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Cultural Stays OMON SETTLE IN A N D E X P L O R E I N D E P T H

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Our Cultural Stay Collection Early Booking Savings included! Limited Time Offer See our website for expiration dates 4 8 Reasons to travel with Smithsonian Journeys

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6 Cultural Stay Overview 8 At Home in the World – Hotels 10 Our Experts England and Ireland 12 London: The African Diaspora New! 14 County Clare New! France 16 Normandy 18 Paris: The African American Experience Central Europe 20 Berlin 22 Kraków Spain 24 Spain’s Andalusia 26 Segovia New! 28 France & Spain’s Basque Region

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Italy 30 Italy’s Apulia 32 Italy’s Lake District 34 Palermo & Taormina 36 Amalfi Coast

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Living In Journeys 38 Living in Overview 40 Living in Italy – Three-Week Stay 42 Living in France – Three-Week Stay 44 Small-Ship River Cruises 46 Trip Finder 46 FlexAir Program 47 More Ways to Travel


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Smithsonian Journeys 1. The Smithsonian Difference

5. Small Groups, Big Experiences

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.

Now more than ever, the idea of traveling with a small group of fellow travelers is reassuring. 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, you’ll meet 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. 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, worldly, 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.

6. Great Value Once you add up the extras that we include—experts, enrichment, most meals, excursions, transfers, most gratuities, and even solo traveler savings on select trips—you’ll find that many of our trips are a very good value in addition to being an exceptional experience. 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 December 31, 2020 and you may cancel up to 95 days before the departure date and receive a full refund.* And we are working on 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 between June and December 31, 2020. This offer is available for all Smithsonian Journeys trips except for Private Jet and Tailor-Made journeys.

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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Discover a journey that lasts a lifetime Cultural Stay Programs Choose a one-week stay from among several unique destinations and explore a locale in depth. Discover cosmopolitan Berlin, London, or Paris; get to know vibrant cities like Palermo, Segovia, or Kraków; or discover magnificent landscapes in Italy’s Lake District, Ireland’s west coast, or Italy’s Apulia region. Whatever your choice, you’ll enjoy the place and its environs, meet with local people, and stay in delightful centrally located accommodations. Or delve deeper with an immersive three-week “Living In” stay in Aix-en-Provence or Florence (see page 38). Each journey brings you closer to iconic sites, takes you off the beaten track to hidden gems, and introduces you to the locale’s unique character through specially arranged cultural encounters. Enjoy a Calvados tasting in Normandy to sample the region’s famous apple brandy, see a traditional performance by Irish dancers and musicians, or visit a family-owned olive farm in Sicily to learn how olive oil is made. Well-rounded programs are a hallmark of Smithsonian Journeys, recognized for signature touches such as culinary demonstrations, special excursions, engaging presentations, and lively discussions. Experience the camaraderie of traveling with a group, but also take advantage of ample free time to pursue your own interests. You’ll come away with a fresh, new perspective that will transform your travel experience.

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We loved being in one city for a week, getting a real feel for it, being able to see a number of its sights, and having the opportunity to walk around in the evenings. – Ronald P., Barcelona


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Cultural Stay Programs include: • A Smithsonian Journeys Expert, who will enrich your travel experience through in-depth discussions about the significance of the places visited

• Personal listening devices so you won’t miss a word

• A Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director, who is dedicated to all on-site details to ensure a comfortable, stress-free journey

• Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corners, which offer informal discussions about daily highlights with fellow travelers and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert

• Our FlexAir program to provide you with flexibility and choice to personalize your air travel (see page 46 for details) • No single supplement charges for solo travelers on some programs (limited availability) • Accommodations in distinctive lodgings that offer the best combination of quality, ambiance, and location (see pages 8-9) • Most meals, including all breakfasts (B) and many lunches (L) and dinners (D), plus welcome and farewell receptions (R)

• Authentic experiences to broaden your understanding of other cultures

• Most gratuities including your Travel Director, local guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff, and more • Pre-departure planning documents, including packing and travel suggestions, and a comprehensive, annotated reading list

A Note on Activity Level Our cultural stays are full immersive programs. They are ideal for travelers in good health with overall good mobility, and who are comfortable participating in at least three hours of group activity per day. Many excursions require walking for extended periods of time during museum and city tours. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in a tour, one of our Cultural Travel Specialists will be happy to assist you.

• Complimentary airport transfers for FlexAir travelers and those able to meet at a scheduled departure time • Luggage handling for one bag per guest

Amalfi Coast, Italy

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At home in the world Let the journey begin Your accommodations enhance your overall experience and are integral to a memorable trip. With Smithsonian Journeys, you can be assured of distinctive properties that reflect the character and ambiance of the local culture and meet the high standards you expect. We have traveled the world to evaluate hundreds of hotels for our Cultural Stay programs to ensure you stay in quality, well-located properties imbued with charm and style. Our selection process promises that you’ll return each evening to a well-appointed room with the comforts and amenities you expect. At many of these hotels, you will enjoy convenient features such as room service, restaurants, fitness facilities, and wellness centers. These first-class hotels, often a distinctive boutique property or a family-owned hotel, offer satisfying comforts at the end of an exciting day when you might watch a sunset from the hotel’s rooftop or sip a local vintage on a sun-splashed terrace. The apartment-style properties on our “Living In” programs allow you to live in another country like a local as you become a regular at the corner café and prepare a homemade meal in your fully equipped kitchenette. EUROSTARS CONVENTO CAPUCHINOS | SEGOVIA, SPAIN

OLD GROUND HOTEL | ENNIS, IRELAND

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Smithsonian knocks it out of the park. Their experts, tour directors, and local guides make all the difference… and the food is incredible too! – Margaret J., Palermo and Taormina

HILTON BERLIN | BERLIN, GERMANY

PARADOR DE HONDARRIBIA | HONDARRIBIA, SPAIN

PARADOR DE HONDARRIBIA | HONDARRIBIA, SPAIN

EUROSTARS CONVENTO CAPUCHINOS | SEGOVIA, SPAIN

RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN, VANDERBILT | LONDON, ENGLAND HOTEL RAITO | VIETRI SUL MARE, ITALY

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Providing 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, or the fine arts—who have been selected by Smithsonian Journeys for their special knowledge and ability to connect with people. 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.

Christopher Griffin is from County Galway in western Ireland. He studied literature at Trinity College, University College in Dublin, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published many articles and theater reviews. For 28 years, Christopher taught humanities at Strayer University in Washington, D.C., and he was a lecturer in English, specializing in Irish poetry, drama, and fiction, for eight years at The George Washington University. He has been an expert on many Smithsonian Journeys tours and has lectured at Smithsonian Associates. Christopher will lead the May & September 4 departures of County Clare: A One-Week Stay in Western Ireland (page 14). 10

Laurie Koloski is associate professor of history at the College of William & Mary. Her teaching interests include modern Europe, communism, socialism, world history since 1000, and material culture. Her research centers on post-1945 Poland. She is completing a monograph, Seeing Beyond the State: Kraków, Culture, and the Remaking of Poland, 1945-1955. She is a former director of William & Mary’s Reves Center for International Studies. She also holds certificates from the Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Laurie will lead the July departure of Kraków: A One-Week Stay in Poland (page 22).

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Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, photographer, filmmaker, and writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches art history at the UC Santa Cruz, and film studies at UC Santa Barbara. Among his works are In a Contested Realm (2012) and The Stones of Famagusta: The Story of a Forgotten City (2008), an award-winning documentary. Allen will lead the September & October departures of Italy’s Apulia: A One-Week Stay in Polignano a Mare (page 30), the June departure of Italy’s Lake District: A One-Week Stay in Stresa (page 32) and the September departure of Palermo & Taormina: A Stay in Sicily (page 34).


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Ralph Nurnberger is a historian who specializes in international relations. He is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. Ralph has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues and has spoken on a number of international cruises. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where he later taught for 38 years. He is currently a professor at Florida Atlantic University. Ralph will lead the June departure of Berlin: A One-Week Stay in Germany (page 20).

Ana Afzali is a native of Spain, and the recipient of numerous academic awards. Dr. Ana Afzali is a scholar of Medieval Literature and History in the Iberian Peninsula, including the Pilgrimage to Santiago and the medieval coexistence of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. She has published and presented extensively on the political and cultural history and literature of Spain and Portugal and she is also the author of the book “Modern Spain” (2011). Ana has earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Spanish literature and languages from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she taught for four years. She is currently a tenured Professor at Citrus College in Southern California. Ana will lead the April departure of Segovia: A One-Week Stay in the Heart of Spain (page 26). Q. What kinds of insights do you hope to convey to our travelers? A. Having been born and raised in Spain, I have traveled extensively through the Iberian Peninsula. I have never ceased to be amazed by the richness and variety of traditions, architecture, cuisine, and way of life throughout the different regions that we visit during our trips. The history of Spain, to which I have devoted a great deal of my career, sheds light on the depth of our journey as a country and the multiplicity of traditions that shape it. This is what I hope to immerse our travelers in—not only through my lectures but also in our everyday interactions—everything from the food we eat to the way natives live is part of our daily conversations. Q. How do you infuse your tours with your expertise? A. Throughout our journey together I present a series of engaging lectures followed by dynamic Q&As and discussion sessions. I enjoy spending time with our travelers—we eat meals, attend events, and experience the country together. During any free time, I am always delighted to have their company on some of my own favorite pursuits: neighborhood walks with an eye to architecture, off-the-beatenpath museums, musical opportunities, botanical gardens, street food, or anything nautical. We have meaningful conversations on a daily basis, where everyone gets a chance to make observations and

Margaret Monnier, an expert on the Iberian Peninsula including the Basque Country and the Pilgrimage to Santiago, shares her knowledge through educational travel. She has a Masters degree in History from the University of Granada focusing on the Medieval coexistence between Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

ask me any questions they may have.

Margaret will lead the September 30 departure of Spain’s Andalusia: A One-Week Stay in Antequera (page 24) and the April & September departures of France and Spain’s Basque Region: A Stay in Hondarribia (page 28).

the traditions and history of Spain, but who also appreciate personal stories and the privilege to travel

Q. What do you enjoy most about accompanying Smithsonian Journeys travelers? A. Although I now call Los Angeles my home, I am a native of Spain and I am truly passionate about my country’s history. I have been leading trips as an Expert for Smithsonian Journeys since 2008. There are few things that give me more joy than to share my love and passion for the culture of the Iberian Peninsula. Our travelers are educated and curious people who not only want to know with a Scholar Spaniard who can answer all their questions as we visit a rich array of locations and experience everything the country has to offer. Because of their observations and questions, I continue to grow as a person and as a scholar as well. We enrich each other’s lives.

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River Thames

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London: The African Diaspora Gather in the vibrant city of London to explore in depth the history and remarkable resilience of the African American and other African communities of this capital city. You’ll visit museums and neighborhoods related to the African diaspora in London and focus on the art, literature, film, folklore, music, and dance of these communities. Stay at the elegant Radisson Blue Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, centrally located in Kensington.

Highlights Include The Arts: From the National Gallery to a jazz show in Soho, explore the influence of the Black communities in art and music. The Civil Rights Movement: Trace the course of the civil rights movements. Explore the social struggles and politcal events on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. 12

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Day 2 | London | Arrive in London and transfer to the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt. Explore the beautiful South Kensington neighborhood around your hotel on a walking tour and get a briefing on the Tube, London’s subway system, from your Smithsonians Journeys Travel Director. This evening, celebrate the beginning of your London adventure with a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3 | London |

St. Paul’s Cathedral

River Thames and the Docklands: Embark on a river cruise on the Thames, the storied waterway that winds through London, and learn about the city’s Black history. At the Museum of London Docklands, delve into relationship between slavery and the sugar trade. African Americans in London: Discover the influence and impact of African Americans on London and the United Kingdom since colonial times. Trafalgar Square: Uncover the Black history of London’s iconic square during a walking tour.

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Educational Focus: Black British Civil Rights. Watch a poignant film that reveals the struggles against racism in the United Kingdom, followed by a discussion comparing the civil rights movements in the U.K. and the United States. Excursion: London’s Black History. While passing London’s famous attractions—including the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and other sites—gain insight into the city’s history through the African-Caribbean perspective. See spaces integral to London’s black communities and learn about prominent historic fitures, such as Frederick Douglass, the British Black Panthers, Nelson Mandela, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and their significant contibution to London’s culture. Enjoy a group dinner tonight at a local pub.


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Left: Paul Robeson Lower left: Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery Below: Tower Bridge

Day 4 | London | Excursion: Black Images in the National Gallery. Step inside the famed National Gallery for a tour focused on the Black presence in art in the 15th19th centuries. This fascinating tour examines why the images are in the National Gallery, the significance they held at the time the artwork was created, and their meaning today. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Excursion: Black History of Trafalgar Square. Commissioned by King George IV, Trafalgar Square is one of the most popular public spaces in the city of London. During an informative tour, learn the links between this iconic spot and Africa, India, and the Caribbean.

