Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Allan Langdale

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Allan Langdale grew up on Vancouver Island wondering what the rest of the world was like and has spent much of his adult life finding out. Allan is an art and architectural historian, photographer, filmmaker, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. He has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Greek, Roman, Byzantine (including Georgian and Armenian architecture), and Indian and Islamic art and architecture. He currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz as a lecturer.

Along with several articles, Allan wrote the definitive architectural field guide to the little-known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made the award-winning documentary film The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). His travel books include Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015) and The Hippodrome of Istanbul / Constantinople: An Illustrated Handbook of its History (2019).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea region, the Middle East—including Jordan and Egypt—and India.

What Our Travelers Say

It was good to have a knowledgeable expert on tap for our questions at virtually any reasonable hour. Allan seemed always to be there when you wanted to follow up on a matter of archaeological interest. Besides, he was a fun companion for our little group!

- Robert M.

Best I've had on any tour. His knowledge, involvement with us, and his willingness to extend himself and broaden our experience was amazing.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

A walking encyclopedia of religious art who went above and beyond what was required. He freely offered his time to show us additional treasures. I always felt well prepared for what we were going to see. He was fantastic!

- Linda C., Highlights of Italy

Upcoming Tours

Southern Italy and Sicily

15 days | Starting at: $6,374
Multiple Departures
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Highlights of Italy

16 days | Starting at: $6,374
Multiple Departures
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Northern Italy: The Lake District, Tuscany, and the Dolomites

15 days | Starting at: $6,674
May 24, 2023 - Jun 7, 2023
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Italy's Lake District: A One-Week Stay in Stresa

9 days | Starting at: $5,390
Jun 6, 2023 - Jun 14, 2023

Featuring Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Orta
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Italy’s Amalfi Coast: A One-Week Stay in Vietri sul Mare

9 days | Starting at: $5,090
Sep 6, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
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Ancient Egypt and the Nile

14 days | Starting at: $6,297
Nov 18, 2023 - Dec 1, 2023

Featuring Abu Simbel
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A Circumnavigation of Sicily

8-9 days | Starting at: $6,360
Apr 14, 2024 - Apr 22, 2024

Round-trip from Malta aboard Le Bougainville or Le Champlain
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Inside Sicily

12 days | Starting at: $5,674
Apr 25, 2024 - May 6, 2024

An In-depth Exploration of History and Culture
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Legendary Turkey and the Turquoise Coast

15 days | Starting at: $5,592
Sep 3, 2024 - Sep 17, 2024
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Around the World by Private Jet: A Classic Journey

24 days | Starting at: $124,950
Oct 6, 2024 - Oct 29, 2024
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