Discover the treasures and history of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island, on this new cruise to New England. 

Starting at: $5,345 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Picturesque piers on Nantucket  The famous New England whale watching   Nantucket Harbor   Typical New England scene  Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket Island  The Gay Head Cliffs and lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard   One of the many beautiful Victorian mansions on Martha's Vineyard  Local shops in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard  Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island   Fort Adams, Newport  The Breakers, Newport  Close-up view of the gardens at the Breakers, Newport   Marina at Bristol, Rhode Island

Cruising New England’s Islands

A Cruise of Rhode Island and Massachusetts aboard the 100-guest American Star

9 days from $5,345

Discover the treasures and history of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island, on this new cruise to New England. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

* Click on hotel name to visit hotel web-site.

Providence Biltmore

Providence, United States

The Providence Biltmore, located in the heart of downtown Providence is a landmark hotel with an illustrious past. Designed by the celebrated architects behind New York City’s Grand Central Station, the Biltmore debuted to widespread acclaim in 1922 and quickly became the social and tourist center of Providence. Today, deeply woven within the city’s heritage and beloved by generations of guests, the Providence Biltmore is an authentic tradition. Rooms are appointed in traditional style and offer modern amenities that include complimentary Wi-Fi.
* The hotel room block consists of rooms with one king or two double beds. Solo travelers will be accommodated in double rooms.

Number of nights: 1

Activity Level

Activity Level 2:  Moderate

Expectations: Coastal cruise that pulls into a pier for disembarkation via a gangway. Morning and afternoon excursions off the ship, some by way of smaller watercraft, trolley, or motor coach. There will also be guided walks from the pier. Moderate pace. Excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, the absence of elevators); some longer walks and extensive walking at museums and historic homes.

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

Ship

American Star

The 100-guest American Star was built in 2007 by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. All staterooms have interior entrances, a king-size bed or two twin beds, a private shower and toilet, and large picture windows that open; most staterooms have private balconies. The spacious and attractive dining salon accommodates all passengers at one seating. Sun decks and glass-enclosed lounges offer comfortable venues for enjoying the passing scenery, and a well-stocked library provides books and videos about our destinations for your educational enrichment.

 The sky lounge onboard the American Star   One of many balconies to enjoy on the American Star  One of many of the amazing rooms with views onboard the American Star  One of the many bedrooms on the American Star  A great bedroom option onboard the American Star  A great view of the American star ship  Elegant dining room with a view on the American Star

American Star

The 100-guest American Star was built in 2007 by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. All staterooms have interior entrances, a king-size bed or two twin beds, a private shower and toilet, and large picture windows that open; most staterooms have private balconies. The spacious and attractive dining salon accommodates all passengers at one seating. Sun decks and glass-enclosed lounges offer comfortable venues for enjoying the passing scenery, and a well-stocked library provides books and videos about our destinations for your educational enrichment.