Day 5 | London | Educational Focus: James Baldwin, Frederick Douglass, and Phyllis Wheatley in London. A local expert leads a discussion of the lives of these three influential figures during their time in London. Excursion: Secrets of Soho. During a walking tour between Soho Square and Russell Square, discover the area’s wealth of African-Caribbean history. Learn about important figures, such as Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, and Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, and key events.

Day 6 | London | Excursion: St. Paul’s/Bank. Embark on a walking tour of one of the oldest sections of the city. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Roman amphitheater. Learn about the connection of London’s AfricanCaribbean to this neighborhood and hear tales of Black Loyalists and African revolutionaries. Enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant. Excursion: Black Cultural Archives and Brixton. Visit the national heritage center dedicated to preserving and telling the story of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Britain. Then, explore the Brixton neighborhood, an African-Caribbean enclave. See the area’s significant sights before having some free time for a walk around the lively Brixton market.

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Heathrow London Airport River Thames The National Gallery Parliament Kensington River Thames

St. Paul’s Cathedral

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C ITY OF L ONDON English Channel

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Excursion: London, Sugar, and Slavery Exhibit at the Museum of London Docklands. Visit the Museum of London Docklands, where an informative exhibit tells the story of the sugar industry and the transAtlantic slave trade in both Britain and its colonies. Educational Focus: Contemporary London’s Black Culture. Participate in an engaging discussion with a local expert about London’s current political, economic, and social issues within the context of the city’s Black communities. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore more of London on your own.

Day 7 | London |

Tonight, join your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers at a farewell dinner and raise a toast to your London experience.

Have some time for lunch on your own.

Composed of 10 19th-century townhouses, this ideally located hotel has been carefully decorated with both reclaimed and modern pieces to create a period ambiance with a modern twist. The Tube is nearby, and many attractions are within walking distance. Enjoy contemporary British cuisine at the restaurant. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

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Day 8 | London |

Tonight, gather for a group dinner and an evening of jazz. Excursion: River Thames Cruise. Enjoy London’s most iconic sights from the river perspective. See Big Ben, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and much more!

RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN, VANDERBILT | LONDON

Hyde Park

Day 9 | Depart London for the U.S. | Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

Tour Dates & Prices May 13-21, 2021 June 3-11, 2021 September 16-24, 2021 Tour Price

$4,890

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $895 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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A One-Week Stay in Western Ireland

Day 2 | Shannon, Ireland | Ennis |

Depart for Shannon, Ireland.

Arrive in Shannon and transfer to the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis. Excursion: Ennis. Discover Ennis’ history on a guided walk. From tales of banshees to the famous local witch, hear how this area is steeped in legend, folklore, and mythology. You’ll also learn how some of Ireland’s most influential political figures were connected to Ennis.

Embrace the wealth of Irish culture and history of southwest Ireland during a weeklong stay in the charming city of Ennis. Many say the Irish are natural storytellers, and your local guides will bring history to life during excursions to castles, towns, and other historic sites. Breathe in ocean air as you explore the western coast of Ireland, renowned for its rugged beauty. Along the way, enjoy music, warm hospitality, delicious Irish food, and the best that Ireland has to offer.

Highlights Include Ennis: Stay in the charming city of Ennis, capital of County Clare. Stroll through the city-center streets, lined with colorful storefronts and inviting restaurants. In the evenings, live music and lively banter are sure to draw you into one of the many friendly neighborhood pubs. 14

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Wild Atlantic Way: Behold the breathtaking beauty of Ireland’s western coast, known as the Wild Atlantic Way. From the Cliffs of Moher to the Loop Head Peninsula, marvel at rugged shores and rock formations created by wind, waves, and time. Irish Cuisine: Savor the best of Ireland’s traditional fare and farm-to-table cuisine during visits to local restaurants, a country house-resort, and area pubs. Music: Clap your hands and tap your toes to the infectious sounds of Irish music. Watch a show of music and dance, plus visit Doolin, a town recognized for its concentration of musicians versed in the traditional style.

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Gather for a welcome reception and dinner, followed by a lively Irish music and dancing show.

Day 3 | The Burren | Cliffs of Moher | Excursion: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Witness the stark beauty of Ireland’s west coast during a visit to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, which form a UNESCO Global Geopark. At the Burren, marvel at the limestone slabs, worn by Ice Age glaciers. Your expert guide shares the natural and human history of the Burren during a walk of the area. Witness the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet at their highest point, that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean below. More than 300 million years ago, these awe-inspiring sea cliffs formed a river delta. The ancient river and years of erosion have revealed layers of rock that tell the stories of life in the region since prehistoric times. After lunch at a family-owned pub, learn about the field


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Left: Birr Castle Lower left: Inis Mór, Aran Islands | Below: Loop Head Peninsula

game of hurling, played for thousands of years in Ireland, at a museum in the former home of Michael Cusack, the founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Conclude with a visit to a portal tomb that dates from 2500–2000 B.C.

Day 4 | Loop Head Peninsula | Educational Focus: Irish History and Genealogy. Listen to the story of Irish emigration to the United States from a local expert at the Clare Heritage and Genealogy Center. Hear tips for researching your own family tree. Excursion: Loop Head Peninsula. Gaze in awe at the rugged cliffside scenery as you head to the tip of this headland that juts out between the Atlantic Ocean and the Shannon estuary. Relax over lunch before touring the Loop Head Lighthouse. Hear the powerful crash of the waves, feel the ocean breezes and take in expansive panoramic views from this excellent vantage point.

Day 5 | Adare | Excursion: Adare Manor. Journey to Adare Manor, the former seat of the Earls of Dunraven and now a luxury hotel and golf resort. Over three decades beginning in the 1830s, the second Earl of Dunraven and his wife ambitiously transformed their mansion into an architectural showplace to rival the great houses of Europe. Enjoy a threecourse artisanal lunch inside this neo-Gothic masterpiece and a leisurely walk through the beautifully landscaped grounds. Later, visit the village of Adare, founded in the 13th century and filled with thatched roof homes, lively pubs and independent shops, for a brief tour and free time.

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IRELAND Aran Islands Loop Head Lighthouse

The Burren/ Cliffs of Moher Birr Ennis Adare

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Day 6 | Birr | Killaloe | Excursion: Birr Castle and Lough Derg Cruise. Visit Birr Castle Gardens & Science Center for a look at state-of-the-art, 19th-century technology. This 400-year-old castle was a hub of scientific activity at that time because the castle’s occupant built a telescope that was the world’s largest from 1845–1914. He and his family received visitors who came from around the world to peer at stars and galaxies through his telescope. Learn about this telescope and other scientific discoveries made here. After lunch in Killaloe, embark on a cruise of Lough Derg and the River Shannon. Enjoy views of counties Clare and Tipperary! Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Ennis.

Day 7 | Inis Mór | Doolin | Excursion: Inis Mór. Take a scenic drive to Doolin and ferry to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Learn about life on the island and meet a family who harvests seaweed, an oftenforgotten ancient food source, to reintroduce it

to the younger generations. Next, explore cliffside Dún Aonghasa, an impressive prehistoric fortress. Excursion: Doolin. Soulful Irish music is beloved around the world. In Ireland, the village of Doolin is synonymous with music because of the number of musicians who live in the area. Visit the home of a local musician and sip a glass of wine while listening to traditional songs and musical lore.

Day 8 | Bunratty | Excursion: Bunratty Castle. Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for a look at 19th-century village life. The buildings, representing all walks of life, are typical of an Irish main street from that period. The castle has been restored to its former glory. This evening, celebrate your Irish adventure at a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 9 | Depart Ennis for the U.S. | Transfer to the Shannon airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

Experience traditional Irish hospitality, warm and inviting, at the Old Ground Hotel. Built originally in the 18th century as a private home, the Old Ground was turned into a hotel in the late 19th century. Savor delicious meals or evening drinks at the casual bistro, traditional pub, and formal restaurant on the premises. Relax in your inviting guest room, which features complimentary Wi-Fi.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Christopher Griffin | May & September (See page 12) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices May 29 – June 6, 2021 September 4-12, 2021 Tour Price

$4,390

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single supplement waived for solo travelers! This offer is limited, capacity-controlled and tends to sell out quickly. Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Honfleur

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Normandy

Day 1 | In Transit

A One-Week Stay in France

Day 2 | Paris, France | Honfleur

Depart for Paris, France.

Arrive in Paris and transfer to Honfleur and the Mercure Honfleur Hotel. Tonight, meet your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a welcome reception and dinner. Delve into Normandy’s heritage from your base in Honfleur, a charming resort town that began as a fishing village. Journey back to the Middle Ages through the intricate Bayeux Tapestry. Discover the famed island abbey of Mont St. Michel. Explore 20th-century history at key sites of the Allied forces’ D-Day invasion. Consider the impact of World War II during a poignant visit to the Normandy American Cemetery. Throughout your journey, admire centuries of architecture and indulge in delicious regional fare.

Highlights Include Battle of Normandy: Reflect upon the bravery of Allied soldiers who fought in the epic D-Day battle. Explore Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, sites whose names will be forever etched in history. At Arromanches, see the remains of a British mulberry harbor peeking through the water, listen to the waves crash onto shore near the Normandy American Cemetery, and visit Caen Memorial Museum. 16

Day 3 | Honfleur |

Mont St. Michel

Artistic Legacy: Surround yourself with the same views that inspired Monet and other great Impressionist painters. At Honfleur’s Old Harbor, admire the sun reflecting off the water and the colorful townhouses built here centuries ago. View the embroidered story of William the Conqueror’s victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Bayeux Tapestry, a length of linen nearly 230 feet long, offers historians insight into the battle as well as the weapons, clothing, food, and other details of daily life in that age. Mont St. Michel: An imposing abbey and ancient church crown, this mesmerizing tidal island is one of France’s most memorable locales and a World Heritage site.

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Excursion: Honfleur. This charming port town has captivated artists for centuries. Soak up the maritime ambiance of the 17th-century Vieux Bassin, or old harbor. Stroll along side streets to see landmarks like the wooden Church of SainteCathérine, crafted by 15th-century shipbuilders. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Honfleur, followed by an afternoon free to explore on your own.

Day 4 | Arromanches | Omaha Beach | Normandy American Cemetery | Pointe du Hoc | Educational Focus: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. During an insightful talk, learn about this pivotal World War II battle and the role that Normandy played in this crucial event. Excursion: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In Arromanches, see the site of one of the offshore mulberry harbors, and visit the museum. These artificial harbors enabled the Allies to funnel enormous resources into France to wage war


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Far left: Les Braves monument, Omaha Beach Left: The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer Below: Monet’s home and gardens, Giverny

against Hitler. Walk along Omaha Beach, contemplating the extraordinary bravery of the Allied landing troops who valiantly advanced across the heavily fortified shoreline. At the Normandy American Cemetery, pay respects to 9,385 Americans who died in the invasion and subsequent battles. Then, visit Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Army Rangers courageously scaled 100-foot cliffs, and view the massive German gun emplacement. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Day 5 | Giverny | Rouen | Excursion: Giverny and Rouen. Explore Claude Monet’s life and work at his home in Giverny. Raised in Normandy, Monet lived in this charming, pink house from 1883 to 1926. Admire the tranquil beauty of the garden that inspired many of his paintings, and visit the studio where he painted his Water Lilies series. Continue to the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, dedicated to the history of impressionism and its influence on a colony of American artists in the town. Depart Giverny for Rouen, renowned for its medieval architecture. See the magnificent Rouen Cathedral famously captured by Monet in a series of paintings and the beautifully ornate astronomical clock known as Le Gros Horloge. Hear the haunting story of Joan of Arc, “The Maid of Orleans,” who was martyred in the town square. Return to Honfleur for a group dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6 | Mont St. Michel | Excursion: Mont St. Michel. With one glimpse of Mont St. Michel’s singular silhouette rising above the surrounding flat sands, you’ll know why it is considered a wonder of the Western world. On a guided tour, explore this fascinating island, and visit the serene abbey and church that have drawn pilgrims for centuries. Discover its unique history as not only a church and monastery, but also a fortress and a prison.

English Channel Omaha Beach

Bayeux

Arromanches Caen

Cabourg

Seine River

Paris Mont St. Michel

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MERCURE HONFLEUR HOTEL | HONFLEUR Overnight Featured Site

the World War II Resistance: its origins, its leaders, and the heroic efforts of the French patriots who fought to liberate their country.

