguana, reefs teeming with colorful fish, and sea birds such as Blue-footed and Red-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Frigate birds, and perhaps the Galápagos hawk.

Blue-footed Boobies Overnight/Featured Site Train


Extension (Air)

Iquitos (Amazon)

Pacific Ocean


Limited to 19 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Dennis Ogburn (May/July) and Anita Cook (Oct)– archaeologists with expertise in the Inca Empire and other ancient societies in Andean South America. Pat Dickerson (June)–highly respected geologist. Jim Reynolds (Sept.)– expert in natural and Earth sciences. 32




North Seymour Lima

Baltra Santa Cruz

South Plaza


Machu Picchu Cusco/Sacred Valley

Wonders of the Galápagos Islands A Voyage Aboard the 90-guest Santa Cruz II CRUISE

Galápagos tortoise

9 days from $5,495 Includes $1,000 early booking savings Nov. 1–9, 2021

The Galápagos Islands comprise a mysterious landscape of wonder, beauty, and the most unusual wildlife found anywhere on Earth. Wake up to new vistas each day—cruising to six of the Galápagos Islands, including rarely visited western islands. You’ll learn about this fascinating World Heritage site, where Darwin developed his research on evolution, from a highly qualified and diverse team of experts. Highlights Include Unique Wildlife: Watch the antics of Blue-footed Boobies and observe the beauty of Nazca Boobies, flamingos, and Frigate birds. Along sparkling white-sand beaches, get up close to sea lions, seals, Sally Lightfoot crabs, iguana, penguins, giant land tortoises, and other amazing wildlife in their native habitat. Featured Islands: Enjoy a day in an area that is rarely visited—the Western Galápagos Islands. Cruise through the Bolivar Channel, offering stunning views of the volcanic peaks of Isabela and Fernandina Islands. Your time at seahorse-shaped Isabela features snorkeling along the cliffs and searching the northern shores for wildlife. Isabela is also known for its orca whale and dolphin populations and land iguana and tortoises. Then continue to the moon-like landscapes of Fernandina, which showcases one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in the archipelago. On Santa Cruz, learn about efforts to protect the rare giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll also call at Floreana, one of the first islands to be settled by European whalers and buccaneers; the small Champion Islet, known for its sea horses, coral hawkfish, and other aquatic wonders; and Baltra Island.

Seal pup and Sally Lightfoot crab

Port of Call/Overnight






G ALÁPAGOS I SLANDS Punta Vicente Punta Espinoza Fernandina


North Seymour Baltra Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora

Champion Islet Post Office Bay Floreana Cormorant Point

Active Adventure: Throughout your voyage, discover the islands through nature walks, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, or excursions by glass-bottom boat. Santa Cruz II: Cruise for four nights aboard our upscale small expedition-style ship, featuring a fleet of Zodiacs and everything you need to explore the islands. Our vessel is the ideal size—large enough to provide a choice of excursions but also offering an intimate experience. Find more details on our website. Quito: Spend three nights in Quito, where you’ll tour the Old City, a World Heritage-designated historic colonial district; a private museum of pre-Columbian art; and the fascinating Ethnographic Museum (located at the equator). Space reserved for 34 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Pepper Trail–noted ornithologist, photographer, and writer. 33


Legendary Peru

World of the Inca and Machu Picchu 11 days from $5,187 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees May 17–27, Sept. 6–16, Oct. 20–30, Nov. 3–13, 2021 & March 21–31, May 16–26, 2022

Andean woman portrait

A land of spellbinding archaeological, cultural, and natural treasures, Peru offers a memorable travel experience. During this popular tour, view spectacular Inca sites and artifacts, learn firsthand about contemporary life from local residents and skilled artisans, and sample the unique flavors of Peru. Highlights Include Lima: Your Peruvian odyssey begins with a tour of colonial Lima, highlighted by a visit to the renowned Larco Herrera Museum, whose stellar collection features pre-Incan ceramics. Sacred Valley: Spend two nights in the Sacred Valley, situated beneath the towering Andes, as you acclimate to the elevation. From here, visit the awe-inspiring Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. Plus, gain insight into the local culture by attending a native ceremony and stopping at the colorful Indian market at Pisac and the farming village of Chinchero. Machu Picchu: Absorb the beauty and mystery of the “Lost City of the Incas” as you walk amid this enigmatic World Heritage site with an expert during morning and afternoon visits. Staying in Aguas Calientes, you’ll arrive early to view the site with the early morning sun bathing the stones in an evocative light—the ideal time to explore, before the crowds appear.

The enigmatic Machu Picchu Iquitos (Amazon)

Lake Titicaca: Travel through the rugged altiplano, with its snowcapped Andean peaks, small villages, and herds of llama, to Lake Titicaca. Board a boat to the island of Los Uros and meet the bowler-hatted Uros people living on islands made of reeds.


Pacific Ocean Lima Overnight/Featured Site

Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Machu Picchu Cusco/Sacred Valley

Air Motorcoach Train Extension (Air)


Cusco: An archaeological hub of the Americas, Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and a World Heritage site renowned for its combination of Inca and Spanish colonial structures. Visit the important Pre-Columbian Art Museum and see the massive ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca citadel, plus the sacred Inca site of Korikancha and Spanish colonial Church of Santo Domingo. Enjoy warm hospitality and a traditional meal in the home of a local family.


Lake Titicaca

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Anita Cook (May 17) and Bill Sapp (Nov.)–experts in archaeology and anthropology with a focus on Inca sites. Paul Goldstein (Sept.)–anthropologist with expertise in Latin America and Andean South America.


Mission simulation, International Space Station

Patagonian Explorer

Argentina and Chile by Land and Sea Featuring a Four-Night Cruise Aboard the 210-guest Ventus Australis 16 days from $9,282 / Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Oct. 19–Nov. 3, Nov. 28–Dec. 13, 2021 & Jan. 7–22, Feb. 8–23, March 12–27, 2022 Follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers as you travel to the southernmost tip of South America. From the bustling cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago to the dramatic vistas of Torres del Paine and the Patagonian Channels, explore by land and sea and gain insight into the natural and cultural elements of this breathtaking region. Highlights Include Buenos Aires: Capture the essence of Argentina’s cultural capital during visits to well-known neighborhoods, including La Boca, San Telmo, and Palermo, plus the Colón Opera House and a premier tango house. Cruise of the Patagonian Channels: From Ushuaia, sail for four nights aboard the expedition ship Ventus Australis. Cruise the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle and Murray Channels. Watch for sea lions and Antarctic fur seals as you cruise to Cape Horn National Park and take a guided walk at the sheltered Wulaia Bay. Plus, observe an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins at Magdalena Island. Torres del Paine National Park: Enjoy two days exploring this World Biosphere Reserve, renowned for its mountain peaks, glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, and thunderous waterfalls. Santiago: In this sophisticated Chilean capital, visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, discover the old port city of Valparaiso, and attend a private winery tour and tasting. Plus, enjoy meeting gracious Santiago families when you are dinner guests in their homes.

Ventus Australis: Cruise for four nights aboard a comfortable expedition ship, featuring indoor and outdoor lounges, all-inclusive bar, and dining room offering flavorful cuisine. Plus, an expert expedition team provides Zodiac excursions. Find more details on our website. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Iguazu Falls

CHILE Pacific Ocean Santiago

Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA Atlantic Ocean

Overnight/Featured Site Air

Torres del Paine Punta Arenas Cape Horn



Cruise Extension (Air)

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Scott Burns (Oct.)–highly respected geologist. Don Wilson (Nov.)–senior scientist and curator emeritus at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Torres del Paine National Park



Get out and explore Smithsonian Active Journeys If you have a passion for long walks, hiking, or rafting, these are the trips for you! All Active Journeys share the Smithsonian hallmark of quality and educational enrichment. Stay in top-notch accommodations, travel with experienced Adventure Guides, and learn from local experts along the way.



Perito Moreno Glacier


Hiking along the Italian Riviera Hiking Through Patagonia Featuring Los Glaciares National Park 11 days from $6,675 Nov. 30–Dec. 10, 2021 & March 1–11, 2022 Join us for an exciting trip to Argentina to hike the dramatic mountainous landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage site. From lodges in both the northern and southern areas of the park, you’ll follow trails that offer breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks, pristine glacial lakes, and imposing glaciers and along the way learn about the region’s natural wonders.

Featuring the Cinque Terre

9 days from $5,995 May 8–16, June 5–13, Sept. 11–19, 2022 For centuries, writers, artists, and travelers have been drawn to the Italian Riviera for its charming pastel-colored villages and traditional lifestyle. Join us for this new tour, where moderate hikes take you from one seaside village to another, revealing breathtaking views around every turn. Highlights Include

Mt. Fitz Roy in the North: Choose from hikes that take you to the base of the dramatic granite massif Fitz Roy and the beautiful glacial lake at the base of the famed Cerro Torre, as well as more remote trails around Lago del Desierto.

The Cinque Terre: Soak up the ambiance of the Cinque Terre, listed as a World Heritage site, during a day of hiking along coastal paths with panoramic views of the sea. From Monterosso, hike through vineyards and citrus orchards to Vernazza, taking time to admire this beautiful village. Continue to Corniglia and pause for a picnic lunch. Later, take a leisurely walk through the vineyards of Manarola where a sommelier provides insight into the region’s wine culture.

Estancia Stay in the South: Get a true taste of rural Patagonian hospitality during a stay at a historic ranch. Enjoy a choice of activities as you immerse yourself in the gorgeous surroundings. As you hike through the beech forest to glacial Laguna Azul, watch for guanacos, rheas, black-necked swans, and other creatures. If you wish, you can even ride with gauchos across the pampas plains of this vast ranch. You’ll also savor delicious meals during your stay, including a traditional asado or Argentine barbecue.

Riviera Hikes: Take a ferry to the island of Palmaria to hike to its peak and enjoy a view of the Gulf of Poets, then continue by boat to the colorful fishing village of Porto Venere. During a hike from Santa Margherita Ligure, admire panoramic views of Portofino and the Gulf of Paradise. Take a morning ramble through olive groves from Noli to the hamlet of Varigotti, following a route along the Pilgrim’s way that offers dramatic views of rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, and Saracens Bay.

Other Natural Wonders: Hike out to La Leona Petrified Forest to examine ancient fossils. Spend your last full day at Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest and most active glaciers in the world, where you’ll enjoy a boat trip and guided walk along the base of this commanding glacier.

Cultural Insights: Listen to a local expert discuss the region’s influence on British poets. During a walking tour of Genoa, learn about the city’s fascinating history and powerful families. Enjoy a cooking class featuring local specialties, attend a presentation about Ligurain cuisine and wine by a food expert, and savor local wines at a tasting.

Limited to 16 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Daily hikes from 2 to 5 miles.

Limited to 20 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Daily hikes from 2 to 5 miles.

Highlights Include



Zip-line in the rain forest

Rafting the Colorado River

Costa Rica Adventure

Rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

8 days from $5,375 Dec. 10–17, 2021 & Feb. 5–12, March 20–27, 2022 Costa Rica is home to a wide array of research stations and nature reserves focused on biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability. It is also one of the most fascinating (and fun!) destinations to explore nature up close through active pursuits. Join us on this new journey featuring hikes through rain forests, white-water rafting, kayaking, and snorkeling as you learn about important issues facing our environment. Highlights Include

La Selva Research Station: As part of the Organization for Tropical Studies Network, La Selva has conducted some of the longest running research projects in the tropics. Meet with scientists and researchers to learn about their important work in research, education, and responsible use of natural resources. Explore the rain forest up close during walks on their extensive trail system, home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants. White-water Rafting and Zip-lining: Take a spectacular white-water rafting adventure down the Rio Sarapiqui through lowland rain forest where you’ll spot exotic birds and monkeys. You can also choose to take a zip-line adventure through the cloud forest canopy amid the 500 acres of the private El Silencio Reserve. The Osa Peninsula: Fly to this southern Pacific coast peninsula, much of which is protected as Corcovado National Park or forest reserve. During three days here, you’ll get up close to animals at a wildlife sanctuary, learn about the flora at a private garden, and view wildlife by boat and during nature walks. You’ll also enjoy more active pursuits such as kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, horseback riding, and more. Limited to 18 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Daily activities range from 1 to 3 mile hikes to white-water rafting (Class II & III rapids) and kayaking and optional activities. 38


6 days from $4,295 June 8–13, July 13–18, Sept. 7–12, 2021 Take an exciting white-water rafting trip on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon, one of the river’s most spectacular stretches with towering walls and exhilarating rapids. Ideal for rafting novices, this journey features three days on the mighty Colorado from Canyonlands National Park. Throughout your trip, your expert and river guides provide expertise about the region’s geologic history, flora and fauna, and early Native American presence, and describe John Wesley Powell’s full-length canyon expedition from the Green River to Lake Powell. Highlights Include White-water Rafting: Take a jet boat along calm waters in Canyonlands National Park to your put-in point at the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Then enjoy the exhilaration of Class III-V white water from your pontoon boat navigated by expert river guides. Your boat will float and churn down the Colorado through Cataract Canyon, one of the best rapid runs in the American West. A charter flight back to Moab provides yet another perspective of the river and the spectacular towering cliffs and canyons. Active Adventures: Enjoy a variety of easy to moderate hikes through twisting slickrock canyons and up to an ancestral Puebloan dwelling during your river journey. Plus, go into Arches National Park and Deadhorse State Park for hikes and breathtaking views of towering arches, buttes, and plateaus. Tent Camping: Savor the desert solitude and beauty as you enjoy deluxe tent camping for two nights, as well as delicious meals, star-filled skies, and the camaraderie of other adventurous travelers. Limited to 20 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Daily hikes from 1 to 5 miles.

Standing Stones of Callanish

Coast of the Dingle Peninsula

Hiking Scotland’s Hebrides and Highlands

Hiking the Emerald Isle

10 days from $6,525 May 20–29, July 22–31, Sept. 16–25, 2021

11 days from $6,495 July 3–13, Aug. 7–17, 2021

Embrace mountain hikes and leisurely coastal walks in the Hebrides and Highlands amid landscapes that evoke poignant stories and clan history. Step back in time as you walk up to ancient standing stones and iconic castles, meet weavers and distillers, and take in breathtaking views of the Isle of Lewis and Harris, the isle of Skye, and the Cairngorm Mountains.

Blend vigorous tramps with insightful cultural visits along Ireland’s west coast—on the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, the Aran Isles, and Connemara—where the traditional Irish language is still spoken and the music is ever present. With your small group, walk along pristine beaches, dramatic coastal cliffs, and rugged mountainous areas, explore historic sites, and meet with local people along the way. And at night, warm Irish hospitality, lively music, a tasty pint, and genuine Irish craic await you at local pubs.

Highlights Include The Hebrides: On the Isle of Lewis and Harris, a coastal walk links the Callanish Standing Stones with a broch house and the Blackhouse village. Among other hikes, travel a historic coast-to-coast trail from the rocky east to the sandy western beaches and enjoy glorious coastal views in all directions. Along the way, meet a local weaver of Harris tweed, learn about the island’s cultural history, and watch for golden eagles, otters, seals, and whales. On the Isle of Skye, experience the dramatic Red and Black Cuillin mountain ranges up close during a hike through Glen Sligachan. The Highlands: Enjoy a leisurely cruise of Loch Ness and explore the remains of Urquhart Castle, situated along its shore. Later, take in the romantic Eilean Donan Castle and sip some Scotch at a historic distillery. In Cairngorms National Park, hike a variety of trails that take you through ancient Caledonian pinewood forests and offer views of castles and wildlife. During your rambles, you’ll also discover historic sites, a sculpture trail, and an outdoor folk museum that traces Highland life through the centuries. Limited to 16 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Daily hikes from 1 to 5 miles.

Highlights Include Hiking Dramatic Landscapes: Hike along the windswept Gap of Dunloe and climb narrow mountain passes in Killarney National Park. Spend two days on the Dingle Peninsula and hike the Dingle Way, one of the most beautiful walks in the world. On the Aran Isle of Inis Mór, you’ll walk to a stone fort situated on a 325-foot cliff overlooking the Atlantic, offering spectacular views. Farther north, hike the quartzite mountain of Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park and learn about the flora and fauna of the coastline. Historic Sites and Local People: En route to County Kerry, stop in Kilkenny, a medieval city celebrated for its arts and crafts. During your hikes, see prehistoric orgham stones, an ancient fort, and Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian walled gardens, and travel through Killarney’s lakes by boat to visit historic Ross Castle. You’ll also stop at quaint fishing villages and old abandoned cottages, meet a goat farmer, and learn about modern seaweed foraging from a local expert. Limited to 20 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Daily hikes from 2 to 7 miles. 39





Smithsonian at Oxford

Featuring Five Courses of Study for 2021 8 days from $5,450 Book early! Course capacity is limited! July 4–11, 2021 Join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers who share a deep and unbridled love of learning and wish to study a subject in depth. Immerse yourself in the intellectual and cultural environment of Oxford University—one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, where Smithsonian Journeys travelers have congregated since 1979.

Merton College

We return to Merton College—a renowned academic institution that has produced multiple Nobel laureates and cultural giants such as J.R.R. Tolkien and T.S. Eliot. Here, you’ll explore the libraries and grounds, dine in the college hall, sample life as an Oxford student, and study with Oxford tutors after choosing a course from five fascinating themes. Highlights Include Courses of Study: Stimulate your mind in pursuit of knowledge as you spend your mornings learning from an Oxford tutor. Course selections include The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, Myths and Legends of the British Isles, The Age of Winston Churchill, The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England, and The English Garden in History. Find full course descriptions on our website. Excursions: During a tour of Oxford, learn about this historic city, the British educational system, and the connection between James Smithson (founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution) and the university, which he attended as a student. Plus, take an excursion tailored to your specific course. Find details on our website. Optional Activities: For returning students (and first-timers as well), tour staff will help arrange alternative afternoon outings, including punting, a guided tour to the Ashmolean Art Museum, and a walking tour based on the popular British drama, Inspector Morse.

Merton College Chapel

Lifestyle: Stay at historic Merton College, featuring the university’s oldest quadrangle, and sample life as an Oxford student. Live in a dormitory room (with en suite bathroom), dine in the college hall (including High Table, a privileged tradition), and use Merton’s common rooms and gardens. Explore the charming town of Oxford, take tea at local eateries, and enjoy Evensong at Christ Church College.


Featured Site


The average course size is 12–14 guests. Book early to ensure your preferred choice. Oxford Tutors Historians, authors, and heritage professionals from the Oxford community will serve as Smithsonian faculty. See our website for more information.

