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                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers on an Expedition to Antarctica 


                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers on an Expedition to Antarctica with the Le Soléal in the background 


                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers on an Expedition to Antarctica with the Le Soléal in the background 


                      Smithsonian Journeys traveler on an Expedition to Antarctica 


                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers enjoying the Emerald Isle in front of Blarney Castle 


                      Smithsonian Travelers on the African Safari taking a group photo with a surprise guest 


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


                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers attending a lecture at Merton College while at Oxford University 


                      Smithsonian Journeys travelers while on the Smithsonian at Oxford trip, a week long study program 


                      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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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.