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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 2017 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.


For more information, contact us by phone (212-650-2110), fax (212-396-5040), or email.

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2017 Trips

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: From $12,325

Activity Level: Waitlist

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Above: Grand Canal

An image of the rooftops of Prague.

Join an unforgettable journey to the glittering capitals that formed the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. See magnificent art collections, encounter delightful architecture, and experience the glorious music of famed composers who wrote and conducted their masterworks in these cities. In Budapest, visit St. Stephen's Basilica and the Hungarian National Gallery at the Royal Palace. In Prague, stroll through the medieval Old Town, view exquisite collections at Prague Castle, and explore the city's Jewish heritage on a walking tour. The trip culminates in Vienna, former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tour Hofburg Palace, the impressive Kunsthistorisches Museum, and the Ringstrasse. Throughout your stay, enjoy accommodations at leading hotels, attend specially arranged musical performances, and discover unparalleled museums on curator-led tours.

Traveling with You: Nancy Wu, Museum Educator at The Met Cloisters. Watch her Connections episode, “The Column,” to learn about her connection with columns after spending years studying a Gothic cathedral.

Land Rate: From $8,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Image of monastery.

Immerse yourself in three cultures that few travelers ever experience. The countries of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan have been influenced by the civilizations of the West and the East, and are set in a majestic, mountainous region that embraces both Europe and Asia. This journey takes you to a world of awe-inspiring monasteries in Armenia; exceptional archaeological collections, including superb golden artifacts, in Georgia; and thousands of Stone Age engravings in Azerbaijan. Discover dynamic contemporary paintings and sculpture in Yerevan, a haunting collection of medieval icons in Tbilisi's Museum of Fine Arts, the magnificent Shirvanshah Palace in Baku, and everywhere, a rich tradition of folk art.

Traveling with You: C. Griffith Mann is the Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  View his 82nd & 5th episode, “Terrible Beauty,” about a painting of Saint Michael in The Cloisters Collection. 

Land rate: From $8,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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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: Waitlist

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Potsdam Neues Palais by Wolfgang Staudt

Volga Dream in Moscow

From Moscow, embark on an eight-night voyage aboard the elegant Volga Dream. Call at Uglich, founded a thousand years ago; visit two medieval monasteries in Goritsy; and explore the magical island of Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark in St. Petersburg for a three-day stay during the White Nights, when the evening sky never darkens. Enter Catherine Palace before opening hours, see a ballet performance at the renowned Mariinsky Theatre, and tour the Hermitage Museum when it is closed to the public. You may also choose a canal cruise past the city's beautiful pastel palaces, a guided walk through Peter the Great's Summer Garden, or a visit to the newly opened Faberge Museum. Onboard classes in Russian language and cuisine will add to the pleasures of this voyage. Optional Moscow Prelude.

Traveling with You: Adam Eaker

Cruise Rate: From $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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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: From $5,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Image of Kelvingrove Museum.

Discover iconic sites and view outstanding collections, beginning in London with a behind-the-scenes visit to the House of Lords, where the finest British artists and craftsmen of their day are represented in wonderful frescoes, portraits, statues, and furniture. Follow the Queen's processional route to the magnificent Lord's Chamber, concluding with a champagne reception in the Palace of Westminster. See the National Gallery on a bespoke private tour and discover the remarkable Leighton House with a curator. During two days in Glasgow, admire the city's splendidly restored Victorian buildings with a renowned art historian and visit the Mackintosh House, Hunterian Museum, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Travel through the picturesque Scottish Lowlands for a private visit to Stirling Castle. Conclude in Edinburgh with a before-hours tour of Edinburgh Castle and a tutored whisky tasting at a private club.

Traveling with You: Denise Allen, Curator in the Department of European Sculpture & Decorative Arts

Land rate: From $6,990

Activity Level: Moderate

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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

Image from inside Boyana Church

On a fascinating exploration of the former Yugoslavia, visit Roman ruins, Orthodox monasteries, Austro-Hungarian palaces, and timeless Turkish bazaars that stand proudly alongside bustling cafés and sophisticated restaurants. In Sofia, explore the Roman ruins of Serdica, which Constantine the Great called "my Rome." Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town in Ohrid, Macedonia, set above a mountain-encircled lake, and spend a relaxing day on a yacht in the Bay of Kotor, discovering medieval villages and an enchanting church atop a tiny island. From Bosnia and Herzegovina's iconic Stari Most Bridge, rebuilt stone by stone, to Krujë Castle, which successfully defended the Albanians against numerous Ottoman attacks, the Balkans beguile with tales of fortitude and valor spanning the millennia. Optional postlude in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Traveling with You: Deniz Beyazit, Assistant Curator, Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Watch her 82nd & Fifth episode, “Getting Lost.”

Cruise Rate: From $8,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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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: From $10,595

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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On this exceptional journey to these lesser-known regions of Portugal and Spain, savor delicious cuisine and stay in charming hotels in historic buildings. Begin in Lisbon with guided visits to the National Museum of Ancient Art and the Gulbenkian Museum. 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: Ronda Kasl, Curator of Latin American Art in the American Wing

Land Rate: From $8,950

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Image of Hudson River Valley

Admire the celebrated landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School artists on a delightful sojourn in the historic Hudson Valley. Tour the splendid mansions and historic homes of famous artists and Gilded Age financiers.  Visit grand residences including Olana, Cedar Grove, Wilderstein, and the National Trust site of Kykuit. At Storm King Art Center, view contemporary art in inspired natural settings. Dine at the Culinary Institute of America, and enjoy farm-to-fork cuisine of Hudson Valley chefs.  Another highlight will be two nights at Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle resort that is a National Historic Landmark.  

