MEXICO CITY MODERN & ZONA MACO (LAND)
Tour Runs: February 6 - 11, 2018
Our trip to Mexico City allows you to experience the excitement of a lively modern capital and get an insider’s view of the fast-developing cultural scene, alongside private access to the largest private collection of contemporary art in Latin America and the lively art fair, Zona Maco. Visits to several art galleries and museums will give insight into Mexico’s recent history, with a viewing of Diego Rivera’s Epic of the Mexican People inside the National Palace and a tour of the galleries in the trendy Roma district. You’ll also get a sense of the country’s rich history on visits to ancient Aztec and Mayan sites. Alongside the cultural extravaganza you’ll meet Newsweek experts to discuss the current political climate in Mexico and pay a visit to the U.S. embassy to understand more about current U.S. policies towards Mexico.
CUBA: FACE-TO-FACE (LAND)
Tour Runs: March 3 - 10, 2018
Our Cuba trip comes at a time of great change for the region, particularly in the Communist state’s relationship with the United States. Shortly after Barack Obama’s attempts to forge new links with the island nation resulted in a new openness, Donald Trump became president and changed course. Visiting Cuba with Newsweek, you’ll get to speak to locals about their thoughts on their country’s future and past, and discuss subjects as diverse as the economy, historical preservation and the arts. In addition to engaging in conversation about Cuba’s politics and history, you’ll have time to enjoy Old Havana, experience local cuisine and discover the places that inspired Ernest Hemingway for decades.
BRITAIN: IN THE AGE OF BREXIT (LAND)
Tour Runs: APRIL 4 - 9, 2018
Join Newsweek on a trip to London unlike any other as we explore what caused British voters to shock the world by voting to leave the European Union. You’ll meet with influential players on both sides of the campaign -- those who passionately argued for Britain to break away from Europe, and those who argued that abandoning the EU could be a financial disaster for the British. You’ll join Newsweek correspondents and experts on visits to cultural and political institutions in London, where you’ll have discussions about the big questions facing Europe and the world.
DOURO: THE ENCHANTING RIVER (CRUISE)
Tour Runs: APRIL 16 - 24, 2018
This tour of the Douro River region is ideal for epicureans. Beginning and ending in Porto, in northern Portugal, you’ll enjoy the seafood-rich cuisine of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, and get to know the subtleties of the country’s famous fortified wine. Culture is high on the agenda, with visits to the city’s minimalist museum of contemporary art, designed by Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza, and Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música, a striking, modern building with unique acoustics. In between you’ll travel through the Douro River Valley’s slopes, visiting the town of Lamego with its unusual Baroque church and sailing down the river while listening to experts discuss the region. You’ll cross into Spain and visit another UNESCO-listed city—Salamanca, home to ornate sandstone architecture and one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1218 with buildings still standing from the 15th century. Throughout you will enjoy the region’s rich cuisine, famous wines, and plenty of discussion with your fellow travelers, all during a sustainable luxury cruise.
WASHINGTON DC: THE WORLD'S POLITICAL STAGE (LAND)
Tour Runs: MAY 2 - 7, 2018
In the heart of the nation’s capital, you’ll get an in-depth understanding of the insights into the forces influencing America and its actions in the world. During your five-day stay you’ll meet and interact with people shaping the news and the country’s future, from Congress members and diplomats, to lobbyists and journalists, for an edifying look into the houses of power. Join us on a tour of the Capitol Building, where laws are made, and have lunch alongside the politicians making them. You’ll also get a chance to experience a different side of politics: meeting lobbyists at an elite social club and touring one of the nation’s top influential think tanks. Newsweek correspondents will discuss what it’s like covering the President, the House and the Senate, as well as how journalists can hold our lawmakers to account on behalf of ordinary citizens. Lastly, you’ll also tour the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the media; visit the National Archives; and enjoy a private viewing of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
RUSSIA: WATERWAYS OF THE TSARS (CRUISE)
Tour Runs: June 2 - 12, 2018
Sail into Russia’s heartland on a nine-night voyage, stepping ashore in Golden Ring towns few Americans have visited. From Moscow, call at Uglich to hear an a cappella choir inside a 15th-century church. Visit two medieval monasteries in Goritsy and explore the magical island of Kizhy. Enjoy stunning scenery as you cross Europe’s largest freshwater lake to arrive in St. Petersburg for a three-day finale during the White Nights. Enter Catherine Palace to see the exquisitely recreated Amber Room, tour the Hermitage Museum when it is closed to the public, and admire beautiful pastel palaces on a canal cruise. Onboard classes in Russian language and cuisine will be offered. Optional Moscow prelude.
