Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Allan Langdale

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Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Byzantine art, East Indian art, and Islamic art and currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara.

He has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan’s most recent book is Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, including Jordan and Egypt, and India. He lectures often in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

What Our Travelers Say

I did not want to miss a word he uttered!

- Jean M.

It was good to have a knowledgeable expert on tap for our questions at virtually any reasonable hour. Allan seemed always to be there when you wanted to follow up on a matter of archaeological interest. Besides, he was a fun companion for our little group!

- Robert M.

Allan's lectures were excellent; and he freely gave his time to enhance our excursions. 

- Katherine and Thomas S.

He was generous in sharing his free time with anyone who wished to accompany him and learn more about the places we were visiting. He is an outstanding lecturer and very congenial.

- Mary H., Pearls of Antiquity

Allan was superb, going above and beyond what was required.

- Craig G., Pearlis of Antiquity

Very skilled, professional, knowledgeable, kind, funny. A pure delight!

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Best I've had on any tour. His knowledge, involvment wiht us and his willingness to extend himself and broaden our experience were amazing.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Upcoming Tours

Northern Italy

14-15 days | Starting at: $5,499
Multiple Departures
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Southern Italy and Sicily

15 days | Starting at: $5,787
Multiple Departures
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Egypt and the Eternal Nile

15 days | Starting at: $4,997
Oct 20, 2016 - Nov 3, 2016
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Mystical India

17 days | Starting at: $5,287
Nov 27, 2016 - Dec 13, 2016
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Highlights of Italy

17 days | Starting at: $5,684
May 8, 2017 - May 24, 2017
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