45 Years in Travel


2015 marks the 45th anniversary of Smithsonian Journeys! It is truly an honor to reach this milestone, and we dedicate our ability to do so to the loyal travelers who have chosen to explore the world with us over the years.  We, along with them, continue to be inspired by the Smithsonian’s mission of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” This dedication to lifelong learning, and passion for the world, drive us to develop authentic and exceptional cultural experiences.  Since 1970, our collection of diverse tours and cruises has grown to more than 200 destinations on all seven continents.

From a stop at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama on a small-ship cruise, to a behind-the-scenes visit to the Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwich, England, from witnessing an infinite array of celestial phenomena during hands-on telescope viewing at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Arizona, to a viewing of the collections of the sublime Uffizi Gallery in Florence when the museum is closed to the public... Smithsonian Journeys is the enduring leader in cultural and enrichment travel. 

We offer international small group land journeys, many including airfare; international small-ship cruising, both on the river and ocean; domestic programs, including land and cruise; and one-of-a-kind specialty programs, internationally and domestically. We’ve introduced intergenerational family travel, expertly developed trips for grandparents, parents, and children of all ages. And for travelers in search of the ultimate experience, we offer “enrichment-packed” private jet travel, with our enduring Around the World by Private Jet program.

It is the combined expertise of authoritative and charismatic Smithsonian Journeys Experts, along with the unflagging care and detailed planning of tour staff and carefully selected travel partners, that work together to create memories that last a lifetime. We eagerly anticipate what the next 45 years will bring and thank you for being part of our journey!