Join us for a thought-provoking week, where you’ll attend the Main Stage lecture series and listen to five eminent historians discuss various little-known events in world history that created a major impact on the world of today. 

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 Bestor Plaza, reflecting the ambiance of Chautauqua  The tranquil gardens of Chautauqua  The Athenaeum Hotel, centrally located in Chautauqua, New York  The idyllic porch at the historic Hotel Athenaeum  The scenic lakefront at Chautauqua

Smithsonian at Chautauqua: Moments that Changed the World

8 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Join us for a thought-provoking week, where you’ll attend the Main Stage lecture series and listen to five eminent historians discuss various little-known events in world history that created a major impact on the world of today. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

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Nestled along a sparkling lake in southwestern New York, Chautauqua is a unique community that evokes the friendliness and charm of a bygone era. With an astonishing array of programs clustered around specific “theme weeks,” the Chautauqua Institution is a center for educational pursuits and a renowned summertime destination. Join us for a thought-provoking week, where you’ll attend the Main Stage lecture series and listen to five eminent historians discuss various little-known events in world history that created a major impact on the world of today. Daily in-depth presentations by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will expand on similar themes. Immerse yourself in Chautauqua’s opera, theater, and music performances with our selected event tickets, plus choose from other activities every day! Stay at the historic Hotel Athenaeum, featuring all meals, comfortable accommodations, and sweeping views of Lake Chautauqua. 

Highlights Include

  • Engaging Discussions: Attend the Main Stage scholar lecture series and listen to thought leaders in the discussion on how art can cross cultures and create global understanding.
  • Historic Hotel: Stay at the Hotel Athenaeum, featuring 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. 

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