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Travel with The Met connects the Museum's wide and diverse audience to art, inspiration, and historical perspective. Our trips offer travelers the unique opportunity to see the world and humanity's highest artistic achievements with the guidance of The Met's renowned curators and educators. Itineraries focus on educational, enriching activities that will allow you to experience firsthand how art can bridge history and the present day to reveal our shared cultural heritage.

Trips are offered year-round to over two dozen exciting destinations. More than just a vacation, a Travel with The Met international exploration combines curatorial expertise and behind-the-scenes viewing arrangements with spectacular itineraries and interesting companionship. The following list is updated regularly to include new itineraries as soon as they become available. You may also view our 2016 preview (PDF) for more information about upcoming trips.

Set Sail with The Met!

Join us on one of our distinctive small private ships or riverboats—from the historic Sea Cloud, commissioned in 1931, to the elegant new AmaKristina. In addition to sharing our lineup of exclusive cruises, we are thrilled to announce a rail journey in Southeast Asia aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. Download the brochure (PDF) to find out more about our extraordinary vessels and their itineraries for the coming year.


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2016 Trips

A view of the black pointy tops of a white church at sunset

Join Pari Stave, an expert in contemporary Icelandic art, on a journey to Iceland, an incredibly beautiful and majestic country. Stay at exceptional hotels in the countryside and in lively Reykjavik. Meet prominent artists in their homes and studios, lunch at the homes of private collectors, and tour the National Museum of Iceland before public hours. Marvel at volcanoes, geysers, waterfalls, and glaciers, and spend a morning at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, where the world's oldest parliament was established over a thousand years ago. Hear vivid Icelandic sagas recited by a specialist in medieval literature, and see the spectacular Richard Serra art installation, Áfangar (Standing Stones) on the tiny, pristine island of Videy.

Traveling with You: Pari Stave, art historian and senior administrator in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department

Land Rate: $9,995

Activity Level: Active

Met Adventures: Travel off the beaten path with like-minded adventurers, exploring the art, culture, and natural beauty of exhilarating destinations.

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An elaborate bridge in Europe

Linking northern Europe with the Mediterranean Sea, the majestic Rhône flows through Burgundy and Provence. On a cruise through the region, experience superb museums, cuisine, and wine. Begin with a two-night stay in Nice, then continue to Arles to embark on a delightful river cruise. In Arles, visit the Romanesque church of St. Trophime, the Roman amphitheater, and a cemetery dating from the time of Julius Caesar. Alternatively, drive to Aix-en-Provence, which was once an early Roman settlement. Tour Avignon's impressive Palace of the Popes, and visit the lovely home of a former Louvre curator before a wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Drive to Grenoble to explore its museum, and step ashore in Mâcon to admire the seventeenth-century Château de Cormatin, where will enjoy a private concert in the Orangerie. Continue to Dijon, where a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts will reveal masterpieces of fifteenth-century sculpture. In Beaune, discover the famous tile-roofed Hôtel-Dieu. Conclude in Lyon, with its rich cultural and gastronomic heritage. Optional Roanne postlude.

Traveling with You: Olivier Bernier, art historian, author, and Met lecturer

Land/Cruise Rates: $7,995

No single supplement for this trip.

Activity Level: Light

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Caucasus Sept 17, 2016

Four World Heritage Sites, world-renowned hospitality, and stunning natural beauty await you on this Met Adventures journey to the Southern Caucasus, where wine has been produced for eight thousand years. In the Armenian capital of Yerevan, attend a private concert of polyphonic singing—a mesmerizing tradition that has been recognized by UNESCO. Go inside breathtaking medieval monasteries and churches, including Etchmiadzin, the oldest cathedral in the first Christian nation in the world. In Georgia, sample regional vintages in the charming hilltop town of Sighnaghi, and explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Tbilisi on a walking tour. After an exclusive visit to the Georgian National Museum, fly to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, to marvel at prehistoric cave paintings and enjoy a private cruise on the Caspian Sea.

Traveling with You: Helen Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art. Watch her talk about four Byzantine icons in this episode of MetCollects.