Oxford Heathrow Airport




Classic Mystery Lover’s England 9 days from $6,645 Oct. 2–10, Oct. 16–24, 2021 Back by popular demand, our one-of-a-kind British mystery tour features peaceful Devon, academic Oxford, and cosmopolitan London, all of which have served as settings for stories by mystery and detective writers. Gain insight into the lives and works of famous detective novelists from our expert and, by special arrangement, from contemporary authors. Highlights Include

Exclusive Meetings: Enjoy insider meetings with contemporary mystery writers who offer a glimpse into their work and lives, including crime novelist Andrew Taylor. Plus, attend an exclusive reception featuring a discussion with a London-based mystery writer. Devon and Dartmoor: Delve into the world of Agatha Christie at the Torquay Museum with its collection of photographs, letters, manuscripts, and memorabilia. Tour Devon by coach, historic steam train, and river cruise to explore the landscape she so richly described in her books, and visit Greenway, her beloved home and setting for three novels. You’ll also set off through mysterious Dartmoor, with its enormous granite tors, wild ponies, mist, and rain, which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used for inspiration. The Cotswolds and Oxford: Spend a day in Oxford, whose academic ambiance, ancient towers, and hidden quads set the scene for an extensive list of mysteries, including works by crime writers Dorothy Sayers, P.D. James, and Colin Dexter. View the quintessential Cotswolds landscape from aboard the historic Warwickshire Steam Railway, setting for Edward Marston’s Railway Detective series. Later, stop to visit Coastal Devon



charming Cotswolds towns, such as Chipping Campden, which provided inspiration to so many mystery writers. You can also imagine a Dick Francis mystery during an afternoon excursion focused on horse racing. London: Conclude in cosmopolitan London, where virtually all mystery writers have orchestrated a murder. First, stop at Syon House, a 16th-century estate that has been used as the setting for many mystery and detective film productions. Later, explore the legal district at the Inns of Court, a favorite backdrop in the works of James and Sayers. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. WALES


Chipping Campden The Cotswolds Oxford

Heathrow Airport


Devon Dartmoor National Park Torquay



English Channel

Featured Site Motorcoach

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Michael Jecks (both dates)–professional crime writer, author of 43 novels, and teacher.

Parliament and the Thames, London

Cliffs of Moher

County Clare

A One-Week Stay in Western Ireland 9 days from $4,390 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability Special air rates & services available Sept. 4–12, 2021 Experience the essence of Irish culture in Ennis, County Clare, where you’ll view Ireland through the eyes of its people. This exciting new Cultural Stay showcases Ireland’s renowned traditions as well as its dramatic landscapes. The Old Ground Hotel, situated in the heart of Ennis, provides the perfect base for your discoveries. Highlights Include Music: Listen to live music throughout your stay in Ennis, a stronghold of traditional Irish music. Enjoy exclusive performances and more informal gatherings in charming local pubs. Plus, meet a musician in his home to hear more about Irish musical history. Other Cultural Traditions: Gain insight into the Irish game of Hurling, dating back 2,000 years, and the Gaelic Athletic Association. Learn about Irish history and genealogy from a local expert. Dramatic Landscapes: Enjoy walking along the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, special areas of outstanding geology and beauty. You’ll also drive along the Wild Atlantic Way and the scenic Loop Head Peninsula. Aran Islands: Travel to Inis Mór, inhabited since ancient times and a center for the Irish language. Learn about its history and meet a family who are modern culinary purveyors of seaweed. Castles and Gardens: Learn about Irish castles, gardens, history, and science at Birr Castle and Bunratty Folk Park. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Christopher Griffin–expert in Irish literature and the humanities.

Rock of Cashel

The Emerald Isle 13 days from $5,992 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees May 16–28, June 13–25, Aug. 15–27, Sept. 5–17, 2021 & May 15–27, 2022 Journey from lively Dublin to the Aran Islands and Ring of Kerry and discover a country steeped in history and boasting a rich tapestry of cultural traditions and ethereal landscapes. Highlights Include Dublin: Enjoy a day in Dublin, where highlights include tours of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the library at Trinity College with its legendary medieval Book of Kells. Cultural Insights: Hear about Irish culture firsthand from a native of the Aran Islands who shares stories of their oral tradition and later during a dinner at a local family-run B&B near Killarney. Magnificent Landscapes: Take in breathtaking scenery as you travel through Connemara, view the dramatic Cliffs of Moher stretching for five miles along the fabled coastline of County Clare, and pass through the Burren, the rocky landscape of craggy gray karst limestone formations. You’ll also take a full-day excursion to the Ring of Kerry with its stunning mountain and coastal scenery and a 1,000-year-old ring fort. Castles and Abbeys: Learn about Ireland’s history during visits to the early monastic site of Clonmacnoise, Kylemore Abbey, Muckross House (an Elizabethan-style manor house), the Kerry Folklife Centre, Blarney Castle, and the legendary Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Jennifer Paxton (May 16)–historian with expertise in medieval Ireland, Scotland, and England. Cassandra Potts Hannahs (June)–expert in Celtic, Viking, and Anglo-Saxon studies. Christopher Griffin (Aug.)–expert in Irish literature and humanities. Katherine Forsyth (Sept.)–expert in Celtic languages and literature. 43


Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

A Cruise from Bergen to Glasgow Aboard the 180-guest Le Bellot CRUISE

9 days from $5,295 Includes $1,000 early booking savings June 6–14, June 13–21*, 2021

Voyage in the wake of Viking seafarers and experience the rugged beauty of remote islands and dramatic coastlines forever linked by their heritage. Cruise into ports in Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and through some of Norway’s magnificent fjords, visit World Heritage sites, and enjoy plentiful sea birds and spring flowers.

Skara Brae, Orkney Islands

Highlights Include

Norway’s Bergen: Begin in Bergen, founded on an old Viking settlement and later part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. Enjoy a walking tour of Bryggen, a World Heritage site, and visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg. Viking Homelands: View imposing mountains, sheer cliffs, and sparkling waterfalls during a day cruising through Norway’s famous fjords, including Sognefjord. You’ll also take a thrilling ride through this landscape aboard the Flåm Railway. Crossing the North Sea, enjoy the vistas once known by Vikings as they plied the waters on their longships. Shetland Islands: Explore the crossroads where Scotland meets Scandinavia and legacies linger in archaeology, dialect, and traditional music. At Jarlshof, see late Neolithic stone houses, a Bronze Age village, Iron Age broch, Norse longhouses, and more. Orkney Islands: In the remote Orkney Islands, a hub of Neolithic civilization, visit the settlement of Skara Brae, see the ceremonial Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, and gain further insight from archaeologist and site director Nick Card. Plus, enjoy time at leisure to explore the Viking town of Kirkwall. Scottish Highlands: Sail to the lovely Kyle of Lochalsh to tour Eilean Donan Castle, then travel to the Inner Hebrides and the Isle of Skye, where you’ll experience the beautifully rugged landscape. Cruise to Fort William, where you’ll drive through the dramatic landscape to legendary Glencoe as well as Glenfinnan Monument, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II. Space reserved for 40 Smithsonian Journeys guests. *The June 13 departure will run in reverse. Learn more about Le Bellot on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Wayne Ranney (June 6)–highly respected geologist. Colleen Batey (June 13)–field archaeologist with expertise in the northern British Isles. 44


Sognefjord, Norway Port of Call


Featured Site Ship Train

Sognefjord Shetland Islands Orkney Islands



Flåm Myrdal



North Sea Isle of Skye Kyle of Lochalsh/ Portree Eilean Donan Glenfinnan Fort William Glencoe


Edinburgh Castle


Scotland’s Treasures

Featuring the Royal Military Tattoo* 12 days from $5,996 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees May 22–June 2, July 29–Aug. 9*, Aug. 5–16*, Aug. 30–Sept. 10, 2021 & May 28–June 8, July 30–Aug. 10*, 2022 Discover Scotland’s enduring appeal as you enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye, learn about the legacy of its clans, and explore the historic treasures of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Highlights Include Glasgow and Edinburgh: Renowned for its museums and distinctive architectural style, Glasgow is a unique gem, which you’ll discover during a city tour. At Kelvingrove Art Gallery, view comprehensive collections focused on Scottish history and the arts, including work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and take a private tour of Pollok House. With two days in stately Edinburgh, explore the medieval Old Town with tours of the castle and Holyrood Palace, and admire the architecture of the 18th-century Georgian New Town. *The July 29, August 5, and July 30 departures also feature the famed Royal Military Tattoo. The Highlands and Isle of Skye: Savor the enchanting landscape of Loch Lomond and learn about the history of Glencoe and Glenfinnan. Make a full-day excursion to the Isle of Skye, known for its strong Gaelic influence and ruggedly beautiful landscapes. Learn more about Scottish history at Culloden Moor and Dunrobin Castle. Admire more of Scotland’s landscapes along the shore of Loch Ness, where you’ll explore the remains of Urquhart Castle, and as you travel through Cairngorms National Park. Cultural Insights: Gain insight into Scottish traditions as you watch falconry and sheepdog demonstrations, tour a whisky distillery, and visit St Andrews, renowned for Scotland’s oldest university and the home of golf. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Cassandra Potts Hannahs (May 22) and Miriam Davis (July 29)–experts in early British history. Rab Houston (Aug. 30)–expert in modern British history.

France Through the Ages 15 days from $6,497 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees May 17–31, Sept. 6–20, Sept. 27–Oct. 11, 2021 & April 25–May 9, May 20–June 3, 2022 Delve into the essence of France—its rich history, culture, and scenic beauty—on this popular comprehensive tour, featuring many World Heritage sites. Highlights Include Southern Treasures: In the fortified town of Carcassonne, view the longest medieval city walls in Europe. Stroll through the market town of Albi, known for the artist Toulouse-Lautrec. Travel to the fascinating Dordogne region, where you’ll tour the International Center for Cave Art at Lascaux IV, visit medieval Sarlat and the pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, and cruise by cliffside castles along the Dordogne River. Loire River Valley: Experience this legendary landscape of spectacular châteaux, including the romantic Château de Chenonceau, a Renaissance masterpiece that spans the River Cher; the Château du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years; and the World Heritage site of Fontevraud Abbey. Normandy: Gain insight into the extraordinary events of D-Day while visiting Utah Beach, Sainte-Mère-Église, Pointe du Hoc, the American cemetery which overlooks Omaha Beach, and the Caen Memorial Museum. You’ll also stop in Bayeux to see the renowned Bayeux Tapestry and ascend cobblestone streets to the pilgrimage site of Mont St. Michel, Normandy’s famed medieval abbey. Along the Seine: Stroll through Monet’s gardens at Giverny, then conclude in Paris with a highlights tour and visit to the Louvre. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Stephen Clancy (Sept. 6)–art historian. Cassandra Potts Hannahs (Sept. 27)–historian with expertise in France and medieval studies. 45


Arromanches, France

Mont St. Michel

Normandy D-Day: A Journey from England to France SPECIALTY

8 days from $6,695 May 31–June 7, 2021

Exclusive tours, poignant excursions, and thoughtful lectures provide in-depth insight to your understanding and appreciation of the monumental military feat of Operation Overlord. Plus, attend the special 77th anniversary ceremonies on June 6, when dignitaries, officials, and the public gather to pay homage to the brave soldiers who changed the course of history. Highlights Include England: Learn about the behind-the-scenes preparations necessary to stage the largest amphibian landing in history. In London, visit Winston Churchill’s underground Cabinet War Rooms and step aboard the HMS Belfast, the most significant surviving Royal Navy warship of World War II. You’ll also travel to Bletchley Park where a curator will explain the story behind the Enigma codebreakers and to Portsmouth to tour the newly refurbished D-Day Museum. France: After crossing the Channel by ferry, stand atop the dramatic bluffs of Pointe du Hoc and visit the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, where paratroopers dropped from the sky in a hail of gunfire. Walk along Utah and Omaha beaches with an expert historian for an in-depth perspective on the historic coastal landings and air invasion. Stop at Arromanches, where prefabricated concrete harbors (or mulberries) still dot the water. During your four days in Normandy, you’ll also tour museums that offer deeper understanding of the Battle for Normandy. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Mitch Yockelson Yockelson–military historian with expertise in World War II, with special emphasis on the Normandy campaign. 46


A One-Week Stay in France 9 days from $4,590 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement–Limited Availability Special air rates & services available May 1–9, June 26–July 4, Oct. 2–10, Oct. 16–24, 2021 Normandy is renowned as a center of Impressionism and for its charming towns and fine cuisine. It’s also remembered for major military efforts, from the Norman Conquest to the D-Day invasion of World War II. Join us for a one-week stay at the centrally located Hotel Mercure in Honfleur, the ideal base to explore this region. Highlights Include Impressionism: During a walking tour of Honfleur, see why artists flocked to this charming seaside town. Explore the beloved home, studio, and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, visit the Musée des Impressionnismes, and see the great cathedral in Rouen that was featured in a series of his paintings. Battle of Normandy: Spend a solemn day along the beaches where World War II’s Operation Overlord took place. Stirring sites include Omaha Beach, the museum at Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc, the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, and the Caen Memorial Museum. You’ll also stop in Bayeux to view the historic tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of 1066. Mont St. Michel: Discover this breathtaking tidal island with its iconic abbey and historic church, one of the most remarkable sites in France and a World Heritage site. Cultural Traditions: Savor traditional culinary products such as Calvados (apple brandy), and visit a nearby estate farm to sample Norman cheeses. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Robert Dalessandro (May/Oct. 16) and Cathal Nolan (June)–military historians. Lisa Passaglia Bauman (Oct. 2)–art historian.

Jazz concert in Paris

Paris: The African American Experience SPECIALTY

9 days from $4,590 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available May 1–9, Aug. 28–Sept. 5, 2021 & April 23–May 1, May 14–22, 2022

In the early 20th century, Paris became a center for creative spirits seeking a welcoming artistic milieu. After both World Wars, African Americans turned to Paris to embrace the open French culture, and in the process made a lasting impact on the cultural world through their music, writing, and art. Immerse yourself in the “City of Light” and see it through the lens of the African American experience. Highlights Include African American Experience: Discover neighborhoods related to W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright. During walking tours, trace the impact of the Harlem Renaissance and jazz on Paris, from the early 1920s through post World War II. You’ll gain insight into entertainer and activist Josephine Baker; famous nightclub owners such as singer Ada “Bricktop” Smith and World War I flying ace and drummer Eugene Bullard; and later musicians Miles Davis and Bud Powell. See how their influence continues during a live jazz concert. Special Insider’s View: Meet with award-winning novelist and journalist Jake Lamar, an American expatriate who discusses his experience in modern Paris. Other Highlights: Enjoy special tours of cultural Paris, such as a tour of the Quai Branly Museum, a culinary walking tour, and an excursion to Versailles. You’ll also savor a luncheon and panoramic views of Paris during a Seine River cruise. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Thomas Doughton (May 1)–historian with special expertise in the African American experience in Paris.

Village of Roussillon

Journey Through Provence 12 days from $5,597 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Aug. 30–Sept. 10, Sept. 27–Oct. 8, 2021 & April 18–29, June 13–24, 2022 Join us for a magical journey through Provence featuring evocative landscapes, Roman monuments, medieval villages, celebrated art, and the relaxed lifestyle of southern France. Highlights Include Aix-en-Provence: Stroll through the delightful Old Town, step inside the Atelier Cézanne, and enjoy a wine tasting. During a day in the Luberon region, you’ll visit the Château de Lourmarin, an olive farm, and the ochre-colored town of Roussillon, favored by many artists. Stop in Arles, where van Gogh lived for a time, to view the Roman amphitheater and enjoy time at leisure. The Camargue: Spend two days exploring the landscapes of the Camargue, including a bird sanctuary, a traditional ranch, and time at Aigues-Mortes, a medieval walled town surrounded by the unique pink-colored salt marshes. Avignon: Gaze upon the impressive Roman Pont du Gard before arrival in Avignon. Here, you’ll trace the footsteps of six popes at the medieval Palais des Papes and enjoy a cooking class. Visit the nearby villages of Les-Baux-deProvence and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and enter the asylum where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted. Côte d’Azur: Conclude your journey on the sunny Côte d’Azur. Explore the medieval hilltop village of St.-Paulde-Vence en route to Nice. Then enjoy a walking tour of this cosmopolitan city, visit the impressive Chagall Museum, and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Joan Grimbert (Aug.)–historian in French and medieval studies. Madeline Diáz (Sept.)–expert in art history. 47


San Sebastian

France and Spain’s Basque Region A One-Week Stay at the Parador de Hondarribia

9 days from $4,590 Includes $250 early booking savings / Special air rates & services available April 24–May 2, May 15–23, Sept. 11–19, Sept. 18–26, 2021 & April 23–May 1, May14–22, 2022 Delve into the wide-ranging soul of the Basque region in both France and Spain. Settle in for a week and explore the cultural traditions of art havens and resorts as well as gem-like villages dotting the Bay of Biscay and nestled amid the Pyrenees. You’ll reside in the seaside village of Hondarribia, with its charming medieval Old Town known as a Basque mecca for foodies, and be fully immersed in quintessential Spanish Basque culture. Highlights Include Spain: A walking tour of Hondarribia’s Old Town provides insight into your home for the week. From here, it’s easy to explore the Basque region. You’ll venture to Bilbao to visit the renowned Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry; explore nearby San Sebastian, a world-famous resort on the Bay of Biscay; and discover legendary Pamplona, a charming city located in the foothills of the Pyrenees. France: Learn about the heritage of Bayonne, capital of the French Basque region and designated a “Town of Art and History.” Spend time in the fashionable seaside resort of Biarritz and explore smaller gems in the shadow of the Pyrenees. Highlights include Espelette, where strands of red peppers adorn traditional Basque homes, and St. Jean Pied de Port, a crossroad for pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Culture and Cuisine: Meet with Spanish residents in Hondarribia and French residents in Sare to discuss Basque history and culture. Visit a wine cellar to learn about and taste local French vintages. Plus, savor delicious Basque cuisine, renowned for its blend of tradition and Les Braves Memorial, Omaha Beach creativity. You’ll have the opportunity to try out a txoko 48


(a Basque members-only dining society), a traditional cider house, and local pintxos bars and fine-dining restaurants. Parador de Hondarribia: Enjoy a one-week stay at this historic upscale Spanish property. Located in the medieval center of Hondarribia, the fortified parador is also known as the Castle of Charles V and dates from the 10th century. Here, stone walls and public spaces decorated with tapestries and fine antiques remind guests of the parador’s storied past, while the terrace offers panoramic vistas of the bay. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Overnight Featured Site

Bay of Biscay

FRANCE Biarritz St-Jean-de-Luz Espelette

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St-Jean-Piedde-Port Pyrenees


Smithsonian Journeys Experts Margaret Monnier (April 24/Sept. 11) and Nathanael Greene (May 15)–historians, and Beebe Bahrami (Sept. 18)–anthropologist and writer, each with expertise in France and Spain.

