Smithsonian Journeys Expert Lecture Series

Our Smithsonian Journeys Experts, chosen for their charisma, expertise, and affability, are the secret ingredient that turn a fine tour into an unforgettable experience. Now during this time while travel is on hold, our experts are excited to bring the world to you with our Expert Lecture Series. Go ‘on tour’ with some of our most popular Smithsonian Journeys Experts without leaving the comfort of your home! Gain a deeper understanding of some of our most enticing destinations, learn more about their areas of expertise, and get to know our experts before joining them on tour!

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Upcoming Lectures

Of Monastery and Pilgrimage: The Rise of Romanesque in France featuring Stephen Clancy
<p>February 9, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST</p>
<br/> Of Monastery and Pilgrimage: The Rise of Romanesque in France featuring Stephen Clancy

February 9, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST


Stephen is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

Stay tuned for more information on how to attend his lecture at 2:00pm EST on Tuesday, February 9. Learn more about Stephen's upcoming tours below.

Stephen's 2021 Departures

iceland-cruise

Iceland Voyage

9 days | Starting at: $6,795
Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2021

alaska-wonders

Alaska's Natural Wonders

11 days | Starting at: $7,097
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

maine-cruise

Art Along the Coast of Maine

9 days | Starting at: $6,645
Aug 6 - 14, 2021
Aug 5 - 13, 2022

yellowstone-and-tetons

Yellowstone and the Tetons

7 days | Starting at: $4,995
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

loire-canal

Loire Valley Canal Cruise

10 days | Starting at: $5,990
Aug 30 - Sep 8, 2021
Oct 18 - 27, 2021

bryce-grand-canyon-zion-parks

Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon

10 days | Starting at: $4,195
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

georgia-armenia-and-azerbaijan

Exploring Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia

17 days | Starting at: $7,995
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

sicily-stay

Palermo and Taormina

10 days | Starting at: $5,290
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

italys-amalfi-coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast

9 days | Starting at: $4,590
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

danube-river-cruise

A Danube River Cruise

15-16 days | Starting at: $6,240
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

provence-stay

Living in France

23 days | Starting at: $4,890
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

art-meets-science-switzerland

Art Meets Science in Switzerland

9 days | Starting at: $7,995
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

morocco

Splendors of Morocco

14 days | Starting at: $6,079
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

florence-stay

Living in Italy

23 days | Starting at: $5,490
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

county-clare-stay

County Clare

9 days | Starting at: $4,390
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

ireland

The Emerald Isle

13 days | Starting at: $6,192
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

peru

Legendary Peru

11 days | Starting at: $5,187
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

france

France Through the Ages

15 days | Starting at: $6,497
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

treasures-alps

Treasures of the Alps

14 days | Starting at: $6,992
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

italy

Highlights of Italy

16 days | Starting at: $6,174
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

italy-lake-district-stay

Italy's Lake District

9 days | Starting at: $4,840
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

south-africa

Treasures of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana

16 days | Starting at: $9,440
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

segovia-stay

Segovia

9 days | Starting at: $3,940
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

celebrate-smithsonian

Celebrate Smithsonian

4 days | Starting at: $4,190
Sep 8 - 11, 2021

toronto-international-film-festival

Toronto International Film Festival

6 days | Starting at: $4,890
Sep 8 - 13, 2021
Sep 7 - 12, 2022

silk-road

The Silk Road: A Journey to Central Asia

17 days | Starting at: $7,995
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

croatia-slovenia

Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia

15 days | Starting at: $6,184
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

classical-greece

Classical Greece

14 days | Starting at: $6,692
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

japan

Eternal Japan

13 days | Starting at: $7,184
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

african-safari

African Safari

14 days | Starting at: $8,784
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

france-and-spains-basque-region

France and Spain’s Basque Region

9 days | Starting at: $4,590
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

sicily-amalfi-coast

Southern Italy and Sicily

15 days | Starting at: $6,174
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

spain-portugal

Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

15 days | Starting at: $5,774
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