Traveling with You: Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge, The American Wing  

Land rate: From $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Image of the Great Wall of China

Discover the cosmopolitan cities of Beijing and Shanghai as well as the lesser-known towns of Dunhuang and Suzhou on a journey through China. In Beijing, walk along the awe-inspiring Great Wall, see the Temple of Heaven, and visit the impressive Forbidden City. Experience the unique “798” contemporary art space before flying to Dunhuang, a frontier garrison along the Silk Road on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Continue to Xi’an, where vestiges of a proud imperial history include the tomb of the First Emperor Qin with its legendary 7,500 terra-cotta warriors. In Suzhou, one of China’s oldest and most beautiful cities, visit the Master of the Fishing Nets Garden and tour the museum designed by I. M. Pei. Conclude in Shanghai to see the outstanding collections at the Shanghai Museum and enjoy leisure time for independent pursuits.  Optional Hong Kong postlude.  

Traveling with You: Claire E. Moore, Educator, School & Educator Programs, oversees the strategy, development, and evaluation of all Met programs and resources for PreK-12 educators and students, serving more than 200,000 student visitors annually.  

Land rate: From $13,995  

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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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: Daniel H. Weiss, President of The Met, and J. Kenneth Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of the Department of Musical Instruments. Read Ken's 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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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: From $9,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact [email protected] to request a brochure.

Above: Vakil Mosque Shiraz

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: Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Associate Curator in the Department of Musical Instruments

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 $4,995 - New attractive rates and no single supplement!

Activity Level: Moderate

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Above: Bordeaux vineyards

Subtle, arcane, and elegant, Japan is endlessly fascinating, keeping one foot rooted in the past even while she hurtles—at bullet-train speed—into the future. Experience this beautiful country in all her different aspects, from spiritual and traditional to modern and dynamic. Immerse yourself in the island nation’s proud traditions as you discover magnificent temples, remarkable museums, sacred sites, and culinary delights from Tokyo to Kyoto. Begin in Tokyo to view landmarks designed by Tadao Ando and Philippe Starck, and visit museums including the 21_21 Design Sight, created by Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake.

This in-depth cultural program features an overnight stay on Naoshima, the tiny fishing island that has become the country’s major destination for avant-garde art. Other highlights include an exclusive tea ceremony at Sagawa Art Museum, in a pavilion designed by a Raku master ceramist, and a curatorial tour of the current exhibition at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum.

Traveling with You: Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, Modern and Contemporary

Land Rate: From $12,995

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Join us for a week in captivating Cuba, with privileged access to the country’s arts community. Discover the heart of Old Havana on a guided walk, and connect with some of Cuba's leading artists on visits to their studios and homes. Savor Cuban cuisine at lively restaurants and 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 a special after-hours visit to the Ceramics Museum. On a full-day excursion to the island's north coast, explore Matanzas, nicknamed “the Athens of Cuba” for its literary and musical heritage. Enjoy a private concert with the award-winning Coro de Camara de Mantanzas, meet an outstanding local sculptor in his studio, and see the 19th-century Pharmacy Museum.

Traveling with You: Christian Larsen, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Land rate: From $7,495

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Experience the elegance of Argentina, where Latin passion meets European panache. Begin with four days in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, known as "the Paris of South America." Visit two of the city's most prominent private art collections, go behind the scenes at the beautiful Colón Theater, and meet controversial artist Nicola Constantino in her studio. Travel outside the city for a cruise through the Paraná River Delta, pausing on Isla El Descanso for lunch and a tour of its lovely gardens and sculptures. Fly west to Mendoza in the Andean foothills, to spend two days exploring this celebrated wine region. Enjoy tours and private tastings at world-renowned vineyards, visit the atelier of a famed contemporary artist, and savor traditional barbecue at specially arranged meals. Optional Uruguay postlude.

Traveling With You: Jeff Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs

Land Rate: From $8,995

Activity Level: Moderate

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Image of Luxor

The ancient land of Egypt has enthralled travelers for centuries. No one can fail to be moved by the Great Pyramids, the tombs and temples of Luxor, or the monumental temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Add special entrée to many of these timeless treasures, and you have an experience that is truly unforgettable. On this extraordinary New Year’s trip, discover Cairo’s monuments and museums, and sail the Nile from Luxor to Aswan aboard an elegant riverboat. Fly by private plane to awe-inspiring Abu Simbel, then 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. On an optional Jordan postlude, explore ancient Petra and Jerash.

Traveling with You: Isabel Stünkel, Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art. Watch Isabel’s 82nd & Fifth episode, “Precaution,” about the faience hippopotamus who serves as the Museum’s informal mascot.

Land/cruise rate: $TBA

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

Please contact [email protected] to request a brochure.


Contact Us

For more information, contact us by phone (212-650-2110), fax (212-396-5040), or email.

Stay informed: Sign up for our e-newsletter.

To reach our tour operator directly, please contact Academic Arrangements Abroad by phone (212-514-8921; outside New York: 800-221-1944), email, or write to:

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