The Pont du Gard

A River Cruise of Provence Aboard the 105-guest MS Van Gogh CRUISE

9 days from $4,490 / Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability / Special air rates & services available Sept. 15–23, Sept. 22–30*, 2021

Feel the essence of sun-drenched Provence as you cruise along the Rhône and Saône Rivers from Arles to Chalonsur-Saône. Trace the history of the Romans in southern France, hear stories of medieval popes, see many World Heritage sites, savor Burgundy and Beaujolais wines, and appreciate the landscapes and ambiance that drew famous artists. Highlights Include

Historic Sites: In Arles, explore the magnificently restored Roman amphitheater, built in the first century B.C., and the Romanesque Cathédrale de St. Trophime. In Avignon, visit the 14th-century Palais des Papes, a World Heritage site. Choose to see other ancient sites such as the Pont du Gard aqueduct or the Roman theater and Triumphal Arch in Orange, and medieval sites such as Vieux Lyon. Plus, everyone explores the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny, once home to 10,000 monks, and the World Heritage site of Beaune with its 15th-century Hôtel Dieu. Rhône Wine: In Beaune, longtime capital of Burgundy wine, enjoy a tour of the “Côte de Beaune” and famed wine-growing villages such as Pommard, Puligny, and Montrachet, concluding with a wine tasting. Wine lovers can choose other excursions featuring the history and wine culture of the Beaujolais vineyards along the Saône River. Memorable Landscapes: View the horses, pink flamingos, egrets, and herons that make their home in the marshy fields of the coastal Camargue, a nationally

designated protected wetland, and behold the landscape and medieval walled town of nearby Aigues-Mortes. Choose other nature excursions such as a tour to the Ardèche Gorges and a cycling tour along the Rhône River. Space reserved for 36 Smithsonian Journeys guests. *The Sept. 22 departure will run in reverse. Learn more about the Van Gogh on our website. Port of Call Featured Site Ship Motorcoach

Saône River Burgundy Beaune Chalon-sur-Saône Cluny Mâcon





Rhône River Viviers Orange Châteauneuf du Pape Pont du Gard Avignon Arles


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Smithsonian Journeys Experts Kevin Murphy (Sept. 15) and Stephen Clancy (Sept. 22)–both art and architectural historians with expertise in France. 49

Evening film preview on the beach, Cannes


Waterways of Holland and Belgium Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Star or Amadeus Queen CRUISE

9 days from $3,490 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability Special air rates & services available April 10–18, April 17–25*, April 19–27, April 26–May 4*, 2021

Our popular cruise of Holland and Belgium showcases magnificent art and architecture, spellbinding gardens, and enchanting medieval villages. Observe windmills, fields of flowers, and cultural traditions of the Low Countries as you cruise along delightful canals and rivers from Amsterdam to Antwerp and enjoy a choice of insightful included excursions. Keukenhof Gardens

Highlights Include Amsterdam: Take a private cruise along Amsterdam’s historic canals, lined with 16th- and 17th-century gabled row houses, which have been designated a World Heritage site. Then choose from three excursions, including a trip to the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, where more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers are expected to be in bloom; an active bicycle trip in rural Waterland, an area of historical villages and wetland north of the city; or a more leisurely day featuring a guided tour of the Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum, balanced with time at leisure. Giethoorn: Glide along the waterways of Giethoorn, regarded as the most picturesque village in Holland with its abundance of interlacing canals, and explore the town of Kampen. The Hague or Delft: Choose from two compelling day excursions. In The Hague, see sites associated with the seat of Dutch government during a panoramic city tour, including the Parliament Building and the Peace Palace. Then visit the Mauritshuis Museum to view paintings by Vermeer and other Dutch Masters. Or travel to the charming town of Delft. Here, you’ll stroll through Market Square with its cultural highlights and learn about the history and production of Delft porcelain at the renowned Royal Delft Porcelain Factory.

Canal in Bruges Port of Call


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Zeeland Coast: Come to understand the country’s continuous battle with the sea at the educational Delta Expo, then visit one of the storm surge barriers. Bruges and Antwerp: The World Heritage site of Bruges features treasured 15th-century architecture, picturesque canals, and arched footbridges. Following a walking tour, choose from three excursions that focus on Flemish art, Belgian chocolate, or Belgian beer. Your cruise concludes in Antwerp with a walking tour of this medieval city. Space reserved for 34 to 74 Smithsonian Journeys guests depending on departure. *The April 17 and April 26 departures will run in reverse. Learn more about both ships on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Henry Luttikhuizen (April 10), Mary O’Neill (April 17), Valerie Hedquist (April 19), and Catherine Scallen (April 26)– all art historians with expertise in Europe.


Budapest and the Danube

Alexander Nevksy Cathedral, Sofia

A Danube River Cruise

Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Queen or Amadeus Silver II 15/16 days from $5,990 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability / Special air rates & services available July 9–23, July 18–Aug. 2*, Aug. 23–Sept. 6, Sept. 1–16*, 2021

The fabled Danube River flows through the heartland of Central and Eastern Europe—an evocative landscape of ancient capitals, lovely villages, and magnificent churches, palaces, and castles. This unique itinerary showcases eight countries and many World Heritage sites, plus features a choice of specialty excursions. Highlights Include

Czech Republic: Your journey begins in Prague, the capital of Old World Europe. During a three-night hotel stay, you’ll enjoy tours of Charles Bridge and the historic district; a choice of excursions, including Lobkowicz Palace, the Jewish Quarter, or Prague’s architectural treasures; and some time at leisure. Germany and Austria: Travel to Passau, located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz. Before boarding your ship, visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral among other sites. Then sail through the beautiful Wachau Valley, a World Heritage site, stopping at the Benedictine abbey at Melk and lovely Dürnstein. In Vienna, tour the lavish Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace, or Klosterneuburg Monastery, and enjoy an evening of Viennese waltz. Slovakia and Hungary: In Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, view St. Michael’s Gate and the Primate’s Palace during a walking tour, bike along the storied Slovak-Austrian border, or explore sites associated with renowned composers. Cruise into the heart of Hungary’s Budapest, one of Europe’s most striking capitals, nestled along the banks of the Danube. Visit the Great Market Hall, tour the old Jewish Quarter, or explore both the Buda and the Pest sides of the Danube. Later, see Ottoman mosques in Pécs. Croatia, Serbia, and Romania: Visit the small towns of Kopacevo, Osijek, and Vukovar, plus enjoy a wine tasting. In Belgrade, a choice of excursions features the Nikola

Tesla Museum, a culinary tour, or a highlights tour with a stop at Kalemegdan Park. Then sail through the Iron Gate Gorge, a remarkable passage just 530 feet wide along the Serbian-Romanian border. Bulgaria: Stopping in Vidin, visit a historic church and synagogue. Then continue to Sofia for a two-night hotel stay, where you’ll learn about the city’s history and culture during a panoramic tour featuring the Royal Palace and Battenberg Square. Space reserved for 34 to 90 Smithsonian Journeys guests depending on departure. *The July 18 and Sept. 1 departures will run in reverse. Learn more about both ships on our website. GERMANY Prague Danube River Passau











Iron Gate Belgrade Gorge Vidin


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Smithsonian Journeys Experts Alexander Motyl (July 9)–expert in political science of Eastern Europe. Tim Blanning (July 18), Bertrand Patenaude (Aug.), and Christopher Brennan (Sept.)– historians with expertise in Central and Eastern Europe. 51


Great European Journey

A River Cruise and Train Trip from Holland to Switzerland Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Imperial and Featuring Three Historic Swiss Railways 11 days from $3,995 Includes $1,000 early booking savings June 30–July 10, 2021 Reminiscent of the 19th-century “Grand Tour,” this unique and popular journey features the heart of Western Europe—with both river cruising and train travel. In Amsterdam, board your deluxe riverboat for a five-night cruise through Holland, Germany, and France, and then enjoy panoramic vistas of the Swiss Alps from the windows of historic trains. Highlights Include

the iconic Matterhorn. Explore these charming towns and experience the soaring majesty of the Swiss Alps from three legendary railways: the Gornergrat Bahn, the Glacier Express, and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Space reserved for 90 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Amadeus Imperial on our website.

Holland: Take a private cruise along Amsterdam’s legendary canals, with their 16th- and 17th-century gabled row houses, designated a World Heritage site.


Germany and the Rhine River: Visit Cologne’s Old Town and historic cathedral, Germany’s finest example of High Gothic architecture. Cruise through the most scenic section of the Rhine River Valley, a World Heritage site where each bend in the river features a medieval castle and tranquil village. Travel to a vineyard renowned for its Riesling where you’ll enjoy a private wine tasting. And in Heidelberg, visit the magnificent 13th-century castle perched above the river. France: Arrive in Alsace, a region whose ownership has moved between Germany and France for generations. In lovely Strasbourg, visit the Old City, a World Heritage site featuring medieval houses and covered bridges spanning picturesque canals. The Swiss Alps and Legendary Railways: Cross the rolling Swiss countryside to Bern, the historic capital and a World Heritage site. Travel through the spectacular Bernese Oberland to the snowcapped mountain peaks of the Alps and the towering Jungfrau. Enjoy two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, dramatically set beneath


Rhine River

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Zurich Lucerne/Mt. Pilatus Andermatt

Zermatt/ Täsch Matterhorn The Alps

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Ralph Nurnberger–expert in international relations and Stephen Clancy–art historian with expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture.

The Matterhorn and Gornergrat Bahn

Amadeus Imperial, Cologne 52


Town along the Rhine River

Voyage Through Europe

Featuring the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Imperial CRUISE

16 days from $6,240 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability Special air rates & services available Sept. 21–Oct. 6, 2021 & Oct. 12–25*, 2022

Explore the cultural landscapes of five countries situated along three legendary rivers on this cruise, featuring a choice of excursions and many World Heritage sites. Highlights Include Hungary: Begin your cruise in Budapest as you explore the city’s highlights, Jewish heritage, or cuisine. Slovakia: Choose a tour featuring Bratislava’s musical heritage, medieval architecture, or Castle Hill. Austria: Arriving in elegant Vienna, tour Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace, or Klosterneuburg Monastery. Cruise along the beautiful Wachau Valley and stop in Dürnstein to enjoy a walking tour, bicycle ride along the river, or tour and tasting at a local winery. Then cruise to the Benedictine abbey at Melk for a tour of this impressive site. Germany: Cruise along the Danube to lovely Passau and Regensburg, as well as Nuremberg, known for its associations with World War II. On the Main River, stop in the medieval towns of Bavarian Bamberg, Würzburg, and Miltenberg. Gaze upon hilltop castles as you sail through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge and enjoy walking tours in Koblenz and Cologne. Holland: Enjoy time in canal-laced Amsterdam, where you can take a tour of the Rijksmuseum, a walking tour of the Herengracht canal district, or a picturesque bicycle ride north of the city. Space reserved for 55 Smithsonian Journeys guests. * The 2022 itinerary will be slightly different from 2021. Learn more about the Amadeus Imperial on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Tim Blanning (Sept.)–highly respected historian with expertise in modern Europe.

Cruising the Rhine & Moselle A Family Voyage From Basel to Amsterdam Aboard the 168-guest Amadeus Silver III CRUISE

9 days from $4,190 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement and Special Children’s Pricing Available Special air rates & services available July 4–12, 2021

Create memories with your family as you listen to Rhine River legends, scan hillsides for fairy-tale castles, and enjoy a wide selection of family and adult excursions. Highlights Include France: In Strasbourg, enjoy a canal cruise and walking tour of the Petite France district, a World Heritage site, or choose a historical walking tour or Alsatian culinary excursions. Germany: In Heidelberg, explore the medieval castle and town or enjoy a hike along the “Philosopher’s Way” for stunning views. In Rüdesheim, take a walking tour that concludes with either a wine tasting or a visit to a mechanical musical instrument museum. Be on deck as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful sections of the river with the legendary Lorelei Rock. During a family excursion to Cochem, learn about the town’s legends during a walking tour and visit to Reichsburg Castle. And in Cologne, tour the Old Town and the magnificent Gothic cathedral while the kids explore the Chocolate Museum. Holland: Introduce your kids to the Dutch Masters in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum; learn about the historic Jordaan district during a walking and culinary tour; or experience the traditional Dutch way of life during a family bike ride. Later, take a scenic canal cruise showcasing the city’s architecture and waterways. Space reserved for 60 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Amadeus Silver III on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Carol Reynolds–expert in European art, music, and history. Youth Directors provide onboard programs for young people. 53


Holiday Markets

A Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Düsseldorf and Featuring a Stay in the Swiss Alps Aboard the 168-guest Amadeus Silver III 11 days from $3,590 / Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability / Special air rates & services available Nov. 25–Dec. 5, Dec. 4–14*, 2021 Welcome the start of the holiday season during a delightful river cruise as towns along the Rhine open their cheerful Christkindlmarkts (Christmas markets) with holiday food specialties, hot mulled wine, and beautifully crafted holiday decorations. Personalize your cruise with a choice of excursions in select ports of call and visit many World Heritage sites. Highlights Include

Heart of the Swiss Alps: Enjoy a two-night hotel stay in Interlaken, situated in the Bernese Oberland. From here, take a tour of nearby Bern with its historic Old Town, then explore the charming town of Interlaken at leisure. Alsace and Germany: From Basel, cruise north along the Rhine, the border between France and Germany. See the highlights of the historic German town of Freiburg and stroll through the charming holiday market. In the afternoon, choose between two tours of lovely French towns: the 16th-century town of Riquewihr with its Alsatian wines, or Colmar with its many holiday markets and Dominican Church that dates to the 14th century. Then spend a day in the principal Alsatian city of Strasbourg, where select tours will feature its history and architecture or culinary heritage, in addition to time to peruse the city market and a presentation about local family holiday traditions. Heidelberg, Rudesheim, and the Rhine Gorge: Take a walking tour of Heidelberg, showcasing the imposing hillside castle and the cathedral, and enjoy a special afternoon musical performance. The next day, choose from two tours around Rudesheim: a walking tour of the Old Town and its special Christmas Market of the Nations or a visit to the Abbey of St. Hildegard and a winery tour. Then enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising one of the most scenic sections of the Rhine, considered a World Heritage Holiday decorations in Strasbourg



site, which features the famous Lorelei Rock and hillside castles around every bend. Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen: Join a walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the magnificent Gothic Dom, a World Heritage site and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Then choose to explore either Düsseldorf, with its mix of old and new architecture, or Aachen, the city of Charlemagne with its World Heritage site cathedral and “Throne of Charlemagne.” The afternoons are at leisure to discover the various Christmas markets. Space reserved for 50 Smithsonian Journeys guests. *The Dec. 4 departure will run in reverse. Learn more about the Amadeus Silver III on our website. NETHERLANDS



Düsseldorf Cologne

Rüdesheim Rhine River Heidelberg Speyer Alsace Riquewihr Strasbourg Colmar Freiburg Breisach Basel

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Bern Interlaken




Smithsonian Journeys Experts Adam Tanner (Nov.)–journalist and lecturer with expertise in Europe. Carol Reynolds (Dec.)–expert in European arts, culture, and music history. Evening lights in Cologne

Portrait of Portugal

Cruising the Douro River Aboard the 132-guest Amalia Rodrigues CRUISE

12 days from $4,990 / Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability / Special air rates & services available May 18–29*, Sept. 15–26, Sept. 29–Oct. 10, Oct. 6–17, 2021

Portugal is renowned for the Age of Discovery, Old World towns and centers of learning, rabelo (sail boats) loaded with casks of port plying the Douro, and distinctive blue azulejos (tiles). Encounter all this and much more during our land and river cruise program featuring seven nights aboard an intimate riverboat. Highlights Include Lisbon to Coimbra: Explore World Heritage sites in Lisbon, including the Jeronimos Monastery, renowned for its Manueline style of architecture, and the Tower of Belém, part of the city’s defense system as well as a ceremonial gateway. Both sites also reflect the strong maritime impact of the Age of Exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries. You’ll also see the modern Monument to the Discoveries, and later enjoy a performance of traditional Portuguese fado music. The next day, travel to the ancient town of Sintra to tour the palace, a medieval royal residence and World Heritage site, and the fishing village of Cascais and elegant resort of Estoril. After your drive to Coimbra, a center of fine arts and learning, tour the spectacular university library and the Royal Palace, including the Ceremonial Hall. Cruising the Douro: In Porto, embark your riverboat and enjoy a selection of fascinating shore excursions. First, discover Porto during a walking tour or tram tour and savor a taste of the area’s port wine. Then visit the town of Guimarães (a World Heritage site) or take a hike along the river. Cruise along the meandering Douro River to the Spanish border. From here, choose from two excursions that feature the glories of Salamanca. During two more Tower of Belém, Lisbon

days on the river, explore historic sites and traditional towns and vineyards along the famous wine trail. Amalia Rodrigues: This newly built ship features three decks, a spacious lounge with large picture windows, fullservice restaurant, terrace, elevator, and spacious sun deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Douro River valley. Space reserved for 30 Smithsonian Journeys guests. *The May departure will be aboard the Gil Eanes. Learn more about both ships on our website. Port of Call/Overnight Featured Site


Vila Réal Pinhão Porto Régua Douro River Barca d’Alva

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Atlantic Ocean Obidos Sintra

Tagus River Lisbon

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Margaret Monnier (May)–historian; Lawrence Butler (Sept. 15) and Rafael Chacón (Sept. 29)–art historians; and Brian Catlos (Oct.)–historian with special focus on ethno-religious studies, all with expertise in the Iberian peninsula. Rabelo along the Douro River, Porto



Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia 15 days from $5,884 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees April 19–May 3, May 13–27, Sept. 9–23, Sept. 23–Oct. 7, Oct. 2–16, 2021 & April 21–May 5, May 12–26, 2022 Situated along the exquisite Adriatic Sea and at the crossroads of Europe and the Balkans, Croatia and Slovenia showcase charming towns that reflect a blend of cultures, plus pristine parklands and coastlines, and many World Heritage sites. Highlights Include

Lake Bled and Ljubljana: Surrounded by the Julian Alps and deep forests, and with a medieval castle perched on its shore, Slovenia’s Lake Bled evokes a fairy-tale setting. After touring the castle, take a boat ride around this scenic lake. In the charming heart of Ljubljana, the nation’s capital, enjoy a walking tour and time at leisure.

called “the Pearl of the Adriatic.” During a morning tour, walk along the famed city walls, whose original ramparts and bastions date to the 12th and 13th centuries. You’ll visit the stately baroque Assumption Cathedral with its impressive Treasury, home to almost 200 reliquaries, and walk along the main thoroughfare of the Stradun to the Franciscan monastery with its 14th-century pharmacy. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore independently, then conclude with a special farewell dinner in the home of a local family, which overlooks the city. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Zagreb and Environs: Your visit to Croatia’s capital showcases the Old Town with the Gothic twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral, as well as Art Nouveau architecture from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Later, explore Plitvice Lakes National Park, famous for its string of 16 turquoisecolored lakes connected by a series of dazzling waterfalls. Istrian Peninsula: This alluring spit of land jutting into the Adriatic boasts an interesting history—from a vassal of Venice to part of the first Austro-Hungarian Empire, Fascist Italy, the Yugoslav Federation, and finally, Croatia. Highlights include Pula, with its Roman amphitheater; Rovinj, a charming Venetian port; and Opatija, once a resort of Habsburg princes. Dalmatian Coast: Delight in the many treasures along this legendary coastline. In seaside Split, explore the city’s core, comprised of the massive remains of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace. On the island of Hvar, see the lingering influence of the Venetians in its 17th-century squares. Founded in the 7th century and reaching its zenith in the 15th and 16th centuries, Dubrovnik is often Lake Bled, Slovenia



Lake Bled



Zagreb Istrian Peninsula Opatija Rovinj Pula

Overnight Featured Site Motorcoach Ship

CROATIA Plitvice Lakes National Park

Dalmatian Coast Trogir

Split Hvar

Adriatic Sea


Smithsonian Journeys Experts Christopher Brennan (April 19), Thomas Bremer (Sept. 23), and Hamish Scott (Oct. 2)–historians. Aneta Georgievska-Shine (May 13)–art historian. Adam Tanner (Sept. 9)–journalist.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

