Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies as you trace the route of Lewis and Clark, exploring one of America's great waterways along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

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 The dramatic Mount Hood  The Columbia River  Fort Clatsop. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Statue of Sacagawea at Fort Clatsop. Credit: Marc Cappelletti  Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge  The Palouse River and waterfall. Credit: Jason Hatfield  Pictograph found along the route of Lewis and Clark  Kayakers on the Columbia River. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Credit: Marc Cappelletti

In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers Aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird

7 days from $4,390

Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies as you trace the route of Lewis and Clark, exploring one of America's great waterways along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I enjoyed our expedition landing craft tour of Palouse Falls. Great small ship. Wonderful food! My 6th Smithsonian trip!

- Gail A.

My perspective on the world was transformed by this expedition.

- Jeffrey A.

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Tour Extension

Explore the wonderful, quirky, and picturesque city of Portland, or choose to visit three wineries and have dinner in a region famed for its pinot noir, and learn the history of the fine art of viticulture. Or make a full day of it and do both.

Willamette Valley Wine Tour
Sit back and let us share some of Oregon’s acclaimed boutique wineries with a private tour and tastings. Just outside Portland lies Willamette Valley Wine County, boasting nearly 400 wineries and tasting rooms. Award winning wineries such as Winter's Hill, Durant, Stoller, Rex Hill, Fox Farm, and Laurel Ridge have contributed to the prestige of the region. On this half-day tour, visit three of the aforementioned wineries that all deliver on elegance but leave the pretense at the door. From the first stop to the last, you’ll discover that each winery represents distinctive elements of the Willamette Valley, from biodynamic farming practices to unique single-block and single-close wines. We’ll tour the wineries and taste fine wine, while learning about the art of viticulture from an expert guide and sometimes the winemakers themselves. You’ll clean your palate with an artisanal cheese and meat platter.In the evening, explore Portland's restaurant scene independently. We’ll provide you with some of our favorite restaurant recommendations covering various types of cuisine. Or, perhaps you have another locale in mind already. With so many well regarded restaurants in Portland, the real challenge will be narrowing it down to one!

Portland Half-Day City Tour
Portland, also known as The City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, Rip City, Little Beirut, or Beertown, is Oregon's most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in the Cultural District downtown or a renovated warehouse in the trendy Pearl District, it’s easy to see why Money magazine called Portland the “Best Big City” in North America. Rich in Northwest arts and heritage, the city and region are also noted for strong land-use planning, excellent public transportation and a progressive regional-government.

Join us for a guided tour of the city’s must-see highlights. We’ll start by taking in the iconic views of Portland and surrounding volcanic peaks at the historic Pittock Mansion. Next we explore the neighborhoods and Portland’s four main quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Each quadrant has its own distinct feel and unique attractions including art galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and performance spaces. We will also visit at least two of the following parks: Washington Park, Rocky Butte, McCall Waterfront Park. Your naturalist guide will bring the parks alive by interpreting history, flora and fauna, and spotting birds.

Option 1* — Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel and Half-day City Tour:

Includes one hotel night, baggage handling, pickup at the hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, city sightseeing, all admission fees, taxes, and transfer to ship if applicable depending on pre- or post-voyage extension.

Option 2* — Portland Half-day Tour Only:

Includes pickup at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, city sightseeing, all admission fees, taxes, and transfer to the ship. 

Option 3* — Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel Only:

Includes one hotel night, baggage handling, and taxes.

Option 4* — Willamette Valley Wine Tour Only:

Includes pickup at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, all admission fees, taxes, and transfer to the ship if applicable depending on pre- or post-voyage extension.

Option 5* — Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, Half-day City Tour and Willamette Valley Wine Tour:

Includes pickup at the Marriott Hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, city sightseeing, Willamette Valley Wine Tour, all admission fees, and one hotel night, baggage handling, taxes, and transfer to the ship if applicable depending on pre- or post-voyage extension.

*A minimum participation of 4 guests is needed to operate all options. Please call for extension rates. 

