Posts Tagged ‘educational tours’

Family Dinosaur Discovery

Monday, January 24th, 2011


Assisting at a fossil site

Your chance to assist at a fossil site comes July 30 - Aug 5, 2011, on our Family Dinosaur Discovery.

This July, our newest summer family vacation, Familly Dinosaur Discovery, includes a slew of western adventures from dinosaur excavations and rafting on Colorado River, to hiking in the Colorado National Monument and horseback riding. You’ll even get to prepare fossils in a professional lab.

But July’s still a few months away. Until then, you can check out the dinosaurs right from your computer, on Smithsonian magazine’s Dinosaur Tracking blog.

The Chateau de Chenonceau

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010


The romantic Chenonceau is one of the best known and most visited Loire chateaux. Photo: MLDF/Daniel Philips The romantic Chenonceau is one of the best known and most visited Loire chateaux. Photo: MDLF/Daniel Philippe

Built on the river Cher, where the unique beauty of its architecture reflects in the water, the Château de Chenonceau is one of France’s most romantic chateaux. Surrounded by a formal garden and park, the château is remarkable for its architecture and history as well as the fine quality of its interior collections. Built on the site of an old mill on the Cher River in the Loire Valley, the first generation castle was first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. Known as the château de femmes for the strong female impression made by its many woman inhabitants, the château is a mixture of late Gothic and Renaissance style.

Visit this lovely and romantic castle for yourself on our journeys to France.

 What’s your favorite romantic or striking castle? 

Video: The Real Hunt for Red October

Monday, November 1st, 2010
The Kremlin, on Moscow's Red Square

The Kremlin, on Moscow's Red Square

In November, 1975, The Sentry, a state-of-the-art Russian warship, was taken over by a rogue Soviet officer. This remarkable mutiny not only inspired the best-selling political thriller and blockbuster movie, “The Hunt for Red October,” it almost triggered World War III. For the first time, the Smithsonian Channel reveals stories of bravery and tragedy firsthand, from the men aboard the warship and the officers who ordered its destruction. Watch the video for an exciting sneak peak of The Real Story: The Hunt for Red October.

The Real Hunt for Red October

We’re making Russia’s extraordinary history come to life on two unique journeys in 2011, our Waterways of Russia and Historic Waterways of the Baltics cruises. Travel on either one for an essential understanding of the history of the Russian empire and the critical part Russia will play in the global future.

Where were you on November 8, 1975, when Valery Sabin staged his mutiny?

My Journey Through Egypt

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Sheila Lyons is a Smithsonian Traveler from Southern California. Here, she shares her reflections on her recent travel to Egypt with Smithsonian Journeys.

A Smithsonian Traveler takes a camel ride in the Egyptian desert

The Egyptian Odyssey was the trip of a lifetime. It was clear to me that every aspect had been researched and developed thoroughly. Amal, our Egyptian guide, and Dr. Rhanda Baligh, our study leader, were incredible. Hassan, our Egyptian tour manager, had everything under control and coordinated side trips in our free time. I loved how we seamlessly moved from location to location.

We were a group of 17 which was nearly perfect. Having Amal and Randa travel with us the whole time was really a treat. They are both so personable and all around exceptional people.

Amal, our local guide, is a treasure. She added an unexpected pleasurable element to the tour. She is so bubbly and outgoing. I loved her way of describing all the sites. She has incredibly good English. Amal always seemed to time our stays at each site perfectly. Just enough lecture and just enough free time. She is worth every penny she is paid – in fact she deserves more!

Dr. Baligh’s lectures were very educational and insightful. She has excellent delivery skills that are both informative and entertaining. Randa is a lovely person and a delight to have along. She is obviously incredibly knowledgeable and I like that she is so familiar with the US that she can do comparisons and contrasts between the cultures of the US and Egypt.

Hassan is a terrific asset. He always made us feel safe. We knew we were in very capable hands. We were all aware of our security guard being present at all times but did not feel it was necessary.

The extra stops at the perfumery, rug makers, spice market, papyrus store, etc. were lovely. It was nice to have the chance to purchase locally made quality products. The Aswan Spice market was fabulous. Only a few of us made this side trip, but I think everyone would have enjoyed it! There is a lot crammed into each day, making me feel that I really got my money’s worth.

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