Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival, explore the world of film as you attend screenings and visit restricted access areas, plus experience the festivity of Cannes at a private reception at the American Pavilion!

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 Evening scene, Cannes harbor. Credit: Atout France/Robert Palomba  The Cinema de la Plage  The port area of Cannes   The Cinema de la Plage has screenings every evening  Each country pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival has a seaside terrace  The cameras flash in a frenzy when stars approach the Red Carpet  Private parties take place along the Croisette during the Festival

Smithsonian at the Cannes Film Festival

9 days from $6,695

Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival, explore the world of film as you attend screenings and visit restricted access areas, plus experience the festivity of Cannes at a private reception at the American Pavilion!

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


This was a "once in a lifetime" experience. I could not have participated in the festival without the Smithsonian's program and I am very grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.

- Lorraine M.


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Hôtel Montaigne

Cannes, France

The Hôtel Montaigne is stylish, comfortable, and is well-situated in a quiet location off a major boulevard, within a few minutes’ walk of the heart of Cannes—including the seaside boulevard of La Croisette, the Palais des Festivals, the restaurant- and shop-studded Rue d’Antibes, and the old port and historic district of Le Suquet. The property features a lobby bar, outdoor patio, and breakfast room. The modest-sized rooms are bright and feature modern décor, with hair dryers, safes, and bathrooms of varying size. Views from the rooms are of the small street or overlooking the hotel’s sunny interior courtyard. Service is friendly and accommodating, eager to welcome guests during the excitement of the Festival!

Number of nights: 7

Activity Levels

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: A week-long tour featuring one city and hotel stay and no group coach, as the program is designed to be navigated on foot to avoid the challenge of the Cannes Festival traffic. The schedule is very flexible, according to the film choices of individual participants. However daily activity of four to six hours (or more) is common most days, with walking up to two miles to get to film venues (despite centrally located hotel). Walking can be over uneven terrain, cobblestones, city hills, and entail a lot of stairs (some without handrails). Walks will take longer than expected due to crowds and streets being blocked off for events. There are often long waits standing in line to enter venues. (Veteran Cannes Festival goers will tell you—expect to wait in line. Only the stars avoid the lines in Cannes. You should expect waits of 30 to 60 minutes or more, standing in line for certain screenings. But keep in mind that there are often very interesting people to talk with while you wait.) Elevators are not always available, though they do exist within the Palais des Festivals.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).



This was a "once in a lifetime" experience. I could not have participated in the festival without the Smithsonian's program and I am very grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.

- Lorraine M.
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