Fact Sheets

Smithsonian Journeys

August 1, 2014

Established in 1970, Smithsonian Journeys tours engage travelers in the wide-ranging mission of the Smithsonian. Like the Institution, Journeys’ tours enrich guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Participation in a Smithsonian Journeys tour benefits the work of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, national zoo and nine research centers, helping to preserve national treasures and shape the future through science, research and exhibitions.

A world leader in expert-led travel, Smithsonian Journeys offers more than 200 land and cruise journeys on all seven continents. Smithsonian Journeys tours feature exclusive access and unforgettable experiences, uncovering the authentic culture of each destination and providing access unavailable to most travelers. The Smithsonian Journeys tour collection includes small-group (18–24 travelers), air-inclusive tours, small-ship cruising, intergenerational family travel, luxury private jet experiences, and tailor-made travel options. Website: SmithsonianJourneys.org.


Journeys offers more than 200 worldwide departures with trip durations of four to 30 days.


Smithsonian Journeys experts are world-class leaders in their fields. Chosen for their charisma, expertise and affability, these men and women are the ingredient that turns a fine tour into an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Many other tour operators escort travelers to splendid sites around the world, but with a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, a destination will be brought to life.

Travel Styles

  • ŸLand journeys
  • By ship
  • By train
  • By private jet
  • Family travel
  • Special-interest travel
  • Tailor-made journeys


Journeys destinations are Europe, Africa, Asia, USA, Canada, Central and South America, Australia and the South Pacific, Polar, Around the World.

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Lindsay Senior