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Founded in 1970, Smithsonian Journeys is an established leader in expert-led land and cruise travel, offering more than 350 annual journeys on all seven continents. Smithsonian Journeys delivers dynamic travel experiences that uncover the authentic culture of each destination, providing access unavailable to most travelers. A broad array of travel opportunities are available, including small-group land tours (many with air included), cultural stay programs, small-ship ocean cruises, comfortable river cruises, active journeys, family journeys, around the world by private jet journeys, and tailor-made journeys for the independent traveler. Travelers will engage with the world through the Smithsonian lens, and create life-long memories alongside others who seek a deeper understanding of the places they visit. And, importantly, 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.

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Smithsonian Family Journeys by Perillo’s Learning Journeys Offer Families Hands-on Travel Experiences this Summer
Moral Compass; Feburary 21, 2018

Mountain Travel Sobek Partners With Smithsonian
Travel Pulse; January 18, 2018

A New Way to Travel: Smithsonian Active Journeys By Mountain Travel Sobek
Mountain Travel Sobek; January 16, 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

Smithsonian and Walking Tree Travel Launch "Smithsonian Student Adventures"
Smithsonian Student Adventures; November 29, 2016

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

U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Smithsonian Journeys Announce Journey of a Lifetime Contest
August 29, 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
Moneyinc.com; May 9, 2016

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

TravelQuest: Around the World with Smithsonian Journeys, Part I
To learn more, read Part II and Part III of this three-part series.
North Texas e-News; February 16, 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
Today.com; 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
appealdemocrat.com; 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

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