Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Allan Langdale

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Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Byzantine art, East Indian art, and Islamic art and currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara.

He has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan’s most recent book is Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, including Jordan and Egypt, and India. He lectures often in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

What Our Travelers Say

I did not want to miss a word he uttered!

- Jean M.

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.

Allan's lectures were excellent; and he freely gave his time to enhance our excursions. 

- Katherine and Thomas S.

He was generous in sharing his free time with anyone who wished to accompany him and learn more about the places we were visiting. He is an outstanding lecturer and very congenial.

- Mary H., Pearls of Antiquity

Allan was superb, going above and beyond what was required.

- Craig G., Pearls of Antiquity

Very skilled, professional, knowledgeable, kind, funny. A pure delight!

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

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

Allan Langdale, the Smithsonian expert is brilliant and so exciting and enthusiastic about Sicily and giving you so much more than just what was planned. His knowledge and willingness to share his enthusiasm about Sicily was exciting and transferred to the group.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Impressions of Sicily

Allan Langdale was the best thing. He made all of Sicily come alive. I've taken many trips over the years with many organizations and Allan is by far the best Study Leader I've ever had. I would take any trips where he is the Study Leader.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Impressions of Sicily

Allan's love of Sicily and mastery of the history and art history of the Mediterranean and Middle East was astoundingly helpful every day. He worked into evenings giving us extra outings. He suggested hikes for those interested for optimal panoramic views. I particularly remember his comprehensive and detailed information of the Greek temple at Segesta. I cannot imagine a better prepared and informative tour expert. Allan is truly awesome!

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Impressions of Sicily

Upcoming Tours

Palermo and Taormina

10 days | Starting at: $4,390
Apr 25, 2018 - May 4, 2018
Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 12, 2018

A Stay in Sicily
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Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

15 days | Starting at: $4,978
May 3, 2018 - May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018 - May 31, 2018

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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Northern Italy

15 days | Starting at: $5,474
Aug 29, 2018 - Sep 12, 2018

Featuring the Italian Lake District, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Alpine Tyrol, and Venice
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Southern Italy and Sicily

15 days | Starting at: $5,574
Sep 12, 2018 - Sep 26, 2018
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9 days | Starting at: $3,890
Sep 26, 2018 - Oct 4, 2018

A One-Week Stay in Italy
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Highlights of Italy

16 days | Starting at: $5,574
Oct 15, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018
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Mystical India

17 days | Starting at: $5,387
Nov 29, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018

The Golden Triangle and Varanasi With an Optional Extension to Nepal
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