The Temple at Delphi, Greece

A Cruise of the Adriatic and the Aegean From Venice to Athens Aboard the 180-guest Le Bougainville CRUISE

9 days from $4,795 Includes $1,000 early booking savings Sept. 24–Oct. 2, 2021

Cruise along the dazzling, island-studded Adriatic coastline on a voyage that showcases five countries, six World Heritage sites, and the cultural influence of Greek, Roman, Venetian, Byzantine, and Slavic civilizations. Highlights Include Croatia: Departing Venice, cruise along the Adriatic Coast for historic ports. Enjoy a walking tour of Split’s historic center, which encompasses the immense retirement palace built by Roman Emperor Diocletian. On the island of Hvar, see the lingering influence of the Venetians in its 17th-century squares. Tour the charming island city of Korčula with its priceless collection of medieval manuscripts and works by Tintoretto. And in exquisite Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” you’ll see the most famous landmarks of this iconic walled city, a World Heritage site. Plus, watch a folk music performance aboard ship. Montenegro and Albania: Sail into the spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the Montenegrin mountains, and admire the Venetian baroque Old Town of Kotor where you’ll meet with local residents. In Butrint, now designated a World Heritage site, see a splendid 3rd-century B.C. amphitheater, which accommodated 1,500 people, and buildings erected later by Roman Emperor Augustus. Greece: Arriving at the Ionian island of Corfu, take a walking tour of its Old Town, whose cosmopolitan influences are reflected in elegant French boulevards, Georgian mansions, a Greek temple, and a Venetian citadel. Stop along the Gulf of Corinth to ascend the trail to the ancient

site of Delphi, home to the mythical Oracle and considered by the Greeks to be the center of the world. Then, en route to Piraeus, cruise through the dramatic Corinth Canal, a thrilling highlight for sea captains and travelers alike, since this ultra-narrow passage cuts through the rocky Isthmus of Corinth and is navigable only by small ship. Space reserved for 58 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Le Bougainville on our website. Venice Split


Hvar Korcula

Adriatic Sea


Dubrovnik Kotor



Port of Call Featured Site Ship

Ionian Sea

Sarande Butrint



Itea Corinth Canal

Aegean Sea Athens/ Piraeus

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Al Leonard–archaeologist with expertise in crosscultural connections in the Mediterranean. 57


The Acropolis of Athens

Sailing the Greek Islands

Round-trip from Piraeus Aboard the 94-guest Sea Cloud II 10 days from $5,995 July 26–Aug. 4, 2021 Known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” Greece is an enticing blend of history, diverse cultural influences, archaeological gems, and stunning natural beauty. Embark Sea Cloud II for an exhilarating seven-night voyage to famous and lesser-known sites in the Greek Islands and along the Peloponnese. Highlights Include Athens: Enjoy dramatic views of the Acropolis and Parthenon from the Hotel Grande Bretagne, your hotel for the night of your arrival. The next morning, view the collections of the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, featuring art and artifacts from one of the three earliest Aegean cultures, dating from c. 3300 to 1100 B.C. In the afternoon, board Sea Cloud II and cruise to the center of the Cycladic Islands. Greek Islands: Spend three days exploring the Cyclades. Known as the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, Delos is considered the most sacred isle. On Naxos, walk the cobblestone streets of Apeiranthos village and see the Kouros statue in Melanes. And on Milos, learn about the obsidian mines and volcanic geological features of this island chain. Your afternoons feature leisurely swimming in the Aegean or sailing between the islands. The Peloponnese: Travel to the fortified town of Mystras, situated near ancient Sparta and designated a World Heritage site. Later, cruise to Nafplion and marvel at the impressive site of Mycenae, known for the story of Agamemnon, and visit Epidaurus, with its impressive 4thcentury B.C. theater and important asclepeion temple. Back aboard ship, stop at the Saronic island of Hydra, a quiet island with no cars, where Athenians go for respite. 58


The Sea Cloud II Experience: Nothing can top the experience of sailing aboard the square-rigger Sea Cloud II with her 23 sails all set by hand. Watch in awe as crew members climb the rigging to set the sails. Savor fine dining in the luxurious salon or on the open teak deck, enjoy engaging presentations and casual conversation in the piano lounge, and depending on your interests, discover the library, fitness studio, spa services, or swim platform. Yet you’ll also feel comfortable retiring to your cabin or suite—a spacious, stylish, and delightful retreat. See more information on Sea Cloud II on our website. Space reserved for 23 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

GREECE Athens/ Piraeus Mycenae Nafplio Mystras Gytheon


Aegean Sea Sounion Delos Naxos


Port of Call


Featured Site Ship

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Veronica Kalas–art historian and field archaeologist with expertise in classical studies.

A Cruise to Ancient Greece Aboard the 180-guest Le Bougainville

9 days from $4,995 Includes $1,000 early booking savings Oct. 1–9, Oct. 8–16, Oct. 15–23, 2021 Discover gems of the Greek Islands on this exceptional Aegean odyssey that also features the Peloponnese and Meteora. You’ll discover the cradle of Western civilization and the Classical world, see important World Heritage sites, and gaze upon breathtaking landscapes when the weather is mild and the sites are less crowded. Highlights Include Meteora: An extraordinary Orthodox monastery, this breathtaking World Heritage site seems almost suspended in air due to its location perched atop sandstone pillars. Visit an active monastery where early Christian traditions have continued uninterrupted for hundreds of years. Delos and Mykonos: Mystical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, Delos is a paramount religious sanctuary of the ancient Greek world. Walking along the Sacred Way to the Sanctuary of Apollo, you’ll see an archaeological site with early temples, a theater, and the legendary Terrace of the Lions. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore nearby Mykonos, which epitomizes the beauty of the Greek Isles. Pátmos: Visit the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. John, built in 1088 and still inhabited by monks who preserve it as a place of religious study. Rhodes: In Rhodes Town, a World Heritage site, trace the history of the Knights of St. John who erected the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters. Also travel to Lindos for some time at leisure or ascend the stairs to the clifftop acropolis for breathtaking views. Santorini: Be on deck to enter the spectacular harbor of Santorini, a natural caldera. Tour the phenomenal Bronze-age ruins of Akrotiri, recently reopened to visitors, where streets reveal the sophisticated culture of its Minoan inhabitants. You’ll also see the treasures of the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, located in the island’s main town. Meteora

Mycenae and Epidaurus: Sail to the Peloponnese, known for its treasured antiquities and World Heritage sites. Here, you’ll visit the ancient citadel of Mycenae, the classical stage of Homer’s The Iliad. Continue to Epidaurus and its Sanctuary of Asklepios, a masterpiece of classical Greek architecture with its 14,000-seat theater known for nearly perfect acoustics. Cultural Traditions: Meet local residents who discuss contemporary life on these ancient islands. Limited to 50 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Le Bougainville on our website. Port of Call


Featured Site

Aegean Sea



GREECE Athens/ Piraeus Mycenae Nafplio

Epidaurus Delos




Rhodes Lindos

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Bella Vivante (Oct. 1)–classicist with a focus on Homer, oral traditions, Greek drama, and the role of women. John Dobbins (Oct. 8) and Diane Harris Cline (Oct. 15)–experts in the classics, archaeology, and history.

The theater at Epidaurus



Oia, Santorini

Classical Greece 14 days from $6,692 / Includes airfare, taxes & all fees April 15–28, May 16–29, Sept. 9–22, Sept. 16–29, Oct. 7–20, 2021 & April 17–30, 2022 Trace the spark of Greek genius—from the Cycladic and Minoan civilizations to the Classical era—that blossomed in the Aegean and left an indelible mark on our heritage.

Cultural Experiences: Visit a winery and olive oil factory, and enjoy exploring traditional towns at leisure with their seaside cafés and taverns.

Highlights Include

Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Athens and Delphi: Gaze upon the grandeur of the Parthenon and the Acropolis and see important artifacts at the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum. At nearby Delphi, explore the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, where the oracle presided over the ancient world; walk the marble Sacred Way; climb to the ancient theater; and visit the superb museum. The Peloponnese: Travel south to the magnificent archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus, both World Heritage sites. Epidaurus is home to the Sanctuary of Asklepios and its 2,300-year-old theater known for perfect acoustics. Linked to Homer’s epics, Mycenae features the Tomb of Agamemnon and the Lion’s Gate. Enjoy time at leisure during an afternoon in Nafplion, a gem of a Venetian-Byzantine town, and a day on the nearby island of Hydra, a car-free Saronic island that exudes a traditional old way of life and charming waterfront cafés. Other highlights include Ancient Corinth and the Corinth Canal. Crete and Santorini: Fly to Crete, where you’ll explore ancient Knossos, the political center of Minoan civilization and legendary home of King Minos, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur, plus visit the the superb archaeological museum. Take a high-speed ferry to spectacular Santorini, where you’ll tour the archaeological site of Akrotiri, once a flourishing Bronze Age Minoan town. Enjoy time at leisure in the towns of Thira and Oia. 60


GREECE Delphi Athens Corinth Mycenae Nafplion Epidaurus Kantia Hydra Peleponnese Santorini Thira Overnight Featured Site Air Motorcoach High Speed Ferry


Heraklion Knossos

Spinalonga Agios Nikolaos

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Veronica Kalas (April 15/Sept. 9/Oct.)–art historian and field archaeologist with expertise in classical studies. David Guinee (May)–classicist specializing in language and literature, culture, and other areas. Bella Vivante (Sept. 16)–classicist with a focus on Homer, oral traditions, Greek drama, and the role of women.

Einstein Museum

Globe of Science, CERN

Bern clock tower

Art Meets Science in Switzerland

Featuring a Visit to the Scientific Research Center at CERN 9 days from $7,995 May 6–14, Sept. 2–10, 2021 Art and science enthusiasts will delight in this unique, updated journey to Switzerland. As you travel to Zurich, Bern, and Geneva, follow in the footsteps of Albert Einstein, view the art of Paul Klee, and take in breathtaking panoramas of the Bernese Alps. A special highlight features a visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Highlights Include Science: Follow Albert Einstein’s career as student and professor in Zurich. In Bern, visit the Einstein Museum, which is part of the Bern Historical Museum and features fascinating exhibitions on the famous physicist. You’ll also follow in his footsteps in his flat on Kramgasse No. 49, where he lived during the important years of 1903 to 1905, when he developed his Theory of Relativity. CERN: Located just outside Geneva, CERN is home to a vast international community of scientists who seek answers to the most fundamental questions of physics. Visit this amazing site and learn about the work that has taken place here since 1954. You’ll meet with a scientist for a private talk regarding their ongoing research, including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Continuing to the main center of CERN, explore the Microcosms Exhibit and the Universe of Particles Sphere. Arts: Visit the Kunsthaus Zurich Museum, showcasing an extensive collection of modern art, and the Swiss National Museum with its comprehensive collection of cultural history. In Bern, stop at the Zentrum Paul Klee, home to the largest collection of Klee’s work in the world, which is

housed in an architectural gem designed by Renzo Piano. Culture: Take in stunning Alpine panoramas from the windows of a cog railway as you ascend the Bernese Alps to the “Top of Europe” restaurant and the Sphinx Terrace. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Swiss countryside, featuring a wine tasting at a private estate. And savor a lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant and a traditional raclette lunch in the medieval town of Gruyères. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Overnight Featured Site Motorcoach





Smithsonian Journeys Experts Michelle Thaller (May) and Richard Miller (Sept.)– highly respected astrophysicists. 61


St. Mary’s Basilica, Kraków

Brandenburg Inside theGate, Reichstag Berlin dome


A One-Week Stay in Germany


A One-Week Stay in Poland


9 days from $4,390 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available July 30–Aug. 7, Sept. 17–25, 2021

Considered one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, Kraków is a major center for Poland’s cultural and academic life. Explore the city’s history as well as many important sites nearby during this one-week stay at the Hotel Unicus Palace, situated in the historic center. Highlights Include Krakόw: Highlights of your city tour include the Old Town (a World Heritage site), Wawel Castle courtyard and royal cathedral, Market Square, the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary, and the 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Walk amid extensive sparkling salt carvings and underground lakes (442 feet below ground) in Europe’s oldest salt mine, a World Heritage site. Ojców National Park: Explore the park’s unusual rock formations, plus the Renaissance Pieskowa Skala castle. World War II Sites or Nowa Huta: Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau to commemorate the many lives lost here during World War II. Or choose to spend the day at a model communist community that transformed from a center of political propaganda to a place of revolution. Warsaw: Take the train to this capital city where you’ll visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Chopin Memorial, the Royal Castle, and St. Anne’s Church in the historic Old Town.


9 days from $4,940 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available June 9–17, Sept. 15–23, 2021

Join us in Berlin and experience this European cultural capital fully transformed since reunification. Masterful contemporary architecture and a strong new visual identity are balanced with carefully preserved art treasures and the best of its cultural legacy, along with iconic sites that reflect its turbulent history. Stay at the Hilton Berlin, ideally located on Berlin’s most beautiful square. Highlights Include Political Berlin: Take a city tour featuring Berlin’s historic sites, visit the last standing section of the Berlin Wall, and get up close to the impressive architecture of the Reichstag. In the Schöneberg neighborhood, see a poignant exhibit about the Jewish residents who lost their lives during the Holocaust and the site where President Kennedy made his famous 1963 speech. Art and Music: Explore the Old Masters collection of the Gemäldegalerie, the jewel of the Kulturforum museum complex. Tour the imposing Pergamon Museum, showcasing magnificent collections of ancient treasures. Enjoy an evening musical performance, plus a behind-thescenes tour of the State Opera House. Local Insight: Join discussions with local experts about wartime Berlin and the Cold War and learn about the city’s musical legacy. Potsdam: Tour the Rococo palace of Sanssouci and Schloss Cecilienhof, site of the decisive Potsdam Conference at the end of World War II. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Laurie Koloski (July)–historian with expertise in modern Europe. 62


Smithsonian Journeys Experts Ralph Nurnberger (June)–expert in international relations. Benjamin Sutherland (Sept.)–expert in European geopolitics, globalization, and conflict.

Old World Europe

Poland, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic 16 days from $5,797 / Includes airfare, taxes & all fees April 20–May 5, May 6–21, Aug. 31–Sept. 15, Sept. 16–Oct. 1, 2021 & April 19–May 4, 2022 Discover four distinctly different and fascinating nations in Central and Eastern Europe, featuring many World Heritage sites. Throughout your journey, you’ll enjoy visits to historic sites, attend concerts of classical music, and savor traditional cuisine. Highlights Include

Poland: Spend time in both Warsaw and Kraków over five days in Poland. In Warsaw, explore the Old Town, Royal Castle, and the area of the former Jewish Ghetto, plus enjoy a private piano recital. Spend time in Kraków, a major center of Polish culture with a 1,000-year-old history. You’ll also see the artistic wonders of the Wieliczka Salt Mine and spend time at Auschwitz and Birkenau to remember those who lost their lives there. Hungary: Budapest is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Over the course of two days, tour the treasures of both the Buda and Pest sides, which stretch along the banks of the Danube. Highlights include the Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Dohany Street Synagogue. Plus, enjoy a curator-led visit of the art museum and a day at leisure to explore this historic city. Austria: Travel through a landscape of forests and castles along the scenic Danube River. Follow in the footsteps of imperial Habsburgs as you explore Vienna’s many treasures, including the ornate opera house, one of the city’s most beloved sites. Spend time at the imperial summer palace of Schönbrunn, an important architectural, cultural, and historical monument. Plus, visit the bucolic Vienna Woods, a medieval Cistercian abbey, and the spa town of Baden. You’ll also enjoy a classical music concert while in Vienna. Budapest

The Czech Republic: Explore the acclaimed museums and cultural treasures of Prague. In the Hradcany castle district, see the 9th-century Prague Castle, Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, and Golden Lane. You’ll also visit several of the once thriving synagogues of Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish area, and enjoy time to discover the city at leisure. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Overnight/Featured Site Motorcoach









Smithsonian Journeys Experts Carol Reynolds (April 20/Aug.)–expert in European art, music, history, and culture. Laurie Koloski (May)– historian with expertise in modern Europe. Hugh Agnew (Sept.)–historian with expertise in Central and Eastern Europe.




Inside the Reichstag dome


Living In... Immersive three-week stays in Aix-en-Provence and Florence Fulfill your dream of living abroad during one of our three-week immersion programs! A memorable opportunity awaits solo travelers, couples, and friends eager to live the famously relaxed and graceful lifestyles of Provence or Tuscany while becoming immersed in its culture, history, and language. You’ll explore many of the must-see sites as well as off-the-beaten-path treasures with a local expert, yet also enjoy time on your own (or with new friends!) to pursue personal interests. A choice of special enrichment tracks plus accommodations in a residential hotel provide further opportunities for a semi-independent experience. Each departure is limited to 36 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Smithsonian Journeys offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience with their Living in France program. The resident director was exceptional and excursions were hosted by knowledgeable local experts. Plus, the accommodations were perfect for a long stay. I will be going on another Smithsonian tour! – Deborah W.

Living in Italy

A Three-Week Stay in Florence 23 days from $5,490 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available May 7–29, Sept. 3–25, Oct. 1–23, Oct. 29–Nov. 20, 2021 Florence—the city where Brunelleschi, Leonardo, and Michelangelo all lived for a time—boasts a wealth of Renaissance splendors, yet many of its riches elude all but the most experienced travelers. During our threeweek immersive cultural stay, you’ll soon feel at home and enjoy the time and opportunity to reach new depths of understanding into Italy’s arts, history, and culture. Walking tours and museum visits plus day trips into greater Tuscany provide insight into this favorite Italian destination. Yet, you’ll also enjoy la dolce vita (the sweet life) as you meet new friends and find yourself irresistibly lulled into the unhurried pace of daily life, sipping espresso at a local bar, getting to know vendors at the 64


market, and savoring the cuisine at neighborhood restaurants. Reside in a renovated, modern apartment at the Popartment, located near the heart of the city’s historic center. Highlights Include Excursions, Day Trips, Presentations: Take an indepth walking tour of Florence led by an expert guide and enjoy tours of the Uffizi and Accademia galleries. Learn more about Tuscany during day trips to Chianti, Lucca, Siena, Colle di Val d’Elsa, and Cortona. Plus, enjoy a wine tasting and attend sessions by a local expert on Renaissance art and contemporary life.

Panorama of Florence

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Market in Aix-en-Provence █

Local Experts: Enjoy learning from local experts who share their knowledge of art, history, and culture and join you on select excursions. Resident Director: An engaging and resourceful resident director handles logistics and helps you plan your free time. Special Enrichment Tracks: Personalize your experience with special enrichment tracks (at an additional cost). Take one or all three! Language Lessons: An immersive course tailored to your skill level. Cuisine: Interactive cooking demonstrations, classes, and shopping excursions. Art and Architecture: Additional site visits of artistic and architectural significance. Social Connection: In addition to group activities, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of convivial gatherings of Smithsonian Journeys travelers as well as many group meals throughout the program. You’ll also enjoy the independence of heading off to explore or dine with a smaller group of new-found friends. Accommodations: Stay in a residential hotel located in the historic city center. Studio and one-bedroom apartments offer satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a well-equipped kitchen, plus hotel services such as a friendly, helpful staff—combining independence with easy support services. (Learn more on our website!)

