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Charles Ingrao

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Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is a professor of history at Purdue University, where he teaches courses on the European World. He has published twelve books and given 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). His latest book, Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (2009) presents a narrative of the Balkan wars prepared by an international consortium of Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Western scholars. In addition, Charles' Iberian and Italian heritage has inspired a lifelong fascination with the western Mediterranean and the Spanish and Portuguese colonial empires.

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

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Upcoming Tours

Cruising the Baltic Sea

10 days | Starting at: $6,995
Jun 15, 2016 - Jun 24, 2016

From Copenhagen to Stockholm
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Jewels of Croatia

12 days | Starting at: $5,350
Sep 5, 2016 - Sep 16, 2016

Featuring Zagreb and the Adriatic Coast
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Across Northern Spain and Portugal

17 days | Starting at: $5,678
Oct 11, 2016 - Oct 27, 2016
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Highlights of Germany

15 days | Starting at: $6,192
Aug 2, 2017 - Aug 16, 2017
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A Danube River Cruise

15-16 days | Starting at: $4,445
Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

From Sofia to Prague Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver and Amadeus Silver III
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