Ship

National Geographic Sea Bird

A tried and true expedition ship, the National Geographic Sea Bird plies the waters in Alaska, as well as the Columbia and Snake Rivers. With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships. She can venture into fast-moving channels where whales come to feed, transit a series of locks in the Pacific Northwest, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.

The perfect platform for an intimate expedition

The recently renovated National Geographic Sea Bird is a 152-foot vessel that comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Outfitted for exploration, she carries a fleet of expedition landing craft and kayaks for up close encounters with wildness, in addition to a Bow Cam, Splash-Cam, hydrophone, underwater video camera, video microscope, and binoculars.

Amenities—comfortable, relaxing & social

All cabins have a window, and the upper and bridge deck cabins open to the outdoors. Each cabin has private facilities and thermostats. The National Geographic Sea Bird also offers a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables for taking in the fresh air or sharing an evening cocktail. Her inviting lounge is the hub of expedition community life—with a full-service bar and large TV screen for presentations, films, and photo slideshows. She also features a library; global market; and bridge where guests are invited to talk with our officers, learn about navigation and share the captain’s view.

Informal ambiance, relaxed attitude

There’s no need to dress up—ever. Life aboard our ship is casual. There’s no assigned seating in the dining room. This makes for easy mingling and the fun of sharing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with different new friends, staff or guest speakers. Independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn.

speakers. Independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn. 


Excellent food 

Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. By adding local flavors to a menu, we aim to give you a greater sense of the cuisine and culture in the region we’re exploring. An array of fresh fruits and delicious, fresh juices are key components of the breakfast buffet, as are fresh vegetables and fish at lunch and dinner. There are fish or meat and vegetarian choices at every meal, and our chef will happily accommodate other special diet requests.


The ship’s hospitable hotel staff maintain always-open stations for coffee, tea, soda, and water. If the bar is closed, beer is available in a serve-yourself refrigerator. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the Lounge at daily Recap. There are reusable water bottles in every cabin and chilled fresh water stations aboard for convenience. 


Comfort and convenience, standard in every room

Your room is a comfortable space to end your active day, with organic cotton duvets and crisp cotton sheeting. Attentive hotel staff will transform your room while you’re out hiking or exploring, so you can return to a cool, welcoming space.


Every cabin has WiFi access, temperature controls, and is stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Beneath every bed is space to store luggage, and each cabin has one or two closets plus drawers under the beds. A speaker in your cabin is tuned to the microphone in the ship’s lounge. You can listen to evening lectures while sorting photos on your laptop. Leave your PA turned on overnight if you’d like to be alerted to any sightings that might occur during the hours before breakfast, or simply turn it off if you’d like to sleep peacefully through the morning’s activities.


Sociable spaces, quiet corners

The lounge is the center of the expedition community; where we gather for talks and daily Recap. The bow and sundeck are other gathering places, where guests mingle with staff to scan the sea for marine mammals. The ship also offers an enjoyable outdoor deck with tables and chairs to pass time individually, or with a small group. 

Rise, shine, and connect with wilderness

Greet the cool morning with a pre-breakfast stretching session on deck, led by your wellness specialist. Or sleep in and take advantage of the ships exercise bike, elliptical, stretch bands, and yoga mats at your convenience. Long hikes, kayaking and short trail walks offer an even deeper connection with the wild world.

Onboard spa treatments

Massage therapy and body treatments, plus face, hand, foot treatments will relax and rejuvenate you. Choose to have a treatment instead of an activity, or to end an active day of exploring.

National Geographic Sea Bird

A tried and true expedition ship, the National Geographic Sea Bird plies the waters in Alaska, as well as the Columbia and Snake Rivers. With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships. She can venture into fast-moving channels where whales come to feed, transit a series of locks in the Pacific Northwest, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.

The perfect platform for an intimate expedition

The recently renovated National Geographic Sea Bird is a 152-foot vessel that comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Outfitted for exploration, she carries a fleet of expedition landing craft and kayaks for up close encounters with wildness, in addition to a Bow Cam, Splash-Cam, hydrophone, underwater video camera, video microscope, and binoculars.

