Grand Challenges

Inside the Russian Space Program <p>Our behind-the-scenes exploration of the Russian space program features a VIP viewing of the manned launch of a Soyuz spacecraft.</p>

Inside the Russian Space Program

10 days | Sep 6 - 15, 2017

Astronomy in Arizona <p>Take a spectacular intergalactic journey as you view the ultra-clear Arizona sky with hands-on telescope viewing and take behind-the-scenes tours of world-renowned centers for astronomy research.</p>

Astronomy in Arizona

5 days | May 14 - 18, 2018

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos <p>Visit the mystifying ruins at Machu Picchu then travel to the fascinating Galápagos Islands to observe abundant wildlife, including giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions.</p>

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

15-16 days | Multiple departures between 2017 & 2018

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Four mission categories provide an overarching framework for Smithsonian programs and operations. Known as the Grand Challenges, they include:

  • Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet
  • Understanding the American Experience
  • Valuing World Cultures
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

Smithsonian Journeys also uses the Grand Challenges as a framework in our program planning, as we are dedicated to providing experiences that enrich and enhance your understanding of the world and the universe. Come with us to learn more about the planet, world cultures, the American experience, and the universe!

Learn more about the Smithsonian Grand Challenges.

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Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

15-16 days | Starting at: $8,393
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2017 & 2018

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African Safari

14 days | Starting at: $7,954
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2017 & 2018

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Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

8 days | Starting at: $6,750
Aug 27 - Sep 3, 2017

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Inside the Russian Space Program

10 days | Starting at: $14,295
Sep 6 - 15, 2017

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Splendors of Australia and New Zealand

22 days | Starting at: $9,384
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2017 & 2018

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Mystical India

17 days | Starting at: $5,387
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2017 & 2018

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Astronomy in Arizona

5 days | Starting at: $3,195
May 14 - 18, 2018