Day 8 | Bayeux | Excursion: Le Mémorial de Caen. Visit the awardwinning Caen Memorial Museum and learn about World War II, the D-Day landings, the Battle of Normandy, and the Cold War through an array of informative exhibits, photos, and video footage. Local Flavor: Normandy’s famous apple cider brandy is among the world’s finest brandies. Visit a farm that distills Calvados from the apples grown on its 42 acres of orchards, and learn about the process. Relax over lunch and a glass of smooth Calvados on the farm. Excursion: Bayeux. View the celebrated Bayeux Tapestry, an intricately embroidered masterpiece nearly 230 feet long. The compilation of 50 scenes tell the epic story of the Norman conquest of England with a needle and thread. Later, admire Bayeux’s Notre Dame cathedral.

Take in Mont St. Michel’s special ambiance during lunch and time on your own.

Tonight, cap off your time in Normandy at a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 7 | Honfleur |

Day 9 | Depart Honfleur for the U.S. |

Educational Focus: The French Resistance. With a local expert, delve into the history of

Transfer to the Paris airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

Stay in the heart of Honfleur at the Mercure Honfleur Hotel, and enjoy shops, restaurants, and the Vieux Bassin, or the Old Port, just steps away. Enjoy modern decor and warm hospitality. In the evenings, gather at the bar to sip cocktails created with the local cider and apple brandy. At the end of each day, relax in the comfort of your well-appointed room. Wi-Fi is complementary.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Robert Dalessandro | May & October 16 (See our website)

Cathal Nolan | June (See our website) Lisa Passaglia Bauman | October 2 (See our website) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices May 1-9, 2021 June 26 - July 4, 2021 October 2-10, 2021 October 16-24, 2021 Tour Price

$4,590

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single supplement waived for solo travelers! This offer is limited, capacity-controlled and tends to sell out quickly. Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Seine River

Itinerary

Paris: The African American Experience

Day 1 | In Transit Depart for Paris, France.

Day 2 | Paris, France | Arrive in Paris and transfer to the Les Jardins du Marais. In the company of your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director, take an orientation walk of the hotel’s neighborhood. Attend a welcome reception and dinner this evening.

In the years after World War I, Paris became a beacon for African Americans who enjoyed the warm welcome bestowed upon them after the war. Jazz musicians introduced this new genre of music to the city and found adoring fans, and writers and painters enjoyed appreciation of their thoughts and art. From jazz-club owners to scholars, African Americans found themselves greatly influencing Paris’ cultural trends in the first half of the 20th century. Trace the footsteps of these luminaries, walk through legendary neighborhoods, and immerse yourself in the culture created by a community who built a home away from home in the City of Light.

Day 3 | Paris | Pont Alexandre III

the neighborhoods that fostered the success of the early 20th-century African American community. Watch a screening of a documentary about this period and meet with the film makers. Speak with an award-winning writer and current member of Paris’ African American community. An Evening of Jazz: Enjoy a concert and discover the history of Paris’ love affair with jazz.

Highlights Include

Musée du Quai Branly: Explore this worldclass museum, which is devoted to curating exhibits of non-European works of art and artifacts.

Cultural Insights: Learn how African American expatriates indelibly influenced the musical, art, and intellectual communities of Paris. Explore

Classic Paris: Treat your tastebuds on a culinary tour of Paris, visit to Versailles, cruise on the Seine, and much more!

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Excursion: Paris’ African American History. African Americans have long found an acceptance in Paris that they did not find in the United States. The city also has welcomed large Afro-Caribbean and African communities. Today, see the haunts of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, James Baldwin, and others as you explore the Champs Elysées and Latin Quarter. Visit a monument to singer Josephine Baker and a memorial for writer Alexandre Dumas. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Excursion: Paris by Boat. Cruise the Seine River for a different perspective of Paris. See Notre-Dame Cathedral, Île St. Louis, the Louvre Museum, and the French Institute.

Day 4 | Paris | Educational Focus: Paris Noir. Watch Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light, a 2016 documentary that follows the relationship between


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Left: U.S. Army’s 369th Infantry Regiment, the Harlem Hellfighters, in Paris Lower left: Jazz musicians Below: Versailles

African American expatriates and Paris in the years after World War I, followed by a question-andanswer session with the filmmakers. Excursion: Harlem in Paris. The soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 369th Infanty Regiment, the Harlem Hellfighters, introduced jazz to France during World War I. Before the Hellfighters returned home with medals for valor pinned to their chests, they left the French hungry for American jazz. As the Harlem Renaissance blossomed in New York, a similar movement took root in Paris, and Parisians fell in love with the cultural scene created by African American club owners, musicians, and entertainers. See the places in Montmartre associated with Eugene Bullard, Bricktop, and other legends. Learn how African American culture influenced European culture. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Montmartre. Excursion: Musée du Montmartre. This building once was the meeting place of the neighborhood’s famous artists. Today, it is a museum displaying art that tells the story of Montmarte. Excursion: An Evening of Jazz. Tour St-Germaindes-Prés and the Latin Quarter to learn the story of French jazz. African American jazz musicians played to adoring audiences at the clubs here after World War II. Enjoy dinner and a concert.

Day 5 | Paris | Local Flavor: With an expert leading the way, taste your way through France’s culinary heritage. Sample several delicious artisan-made foods. Excursion: Musée du Quai Branly. This renowned museum’s collection focuses on non-European art. Enjoy its unique architecture as well as its exhibits.

Day 6 | Versailles | Excursion: Versailles. Visit France’s grandest palace on a guided tour. The baroque château was the political capital and seat of the royal court from 1682-1789. Trace the footsteps of kings, queens, and courtiers. The Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, was signed in the famous Hall of Mirrors. Enjoy free time for lunch and exploring the palace’s gardens on your own.

Day 7 | Paris | Educational Focus: An African American Writer in Paris Today. Award-winning writer Jake Lamar, a Bronx transplant in Paris, discusses his experiences in the city, where he has lived for several years. A former writer for Time magazine, Lamar also has written six novels, several short stories, and a play. Excursion: The Left Bank. The African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African communities in Paris

Overnight Featured Site

Marne River

Versailles

Paris

FRANCE Seine River

LES JARDINS DU MARAIS | PARIS Tour Eiffel

Hotel Louvre Le Marais Notre Dame

Rodin Museum

Dijon

Seine River

City Of Paris

have largely made their home in Left Bank neighborhoods. See where the groundbreaking magazine, Revue du Monde Noir, was published. Learn about scholars, such as Anna Cooper and Carter G. Woodson, both of whom studied at the Sorbonne. Cooper, born into slavery, earned a doctorate here, and Woodson became a pioneer in the field of Black Studies. Delve deeper into Paris’ music scene. See where musicians, such as Miles Davis and Bud Powell, lived and performed. Enjoy a group lunch at a restaurant.

Day 8 | Paris | Spend the afternoon enjoying the Parisian lifestyle. Revel in local life at a sidewalk café, venture through a market, or visit one of the city’s many world-class museums. Gather for a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 9 | Depart Paris for the U.S. | Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

Located in the heart of the historic Marais quarter, Les Jardin du Marais lives up to its name and is, indeed, a garden oasis and pause from the bustle of Paris. Enjoy the hotel’s garden and relax in the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Each welcoming guest room evokes the late art deco style of the 1930s. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, spa, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Thomas Doughton | April & May (See our website) The Smithsonian Journeys Expert for the August departure will be announced soon. For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices April 24 – May 2, 2021 May 1-9, 2021 August 28 – September 5, 2021 Tour Price

$4,590

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $1,295 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Gendarmenmarkt

Itinerary Day 1 | In Transit

Berlin

Depart for Berlin, Germany.

Day 2 | Berlin, Germany |

A One-Week Stay in Germany

Arrive in Berlin and transfer to the first-class Hilton Berlin. Join your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3 | Berlin | From its Prussian and Imperial years through the World Wars, and from its Cold War split to its eventual reunification, Berlin has weathered many ups and downs over the centuries. As a result, Berlin is unique among the world’s cities. Many would say Berlin has risen above its turbulent history to become more vibrant, dynamic, and exciting than ever. On this weeklong journey, discover the many chapters of its past and the local events that affected the city and the world, visit iconic sites, and explore its artistic heritage.

Highlights Include Highlights of Berlin: Take a city tour, visit the last standing section of the Berlin Wall, and enjoy a guided tour of the Reichstag. See the spot where President Kennedy made his 1963 speech and declared, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” Art and Music of Berlin: Visit the worldfamous Pergamon Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island and go behind the scenes for a tour of the 20

Educational Focus: A Tale of Two Cities. Learn about Berlin’s Cold War past as a city divided into East and West sectors from a local expert.

Museum Island, Spree River

State Opera House. Admire the paintings in the Gemäldegalerie, where masterpieces from the 13th to 18th centuries are on exhibit. Spend an evening enjoying a musical performance. Local Insight: Join discussions with local experts about the Cold War Berlin, listen to a first-person account about life in wartime Berlin, and learn about the city’s musical legacy. Potsdam: Tour Potsdam, Sanssouci Palace, and Cecilienhof Palace. Berlin Life: Embrace Berlin’s cultural scene, traditional cuisine, and world-class museums.

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Excursion: Berlin. On a panoramic tour of Berlin, see the highlights of the city, including Federal Chancellery, Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Reichstag, Gendarmenmarkt, and Unter den Linden. Drive along Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s famous shopping street. Take a guided walk at the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial, the last section of the Berlin Wall preserved in place. Take a break for a group lunch at a local restaurant during the excursion.

Day 4 | Potsdam | Excursion: Prussian Potsdam. Potsdam is known for its beautiful landscape of palaces and gardens. Discover Sanssouci, the former summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Admire the rococo architecture, extravagant furnishings, and manicured gardens. See the Neues Palais, a magnificent baroque castle. Then visit Cecilienhof


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Palace, a Tudor-style palace built in the early 20th century. Truman, Churchill, and Stalin gathered at this beautiful country house in 1945 to discuss the future of post-war Europe.

Left: Dome of Reichstag Lower left: New Palace, Sanssouci, Potsdam Below: The Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way, Babylon, Pergamon Museum

Enjoy lunch with the group at a restaurant in Potsdam. Spend some free time in Potsdam’s Dutch Quarter, an ensemble of 18th-century houses and buildings designed to bring a touch of the Netherlands to the city.

Day 5 | Berlin | Educational Focus: Music in Berlin. Some of the world’s most famous classical composers hail from Germany. A local speaker discusses Germany’s contribution to music. Excursion: The Music and Art of Berlin. Peek behind the scenes at the renowned State Opera House during a tour of the landmark concert hall. Then, admire the art collection at the Gemäldegalerie, a top museum with an extensive collection of paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries. Works by master artists, ranging from van Eyck and Rembrandt to Raphael and Caravaggio, are on exhibit. Excursion: Dinner and a Concert. Gather for dinner at a restaurant, followed by a concert at a local music venue.

Day 6 | Berlin | Excursion: Inside the Reichstag. Visit one of Berlin’s most iconic buildings, the Reichstag. Built in the late 1800s to be the home of Germany’s Imperial Diet, today it is where the Bundestag, the lower house of modern Germany’s parliament, meets. Learn about the history of the building during a tour and visit to the rooftop terrace. Local Flavor: Enjoy a traditional lunch at a Bavarian brewery-style restaurant.

Day 7 | Berlin | Excursion: Berlin’s Jewish History. Delve into the history of Germany’s Jewish community at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Open since 2001, the museum reaches back to the Middle Ages and explores 14 different periods of history through religious, artistic, and everyday objects; photos and letters; and interactive displays. Continue to Schöneberg Town Hall, most famous for its balcony where President Kennedy in 1963 declared, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” The Town Hall also has a poignant exhibit, “Wir Waren Nachbarn,” or “We Were Neighbors,” which tells the stories of the Jewish residents of this district during the years before and after the Nazis expelled them from their homes. Educational Focus: A Personal Account of World War II and Cold War Berlin. For an insider’s

Berlin Wall

River Spree

Reichstag Bradenburg Gate

Pergamon Museum Hotel

HILTON BERLIN | BERLIN

City of Berlin Berlin Potsdam

GERMANY

Overnight Featured Site

perspective into life during the turbulent mid-20th century, listen to a riveting talk by a resident of that era.

The Hilton Berlin is ideally located in the Mitte district in the center of the city on Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most beautiful square. Top attractions, restaurants, bars, and shops all are within walking distance. Enjoy the hotel’s two restaurants, and meet friends for drinks at the lounge. Fit in a workout and a swim at the fitness center. Wi-Fi is complimentary in the public areas of the hotel.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts

The rest of the day is free to explore Berlin on your own. You may wish to stroll through the Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest park.

