2012 Travel Collections from Smithsonian Journeys

Smithsonian Journeys Mystical India - Taj Mahal
Smithsonian Journeys – Taj Mahal – India Tourism Bureau

Looking for the ultimate in luxury travel? Smithsonian Journeys is the Smithsonian Institution’s own travel program and offers numerous life-enriching experiences worldwide.

Smithsonian Journeys just announced its exciting 2012 travel program collections with a diverse travel portfolio to meet the demands of today’s sophisticated travelers.

The new travel programs from Smithsonian Journeys range from one-week European getaways, highlights tours to 20 worldwide destinations, in-depth special theme tours such as German cars, around-the-world private jet adventures, U.S. arts and outdoors tours, in addition to grand adventures such as a 16-day train trip across Russia.

Smithsonian Journeys proudly offers numerous luxury travel opportunities to meet the varied interests, budgets and styles of today’s savvy travelers.

You can also find a broader collection of small and medium-size cruise ship experiences from Smithsonian Journeys that includes: luxury and value cruises to the Mediterranean, active expedition cruises, family cruise vacations and unique European river cruises.

For 2012, Smithsonian plans to offer more than 70 cruises on a variety of small ships with different cruising styles.

Amy Kotkin, director of Smithsonian Journeys, was quoted, “We are thrilled to branch out to different styles and modes of travel to serve our clientele while maintaining what Smithsonian is best known for-lively and engaging educational content. Smithsonian Journeys provides more ways than ever to experience the cultural and natural treasures of all seven continents. All 2012 travel options can be seen at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/2012, featuring more than 200 departures to 80 countries worldwide. These tours are enhanced with behind-the-scenes access and top experts who provide in-depth commentary designed to increase visitors’ understanding of their destination.

If you are a travelers who prefers a more private experience, please contact a Smithsonian Journeys travel consultant and have a custom-designed personal vacation developed to wonderful and luxurious destinations throughout the world.

You can read the details of all cruises of all Smithsonian Journeys at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/2012  Here’s a sample.
* Travelers can sail in the Caribbean on the three-masted tall ship Sea Cloud II, explore the Amazonian rainforest from aboard a traditional 28-guest riverboat or discover superb museums in Holland and Belgium from an elegant European riverboat.
* Mediterranean cruises aboard the 114-guest Corinthian II feature special themes such as music, classical sites and the arts, while the 34-guest Callisto offers an intimate private yacht experience as it plies the Aegean.
* Travelers interested in an active cruise experience can board a small expedition ship outfitted with kayaks and Zodiacs to explore the natural wonders of Antarctica, Costa Rica and other destinations.
* In the U.S., more than 25 cruises offer the advantages of the small-ship experience, including a new Mississippi riverboat.
* Five cruises aboard the 350-guest Aegean Odyssey will offer special value in the Mediterranean with all-inclusive rates, including international airfare, gratuities and an onboard educational program.

For an unforgettable trip of a lifetime, Smithsonian Journeys will offer two new, unique private jet adventures in 2012.
– “Heaven and Earth” (Oct. 31-Nov. 20, 2012) is an exclusive around-the-world adventure that features the Earth’s natural wonders and ancient treasures and highlights the powerful influence of the heavens on world cultures. A special highlight is traveling with Smithsonian astronomy expert David Aguilar and witnessing a total solar eclipse in Australia.

– “Cultures and Cuisines” (Sept. 17-Oct. 5, 2012) explores culinary traditions and World Heritage sites from Europe to Asia and is accompanied by culinary expert Darra Goldstein, editor-in-chief of Gastronomica: the Journal of Food and Culture. Details on these extraordinary trips and two others are available at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/private-jet-tours

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“Mercedes-Benz and Bugatti,” offered in July 2012, is a special in-depth theme tour that will feature exclusive entrée to special car museums and factories and a day at the German Grand Prix. Journeys will also offer more than 20 highlights tours, featuring a broad overview of European countries such as France, Spain and Turkey and other destinations farther afield such as Jordan, India, Vietnam, Peru and Botswana. These tours, designed for small groups of 16-24 travelers, feature included international airfare, behind-the-scenes activities and the expertise of a Smithsonian expert who accompanies the tour.

In 2012 Smithsonian will offer more than 70 cruises on a variety of small ships with different cruising styles. Featuring a more casual ambiance, small ships encourage new friendships and in-depth time with Smithsonian experts and guest lecturers. Small-ship cruising also means exploring places not possible on larger ships, easy logistics, and not overwhelming ports on arrival.
New for 2012 is a bigger focus on the independent-minded traveler. New “European City Breaks” offer seven-day getaways in European capitals that feature highlights tours balanced with free time for personal interests, all at a great value (starting from $2,749, including international airfare). “City Explorers” offer two-week immersion programs with behind-the-scenes meetings with local experts, exclusive tours, language lessons and time to discover local cafes and cultural attractions on your own. “Private Departures” is a new personalized travel option where travel experts will design the ideal trip, whatever the traveler’s interests, schedule and budget. (Sample destination itineraries are available online at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/2012)

For additional information, please visit http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org or call toll-free 1 (877) 338-8687

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