The Smithsonian Journeys Difference




                      Smithsonian travelers exploring the Galápagos Islands 


                      Railroading in New England. Credit: Jen Slowey 


                      Smithsonian travelers enjoying the Highlights of Italy 


                      Smithsonian travelers enjoying the international Cannes Film Festival 


                      Smithsonian travelers observing the Arctic-blue glaciers and spectacular scenery of Alaska 


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


                      Smithsonian travelers in Antarctica. Credit: Jim Zimbelman 


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


                      Smithsonian travelers on Easter Island 


                      Smithsonian travelers in Death Valley 


                      Smithsonian group at Potala Palace, Tibet 


                      Smithsonian traveler in Agra, India 


                      Smithsonian travelers in Bali. Credit: Dawn Rooney 


                      Smithsonian travelers aboard Zodiacs in Alaska 


                      Smithsonian travelers in Singapore. Credit: Dawn Rooney 


                      Smithsonian travelers on a hike in Europe 


                      Smithsonian travelers in Morocco 


                      Smithsonian travelers at dinner on our Old World Europe trip 


                      Smithsonian travelers in the Baltics  


                      Smithsonian travelers at Loch Lomond. Credit: Katherine Forsyth 


                      Smithsonian Journeys Legendary Peru travelers at Machu Picchu

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With more than 45 years of experience in travel, we 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 drive us to develop authentic and exceptionally enriching experiences for our travelers.


Our collection of diverse tours and cruises has grown to more than 350 departures on seven continents. From a river cruise through western Europe or along the Mekong River to watching the Great Migration on the Serengeti . . . from going behind the scenes at the Smithsonian to traveling to the Galápagos with your family . . . Smithsonian Journeys is an enduring leader in cultural and enrichment travel.


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

Travel the World with a Name You Can Trust

Inspiring generations through learning and discovery, the Smithsonian museums have exhilarated visitors with unique and authentic experiences for more than 170 years. This same sense of awe and wonder can be yours, anywhere you travel in the world with Smithsonian Journeys. So let Smithsonian be your compass and help get you started on your exploration.

Preserving our National Treasures

Like the 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.


Bringing Your Destination to Life

With Smithsonian Journeys, you’ll explore the world with experts who are masters at bringing your destination to life. Our knowledgeable and charismatic Smithsonian Journeys Experts and dedicated tour staff will enrich your experience in a unique and personal way. 

Behind-the-Scenes Access

From people to places, our Smithsonian connections provide you with behind-the-scenes access to iconic sites, knowledgeable guides, local experts, and exclusive events all over the world, adding even more meaning and authenticity to your travel experience. 

Travel with New Friends

On any given trip, you’ll be sure to forge lasting friendships with like-minded travelers who share your passion for learning and exploration. Our journeys are welcoming for solo travelers, couples, family, and friends. Plus, our arrangements deliver an intimate journey so you’ll never feel herded or rushed. 

We Know Where to Take You

From unique lodgings in far-flung regions and charming hotels in well-traveled places to the ideal cruise ship, train, or “stay” experience, you’ll always travel in comfort and style and enjoy authentic cuisine that reflects the local culture. 

We’ve Got Everything Covered

When you travel with Smithsonian Journeys, there is no need for exhaustive planning or worrying about travel logistics. Our first-rate staff meticulously manages every aspect of each trip to ensure the highest quality and provide you with comfortable, stress-free travel. (And if travel dates don’t work for you, ask about our tailor–made journeys.) 

Discover Real Value

Once you add up the extras that we include as a matter of course—experts, enrichment, meals, excursions, transfers, little luxuries, and even airfare inclusive pricing on many tours—you’ll know you’re getting more than you pay for. That’s what we call real value!