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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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7 Days 17+ Days

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Smithsonian Journeys

12 trips with 2 reviews

All Smithsonian Journeys tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 3.0 for all Smithsonian Journeys trips.

Smithsonian Journeys

12 trips with 2 reviews

All Smithsonian Journeys tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 3.0 for all Smithsonian Journeys trips.

 
Discover Cuba: Its People and Culture
8 days

Discover Cuba: Its People and Culture

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Cultural, Education / Learning
Visits:
Cuba, Havana, Miami, Trinidad
$ 5,895
$ 737per day
Highlights
  • Preservation: Explore World Heritage sites and learn about preservation efforts from Cubans who are passionate about their architectural heritage.
  • Art Traditions: Discover Cuba’s sophisticated art traditions during visits with artists in their studios.
  • Religion: Learn about the African origins of Cuba’s Santeria religion as you engage with practitioners 
at a local museum.
  • Music: Hear the complex rhythms of Cuban music, from son to rumba and jazz, and learn about these uniquely Cuban music styles.
  • Unique to our program! Attend a special panel discussion with a diverse group of experts, which takes place in Miami prior to your departure for Cuba.
  • Please note: Our November 10-19, 2016 departure runs on a 10-day schedule.
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Treasures of South Africa
15 days

Treasures of South Africa

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Safari, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural, High Adventure, Education / Learning
Visits:
South Africa, Botswana's Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Cape Town, Chobe National Park, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls
$ 8,590
$ 573per day
Highlights
  • The wonders of Southern Africa exceed the imagination.
  • Poised between soaring mountains and expansive views of the sea.
  • Travel through the breathtaking South African countryside aboard the Rovos Rail, one of the world’s most luxurious trains.
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Northern India’s Royal Rajasthan
14 days

Northern India’s Royal Rajasthan

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star
Luxury - 5 star Lodging Level The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural
Visits:
India, Delhi, Rajasthan, Taj Mahal
$ 9,850
$ 704per day
Highlights
  • Breathtaking Sites: Stand in awe as the afternoon sun bathes the ethereal beauty of Agra’s Taj Mahal, plus visit spectacular Agra Fort. Discover silent Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved Mughal city dating from the 16th century. 
  • Princely Capitals: Admire regal cities built by maharajas. In the “pink city” of Jaipur, visit the Amber Fort, City Palace Museum, and Jantar Mantar, an 18th-century royal observatory. In the “blue city” of Jodhpur, explore Mehrangarh Fort, home to royal palaces with priceless decorative arts. And in magical Udaipur, the “city of lakes,” discover the vast riches of the City Palace and enjoy its panoramic views over the scenic lake setting.
  • Wildlife: Accompanied by expert naturalists, visit two renowned wildlife refuges. In Ranthambore National Park, take game drives in search of monkey, wild boar, jackals, and the elusive Bengal tiger, and in Keoladeo Ghana National Park discover some of the 400 species of exotic birds at home in this World Heritage-listed bird sanctuary.
  • The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels: To better experience these imperial capitals and remote but fascinating places, travel for five nights in comfort aboard our luxury train, designed to re-create the splendor of the royal maharajas.
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Paris: City of Light
12 days

Paris: City of Light

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Cultural, Local Immersion & Homestays, Education / Learning
Visits:
France, Dijon, Palace of Versailles, Paris, Rouen
$ 4,190
$ 349per day
Highlights
  • Flexible Schedule: Pack your time full of activities or enjoy a more leisurely pace—it’s your choice! Talks led by experts and special themed walking tours are complemented by time to pursue personal interests—solo or with new travel friends. Plus, your resident director is always available to advise on other activities so you’ll feel like a Parisian in no time!
  • Live Like a Parisian: Settle into the modern Adagio Paris Opera apart/hotel, located in a historic and bustling neighborhood. Plus, your Paris museum and metro passes provide easy access to the city’s treasures.
  • Walking Tours: Take walking tours featuring Le Marais, the Latin Quarter, and historic sites of World War II, and a
    special cruise along the Seine, all of which provide a deeper appreciation of Paris.
  • Day Excursions: Go beyond Paris to the Palace of Versailles, the Burgundian town of Dijon, and Rouen, the capital of Normandy on special day excursions.
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A Canadian Rockies Adventure
8 days

A Canadian Rockies Adventure

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, High Adventure
Visits:
Canada, Banff National Park, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise, Vancouver, Whyte Museum
$ 7,395
$ 924per day
Highlights
  • Vancouver: Enjoy a full day in this cosmopolitan city and explore many of its treasures.
  • The Rocky Mountaineer: View coastal forests, roaring river canyons, and snowcapped mountain ranges from the comfort of the train’s observation car and lounge.
  • Jasper National Park (est. 1907): Explore the park for a full day and take a cruise on Maligne Lake, one of the largest glacier-fed lakes in the world. Travel along the Icefields Parkway, where wildlife such as grizzly bear, moose, elk, and mountain goat are easily spotted.
  • Banff National Park
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Great European Journey
11 days

