Join us for a thought-provoking week, where you’ll hear five eminent historians discuss various lesser-known events in world history that created a major impact on the world of today. 

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Smithsonian at Chautauqua: Moments that Changed the World

8 days from $3,795

Join us for a thought-provoking week, where you’ll hear five eminent historians discuss various lesser-known events in world history that created a major impact on the world of today. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


The Chautauqua Week, in particular the lecturer provided by Smithsonian Journeys, made the intellectual and community aspect of the stay remarkable.  

- Edward W.

Chautauqua is unique and Smithsonian programs exploit all of its wonderful opportunities. 

- Douglas M.


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Nestled along a sparkling lake in southwestern New York, Chautauqua is a unique center for educational pursuits and a renowned summertime destination. For 140 summers, people have come to the Chautauqua Institution to experience the arts and humanities during an astonishing array of programs clustered around specific “theme weeks” and to enjoy the beauty and activities of this Old World resort setting. Join us on this popular program for a thought-provoking week as you explore the moments in history that affected the course of the world. 

Highlights Include

  • Engaging Discussions: Attend the Main Stage scholar lecture series and listen to five eminent historians discuss the momentous worldwide outcomes that resulted from various lesser-known events and how that knowledge is useful today. Daily in-depth presentations by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will expand on similar themes.
  • Performances: Immerse yourself in Chautauqua's opera, theater, and musical performances with our selected event tickets, plus choose from other activities every day!
  • Historic Hotel: Stay at the historic Hotel Athenaeum, situated in a central location and within walking distance to all activities. Here, you'll enjoy all meals, comfortable accommodations, and sweeping views of Lake Chautauqua. 

Overview of your week at Chautauqua — June 22 – 29, 2019

Each morning gather for a full breakfast buffet, then take your morning coffee out to the majestic front porch of the Hotel Athenaeum for sweeping views of Lake Chautauqua. Afterwards, attend a daily private lecture with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Each day then features a sumptuous lunch followed by an afternoon to explore Chautauqua activities on your own, including Main Stage lectures (a full program of activities will be provided). Gather in the evening for lively conversation and a festive dinner, followed by a performance or other activity. (Each day: B,L,D)

2019 performances include:

  • Chautauqua Theater Company: The Christians
  • Opera: Figaro!
  • Music: Special Opening Night Performance by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra 
  • More to come

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