Our Difference

None Smithsonian Journeys travelers at Luxor Temple. Credit: Janet Duncan Jones
None Smithsonian Journeys Travelers enjoying a meal in Greece on our Athens and Poros Tour.
None Arctic-blue glaciers and spectacular scenery of Alaska
None On an Expedition to Antarctica with the Le Soléal in the background
None Smithsonian Journeys travelers enjoying an evening sunset on the Voyage from Rome to Malta cruise
None Smithsonian Journeys travelers enjoying an evening sunset on the Voyage from Rome to Malta cruise
None Relaxing on the dunes in Morocco
None Travelers enjoying a day in Uzbekistan on the new Silk Road: Journey to Central Asia tour
None Travelers enjoying a day in Uzbekistan on the new Silk Road: Journey to Central Asia tour
None On a hike in Europe
None Railroading in New England. Credit: Jen Slowey
None Aboard Zodiacs in Alaska
None In Agra, India
None On an Expedition to Antarctica with the Le Soléal in the background
None Smithsonian Journeys Travelers enjoying a day while on A Cruise of Japan
None On the Smithsonian at Oxford trip, a week long study program
None Enjoying the cruise on the Yangtze River
None Travelers enjoying a river cruise along the canals and waterways of Holland and Belgium
None Smithsonian Journeys Travelers enjoying a day on Hydra Island.
None Smithsonian Journeys travelers at the ruins in Epidaurus, Greece.
None Happy Smithsonian Journeys travelers on Holland and Belgium River Cruise
None Doubtful Sound in New Zealand
None Smithsonian Journeys travelers in front of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall
None Enjoying the Emerald Isle in front of Blarney Castle
None Attending a lecture at Merton College while at Oxford University
None A Smithsonian Journeys traveler and tutor discussing after a lecture in Oxford University
None On an Expedition to Antarctica
None Exploring the Galápagos Islands
None Loch Lomond, Scotland. Credit: Katherine Forsyth
None Enjoying the Highlights of Italy
None Legendary Peru travelers at Machu Picchu
None In the Baltics
None In Singapore. Credit: Dawn Rooney
None In Bali. Credit: Dawn Rooney
None At Potala Palace, Tibet
None In Death Valley
None On Easter Island
None Around the World by Private Jet traveler in India. Credit: Dr. Richard Kurin
None In Antarctica. Credit: Jim Zimbelman

This is the story of Smithsonian Journeys.

From the Smithsonian was born an idea to bring the world’s cultures and natural sciences alive in experience-rich travel. Inspired by the Smithsonian mission, the “increase and diffusion of knowledge,” Smithsonian Journeys fosters the power that comes through travel—unlocking knowledge and cultural awareness—to better understand the world.

When you join our community of curious travelers, you will engage with the world through the Smithsonian lens, enjoying a memorable, immersive, and transformative experience. And, importantly, your participation benefits the work of the Smithsonian, helping to make the world a better place by preserving and celebrating what we cherish from our common past, present, and future.

Why Choose Smithsonian Journeys?

Smithsonian heritage and community Powered by more than 175 years of prestige and trust in the Smithsonian, our trips mirror the reputation, varied collections, research, and community of the Institution. On any given trip, you’ll travel with intellectually curious, worldly, and adventurous life-long learners, and forge lasting friendships with others who share your passion for deeper learning and exploration.

A quality experience With more than 350 departures on all seven continents, Smithsonian Journeys has been renowned for over 50 years for superior service, special access, and the personal touch of Smithsonian Journeys Experts, travel directors, and other staff. Plus, you’ll always find the ideal ships and distinctive properties that reflect the culture of your destination.

Educational emphasis Travelers return again and again due to the fun and engaged learning at the core of every Smithsonian Journeys tour and cruise. You’ll revel in the meaningful enrichment and insider perspectives brought by insightful, world-class, and charismatic Smithsonian Journeys Experts and local guides.

None