Amenities—comfortable, relaxing & social

All cabins have a window, and the upper and bridge deck cabins open to the outdoors. Each cabin has private facilities and thermostats. The National Geographic Sea Bird also offers a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables for taking in the fresh air or sharing an evening cocktail. Her inviting lounge is the hub of expedition community life—with a full-service bar and large TV screen for presentations, films, and photo slideshows. She also features a library; global market; and bridge where guests are invited to talk with our officers, learn about navigation and share the captain’s view.

Informal ambiance, relaxed attitude

There’s no need to dress up—ever. Life aboard our ship is casual. There’s no assigned seating in the dining room. This makes for easy mingling and the fun of sharing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with different new friends, staff or guest speakers. Independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn.

speakers. Independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn. 


Excellent food 

Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. By adding local flavors to a menu, we aim to give you a greater sense of the cuisine and culture in the region we’re exploring. An array of fresh fruits and delicious, fresh juices are key components of the breakfast buffet, as are fresh vegetables and fish at lunch and dinner. There are fish or meat and vegetarian choices at every meal, and our chef will happily accommodate other special diet requests.


The ship’s hospitable hotel staff maintain always-open stations for coffee, tea, soda, and water. If the bar is closed, beer is available in a serve-yourself refrigerator. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the Lounge at daily Recap. There are reusable water bottles in every cabin and chilled fresh water stations aboard for convenience. 


Comfort and convenience, standard in every room

Your room is a comfortable space to end your active day, with organic cotton duvets and crisp cotton sheeting. Attentive hotel staff will transform your room while you’re out hiking or exploring, so you can return to a cool, welcoming space.


Every cabin has WiFi access, temperature controls, and is stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Beneath every bed is space to store luggage, and each cabin has one or two closets plus drawers under the beds. A speaker in your cabin is tuned to the microphone in the ship’s lounge. You can listen to evening lectures while sorting photos on your laptop. Leave your PA turned on overnight if you’d like to be alerted to any sightings that might occur during the hours before breakfast, or simply turn it off if you’d like to sleep peacefully through the morning’s activities.


Sociable spaces, quiet corners

The lounge is the center of the expedition community; where we gather for talks and daily Recap. The bow and sundeck are other gathering places, where guests mingle with staff to scan the sea for marine mammals. The ship also offers an enjoyable outdoor deck with tables and chairs to pass time individually, or with a small group. 

Rise, shine, and connect with wilderness

Greet the cool morning with a pre-breakfast stretching session on deck, led by your wellness specialist. Or sleep in and take advantage of the ships exercise bike, elliptical, stretch bands, and yoga mats at your convenience. Long hikes, kayaking and short trail walks offer an even deeper connection with the wild world.

Onboard spa treatments

Massage therapy and body treatments, plus face, hand, foot treatments will relax and rejuvenate you. Choose to have a treatment instead of an activity, or to end an active day of exploring.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I enjoyed our expedition landing craft tour of Palouse Falls. Great small ship. Wonderful food! My 6th Smithsonian trip!

- Gail A.

My perspective on the world was transformed by this expedition.

- Jeffrey A.
Reading List

Enrich your travels with reading! Click here for a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan through Travel Guard with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes on-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance. You will receive details on this included insurance with your Tour Confirmation and Tour Bulletins after you book a tour (U.S. Residents only).

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen events, such as missed flight connections, lost luggage, and cancelled plans. There are many plans you can consider. For your convenience, you may visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1.800.208.6142 to learn more.

Terms and conditions

Our Mission

Smithsonian Journeys engages travelers in the mission of the Smithsonian - “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian's 19 museums, national zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions. 

What Is Included in the Tour Cost

  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner), including non-alcoholic beverages while aboard ship.
  • Group transfers.
  • All sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list.
  • All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted.
  • Gratuities (except to ship’s crew).
  • Port taxes and fees.
  • Services of an expedition leader, naturalist staff, and expert guides.
  • On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance.

