Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Gail Cornell

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Gail Cornell is an architectural historian, whose research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and North Africa numerous times. A graduate of Harvard University's graduate School of Design, Gail has led many tours to Europe for Smithsonian Journeys over the past 20 years. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and a lecturer on architecture, design and art at NYC's Museum of Modern Art.  As a resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City's historic City Hall.

What Our Travelers Say

Gail's knowledge really added to the trip, and she is also a delightful person who is fun to travel with.

- Previous Journeys Traveler, Legendary Turkey & the Turquoise Coast

A wealth of knowledge in a friendly package. Gail made the trip extra special.

- Previous Journeys Traveler, Highlights of Italy

Gail Cornell was much more than a knowledgeable lecturer. Not only was she available for any and all questions, but was inspiring, fun, patient, and a great companion.

- Jeannette H., Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

Gail was profoundly knowledgeable and effective in communicating her insights and thoughts about the sites we visited. And although it was clear that Gail had visited the sites we traveled to many times, she conveyed her insights and knowledge to us with the freshness and enthusiasm of a first-time visitor. We were stimulated, enlightened, and entertained by her commentaries and conversations with us throughout the whole of our two-week tour.

- John H., Legendary Turkey and the Turquoise Coast

Upcoming Tours

Italy's Lake District

9 days | Starting at: $5,090
May 7, 2022 - May 15, 2022

A One-Week Stay in Stresa Featuring Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Orta
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Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

8 days | Starting at: $4,280
Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022

From Lisbon to Barcelona
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Italy’s Amalfi Coast

9 days | Starting at: $4,890
Oct 19, 2022 - Oct 27, 2022

A One-Week Stay in Vietri sul Mare
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