Ralph Nurberger | June (See page 11)

Day 8 | Berlin |

For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Excursion: The Museum Island. Visit Berlin’s Museumsinsel. This Spree River island is a World Heritage site and home to five of the city’s worldclass museums. Marvel at the precious antiquities of the Pergamon Museum during a guided tour. A full-day museum pass is included. Spend the remainder of the day visiting the other four museums on the island at your leisure. Share memories and experiences of the week with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 9 | Depart Berlin for the U.S. | Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

Benjamin Sutherland | September (See our website)

Tour Dates & Prices June 9-17, 2021 September 15-23, 2021 Tour Price

$4,940

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $1,090 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

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Market Square, Kraków

Itinerary Day 1 | In Transit

Kraków

Depart for Kraków, Poland.

Day 2 | Kraków |

A One-Week Stay in Poland

A medieval gem with a World Heritage historic quarter, Kraków is one of Europe’s most delightful cities. It was the ancient seat of the Polish kingdom for nearly 500 years and it remains Poland’s center of cultural and academic life. As you uncover Kraków’s history and witness fascinating sites, experience the mythical atmosphere permeating the city’s historic buildings, city streets, and medieval squares. Along the way, hear legends of heroes, war, and survival; spend a day in the capital city of Warsaw; and immerse yourself in a wealth of cultural riches.

Highlights Include Kraków: Explore the old town, Wawel Castle courtyard, Royal Cathedral, the Market Square and its 15th-century Cloth Hall, and the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary. Ojcow National Park: Spend time at a scenic national park. See the unusual rock formations and tour Pieskowa Skala Castle. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Marvel at the intricate 22

Arrive in Kraków and transfer to the Hotel Unicus Palace. Enjoy a guided walk with your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director to explore the hotel’s surroundings. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception, followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 3 | Kraków |

Pieskowa Skala Castle, Ojcow National Park

salt carvings, underground lakes, and unique chapel in Europe’s oldest salt mine, a World Heritage site. World War II Sites or Nowa Huta: Choose between two excursions to personalize your journey. Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau to commemorate the many lives lost here during World War II, or explore Nowa Huta, a model Communist community during the Soviet years. Warsaw: Journey by train to Poland’s capital city. See the Chopin Memorial, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Madame Curie’s house, the Royal Castle, and St. Anne’s Church in the old town, a World Heritage site.

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Educational Focus: History of Kraków. This delightful city was the royal capital of Poland for more than five centuries. Join a local expert and learn about its turbulent past and present-day role as a living museum of historic architecture. Excursion: Highlights of Kraków. Climb Wawel Hill to view the Renaissance castle’s arcaded courtyard and step inside Wawel Cathedral. Cross Market Square and listen for the hourly bugle call. Browse through the stalls of the medieval Cloth Hall, and trace the footsteps of Copernicus with a visit to Collegium Maius, the oldest building of Jagiellonian University. After lunch, see the 14thcentury St. Mary’s Basilica that houses an exquisite 42-foot-tall altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss. Try local specialties during lunch in the old town.

Day 4 | Wieliczka | Excursion: Wieliczka Salt Mine. Descend into


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Left: Wieliczka Salt Mine Lower left: Warsaw Ghetto Monument Below: Castle Square, Warsaw

a vast labyrinth of tunnels in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a World Heritage site. View incredible statues, monuments, and altarpieces that have been sculpted from salt blocks, and witness the sparkle from salt-hewn chandeliers illuminating the Chapel of St. Kinga. Enjoy a traditional Polish dinner and a folk music and dance performance.

Day 5 | Ojcow National Park | Excursion: Ojcow National Park. Relish the beauty of Ojcow National Park. Poland’s smallest but loveliest park spans woodlands, gorges, and lush meadows peppered with castle ruins and quaint villages. See the park’s limestone formations including the 80-foot-tall wonder of nature known as Hercules’ Club. At the park’s northern end, visit the 14th-century Pieskowa Skala Castle. Enjoy a group lunch at a restaurant on the castle’s grounds. Educational Focus: Poles—Citizens of the World. With a local expert, discover the cultural contributions of Poland’s most famous residents and their impact on the world beyond their home country’s borders.

Warsaw

Overnight Featured Site

Day 6 | Auschwitz or Nowa Huta | Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions. •Auschwitz. Pass through the gateway inscribed with “Work Makes Freedom.” Witness powerful exhibits and prisoners’ stark quarters. Continue to Birkenau, a site that once held one hundred thousand prisoners. •Nowa Huta. This neighborhood was designed as the ideal Communist community. See the iconic architecture of the area and visit a Communiststyle apartment. Lunch at local restaurants are included with both excursions.

Day 7 | Warsaw | Excursion: Wonders of Warsaw. Journey by train to the capital city. Travel along old town’s Royal Route and admire the elegant facade of St. Anne’s Church. See the bronze Chopin statue and the Warsaw Ghetto Monument. Pass by the splendid Royal Castle, rebuilt from the original castle remains. After free time for lunch on your own, visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which traces the tragic history of the Nazi occupation of the city and the residents’ ensuing fight to liberate their city. View inspirational and emotional presentations, photographs, and exhibits to learn about the brave Polish Home Army and gain insight into the struggles of daily life in Warsaw as well as the major events of World War II.

POLAND Ojcow National Park Auschwitz

Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Day 8 | Kraków | Excursion: Kraków’s Jewish Quarter. The storied Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz features many scenes from Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Step into Wolnica Square and stroll through this historic neighborhood. In the district of Zablocie, visit Oskar Schindler’s factory, now turned into a museum that chronicles life in Kraków before and around World War II. Your final afternoon in Kraków is at leisure. Spend some time in the Cloth Hall, explore the museums near Market Square, or join the locals for stroll through Planty Park, where you can find remnants of Kraków’s old city walls. This evening, gather with fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a farewell reception and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9 | Depart Kraków for the U.S. | Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

HOTEL UNICUS PALACE | KRAKÓW The Hotel Unicus Palace, newly opened in 2017, offers luxurious accommodations near many of Kraków’s historic sites, including Cloth Hall and St. Florian’s Gate. Two dining options feature the exceptional flavors of Polish and international cuisine, and guests may enjoy the property’s sun terrace, relaxing sauna, and comfortably appointed rooms with air-conditioning and a minibar. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Carol Reynolds | May & June (See our website) Laurie Koloski | July (See page 10) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices May 7-15, 2021 June 18-26, 2021 July 30 – August 7, 2021 Tour Price

$4,390

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $820 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Ronda

Itinerary

Spain’s Andalusia

Day 1 | In Transit Depart for Málaga, Spain.

Day 2 | Málaga, Spain | Antequera | Arrive in Málaga and transfer to the Parador de Antequera.

A One-Week Stay in Antequera Andalusia, Spain’s historic southern region, owes its name and much of its heritage to eight centuries of Moorish rule. Stemming from the Arabic name Al-Andalus, Andalusia is just one of thousands of Spanish words with Arabic roots. Explore the influence of Moorish culture, along with Christian and Jewish influences, on Spanish culture during that time. Examine the legacies of these great cultures through Andalusia’s art, architecture, and cuisine while appreciating the region’s contemporary culture. From the Alhambra and the stunning mosque in Córdoba, to the charming town of Ronda and the cultural center of Seville, embrace the best of Andalusia.

Highlights Include Antequera: Stay in this classic Andalusian town, crowned by its Alcazaba, a 14th-century Moorish fortress built atop Roman ruins. In the centuries following the Reconquest, Antequera became known for its many churches. Europe’s largest megalithic tombs are nearby. 24

This evening, gather with fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers at the parador for a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3 | Antequera |

Antequera

Art and Architecture: Admire Granada’s Alhambra, a Moorish fortress with magnificent buildings, fountains, and courtyards. Admire the beautiful tile work at Seville’s Plaza de España, and visit the Alcázar and the immense Gothic cathedral. In Córdoba, admire La Mezquita, the great mosque-turned-cathedral. In Málaga, take in the life and work of native son Pablo Picasso at the Museo Picasso Málaga. Cultural Traditions: Feel the passion of flamenco music and dancing at a special performance, visit a vineyard for a wine tasting, and learn about the traditions of bullfighting.

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Excursion: Ancient Antequera. Witness Europe’s most striking megalithic monuments, the Menga and Viera dolmens, a World Heritage site. Learn about the incredible labor and skill required to build these enormous stone burial chambers. Then, take a guided walk in Antequera. Begin at the Alcazaba, the Moorish fortress, and admire sweeping vistas of Antequera. Visit the Iglesia del Carmen, the Church of El Carmen, which has an exquisitely carved altar, and see other historic landmarks in the old town. Enjoy a savory lunch of Spanish cuisine at a local restaurant.

Day 4 | Granada | Excursion: Granada. Explore the stunning Alhambra. This Moorish fortress and palace, a World Heritage site, was built in the 13th and 14th centuries by the rulers of the Nasrid dynasty who sought to create their own paradise on earth.


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Right: Plaza de España, Seville Lower left: The Alhambra, Granada Lower right: Flamenco music and dancing

In the Palacios Nazaríes, see the breathtaking courtyards and fountains, intricately carved arches and colorful ceramics. Visit the Alcazaba, the castle that guarded the palace, and stroll through the manicured gardens of the Generalife. Local Flavor: Relax over lunch at the restaurant of the Parador de Granada inside the Alhambra. Enjoy a delicious meal in a memorable and historic location.

Day 5 | Seville | Excursion: Seville. Visit the magnificent Plaza de España, where colorful ceramics represent each province of Spain. Step inside the grand cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic building and a World Heritage site, and visit the splendid Real Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish palace. See the centuriesold bullring and Torre del Oro, the 13th-century defensive watchtower over the river. Finish with a walk through the charming narrow lanes of the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

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Find a nice spot to soak up the local ambiance and have lunch on your own in Seville.

Cordoba

Enjoy a delicious dinner of authentic Spanish cuisine tonight at a restaurant in Antequera.

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SPAIN Antequera

Day 6 | Ronda | Excursion: Ronda. Spectacularly set on the edge of El Tajo Gorge high above the open countryside, Ronda is a showstopper and the largest of the region’s pueblos blancos, or white towns. Stand in the famed Plaza de Toros, a bullfighting ring inaugurated in 1785. Delight in an unforgettable view over El Tajo from the terrace of Casa de San Juan Bosco. Visit the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor, a church commissioned by Ferdinand and Isabella, the 15th-century monarchs who unified Spain and wrested control of the country from the Moors. Local Flavor: Take in the scenic countryside at an organic winery. Enjoy a tasting of the bodega’s wines and lunch before returning to Antequera.

Day 7 | Córdoba | Excursion: Córdoba. Explore the great mosque, La Mezquita, containing the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain. After the city was recaptured by the Spanish, a cathedral was built inside the complex walls in the 16th century. La Mezquita’s most spellbinding feature is the superb hall with 856 columns made from marble, granite, jasper, and onyx connected by striped arches. See the enduring Roman bridge and take a stroll in the historic Jewish quarter. Immerse yourself in the charm of Córdoba

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as you enjoy some free time and select a restaurant for lunch on your own. Tonight, gather for a group dinner in Antequera.

Day 8 | Málaga | Educational Focus: Contemporary Spain. Discuss the current issues affecting life in Spain. Excursion: Málaga. Study the captivating art of Pablo Picasso in the city of his birth at the Museo Picasso Málaga. Donated by family members, the selections on display are ones that Picasso kept for himself or created for loved ones, which adds a special intimacy to the collection. Enjoy some free time to visit the cathedral on your own. Celebrate your time together in Spain at a farewell reception and dinner in the parador. Relish the passion and precision of flamenco, Spain’s famed dance form, during a special performance.

Day 9 | Depart Antequera for the U.S. | Transfer to the Málaga airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

PARADOR DE ANTEQUERA | ANTEQUERA Savor the tranquil setting of the Parador de Antequera. This charming town is ideally located for exploring Andalusia. After a day of sightseeing, relax on the terrace or take a dip in the pool. Dine on expertly prepared regional cuisine at the restaurant. Enjoy sleek guest rooms and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Allen James Fromherz | April (See our website) David Gies | May (See our website) George Greenia | September 16 (See our website) Margaret Monnier | September 30 (See page 11) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices April 29 – May 7, 2021 May 13-21, 2021 September 16-24, 2021 September 30 – October 8, 2021 Tour Price

$4,090

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single supplement waived for solo travelers! This offer is limited, capacity-controlled and tends to sell out quickly. Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Segovia

Itinerary

New!

Segovia

Day 1 | In Transit

A One-Week Stay in the Heart of Spain

Day 2 | Madrid, Spain | Segovia |

Depart for Madrid, Spain.

Arrive in Madrid and transfer to the Eurostars Convento Capuchinos in Segovia. Tonight, meet your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers at a welcome reception and dinner.

