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Tim Blanning

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Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1990, Tim has also published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among his publications are The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007), The Triumph of Music (2008) and The Romantic Revolution (2010).  Tim's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. His most recent book is a biography of Frederick the Great of Prussia and was published by Penguin/Random House.

What Our Travelers Say

Wonderful! Like being back in college! Loved it!

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Tim was a fantastic addition to our vacation - so informative and fun to be with. We would gladly travel with him again.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Knowledgeable, friendly and accessible. Added greatly to our understanding throughout the trip.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Great European Journey

Tim was outstanding in all regards. Knowledgeable in all aspects of German history, which is not easy, and able to keep lectures interesing and humorous.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Highlights of Germany

Tim was an engaging and inspiring expert and contributed immensely to our enjoyement of this trip. His knowledge of German history and his ability to make it relevant to the areas we visited was amazing. Moreover, he had a great sense of humor and was always willing to answer any questions. Tim was a true pleasure, and we so enjoyed traveling with him!

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Highlights of Germany

Upcoming Tours

Holiday Markets

12 days | Starting at: $3,090
Nov 27, 2018 - Dec 8, 2018
Dec 4, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019

A River Cruise along the Rhine River
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A Danube River Cruise

15-16 days | Starting at: $5,240
Jun 17, 2019 - Jul 1, 2019
Sep 3, 2019 - Sep 17, 2019

From Bulgaria to Germany and the Czech Republic Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver
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Old World Europe

16 days | Starting at: $5,497
Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019

Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic
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