Land Rate: $8,995

Activity Level: Active

Met Adventures: Travel off the beaten path with like-minded adventurers, exploring the art, culture, and natural beauty of exhilarating destinations.

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Golden-colored buildings

Embark Sea Cloud II in Naples, Italy, and sail through the Aeolian Islands to Palermo. See the glittering mosaics of the ninth-century Palatine Chapel before driving to Monreale to tour its magnificent Norman cathedral. Step ashore at Trapani to view the splendid Greek temple and theater in nearby Segesta, then sail to Porto Empedocle and discover the fine Greek ruins of the Valley of the Temples in nearby Agrigento. In Syracuse, explore the well-preserved Greek and Roman theaters of the Neapolis Archaeological Park, see Caravaggio's The Burial of St. Lucy, and enjoy a private reception at the Baroque palazzo of Barone Beneventano. In the lovely town of Noto, set amid olive trees, a walking tour introduces us to the town's Baroque treasures. Disembark in Valletta, Malta. Optional Valletta postlude.

Traveling with You: Wolfram Koeppe, Marina Kellen French Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. In his Connections episode, "After Hours," he reflects on the experience of walking through the Museum's empty galleries after a busy work day.

Cruise Rate: From $6,995

Activity Level: Light to Moderate

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A dock with small, pointy canoes on the water

On an unforgettable journey through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, navigate the Dalmatian Coast and the "boot" of Italy. Greek, Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, and Norman civilizations have all left their mark in this area of the world. Stop in Ravenna to view the extraordinary mosaics. Enjoy Dubrovnik, and visit the collections in the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries as well as the Rector's Palace. Continue to Sicily to see the natural beauty, azure seas, and diverse history that characterize this region before disembarking in Valletta, Malta. Optional Venice prelude and optional Malta postlude.

Traveling with You: Stephan Wolohojian, curator in the Department of European Paintings. Read his blog post on Now at The Met about moving Charles Le Brun's 350-pound Jabach portrait into the galleries.

Land/Cruise Rates: From $7,995

Activity Level: Light to Moderate

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A yellow-brick building with orange details and orange-and-white striped awnings

Admire the celebrated landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School artists on a delightful sojourn in the historic Hudson Valley. When the autumn leaves will be at their peak, tour grand residences including Cedar Grove, Lyndhurst, and Olana. By special invitation, enjoy visits and meals at the homes of private art collectors. Have lunch at the Culinary Institute of America, which has set the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for over six decades, and view the intimate galleries of leading Hudson River School artists at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. At Storm King Art Center, take a guided tour of outdoor sculptures and site-specific commissions by dozens of artists including Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, and Richard Serra.

Traveling with You: Morrison H. Heckscher, Curator Emeritus of American Art

Land Rate: $6,990

Activity Level: Light

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Women in burqa leaning on the column of a temple that has twisted details

Join Christopher Lightfoot, ancient history scholar and curator, on a journey to Iran, home to seven thousand years of civilization. Visit nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Golestan Palace Complex in Tehran and Isfahan's spectacular Friday Mosque and Imam Square. At Pasargadae and Persepolis, explore the vast ruins of the palaces of the great kings Cyrus and Darius, and venture off the beaten path to UNESCO-listed sites in Bisotun, Chogha Zanbil, and Shushtar. Poets' tombs, Persian gardens, and historic bazaars laden with exquisite carpets, crafts, and spices will add to the delights of this program.

Traveling with You: Christopher Lightfoot, curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art. In his 82nd & Fifth episode, "Fine Dining," he discusses a silver spoon and fork from the third century A.D.

Land Rate: $9,995

Activity Level: Active

Met Adventures: Travel off the beaten path with like-minded adventurers, exploring the art, culture, and natural beauty of exhilarating destinations.

