45 Years in Travel


                      Smithsonian Journeys Legendary Peru travelers at Machu Picchu 

                      Smithsonian travelers in the Baltics. Credit: Glenn Kranking 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Bangkok 

                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers observing Alaska's stunning scenery 

                      Smithsonian travelers on a hike in Europe 

                      Smithsonian travelers aboard Zodiacs in Alaska 

                      Smithsonian travelers on our Old World Europe trip 

                      Smithsonian travelers in the Caribbean. Credit: Lindsay Senior 

                      Smithsonian group at Potala Palace, Tibet. Credit: Ingrid Larsen 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island. Credit Ed Kanze 

                      Smithsonian Around the World by Private Jet traveler in India. Credit: Dr. Richard Kurin 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Antarctica. Credit: Jim Zimbelman 

                      Smithsonian travelers on Easter Island. Credit: Patrick Wagner 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Death Valley 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Peru. Credit: Jeff Cole 

                      Smithsonian travelers at the Taj Mahal, India


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Smithsonian Journeys marked its 45th anniversary in 2015! We, along with our travelers, continue to be inspired by the Smithsonian’s mission of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” This dedication to lifelong learning and passion for exploring the world drives us to develop authentic and exceptional cultural experiences.

Since 1970, our collection of diverse tours and cruises has grown to more than 150 destinations on all seven continents. From a stop at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama during a small-ship cruise to touring the sublime collections of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence when the museum is closed to the public … from witnessing an infinite array of celestial phenomena during a hands-on telescope viewing at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Arizona to exclusive meetings with top mystery writers in England ... Smithsonian Journeys is the enduring leader in cultural and enrichment travel.

It is through our knowledgeable and charismatic Smithsonian Journeys Experts, our dedicated
tour staff, and carefully selected travel partners, who combine their expertise, unflagging care, and detailed planning skills, that we are able to create such exceptional travel experiences and memories to last a lifetime. We look forward to the years ahead and thank you for being part of our journey! 

Preserving Our National Treasures​

Like the Smithsonian Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Your participation benefits the work of the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums, national zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.