Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT:

Enrichment Onboard and on Land

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Itineraries Feature Smithsonian-crafted Cultural Experiences Onboard and on Land

Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT, a designer of inspiring voyage onboard small exploration ships, bring you enriched voyages to inspiring destinations around the world, with a collection of unique cruises focused on culture, history, and the natural world. Drawing on Smithsonian's resources dating back 175 years, the sailings feature notable experts and experiences that embrace local cultures and dive deeper into a destination’s history, cuisine, language, environment, and wildlife. Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT are rooted in common values – focusing on cultural immersion and discovery – with a goal of further inspiring guests to become global citizens through travel.

On each departure, Smithsonian Journeys Experts will host a series of enlightened conversations onboard. These passionate professionals – chosen for their expertise and ability to inspire – will explore the core themes of the Smithsonian and destinations with fellow travelers. Picture traveling even further back in time as you stand on the ancient basalt rock of an Icelandic fjord with a geologist. Or touring the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and meeting an ecologist studying the very same Panamanian rainforest that you will hike the next day.

Let the journey begin with Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT!

Smithsonian Journeys / PONANT Cruises

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Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea

8 days | Starting at: $6,510
Jul 16 - 23, 2024
Jun 18 - 25, 2025

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Cruising the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

8 days | Starting at: $9,720
Jul 18 - 25, 2024
Aug 13 - 20, 2025

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Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage

9 days | Starting at: $6,330
Jul 20 - 28, 2024

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Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

8 days | Starting at: $8,965
Jul 20 - 27, 2024
Jun 27 - Jul 4, 2025

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A Voyage Along the Great Lakes

8 days | Starting at: $7,850
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Cruising Southern Italy and Sicily: Ancient Wonders and Culinary Delights

8-9 days | Starting at: $8,120
Sep 8 - 15, 2024
Aug 27 - Sep 4, 2025

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Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

8-9 days | Starting at: $6,180
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean

8 days | Starting at: $6,310
Multiple departures between 2024 & 2025

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Voyage along the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes

12-15 days | Starting at: $12,040
Oct 18 - 29, 2024
Oct 1 - 15, 2025

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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America

8 days | Starting at: $6,420
Multiple departures between 2025 & 2026

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New Zealand's North and South Islands by Sea

10 days | Starting at: $9,242
Jan 7 - 16, 2025

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Cruising the Arabian Coast

9 days | Starting at: $7,050
Jan 16 - 24, 2025
Jan 13 - 21, 2026

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Cruising the Caribbean's Windward Islands

9 days | Starting at: $6,400
Jan 30 - Feb 7, 2025
Feb 28 - Mar 8, 2026

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Antarctica: The White Continent

12 days | Starting at: $13,070
Feb 18 - Mar 1, 2025
Jan 8 - 19, 2026

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Treasures of Japan by Sea

9 days | Starting at: $10,630
Apr 12 - 20, 2025

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Cruising from Morocco to Spain's Andalusian Coast

8 days | Starting at: $6,590
Apr 13 - 20, 2025

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Cruising the Aegean: Turkey and the Greek Isles

8 days | Starting at: $7,190
Apr 15 - 22, 2025

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Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea

8 days | Starting at: $5,990
Apr 26 - May 3, 2025
Oct 2 - 9, 2025

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Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea

9 days | Starting at: $7,460
May 4 - 12, 2025

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Mediterranean Island Voyage

8 days | Starting at: $8,930
May 26 - Jun 2, 2025

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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage

8 days | Starting at: $7,310
Multiple departures in 2025

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A Circumnavigation of Sicily

9 days | Starting at: $7,890
Jun 2 - 10, 2025
Aug 29 - Sep 6, 2025

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Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice

8 days | Starting at: $8,970
Jul 21 - 28, 2025

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London to Lisbon: Cruising Europe's Western Shores

10 days | Starting at: $7,040
Aug 30 - Sep 8, 2025

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Cruising the Mediterranean: Sicily, Sardinia, and Mallorca

8 days | Starting at: $5,340
Oct 3 - 10, 2025

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Lisbon to the Canary Islands by Sea: Spain, Morocco, and the Atlantic Isles

14 days | Starting at: $9,570
Oct 26 - Nov 8, 2025

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Madagascar and Seychelles: Natural Treasures of the Indian Ocean

11 days | Starting at: $11,110
Jan 23 - Feb 2, 2026