 The sky lounge onboard the American Star   One of many balconies to enjoy on the American Star  One of many of the amazing rooms with views onboard the American Star  One of the many bedrooms on the American Star  A great bedroom option onboard the American Star  A great view of the American star ship  Elegant dining room with a view on the American Star
Reading List
Moon Rhode Island (Moon Handbooks)
By: Liz Lee
Join longtime resident and writer Liz Lee for an unforgettable experience. With her unique perspective and advice you can trust, Moon Rhode Island has everything you need to know to have a more personal and memorable experience.Moon Rhode Island tells you what you need to know to plan the perfect trip for you. Enjoy the sandy beaches, salty breezes, and freshest seafood. Along with trip ideas like “The Creative Capital and Beyond” and “A Getaway Weekend on the Coast”, Lee includes tips on where to find the best raw oysters and “chowda”, the best places for shopping and antiquing, and the best beachside B&Bs.With expertly crafted maps and gorgeous photos, this full-color guidebook gives you the tools you need to have an immersive and unique experience.Moon Rhode Island includes areas such as:Providence and VicinityNewportBlock IslandThe East Bay and SakonnetSouth CountryFind the Moon guide that best suits your trip! Exploring the area? Try Moon Vermont, Moon Maine, and Moon Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, & Nantucket.
Explorer's Guide Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, & Nantucket (11th Edition) (Explorer's Complete)
By: Kim Grant
The bestselling guide to the Cape―with a brand-new look The most detailed and trusted guide to Cape Cod is back in its eleventh edition. Sporting a fresh and vibrant new design, Explorer’s Guide Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, & Nantucket offers travelers helpful and intelligently organized information on all the natural beauty and fun attractions the Cape and its islands have to offer, no matter your taste or budget. Read hundreds of dining reviews ranging from America’s best clam shacks to elegant four-star bistros. Plan an unforgettable whale-watching excursion, satisfy your nostalgia at an old drive-in theater, or simply find the perfect beach spot to enjoy that local Cabernet. Each section features must-see sites and curated day-trip itineraries to meet the hopes of any Cape journey. Whether interested in a serene retreat, an outdoor adventure, or local culture, the Explorer’s Guide series is unparalleled in its tradition of giving travelers the tools and information they need to discover every corner of their next destination. 100 color photographs and 10 maps
The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket
By: Paul Schneider
Even before the Pilgrims landed in 1620, Cape Cod and its islands promised paradise to visitors, both native and European. In Paul Schneider's sure hands, the story of this waterland created by glaciers and refined by storms and tides -- and of its varied inhabitants -- becomes an irresistible biography of a place.Cape Cod's Great Beach, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket are romantic stops on Schneider's roughly chronological human and natural history. His book is a lucid and compelling collage of seaside ecology, Indians and colonists, religion and revolution, shipwrecks and hurricanes, whalers and vengeful sperm whales, glorious clipper ships and today's beautiful but threatened beaches. Schneider's superb eye for story and detail illuminates both history and landscape. A wonderful introduction, it will also appeal to the millions of people who already have warm associations with these magical places.
Rhode Island: A History (States and the Nation)
By: William McLoughlin
With a Historical Guide prepared by the editors of the American Association for State and Local History.High atop the Rhode Island capitol in Providence, a bronze likeness of "The Independent Man" keeps watch over a state that historically has put the ideal of individual liberty before all others. Like many ideals, this one was freighted with many meanings. As the colony grew in the seventeenth century, the belief in religious liberty and freedom of conscience espoused by its founder, Roger Williams, led to the development of political liberty and practical democracy. In the eighteenth century, that dedication to individualism made Rhode Islanders into businessmen of the first order, willing to take the big risk in hope of a bigger reward. Their land being poor in natural resources, Rhode Islanders turned to trade; accumulating wealth from traffic in rum and slaves, they built in Newport and Providence small but elegant copies of Georgian England, and worried more about taxes and currency than about religion. When they felt poorly served by British policies, they became ready revolutionaries and led in the founding of a new nation. After the Civil War, their children took individual liberty to mean economic laissez-faire, ushering in the state's golden age when Rhode Island senator Nelson Aldrich became known as the "general manager" of the United States.Through countless changes in the twentieth century, the ideal still survives and asks old questions of new generations of Rhode Islanders from many ethnic backgrounds: How best to reconcile the rights of minorities with the rule of the majority, and how best to secure the individual liberty and economic opportunity that Roger Williams and Moses Brown would have understood so well?
Martha's Vineyard:: A History (Brief History)
By: Thomas Dresser
Martha's Vineyard is cherished by many as a summer paradise, but few know of its rich past. Descendants of the first Native American inhabitants still reside on the Vineyard. Once a critical whaling hub, the island's success drew in newcomers from around the world. Following the Civil War, land developers set their sights on attracting tourists to the island's scenic beaches, and soon thereafter, a visit from President Grant established Martha's Vineyard as a vacation haven. From a movement to secede from Massachusetts to the making of the summer blockbuster Jaws, author Thomas Dresser weaves together the threads of the Vineyard's fascinating history. Discover how this remarkable island adapted to the times and came to be one of the most sought-out vacation destinations on the East Coast.
Nantucket: A Natural History
By: Peter B. Brace
In the mere 6,000 years of their existence, the Nantucket islands have become home to a unique and constantly changing collection of living things, from the Muskeget Vole to deer ticks, the delicate Shadbush to precious Harbor Scallops. As this book makes plain, Peter B. Brace is on intimate terms with most of these species. The author of Walking Nantucket, a guidebook to the trails and byways of the island, Brace is also a veteran environmental writer for Nantucket newspapers and a long time observer of the way local government, businesses, and non-profit organizations affect the flow and fortunes of living things in their 47.8 square mile universe.
