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Charles Ingrao

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Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a broad range of courses on the European world and its overseas empires. He has published thirteen books and given over a hundred public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences on five continents. His scholarship has been published in seven European languages. Charles has also been a regular commentator for print, radio, and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).

What Our Travelers Say

He is a great professor and also has a good sense of humor. His lectures were very, very interesting and well presented.

- Alejandrina D., Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

I felt that if I had a question about history, politics, etc. I could ask Charles, and always got a knowledgeable answer. He is remarkable, and a pleasant guy as well.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

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Upcoming Tours

Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

8 days | Starting at: $4,280
May 3, 2022 - May 10, 2022

From Lisbon to Barcelona
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Great European Journey

11 days | Starting at: $3,995
Jul 8, 2022 - Jul 18, 2022

A River Cruise and Train Trip from Holland to Switzerland Aboard Amadeus Imperial
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9 days | Starting at: $4,490
Sep 6, 2022 - Sep 14, 2022

A One-Week Stay in the Heart of Spain
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Italy’s Apulia

9 days | Starting at: $4,490
Oct 26, 2022 - Nov 3, 2022

A One-Week Stay in Polignano a Mare
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