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Begin in Jerusalem to experience extraordinary art and antiquities at sites including the Ophel Archaeological Gardens and Western Wall. At the recently reopened Israel Museum, meet the museum's director (pending confirmation) and tour the collections. Drive south to view the ancient fortress of Masada and experience a float in the Dead Sea. Tour Kibbutz Ein Harod with its impressive Mishkan L'Omanut, one of Israel's first art museums, and spend a night in Tiberias. Enjoy a wine-tasting lunch before discovering the remains of Herod's great Roman port city of Caesarea. In Tel Aviv, visit the Eretz Israel Museum, whose various pavilions depict life in ancient Israel, where we will be welcomed by the Curator of Ceramics (pending confirmation). See the UNESCO World Heritage "White City," and discover collections at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Then travel along the coast to explore the Old Quarter of nearby Jaffa's boutiques and galleries.

Traveling with You: Ira Spar, Research Assyriologist in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art

Land Rate: $9,195

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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A line of colorful Cuban houses

Spend a week in captivating Cuba, with privileged access to the country's arts community. Discover the heart of Old Havana on a guided walking tour and connect with some of Cuba's leading artists on visits to their studios and homes. Savor Cuban cuisine at lively restaurants and at traditional paladares (restaurants in private homes). Highlights in Havana include a private reception at the Ludwig Foundation for the Arts, a curatorial tour at the National Museum of Fine Arts, and an after-hours visit to the Ceramics Museum. On an overnight excursion, explore the rich Afro-Cuban heritage of nearby Matanzas. Attend a private concert in a hilltop chapel, see the nineteenth-century Pharmacy Museum, and visit a unique publisher of handmade books. Meet with local artists in Cárdenas before lunch at Xanadu mansion. Specially arranged performances of music and dance will enhance our journey.

Traveling with You: Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Land Rate: $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Temples sit on a shoreline covered in lush trees and bushes

Enjoy special access to the timeless treasures of Egypt during an extraordinary New Year's trip. Discover the wonders of Giza and Cairo, and lunch at the legendary Mena House before a tour of the Workmen's Tombs. From Cairo, take a privately chartered flight to Abu Simbel to see the monumental temples of Ramses II and his favorite wife, Queen Nefertari. In Aswan, board the Nile Adventurer for a three-night cruise to Luxor. During the voyage, ring in the New Year with a festive Egyptian dinner and celebration. Visit the unique double temple at Kom Ombo, the Temple of Horus, and the iconic Karnak Temple Complex. Following disembarkation in Luxor, spend two nights at the historic Sofitel Winter Palace to discover the Colossi of Memnon and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Cairo by private plane to visit the splendid Sultan Hassan Mosque and admire the Coptic Museum's fine collection of textiles and artifacts.

Traveling with You: Diana Craig Patch, Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge of the Department of Egyptian Art. Watch Diana's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Idolized."

Land/Cruise Rates: From $8,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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2017 Trips

Burma Jan 2

Burma's ancient monuments and unbroken traditions speak of a rich culture and complex history. Deeply imbued with Buddhism, Burma has pursued a unique artistic path. Its temples have evolved their own singular shape, and its welcoming people have not forgotten their traditions. As Rudyard Kipling wrote over a century ago, Burma is "quite unlike any land you know about." View Yangon's impressive pagodas, and admire the most impressive of the Bagan's 1,000 remaining pagodas. From Burma, fly to Yogyakarta to explore Borobudur, situated in a lush tropical valley. Bali is the perfect end to the trip. Steeped in culture and enhanced by magnificent vistas, we will stay in the upland village of Ubud—a center of traditional crafts and performing arts.

Traveling with You: Maxwell (Mike) K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art. Read his blog post, "Nine 'Secrets' about the History of the Met's Department of Asian Art," on Now at The Met, where he discusses nine little-known facts regarding the department's history.

Land Rate: $12,700

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Dawn at a city center surrounded by cathedral-like buildings

Spend a week in the Cuban capital, enjoying special events and private meetings and talking with gifted artists in their studios. Discover Havana's lesser-known modern landmarks on an architectural tour, and engage with students and professors at the country's top university of the arts, built after the Revolution in a series of elegantly domed pavilions inspired by Gaudí. Travel beyond the capital to discover Matanzas, nicknamed "the Athens of Cuba" for its literary and musical heritage, and see the house where Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea. All along the way, go behind the scenes for a true insider's view of this rapidly changing nation.

