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

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

Highlights of Italy

16 days | Starting at: $6,074
May 4, 2021 - May 19, 2021
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Italy's Lake District

9 days | Starting at: $4,840
Jun 8, 2021 - Jun 16, 2021

A One-Week Stay in Stresa Featuring Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Orta
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Palermo and Taormina

10 days | Starting at: $5,290
Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 10, 2021

A Stay in Sicily
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Italy’s Apulia

9 days | Starting at: $4,190
Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 23, 2021
Oct 13, 2021 - Oct 21, 2021

A One-Week Stay in Polignano a Mare
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Northern Italy

15 days | Starting at: $6,274
Sep 22, 2021 - Oct 6, 2021
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Mystical India

17 days | Starting at: $5,887
Nov 28, 2021 - Dec 14, 2021

The Golden Triangle and Varanasi With an Optional Extension to Nepal
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