Discover the roots of Spain’s rich heritage during an exciting journey through the high plains of the Spanish heartland. Explore the historic region of Castile and Leon, birthplace of Queen Isabella. Travel through neighboring CastillaLa Mancha, where windmills and the windswept countryside inspired the tale of Don Quixote. During your Spanish adventure, amble along the narrow streets of enchanting medieval cities, stroll through elegant gardens, and immerse yourself in Madrid’s lively vibe.

Highlights Include Segovia: Stay in Segovia, which abounds in Spanish spirit, flavor, and soul. Admire Segovia’s aqueduct, an imposing reminder of the city’s Roman past, the 13th-century Alcázar, and La Granja de San Ildefonso, an 18th-century palace. Art: Surround yourself with artistic masterpieces, including paintings by Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco, in Madrid’s Museo del Prado. 26

Day 3 | Segovia | Educational Focus: Contemporary Spain. Discuss the current issues affecting life in Spain.

University of Salamanca

Toledo: Discover Toledo, where Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities from centuries ago have contributed to the city’s unique character. Ávila: Step inside the walls of medieval Ávila, a picture-perfect fortified city with 88 towers and more than 2,500 turrets. Salamanca: Delight in a visit to the home of Spain’s oldest university city and crossroads of ancient Spanish cities. Spanish Cuisine: Savor the flavors of central Spain, including Duero wines, and jamón iberico, a delicious cured ham.

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Excursion: Segovia. Get to know Segovia, your home for the next week. See the lively Plaza Mayor, Cathedral, and Roman aqueduct, a World Heritage destination. Then visit the fairy-tale Alcazar, the fortified palace of the Castilian kings. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Segovian specialties at a local restaurant. Gather for a group dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 | Salamanca | Excursion: Salamanca. Discover Salamanca, the beautiful World Heritage city known for its 800-year-old university. Visit this storied institution of higher learning and the old and new cathedrals. See the Plaza Mayor and the Casa de las Conchas. Local Flavor: Travel to a Duero Valley hacienda to learn about Spanish wines. Tour the winery, sample some of the local wines, and enjoy a delicious lunch.


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Left: Walled city of Ávila Lower left: Puerta de la Bisagra, Toledo Below: Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Day 5 | Madrid | Excursion: Madrid and Spanish Art. Travel to Madrid to spend the day in the Spanish capital. Visit the world-class Museo del Prado to see paintings by vaunted artists, including Spanish Golden Age masters El Greco and Velázquez; Spanish Romantic painter Goya; and Hieronymus Bosch, or El Bosco as he is known in Spain. Rejoin the group for a panoramic tour of the city and see the Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real. Then, walk to the stately Palacio Santoña, one of the city’s few surviving palace houses, for a tour of its sumptuous neoclassical and baroque interior. Taste a variety of delectable Spanish specialties at a tapas dinner this evening.

Day 6 | Ávila | Get to know Ávila, one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Spain, if not all of Europe. Educational Focus: The History of Castile. With a local expert leading the discussion, learn about the events and people, including Isabel, Ferdinand and Columbus, that forged Castile’s history and identity. Enjoy lunch at the Parador de Ávila afterward. Excursion: Ávila. Embark on a walking tour of this World Heritage city. Encircled by a wellpreserved, 11th-century medieval wall with 88 towers, Ávila and its old town exude a romantic ambiance. It was also the birthplace of Teresa de Ávila, known as St. Teresa, one of the Catholic Church’s great mystics and reformers. Visit the famous Cathedral built into the city walls that offers a mix of architectural styles. Afterward, enjoy some time to explore Ávila on your own.

Day 7 | Toledo | Excursion: Toledo. Explore Toledo, one of Spain’s greatest cultural gems. This city, a former capital under Charles V, was built with influences from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures. Toledo’s rich array of architecture includes churches, synagogues, and mosques, but the secular buildings also reflect these three cultures. See the Puerta de la Bisagra, Toledo’s most impressive city gate, and visit the Gothic cathedral and Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue. At the Church of Santo Tomé, take in the details in the masterful work of El Greco in his painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Sample some of the local cuisine during lunch at the Parador de Toledo.

Day 8 | San Ildefonso | Segovia | Excursion: La Granja de San Ildefonso. Travel just outside Segovia to a beautiful palace with gilded halls and elegant, manicured gardens. If this

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royal residence reminds you of Versailles, it may be because Phillip V, the Spanish king who built this estate for his retirement after abdicating the throne, was born at the French palace. Phillip hired a landscape architect who was a protegé of the designer of the Versailles gardens to design the gardens of La Granja, which encompass more than 360 acres and feature 26 fountains. Enjoy a tour of the opulent palace and gardens. Spend a final afternoon at leisure in Segovia. Explore museums, visit historic monuments, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere in the Plaza Mayor and other city squares. Tonight, celebrate your week in the Spanish heartland with your new friends at a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 9 | Depart Segovia for the U.S. | Transfer to the Madrid airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

EUROSTARS CONVENTO CAPUCHINOS | SEGOVIA Enjoy the unique character of the Eurostars Convento Capuchinos, a 400-year-old convent that has been converted into a welcoming hotel in the heart of the city. The Plaza Mayor, along with cafés and shops, is just a five-minute walk away. During your stay here, you may wish to pamper yourself at the spa or enjoy a meal in the elegant restaurant. The modern guest rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Ana Afzali | April (See page 11) Henry Luttikhuizen | May (See our website) Dianne Konz | September (See our website) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices April 20-28, 2021 May 25 – June 2, 2021 September 7-15, 2021 Tour Price

$4,190

VAT is included. Price includes $250 or $500 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single supplement waived for solo travelers! Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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San Sebastián

Itinerary Day 1 | In Transit

France & Spain’s Basque Region

Depart for Bilbao, Spain.

Day 2 | Bilbao, Spain | Hondarribia | Arrive in Bilbao and transfer to the Parador de Hondarribia.

A Stay in Hondarribia

Join your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner.

Delve into the wide-ranging soul of the Basque region in both France and Spain. Settle in and explore the cultural traditions of sophisticated resorts and art havens as well as gem-like villages dotting the Bay of Biscay and nestled amid the Pyrenees. Reside in the seaside village of Hondarribia, with its charming fortified old town known as a Basque mecca for foodies, and be fully immersed in quintessential Spanish Basque culture.

Highlights Include Hondarribia: Stay in charming Hondarribia, ideally located to explore destinations on both sides of the French and Spanish border. French and Spanish Basque Country: Get to know cities and towns in both French and Spanish Basque Country, including San Sebastián, Bayonne, Biarritz, and many more. Basque Cuisine: Relish the many opportunties to immerse yourself in the delicious culinary heritage of Basque country. From cider houses 28

Day 3 | Hondarribia | San Sebastián |

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to pinxtos bars and dining clubs to fine-dining restaurants, Basque restaurants are known for their blend of tradition and creativity. In addition to the included culinary events, take advantage of ample free time to try local favorites, Michelin-starred restaurants, and more. Vineyard Visit: Visit a Irouléguy winery to try regionally produced wine and local cheeses. Bilbao: Visit vibrant Bilbao and the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. Pamplona: Discover Pamplona, which has one of Spain’s most charming historic districts.

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Excursion: Hondarribia. Get to know this pretty town that will be your home during your stay. Stroll through the Plaza de Armas and explore the old town’s coloful lanes. Conclude your tour at the Santuario de Guadalupe, originally built in the 16th century. Admire the sweeping views of the countryside and Txingudi Bay. Have lunch at a restaurant near Hondarribia on your way to San Sebastián. Excursion: San Sebastián. This seaside town, called Donostia in Basque, was a 2016 European Capital of Culture. See its old town, including Buen Pastor Cathedral. Stroll along Paseo de la Concha, a promenade that hugs the curve of the shoreline, for a beautiful view of the bay.

Day 4 | Bayonne, France | Biarritz Excursion: Bayonne. Bayonne sits at the confluence of the Adour and Nive rivers and is the capital of France’s Basque region. Visit Sainte-Marie Cathedral during a tour of the old town.


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Left: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Lower left: Pintxos at a local bar Below: St-Jean-de-luz

Local Flavor: Sip cider and savor Basque cuisine during lunch at a traditional cider house. Excursion: Biarritz. A former whaling town, Biarritz is now a chic seaside resort on the Bay of Biscay. Walk along the waterfront promenade for a sweeping view of the coast. Make your way to the Rocher de la Vierge, an outcrop connected to the shore by a bridge built by Gustave Eiffel. See the medieval Atalaye watch tower, where fishermen kept an eye out for whales. Local Flavor: Enjoy special access to a txoko, a Basque gastronomic society, for dinner. These renowned members-only clubs preserve Basque culinary traditions through private dinners. Taste Basque specialties prepared in a unique venue that most travelers are not able to experience.

Day 5 | Bilbao | Excursion: Bilbao. Visit the Guggenheim Bilbao, which itself is a beautiful piece of art designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Filled with exciting works of modern art, the museum is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

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Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Bilbao.

Excursion: Basque Traditions. Visit Maison Ortillopitz, a 16th-century Basque country home in the French Basque region, to learn about Basque life and traditions. Stop in the charming town of Espelette, where strands of the eponymous red peppers adorn whitewashed homes in the traditional method of drying the peppers. Savor a delicious lunch in Espelette. Excursion: St-Jean-de-Luz. This pretty town has a swashbuckling past. In the 17th and 18th centuries, fishermen traded their nets for swords and cannons to become feared corsairs. See the St-Jean-Baptiste Church and stroll through Place Louis XIV, the main square. Educational Focus: Hemingway’s Spain. Discover writer Ernest Hemingway’s passion for Spain and its culture with a local expert.

Day 7 | Pamplona, Spain | Excursion: Pamplona. Explore Pamplona and its deep ties to Ernest Hemingway. See Castle Square, the Gothic cathedral, and famous bullfighting ring. Enjoy free time for lunch as you wander along the 16th-century streets. Upon your return to Hondarribia, enjoy time at leisure to explore more of the town and stroll along the waterfront. Tonight, why not live like

Bayonne Biarritz St-Jean-de-Luz Espelette

Hondarribia

Tonight, have dinner in Hondarribia.

Day 6 | Espelette, France | St-Jean-de-Luz |

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a local and join the txikiteo, a favorite evening activity that involves visiting a few bars to enjoy a txikito, a small glass of wine, and pintxos, Basque cuisine’s acclaimed small plates. This custom is as much a culinary quest as it is a social activity because each bar has its own specialty pintxo.

Day 8 | Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France | Excursion: Art and Wine of French Basque Country. Travel to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, where many pilgrims once began their journey to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Explore this walled town in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, and learn about its history. Continue to an Irouléguy wine cellar on the outskirts of town. Sip this regional wine and savor a selection of accompanying pintxos. Tonight, celebrate your week in Basque Country at a festive farewell reception and dinner.

Day 9 | Depart Hondarribia for the U.S. | Transfer to the Bilbao airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

PARADOR DE HONDARRIBIA | HONDARRIBIA Feel the romance of medieval Spain while staying at the Parador de Hondarribia, a 10th-century fortress also called the Castle of Charles V. Bask in the cozy, modern ambiance created by the vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, and tapestries on the walls. Located in the center of the historic quarter, enjoy being near Hondarribia’s restaurants and shops. Enjoy excellent service and comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Margaret Monnier | April & September (See page 11) Nathanael Greene | May (See our website) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices April 24 – May 2, 2021 May 15-23, 2021 September 11-19, 2021 Tour Price

$4,590

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $795 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Trulli architecture of Alberobello

Itinerary Day 1 | In Transit

Italy’s Apulia

Depart for Bari, Italy.

Day 2 | Bari, Italy | Polignano a Mare |

A One-Week Stay in Polignano a Mare

Arrive in Bari and transfer to Polignano a Mare. Check in to the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 3 | Bari | Polignano a Mare |

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. Savor regional specialties and learn about culinary traditions at a family olive mill and local vineyard. Plus, local speakers will talk about the rich cultural heritage, slow-paced lifestyle, and cuisine of Apulia.

Highlights Include

Excursion: Bari. In the historic port of Bari, wander the tangle of medieval streets in the city’s Old Town. Admire the carved portal of the 11thcentury Basilica di San Nicola, which has a striking mosaic floor. Walk along the seafront promenade, and stroll through the Murat quarter, the modern heart of the city. Cave homes of Matera

Cuisine: Savor delicious Apulian specialties. The sundrenched, fertile soil produces bright red tomatoes, flavorful olives, and juicy citrus fruit, while the sea offers the fresh, plump seafood. Visit a family-owned olive mill for a taste of liquid gold.

Polignano a Mare: Stay in a charming boutique hotel perched on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy peaceful mornings and watch the sun dip below the horizon each evening.

