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 2020 Cannes Film Festival

9 days from $6,195

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

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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.

The Cannes International Film Festival would be a disaster to try to do on your own! Smithsonian made it most enjoyable.

- Stanley and Sandra B.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Week-long tour featuring one city and hotel stay. 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) and absence of elevators. 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.) 

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.

The Cannes International Film Festival would be a disaster to try to do on your own! Smithsonian made it most enjoyable.

- Stanley and Sandra B.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 – Depart U.S. for Cannes, France

Fly from the U.S. to NiceUpon arrival at Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, transfer to Cannes, your home for the next seven nights. Check into your hotel, the Montaigne. 

Later gather for a welcome reception and dinner to meet fellow film lovers this evening. Your accreditation badges, giving you access to the festival, will be distributed this evening. Those with plenty of energy may wish to attend a screening tonight. (R,D)

Day 3 – Introduction / Palais des Festivals

This morning over breakfast, your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will give you an introduction to the history and organization of the Cannes Film Festival. Review the schedule and identify screening opportunities before heading to the Palais des Festivals.

After a walking orientation to the various Festival venues with your expert, you are free to pursue films of your choice for the rest of the day. (B)

Day 4 – Film Screenings / America Pavilion Reception

Over breakfast, review the screenings with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert, and then enjoy film screenings throughout the day. Early in the evening, gather at the American Pavilion in the International Village for a presentation by a film professional, followed by a private reception overlooking the Mediterranean.

Later, you may choose either to continue to attend screenings, including those from the Cannes Classics series, Un Certain Regard, or opt to view the short films. (B,R)

Days 5-7 – Film Screenings

After a review of the screenings with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert over breakfast each day, you are free to select and attend screenings of your choice, attend information sessions at the American Pavilion or stroll the Croisette. (B)

Day 8 – Final Wrap-Up / Farewell Dinner

Gather for a final session with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert to share thoughts, experiences, film critiques, and more. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Cannes as the city returns to its post-Festival life.

For those interested, join a ferry ride to explore the beautiful island of Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the Îles de Lérins.

Celebrate your cinematic discoveries this evening at a farewell reception and dinner with fellow travelers. (B,R,D)

Day 9 – Depart Cannes for U.S.

Depart Cannes early this morning for Nice and individual return flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)