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Smithsonian Journeys is a global leader in cultural travel for diverse audiences, offering unique, expert-led trips on all seven continents. Smithsonian Journeys offers small-group land journeys, small-ship ocean cruises, river cruises, cultural stays, active journeys, private jet trips, tailor-made journeys for the independent traveler, and student travel programs.

Smithsonian Journeys is part of Smithsonian Enterprises, a division of the Smithsonian which oversees the institution’s commercial activities, including the Smithsonian Channel, which is available in over 55 million households globally; the retail operation, which includes 35 museum and airport stores, and food concessions; an E-commerce business,; Smithsonian magazine, which reaches more than 8 million monthly readers; consumer and education licensing; and books.

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Smithsonian Journeys In the News

Smithsonian Journeys Announces New Active Journeys
Smithsonian Journeys; May 13, 2024

Smithsonian Journeys Announces New 2024 Expedition Cruise to Madagascar and Seychelles in Alliance with PONANT
Smithsonian Journeys; April 2, 2024

Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT Announce 2025 Small Ship Explorations
Smithsonian Journeys; February 20, 2024

Smithsonian Journeys Announces New Trips for 2025
Smithsonian Journeys; January 23, 2024

What is the best travel company for seniors? These 9 tour companies are perfect for you.  
USA Today; January 13, 2024

For More Than Just A Luxury Cruise, Travel With The Experts
Forbes; January 9, 2024

Smithsonian Journeys Announces 2024 Smithsonian Student Travel Opportunities
Smithsonian Journeys; January 4, 2024

New Tours for Boomers Prove That Travel Adventures Don’t Have an Age Limit
AFAR; November 26, 2023

Visit a Remote National Park, Learn Tribal Traditions in the Rainforest, and Swim Under a Waterfall on this Central America Cruise
Travel + Leisure; September 2, 2023

Japan for Beginners: 3 Vacation Itinerary Ideas
The Wall Street Journal; August 16, 2023

Big News In Active Travel - Smithsonian Journeys Gets Physical
Forbes; May 23, 2023

Want to explore the outdoors? Smithsonian Journeys launches new active trips
USA Today; May 9, 2023

Smithsonian Journeys Launches New Line of Active Journeys
Smithsonian Journeys; May 9, 2023

10 Best Japan Tours to Take in 2023 or 2024
TourScoop; April 14, 2023

2023 Educational Travel for Seniors
Seniority; March 6, 2023

This Luxury Cruise Around Japan Visits Under-the-radar Destinations — Including Gorgeous Mountain Villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Travel + Leisure; February 14, 2023

Smithsonian Journeys Announces New Trips for 2024
Smithsonian Journeys; February 13, 2023

Smithsonian Journeys Announces 2023 Smithsonian Student Travel Opportunities
Smithsonian Journeys; December 9, 2022

This 16-Day Luxury Cruise Follows the Next Total Solar Eclipse
People; August 18, 2022

The Next Total Solar Eclipse Is Happening in 2023 — and This Incredible 16-day Cruise Will Take You to See It
Travel + Leisure; August 15, 2022

Smithsonian Journeys And Ponant Launch Exploration Trips
Forbes; July 25, 2022

Smithsonian Journeys Announces New Trips for 2023
Smithsonian Journeys; July 11, 2022

On a three-week group tour, I saw Florence at my own pace
The Washington Post; June 23, 2022

You Can Now Get a Smithsonian-Level Education at Sea on These Enriching Global Cruises
AFAR; June 20, 2022

World-Class Cruise Vacations - Two Best-In-Class Travel Companies Join Forces
Forbes; June 4, 2022

Traveling with teens? Here are 10 tips and trip ideas to improve your next vacation
USA Today; June 1, 2022

5 active trip ideas for 50+ travelers
USA Today; May 17, 2022

The 2023 Cruise Itineraries to Book Before They Sell Out
Conde Nast Traveler; April 13, 2022

This New Great Lakes Cruise Will Sail From Niagara Falls to Some of the Most Exciting Islands in North America
Travel + Leisure; April 11, 2022

How to Prioritize Your Retirement Travel Goals as You Age
Conde Nast Traveler; March 22, 2022

Ponant, Smithsonian Journeys Announce 2023 Small Ship Expeditions
Luxury Travel Advisor; February 15, 2022

Over 50 and love to travel? These 7 tour companies are perfect for you
USA Today; January 19, 2022

7 Tour Companies That Cater to Travelers Over 50
Family Vacationist; January 19, 2022

'Great Resignation' Breaks: Learn Something New on These Trips
Newsweek; August 25, 2021

Scientific Cruising Returns: Smithsonian Partners With Ponant For Global Expeditions
Forbes; May 20, 2021

Culture meets cruise: Smithsonian partners with Ponant to deliver sailings steeped in history
Planet Attractions; May 19, 2021