Trani: Stroll through this charming fishing town. Admire the postcard setting of the harbor where the medieval cathedral stands guard. Trace the footsteps of the Knights Templar who once occupied the town during the Crusades.

Unique Architecture: Discover the unique whitewashed homes with fieldstone conical roofs and marvel at the astonishing cave homes in Matera.

Lecce and Ostuni: Marvel at the intricate baroque style that is unique to the pretty town of Lecce. In Ostuni, explore the labyrinth of narrow lanes that wind through the Old Town.

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Enjoy a delicious lunch in Bari. Excursion: Polignano a Mare. Discover why this vibrant fishing village makes the ideal base for exploration of the region. Pass through the Porta Vecchia gate to stroll the cobbled streets of Old Town, fragrant with flowering plants and freshly baked goods. Along the way, peek inside the workshops of local artisans, and experience the warm hospitality of local residents. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 4 | Locorotondo | Alberobello | Excursion: The Heart of Apulia and Trulli Fascinating Alberobello. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Apulian countryside to Locorotondo. Take in the scenic charm of this beautiful medieval town during


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a walking tour. Continue to I Pàstini. Enjoy a tour of the family-owned winery and linger for a wine tasting and a light snack. Then, visit Alberobello, where you will find more than one thousand mysterious dwellings known as trulli. Found nowhere else in the world, these white limestone structures are pieced together without mortar, their pointed fieldstone roofs painted with primitive Christian and pagan symbols. Educational Focus: Slow Food. Discuss the Slow Food movement, which began in Italy in the late 1980s, with a local expert. Discover how this movement to provide quality food and promote clean production applies to the world-famous Mediterranean diet.

Left: Whitewashed Ostuni | Above and below: Hotel Cove dei Saraceni, Polignano a Mare

Day 5 | Lecce | Ostuni | Excursion: Lecce and Ostuni. Witness Lecce’s florid baroque architecture carved by 17th-century architects. Admire the carvings of voluptuous caryatids, whimsical garlands, and lyrical scrolls. Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza Sant’ Oronzo, the Roman Column, and a Roman amphitheater. Enjoy time for lunch on your own. Then continue to Ostuni, a hill town of gleaming, whitewashed buildings overlooking the sea. Get lost in the labyrinthine passages of the Old Town, visit the magnificent cathedral, and walk atop the ancient city walls for wonderful vistas of olive groves and the sea. This evening, gather with fellow travelers for dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 6 | Egnazia | Excursion: Egnazia. Visit the ruins of Egnazia, an ancient town founded in the 13th century B.C. See remnants from its Roman period, including remnants of Via Traiana, the ancient Roman road; an amphitheater; a forum; and two basilicas. Visit the museum to see artifacts unearthed at this site.

Day 7 | Matera | Excursion: Matera. Visit the Sassi districts of Matera. Initially gouged out by troglodytic nomads, these rock-hewn cave dwellings were carved into limestone tufa, and some showcase intricate, ornate facades. The people of Matera lived in the caves until the 1950s, when they forced to relocate. People began returning in the 1980s, and the Sassi became a World Heritage site in 1993. Enjoy fresh southern Italian flavors during a group lunch, followed by time for a stroll on your own.

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With breathtaking views of Polignano a Mare’s Cala Porto cove, the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni sits in an enchanting location. At this cozy boutique hotel, enjoy an intimate atmosphere while dining at its seaview restaurant or enjoying an aperitivo at the bar. All guest rooms are comfortable and well appointed, offering a relaxing retreat after a day of exploring. The hotel has a spa and Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Gail Cornell | April (See our website) Gertrude & Andrew Harrington Becker | May

a 13th-century fort and a cathedral nestled in the harbor. Take note of the Norman houses, a typically English Romanesque style of architecture, and explore the medieval Jewish quarter. Local Flavor: Visit a family-run olive mill in Bisceglie and learn about the cultivation process of olive oil. Following lunch at the mill, gather with employees for an open-forum discussion about their life in Italy.

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Allan Langdale | September & October (See page 10) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices April 14-22, 2021 May 19-27, 2021 September 15-23, 2021 October 13-21, 2021

Enjoy your final evening in Polignano a Mare. Perhaps you will take a final walk through the old town and listen to the sea.

Tour Price

Tonight, attend a farewell reception and dinner.

Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details!

Day 8 | Trani | Biscegli |

Day 9 | Depart Polignano a Mare for the U.S. |

Excursion: Trani. Known for its Moscato di Trani wine and plump figs, this fishing town is home to

Transfer to the Bari airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single supplement waived for solo travelers! This offer is limited, capacity-controlled and tends to sell out quickly.

Educational Focus: Contemporary Italy. A local expert discusses Italy’s economy, politics, and role in the European Union.

$4,190

VAT is included.

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View of Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella from Stresa, Lake Maggiore

Itinerary

Italy’s Lake District

Day 1 | In Transit Depart for Milan, Italy.

Day 2 | Milan, Italy | Stresa | Arrive in Milan. Transfer to Stresa and check in to the Hotel La Palma.

A One-Week Stay in Stresa Italy’s Lake District is a picturesque panorama of pristine Alpine beauty and elegant lakeside towns. Stay in Stresa by Lake Maggiore, where craggy peaks and the brilliant blue lake fill the horizon. Each day, explore colorful towns around the lakes, and admire the grand villas adorning the shores. Visit the dynamic city of Milan, Italy’s economic and fashion capital. From romantic villas and lush gardens to an ancient basilica and legendary opera house, immerse yourself in la dolce vita!

Highlights Include Lake Maggiore: Cruise on a private boat to Isola Madre to tour its lush English-style gardens. Visit Isola dei Pescatori, the fishermen’s island, and Isola Bella to see its baroque villa, outstanding art collection, and exquisite gardens. Lake Orta: Stroll along the lovely streets of picture-perfect Orta San Giulio. Then, sail to the enchanting Isola San Giulio to see its Romanesque basilica. 32

Get to know the area around your hotel as you join your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director for an orientation walk. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3 | Borromean Islands |

Orta San Giulio, Lake Orta

Lake Como: Discover Bellagio with its lavish villas and pretty pastel houses. Admire stunning views during a private boat ride to Como, where you can explore the town on a walking tour. 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. Visit the Duomo and the museum at La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house. Italian Cuisine: Roll up your sleeves and learn the delicious secrets of the Italian kitchen during a cooking lesson at a restaurant in Stresa. After your lesson, sit down to enjoy the authentic flavors you have created.

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Educational Focus: Lake Maggiore’s Gardens. Be immersed in fascinating history and learn about the powerful Borromeo family as a local expert shares knowledge of Lake Maggiore. Excursion: Borromean Islands. Begin with a cruise on Lake Maggiore aboard a private motorboat. Arrive at Isola Madre and enjoy a guided visit of the island’s botanical gardens, where you may see the resident peacocks, pheasants, and parrots. Embrace the rustic charm of Isola dei Pescatori, a peaceful fishing village. Have lunch at a restaurant on the island before continuing to Isola Bella, the “Beautiful Island.” Explore its 17th-century baroque palace and summer house. Admire the hanging gardens, listen for the song of rare birds, and marvel at the Greek and Roman statuary. Tonight, gather for a group dinner at a restaurant in Stresa.


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Left: Bellagio Below: The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci

Day 4 | Milan | Excursion: Milan. Witness one of Leonardo’s masterpieces, The Last Supper, at the Renaissance Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This iconic painting took Leonardo two years to complete. Next, admire Milan’s Duomo, a 14th-century cathedral. More than 2,200 marble saints and 100 intimidating gargoyles defend the church. Then, step inside the world of opera at the museum of La Scala, Italy’s opulent opera house. Enjoy time to have lunch on your own at a café or restaurant in Milan before returning to Stresa.

Day 5 | Orta | Educational Focus: The Development of the Lake District. Learn about the history of the famous Lake District, home to chic villas and manicured gardens. Excursion: Lake Orta. Enjoy a scenic drive to Orta San Giulio. During a walking tour, see the central piazza and absorb the charms of idyllic lakeside life. Board a boat to visit Isola San Giulio, an enchanted island in the lake, and appreciate the beauty of the island’s Romanesque basilica with its medieval frescoes, wooden sculptures, and 11th-century great bell tower. Enjoy leisure time for lunch and make your own discoveries. Drink in the lake’s stillness from a waterfront locale or admire views from the Chiesa dell’ Assunta, a coral-hued parish church perched on a small hill. Enjoy a group dinner tonight.

Day 6 | Stresa | Independent Exploration: The day is yours to explore on your own. For a stunning view of Lake Maggiore, take the 20-minute cable-car ride from Stresa to the top of Mount Mottarone. You may wish to visit one of the other lakeside towns, such as Baveno and Pallanza, to take in their architecture and museums, or explore the gardens of one of the nearby villas. Educational Focus: Contemporary Italy. Discuss Italy’s economy, politics, and role in the European Union with a local expert.

Day 7 | Bellagio | Como | Excursion: Bellagio. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Como to Bellagio. Often considered to be the most beautiful town in Italy, Bellagio flaunts a promenade lined with lime trees and oleanders, a city center of cobblestone streets and picturesque alleyways, and charming buildings painted in shades of cream, peach, and butterscotch. Explore this

The Alps Lake Como Bellagio

Lake Maggiore Isola Bella Lake Orta Isola San Giulio

Isola Madre

Stresa

Como

Italian Lake District

HOTEL LA PALMA | STRESA Milan

Overnight Featured Site

ITALY

enchanting village and pass by villas built by the region’s noble families. Have lunch at a lakeside restaurant in Bellagio. Excursion: Cruising Lake Como. Take a private boat across Lake Como from Bellagio to the town of Como. Admire the opulent villas, colorful villages, and the Alpine background. Vistas of stunning gardens, hidden waterfalls, and cypress groves will captivate your senses. After the cruise, gather for a short walking tour of Como.

Day 8 | Stresa | Local Flavor: Flavors of Italy. Learn the delicious secrets of traditional Italian cuisine during an interactive cooking lesson at a restaurant in Stresa. After the lesson, sit down with your fellow travelers to delight in a delicious lunch. Wrap up your Italian adventure with an afternoon at leisure. Take a stroll through town or take in the breathtaking view from the hotel’s rooftop lounge. Tonight, attend a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 9 | Depart Stresa for the U.S. | Transfer to the Milan airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

The Hotel La Palma is in a quiet, centrally located neighborhood on the banks of Lake Maggiore. The hotel has a stylish restaurant, a private beach, and a lakeside pool with superb views of the Borromean Islands. Guests can revel in a photogenic sunset from the stunning rooftop lounge. Each well-appointed guest room features a private terrace or balcony. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Gary Radke | May (See our website) Allan Langdale | June (See page 10) Ashley Elston | September (See our website) Sheri Shaneyfelt | October (See our website) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices May 4-12, 2021 June 8-16, 2021 September 7-15, 2021 October 5-13, 2021 Garden View Lake View (limited availability)

$4,840 $5,190

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional from $890 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. A Flights provided for FlexAir participants.

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Taormina

Itinerary

Palermo & Taormina

Day 1 | In Transit Depart for Palermo, Italy.

Day 2 | Palermo, Italy | Arrive in Palermo and transfer to the Excelsior Palace Palermo.

A Stay in Sicily

Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner. Discover the depth of Sicily’s history and heritage with stays in two very different cities. Begin in Palermo, a city pulsing with a fascinating blend of cultural influences. Its streets are a showcase of Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque architecture. Continue to beautiful Taormina, where Mount Etna dominates the view. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, Taormina has been influenced by its Greek, Roman, and Norman past. Over the centuries, these remarkably diverse regions have witnessed the ebb and flow of foreign armies and occupiers, including many who stayed to imprint their culture on the island.

Highlights Include Palermo and Environs: Admire Islamic and Byzantine mosaics in Palermo’s Palatine Chapel and Monreale’s cathedral. In Erice, see ancient Phoenician walls and the Castle of Venus. Discover the beautiful Romanesque cathedral in the picturesque seaside village of Cefalù. 34

Day 3 | Monreale | Palermo |

Palermo

Taormina and Environs: Take in the view of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea from the medieval town of Taormina. In the ancient Greek town of Syracuse, once a strong rival of Athens, tour the Old Town of Ortygia and the archaeological park. Greek and Roman Sicily: Explore the Valley of the Temples, and see the best mosaics that remain of the Roman world at an ancient villa. Sicilian Cuisine: Learn about prize-winning virgin olive oil during lunch at a family farm, and work up an appetite during a pizza-making lesson.