Great European Journey

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star
Luxury - 5 star Lodging Level The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
50 plus, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural, Education / Learning
Visits:
France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Cologne, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, Lucerne, Strasbourg, Zermatt
$ 5,495
$ 500per day
Highlights
  • Holland: Take a private cruise along Amsterdam’s legendary canals, a World Heritage site.
  • Germany and the Rhine River: Visit the World Heritage site of Cologne’s Old Town, cruise through the scenic Rhine River Valley, enjoy a private wine tasting, and explore Heidelberg.
  • France: Arrive in Alsace, a region whose ownership has moved between Germany and France for generations, and discover Strasbourg's Old City, a World Heritage site.
  • The Swiss Alps and Legendary Railways: Explore the World Heritage site of Berne, travel through the Bernese Oberland to the snowcapped mountain peaks of the Alps, and stop in Interlaken to admire the Jungfrau. Dramatically set beneath the iconic Matterhorn, enjoy Lucerne and Zermatt aboard three legendary railways.
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Cannes Film Festival
9 days

Cannes Film Festival

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star
Luxury - 5 star Lodging Level The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Festivals & Special Events, Education / Learning
Visits:
France, Cannes
$ 5,495
$ 611per day
Highlights
  • Explore the world of film through screenings and special sessions with your Study Leader.
  • Hotel is located in the center of Cannes.
  • Starlets posing on sparkling beaches for eager paparazzi, veteran directors enjoying an espresso in a seaside café.
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A Journey from Bangkok to Bali
13 days

A Journey from Bangkok to Bali

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star
Luxury - 5 star Lodging Level The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural, Education / Learning, Religious
Visits:
Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Bangkok, Georgetown
$ 7,850
$ 604per day
Highlights
  • Traveling through sumptuous, ever-changing landscapes that showcase ancient histories and diverse cultures.
  • Also see the Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences in the old trading port of Georgetown.
  • Also discover an ancient temple, the Sacred Monkey Forest, and the artistic enclave of Ubud
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Adventure in Iceland
11 days

Adventure in Iceland

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Birding, High Adventure
Visits:
Iceland, Blue Lagoon, Glacial River Canyon National Park, Hraunfossar Falls, Lake Myvatn, Reykjavík, Thingvellir National park
$ 4,998
$ 454per day
Highlights
  • Explore the natural beauty and geological wonders of this amazing island.
  • Massive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, volcanoes, spouting hot springs.
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, where the world’s oldest parliament was established.
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Railroading the Rockies
7 days

Railroading the Rockies

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star
Luxury - 5 star Lodging Level The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Physical:
Very Easy
Very Easy Physical Level Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises.
Theme:
50 plus, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
United States, Gunnison National Park
$ 4,995
$ 714per day
Highlights
  • Garden of the Gods: Observe the breathtaking views of 300-foot-high sandstone rock formations against the backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak. Enjoy a trail walk and the newly renovated nature center and museum.
  • Georgetown Loop: Depart from Denver on a spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad that brings you deep into scenic Clear Creek Valley.
  • Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway: Ride this train for an unforgettable journey through the mountains to historic Durango.
  • Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad: Visit the village of Chama, New Mexico, and ride this historic train, which served the silver mines of the San Juans.
  • Royal Gorge Route Railway: Follow the winding, tumbling Arkansas River and view the granite cliffs of Colorado’s Royal Gorge.
  • Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway: Ride to the summit of Pikes Peak, a National Historic Landmark rising over 14,000 feet, where you’ll marvel at sweeping vistas of the Great Plains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the Collegiate Range.
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In the Wake of Lewis & Clark tour
7 days

In the Wake of Lewis & Clark

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
River Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
50 plus, Culinary & Wine, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, High Adventure, Sailing, Education / Learning
Visits:
United States, Portland
$ 4,300
$ 614per day
Highlights
  • Enjoy active adventures featuring kayaks, expedition landing crafts, and biking as you focus on the region's natural history.
  • Visit sites such as the campsites used by the Corps of Discovery and the eclectic Maryhill Museum with its collection of Native American basketry and beadwork
  • You'll discover the region's culinary delights, aboard ship as we’re underway, and at a family farm and winery
  • Pass through the series of eight locks that raise or lower the ship over 700 feet—a monumental triumph of engineering that deserves to be observed up close
  • Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town
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Highlights of Italy tour
17 days

Highlights of Italy

3.0 | Average | 2 Reviews
Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Culinary & Wine, Cultural, Local Immersion & Homestays, Education / Learning
Visits:
Italy, Florence, Rome, Venice
$ 5,684
$ 334per day
Highlights
  • Showcasing ancient sites, priceless art, outstanding cuisine, and unique lodgings.
  • Discover the city’s most famous sites, including the Roman Forum and Colosseum and the Vatican.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.
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