northern-spain-portugal

Across Northern Spain and Portugal

17 days | Starting at: $6,374
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

iceland

Adventure in Iceland

11 days | Starting at: $5,597
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

stpetersburg-baltics

St. Petersburg and the Baltics

14 days | Starting at: $5,498
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

berlin-one-week-stay

Berlin

9 days | Starting at: $4,940
Sep 15 - 23, 2021

provence-river-cruise-2020

A River Cruise of Provence

9 days | Starting at: $4,490
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

portugal-cruise

Portrait of Portugal

12 days | Starting at: $5,240
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

italys-apulia

Italy’s Apulia

9 days | Starting at: $4,190
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

prague-budapest

Old World Europe

16 days | Starting at: $6,097
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

antequera

Spain’s Andalusia

9 days | Starting at: $3,840
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

scotland-highland-hikes

Hiking Scotland’s Hebrides and Highlands

10-11 days | Starting at: $6,525
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

oxford

Smithsonian at Oxford

8 days | Starting at: $5,550
Sep 18 - 25, 2021
Jul 2 - 9, 2022

yosemite-treasures

Treasures of Yosemite

7 days | Starting at: $4,675
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

amsterdam-budapest-cruise

Voyage Through Europe

14-16 days | Starting at: $6,090
Sep 21 - Oct 6, 2021
Oct 13 - 26, 2022

northern-italy

Northern Italy

15 days | Starting at: $6,274
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

adriatic-aegean-cruise

A Cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean

9 days | Starting at: $5,495
Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2021

australia-new-zealand

Splendors of Australia and New Zealand

22 days | Starting at: $10,184
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

machu-picchu-galapagos

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

16 days | Starting at: $9,293
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

journey-through-provence

Journey through Provence

12 days | Starting at: $5,597
* Price includes airfare
Sep 27 - Oct 8, 2021

hawaii-astronomy

Astronomy and Natural Wonders of Hawai’i

9 days | Starting at: $7,295
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

safari-kenya-and-tanzania

Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

16 days | Starting at: $10,696
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

great-lakes-grand-voyage

Great Lakes Grand Voyage

8 days | Starting at: $5,995
Sep 30 - Oct 7, 2021
Oct 7 - 14, 2021

greece-cruise

A Cruise to Ancient Greece

9 days | Starting at: $5,895
Multiple departures in 2021

spain-portugal-cruise

A Cruise of Spain and Portugal

9 days | Starting at: $5,695
Oct 1 - 9, 2021

hudson-river-cruise

Art Along the Hudson

9 days | Starting at: $7,640
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

normandy-stay

Normandy

9 days | Starting at: $4,340
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

mystery-lovers-england

Classic Mystery Lover's England

9 days | Starting at: $6,645
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

lewis-clark-cruise

In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

9 days | Starting at: $7,040
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

ancient-egypt-and-nile

Ancient Egypt and the Nile

14 days | Starting at: $5,897
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

pueblo-culture-and-history

Pueblo Culture and History

8 days | Starting at: $4,845
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

amazon-cruise

Amazon River Cruise

9 days | Starting at: $5,295
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

cradle-movement-civil-rights-alabama

Cradle of the Movement: Civil Rights in Alabama

6 days | Starting at: $4,795
Oct 11 - 16, 2021

civil-war

A Civil War Journey: The Road to Antietam and Gettysburg

5 days | Starting at: $3,495
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

michelangelo

The Genius of Michelangelo

9 days | Starting at: $5,695
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

costa-rica

Costa Rica's Natural Treasures

11 days | Starting at: $4,281
* Price includes airfare
Oct 18 - 28, 2021
Nov 29 - Dec 9, 2021

patagonia

Patagonian Explorer

16 days | Starting at: $9,282
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

singapore-thailand-angkorwat

Singapore, Thailand, and Angkor Wat

14 days | Starting at: $8,790
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

masterpieces-american-art

Masterpieces of American Art

5 days | Starting at: $3,795
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

tailor-made-hawaii

Discovering Hawai’i: A Tailor-Made Journey to Four Islands

13 days | Starting at: $5,400
Suggested Itinerary

vietnam

Discovering Vietnam

15 days | Starting at: $4,997
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

