Explore the history, legends, and culture of Britain—from vibrant Edinburgh and dramatic Snowdonia to cosmopolitan London. Along this epic journey you'll also discover England's legendary Lake District, the rural Cotswolds, and Roman Bath. 

Starting at: $5,971 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Houses of Parliament overlooking the Thames River  Edinburgh Castle  Victoria Street in Edinburgh's Old Town area  University of Edinburgh  Skyline of Edinburgh with Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles Church  Landscape of England's Lake District, near Haworth  Lake Windermere, England's Lake District  Caernarfon Castle in Wales. Credit: Britain On View/David Angel  Caernarfon Castle  Bodnant Gardens, Wales  Bodnant Gardens, Wales  The Roman baths of Bath, England  Typical village in the Cotswolds  The neolithic site of Stonehenge   Flags along Oxford Street in London  St. Paul's Cathedral. Credit: Pawel Libera / London and Partners  The gates of Buckingham Palace, London

Highlights of Britain

Featuring England, Wales, and Scotland

14 days from $5,971 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore the history, legends, and culture of Britain—from vibrant Edinburgh and dramatic Snowdonia to cosmopolitan London. Along this epic journey you'll also discover England's legendary Lake District, the rural Cotswolds, and Roman Bath. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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Jul 13 - 26, 2019 Departure
Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton is the Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, New York. She has lectured for many years at the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has served as the speaker on trips worldwide for both institutions. A former resident of Paris, she was Visiting Professor in the graduate school of art history at European University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in the graduate school of art history at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, on two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards in 2012 and 2018.

Dr. Benton is the author of eight art history books (with translations into French and Chinese), as well as numerous scholarly articles and reviews published in Austria, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and the U.S. She holds degrees/diploma from Harvard University, Brown University, George Washington University, and Cornell University.

Aug 3 - 16, 2019 Departure; Aug 8 - 21, 2020 Departure
Miriam C. Davis

Miriam C. Davis

After graduating from Emory University, Miriam studied history and archaeology at the University of St. Andrews on a Bobby Jones Scholarship. She went on to earn an MA in medieval archaeology from the University of York on a Fulbright grant, and a Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Mississippi, Alabama, England, and Scotland. In addition to her scholarly publications, Miriam has written for the popular press on archaeology, history, and travel and has lectured throughout the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel. Her work has been featured on The Travel Channel. She taught a wide variety of courses at Delta State University: ancient history, medieval history, the Renaissance and Reformation, English history, and the history of Christianity. After sixteen years, she left Delta State as Professor of History and is now a freelance writer. Miriam is the author of Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land and The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story. She has lectured for Smithsonian Journeys since 2011.

Sep 14 - 27, 2019 Departure; Sep 14 - 27, 2020 Departure
Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs is a historian with special expertise in Celtic, Viking, and Anglo-Norman studies. She has enjoyed traveling with Smithsonian Journeys on more than 50 tours and cruises, sharing her passion and knowledge of Great Britain, France, and Ireland.

With a Ph.D. in medieval history, she was a tenured professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she taught courses on a wide range of subjects, from ancient history through the Reformation.  A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several grants, she has also spent considerable time living in France pursuing research.  Her publications include a book exploring the Viking settlement of Normandy in northern France during the 10th and 11th centuries, and the revival of monasticism that took place as the new rulers encouraged monks to return to the region after the Viking raids. 

In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Britain, France, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of these lands, their history, music, and literature, with Smithsonian Journeys travelers.

Jul 13 - 26, 2020 Departure
Rab Houston

Rab Houston

Professor Rab Houston was an undergraduate at St Andrews and, after six years in Cambridge as a research student and research fellow, came back as a lecturer in Modern History in 1983. He has held visiting professorships at the universities of Adelaide and Erasmus, Rotterdam as well as visiting fellowships at the Huntington Library and the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. Between 2006 and 2009 he held a prestigious Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Member of the Academia Europaea, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Rab has written ten books, co-authored one, and edited another four as well as authoring eighty articles and book chapters, most of them in the fields of early modern British and European literacy, British demography and urbanisation, Scottish society, and the history of mental abnormality.

Outside academia Rab is a keen scuba diver, often to be seen diving wrecks off the east coast of Scotland – or visiting warmer waters around the world. He enjoys yoga and Tai Chi, both active forms of meditation.

Jul 13 - 26, 2020 Departure
Sara James

Sara James

Sara N. James, Professor Emerita of Art History at Mary Baldwin University, combines her passion for art, architecture, and gardens with her sense of adventure and love of travel. She specializes in Italian Renaissance art with a particular passion for narrative fresco programs. However, over her 30-year teaching career, Sara has taught courses in Renaissance (Italian and Northern), Baroque, Greek, Roman, Medieval, and English art and architecture, as well as interdisciplinary honors courses. She also served as director of the Renaissance Studies Abroad Program, teaching students on site in Italy and Northern Europe. An avid gardener and garden lover, she is a certified Master Gardener and a member of the Garden Club of Virginia and the Garden Club of America. Her publications include two books: Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End-time (Ashgate, 2003) and Art in England from the Saxons to the Tudors: 600-1600 (Oxbow/Casemate, 2016) and numerous chapters, articles, and reviews. Her frequent speaking engagements include the Renaissance Society of America, the College Art Association, the Chief Executives Organization, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sara holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia. She has spent three sabbaticals at the American Academy in Rome and one at the Paul Mellon Centre in London. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and currently serves on the faculty of the OLLI life learning program at the University of Virginia.