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                      Smithsonian Journeys Travelers enjoying a meal in Greece on our Athens and Poros Tour. 


                      Smithsonian Journeys Travelers enjoying a day on Hydra Island. 


                      Smithsonian Journeys Travelers at Mont- Saint- Michael 


                      Smithsonian Journeys Travelers enjoying their time visiting Claude Monet's garden at Giverny 


                      Smithsonian Journeys Travelers enjoying a day while on A Cruise of Japan 


                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers at the ruins in Epidaurus, Greece. 


                      Arctic-blue glaciers and spectacular scenery of Alaska 


                      Enjoying the cruise on the Yangtze River 


                      Happy Smithsonian Journeys travelers on Holland and Belgium River Cruise 


                      Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island. Credit: Ed Kanze 


                      In Antarctica. Credit: Jim Zimbelman 


                      Around the World by Private Jet traveler in India. Credit: Dr. Richard Kurin 


                      On Easter Island 


                      In Death Valley 


                      At Potala Palace, Tibet 


                      In Agra, India 


                      In Bali. Credit: Dawn Rooney 


                      Aboard Zodiacs in Alaska 


                      Travelers enjoying a river cruise along the canals and waterways of Holland and Belgium  


                      In Singapore. Credit: Dawn Rooney 


                      On a hike in Europe 


                      Relaxing on the dunes in Morocco 


                      In the Baltics  


                      Legendary Peru travelers at Machu Picchu 


                      Enjoying the Highlights of Italy 


                      Enjoying the international Cannes Film Festival 


                      Loch Lomond, Scotland. Credit: Katherine Forsyth 


                      Railroading in New England. Credit: Jen Slowey 


                      Exploring the Galápagos Islands 


                      At Cannes Film Festival 


                      On an Expedition to Antarctica 


                      On an Expedition to Antarctica with the Le Soléal in the background 


                      On an Expedition to Antarctica with the Le Soléal in the background 


                      A Smithsonian Journeys traveler and tutor discussing after a lecture in Oxford University 


                      Attending a lecture at Merton College while at Oxford University 


                      On the Smithsonian at Oxford trip, a week long study program 


                      Enjoying the Emerald Isle in front of Blarney Castle 


                      African Safari – group photo with surprise guest in the background 


                      In Potsdam, Germany 


                      Doubtful Sound in New Zealand

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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 170 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 almost 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.