Traveling with You: Stephanie Herdrich, Assistant Research Curator in the American Wing

Land Rate: TBD

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

Above: Catedral de San Cristobal, Havana © tunart

A man stands in a field waving to someone outside of the frame while a train passes in the distance

Thailand and Malaysia in January present all the pleasures of a warm and sunny climate. From Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, one of the city's main thoroughfares, observe bustling day-to-day activities on the way to the Royal Barges Museum and to the glittering Grand Palace compound. Stay at the famed Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the banks of the river. Drive through the Thai countryside to the small moated town of Korat, from which we will visit the dazzling museum in Phimai and the 13th-century hilltop temple of Phanom Rung. In Chiang Mai, enjoy the comforts of a Four Seasons resort, a visit to the U.S. Consulate General, and the opportunity for an elephant ride.

Then, on to the most glamorous part of our trip: a three-night journey aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express, with its comfortable en-suite compartments and gourmet food. Relax in the lounge car as we admire the verdant scenery of the Thai and Malaysian countryside. Visit the bridge on the River Kwai and the nearby museum about the construction of the railway, and tour a typical and charming Malaysian provincial town. Upon arrival in Singapore, the amazing Botanic Gardens will be the perfect ending to our journey.

Traveling with You: Olivier Bernier, Met lecturer, art historian, and author

Land/Cruise Rates: From $13,885

Activity Level: Moderate

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Cuba by the Sea February 17, 2017

Join a brand-new cruise along Cuba's less-developed southern shore, with its rugged mountains, pristine beaches, and well-preserved colonial towns. Step ashore to visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and engage with artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other welcoming locals. Experience the French flavor of Cienfuegos and stroll the streets of lost-in-time Trinidad, and explore the Valley of the Sugar Mills, where untold fortunes were made—and lost. In Camagüey, famous for its well-preserved Baroque churches, meet a curator for a tour of the small, excellent collection at the Ignacio Agramonte Museum. Conclude with two days in Santiago, birthplace of salsa and son and cradle of many revolutionary movements. Studio tours, private performances, and other exclusive events will add to the pleasures of our voyage. Our vessel, Variety Voyager, features only 36 cabins and is the perfect conveyance for exploring this largest of Caribbean islands. Optional Havana prelude.

Traveling With You: Inés Powell, Met lecturer and educator. See Inés reflect on her homeland in her Connections episode, "Spain."

Land/Cruise Rates: From $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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A view looking down at a bridge over a river

Undiscovered museums, tropical rain forests, white-sand beaches, and the man-made marvel of the Panama Canal await you on this wintertime escape. Discover colonial architecture and contemporary art in Panama City, then travel through the immense locks and artificial lakes of the famous canal. Sail the rugged Pacific coast to national parks accessible only by boat. On Isla de Coiba, home to Panama's largest marine preserve, swim or snorkel at a pristine white-sand beach. Continue across breathtaking Drake Bay, where humpback whales can be spotted, to stunning Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula for a guided nature walk. During a day at sea, watch the crew trim the sails as you cruise to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, with its mix of Victorian and Spanish Colonial influences. In Costa Rica, swim at Playa del Coco on the Nicoya Peninsula, look out for colorful quetzals at El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve, and spend a night in cosmopolitan San José.

Traveling with You: Ronda Kasl, curator in the Department of the American Wing

Land/Cruise Rates: from $8,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure. 

Casco Viejo, Panama

Sail away from winter on Sea Cloud II to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, unspoiled Caribbean islands, and national parks teeming with biodiversity. Admire Dutch colonial architecture in Curaçao, cruise to Bonaire to see flamingoes feeding at Goto Lake, and explore Rincón Village, founded 500 years ago by the Spanish. In Colombia, call at Santa Marta to walk through Tayrona National Park with a naturalist, and discover the history of Carnaval in Barranquilla, whose celebration is the second largest in the world after Rio de Janeiro's. Spend a day in the UNESCO-recognized walled city of Cartagena, a colonial gem, before disembarking in Colón. Conclude with an overnight stay in Panama City, to visit Casco Viejo, its UNESCO-listed historic district, and the Bridge of Life Museum, Frank Gehry's only design in Latin America. The balmy Caribbean trade winds make for ideal sailing conditions this time of year. Optional Curaçao prelude.