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Excursion: Monreale and Palermo. Discover the influences of the various peoples who settled in Sicily, a great cultural crossroads. Visit Monreale’s Santa Maria la Nuova, a cathedral with splendid mosaics, and admire views of the Conca d’Oro, the Golden Basin. Return to Palermo and experience a lively neighborhood market, where locals select their fresh produce and fish just plucked from the sea. Then, visit Palermo’s cathedral, a blend of Gothic, Moorish, and Norman architecture. Step inside the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace to admire unusual mosaics that contain both Christian and Islamic motifs. See the Arab-Norman domes of St. John of the Hermits and the Teatro Massimo, Italy’s largest theater. Indulge in local specialties during a group lunch. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Palermo. Discover the passeggiata, the evening stroll. This age-old custom is a time for catching up on the latest news and socializing before dinner.


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Right: View from castle, Erice | Far right: Old Town, Ortygia, Syracuse | Lower left: Cathedral, Monreale

Day 4 | Segesta | Erice | Excursion: Ancient Segesta. In Segesta, see a spectacular Doric temple and admire a theater carved into the side of Mount Barbaro. Local Flavor: Visit an award-winning, familyowned olive farm for lunch. Enjoy a tasting and learn about the process of making olive oil. Excursion: Erice. Visit the lovely town of Erice, perched high above Trapani harbor. See two medieval castles and walls that date from the Phoenician era, and marvel at the Romanesque architecture of the Norman Duomo. Stroll the village’s winding lanes and take in the aroma of sweets baking in Erice’s many pasticcerie. Educational Focus: Mafia—Past and Present. In Sicily, the Mafia is known as Cosa Nostra. Gather with a local expert to examine the legacy of the Cosa Nostra and its effect on Sicilian society.

GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA | PALERMO

Day 5 | Cefalù | Excursion: Cefalù. The highlights of this pretty fishing village include a 12th-century cathedral, regarded as one of southern Europe’s greatest churches, and a Duomo with beautiful mosaics.

Erice Segesta

ITALY

Palermo

Monreale

Cefalù

Agrigento

Piazza Armerina

Dine on traditional cuisine during dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 6 | Agrigento | Piazza Armerina | Taormina | Excursion: Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. Founded in the sixth century B.C., Agrigento has an exceptional collection of well-preserved Greek ruins. Visit the Valley of the Temples, and see sanctuaries dedicated to Hercules, Concordia, and Jupiter. Enjoy lunch in Agrigento. Excursion: Sicily’s Mosaics. Visit Piazza Armerina and the Villa Romana del Casale. In this ancient Roman country house, witness a display of mosaics that depict everything from scenes of daily life to flowers and plants. This visual delight is one of the best examples of Roman mosaics remaining in the world. Continue to Taormina and check in to the Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay.

Day 7 | Taormina | Excursion: Taormina. Explore the city of Taormina, situated on the side of Monte Tauro. Stroll past the shops and sidewalk eateries along Corso Umberto, the main shopping street, and visit the ancient Greek theater, still used today due to its fantastic acoustics. Local Flavor: Visit a family-owned restaurant for a pizza-making lesson, followed by lunch.

Taormina

Sicily Catania Syracuse

EUROSTARS MONTE TAURO | TAORMINA

Mediterranean Sea

Overnight Featured Site

Enjoy an evening to explore Taormina and have dinner on your own.

Ideally located in the heart of the city, the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa is near restaurants, shops, and popular street markets. Overlooking the ocean, the Eurostars Monte Tauro is a restful retreat after a day of sightseeing. Both first-class hotels have complimentary Wi-Fi.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Day 8 | Syracuse |

Glenn Bugh | April (See our website)

Excursion: Magnificent Syracuse. In historic Syracuse, visit the Archaeological Park to see the city’s great ancient ruins, including the Teatro Greco and the Roman amphitheater. In the Old Town on the island of Ortygia, stroll in the elegant Piazza del Duomo; visit the Duomo, built over the Temple of Athena; and see the Fonte Aretusa.

Gillian Hovell | May (See our website)

Enjoy free time in Syracuse for lunch and exploring on your own.

Day 9 | Taormina | The day is free to pursue your individual interests. Enjoy more of Taormina, or perhaps you would like to take a day trip to Catania or Messina to explore their historic city centers. Gather for a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 10 | Depart Taormina for the U.S. | Transfer to the Catania airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

Allan Langdale | September (See page 10) Sara James | October (See our website) For further information, visit SmithsonianJourneys.org.

Tour Dates & Prices April 28 – May 7, 2021 May 12-21, 2021 September 1-10, 2021 October 27 – November 5, 2021 Tour Price

$5,290

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $1,095 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. A Flights provided for FlexAir participants.

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Positano, Amalfi Coast

Itinerary Day 1 | In Transit

Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Depart for Naples, Italy.

Day 2 | Naples, Italy | Vietri sul Mare | Arrive in Naples. Transfer to Vietri sul Mare and check in to the Hotel Raito.

A One-Week Stay in Vietri sul Mare With breathtaking natural beauty, the region of Campania beguiles you from the start. Craggy mountains tower over the shoreline along the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, and the sun warms the colorful villages clinging to the hillsides above sandy coves. The old-world elegance and laidback, yet elegant ambiance of Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, and Positano entice you to explore and then linger. Visit ancient Roman cities, where glorious ruins transport you to an illustrious past. It doesn’t take long to understand what composer Giuseppe Verdi meant when he said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”

Highlights Include The Amalfi Coast: Admire the views during a drive along the dramatic curves of the Amalfi Coast. Visit Positano, built along seaside cliffs, and gorgeous Ravello. Take in stunning seascapes during a private boat ride to Salerno, and enjoy free time in lemon-scented Sorrento. Archaeological Sites: Tour three of the world’s best-preserved Greek temples. Explore the ancient 36

Get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner this evening.

Day 3 | Amalfi Coast |

Sorrento

cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Naples: Study the remarkable art and artifacts of daily Roman life unearthed in Herculaneum and Pompeii at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. See other Neapolitan highlights.

Excursion: The Charming Amalfi Coast. Delight in the curvy Amalfi Coast, one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in all of Europe. Stop in the beautiful town of Ravello to tour Villa Rufolo, a mansion originally built in the 13th century. Renaissance writer Boccaccio mentioned the villa in his most famous work, Decameron, and the grand home inspired composer Richard Wagner to finish his opera Parsifal. The villa features lovely gardens and offers breaktaking views of the Amalfi Coast. Continue to Amalfi for a tour and free time for lunch and exploring on your own. Then, board a ferry bound for Salerno. This boat ride gives you a spectacular view of the coast, colorful towns, and opulent villas from the water.

Capri: Explore the captivating Isle of Capri, a chic resort area since Roman times.

Gather for a group dinner in Vietri sul Mare.

Campania’s Cuisine: Savor Campania’s vibrant culinary scene, where sun-kissed produce, fresh seafood and a bevy of heirloom recipes will tempt your palate.

Excursion: Paestum. Visit ancient Paestum, a site featuring defensive walls, the remains of three major Doric-style temples, and a variety of impressive ruins.

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Right: Amalfi Below: Ruins at Pompeii

Educational Focus: Meet the People. Dine on local specialties at a restaurant with a view of Paestum’s Temple of Hera. Meet with the restaurant’s owners and employees to learn about life in Campania. Educational Focus: The Wonders of Naples’ National Museum.A local expert shares details about the renowned museum’s collection of art and artifacts before tomorrow’s visit.

Day 5 | Naples | Excursion: Naples and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Naples welcomes you with its vivacious spirit. Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. With its collection of objects from Herculaneum and Pompeii, it is often cited as one of the world’s most important archaeological museums. Then, embark on a panoramic tour of the city, starting at the top of Posillipo Hill for a sprawling view of the city and the entire Bay of Naples. Enjoy the sights of Castel Nuovo, San Francesco di Paola, Teatro di San Carlo, and Piazza del Plebiscito.

Naples

Bay of Naples

Herculaneum

Local Flavor: Try authentic Neapolitan pizza.

Positano

Educational Focus: Contemporary Italy. A local expert shares insight into Italian society, life in Campania, and the current situations in Italy.

Amalfi Coast

Day 7 | Sorrento | Excursion: Sorrento and Capri. Visit Sorrento, one of southern Italy's most beloved towns. Homer used this dramatic cliffside city as the backdrop for Odysseus’ struggle against the sirens in the epic poem, The Odyssey. It was here that Odysseus bound himself to the mast of his ship to resist the sirens’ tempting song. See whether you can resist the seduction of Sorrento’s bevy of gardens, cafés, and pretty squares. Enjoy time for lunch on your own after a brief orientation tour. After lunch, travel by hydrofoil to enchanting Capri, a popular getaway spot since the Roman Republic. Take a short tour and enjoy free time on the island. Stroll through scenic lanes or visit Augustus Gardens, which offers a spectacular view of the Faraglioni, a trio of iconic rocks rising from the sea.

Amalfi

Vietri sul Mare

Isle of Capri

Tyrrhenian Sea

Day 6 | Positano | Excursion: Positano. Travel to nearby Salerno to catch a ferry for the bougainvillea-draped, coastal town of Positano. Dramatically situated along the Amalfi Coast, Positano was built on a cliff and a network of steep stairs and streets connect the homes, shops, and restaurants. Take a short orientation tour before enjoying free time for lunch and exploring on your own.

HOTEL RAITO | VIETRI SUL MARE

ITALY

Pompeii

Paestum

Overnight Featured Site

Greet each morning and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast from your sea-view guest room at the Hotel Raito. This comfortable, contemporary hotel overlooks the Gulf of Salerno and the town of Vietri sul Mare. Relax in the beautiful pool area, unwind in the spa or head to town to delight in the shops, cafés, and scenes of daily life. After a day of sightseeing, settle in with friends at the on-site restaurant or soak up Italian sunshine on the property’s sprawling terraces. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Smithsonian Journeys Experts Sara James | April (See our website) Join the group for a dinner of delicious regional cuisine at a restaurant in Vietri sul Mare.

Sheri Shaneyfelt | May (See our website)

Day 8 | Herculaneum | Pompeii |

David Guinee | October (See our website)

Excursion: Herculaneum and Pompeii. Spend a full day exploring these ancient Roman cities. The small town of Herculaneum was preserved by mudflows while Pompeii, the larger of the two cities, was covered by ash. The preservation of the cities is unlike anything else in the world. Today, they are famous as an excavation site and outdoor museum that reveal how the people of this ancient Roman settlement lived 2,000 years ago.

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Enjoy lunch before returning to Vietri sul Mare. This evening, celebrate your Amalfi adventure at a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 9 | Depart Vietri sul Mare for the U.S. | Transfer to the Naples airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

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Tour Dates & Prices April 21-29, 2021 May 5-13, 2021 September 1-9, 2021 October 20-28, 2021 Tour Price

$4,590

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $795 (limited availability). Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and

transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Living In… EXPLORE AIX-EN-PROVENCE OR FLORENCE DURING AN IMMERSIVE THREE-WEEK STAY

A memorable opportunity awaits solo travelers, couples, and friends eager to live the famously relaxed and graceful lifestyles of Provence or Tuscany while delving deeper into the culture, history, and language. With this well-balanced program 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 ideal apartment accommodations provide further opportunities for a semi-independent experience. Fulfill your dream of living abroad during a three-week immersion program where you can customize your stay with scheduled activities and personal interests. (See pages 40 – 43 for more details). Each departure is limited to 36 Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Cathedral Saint-Sauveur in the heart of Aix-en-Provence >

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Aix-en-Provence captured my heart with its beauty, historical charm, walkability, and friendly people. The Living In France program is so well organized and well managed that the traveler can relax and enjoy the culture and language. – Janice S.

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Program Features • A team of local experts who provide insightful presentations on art, history, and culture and join you on excursions to local sites • An engaging and resourceful resident Resident Director, who handles logistics and helps you plan your free time • Many included meals, plus a kitchenette in your Apart/Hotel to prepare meals on your own • The opportunity to personalize your experience with special enrichment tracks (at an additional cost) • Language Lessons: Sign up for an immersive language course tailored to your skill level • Culinary: Discover the region’s culinary traditions through interactive cooking demonstrations, hands-on classes, and shopping excursions • Art: Visit additional sites of artistic significance accompanied by an expert • 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. Yet you’ll also enjoy the independence of heading off to explore or dine with a smaller group of new-found friends. • Day trips to nearby historic towns • Accommodations in a modern, spacious Apart/Hotel, featuring Wi-Fi, TV, a well-equipped kitchenette, and laundry service, plus a friendly, helpful staff

Top: Florence | Above: Michelangelo’s David, Accademia Gallery

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San Gimignano, Chianti

Itinerary Day 1 | In Transit

Living in Italy

Depart for Florence, Italy.

Day 2 | Florence

A Three-Week Stay in Florence

Arrive in Florence and transfer

to PopArtment.

