WASHINGTON DC: THE WORLD'S POLITICAL STAGE (LAND)
Tour Runs: May 2 - 7, 2018
Explore the nation’s capital with insider access into the heart of America’s governing institutions. This five-night itinerary offers unique contact with the political, military and economic traditions that still rule Washington today. Tour the Capitol Building and the National Archives, and have lunch amongst Congressional staff members in the oft-overlooked cafeteria. See the treasures of the Smithsonian before public hours, and venture beyond the Beltway to Annapolis for a tour of the Naval Academy with military personnel. Interact with newsmakers including Congress members, diplomats, lobbyists and journalists for an edifying look into the houses of power.
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: INNOVATION, USA (LAND)
Tour Runs: Late Summer 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.
IRELAND: NORTH & SOUTH (LAND)
Tour Runs: October 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.
CUBA: Culture & Insights
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.