Traveling with You: William B. Crow, Managing Museum Educator

Cruise Rate: From $5,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Casco Viejo, Panama

Red, orange, yellow, and tan mounds of spices

Over the last 10,000 years, the place that Edith Wharton called "a land of mists and mysteries" has been home to Berbers, Arabs, sub-Saharan Africans, Romans, the French, and more. Unveil the secrets of this spectacular country on an exciting journey that includes seaside Casablanca, medieval Fes, maze-like Marrakesh, and, as a highlight, time in the Sahara. Tour Meknes, a 17th-century rival to Versailles, and the archaeological site of Volubilis, one of the best-preserved Roman towns in North Africa. On the "Road of a Thousand Kasbahs," visit a small, private museum housing exhibits of local art, culture, and history, en route to Ourzazate. All along the way, experience superb museums, luxury accommodations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and mouth-watering cuisine.

Traveling with You: Courtney Ann Stewart, senior research assistant in the Department of Islamic Art

Land Rate: $9,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Above: Moroccan spices in Marrakesh

A overlooking view of a valley filled with white buildings and orange rooftops

On this exceptional journey to these lesser-known regions of Portugal and Spain, savor delicious cuisine, stay in charming hotels in historic buildings, and visit five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin with two days in Lisbon, to attend a private Fado concert and a specialist tour of the National Museum of Ancient Art. In Alentejo, discover hidden gems of frescoes found in less-visited small towns, and enjoy a private lunch at a vineyard with its owner. Crossing into Spain, spend two nights in UNESCO-designated Cáceres, for a private visit to the exquisite art collection of the Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo, explore the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria in Guadalupe, and tour the remarkably preserved Roman ruins of Mérida. Conclude in Zafra, to admire a Zurbarán altarpiece inside a 16th-century church.

Traveling with You: Amelia Peck, Marica F. Vilcek Curator in the Department of American Decorative Arts. Watch Amelia's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Modern Living," about the modern architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Land Rate: TBD

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

Above: Lisbon

A bright yellow house on the water with hanging plants.

In the still-life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, flowers often serve to remind the viewer of the transience of all earthly things. Next April, as tulips and daffodils unfurl in a fleeting riot of colors, join us on a captivating cruise along Dutch and Flemish waterways aboard the elegant AmaPrima. Admire cutting-edge architecture in Rotterdam and explore Delft, birthplace of Vermeer. See the dikes and farms of Zeeland and visit the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg. In Ghent, view the Van Eyck brothers' altarpiece at the Cathedral of St. Bavo. Spend a day in medieval Bruges, then sail to Antwerp to discover the 17th-century Rubens House and admire his Descent from the Cross inside the cathedral. Experience the Kröller-Müller Museum near Arnhem and conclude in Amsterdam with a visit to the Rijksmuseum. Optional Amsterdam prelude and The Hague postlude.

Traveling with You: Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts. Watch Alice's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Ephemeral," that gives viewers an up-close look at the beautiful Louis Comfort Tiffany's hair ornament.

Cruise Rate: From $4,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Amsterdam canal

Women in burqa leaning on the column of a temple that has twisted details

On a brand-new itinerary that includes Iran's northeast, travel with the head of The Met's Department of Islamic Art to experience the cultural splendors of one of the world's oldest civilizations. Begin in Mashhad, the country's holiest city, to tour the beautiful shrine complex of Imam Reza, the ninth-century Shiite martyr. Visit the 12th-century Ribat-e Sharaf Royal Seljuk Caravanserai near the Turkmenistan border, and see the tomb of mystic poet Omar Khayyam at Nishapur. In Tehran, marvel at the jewel-encrusted thrones in the Golestan Palace Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in the oasis city of Kashan, stroll in the Bagh-e Fin, renowned as the epitome of the Persian garden. Stay three nights in Isfahan, home the magnificent, UNESCO-listed Imam Square and Friday Mosque. Conclude in Shiraz, where highlights include the exquisite tombs of mystical Persian poets and a full-day excursion to Persepolis, founded by Darius the Great and destroyed by Alexander.

