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Charles Ingrao

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Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is a professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a broad range of courses on the European World. He has published twelve books and given over a hundred public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences across North America and Central Europe. Charles has also been a regular commentator for print, radio, and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).

What Our Travelers Say

He is a great professor and also has a good sense of humor. His lectures were very, very interesting and well presented.

- Alejandrina D., Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

I felt that if I had a question about history, politics, etc. I could ask Charles, and always got a knowledgeable answer. He is remarkable, and a pleasant guy as well.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

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Upcoming Tours


9 days | Starting at: $4,190
May 12, 2017 - May 20, 2017

A One-Week Stay in the Czech Republic
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Highlights of Germany

15 days | Starting at: $5,992
Aug 2, 2017 - Aug 16, 2017
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A Danube River Cruise

15-16 days | Starting at: $4,990
Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

From Bulgaria to Germany & the Czech Republic Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver/Amadeus Silver III
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