• 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.

The Riviera at its most glamorous - starlets posing on sparkling beaches for eager paparazzi, veteran directors enjoying an espresso in a seaside cafe, elegant soirées along the Croisette, and - best of all - the artistic wealth found in films from around the world.

The Cannes Film Festival is an exclusive annual event that celebrates the best names in film today. Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival itself, the Smithsonian offers an in-depth, one-week program to explore the world of film in Cannes. Smithsonian travelers will attend various film screenings and meet with a film professional for a presentation and discussion.

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Day 1-2: U.S. and Cannes, France

Meals: Reception and Dinner

Fly from the U.S. to Nice. Upon arrival, transfer to Cannes, your home for the next five nights. After a brief orientation walking tour, check into your hotel, the Montaigne. Later gather for a welcome reception and dinner to meet fellow film lovers this evening. Your accreditation badges, giving you access to the festival, will be distributed this evening. Those with plenty of energy Day wish to attend a screening tonight.

Day 3: Introduction, Palais des Festivals, American Pavilion

Meals: Breakfast and Reception

This morning over breakfast your study leader will give you an introduction to the history and organization of the Cannes Film Festival at the hotel. Review the schedule and identify screening opportunities, before heading to the Palais des Festivals. From here, after an orientation to the various screening rooms by your study leader, you are free to pursue films of your choice for the rest of the day. Early in the evening, gather at the American Pavilion in the International Village for a presentation by a film professional, followed by a private reception overlooking the Mediterranean. Later you Day choose to continue to attend screenings, including those from the Cannes Classics series, Un Certain Regard, or the short films.

Day: 4-7 Screenings

Meals: Breakfast

After a review of the screenings with your study leader over breakfast each day, you are free to select and attend screenings of your choice.

Day 8: Final Wrap-Up with Study Leader, Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Reception and Dinner

Gather for a final session with the study leader to share thoughts, experiences, film critiques, and more.  Spend the rest of the day enjoying Cannes as the city returns to its post-Festival life.  Celebrate your cinematic discoveries this evening at a farewell reception and dinner with fellow travelers on the Croisette by the sea.

Day 9: Depart Cannes

Meals: Breakfast

Depart Cannes early this morning for Nice and individual return flights home.

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Trip Includes
  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour management throughout the tour.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as indicated on the tour page, including special welcome and farewell dinners.
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in each itinerary.
  • Baggage handling for one bag plus one carry-on bag per person.
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  • Round-trip international airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Transfers to and from your home to the program site and transfers to and from the airports, unless specifically noted.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
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