Living in France

A Three-Week Stay in Aix-en-Provence 23 days from $4,890 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available May 5–27, Sept. 1–23, Oct. 6–28, 2021 Provence. The very name evokes images of idyllic days of dazzling light illuminating the countryside’s lush olive groves and sloping vineyards. It was the same colorful scenery and light that drew artists such as Cézanne, Chagall, and Van Gogh to this region. On this special immersive cultural stay in Aix-en-Provence, let this charming small city, which boasts a 600-yearold university and numerous art and cooking schools, become your home for three weeks. You’ll stroll elegant cobblestone streets on your way to class or to a bustling outdoor market. Explore medieval hilltop villages, Roman ruins, and the lovely countryside. Plus, linger over a glass of wine at a neighborhood café and dine in

restaurants that few tourists could hope to find. Stay in a modern apartment at the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre, a residential hotel located on a peaceful street near the shops along Cours Mirabeau. Highlights Include Excursions, Day Trips, Presentations: Take an indepth walking tour of Aix-en-Provence led by an expert guide. Learn about the region’s history as you explore greater Provence during day trips to Avignon and the Pont du Gard, Marseille, and the Luberon Valley. Plus, enjoy a wine tasting and attend sessions on history and art by a local expert during your stay. 65


The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

The Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel, Rome

Highlights of Italy 16 days from $6,074 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees April 12–27, May 4–19, Sept. 7–22, Sept. 14–29, Oct. 12–27, Oct. 19–Nov. 3, 2021 & April 12–27, 2022 Experience the best of Italy’s famed cities—Rome, Florence, and Venice—on this Smithsonian Journeys “top 10” tour. From the dramatic landscapes of the Amalfi Coast to the captivating St. Mark’s Square in Venice, our comprehensive journey showcases ancient sites, priceless art, and smaller towns off the beaten path. Highlights Include

the Galleria dell’ Accademia and visit the revered Duomo with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi. Enjoy time to explore more of the city’s treasures on your own. Venice: Tour St. Mark’s Square, then discover many of the museums and canals of this magical city at leisure. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Amalfi Coast and Pompeii: View the stunning Amalfi Coast from the sea, explore some of the magical hill towns, and enjoy the breathtaking drive high above the azure Mediterranean. Spend time in Pompeii to witness the remains of everyday life from A.D. 79, when ash from Mt. Vesuvius entirely covered the town. En route to Rome, stop at the Benedictine abbey of Montecassino, lovingly rebuilt following its destruction in World War II. Rome: Capture the essence of ancient Rome with a tour of the Colosseum, currently being restored to new glory, and the Forum. Step inside the Borghese Gallery to view masterpieces by Bernini, Titian, Caravaggio, and other major artists. Plus, a day at the Vatican showcases St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, featuring works by Michelangelo and Raphael. Umbria and Tuscany: Discover the arts, churches, and unique ambiance and history of these regions. Visit the scenic town and cathedral of Orvieto and view Giotto’s priceless frescoes in the basilica at Assisi. See how the traditions of hand-painted Majolica ceramics continue today in Deruta. Stop in San Gimignano, famous for its medieval watchtowers that once guarded the town, many of which still pierce the sky. Walk along the medieval streets of ochre-colored Siena to explore the fan-shaped Campo and visit the Duomo with art by Michelangelo and Donatello. Florence: Take a walking tour of the crown jewel of Tuscany. See Michelangelo’s David and other sculptures at 66




Florence San Gimignano Assisi

Adriatic Sea

Orvieto Rome


Overnight Featured Site


Tyrrhenian Sea

Pompeii Amalfi


Smithsonian Journeys Experts Ashley Elston (April 2021) and Valerie Hedquist (Oct. 19)–art historians with expertise in Italy. Allan Langdale (May 4)–art and architectural historian with expertise in Italy. Ross King (Sept. 7)–best-selling author on Italian art and history. Trudy Harrington Becker and Andrew Becker (Sept. 14)–experts in Roman history and Roman literature and culture, respectively. Peder Foss (Oct. 12)–expert in classical studies, art, and archaeology.

The Genius of Michelangelo Artist, Architect, and Renaissance Master 9 days from $5,695 Oct. 16–24, Nov. 6–14, 2021 Immerse yourself in the life and times of one of the world’s most famous artists—Michelangelo Buonarroti. Trace his work in Florence and Rome and consider his masterpieces in their social, political, and religious contexts under the patronage of Lorenzo the Magnificent and various popes. As you view his major works, often during behind-thescenes special access, deepen your understanding of the artworks themselves and in comparison to his competitors. Highlights Include Florence: Trace Michelangelo’s footsteps as you view important early works, such as the David at the Accademia and Bacchus at the Bargello, and important later works, such as the Medici Tombs at the Church of San Lorenzo and Pietà at the Duomo Museum. Through special access, meet the director of the Casa Michelangelo and view his early sketches, and visit the Laurentian Library, a masterpiece of his later Mannerist style. Other highlights include a tour of the Uffizi Gallery and an excursion to Carrara, where you’ll stand in the marble quarries and learn the techniques used by Michelangelo in selecting his marble.

Italy’s Lake District

A One-Week Stay in Stresa Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Orta 9 days from $4,840 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available Sept. 7–15, Oct. 5–13, 2021 Italy’s breathtaking Lake District has inspired painters, writers, and poets. Immerse yourself in this lovely region during a one-week stay in Stresa at the Hotel La Palma, featuring views of Lake Maggiore and Alpine mountains. Highlights Include

Lake Maggiore: Take a private boat to Isola Madre to tour its impressive English-style gardens, then visit Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella with its baroque villa, outstanding art collection, and exquisite gardens. During your stay in Stresa, enjoy a regional cooking class and presentations on the area’s gardens, arts, and contemporary life, plus a day at leisure. Lake Orta: Stroll along lovely streets in Orta San Giulio, then cruise to the enchanting Isola San Giulio.

Rome: Follow Michelangelo the architect, from his work at the Farnese Palace and the magnificent Piazza del Campidoglio to the spectacular dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. View works by the sculptor, including his early, breathtaking Pietà and later impressive Moses. Plus, stand in awe at his masterpiece as a painter when you view the spectacular frescoed Sistine Chapel ceiling during an exclusive private entrance.

Lake Como: Discover charming Bellagio with its villas and pastel houses and admire sweeping vistas during a private boat ride to the town of Como.

Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Ross King (both dates)–best-selling author on art history topics of Italy, including a book on Michelangelo.

The Pietà, St. Peter’s Basilica

Milan: See world-famous treasures, including the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a World Heritage site and home to Leonardo’s The Last Supper; the museum at the legendary opera house, La Scala; and the exquisite Duomo, a Gothic masterpiece.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Ashley Elston (Sept.) and Sheri Shaneyfelt (Oct.)– art and architectural historians with expertise in Italy.

Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore




Greek Theater, Taormina

Italy’s Amalfi Coast

A One-Week Stay in Vietri Sul Mare 9 days from $4,590 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available May 5–13, Sept. 1–9, Oct. 20–28, 2021 Italy’s Amalfi Coast is renowned for its stunning coastline of pastel-colored villages perched on steep cliffs above the Mediterranean. For centuries, writers, artists, and emperors have found inspiration and respite in this stunning region, as have travelers like us. Join us at a new location on the Amalfi Coast, the Hotel Raito in Vietri sul Mare, and enjoy a leisurely sojourn that features World Heritage sites, breathtaking landscapes, and luscious cuisine and wine. Highlights Include The Amalfi Coast: Spend two days exploring the Amalfi Coast, with its dramatic hairpin curves and stunning views. Enjoy a leisurely day in iconic Positano and another day in charming Ravello and Amalfi, plus board a local ferry to admire the coastal views from the water. Archaeological Sites: Travel to Paestum to see three of the most well-preserved Greek temples in the world. Later, spend a day exploring the ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Naples: Gaze upon stunning art and artifacts discovered at Pompeii and Herculaneum, now housed at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, plus see other cultural highlights. Sorrento and Capri: Sample a limoncello as you stroll along Sorrento’s Corso Italia and spend an afternoon on the enchanting Isle of Capri. Local Culture: Savor the traditional cuisine of Campania during meals and gain insight into contemporary Italy. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Sherri Shaneyfelt (May)–art historian, Luca Zavagno (Sept.)–historian, and David Guinee (Oct.)–classicist, all with expertise in Italy. 68


Southern Italy and Sicily 15 days from $6,174 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees May 2–16, Sept. 12–26, Oct. 10–24, Oct. 22–Nov. 5, 2021 Explore Italy’s southernmost regions, where each area reflects a unique history, architecture, and cuisine. Highlights Include Sicily: In lovely Taormina, visit the Greek theater and 13th-century cathedral and enjoy four days at a boutique hotel overlooking the Ionian Sea. Take an excursion to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, participate in a private cannoli-making lesson, and venture to Mt. Etna for lunch at a family-run farm. Apulia and Basilicata: Travel to Apulia and the town of Lecce to view the town’s distinctive baroque architecture and savor a wine tasting and dinner in the gardens of a palazzo. View some of Alberobello’s famous 400 trulli (conical houses, designated a World Heritage site), and visit an artisan’s workshop. In Basilicata’s Matera, walk amid ancient troglodyte churches and sassi cave houses (a World Heritage site), and experience a renovated cave dwelling during an overnight stay. Amalfi Coast: During a four-night stay in Sorrento, take a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast, high above the Tyrrhenian Sea. In fascinating Pompeii, which faced destruction in A.D. 79, view remains of homes and shops and learn about ongoing archaeological work. And on the isle of Capri, a resort town since Roman times, tour the terraced Gardens of Augustus. You’ll also enjoy a hands-on Neapolitan cooking lesson. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Janet Duncan Jones (May)–expert in classics and classical archaeology. Joanne Ferraro (Sept.)–historian with expertise in cross-cultural connections. Jodi Magness (Oct. 10)–classical archaeologist with expertise in religious studies.

Palermo and Taormina A Stay in Sicily

10 days from $5,290 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available April 28–May 7, Sept. 1–10, Oct. 27–Nov. 5, 2021

Mosaics, Roman Villa of Casale

At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily reflects a fascinating blend of cultural influences—from the Greeks, Romans, Moors, and Normans to later civilizations. Explore this fascinating island during our popular two-center Cultural Stay, making excursions from the upscale Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa in Palermo and Eurostars Monte Tauro in Taormina. Highlights Include Palermo and Environs: Gaze in awe before stunning mosaics in Monreale’s cathedral and Palermo’s Palatine Chapel, which reflect a blend of Byzantine, Moorish, and Norman styles. Witness immense monuments from Greek culture at Segesta, featuring a spectacular Doric temple amid a lush landscape and a well-preserved Greek theater. In nearby Erice, explore a medieval hill-town perched high above the harbor, see two medieval castles and walls that date from the Phoenicians, and marvel at the Romanesque architecture of the cathedral. Later, in the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù, visit one of Italy’s most important Romanesque cathedrals and enjoy free time.

Byzantine mosaics, Monreale

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Sicily Agrigento

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Taormina and Environs: Explore the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento with its exceptional collection of Greek temples, and stop at Piazza Armerina to gaze upon some of the best-preserved Roman floor mosaics at the Roman Villa of Casale. During your stay in Taormina, visit the famed Greek theater, with its commanding views of the sea and Mt. Etna, and stroll along the Corso Umberto, located just a short walk from your hotel. In the ancient Greek town of Syracuse, once a strong rival of Athens, tour the Old Town of Ortygia, including the baroque cathedral which features the columns of a previous Greek temple. You’ll also tour the extensive Archaeological Park, featuring a Greek theater with perfect acoustics. History and Culture: Gain insight into Sicily as a crossroads of cultures and learn about prize-winning virgin olive oil during lunch at a family farm. Enjoy traditional Sicilian cuisine, experience lively markets, and join the passeggiata (evening stroll) as you reside in Palermo and Taormina. Enjoy a day to explore Taormina at leisure. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Glenn Bugh (April)–highly respected classicist. Allan Langdale (Sept.) and Sara James (Oct.)–art historians with expertise in Italy. 69


Trulli in Alberobello

Italy’s Apulia

A One-Week Stay in Polignano a Mare 9 days from $4,190 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability Special air rates & services available May 19–27, Sept. 15–23, Oct. 13–21, 2021 Gaining new recognition, Italy’s southeastern Apulia (or Puglia) is a magical landscape of ancient towns with unique architecture, diverse cultural sites, and outstanding culinary traditions. Explore this region during a one-week stay in Polignano a Mare, at the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni, perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Adriatic. Highlights Include

Unique Trulli and Sassi: In Alberobello, walk amid iconic trulli, the whitewashed limestone buildings with conical roofs found nowhere else in the world. Named European Capital of Culture in 2019, Matera (located in nearby Basilicata), is home to the rock-hewn cave dwellings known as sassi. Experience this unique town during a walking tour and visit a cave house and rock church. Both the trulli and sassi are World Heritage sites. Greek to Baroque Towns: Explore the presence of early Greeks and Romans at the archaeological site of Egnazia. Stop in the “white town” of Ostuni, with its tightly packed white homes perched on the coastline, and take a tour of Trani, noted for its medieval fort, cathedral, and Jewish neighborhoods. And in Lecce, witness the town’s exuberant and minutely detailed baroque architecture. Culture and Cuisine: Savor regional specialties and learn about culinary traditions at a family olive mill and local vineyard. Plus, hear about the rich cultural heritage, slowpaced lifestyle, and cuisine of Apulia from local speakers. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Trudy Harrington Becker and Andrew Becker (May)– experts in Roman history, literature, and culture. Allan Langdale (Sept./Oct.)–art and architectural historian with expertise in Italy. 70


Square in Ronda

Spain’s Andalusia

A One-Week Stay in Antequera 9 days from $4,090 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability Special air rates & services available May 13–21, Sept. 16–24, Sept. 30–Oct. 8, Oct. 14–22, 2021 Immerse yourself in the heart of Andalusia and explore the influence of Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures as reflected in its art and architecture, cuisine, and culture. Settle into the lovely white hill town of Antequera and the Parador de Antequera, ideal settings for exploring the region. Highlights Include Antequera: Take delight in this classic medieval town, where you’ll also find the largest megalithic tomb in Europe, a 14th-century fortress that watches over the city, and more than 30 churches and cathedrals. Granada, Seville, Ronda, Córdoba: Gaze at the elaborate Moorish design of Granada’s Alhambra, a palace with ornate buildings, courtyards, and gardens. In Seville, admire the tile work at the Plaza de España and visit the immense Gothic cathedral and Alcázar. Explore the smaller towns of Ronda, dramatically perched on the El Tajo gorge, and Córdoba, with its grand La Mezquita (mosque) later transformed into a cathedral. And in Málaga, take in the art of native son Pablo Picasso at the Museo Picasso. Cultural Traditions: Admire the passionate music and dance of flamenco and savor the region’s culinary specialties, including a wine tasting. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts David Gies (May) and George Greenia (Sept. 16)– experts in Spanish language and literature. Margaret Monnier (Sept. 30)–historian with expertise in the Iberian peninsula and the Islamic world.


A One-Week Stay in the Heart of Spain 9 days from $4,190 Includes $250 early booking savings No Single Supplement—Limited Availability Special air rates & services available May 25–June 2, Sept. 7–15, Oct. 12–20, 2021 Join us in the World Heritage town of Segovia where a soaring Roman aqueduct, fairy-tale royal palace, and dramatic Gothic cathedral are the backdrop of a small, but vibrant modern city. Your residence at the Hotel Eurostars Convento Capuchinos is the ideal blend of historic setting and modern comfort. Highlights Include Segovia: No town typifies the glory of Old Castile and León, birthplace of Queen Isabella, more than Segovia. Immerse yourself in this fascinating town for a week as you visit its important sites, including one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts in Europe, the Alcázar or palace, and the Gothic-style cathedral. Throughout your stay, you’ll learn about Spain’s history and culture, and enjoy the paseo, or leisurely evening stroll, with local residents.

In Salamanca, old and new blend seamlessly as contemporary university students walk through their medieval campus and town. You’ll also stroll the gardens and royal palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, which reflects the grandeur of Versailles. Cultural Insights: Savor the flavors of central Spain, including Duero wines and jamón ibérico (a delicious cured ham), and attend special presentations about important historical figures and contemporary Spain. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Atlantic Ocean Salamanca


Madrid: A special tour of the Prado’s extensive collections features Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco. A panoramic tour with stops at Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real then provides an overview of this important city of culture, followed by time to explore at leisure. World Heritage Towns of Castile and León: Discover the medieval Old Town of Ávila, renowned for its 11thcentury walls interspersed with crenelated towers and gates. The medieval Arab, Jewish, and Christian sites in Toledo reflect a period of cross-cultural connections, which you’ll observe at the Moorish style Puerta de la Bisagra; the Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue featuring a Mudéjar design; and the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco’s masterpiece The Burial of Count Orgaz.

Segovia Madrid



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Smithsonian Journeys Experts Ana Maria Afzali (April) and Dianne Konz (Sept.)– experts in Spanish history, culture, and literature. Henry Luttikhuizen (May)–art historian with expertise in Spain.

Plaza at the Roman aqueduct in Segovia



Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas

15 days from $5,874 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees April 15–29, Sept. 13–27, Sept. 27–Oct. 11, Oct. 11–25, 2021 & March 24–April 7, April 18–May 2, 2022 An exciting history of explorers and invaders is etched across the gentle landscapes of the Iberian Peninsula. Hilltop citadels, striking Roman sites, and elaborate cathedrals and palaces speak of the many cultures that graced southern Spain and Portugal. Highlights Include Mosque, Córdoba

Paradores and Pousadas: Experience Iberia’s history up close as you spend eight nights in distinctive inns, including a medieval monastery, 14th-century Moorish castle, stately Renaissance palace, and a medieval town hall overlooking a dramatic gorge. Lisbon and Evora: Delight in Portugal’s lively capital with visits to Belém Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries, plus the National Palace in nearby Queluz. In the university town of Evora, a World Heritage site, explore the Roman and Moorish sites and enjoy spending time at your pousada, considered one of Portugal’s finest. Merida, Seville, Córdoba: Crossing into Spain, stop in Merida to see the impressive Roman theater, temple, and aqueduct. In Seville, a city known for colorful Spanish tile work, tour the large Gothic cathedral and the delicately ornate Moorish Alcázar (royal palace). Nearby Córdoba holds a rich legacy where Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures flourished, as reflected in your walking tour, which features the magnificent mosque.


