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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 2017-2018 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.


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

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To reach our tour operator directly, please contact a Met Travel consultant at Academic Arrangements Abroad by phone 844-TRVLMET (844-878-5638); outside New York: 800-221-1944), email, or write to:

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

2017 Trips

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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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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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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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

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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

Immerse yourself in India's spiritual traditions and religious art with an expert in Hindu and Buddhist art and architecture. Tour impressive museums and archaeological wonders, witness age-old celebrations on the Ganges River, and see the sacred tree under which Prince Siddhartha achieved enlightenment. This unique itinerary will take us from Kolkata, the country's second-largest city; to Varanasi, Hinduism's holiest place of worship; to Aurangabad, home to cave sanctuaries carved by Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains.

Land Rate: $9,995  

Traveling with You: John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art 

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

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. Optional Cairo postlude.

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: From $8,999

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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2018 Trips

Relive the bygone era of luxury rail travel, when the legendary Orient Express was “the king of trains and the train of kings,” on a program featuring an unforgettable rail journey from Bangkok to Singapore across the Thai-Malay Peninsula. Begin in Bangkok with a four-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental, whose past guests have included Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham, and discover less-visited museums. Then, enjoy the elegant ambiance of the Eastern & Oriental Express. Highlights include the infamous rail bridge on the River Kwai. Conclude with two days in Singapore, where we will stroll in two glorious gardens and admire the treasures in the National Gallery. Optional prelude in Chiang Mai.

Land/Rail Rate:
From $10,795

Traveling With You:
Elizabeth Perkins, Assistant Educator

Activity Level:
Moderate

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Explore Cuba's southern shore, with its rugged mountains, pristine beaches, and well-preserved colonial architecture. From Cienfuegos, Cuba's "Pearl of the South," cruise east to UNESCO-listed Trinidad. Call at less-visited Isla de la Juventud to see the Presidio Modelo, where Fidel and Raul Castro were once imprisoned. In idyllic María la Gorda, visit a local school and the headquarters of a nature reserve. Conclude in Cuba’s capital to discover Old Havana, experience salsa music, and see Ernest Hemingway's former home. Along the way, studio tours, performances, and other exclusive events will add to the pleasures of our voyage. Optional Cienfuegos prelude and optional Havana postlude.

Traveling with You: Medill Higgins Harvey, Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts 

Cruise Rate: 
From $8,999

Activity Level: 
Moderate

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Visit Venice during the pre-Lenten festival of Carnevale, celebrated since at least the 15th century. Learn about the art and traditions of costume making at a famous local atelier, take a private walking tour with a codega (traditional costumed guide), and attend the official Carnevale opening ceremony. Discover the the remarkable Peggy Guggenheim Collection; Ca’ Rezzonico, which houses the city’s museum of 18th-century decorative arts; and Palazzo Ducale, seat of the government of Venice for centuries. Other highlights include a performance at the famed La Fenice Theater and a private visit to the impressive costume and textile collection at the Palazzo Mocenigo.

Land Rate: From $6,999

Traveling with You: Adriana Rizzo, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research and a native of Venice

Activity Level:
Moderate

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Mexico City has become a world-class center for art and design rivaling New York and Paris. On a journey filled with exclusive events, explore the Zona Maco art fair, Latin America’s most important contemporary art show, during the VIP preview day. Enjoy special access to fine museums and modernist buildings, visit artists’ studios and galleries, and discover firsthand why the city’s dining scene is every bit as exciting as its art. See the Júmex Museum, the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America, and marvel at the Soumaya Museum, containing the private collection of telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim. Enter the National Museum of Anthropology after hours; tour the Luis Barragán House and Studio, home of the father of Mexican modernism; view exquisite Diego Rivera murals; and see the Blue House, where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived and worked for many years.

Traveling with You: Christian Larsen, Associate Curator of Modern Decorative Arts & Design

Land Rate: From $6,999

Activity Level:Moderate to Active

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See the best of the Netherlands and Belgium aboard an intimate new barge. From the intriguing Dutch capital to the tiny Belgian town of Bruges, this delightful journey follows meandering rivers and scenic canals. Visit the Rijksmuseum, Kinderdijk windmills, and a traditional brewery, and call at Delft, Ghent, and other charming towns. Highlights include cutting-edge architecture in Rotterdam and the 15th-century Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (Ghent Altarpiece) in Ghent.

Cruise Rate:
 From $7,999

Traveling With You: Elizabeth Cleland, Associate Curator in European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, who is responsible for post-medieval European tapestries and northern European glass and enamels. Watch her 82nd & Fifth episode, "Starting Over."

Activity Level:Moderate

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Portugal’s Douro River Valley, birthplace of Port wine, boasts a rich cultural history and rustic charm. Begin in Porto with a private lunch at the Serralves Foundation before embarking. Admire Baroque architecture and Flemish tapestries in Lamego, and cross the border to spend a day in UNESCO-listed Salamanca, Spain. Wander the narrow streets of Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified hilltop village, and enjoy exclusive dinners and tastings at family-owned wine estates and a thousand-year-old monastery.  Return to Porto for a private concert at Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhaas, and a sampling of vintage Ports. Optional Lisbon prelude and Santiago de Compostela postlude.

Cruise Rates:
From $5,999

Traveling with You: Nadine Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge of the Department of Drawings and Prints

Activity Level: Moderate

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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 a Met Travel consultant at Academic Arrangements Abroad by phone 844-TRVLMET (844-878-5638); outside New York: 800-221-1944), email, or write to:

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