The Coast of Summer: Sailing New England Waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod
By: Anthony Bailey
The seductive storytelling of Anthony Bailey is as gratifying as a full-sail breeze in this enchanting tale of a season afloat along the New England coast. Poking into deep harbors and shallow ponds, anchoring off fashionable resorts and remote coves, Bailey and his wife Margot leisurely sail between Long Island and the tip of Cape Cod in their small sloop, Lochinvar. Interspersing his narrative with local history, geography, and biography, Bailey evokes curious legends and brings to life those rare, intriguing characters who are drawn to coastal life. And when, on occasion, this drowsy, idyllic cruise becomes a sudden, sober, battle with the perils of the sea, Bailey offers modestly but enticingly the fruits of much hard-won and not always heroic yachting experience.
Cape Cod
By: Henry David Thoreau
Arguably some of Thoreau’s most beautiful writings on American history and natural scenery, this collection is dedicated to the poet’s ruminations on the beaches of Cape Cod. Exploring the variety of natural life and human interests that have intersected on the Cape, Thoreau brings the richness of its history and natural beauty to life with his poetic, and occasionally outlandish, musings.
Martha's Vineyard: Quiet Pleasures
By: Phyllis Meras
Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard―a beautiful and beloved key destination for some 600,000 visitors a year. In this lavishly illustrated keepsake, islanders Phyllis Meras and Betsy Corsiglia pair evocative essays with stunning photography to capture the natural beauty of this iconic locale. The resulting book is the perfect souvenir of a special island―available at a very attractive price.
Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890
By: Nathaniel Philbrick
A book about a tiny island with a huge history, from the New York Times bestselling author of Valiant Ambition and In the Hurricane's Eye.“For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book.” —Russell BakerIn his first book of history, Nathaniel Philbrick reveals the people and the stories behind what was once the whaling capital of the world. Beyond its charm, quaint local traditions, and whaling yarns, Philbrick explores the origins of Nantucket in this comprehensive history. From the English settlers who thought they were purchasing a “Native American ghost town” but actually found a fully realized society, through the rise and fall of the then thriving whaling industry, the story of Nantucket is a truly unique chapter of American history.
The Lighthouse Handbook New England: 3rd Edition
By: Jeremy D'Entremont
Fully updated for 2016, this new edition of the popular Lighthouse Handbook: New England is a treasure trove of facts, figures, history, and folklore surrounding every lighthouse in the New England region!The perfect companion for lighthouse buffs, and the most comprehensible and travel friendly field guide around, offers beautiful full-photographs, highly regarded directions and contact information, and complete articles on every existing lighthouse from way Down East Maine to cosmopolitan western Connecticut.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
By: Nathaniel Philbrick
From the author of Mayflower, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane's Eye--the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick.  Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history. In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.
Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
By: Herman Melville
With an Introduction and Notes by David Herd. Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury Moby-Dick is the story of Captain Ahab's quest to avenge the whale that 'reaped' his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic. But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab s appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each. Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel's narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education: in the practice of whaling, in the art of writing.
Scandalous Newport, Rhode Island (Wicked)
By: Larry Stanford
Newport, Rhode Island, is renowned for its stunning cliff-side vistas and the luxurious summer homes of the Gilded Age elite. Yet the opulent facades of the City by the Sea concealed the scintillating scandals, eccentric characters and unsolved mysteries of its wealthiest families. Learn how Cornelius Vanderbilt III was cut out of the family's fortune for his unapproved marriage to Grace Wilson and how John F. Kennedy's marriage to a Newport debutante helped to secure his presidency. Travel to the White Horse Tavern, where a vengeful specter still waits for his supposed murderer to return to the scene, and discover the mysterious voyage of the Sea Bird" and its missing crew. Historian Larry Stanford searches the dark corners of Newport's past to expose these scandalous tales and more."
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Paper Folded)
By: Smithsonian Journeys
Swiftmaps is proud to partner with Smithsonian Journeys to bring a new and exciting World Map series to the American marketplace. Featuring eye-catching bold and vivid colors complemented with rich vintage tan ocean tones that will make this the perfect reference piece --- sure to stand-out and highlight any home or business wall. The precise detail and digital accuracy shows color-matching visual shaded 3D relief and other physical features without sacrificing the maps readability. Now printed on high-quality 80 lb. paper and professionally FOLDED in a compact 8x10 inch size. FEATURES: 1) Africa centered allowing viewers to see continents complete and intact 2) Clearly labeled country and city names for easy location 3) Latitude and longitude indications 4) Shaded relief of ocean and land topography 4) Desirable Miller Projection. The Smithsonian Journeys wall map series serve not only as a handy reference piece, but as an eye-catching accent for any room or office. NOTE: each map is professionally folded to 8x10 inches and when unfolded the map is 24 inches high and 36 inches wide.
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan through Travel Guard with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes On-tour medical evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), emergency medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only, not including U.S. Territories). Travel must be more than 100 miles from the Insured’s primary residence.

