The Smithsonian Journeys Difference

                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers at Cannes Film Festival 

                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers exploring the Galápagos Islands 

                      Railroading in New England. Credit: Jen Slowey 

                      Smithsonian travelers enjoying the international Cannes Film Festival 

                      Smithsonian travelers observing the Arctic-blue glaciers and spectacular scenery of Alaska 

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

                      Smithsonian travelers in Antarctica. Credit: Jim Zimbelman 

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

                      Smithsonian travelers on Easter Island 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Death Valley 

                      Smithsonian group at Potala Palace, Tibet 

                      Smithsonian traveler in Agra, India 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Bali. Credit: Dawn Rooney 

                      Smithsonian travelers aboard Zodiacs in Alaska 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Singapore. Credit: Dawn Rooney 

                      Smithsonian travelers on a hike in Europe 

                      Smithsonian travelers in Morocco 

                      Smithsonian travelers at dinner on our Old World Europe trip 

                      Smithsonian travelers in the Baltics  

                      Smithsonian travelers at Loch Lomond. Credit: Katherine Forsyth 

                      Smithsonian travelers enjoying the Highlights of Italy 

                      Smithsonian Journeys Legendary Peru travelers at Machu Picchu


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With more than 45 years of experience in travel, we continue to be inspired by the Smithsonian mission of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” This dedication to lifelong learning and a passion for exploring the world drives us to develop authentic and exceptionally enriching experiences for our travelers.

Our collection of diverse tours and cruises has grown to more than 350 departures on all seven continents. And like the Smithsonian Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world. Importantly, your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian’s nineteen museums, national zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.

Bring Your Destination to Life 

Our knowledgeable and charismatic Smithsonian Journeys Experts, dedicated Travel Directors, and other staff will enrich your experience in a unique and personal way, bringing an insider’s perspective to every itinerary. 

Behind-the-Scenes Access

From people to places, our connections provide you with behind-the-scenes access to iconic sites, knowledgeable guides, local experts, and exclusive events all over the world, adding even more meaning and authenticity to your travel experience.

Travel with New Friends

On any given trip, you’ll be sure to forge lasting friendships with travelers who share your passion for learning and exploration. Our journeys are welcoming for solo travelers, couples, family, and friends. Plus, our arrangements deliver an intimate journey so you’ll never feel herded or rushed.

We Know Where to Take You

From unique lodgings in far-flung regions and charming hotels in well-traveled places to the ideal cruise ship, train, or cultural stay experience, you’ll always travel in comfort and style and enjoy authentic cuisine that reflects the local culture.

We’ve Got Everything Covered

When you travel with us, there is no need for exhaustive planning or worrying about travel logistics. Our first-rate staff manages every aspect of your trip to ensure the highest quality and provide you with comfortable, stress-free travel. 

Discover Real Value 

Once you add up the extras that we include—experts, enrichment, meals, excursions, transfers, little luxuries, and even airfare inclusive pricing on many tours—you’ll know you’re getting more than you pay for. That’s what we call real value!