Gather for a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3 | Florence

Awaken to the sounds of an ancient city that is as vibrant as ever. Feast your eyes on vineyards, olive groves, and cypress-filled valleys. Dine on hand-cut pasta dishes paired with celebrated Italian wines. Step inside centuries-old churches, where the scent of candle wax lingers long after prayers have been said. During your three-week adventure, discover how Florence and the Tuscan countryside engage all your senses. Surround yourself in the region’s rich heritage and embrace the quintessential moments that define life in Italy.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Highlights Include

Optional Enrichment Tracks: Personalize your experience based on your interests. Participate in one, two, or all three optional enrichment tracks (at an additional cost): Italian Language, Art & Architecture, and Culinary.

Excursions, Day Trips, and Presentations: Tour the Uffizi and Accademia galleries, and see Florence’s architectural highlights. Go beyond Florence on day trips throughout Tuscany to the enchanting towns of Lucca, Siena, Colle di Val d’Elsa, and Cortona. Enjoy a Chianti wine tasting at the vineyard. Join local experts for talks about Renaissance art and contemporary life.

La Dolce Vita: There is ample free time to live like a local, and savor “the sweet life.” Become a regular at your local café, ordering a cappuccino to start your day. In the evening, join the rest of the neighborhood in la passeggiata, the pre-dinner stroll through the piazza. Linger over al fresco meals, savoring the food, and catching up with friends as you recharge for your next adventure!

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LIVING IN JOURNEYS | IMMERSIVE THREE-WEEK STAYS

Get to know the layout and highlights of your home away from home with a glorious morning spent exploring the Cradle of the Renaissance. Your guided tour begins at the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, whose red dome is a symbol of Florence. Marvel at the bronze doors of the Baptistery, which Michelangelo called the Gates of Paradise. Walk along the Ponte Vecchio, the incredible bridge over the Arno River. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, and admire the Palazzo Vecchio. Enjoy a delectable lunch of local cuisine.

Days 4-8 | Florence | Colle di Val d’Elsa | Siena Each week, immerse yourself in Florence during included excursions. Optional enrichment tracks expose you to different facets of Italian life. Plus, enjoy time at leisure for individual pursuits. On Monday, Language lessons begin and continue through Thursday. Today, a local speaker introduces the entire group to the Renaissance period, its artists, and their work. Tonight, dine together at a nearby restaurant. On Tuesday, step inside the Cathedral of Santa


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Left: Ponte Vecchio, Florence | Lower left: Uffizi Gallery, Florence Below: Piazza del Anfiteatro, Lucca

Maria del Fiore and the Baptistery during the first meeting of the Art & Architecture track. At the first Culinary session on Wednesday, a professional chef takes you to a market to buy fresh ingredients before returning to the kitchen to make appetizers. Gather with the entire group for lunch on Thursday. Then, visit the Accademia Gallery together to see Michelangelo’s David and other great works by celebrated Renaissance artists. On Friday, journey with your fellow travelers to Colle di Val d’Elsa. Watch a local chef demonstrate how to prepare classic Tuscan cuisine, then Sit down for a pleasant lunch in the area. Continue to charming Siena to admire its Gothic architecture, and stroll through the renowned medieval square, Piazza del Campo.

Days 9-10 | Florence | Cortona Learn about Italy’s coffee traditions at one of Florence’s oldest cafés. This evening, join the group for a drink before savoring a wonderful dinner. On Sunday, travel as a group to Cortona, a lovely town clinging to a hill covered with olive groves. Visit a museum devoted to the town’s Etruscan history. Relax over lunch in Cortona.

Days 11-15 | Florence | Chianti | San Gimignano Monday through Thursday, resume your Language classes. Monday’s Art & Architecture session introduces you to the basilica of Santa Maria Novella, one of Florence’s most important Gothic churches. On Tuesday, discuss the current issues affecting Italy today with a local expert, and meet for a group dinner tonight. In the second Culinary class on Wednesday, learn how to make homemade pasta and three sauces. On Thursday, discover the incredible treasures of the Uffizi Gallery on an included excursion. Later, sample Florentine pizza at a group dinner. Friday, travel with the entire group to Chianti. Visit Castello di Monsanto, one of the top producers of world-famous Chianti wine, for a wine tasting. Watch a local chef demonstrate how to prepare classic Tuscan cuisine, then enjoy lunch afterward. Then, delight in the ambiance of San Gimignano, known for its many medieval towers.

Day 16-17 | Florence Today, Art & Architecture participants head just outside Florence to the delightful town of Fiesole, which has an excellent collection of Etruscan and Roman monuments. Spend a relaxing Sunday at your leisure.

ITALY Adriatic Sea Lucca

Florence

Tuscany San Gimignano Colle di Val d’Elsa Siena Ligurian Sea Cortona

Overnight Featured Site

Days 18-22 | Florence | Lucca Language classes continue Monday through Thursday. Monday afternoon, the entire group heads to Lucca on an included excursion. Walk along the tree-lined town walls, visit the Romanesque cathedral and conclude with dinner in town. On Tuesday, savor the simple pleasures of Italian cuisine at lunch with the group. Today, Art & Architecture participants explore the Pitti Palace, residence of the Medici, Lorraine, and Savoy families, and explore Boboli Gardens. Wednesday’s agenda includes a Culinary session, in which students learn to prepare a traditional meal, featuring an appetizer, primo (first course), secondi (second course), and dessert. On the final evening, celebrate your adventures in Italy with your fellow travelers at a festive farewell reception and dinner.

Day 23 | Depart Florence for the U.S. Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

POPARTMENT | FLORENCE Perfect for a long stay, the modern PopArtment is located in a residential neighborhood, just a 25minute walk or a short tram ride from Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Use your complimentary tram passes for easy travel to the historic center. Each furnished studio or one-bedroom apartment features a refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee/tea maker, stovetop, microwave, dining set, cookware, dishes, and utensils. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and convenient self-service laundry facilities.

Tour Dates & Prices May 7-29, 2021 September 3-25, 2021 October 1-23, 2021 Studio One Bedroom

$5,490 $5,690

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $1,990 (limited availability).

Optional Enrichment Tracks Italian Language Culinary Art & Architecture

$920 per person $620 per person $550 per person

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transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Roussillon, Luberon Valley, Provence

Itinerary Day 1 | In Transit

Living in France

Depart for Marseille, France.

Day 2 | Marseille | Aix-en-Provence

A Three-Week Stay in Provence

Arrive in Marseille and transfer to the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre. This afternoon, participate in a group briefing to learn about the town’s essentials and highlights.

Feel the warmth of the dazzling sunlight that enraptured Cézanne, Chagall, van Gogh, and scores of other artists on a unique and personal journey in Provence. Experience the South of France as a local while living in vibrant Aix-enProvence, the quintessential Provençal town. Immerse yourself in the region’s relaxed lifestyle, and explore the picturesque countryside at your own pace. Stroll cobblestone streets, marvel at Roman ruins, linger in medieval hilltop villages, and sip wine in the rolling vineyards. You will come away with new friends and memories of a lifetime.

Highlights Include Day Trips: Learn about the region’s history as you explore greater Provence during excursions to Avignon and the Pont du Gard, Marseille, and the Luberon Valley. Art of Provence: Join a discussion with a local expert about Provence’s artistic history. 42 42

Get to know your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers at a welcome reception and dinner at a restaurant in town.

Day 3 | Aix-en-Provence Join a local speaker to learn about the history of Provence, explore Aix during a walking tour, and discover savory regional flavors over lunch. Aix-en-Provence

Days 4-5 | Aix-en-Provence | Luberon

Optional Enrichment Tracks: Personalize your experience based on your interests. Participate in one, two, or all three optional enrichment tracks (at an additional cost): French Language, Art & Culture, and Culinary.

Experience Aix through included excursions, optional enrichment tracks, and leisure time. Weekends offer opportunities to visit nearby villages or simply take in the ambiance and pace of life in southern France.

Living in Provence: Join in the fun of living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Shop in the daily markets for fresh vegetables, fruit, and flowers. Chat with your neighborhood butcher or barista. Claim a spot at a café down the block, take an evening stroll through the square, and appreciate every moment of the time you live in Provence.

Begin discovering Aix on Saturday with a day to pursue your own interests. Culinary students browse local markets for produce and relish locally grown flavors during a picnic.

LIVING IN JOURNEYS | IMMERSIVE THREE-WEEK STAYS

All travelers join a Luberon Valley excursion on Sunday. Visit the famous antique market in L’Islesur-la-Sorgue, marvel at the red-ocher village of Roussillon, and admire at the countryside views.


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Left; Pont du Gard | Lower left: Lavender field, Provence

Days 6-10 | Aix-en-Provence

Below: Palace of the Popes, Avignon

Monday launches the thrills of new discoveries as Language students begin their French language immersion. All travelers delight in regional cuisine during a group dinner at an Aix restaurant. On Tuesday, Language students hone their skills, and all travelers dine together for lunch. In the afternoon, Art & Culture participants visit the Musée Granet, which hosts works by Cézanne, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Camoin, and other masters. Wednesday offers an opportunity for Art & Culture participants to explore Provence’s castles, abbeys, and other intriguing sites. Following Thursday’s French lessons for Language students, all Smithsonian Journeys travelers gather with an expert for an enlightening lecture about Provence’s artistic heritage. After the lecture, savor traditional cuisine at a group dinner. Friday is at your leisure to explore, and Language students finish the first week of French classes. Culinary students enjoy dinner and learn about the history of French cuisine and its influence on Provencal cooking Provence

Days 11-12 | Aix-en-Provence | Avignon | Pont du Gard

FRANCE

Discover Aix at your leisure on Saturday. Art & Culture participants follow in the footsteps of Cézanne at his studio. Tonight, gather with fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for dinner, and discuss your favorite Aix experiences so far. On Sunday, journey to Avignon to explore the grand Palace of the Popes. After an included lunch, see the Pont du Gard, the Roman aqueduct.

Avignon

Pont du Gard

Arles

Roussillon

Aix-en-Provence Marseille

Mediterranean Sea

Overnight Featured Site

Days 13-17 | Aix-en-Provence

Days 20-21 | Aix-en-Provence

Another week of experiences begins on Monday. Language students practice speaking in everyday situations. All travelers enjoy a Provençal lunch.

Monday offers opportunities for learning and leisure. Language students practice their language fluency, and Art & Culture students take a look at Aix’s array of fountains gracing its courtyards and streets. These fontaines are not only part of Aix’s charm, but they are elements of the city’s long and interesting heritage.

On Tuesday, participants of the French Language track continue their practice. Culinary students learn the secrets of French cuisine and sit down to a dinner prepared with the freshest ingredients. Art & Culture participants travel to Arles on Wednesday to visit ancient monuments, Roman ruins, and the interesting Musée d’Arles Antiques. Classes continue for Language students on Thursday. In the evening, gather with your fellow travelers for dinner. Language students complete their second week of French immersion classes on Friday.

Days 18-19 | Aix-en-Provence | Marseille After a relaxing Saturday at leisure, spend Sunday exploring Marseille. Admire the city’s many highlights and enjoy panoramic views from NotreDame de la Garde. Enjoy a lunch of local flavors.

On Tuesday, Language participants gather for their final language lesson. Culinary students spend their final class learning the basics of wine and cheese pairings and sample an assortment of delightful combinations.

Day 22 | Aix-en-Provence On your final day at leisure, visit your favorite locales and celebrate your French adventure at a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 23 | Depart Aix-en-Provence for the U.S. Transfer to the Marseille airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

APARTHOTEL ADAGIO AIX-EN-PROVENCE CENTRE | AIX-EN-PROVENCE Your modern apartment-style accommodation is in the heart of Aix near groceries, a pharmacy, shops, and restaurants. Well-equipped studios and apartments have satellite TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy the convenience of a kitchen with a cooktop, microwave oven, coffee maker, dishwasher, and tableware. A self-service laundry and dry cleaning service is available. Plus, enjoy several group meals during your stay, featuring three breakfasts, five lunches, and six dinners.

Tour Dates & Prices April 7-29, 2021 May 5-27, 2021 August 4-26, 2021 September 1-23, 2021 Studio One Bedroom

$4,890 $5,290

VAT is included. Price includes $250 early booking savings – Limited time offer. See website for details! All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated). Single accommodations are an additional $1,990 for Studio and $2,190 for One Bedroom (limited availability).

Optional Enrichment Tracks French Language Culinary Art & Culture

$1,195 per person $595 per person $895 per person

Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Flights and transfers included for FlexAir participants.

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Holiday Markets

Waterways of Holland and Belgium

Cruising the Rhine A Family Voyage

A River Cruise of Provence Portrait of Portugal

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Holiday Markets Cruise

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