What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost

  • Airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Transfers and baggage handling abroad for those not traveling on the designated program departure and arrival dates.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making additional travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion.
  • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan: Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. This optional plan offers an affordable package of benefits and services that can provide coverage and assistance for the unexpected. Visit TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys to learn more.

Registration
Space is reserved in the order of receipt of phone or web reservations.

To submit a request for a reservation, please order using our secure online process, or call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Reservations Specialist, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour. You will be notified of your status when your request has been received and processed. 

To complete your request, the following is necessary:

Required Information
For all international departures, passport information including the following, in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program as well as by our international travel partners: your full name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov). In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Payments
Deposit of $1,500 per person, per tour payable by check or major credit card to the tour operator is required to reserve a space on a tour. Deposits are applied to payment of the program price.

Balance due upon invoicing at least 90 days prior to the program. If full payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the tour.

Late Registration
Any registration received within 90 days of departure is considered a “late registration” and must be subject to special confirmation. Payment in full must be made immediately by credit card or by check and sent by overnight mail to the tour operator before confirmation is possible.

Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the program within the designated late registration period for that program.

Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policies. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Per person cancellation fees are based on date of notice to Smithsonian Journeys:

  • Cancellations within 7 days of booking (if not within final payment date): full refund
  • 120 or more days prior to expedition start: $700 per person cancellation fee
  • 119-90 days: Full deposit (per person)
  • 89-60 days: 25% of trip cost 
  • 59-45 days: 50% of trip cost 
  • 44-0 days: No refund
  • Cancellation by the Smithsonian: Full refund.
  • No refund for unused portions of the tour, including but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing.

Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policies. 

Air Service

For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request. Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. Neither Smithsonian Journeys nor the tour operator has any liability for any loss resulting from tour cancellations or changes in international gateways, travel dates, or airline schedule changes. If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense. For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. The tour operator is unable to guarantee any seat assignments.

When planning our tours that include international round-trip airfare, the tour operator contracts with those airlines that they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates that enable us to offer you the best possible travel value. Please note that frequent flyer mileage credits are issued at the discretion of the airline(s) and may not be available for the flights on your tour. If you prefer to make your own airline reservations, “land only” pricing is available on most of our tours.

Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers
A designated group flight is not included on most tours. However, transportation from the arrival airport to the ship/hotel is included in your tour cost if you arrive in time to meet the scheduled group transfer. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights.

Air Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be canceled due to low enrollments. Neither Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan, through Travel Guard, with the price of your tour. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.

Travel Documents

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours in this catalog. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation. You are responsible for obtaining these documents. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

Physical and Medical Considerations

Please note that these tours require that participants be in good physical condition. You must be capable, without assistance, of walking a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Some tours have additional notes regarding physical and medical considerations, which are noted on the Tour Information link.

Itinerary or Program Modifications

Smithsonian strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent. Please note that weather conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise programs. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.

Accommodations

Smithsonian chooses hotels based on a combination of their location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and programs in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used. In most cases, hotels have elevators and meeting rooms for Smithsonian lectures. Program prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single travelers; however the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will apply for a single room. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room. When a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged.

Children

All tours, except family programs, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for older children. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements
Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel. Please note that the tour operator can assist you in making post-tour arrangements only. We regret that we are unable to help with pre-tour arrangements.

Photography
Participants on tour may be photographed for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution. Photographs may be printed in publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys. Travelers who prefer that their image not be used must advise the tour manager at the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy
For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

Preparing for Your Journey

Prior to departure, you will receive Tour Bulletins containing both general and tour specific information to help you prepare for your travel experience. These bulletins will include:

  • Passport and visa instructions
  • Flight information
  • Weather, clothing, and packing suggestions
  • A suggested reading list
  • General information about the countries you will visit, e.g. the food, customs, medical precautions, and currency.
  • Information about your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour staff
  • Baggage tag(s) and name badge(s)
  • Final itinerary
  • Participant list  

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer
Smithsonian Journeys are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer its members a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. If your tour does not include airfare, your Tour Bulletins will provide information about when participants are recommended to purchase airline tickets. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to/from the tour departure city if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s), and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.