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen events, such as missed flight connections, lost luggage, and cancelled plans. There are many plans you can consider. For your convenience, you may visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1.800.208.6142 to learn more.

Terms and conditions

Our Mission

Smithsonian Journeys engage travelers in the mission of the Smithsonian – “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian’s 19 museums, National Zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost

  • The expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert
  • An experienced Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director throughout the program
  • Shipboard accommodations (based on double occupancy) Twenty-two (22) meals and beverages as noted in the itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; R-reception; D-dinner) including domestic beer and wine at all lunches and dinners.
  • Welcome and farewell receptions and dinners.
  • A cocktail reception for all passengers is included each evening before dinner.
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing, lectures, and visits as outlined in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list
  • All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted
  • On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents Only)
  • Free Wi-Fi at the hotel and aboard ship
  • All applicable VAT and sales taxes
  • Gratuities for tour staff, ship porters for luggage handling, local guides and drivers, waiters and maîtres d’ at group meals as indicated in the itinerary.

What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost

  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required
  • International and in-country airfare and departure taxes
  • Personal items such as wine, liquor, à-la-carte orders, and meals other than those outlined in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operator in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Optional excursions are at additional cost to be advised Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan: Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with canceled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. This optional plan offers an affordable package of benefits and services that can provide coverage and assistance for the unexpected. Visit TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys to learn more.
  • Gratuities for ships staff, crew and airport porters.
  • Port taxes are at an additional cost to the traveler and subject to change​

Registration

To submit a reservation request, please use our secure online system at SmithsonianJourneys.org or call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Cultural Travel Specialist, Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time). Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour. You will be notified by a Reservation Specialist of your status once your request has been received and processed.

To complete your reservation, the following information is required.

In accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program, for all international tours, passport information is required, including the following: Full name as it appears on your passport, Date of birth, and Gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov).

For tours that include round-trip international airfare: If you provide incorrect information to the ticketing agent, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Payments

A deposit of $500 per person for a land tour reservation or $1,000 for a cruise reservation, unless otherwise noted, is required to reserve a space on a tour. All payments may be made by credit card or check to the tour operator. Deposits are applied to the final payment of the tour price.

Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Balance is due upon invoicing. If full payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the tour.

Late Registration

Any registration received within 120 days of departure is considered “on-request” and is subject to specific confirmation. Some tours are more restrictive. Payment in full must be made immediately by credit card, or by check sent by overnight mail to the tour operator before confirmation is possible. Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full. Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the tour within the designated late registration period for that tour.

For additional information, please call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Cultural Travel Specialist, Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time), at SJReservations@si.edu or SmithsonianJourneys.org.

A Note about Costs

All prices are based on two persons sharing a room/cabin. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, currency values, and on the basis of a presumptive minimum number of participants. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee (e.g. internal flights, cruises, etc.). Details and costs will be advised prior to departure.

Wait List

If the tour of your choice is fully subscribed, you may choose to be placed on a waitlist by contacting a Reservation Specialist at 1-855-330-1542 Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time), or SJReservations@si.edu. Individuals on the wait list will be contacted if space becomes available and can inquire about tour status by contacting a Reservation Specialist. If you choose to withdraw from a wait list, please notify us.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Following enrollment, a participant’s withdrawal from the tour for any reason, including, but not limited to, illness, injury, family engagements, work-related issues, or geopolitical concerns, etc., will be deemed a cancellation. Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policy. Per person cancellation fees are based on date of written notice to Smithsonian Journeys. Tour operator will refund on the following basis:

  • Cancellations within 7 days of booking: Full Refund (unless it is within final payment date, 120 days before departure)
  • Cancellations after 7 days of booking but within 121 days of departure: $500 Retained
  • Cancellations made between 120 days and 91days before departure: $1,000 Retained
  • Cancellation within 90 days of departure: No Refund
  • Cancellation by Smithsonian Journeys: Full Refund or Credit

Air Service

For tours that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request.  Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight.  If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense.  For tours that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements.

Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers

A designated group flight is not included on most tours. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights. Airport transfers (when applicable) are complimentary for both Flex Air participants and participants who are able to meet the scheduled group departure times. Reservations are required.

Air Service/Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour

International and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time. If you make your own airline reservations, we recommend that you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or tickets with high penalties for changes. 

We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance- Cancellation/Delay/Lost Baggage

Smithsonian Journeys recommends that all participants purchase travel insurance

Travel Documents and Information

Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the tour such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation.  Failure to obtain documents does not negate the terms and conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting or delay due to travel without the necessary documents will be the participant’s responsibility. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours. The U.S. Department of State will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards. Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport. For more information on how or where to apply, please visit Travel.State.Gov/ApplyEarly or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD).

For more information about traveling to destinations abroad, we recommend the “Learn about your destination” section on the U.S. Department of State travel website www.travel.state.gov.  For medical information, we recommend contacting the Centers for Disease Control at (877) FYI-TRIP or www.cdc.gov/travel

Physical and Medical Considerations

To enjoy the travel experience, participants should be in good physical and mental health. All tours require an element of walking (up to two miles per day over uneven terrain) and of climbing stairs, often without handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of participants on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Any physical condition, diet, or special request for accommodation must be identified in writing on the Personal Information Form when the reservation is made. Some tours have additional information regarding physical and medical considerations, which may be discussed with the Reservation Specialist at 855-330-1542.

Please be aware that health care standards, facilities, and services abroad may be different or even inadequate for treating certain health conditions.  It is essential that you inform us in writing (on the provided Personal Information Form) of any existing condition for which you may require medical attention or accommodation during the tour. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the needs of our participants; however, services of a personal nature cannot be expected or guaranteed. By forwarding the deposit for pre-registration or registration in full, you affirm that you do not have any physical or other limitations that would create a hazard for yourself or other participants or would require adjustments to the tour for other participants.

Itinerary or Tour Modifications

Smithsonian Journeys strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, at our sole discretion, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute elements of the tour.  These elements include, but are not limited to:  hotels, staff, speakers, experts, and services for any stated in the itinerary.

Every effort will be made to carry out the tour as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary has been sent to you. Please note that weather and other conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise tours. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule. Smithsonian Journeys and the tour operator reserve the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical, or other conditions beyond their control.

Hotel Accommodations

Smithsonian Journeys chooses hotels based on a combination of location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and tours in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used.  Tour prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates

Hotel rooms are always reserved for single participants, however, the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will most likely apply for a single room.  If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room/cabin, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room/cabin. When a roommate cannot be found, a single supplement will be charged. Please note that the single rooms in many foreign hotels may be smaller than those to which you are accustomed.

Children

All tours except family journeys, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for children 16 and older. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, moreover, a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements

Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel either before or after the tour. Our tour operators will work with you on these arrangements, dependent upon space availability.  Your pre-tour bulletins will further explain all options.

Should you decide not to participate in certain parts of the tour or use certain goods included in the tour, no refunds will be made for those unused parts of the tour or goods.

Dispute Resolution

If a complaint arises, the participant should first inform a member of the on-tour staff, so that the staff can attempt to rectify the matter. If the issue remains unresolved, the individual should submit the complaint in writing to Smithsonian Journeys within 30 days of the completion of the tour.

The Smithsonian Journeys staff will make a good faith effort to resolve any dispute.  In the event that the parties are unable to resolve the dispute, the parties may agree to use a method of non-binding Alternative Dispute Resolution to resolve the dispute.  In the event that the parties are unable to agree on the method of Alternative Dispute Resolution to use, or in the event that either party is dissatisfied with the outcome of that alternative dispute resolution method, such efforts shall not constitute a waiver by either party of the right to file suit.

Photography and Video

Participants on tour may be photographed or recorded (audio and video) for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian authorized third parties.  This content may be used in marketing publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys without compensation to the participant. Participants who prefer that their name, voice and/or image not be used must notify us in writing prior to the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy

 For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

READ CAREFULLY: RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

Smithsonian Journeys tours are organized and administered by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of designated tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer participants a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and its designated tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time (including, but not limited for inappropriate, or offensive behavior) when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant.

Dates, schedules, tour details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication on the website, in the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour materials, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour materials. The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour. By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.