Active Journeys

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We are thrilled to present Smithsonian Active Journeys, a new collection of culture-rich trips developed for travelers who seek to learn about the world through active discovery. Through hikes, walks, bike rides, and more, explore the natural and cultural history of fascinating destinations around the world. Each departure has a maximum of just 12 to 18 travelers.

The Trail is Calling...

From the Alps to the Andes, we’ve selected routes for their spectacular scenery and their accessibility to both occasional and seasoned outdoorspeople. Most hikes and walks range from three to seven miles, with low to moderate elevation changes, and some trips also include opportunities to kayak, canoe, or bike ride.

A Sustainable Approach to Small-Group Travel

With a maximum of 12 to 18 travelers using mostly their own feet to get around, our groups are attuned to their environment, making a minimal impact on nature and spending time in local communities. You’ll get acquainted with the people and their traditions and support small businesses such as a sustainable coffee farm in Costa Rica and a family-owned restaurant in Iceland.

Enrichment Every Step of the Way

Whether you are hiking in the hills of Tuscany or riding a bike through Chile’s wine country, each Active Journey balances physical activity with in-depth cultural experiences and discovery.  In the company of outstanding local guides, immerse yourself in nature from the Alps to the Andes. Connect with local people as well as experts in the field, and gain insights into the region’s cultural and natural history. Between active excursions, you might visit a Viking museum in Iceland, enjoy wine tasting at a rustic palace set among vineyards in Spain, or learn to make ceviche at a colonial mansion in Peru. 

Choose the Activity Level that Fits Your Pace

To help you select a journey that suits your pace and ability, we have designated four activity levels: Light, Moderate, Energetic, and Strenuous. Detailed, day-by-day descriptions of activities can be found on each itinerary page below in the Tour Details tab. Read more about Active Journeys activity levels here.

Each active journey includes:

  • Knowledgeable Trip Leader and local guides
  • Small group size with a maximum of 12 to 18 travelers
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Daily activities and excursions
  • Internal flights where applicable
  • Most meals, including all breakfasts and welcome and farewell dinners
  • Gratuities

Active Journeys

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Scotland by Trail: An Active Journey to the Highlands and Islands

10 days | Starting at: $5,499
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Costa Rica Treetops and Trails: An Active Journey

8 days | Starting at: $3,349
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Walking and Hiking Inca Trails: An Active Journey to Peru

9 days | Starting at: $3,899
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Irish Walks: An Active Journey from Dublin to Dingle

11 days | Starting at: $5,299
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Glaciers and Waterfalls: An Active Journey to Iceland

9 days | Starting at: $5,199
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Tour du Mont Blanc: An Active Alpine Journey

10 days | Starting at: $5,999
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Gorillas of Rwanda: An Active Journey

8 days | Starting at: $8,999
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Walking the Camino de Santiago: An Active Journey to Spain

11 days | Starting at: $4,699
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Tuscany and Cinque Terre: An Active Journey

10 days | Starting at: $4,899
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Patagonia Hiking Adventure

13 days | Starting at: $6,999
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2026

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Japan by Trail: An Active Journey featuring the Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail

11 days | Starting at: $6,999
Multiple departures in 2025

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Nepal and Bhutan: An Active Journey

16 days | Starting at: $7,799
Multiple departures in 2025

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Walking in Portugal: An Active Journey along the Coast, the Camino, and the Douro Valley

10 days | Starting at: $4,999
Multiple departures in 2025

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The Greek Isles: An Active Journey to Naxos, Santorini, and Crete

10 days | Starting at: $5,299
Multiple departures in 2025