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A variety of travel opportunities each year focus on art, architecture, and gardens, often including private visits, along with guest lecturers and expert guides.  Travel is one of the many benefits of Museum membership.  Non-members may receive travel information; however, membership is required to participate in a Museum tour.  Click here to become a member. 

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Artistic Legacies of the Mediterranean: Barcelona to Nice aboard Sea Cloud II
September 12 to 20, 2014
Tour type: CRUISE

Focusing on the art and gardens of Spain and France along the coastline between Barcelona and Nice, this cruise is on the luxurious Sea Cloud II.

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Island Life in Greece and Turkey aboard Le Soleal
September 24 to October 2, 2014
Tour type: CRUISE

Begins in Athens and ends in Istanbul, stopping in Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Ephesus, and Troy. Le Soleal, a brand new ship being launched in 2013, was built in the style of her sister ships Le Boreal and L’AustralWaitlist only

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Croatia’s Adriatic Coast
October 6 to 18, 2014
Tour type: VALUE TOUR

A land tour based for two nights in Zagreb, three nights in Trogir, two nights in Hvar, and three nights in Dubrovnik. One of our more economical tours.  Waitlist only

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Splendors of Sicily with Nigel McGilchrist
October 6 to 20, 2014

Repeat of sold-out October 2013 tour. Led by art historian Nigel McGilchrist and organized by Susie Orso.

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Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia aboard Moana
October 3 to 11, 2014
Tour type: CRUISE

Begins in Lisbon and ends in Barcelona, stopping in Seville, Gibraltar, Granada (Alhambra Palace), Ibiza, and Mallorca. The small-ship Moana, renovated in 2012, accommodates a maximum of 90 passengers. 

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Art and Soul of Cuba: Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and More
November 7 to 15, 2014

Travel beyond Havana to explore the rich art and history of this island nation. SBMA has been granted a people-to-people license by the US government. 

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2015 Tours: 



Guatemala and Belize
Maya Kingdoms, the Guatemalan Highlands, Ancient Cities, and the Caribbean Sea with Florencio Moreno
January 3 to 13, 2015

This Maya-themed tour is full of colorful markets, Indian villages, ancient cities, and archeological sites and led by cultural anthropologist Florencio Moreno.

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India: Legendary Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal & Delhi (with an optional extension to Varanasi)
January 16 to February 1, 2015 

The jangle of bells and horns, clouds of lime green parakeets, the scent of jasmine and spices, along with crimson, fuchsia and saffron saris provide a kaleidoscopic feast for the senses and intellect as one experiences the rhythm and dignity of life in this remarkable country.  Waitlist only  

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Inside New Orleans with Karen Sinsheimer
March 23 to 28, 2015

Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography at SBMA, will present an insider’s view of New Orleans, featuring private receptions, opportunities to meet residents, exclusive museum tours, and the city’s legendary cuisine. 

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Springtime in Japan

April 2015

Visit classic gardens, ancient temples, sacred sites, recent architectural highlights, and experience the magic of springtime in Japan.

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Renaissance Courts & Painters in Less-Traveled Central Italy
(Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche)
with Nigel McGilchrist
April 28 to May 9, 2015

The towns in this area of east‐central Italy look much the same as they did in the 14th and 15th centuries.  Led by Nigel McGilchrist and Susie Orso, this itinerary visits several destinations rarely seen on standard tour itineraries.  Waitlist only

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Northern Spain's Costa Verde featuring Bilbao
May 7 to 18, 2015
From Roman ruins, Gothic cathedrals and the titanium swirl of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to unforgettable mountain and sea vistas to tantalizing regional cuisine, you’ll discover the authentic and beguiling personalities of Basque Country, Cantabria and Old Castile.



Rivieras & Islands of Italy, France, and Spain aboard M.V. Tere Moana
May 8 to May 16, 2015

Voyage aboard the exclusive yacht M.V. Tere Moana, stop at picturesque ports, view important art collections and lovely gardens, explore little-known islands, and savor the signature foods and wines of the region.


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Historic Cities and Art Centers of Coastal Europe

September 6 to 17, 2015

Voyage with SBMA from Copenhagen to Rouen, and experience the cultural treasures of this region. This tucked away corner of Europe hosts some of the world's greatest art and architecture, enhanced by the cobblestone lanes and atmospheric canals that surrounds them.

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Highlights of Tuscany
September 23 to October 1, 2015

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Iran:  Mosques, Minarets, and Persian Gardens

Iran and Azerbaijan: Mosques, Minarets, and Persian Gardens
October 2015

Iran is a country where ancient cities and awe-inspiring sites serve as a vivid reminder of the country’s great past. Visit Tehran, Yazd, Shiraz, the archeological sites of Pasargadae and Persepolis, and Isfahan in Iran. Conclude with a few days in Baku, Azerbaijan to explore the burgeoning art scene there.

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