COPENHAGEN & EDINBURGH: IN THE WAKE OF THE VIKINGS (CRUISE)
Tour Runs: July 10 - 21, 2018
More than 12 centuries ago, the Vikings crossed the North Sea to the British Isles. This was the dawn of the Viking Age, and its 250-year span left an indelible mark on the cultures of Scotland, England, and beyond. Sail in the wake of these brave explorers under midsummer skies aboard an elegant three-masted barque. Embarking in Copenhagen, call in Norway at Oslo and Stavanger, and view masterpieces at the Bergen Art Museum. Navigate the Shetland Islands, and step ashore at Kirkwall to visit a Neolithic tomb. Spend a day in the lively university city of Aberdeen before disembarking in Edinburgh. Optional Copenhagen prelude and optional Edinburgh postlude.
SEATTLE: THE LAND OF INNOVATION (LAND)
Tour Runs: August 20 - 25, 2018
Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is a cultural mecca where technology, the arts, and nature intersect. Trace Seattle's colorful history from Pike Place Market to Pioneer Square. Get an inside look at some of the most innovative companies running the city today including: Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks and a host of up-and-coming start-ups that are quickly changing the city's entrepreneurial landscape.
CHINA: POLITICAL & CULTURAL LANDSCAPES (LAND)
Tour Runs: August 30 - September 13, 2018
Explore the two sides of the Middle Kingdom: modern China — its impressive Olympic facilities, vibrant contemporary art scene, bustling financial centers and eye-catching architecture — and ancient China, with thousands of years of history and culture. Visit the Forbidden City, walk on the Great Wall, explore the Wenshu Monastery in Chengdu, and cruise along the Yangtze River through the iconic Three Gorges. Along the way, meetings with artists, journalists, diplomats, architects, entrepreneurs, and scholars will enrich our understanding of the real China of today, from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and other major cities to the countryside.
THE NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM BY BARGE: AMSTERDAM TO BRUGES ABOARD MAGNIFIQUE III (CRUISE)
Tour Runs: September 28 - October 6, 2018
Experience the best of the Netherlands and Belgium aboard an upscale canal barge with daily, optional bike tours. Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, taste iconic Dutch cheeses at the Gouda market, and watch a master silversmith at work in Schoonhoven. See the UNESCO-listed Kinderdijk windmills up close, call at Antwerp to admire Rubens’ Descent from the Cross, discover the medieval Flemish town of Dendermonde, and explore a medieval castle in Ghent. Conclude in Bruges, to discover a prized Michelangelo sculpture and enjoy leisure time before disembarking. Optional prelude in Amsterdam.
IRELAND: NORTH & SOUTH (LAND)
Tour Runs: October 1 - 8, 2018
Spend a week in Belfast and Dublin, to experience the shared culture that unites these lively cities, and examine the political and religious differences that divide them. During meetings with local journalists and business leaders, discuss the implications of Brexit and other current events. Explore historic houses and stunning gardens, and tour industrial areas that have been reimagined as centers of culture and business. And no trip to Ireland would be complete without the opportunity to drink a pint of Guinness and listen to traditional Irish music.
ISRAEL & PALESTINE: DIVIDED HOLY LAND (LAND)
Tour Runs: October 7 - 16, 2018
Join us for a remarkable 10-day exploration of Israel and Palestine, a region at the epicenter of history, religion, culture and conflict. Meet with a broad spectrum of political, military, religious and social figures representing various viewpoints and opinions. Gain insight into Israeli security concerns through briefings with officials from the Israeli Defense Forces and tours of borders. On the West Bank, meet with leaders of the Palestinian Authority to hear about their hopes and expectations for the future of Palestine. Join minority rights activists and proponents of co-existence for a moving examination of the human cost of conflict. Along the way, exclusive events—including a journalists' panel and a briefing by the new EU Ambassador to Israel—will enhance our experience.
POLAND: THEN & NOW (LAND)
Tour Runs: October 9 - 20, 2018
Join an immersive, 10-day experience in Poland, one of Europe's biggest economic success stories and the sixth-largest market in the European Union. Its capital city, Warsaw, is undergoing a cultural renaissance, while Kraków and Wroclaw (formerly Breslau) have been restored to their pre-World War II glory and are brimming with energy and commerce. Begin in Gdańsk, cradle of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement and a short distance from Westerplatte, the site where World War II began in 1939. In Warsaw, attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy and a journalist's panel on Poland's business climate before continuing to Kraków to discuss the current boom in outsourcing and subcontracting. Conclude in Wroclaw, where we will meet with both up-and- coming and established entrepreneurs to learn how the city became a hotbed of internet-based companies.
CUBA: CULTURE & INSIGHTS (LAND)
Tour Dates: October 13 - 20, 2018
Gain an insider’s perspective on Cuba’s past, present and future during an in-depth week in Havana. Visit the U.S. Embassy for a briefing on Cuban-American relations and discuss entrepreneurship with the leaders of woman-owned businesses. Exchange ideas with journalists, educators and professors, and learn about the current state of Cuban agriculture on a visit to a unique urban farm. A tour of leading art studios and a private concert by an acclaimed a cappella group will enhance your stay. And no trip to Havana would be complete without the chance to sip a mojito on the terrace of the iconic Hotel Nacional.