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Ubeda Granada

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Ronda and Granada: In tiny Ronda, perched dramatically on a bluff overlooking a plunging gorge, take a walking tour and enjoy time at leisure to discover the impressive Moorish architecture, spectacular views, and amenities of your parador. Then travel to Granada and the World Heritage site of the legendary Alhambra, a sprawling palace complex featuring the epitome of exquisite Moorish architecture and evocative garden design. Toledo and Madrid: Feel the ambiance of medieval Toledo, the city of El Greco, as you discover the massive Gothic cathedral, exquisite synagogue, and other sites. In Madrid take a city tour featuring Plaza Mayor, the Moorish medieval district, and the opulent Royal Palace. Plus, enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city’s museums such as the Prado and Reina Sofia Museum. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Roger Crowley (April 15)–historian with expertise from Iberia to the eastern Mediterranean. Rafael Chacón (Sept. 13)–art historian with expertise in the Iberian peninsula. Dianne Konz (Sept. 27) and Michael Ryan (Oct.)–experts in Spanish history and culture.


A Cruise of Spain and Portugal From Lisbon to Barcelona Aboard the 180-guest Le Bougainville CRUISE

9 days from $4,995 Includes $1,000 early booking savings Oct. 1–9, 2021

Next autumn, board a sleek new yacht to trace the cultural highlights of Iberia’s historic trade routes along the southern shores of Portugal and Spain. Discover World Heritage sites and other important cultural treasures as you cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona. Highlights Include

Portugal’s Algarve: Settled in ancient times by the Phoenicians and Romans, the Algarve was later ruled by the Moors, and today its Moorish heritage survives in its distinctive architecture. In the scenic port town of Lagos, once the center of trade between Moorish Portugal and Africa, admire the old city walls and towering cliffs over the beach, and visit the beloved baroque Church of St. Anthony. Seville: Enjoy the unique experience of cruising into the heart of this lively capital on the Guadalquivir River. Stroll through the Plaza de España and the charming Jewish quarter. Then tour the legendary Alcázar, a former residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers featuring the distinctive 14th-century Mudéjar style of architecture. You’ll also visit the magnificent late Gothic cathedral, Europe’s second largest Christian house of worship. Gibraltar, British Crown Colony: Look out from the top of the Rock, the limestone promontory that guards the strait separating Europe and Africa. Also, visit the Great Siege Tunnels, excavated to provide defense of the colony. Granada: Here in Granada, monarchs of the Nasrid Dynasty ruled for 250 years over the last Moorish kingdom in Spain, leaving a priceless architectural legacy—the magnificent Alhambra, a World Heritage site. Plaza de España, Seville

Walk through its outer precincts, admire the genius of medieval Moorish craftsmen within, then stroll through the beautifully landscaped Generalife Gardens. Mallorca, Balearic Islands: View the World Heritage site of Serra de Tramuntana with its terraced farms and water mills. From the village of Valldemossa, visit the renowned Carthusian Monastery, where composer Frédéric Chopin and writer George Sand spent a winter, and attend a recital of Chopin’s masterpieces. Another highlight is seeing the unique circular 14thcentury Bellver Castle. Bay of Biscay

Space reserved for 60 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Le Bougainville on our website. Port of Call Featured Site



Palma de Mallorca



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Seville Granada Portimão/ Lagos Malaga Gibraltar

Balearic Islands

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Smithsonian Journeys Expert Lawrence Butler–art historian with expertise in the Mediterranean and Islamic world.

The Alhambra, Granada



Trakai Castle, Lithuania

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg and the Baltics 14 days from $5,498 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees July 27–Aug. 9, Aug. 10–23, Sept. 14–27, 2021 & May 17–30, 2022 The Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have had many opportunities yet confronted many challenges due to their location—facing the Baltic Sea on one front and a border or proximity to Russia on the other. Explore their vibrant cultural capitals and rich heritage, plus some of the imperial treasures of Russia’s St. Petersburg, on this fascinating tour. Highlights Include Lithuania: A sovereign democratic nation since 1991, Lithuania was one of the first breakaway republics from the Soviet Union. Vilnius, the attractive capital, showcases one of Europe’s oldest and best-preserved Old Towns. During a tour of this World Heritage site, see Cathedral Square, Gediminas Tower, Vilnius University, and the President’s Palace, plus visit the fascinating KGB Museum. Beyond Vilnius, explore the medieval castle at Trakai and learn how Lithuania once stretched to the Black Sea, and stop at Siauliai’s Hill of Crosses, a symbol of Lithuanian nationalism. Latvia: Riga, the “little Paris of the North” and the largest of the Baltic capitals, was previously one of the Soviet Union’s coveted ports. Discover its lovingly restored architecture (from medieval to Art Nouveau), well-preserved Old Town, and magnificent St. Mary’s Cathedral. Highlights beyond the city include Gauja National Park, the ruins of Turaida Castle, and the restored baroque palace of Rundale. Estonia: Tallinn, the northernmost Baltic capital, has endured a history similar to its cousins: a favored port location often coveted by powerful neighbors; centuries of war with brief periods of independence; 20th-century annexing by the Soviet Union, and finally, again, independence. See layers of Tallinn’s tumultuous history during a city tour of its well-preserved Old Town. Plus, 74


travel beyond this capital to Rocca al Mare, where an outdoor museum depicts country life from Estonia’s past. Russia: Tsar Peter the Great’s “window on the West,” St. Petersburg was built in the early 1700s on 44 islands. This beautiful city is laced with canals, graceful bridges, and Empire-style buildings. Explore many of its exquisite treasures, such as the awe-inspiring St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospekt, and enjoy lunch with a local family. Spend an afternoon touring the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest fine arts collections. And during a day excursion to Peterhof, walk in the footsteps of Romanov aristocracy at the lovingly restored Grand Royal Palace and formal 18th-century gardens. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Gulf of Finland

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Smithsonian Journeys Experts Carol Reynolds (July/Aug.)–expert in European art, music, history, and culture, with special focus on Russia. Pamela Kachurin (Sept.)–art historian specializing in Russian and Soviet art and architecture.

Cruising the Baltic Sea

From Copenhagen to Stockholm Aboard the 180-guest Le Jacques Cartier


10 days from $6,995 / Includes $1,000 early booking savings July 24–Aug. 2, Aug. 1–10*, 2021

Discover the rich history and culture of the Baltic States, including the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg, on this spectacular eight-night voyage that takes place during near-constant daylight. You’ll also gain special insight into the region’s modern history through talks by Lech Walesa, former president of Poland. Highlights Include Gdańsk: Explore the many cultural sites of Poland’s historic city, from a walking tour featuring a medieval guildhall and Renaissance and baroque mansions to the historic Lenin Shipyard and its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers. Tallinn: Revel in the medieval charms of Estonia’s Tallinn, a World Heritage site that has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years. See historic churches and Toompea Castle and visit the medieval Town Hall, the only intact Gothic-style hall in northern Europe. St. Petersburg: Spend two days exploring the treasures of Russia’s St. Petersburg, including visits to the worldacclaimed State Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the impressive baroque cathedral devoted to these saints. Outside the city, tour the World Heritage sites of Catherine the Great’s rococo palace at Pushkin (including the extraordinary Amber Room), and the Grand Palace of Peterhof with its exceptional gardens and fountains. Helsinki: Observe Finland’s stunning architecture and modern design aesthetic in Helsinki. During a panoramic city tour, visit the modernistic Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn out of natural bedrock. Then explore lively Market Square at leisure.

Visby: Call at the Baltic island of Gotland, one of Sweden’s richest historical regions with more than 90 medieval churches. Visit the well-preserved walled city of Visby, evocative of the Viking era, the Baltic hub of the Hanseatic League, and a World Heritage site. Stockholm: Your voyage concludes in Sweden’s capital, amid the scenic Stockholm archipelago. Space reserved for 40 Smithsonian Journeys guests. *The Aug. 1 departure will run in reverse. Learn more about Le Jacques Cartier on our website.

FINLAND Port of Call/ Featured Site Ship

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POLAND Smithsonian Journeys Experts Adam Tanner (July)–journalist and author with expertise in colonialism and globalization. Glenn Kranking (Aug.)–historian with expertise in Scandinavian studies.

75 Motlawa River, Old Town, Gdańsk, Poland


Geirangerfjord, Norway

Arctic Explorer by Private Train

A Russian Train Journey Aboard the Golden Eagle A Holiday Program in Search of the Northern Lights SPECIALTY

13 days from $15,695 Dec. 28, 2021–Jan. 9, 2022

Celebrate winter and the polar night on this unique trip showcasing Russian treasures and a private train journey to the Arctic Circle.

Journey Through Norway With a Three-day Stay in Copenhagen

16 days from $7,094 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees July 13–28, Aug. 30–Sept. 14, 2021

Highlights Include

Travel on and off the beaten path amid the spectacular landscapes and cosmopolitan cities of Norway and Denmark, and experience the Midnight Sun as it illuminates long summer days.

Golden Ring: Travel by train to the Golden Ring towns of Vladimir and Suzdal, both World Heritage sites. Among the oldest of Golden Ring towns, they feature some of the most beautiful churches in Russia and offer intimate views into the past. After visiting some of the religious sites, celebrate the New Year in a nearby village, where you’ll enjoy a choral concert sung by monks, ride a traditional troika through the snow, and join villagers for a fireworks display.

Highlights Include

Moscow: Begin your journey with visits to Novodevichy Convent, the Kremlin’s Armory Museum, and Red Square.

Crossing the Arctic Circle: Journey north during the polar night to the port city of Murmansk and tour the first nuclear-powered icebreaker. Continue by coach to Kirkenes, Norway, for a two-night stay. Here, enjoy chilled vodka at the Snow Hotel, see reindeer and huskies, and, in the evenings, set off in search of the Northern Lights! St. Petersburg: Gaze upon the gems of the Hermitage Museum, visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and drive to Pushkin to see Catherine’s Palace and the famous Amber Room. Golden Eagle: Comfortable for adventurous travel, this modern private train features a choice of cabin levels (each with private en suite bathroom/shower). Dine on traditional Russian and European cuisine and enjoy a lecture in the bar/lounge car. Find more details on our website. Space reserved for 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Sharon Hudgins–expert in Russian studies. 76


Denmark: Stroll the historic streets of Copenhagen, see City Hall Square, and behold the dazzling crown jewels at Rosenborg Palace. Journey to nearby Elsinore to visit Kronborg Castle, setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and tour the house museum and bird sanctuary at the home of Karen Blixen, known as author Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa). Norway’s Fjords: Marvel at breathtaking fjords with soaring snowcapped mountains, lush forests, and deep crystalline waters. Highlights include a cruise through the dramatic Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage site, and a thrilling ride on the Flåm Railway. Bergen and Oslo: Tour the 14th-century merchants’ quarter of Bryggen, a World Heritage site. Gain insight into modern life when you meet a family at a nearby orchard and visit a salmon farm. Learn more about Norway’s history and contemporary culture at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum and Munch Museum. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Terje Leiren (July)–expert in Scandinavian studies with a focus on history and culture. Patrick Wen (Aug.)–expert in Scandinavian studies with special interest in culture and literature.

An Arctic Cruise of Norway’s Svalbard Aboard the 220-guest Le Boréal

11 days from $6,995 Includes $1,000 early booking savings June 16–26, 2021 Under the Midnight Sun, only 600 miles from the North Pole, lies Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Join us to cruise along the west coast of Spitsbergen to experience a strikingly beautiful wilderness known only to the adventurous few and learn about the environmental challenges to the Arctic. Highlights Include

Spitsbergen: Following an overnight stay in Paris, arrive in Longyearbyen. Embark your ship and enter a world where nature is in its purest form. You’ll cruise through an ethereal gallery of rare wilderness, secluded fjords, and the glittering ice of glacier-fronted shores—an unforgettable landscape enchanted by the glow of the Midnight Sun. Throughout your voyage, enjoy Zodiac excursions that bring you up close to geological formations and to the shore for wildlife observation. Hear the sound of calving ice crashing into the sea from southern Samarin Glacier and northern Monaco and Kings Glaciers. Stop at former mining settlements along the southern coast. And in the north, visit the former Dutch-Danish whaling station of Smeerenburg and learn about the scientific importance of the research town of Ny-Alesund, one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. Wildlife: Watch for the majestic polar bear in its native habitat (one of the very few places in the world). View herds of walrus hauled out on scoured granite beaches, bearded and ring seals lazing about, and some of the

world’s largest whales. You may also spot Arctic fox scurrying across the snow and stately reindeer grazing the tundra. And you’re sure to see teeming bird colonies nesting amid the sea cliffs, including kittiwakes, hawks, guillemots, puffins, and king elders. Space reserved for 50 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Le Boréal on our website. Arctic Ocean


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Smithsonian Journeys Expert Katryn Wiese–highly respected expert in geology and oceanography.

Polar bears, Svalbard




Iceland Voyage

A Circumnavigation Cruise Aboard the 180-guest Le Champlain CRUISE

9 days from $6,795 Includes $1,000 early booking savings and airfare from select East Coast gateways July 29–Aug. 6, 2021

Once remote and difficult to visit, Iceland has emerged as a top travel destination due to its breathtaking landscapes and geologic formations, myriad bird life, and friendly hospitality. This unique cruise, which circumnavigates the island, offers an exceptional opportunity to experience Iceland unlike most visitors. You’ll go off the beaten path to places of immense beauty and interest by ship, as the Vikings did when they first arrived. Highlights Include

Reykjavik: Learn about Iceland’s heritage at the National Museum, where nearly 3,000 objects trace its history from an early Viking settlement. A city tour also features a visit to the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church and showcases the capital’s lively, cosmopolitan ambiance. Westfjords: This peninsula is one of Iceland’s most dramatically beautiful areas, yet one of its least visited due to its remote location. Take in breathtaking landscapes, including the mountainous fjord of Djup, and tour the Ósvör Maritime Museum, which illustrates the climatic and geographic challenges faced by residents. Northern Wonders: In Siglufjördur, visit museums devoted to the herring industry (one of the country’s most important industries) and to the country’s musical heritage. Spend a day near cerulean Lake Myvatn, where volcanic activity—both past and current—is seen in a steaming geothermal field, unique craters, and surreal lava formations. Another highlight is legendary Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” You’ll also cross the Arctic Circle on an afternoon cruise to Grimsey Island, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Stunning East Coast: Meet local people and learn about Icelandic culture in Seydisfjordur. Then enjoy a full-day excursion to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where a small private boat offers an up-close view of dramatic icebergs as well as the scenic backdrop of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Southern Islands: At Heimaey Island, witness one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies nesting amid tall cliffs and see Mount Eldfell (the “Hill of Fire”), with its still-warm lava fields. Cruise past Surtsey Island to view this fragile young island, designated a World Heritage site. Space reserved for 40 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Le Champlain on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Peter Bobrowsky–highly respected geologist. 78


Glacier, Southeast Iceland Grímsey Island

Arctic Circle




Húsavík Godafoss Lake Myvatn Seydisfjördur

ICELAND Djúpivogur

Reykjavík Heimaey Island/ Surtsey Island

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Port of Call Featured Site Ship


Adventure in Iceland 11 days from $5,597 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees June 8–18, July 6–16, Aug. 17–27, Sept. 30–Oct. 10, Oct. 28–Nov. 7, 2021 Join us for this exceptional and popular highlights tour of Iceland, showcasing its powerful landscapes of waterfalls, geologic features, and myriad sea birds. You’ll journey to both the southern and northern regions and take delight in its natural wonders, gracious hospitality, and relaxed pace. Highlights Include Dramatic Waterfalls: Feel the power of Iceland’s many waterfalls, each one unique and breathtaking. You’ll see popular Gullfoss, Skogafoss, and Seljalandsfoss in the south and Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods,” and jawdropping Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, in the north.

town of Vik, and learn about renowned Icelandic saga writers. Plus, take a city tour of Reykjavik and enjoy a day at leisure to explore this sophisticated capital city or join an optional tour to the Blue Lagoon and spa. The Northern Lights: Iceland is one of the most ideal places to view the aurora borealis. Join us on the September or October departure when this celestial phenomena is more likely to occur. (Viewing conditions however are based on weather and solar activity and not guaranteed.). Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Walk along the shellsand beach at the abandoned fishing village of Budir, surrounded by a vast lava field. Explore the caves and bizarre basalt rock formations near Arnarstapi, site of thousands of nesting cliff birds. Lake Myvatn: Discover the many natural wonders of the north when you travel to lovely Lake Myvatn and its environs. The national parks feature bubbling mud flats, bizarre lava formations, and lunar-like volcanic craters. From Husavik, embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island to see thousands of seabirds (seasonal), including puffins, black guillemots, and Arctic terns. Vik and Reykjavik: At Thingvellir National Park, witness the spot where the world’s oldest Parliament met, then walk along the rift valley where the fissure between the geological plates of North America and Europe is most evident. Stop at the Hellisheidi Power Station, one of the largest in the world, to view the geothermal exhibition and learn about sustainable green energy. Along the coast, observe the black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, lined with columnar basalt-filled caves, visit the lovely


Puffin Island


Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Godafoss Lake Myvatn

ICELAND Borgarbyggo Gullfoss Thingvellir Nat’l Park Selfoss

Skogafoss Vik

Overnight Featured Site Air Motorcoach

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Jim Zimbelman (June), Jim Reynolds (Aug./Oct.), and Peter Bobrowsky (Sept.)–all highly respected geologists. Elisabeth Ward (July)–expert in Scandinavian literature and languages, with special focus on Icelandic literature and the Viking Age. 79





African Safari

South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls 14 days from $8,784 / Includes airfare, taxes & all fees July 4–17, Aug. 15–28, Sept. 11–24, Oct. 27–Nov. 9, 2021 & April 3–16, 2022 Our exceptional African Safari—a Smithsonian Journeys “top 10” tour— is truly the trip of a lifetime! Enjoy thrilling game drives in search of the “Big Five,” marvel at magnificent Victoria Falls, and discover Lower Zambezi National Park by guided canoe and sunset river cruises. Plus, stays in deluxe lodges add to your safari experience. Highlights Include Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve: During three days at this World Heritage site, experience the thundering falls with its 300-footdeep gorge. Look for hippo, elephant, crocodile, and the elusive rhino in the surrounding jungle and from the deck of a “sundowner” dinner cruise boat on the Zambezi River. And, on an exhilarating tour of the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, learn about its construction from atop the catwalks.

Elephant calf with mother

Botswana’s Chobe National Park: With 7,000 square miles of protected land, this park features an exceptional array of wildlife. During your three-day stay, take early morning game drives and boat safaris that provide abundant opportunities to view the wildlife, including the world’s largest elephant population (120,000), along with zebra, lion, giraffe, impala, and wildebeest, and some of the park’s 450 species of birds. Zambia: From your 14-room luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, enjoy two days of game viewing in Lower Zambezi National Park, along with guided canoe trips, bushwalks, boat safaris, and sunset river cruises. The park is known for its elephant herds and large lion prides, plus buffalo, antelope, impala, zebra, and leopard. South Africa: Learn about the history of South Africa during a special tour of Johannesburg’s Soweto. You’ll see the former home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, visit Nelson Mandela’s home and the Hector Pieterson Museum (a monument to the Soweto Uprising), and meet a local Sowetan who shares stories of contemporary life in this township. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Don Wilson (July)–senior scientist and curator emeritus of mammals at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Robyn Keene-Young (Aug.)–travel and nature writer on southern Africa. Grant Nel (Sept.)–respected naturalist with expertise in biodiversity and conservation.