Smithsonian Is Launching Epic Cruises Around the World With Expert Historians on Board
My Modern Met; May 17, 2021

Smithsonian Is Launching Educational Cruises Around the World That Will Bring History Books to Life
Travel + Leisure; May 5, 2021

Ponant and Smithsonian Journeys team up for a series of themed sailings
Travel Weekly; April 13, 2021

PONANT and Smithsonian Journeys Announce Alliance to Offer a New Series of Small Ship Expeditions
Smithsonian Journeys; April 13, 2021

Smithsonian Announces New Collection of Travel Programs for High School Students
Northern Virginia Magazine; January 18, 2021

Smithsonian, New York Times Highlight Birmingham with Tours
Birmingham Business Journal; January 7, 2021

Smithsonian and Putney Student Travel Launch "Smithsonian Student Travel"
Smithsonian Journeys; January 5, 2021

Smithsonian Enterprises Names Lynn Cutter as SVP Smithsonian Travel
Smithsonian Journeys; February 24, 2020

Live Like a Local While Traveling Abroad
Kiplinger; April 8, 2020

Pack Your Curiosity for an Educational Trip
Next Avenue; February 26, 2020

These Ultra-Luxe Tours Can Take Your Around the World in a Private Jet
CNBC; September 29, 2019

Travel Solo? No Problem!
Senior Planet; August 28, 2019

Educational Trips Expand the Mind for Older Traveler
Kiplinger; July 2, 2019

Denver WWII author shares D-Day knowledge as Normandy tour guide
Fox News Denver; June 5, 2019

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo
The New York Times; 2019

Polar Express: To The Arctic by Train
Reaktion Books | Written by Sharon Hudgins

The three most important rules for protecting your trip and yourself
Los Angeles Times; September 24, 2018

Beyond Limitations: A Showcase of Smithsonian Journeys Science, Space, and Art Tours
High End Magazine | Written by Kristen Ordonez

In Andalusia’s three key cities, one of history’s great architectural mash-ups
The Washington Post; Summer 2018

Peak Season: Conquer these spectacular mountain ranges with the help of high-end travel specialists.
Prestige Magazine; Summer 2018

Going places: A potpourri of summer family vacation choices to get you outside, together
The Island Now; May 28, 2018

Five Ways to Get Some Culture on Your Next Cruise
The New York Times; April 13, 2018

The ultimate trip: Around the world in style
CNN Travel; October 18, 2017

Around the world in 30 days: A sampling of private jet tours of the globe
The Washington Post; April 27, 2017

The Journey of a Lifetime
Prestige magazine; October 28, 2016

The Best Cruise for Every Type of Traveler
Conde Nast Traveler; July 26, 2016

Authenticity in South America
Unique Homes Magazine; July 2016

Educational Tours in the United States
USA Today; June 14, 2016

The Five Most Luxurious Private Jet Tours in the World; May 9, 2016

Around the World in Thirty Days
The High End; February, 2016

Safari 101: Planning a bucket-list Africa trip
USA Today; January 22, 2016

Star Wars Locations: Ten places fans have to visit
Red Bull; December 16, 2015

The River Cruise Guide to South America: The Allure of the Amazon
Travel + Leisure; May 20, 2015

Trips of a Lifetime
Select Traveler; May 21, 2015

Turning to Education for Fun
The New York Times; March, 2015

Cruises to feed your intellect and imagination
LA Times; February, 2015

Three generations in the Galapagos
The Washington Post; January, 2015

The 6 exotic spots jetsetters will visit in 2015
New York Post; January, 2015

Best Places to Travel in 2015
Travel + Leisure; December, 2014

Familiar Places, Seen Anew on a Tour
The New York Times; December, 2014

Funerals, Prescriptions, and a Good Night's Sleep: The Most Bizarre Reasons People Go on Cruises
Chicago Tribune; October, 2014

Smart travel: life-long learning hits the road
Chicago Tribune; October, 2014

9 best destinations to see from the water; October, 2014

Vacation Alone? Yes!
AARP The Magazine; October, 2014

6 cruises that will make you smarter
MarketWatch, a blog by The Wall Street Journal; October, 2014

Customized Trips from Smithsonian and Audley
In Transit, a blog by The New York Times; August, 2014

Four of the Best Museum-Led Expeditions
Rhapsody; August, 2014

Have Retirement, Will Travel
Northern Virginia Magazine; July, 2014

To Russia for rockets; June, 2014

Smithsonian Institution to Offer Private and Bespoke Travel Programs with Audley Travel
Pursuitist; May, 2014

Italy: Kid-friendly family tour includes gelato, gladiator school
LA Times; April, 2014

Jet set, go
The Telegraph PLATINUM; February, 2014

Take a Trip With a Curator or Professor
Kiplinger; January, 2014