Smithsonian Travel for Seniors

Dec 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Senior Travel

The Smithsonian in DC offers a wide variety of programs called Smithsonian Journeys.  They market what they call “The Best in Educational Travel.”   By selecting the World Map on their site you may choose the country in which you would like to travel and find various programs that may fit your interests and needs.  For this article I have chosen Spain, one of my favorite countries, for the wide variety of countryside and the number of World Heritage Sites.  If you are  not acquainted with these sites, go to GOOGLE and type in World  Heritage Sites in Spain…or any other country.  These are always the “biggies” that you will not want to miss wherever you travel, both here and abroad.  In 2010, Smithsonian Journeys features more than 150 World Heritage destinations.  If you are a lover of history, archeology, music and a dozen other topics, there is undoubtedly a World Heritage site for you to explore.  

So let’s visit Spain; put your mouse on Spain from the World Map.  Six programs are offered from April through the end of July.  I have selected Paradores and Pousadas.  These are special places such as an historic inn, an old monastery or a castle where you may stay.  In Spain my wife and I discovered a much more reasonable place to stay called an “hotele.”  It was often almost half the price of a comparable hotel.  The Paradores andPosadas tour is one of their Signature Tours and is designed for small groups of 16 to 24 travelers.  It provides four different departures dates in April, May, September and October.  

The Spanish Paradores are hotels for luxury accommodation in Castles, Palaces, Fortresses, Convents, Monasteries and other historic buildings. There are also modern hotels, built in traditional style, in areas of outstanding beauty.  The pousadas are a system of  historic accommodations located in some of  Portugal’s most interesting and beautiful locations.  Double occupancy prices differ according to airfare departures and you may access Tour Cost on their Tour Details link or call 1.877.338.8687.  This one starts at $4,795 per couple based on double occupancy.  Free Smithsonian catalogs provide all the detail you desire.

Just a with the Exploritas programs, Smithsonian Journeys “play the keys on the piano” and provide every bit of information you will need before leaving and during your travels. Many helpful suggestions are included in both packages. 

Lastly, one of my dreams is to fly around the world.  Kinda like the book “A Thousand Things To See Before You Die“, I have found a super program offered by the Smithsonian taking 22 days to complete the journey filled with exciting places.  Two different dates are offered at $55K and $59K (just had to highlight those two).   Just in case you might be truly interested…you/we fly on a new, specially configured Boeing 757 jet that very generously accommodates only 72 travelers in a 2×2 seat configuration of custom leather seats with ecomfort foam support instead of the standard 233 seat configuration.  More space for us to relax and thoroughly enjoy our journey!  

It is always fun to dream, isn’t it? 


One comment
Leave a comment »

  1. […] the boot of Italy.// If you are a history buff, this region is one of the richest in Italy for archaeological findings and here’s why: For several thousand years Puglia  was the target for every Mediterranean […]

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.