Lusaka Lower Zambezi Nat’l Park

Chobe Nat’l Park

Livingstone/ Victoria Falls

ZIMBABWE Indian Ocean




Overnight/Featured Site Air Air (private charter) Safari Vehicles



Mt. Kenya

Lake Victoria


Masai Mara Game Reserve Nairobi

Serengeti National Park

Amboseli National Park

Ngorongoro Crater

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Lake Manyara


Overnight Motorcoach or Safari Vehicles

Indian Ocean


Optional Extension (Motorcoach)

Safari in Kenya and Tanzania From the Serengeti to the Masai Mara

16 days from $10,696 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees July 11–26, Aug. 8–23, Aug. 29–Sept. 13, Sept. 30–Oct. 15, Oct. 21–Nov. 5, 2021 Join us on this African safari featuring Kenya’s Masai Mara and Amboseli National Parks and Tanzania’s Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara. Highlights Include The Serengeti and Masai Mara: Renowned for their vast plains, Africa’s premier wildlife reserves comprise one large contiguous region teeming with wildlife. Gaze in awe at the immense diversity of mammals and bird life during game drives. Kenya’s Amboseli: Witness the dry plains and large elephant population of Amboseli National Park, located in the shadow of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro. At a nearby Maasai village, see everyday life up close as you meet with villagers and visit a school. Tanzania’s Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro: See abundant birdlife, tree-climbing lions, and hippos during game drives in this small yet diverse park. Home to the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, Ngorongoro Conservation Area represents Africa in microcosm with its grassland, swampland, lakes, forest, mountains, and unparalleled wildlife. Descend into the crater to see all of Africa’s “Big Five” in one place! Nairobi: Tour the Karen Blixen Museum and see the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe at the Giraffe Centre. Three-day Extension to Mount Kenya: Spend a day at Mpala Research Centre, where Smithsonian fellows and research staff lead important research projects, plus visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary and stay at the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club. Limited to 17 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Grant Nel (July/Aug. 8/Oct.) and Patty Hostiuck (Aug. 29)–respected naturalists with expertise in biodiversity and conservation. Robyn Keene-Young (Sept.)–travel and nature writer on southern Africa. 82


Seasonal Wildlife Viewing January to February: Summer—dry and warm; cooler at Ngorongoro because of elevation. Migration picks up, with plenty of game through central/southern Serengeti. March: Rains become possible, bringing plains animals in search of fresh grass and food. Significant movement of antelope and other game to the plains for calving season; predators follow. June to October: Dry season; can be cold on the rim of Ngorongoro. Wildebeest and plains game begin migrating in search of water. By July wildebeest migration is in full swing, with opportunities for excellent game viewing and predator kills. November to December: Season of the “short” rains (brief daily thunderstorms); comfortable at Ngorongoro; warm in the Serengeti, with plentiful game. Lilac Breasted Roller

Tanzania Safari

The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar 14 days from $8,397 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Feb. 18–March 3, March 13–26, July 17–30, Sept. 25-Oct. 8, 2022 Journey to the depths of Ngorongoro Crater and the vast plains of the Serengeti, then to exotic Zanzibar on our comprehensive tour of Tanzania. Experience the thrill of seeing wildlife up close, learn about the “cradle of humanity,” and encounter varied cultures from the nomadic Maasai to life on the “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. Highlights Include Arusha National Park: With a backdrop of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, take a game drive in search of leopard, zebra, and giraffe. Ngorongoro Crater: Descend to the floor of the crater, a World Heritage site that showcases some 25,000 mammals, including elephant, black rhino, lion, hippo, and zebra. Plus, visit a local Maasai village to learn about their traditional lifestyle. Oldupai Gorge: Stop at one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites where in 1959 anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8 million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei. Serengeti National Park: Take exciting game drives through the Serengeti’s treeless plains teeming with Africa’s “Big Five” of lion, elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino, plus wildebeest, cheetah, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle, and some 500 species of birds. Zanzibar: Fly to tropical Zanzibar and explore its ancient capital, Stone Town, a World Heritage site. Tour a spice plantation to learn about Zanzibar’s centuries-old reputation as the “Spice Island.” Safari Comfort: Stay in deluxe Serena safari lodges that put you where the largest concentration of wildlife flourishes. Limited to 18 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert A naturalist with expertise in biodiversity and conservation will accompany this tour.

Wildebeest and zebras on the Serengeti

Treasures of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana Featuring Rovos Rail

16 days from $9,190 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available Sept. 7–22, Oct. 12–27, 2021 & March 15–30, 2022 This extraordinary adventure features the heritage of South Africa, a rail journey aboard the legendary Rovos Rail, safaris in three important parks, and a stay at dramatic Victoria Falls. Highlights Include South Africa: Enjoy a comprehensive overview of Cape Town and tour Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela and other leaders made strides in attaining equal rights. In Johannesburg’s Soweto township, visit additional sites associated with the anti-apartheid movement. Safari Adventures: Experience the thrill of seeing animals in the wild during safaris at three important parks. Spot the “Big Five” on game drives during a three-night stay at South Africa’s Thornybush Nature Reserve. Stop at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and see the renowned elephant herds at Chobe National Park. Rovos Rail: Savor the romance of the Golden Age of train travel during a three-night rail journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls. Ride in vintage carriages restored to mint condition and take in sweeping landscapes and wildlife from the observation car. Find more details on our website. Victoria Falls: Feel the power of Victoria Falls, a World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, during a two-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Space reserved for 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Robert Schrire (Sept.)–highly respected political analyst with expertise in southern Africa. Don Wilson (Oct.)–senior scientist and curator emeritus at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Watching wildlife from Rovos Rail



Splendors of Morocco From Imperial Cities to the Sahara

14 days from $6,079 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Sept. 3–16, Sept. 21–Oct. 4, Oct. 5–18, Nov. 26–Dec. 9, 2021 & Feb. 4–17, March 1–14, March 27–April 9, April 10–23, 2022 Morocco is a land of dramatic contrasts—vast deserts and snowcapped mountains, ancient ruins and sacred mosques, and imposing fortresses and spirited markets. Here, one can see the influence of Phoenicians, Romans, Berbers, Jews, Arabs, and the Portuguese and French. Highlights Include

Palace doors in Fez

Ancient Imperial Capitals and World Heritage Sites: One of Morocco’s four ancient imperial cities, Rabat is the present-day capital. Here, discover the fortified Kasbah of the Oudaias, Andalusian Gardens, and the necropolis of Chellah. In Meknes, Morocco’s youngest imperial city and a World Heritage site, visit the Bab el Mansour gateway and other sites, then travel to the nearby Roman ruins of Volubilis, known for its intricate mosaics. Spend two days in Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city. In its medina, a World Heritage site, view the artisans’ quarters and madrassahs (religious schools). You’ll also visit the royal gates, the Museum of Fez, and the old Jewish quarter with its 17th-century synagogue and home of the 12th-century Jewish scholar Maimonides. Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert: Cross the fertile plains to the Atlas Mountains, with its diverse terrain and Berber villages, and the Sahara Desert. Watch the sun set on the breathtaking sand dunes of Merzouga from atop a camel and stay at a kasbah-style hotel at the edge of the Sahara. Journey to the spectacular Todra Gorge and travel along the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs,” an ancient caravan route known for its fortified villages such as the captivating Ait ben-Haddou, a World Heritage site.

Sand dunes of the Sahara Overnight Featured Site

Mediterranean Sea


Atlantic Ocean Rabat




Atlas Mountains


Marrakech Erfoud Ait ben-Haddou Ouarzazate


Sahara Desert

Marrakech and Casablanca: In the imperial city of Marrakech, see the Koutoubia Mosque and in the main square of Djemaa el-Fna, a World Heritage site, watch snake charmers, entertainers, and vendors vie for attention. Other highlights include the Majorelle Garden and the Berber Museum. In the commercial center of Casablanca, a city tour features the harbor area and magnificent Hassan II Mosque. Cultural Experiences: Meet with a family in Fez and with a local imam in Marrakech who discusses the Muslim faith. Enjoy dinner at a family-run riad, watch artisans make pottery, and attend a concert of enchanting Arabic music. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Carola Stearns (Sept. 21)–field geologist and geophysicist. Alia Kate (Oct.)–expert in international relations. Wil Rollman (Nov.)–historian with expertise in northern African, Middle Eastern, and Islamic history.


Ancient Egypt and the Nile Featuring Abu Simbel CRUISE

14 days from $5,897 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Oct. 9–22, Oct. 16–29, Oct. 30–Nov. 12, Nov. 6–19, Dec. 4–17, 2021 & Jan. 1–14, Jan. 8–21, Feb. 5–18, Feb. 12–25, Feb. 19–March 4, March 5–18, March 12–25, March 19–April 1, April 9–22, 2022

The wonders of ancient Egypt have drawn visitors for millennia. Astounding temples and pyramids, legendary pharaohs, and elaborate hieroglyphs comprise its timeless legacy. Join us on this insightful tour to unravel Egypt’s mysteries at a host of World Heritage sites.

Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza

Highlights Include Cairo and Giza: Delve into the ancient world by visiting the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, a renowned repository of treasured artifacts, including those of Tutankhamen. Then cross the Nile to visit Memphis, Egypt’s first capital, and the necropolis at Sakkara, home to the step pyramid of Imhotep. Finally, in the afternoon light, gaze in awe upon the astounding Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. Aswan and Abu Simbel: Flying to Abu Simbel, stand before the immense statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, who guard massive rock temples housing incredibly well-preserved murals. You’ll see the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when completed in 1965; tour the Temples of Philae; then board small feluccas to sail past Elephantine Island and the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island. Nile River Cruise: Take in scenes that have been unchanged for centuries during a three-night Nile River cruise. Stop along the way to explore two important temples of the Ptolemaic Kingdom: Kom Ombo, with its double temple dedicated to Sobek and Horus, and Edfu, the largest temple dedicated to Horus, one of the most significant Egyptian deities. Luxor: Arrive in ancient Thebes, where vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues represent the pinnacle of early Egyptian architecture and design. Explore the Valley of the Kings, stopping to enter a few of the royal tombs and the stunning Temple of Hatshepsut and see the Collossi of Memnon. Spend time at Karnak, the most magnificent temple complex with a breadth and diversity of structures not seen elsewhere, which stretches for more than a mile. You’ll also tour the smaller but lovely Luxor Temple and the Luxor Museum, with its astonishing treasures. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. See our website for information on the five-day extension to Jordan. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Rozenn Bailleul-Le-Suer (Oct. 9) and Emily Teeter (Oct. 16)– Egyptologists. Debora Heard (Oct. 30) and Elizabeth Hart (Nov.)– anthropologists. Janet Duncan Jones (Dec.)–field archaeologist.

Kom Ombo Temple Mediterranean Sea



Cairo Giza


Red Sea


Overnight Featured Site

Nile River Aswan

Ship Air Extension (Motorcoach) Extension (Air)

Abu Simbel

Lake Nasser


Asia & the Pacific



Eternal Japan 13 days from $7,184 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees April 14–26, May 10–22, Aug. 28–Sept. 9, Sept. 11–23, Oct. 4–16, Oct. 23–Nov. 4, 2021 & April 4–16, April 27–May 9, 2022 Join us to discover the essence of Japan. From Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, Kanazawa, and Kyoto, you’ll explore a land of sublime art, unsurpassed natural beauty, and fascinating traditions, plus bustling commerce and modernity. Throughout your trip, meet local people, stay in a genuine ryokan (inn), and experience age-old cultural traditions, including a ritualized tea ceremony and a sake tasting.

Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

Highlights Include Tokyo: See the highlights of this cosmopolitan city, including the Shinto Meiji Shrine, a peaceful enclave of temples and gardens; the important Edo-Tokyo Museum; the Imperial Palace garden; and Tokyo’s oldest temple, Buddhist Asakusa Kannon. Mt. Fuji: Delight in breathtaking Mt. Fuji and take a relaxing cruise on nearby Ashi Lake. Japanese Alps: Go off the beaten path to lovely Takayama, one of the country’s most attractive towns with its 16th-century castle and old buildings. Later, visit the World Heritage site of Shirakawago Gasshozukuri Village, a vibrant community whose residents work to preserve its unique traditional architecture. Plus, visit Gokayama Village to see how traditional washi paper is made by hand. Kanazawa: Tour the breathtaking Kenrokuen Garden, a national landmark with origins dating to 1676. Also see Ishikawa Gate, the only remaining section of the town’s original castle; a museum celebrating the art and craft of gold leaf technology; and the Higashi Chayagai tea house and geisha area. Kyoto and Nara: Enjoy two days exploring Kyoto’s many temples, shrines, gardens, and well-preserved architecture. Highlights include visits to Kinkaku-ji (the lakeside Temple of the Golden Pavilion) and lavish Nijo Castle, where the shogun asserted control over the city and its people. You’ll also see the Gion District where geishas gather, as well as other neighborhoods. During a day trip to nearby Nara, Japan’s ancient capital, take a walking tour that features Todai-ji Temple, the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and the Nara National Museum. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Experts Robert Foster (April 14) and Lee Makela (Oct. 4)–historians with expertise in Asian studies. Louisa McDonald (May)–art historian with expertise in Japanese art. Jonathan Hall (Aug.)– expert in Japanese film, culture, literature, and history. Constantine Vaporis (Sept.)–historian and Carol Morland (Oct. 23)–art historian, both with expertise in the Edo period.

Elegant kimonos


JAPAN Shirakawago

Takayama Kyoto Osaka

Lake Biwa

Mt. Fuji

Tokyo Hakone


Pacific Ocean

Overnight Featured Site Motorcoach Train



The Silk Road: A Journey to Central Asia Featuring the Five “Stans” of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan 17 days from $7,995 Sept. 8–24, Oct. 6–22, 2021 & April 13–29, 2022 Central Asia is the exotic heart of the Silk Road, ancient caravan routes used for the silk and spice trade between East and West. Experience the past and present of five Central Asian countries as you explore legendary cities, visit religious sites and museums, attend cultural programs, and meet local experts. Highlights Include Turkmenistan: Beginning in Ashgabat, visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography, plus tour the ancient site of nearby Nisa with an archaeologist. Uzbekistan: Explore the legendary cities of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent, with their noble squares and breathtaking architecture. Highlights feature religious sites, including madrassahs and important mosques such as the 20th-century Tillya Sheikh Mosque, home to the oldest Koran in the world, and Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane to be the largest mosque in the world. You’ll meet with the scientific advisor of the Ark Citadel, artists at a renowned ceramics studio, and other local experts. Tour one of the ancient world’s most advanced observatories, drive across the Red Sands Desert, and enjoy performances of traditional music and dance. Tajikistan: Penjikent is an isolated city of 130,000 that was built in the 5th century and most famous for its past as an important Sogdian trade center. Visit the site of an archaeological dig at Old Penjikent, where excavations began over 50 years ago. Tour the remains of Shakristan, two Zoroastrian temples, the citadel, and the Rudaki Museum of History and Regional Studies, named after the founder of Tajik and Persian poetry. Kyrgyzstan: In the capital of Bishkek, tour the central square, the National History Museum, and the State

Museum of Fine Arts, and meet with a Kyrgyz resident who participated in the 2010 revolution. In a nearby village, enjoy lunch with a family in their home and watch a demonstration of Kyrgyz horse games. Later, delight in a Kyrgyz Manas folk performance. Kazakhstan: Highlights in Almaty include the Zenkov Cathedral, the delightful Museum of Musical Instruments, and the State Central Museum. Outside the city, visit a traditional Kazakh falcon farm. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

KAZAKHSTAN Sarygamysh UZBEKISTAN Red Sands Desert Lake Tashauz Tashkent Khiva Aydar Lake Gijduvan Bukhara Panjikent TURKMENISTAN Samarkand Ashkabat


Almaty Issyk Kul



Overnight Featured Site Air Motorcoach Train

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Barry Till (Sept.)–art historian with expertise in Asian art, culture, and history. Hugh Neighbour (Oct.)– former diplomat with expertise in the history, culture, and current affairs of Central Asia.

Registan complex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan



National Horse Guard, Naadam Festival

Trans-Siberian Express along Lake Baikal

The Trans-Siberian Express

A Private Train Journey from Mongolia to Moscow Featuring the Naadam Festival Aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express 14 days from $17,895 July 9–22, 2021 & July 9–22, 2022 Join us for an adventure of a lifetime! Spend two days in Mongolia at the incomparable Naadam Festival, a centuries-old celebration of nomadic traditions. Then board the legendary Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express for one of the most epic journeys on Earth, where you’ll travel nearly 4,000 miles through five time zones and across two continents, and witness magnificent landscapes and diverse cultures. Highlights Include Ulaanbaatar: Observe Mongolian culture up close as you attend the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival, renowned for its long-distance horse races and archery and wrestling competitions. Plus, attend a performance of traditional Mongolian entertainment and see the giant statue of Genghis Khan at the National Park. Ulan Ude: Board your train and head north to Russia’s Siberia. Learn about the unique cultural identity of the indigenous Buryat people. Then experience another distinctive culture as you visit a village of Old Believers, who adhere to 17th-century Russian Orthodoxy, and enjoy a concert of traditional music. Lake Baikal and Irkutsk: Admire the magnificent scenery of this World Heritage site as your train travels through tunnels and along the lake’s shoreline. Stop to explore sites in Listvyanka and enjoy a special barbecue along the shore. In the “capital” of Siberia, known for its ornate wooden architecture, visit the Decembrist House Museum to learn about the people who settled here after the uprising in St. Petersburg, and attend a special concert. Siberia to the Urals: See historic train cars in the open-air Trans-Siberian Museum in Novosibirsk. Crossing from Asia to European Yekaterinburg, visit the Church on the Blood at the site where Russia’s last tsar and his family were executed.

The Volga and Moscow: In the capital of Tatarstan, situated along the Volga River, tour the Kazan Kremlin (a World Heritage site), and learn about the cultural history of Tatars, Cossacks, and Russians. Once in Moscow, a panoramic city tour showcases the major landmarks of the Russian capital. Golden Eagle: Comfortable for adventurous travel, this modern train features a choice of cabin levels (each with private en suite bathroom/shower). Dine on traditional Russian and European cuisine and enjoy lectures in the bar/ lounge car. Find more details about the train on our website. Space reserved for 24 Smithsonian Journeys. Ural Mountains Moscow




RUSSIA Novosibirsk



Lake Baikal Ulan Ude


MONGOLIA Gobi Desert

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Nadia Kizenko (2021)–expert in Russian and East European history, culture, religion, and literature. 89


Singapore, Thailand, and Angkor Wat

Featuring the Eastern & Oriental Express 14 days from $8,790 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available Nov. 6–19, 2021 & Feb. 5–18, 2022 Take an exotic journey to the East that showcases the ancient histories, diverse cultures, and many World Heritage sites of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia. Along the way you’ll also celebrate the Golden Age of train travel aboard the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express. Highlights Include

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Singapore: Explore the fascinating medley of Chinese, Indian, and Malay culture, architecture, and cuisine in this bustling, historic city-state. An introductory tour takes you from the iconic Merlion Park through modern Singapore to the city’s oldest Chinese temple. You’ll also enjoy visits to the Malay enclave of Kampong Glam, a neighborhood of Peranakan traditions, Chinatown, and Little India’s exotic flower and spice market. Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express: View the lush tropical landscapes of Malaysia from the observation or lounge car aboard this elegant train. Stopping off in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, choose to visit the village or take a countryside hill trek. Upon arrival in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, personalize your journey with an excursion featuring the River Kwai and the Thailand-Burma Railway or choose a cycling or culinary tour. Bangkok: During two days of excursions, highlights include the Grand Palace with its Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the famous Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, and the World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital. You’ll also enjoy a cruise along the Chao Phraya River, a tuk-tuk ride through the city, culinary pleasures of Thai cuisine, and a captivating Thai dance performance. Angkor Wat: Fly to Cambodia’s Siem Reap for a three-night stay to explore the Angkor Archaeological Park, a World Heritage site. Enjoy time for in-depth visits to the enthralling temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and Thommanon, each site a unique and fascinating experience. Traditional performances and a visit with local artisans complement your stay. Accommodations: Enjoy stays at upscale hotels, including the Shangri-La Singapore and Peninsula Bangkok. A two-night journey aboard the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express features a similarly luxurious experience. Find more details on our website.