Traveling with You: Sheila Canby, Patti Canby Birch Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art. Watch Sheila's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Line."

Land Rate: TBD

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

Above: Vakil Mosque Shiraz

Buildings lit by the setting sun line a river

Secret and open, mysterious and splendid, Venice has lost none of her magic. On this exceptional program, distinguished by private access and receptions, we will discover La Serenissima and the Veneto as they ought to be seen.  Because so many villas in the Veneto are privately owned, as we visit their grand interiors we will feel for a time like insiders. In Padua, admire the Byzantine basilica and Giotto frescoes, and in Vicenza, see where Palladio left his indelible mark on the history of architecture. Stay at the charming Villa Michalangelo in Vicenza and legendary Gritti Palace on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Traveling with You: Olivier Bernier, Met lecturer, art historian, and author

Land Rate: TBD

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Grand Canal

The edge of a pink-and-white building

Frederick the Great, throughout his long reign, sought to bring art, architecture and theater to Berlin. Today the German capital is a vibrant center for the arts whose museums are full of masterpieces. See the Old Masters collection in the Gemäldegalerie and visit the lesser-known Schloss Köpenick, housing a Renaissance and Baroque collection that includes two of Frederick's porcelain services. On Museum Island, stroll through the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum; and on private visits discover the Berlin of today. In Potsdam, Frederick's palaces—the magnificent Neues Palais and his retreat at Sans Souci—bring the 18th century alive. An optional prelude in the Silesian countryside introduces both strikingly beautiful landscapes and important monuments.

Traveling with You: Olivier Bernier, art historian, author, and Met lecturer

Land Rate: TBD

Activity Level: Moderate

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

Above: Potsdam Neues Palais by Wolfgang Staudt

Volga Dream in Moscow

Explore the legacies of Romanovs and Bolsheviks during the centennial year of the October Revolution on this classic six-night cruise. Begin with three days at the Four Seasons in Moscow, enter the Kremlin before public hours, tour the Pushkin Museum and Tretyakov Galleries, visit backstage with a dancer at the Bolshoi, and hear a lecture on Russian politics by a well-known TV newsman. Embark Volga Dream to call at the famed Golden Ring cities surrounding the Russian capital: Uglich, which played an important role in the rise of the Romanovs; Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga; Goritsy, with its painted monasteries; Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and charming Mandrogi. Disembark in St. Petersburg. Onboard classes in Russian language and cuisine will add to the pleasures of this voyage. Optional St. Petersburg postlude.

Traveling with You: TBD

Cruise Rate: From $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

Above: Volga Dream in Moscow

Colorful homes line the edge of a small river

The majestic Rhine is a wonderful vantage point from which to see two thousand years of civilization. Embark the new deluxe AmaKristina in Amsterdam for seven glorious days of rich experiences, artistic, architectural and culinary in towns and villages through Germany, France and Switzerland. From Mainz, Cologne and Düsseldorf to our excursions in Strasbourg and Colmar, we will visit major museums, great cathedrals and enchanting small towns. The Gutenberg bible and the paintings of 20th-century masters will be complimented by the sixteenth century expressionistic Passion of Christ in Colmar. We will also come full circle as we make our way to the renowned Art Fair in Basel.

Traveling with You: Olivier Bernier, art historian, author, and Met lecturer

Land/Cruise Rates: $5,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

A gathering of small building that make up a castle

Those who have visited The Met Cloisters are familiar with the elements from the medieval abbeys of St. Michel de Cuxa, St. Guilhem le Désert, Gellone, Bonnefont, and Trie that are part of the architecture of this unique museum. Next summer, travel with The Met to Spain and France to explore abbeys and discover a centuries-old tradition of devotion to fine art and architecture. Admire the Romanesque frescoes at Barcelona's National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Gothic sculptures at Toulouse's Musée des Augustins, and the magnificent Romanesque carvings at the Church of St. Trophime in Arles. On a journey filled with memorable sights, a highlight will be a walk along the ramparts of Carcassonne, one of the most dramatic and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. As you look out over the city walls, you'll see a view that inspired the architects of The Met Cloisters.

