Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Book: We’re Sailing Down the Nile

Friday, October 14th, 2011

We're Sailing Down the Nile cover imageTravel is a unique way to bring the entire family together like never before. Children who travel have the chance to engage with the world in a whole new way, indulge their interests and develop new ones, and learn about new people, places, and concepts firsthand.

We’ve worked with our partner Longitude Books, to find some of the best books for families getting ready to travel together. Authors Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson bring us the colorful We’re Sailing Down the Nile, taking readers young and old to the land of the Pharaohs, mummies and Great Pyramids.

If you’d like to take your family to Egypt, now is a great time to experience the country at a unique time in history. Click here to learn more about our Egyptian Family Odyssey. Our next departure is this December.

Book: The Gastronomica Reader

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Gastronomica Reader - Cover Image.We’re thrilled to have culinary expert Darra Goldstein, founding editor and editor-in-chief of Gastronomica: the Journal of Food and Culture, as Study Leader on our Cultures and Cuisines by Private Jet experience.

This week, take your own culinary journey with Goldstein’s newest book, The Gastronomica Reader. Designed both to entertain and to provoke, The Reader offers a sumptuous sampling from the journal’s pages — including essays, poetry, interviews, memoirs, and an outstanding selection of the artwork that has made the quarterly so distinctive. In words and images, it takes us around the globe, through time, and into a dazzling array of cultures.

Cuisine is a key part of travel, and many meals evoke a sense of place. What’s your favorite way to travel with your pallette? Please share!

Book: Vietnam, Rising Dragon

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Required reading for any curious traveler to Vietnam, Bill Hayton’s Vietnam, Rising Dragon takes the reader through the culture and history, as well as complex politics and burgeoning economy ofo this changing nation. A BBC journalist, author Hayton is an expert craftsman who weaves anecdotes from everyday life into a larger narrative of where Vietnam has been, what social and economic changes mean, and what’s next for this magnetic, engaging country.

Explore Vietnam with Smithsonian Journeys—click to learn more about planning your next adventure there.

Click to see all of our blog posts on Vietnam, from our experts who have traveled there.

Book: A Traveller’s History of England

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

A Traveller's History of England - Cover ImageIf you’re planning some travel to Great Britain, a great companion for your trip is Christopher Daniell’s A Traveller’s History of England. Historian and archeologist Daniell delivers a comprehensive history of the region since the time of the hunter-gatherers in this compact volume. The book takes you through the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, and Medieval monarchs to the Reformation, Renaissance, the world wars, and the modern state of things. Handy reference tools include a list of rulers, prime ministers, major battles, and important buildings. Take this on your plane ride “across the pond” and you’ll be even more prepared to enjoy England.

England is a wonderful place to go for the winter holidays—enjoy perennially popular Study Leader Rosalind Hutchinson on a uniquely British celebration on our Christmas in Canterbury tour. If you can’t travel this December, we have other tours to England here.

Book of the Week: Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Serengeti: The Eternal BeginningOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, take a journey to Africa with award-winning author and photographer Boyd Norton and Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning. Immerse yourself in two-hundred-and-fifty vivid color photographs of the Serengeti National Park, the Masai Mara, and the Ngorongoro Crater. Norton’s memorable stories about encounters with people and wildlife will transport you from your living room to the compelling wilderness of East Africa.

Our African Safari is one of our best-selling adventures. Reserve your place while we still have space available.