Angkor Thom River Bangkok Kwai


Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat


Gulf of Thailand


Space reserved for 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert An expert in Asian art, culture, and history will accompany this tour. See our website for details. 90


Featured Site

Kuala Kangsar




Ha Long Bay

A Cruise Along Vietnam’s Coast

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City And Featuring Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Aboard the 180-guest Le Lapérouse 15 days from $7,295 Includes $1,000 early booking savings Oct. 23–Nov. 6, 2021 Discover the mystique of ancient traditions and many World Heritage sites as you cruise along Vietnam’s coast, then spend three nights at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Highlights Include Hanoi and Ha Long Bay: During two nights in Hanoi, visit the ancient Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison (the infamous “Hanoi Hilton”) and see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Plus, enjoy cruising amid mist-shrouded Ha Long Bay. Hué and Hoi An: Tour the highlights of Hué, an imperial city that is one of Vietnam’s most alluring destinations. Explore the ancient trading post of Hoi An, where more than 800 period buildings remain intact. Ho Chi Minh City: Old Saigon reflects the vibrant convergence of French and Vietnamese cultures. See the 19th-century European-style Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, then visit Reunification Hall, the War Remnants Museum, and other sites that offer a unique perspective on the Vietnam War. Angkor Wat: Fly to Siem Reap for a three-night stay and explore Angkor Wat, known for its Khmer architecture, sacred temples, and World Heritage sites. You’ll spend time at Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei. Space reserved for 50 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Learn more about Le Lapérouse on our website. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Jonathan Hall–expert in Asian film, culture, history, and literature.

Discovering Vietnam 15 days from $4,997 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Oct. 21–Nov. 4, Dec. 2–16, 2021 & Jan. 10–24, Feb. 10–24, 2022 With its breathtaking beauty and enduring traditions, Vietnam provides endless rewards for the thoughtful traveler. Discover both the ancient and modern worlds of Vietnam on this popular and magical journey. Highlights Include Royal Cities: Experience the grandeur of the imperial capital of Hué and the fascinating ancient traditions of village life in Hoi An, both World Heritage sites. Tour the acclaimed Cham Museum in Da Nang. Plus, take a cruise along Hué’s Perfume River and visit peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery, and the palatial Tomb of Minh Mang. Ha Long Bay: Enjoy a boat ride through this breathtaking waterway, a World Heritage site comprising 3,000 islands and a karst landscape of limestone cliffs. Mekong River: Spend two days on the Mekong, where boats take you along small tributaries and inlets to the bustling floating market at Cai Rang and to other traditional villages. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City: Take in-depth tours of the political and cultural capital of Hanoi and spirited and cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City. Cultural Experiences: Savor local cuisine during a private cooking lesson, visit a farming settlement, and have lunch in the home of a local historian. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Smithsonian Journeys Expert Sharon Ullman (Dec.)–historian with expertise in 20th-century American and Vietnamese history. 91


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Angkor Wat

Cruising the Mekong River

Featuring Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam & Seven-Night Cruise Aboard the 68-guest Mekong Navigator 16 days from $7,740 Includes $250 early booking savings Special air rates & services available March 3–18, 2022 Become immersed in the enigmatic cultures, history, and landscapes of Southeast Asia on this new river and land journey to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Step through the doors of temples, tea houses, and arts centers; witness special religious and cultural traditions; and gain insight from meetings with villagers and local experts. You’ll also ply the waters of the great Mekong River, which serves as the lifeblood for millions of people and binds the region geographically, historically, and culturally. Highlights Include Luang Prabang: Explore Laotian culture as you visit graceful temples, gardens, and cultural sites in and around Luang Prabang, a World Heritage site. Rising early, experience “Tak Bat,” when hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently through the streets to collect alms at dawn. You’ll also take part in a “Baci” ceremony.

Long, and Tien Loi Island. You’ll meet with artisans at traditional workshops and visit monasteries and temples, villages, and a school as people go about their daily routines. Your cruise concludes with a day exploring the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City. Mekong Navigator: Our all-suite ship combines elegant French colonial décor with exotic Asian notes. You’ll find upscale amenities in cabins and public areas and savor regional French-Indochine cuisine plus Western dishes. Find more details on our website. Limited to 28 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Luang Prabang


Temples of Angkor: One of the largest religious sites worldwide and a World Heritage site, the City of Temples reflects the deities and iconography of different Hindu and Buddhist beliefs of the 12th-century Khmer Empire. Discover the exquisite treasures of the immense Angkor Wat; the mythological Apsara carvings of Thommanon; and the mysterious temples overtaken by ancient Banyan trees at Ta Prohm. Seven-Night Mekong Cruise: Ply the waters of the mysterious Mekong, one of Asia’s most vital waterways, and learn about the culture, history, markets, and village life along its shores. In Cambodia, tour the temple complex of Wat Hanchey, meet villagers in Angkor Ban, and explore important sites in Phnom Penh ranging from the National Museum and Royal Palace to the somber Choeung Ek Memorial at the Killing Fields. In Vietnam, take sampan rides into river towns such as Sa Dec, Vinh 92


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Smithsonian Journeys Expert Hugh Neighbour–former diplomat with expertise in the history, culture, and current affairs of Asia.

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Journey Through New Zealand From Auckland to Queenstown

16 days from $7,874 Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Oct. 21–Nov. 5, Nov. 18–Dec. 3, 2021 & Feb. 17–March 4, March 24–April 8, 2022 Join us for an unforgettable adventure through New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Meet the “Kiwi” people—from the indigenous Maori to sheep farmers and winery staff—and stand in awe at landscapes of magnificent fjords and fascinating geological activity. This tour offers a perfect balance of outdoor wonders and cultural delights. Highlights Include

Auckland and Rotorua: Explore New Zealand’s multifaceted cultural traditions on the North Island. In cosmopolitan Auckland, take a cruise of the glittering harbor and tour the Auckland Museum with its prized collections of Maori and Pacific Islander art and artifacts. In Rotorua, where 40 percent of the population are the indigenous Maori, meet local people at the Maori Cultural Center, learn about their traditions, and enjoy a hangi dinner and performance. You’ll also visit the new Rotorua Museum. Explore other New Zealand cultural traditions during a wine tasting at celebrated Hawke’s Bay, learn about the vital sheep farming industry during demonstrations at a private farm, and visit the acclaimed Te Papa National Museum in the capital of Wellington. North Island’s Geology: Discover geothermal wonders, including geysers, bubbling mud pools, and hot thermal springs at the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. South Island’s Breathtaking Landscapes: A fullday excursion to renowned Fiordland National Park features a catamaran cruise of Doubtful Sound, noted for its remarkable serenity, mountain peaks, rain forest, waterfalls, and marine wildlife. You’ll also take one of the world’s great rail journeys, aboard the TranzAlpine train, to the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass. In Westland

National Park, encounter the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier, take a walk through the Glacial Valley, and see rare kiwi birds at a wildlife center. Christchurch and Queenstown: In the “Garden City” of Christchurch, tour the Botanic Gardens, Cathedral Square, and the civic area that rose from the rubble of the 2011 earthquake. Stop at the award-winning Gibbston Valley Vineyard for a private tour and tasting. Plus, enjoy a day at leisure in Queenstown, with its spectacular setting on Lake Wakatipu. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Overnight Featured Site Air


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Smithsonian Journeys Experts Peter Bobrowsky (Oct.)–geologist and Geoff Cox (Nov.)–expert in the natural sciences, the environment, and marine biology. 93


Splendors of Australia and New Zealand 22 days from $10,184 / Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Sept. 25–Oct. 16, Oct. 30–Nov. 20, 2021 & Jan. 8–29, Feb. 16–March 9, March 16–April 6, April 6–27, 2022 Venture “Down Under” for an exploration of some of the world’s most stunningly diverse landscapes—from colorful coral reefs and lush forests to stark deserts and dramatic fjords! Highlights Include Great Barrier Reef: Learn about this World Heritage site from a marine biologist and see the reef up close as you swim, snorkel, or view it from a glass-bottomed boat. You’ll also take a thrilling journey aboard the historic Kuranda Railway and travel through the rain forest canopy on the world’s longest gondola cableway. The Australian Outback: Watch the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock) at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Relax around a campfire and look for the Southern Cross as you savor a traditional “bush” dinner. Learn about the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime” tour. Sydney: Enjoy two fascinating days exploring Sydney, where highlights include tours of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Featherdale Wildlife Park (home to koala, kangaroos, and wallabies), plus a luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour. New Zealand’s South Island: Venture to the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook to experience the mountainscape and visit the Hillary Gallery, which commemorates Sir Edmund’s achievements, including the first ascent of Mt. Cook’s south face. Look in awe upon breathtaking Milford Sound, a World Heritage site, during an afternoon cruise through the fjords. Plus, savor a wine tasting and enjoy independent time in Queenstown.

The North Island: In Rotorua, meet with a group of Maori people and enjoy a traditional hangi dinner and cultural performance. You’ll also observe famed geothermal features, such as geysers and thermal hot springs, at a nearby park. Conclude your spectacular journey with a two-night stay in Auckland, the “City of Sails,” where a half-day city tour features the War Memorial Museum, Auckland Harbour, and the America’s Cup Village. Limited to 24 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Great Cairns Barrier Reef

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Smithsonian Journeys Experts Geoff Cox (Sept./March)–expert in marine biology and the environment and Brent Garry (Oct.)–geologist, both with expertise in Australia and New Zealand.

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Around the World A Classic Journey by Private Jet


24 days from $99,950 Dec. 30, 2021–Jan. 22, 2022

Join our breathtaking Around the World classic journey by private jet and explore cultural and natural treasures that have inspired and captured the imagination of humankind for centuries! Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and culture of some of the world’s most iconic and remote places, as well as unforgettable activities. You’ll learn firsthand about the people, customs, and natural world of many World Heritage sites all in one trip as you travel aboard our private jet, which has been custom configured with 48 flatbed seats. Highlights Include Machu Picchu: Climb the terraced steps of the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and examine its artfully cut stone altars, temples, fountains, and terraced gardens. If you’ve already visited this iconic site, then explore Peru’s lesser-known North Coast. Easter Island: Feel the protective gaze of the moai statues of Easter Island as you trace the history of a lost civilization with your archaeologist guides. Fiji: Relax at a beach front resort on picturesque Denarau Island. Great Barrier Reef: Immerse yourself in the underwater splendor of the Great Barrier Reef with its vibrant collection of coral and tropical fish. Or opt to venture into the Daintree rain forest, one of Australia’s truly wild areas. Angkor Wat: Explore the mystifying site of Angkor, including the enigmatic Bayon Temple, captivating overgrown remains of Ta Prohm, and majestic Angkor Wat.

Taj Mahal and Jaipur: Watch the play of light on the magnificent, beloved Taj Mahal, one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. And discover the royal architecture and vibrant markets of Jaipur, fabled home of the maharajas. Serengeti Plain: Experience the thrill of the Serengeti Plain alive with one of the world’s greatest concentrations of wildlife, or spot wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest volcanic caldera. Petra and Wadi Rum: Discover the Lost City of Petra, half built and half carved into red sandstone cliffs by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago. Explore the starkly beautiful landscapes of Wadi Rum on a 4x4 expedition or experience the Bedouin lifestyle with an overnight stay at a luxury camp in the desert. Marrakech: Immerse yourself in the exotic ambiance of Marrakech as you stroll through the winding pathways of the medina, see the spectacle of Jemaa el-Fna Square, and savor the the lovely views of the Jardin Majorelle. Limited to 48 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Craig Benjamin–noted historian with expertise in Big History, author of many books on world history, lecturer for The Great Courses, and advisory board member of Bill Gates’s Big History Project. 95

Smithsonian Journeys Calendar 2021 / 2022 For additional trips and more details on what’s featured in this catalog go to

Europe Smithsonian at Oxford Classic Mystery Lover’s England County Clare / Ennis, Ireland NEW! The Emerald Isle / Ireland Hiking the Emerald Isle Hiking Scotland’s Hebrides and the Highlands Scotland’s Treasures Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords D-Day: A Journey from England to France Normandy, France France Through the Ages Paris: The African American Experience Journey Through Provence France and Spain’s Basque Region A River Cruise of Provence Waterways of Holland and Belgium A Danube River Cruise / Prague & Germany to Bulgaria Great European Journey / From Holland to Switzerland Voyage Through Europe / From Budapest to Holland Holiday Markets Cruising the Rhine & Moselle for Families Portrait of Portugal / Cruising the Douro River Sailing the Greek Isles / Sea Cloud II NEW! Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia A Cruise of the Adriatic and the Aegean A Cruise to Ancient Greece Classical Greece





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Celebrate Smithsonian NEW! Alaska’s Natural Wonders Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon Treasures of Yosemite NEW! Yellowstone and the Tetons Yellowstone and the Tetons: A Family Journey African American Culture in the Lowcountry NEW! Pueblo Culture and History NEW! The Northern Rockies U.S. National Parks by Private Jet NEW! Astronomy and Natural Wonders of Hawaii Astronomy in Arizona Smithsonian at Space Academy Cradle of the Movement: Civil Rights in Alabama NEW! Pearl Harbor NEW! In the Wake of Lewis and Clark Great Lakes Grand Voyage Voyage on the Mississippi Art Along the Coast of Maine Art Along the Hudson Rafting Cataract Canyon / Colorado River Costa Rica’s Natural Treasures Costa Rica Adventure Amazon River Cruise Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Wonders of the Galápagos Islands Legendary Peru Patagonian Explorer: Argentina and Chile Hiking Through Patagonia NEW!


TOUR TYPE: L–Land, ST–Stay, SP–Specialty, C–Cruise, T–Train, F–Family, AJ–Active Journey, A–Air, TM–Tailor-Made

The Americas

Europe (Cont.)


61 SP Art Meets Science in Switzerland 63 L Old World Europe 62 ST Kraków, Poland 62 ST Berlin, Germany ST Living in France: A Three-week Stay in Aix-en-Provence 65 64 ST Living in Italy: A Three-week Stay in Florence 66 L Highlights of Italy 37 AJ Hiking along the Italian Riviera NEW! 67 SP The Genius of Michelangelo NEW! 67 ST Italy’s Lake District 68 L Southern Italy and Sicily 68 ST Italy’s Amalfi Coast 69 ST Palermo and Taormina: A Stay in Sicily 70 ST Italy’s Apulia 70 ST Spain’s Andalusia / Antequera 71 ST Segovia, Spain NEW! 72 L Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal 73 C A Cruise of Spain and Portugal online C A Cruise from Lisbon to London 78 C Iceland Voyage: A Circumnavigation Cruise 79 L Adventure in Iceland 74 L St. Petersburg and the Baltics 75 C Cruising the Baltic Sea 76 L Journey Through Norway 76 T/SP Arctic Explorer by Train 77 C An Arctic Cruise of Norway’s Svalbard

Africa African Safari Tanzania Safari Safari in Kenya and Tanzania Treasures of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana Splendors of Morocco Ancient Egypt and the Nile

Asia & the Pacific Eternal Japan The Silk Road / A Journey to Central Asia The Trans-Siberian Express Singapore, Thailand, and Angkor Wat A Cruise Along Vietnam’s Coast Discovering Vietnam Cruising the Mekong River Journey Through New Zealand Splendors of Australia and New Zealand

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PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Getty Images, Alamy, Danita Delimont, iStock, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock. Getty Images: Cover/Santorini, Greece: Buena Vista Images; Back Cover/Ha Long Bay: Reed Kaestner. Alamy: Back Cover/Puffins: Robert Harding/Patrick Dieudonne; Page 86/Daibusu (Great Buddha), Japan: Robert Harding/Gavin Hellier; Page 95/Monks at Angkor Wat: mauritius images GmbH/Ingo Boelter. iStock: Cover/Polar Bear: Zanskar. Danita Delimont: Page 21/Antelope Canyon: Dennis Flaherty/Jaynes Gallery. Additional photos courtesy of the following: Page 5 & 34/Members of Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Machu Picchu: Richard Stanoss; Page 11/Sea Cloud II: Sea Cloud; Page 22/Owens-Thomas House: Owens-Thomas House; Page 24/Simulation: U.S. Space & Rocket Center; Page 27/Lewis & Clark at Three Forks: Wikimedia Commons; Page 29/Olana: Steve Cohn Photography; Page 30/Winslow Homer painting: Farnsworth Art Museum; Page 41/Merton College Chapel: Wade Jennings; Page 61/Einstein exhibit: Bernisches Historisches Museum, Bern; Page 81/ Rhino: Grant Nel. Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest: Page 92/Flower seller on the Mekong: Nhiem Hoang. Tourism Bureaus: Page 23/Alabama Tourism Bureau. Additional Photos: Smithsonian Institution Museums and Research Stations, Smithsonian Journeys Experts, staff, tour operators, and providers. Linda Currie. Printed December 2020.



More Tours for 2021 & 2022 Go online for details at The Americas

Nashville Rhythms NEW! Sept. 9–13, 2021 Masterpieces of American Art Oct. 19–23, 2021 A Civil War Journey NEW! May 17–21, Oct. 11–15, 2021 Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 8–13, 2021

Cruising the Dalmatian Coast Aboard the 34-guest Queen Eleganza June 3–14, 2021 Treasures of the Alps Aug. 12–25, Sept. 6–19, 2021 Northern Italy Sept. 22–Oct. 6, 2021 & April 16–30, May 25–June 8, 2022

Costa Rica: Nature’s Laboratory NEW! April 9–16, June 18–25, 2022

Across Northern Spain and Portugal May 14–30, Sept. 14–30, Oct. 1–17, Oct. 24–Nov. 9, 2021 & April 15–May 1, 2022



The Life and Times of Winston Churchill NEW! April 24–30, Oct. 2–8, 2022

Mystical India Oct. 28–Nov. 13, Nov. 28–Dec. 14, 2021

British Cars and the Goodwood Revival NEW! Sept. 6–14, 2021

Exploring Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia Sept. 1–17, Sept. 15–Oct. 1, 2021 & May 4–20, 2022

Loire Valley Canal Cruise Aboard the 22-guest Deborah May 10–19, June 21–30, Aug. 30–Sept.8, 2021



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