Traveling with You: Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters

Land Rate: $10,135

Activity Level: Moderate

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

Drottingholm Palace

Sail to Scandinavian and Baltic cities, with their marvelous mix of medieval and modern, aboard an elegant three-masted barque. Embarking in St. Petersburg, call at Helsinki to discover the impressive collections of the Ateneum Museum, and visit a 13th-century church in Tallinn, Estonia. Navigate the picturesque Stockholm archipelago for an overnight call in the Swedish capital, and step ashore at tiny Visby, Gotland, to walk among the medieval ruins. Admire the Art Nouveau district of Riga, Latvia, before an excursion to Vilnius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conclude in Copenhagen. Optional St. Petersburg prelude and Copenhagen postlude.

Traveling with You: Edward Hunter, conservator in the Department of Arms and Armor

Cruise Rate: From $7,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Drottingholm Palace

A large mansion surrounded by groomed trees

A Georgian mansion exclusively reserved for our stay in Shropshire will be among the highlights of this trip to the great houses of England. From Manchester where the program begins to admirably restored Liverpool, home of the new Tate Modern, we will move to the beautiful English countryside. Less-visited houses, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, will include Attingham Park, Wilderhope Manor, Wightwick Manor, and Ragley Hall. Drive through the enchanting Costwolds countryside at this pleasant time of the year to Oxford and its many riches, among them the Bodleian Library and its illuminated medieval manuscripts and the Ashmolean Museum whose collections range from the Paleolithic to the Victorian.

Traveling with You: Olivier Bernier, art historian, author, and Met lecturer

Land/Cruise Rates: TBA

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact met@arrangementsabroad.com to request a brochure.

A city on the shoreline of Sicily

Circumnavigate the seductive island of Sicily aboard the storied Sea Cloud II, on a cruise that was named one of 50 "Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler. Autumn, when the heat and crowds of summer are gone, is the perfect time to discover the countless cultural marvels of this stepping stone between Europe and Africa. Admire Sicily's diverse landscapes from the comfort of an elegant three-masted barque, sail into her legendary harbors and step ashore to admire ancient temples and theaters, glittering mosaics, and a Caravaggio masterpiece.

Traveling with You: J. Kenneth Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of the Department of Musical Instruments. Read his blog post that highlights instruments from the Museum's collection that were once played by Grammy Award winners and nominees.

Cruise Rate: From $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Syracuse

Sail aboard a legendary ship on the Adriatic, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas to ancient towns and impressive archaeological sites. Greek, Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, and Norman civilizations have all left their mark here. In Venice, embark Sea Cloud for an unforgettable journey. Cruise to Ravenna to admire stunning Roman and Byzantine mosaics, and then cross to Croatia to view Dubrovnik's exquisite architecture. Step ashore in scenic, less-visited Montenegro before returning to Italy and the Baroque delights of Lecce. Continue to Sicily to tour the classical ruins in Syracuse and visit a private palazzo by special invitation before disembarkation in Malta. Optional Venice prelude and Malta postlude.

Traveling with You: Peter Bell, assistant curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Cruise Rate: From $9,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Syracuse

Bordeaux vineyards

Discover the rich Bordeaux region during the autumn vendange aboard the deluxe AmaDolce. Home to Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France, Queen of England, and one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages, Bordeaux's fame as a capital of culture and wine has only grown since her day. Sample Sauternes and rich varietals from the Médoc and the UNESCO-designated Saint-Emilion regions, and visit the renowned châteaux where the grapes are grown. Stroll the streets of Bergerac and other charming villages, and admire the splendidly preserved medieval Château de Roquetaillade. Optional Dordogne postlude.

Traveling with You: Kathryn Galitz, associate museum educator

Cruise Rate: From $5,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Bordeaux vineyards


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Academic Arrangements Abroad
1040 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018-3721