new-zealand

Journey Through New Zealand

16 days | Starting at: $7,874
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

vietnam-coast-cruise

A Cruise along Vietnam’s Coast

15 days
Oct 23 - Nov 6, 2021

india

Mystical India

17 days | Starting at: $5,887
* Price includes airfare
Oct 28 - Nov 13, 2021
Nov 28 - Dec 14, 2021

astronomy-arizona

Astronomy in Arizona

5 days | Starting at: $3,590
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

mississippi-cruise

Voyage on the Mississippi

9 days | Starting at: $6,940
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

lowcountry

African American Culture in the Lowcountry: From Charleston to Savannah

6 days | Starting at: $4,750
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

smithsonian-space-academy

Smithsonian at Space Academy

5 days | Starting at: $3,995
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

france-germany-markets

Holiday Markets

11 days | Starting at: $3,590
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

total-solar-eclipse-and-antarctica

Solar Eclipse 2021: Antarctica and the Path of Totality

14 days | Starting at: $12,995
Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2021

hiking-through-patagonia

Hiking Through Patagonia

11 days | Starting at: $6,675
Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2021
Mar 1 - 11, 2022

pearl-harbor

Pearl Harbor

6 days | Starting at: $5,695
Dec 3 - 8, 2021

costa-rica-adventure

Costa Rica Adventure

8 days | Starting at: $5,375
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

arctic-train

Arctic Explorer by Private Train

13 days | Starting at: $15,695
Dec 28, 2021 - Jan 9, 2022
Dec 28, 2022 - Jan 9, 2023

Past Lectures

Enjoyed one of our past lectures? Learn more about the expert and see what upcoming tours the expert will be leading so you can discover the world with their special insights!

Understanding New Zealand’s Dynamic Landscape


Understanding New Zealand’s Dynamic Landscape

Archaeologist and geologist Peter Bobrowsky discussed the diverse landscapes of the world's most natural laboratory, New Zealand.

Read Peter's bio and see his upcoming tours

The Throne of Heaven: The Taj Mahal, Agra

The Throne of Heaven: The Taj Mahal, Agra

Art and architectural historian Allan Langdale explored one of the world's wonders of architecture, the Taj Mahal.

Read Allan's bio and see his upcoming tours

Norwegian Explorers and the Drive for Independence
Norwegian Explorers and the Drive for Independence

Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies Glenn Kranking traveled back to the era of exploration and Norway's nationalist movement to learn about their journey towards independence.

Read Glenn's bio and see his upcoming tours

Women’s Work: The Art and Craft of Weaving in Rural Morocco Women’s Work: The Art and Craft of Weaving in Rural Morocco

Designer, artist, and entrepreneur Alia Kate will explored the intricacy and breadth of craftsmanship in Morocco.

Read Alia's bio and see her upcoming tours

Agatha Christie: An Introduction to Her Life and Writing Agatha Christie: An Introduction to Her Life and Writing

Mystery author Michael Jecks shed light on Agatha Christie's wonderful creations from the perspective of a crime and mystery writer in his recent lecture.

Read Michael's bio and see his upcoming tours

A Tale of Three Objects: The Things You’ll See in Krakow and the Stories They Have to Tell A Tale of Three Objects: The Things You’ll See in Krakow and the Stories They Have to Tell

Associate Professor of History, Laurie Koloski, showed us the connection between an old tower, a piece of folk art, and a plate of pierogies and what they tell us about Krakow's history.

Read Laurie's bio and see her upcoming tours

Meet All of Our Experts

One feature that makes our programs uniquely special is our world-class Smithsonian Journeys Experts. Chosen for their charisma, expertise and affability, these men and women are the secret ingredient that turns a fine tour into an unforgettable experience. Their enthusiasm is contagious; their expert guidance consistently brings depth, excitement and substance to the travelers who join them on our tours — and that is the signature of Smithsonian Journeys. Search all of our experts and the trips they will be leading here.