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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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Central & South America

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SBMA Exclusive

Value Tours

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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. Waitlist only   

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Renaissance Courts & Painters in Less-Traveled Central Italy with Nigel McGilchrist (Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche)
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
Tour type: VALUE TOUR 
From Roman ruins, Gothic cathedrals and the titanium swirl of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to unforgettable mountain and sea vistas to tantalizing regional cuisine, discover the authentic and beguiling personalities of Basque Country, Cantabria and Old Castile on this value tour that is planned for SBMA Members only.
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Rivieras & Islands of Italy, France, and Spain aboard M.V. Tere Moana
May 8 to May 16, 2015
Tour type: CRUISE

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.  Waitlist only 

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The Havana Biennial with Michelle Bird
May 20 to 27, 2015

The Havana Biennial, which showcases increasingly sophisticated and poignant works by Cuban artists, has become an important meeting place for artists from all over the world, and is one of the best barometers of how Cuba is changing. Visits to the Biennial exhibition spaces and artists’ homes will be led by Michelle Bird.

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Where Past and Present Meet: Dresden & Berlin
June 11 to 20, 2015

Save $300 per person on this tour! 

Visit two great European cities that have experienced a lively cultural re-birth in recent years. Private visits and special arrangements have been made by Harriet Landseer, who will also lead this ‘behind-the-scenes tour.

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Historic Cities and Art Centers of Coastal Europe
September 6 to 17, 2015
Tour type: CRUISE

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
Tour type: VALUE TOUR 

Book now and save $250 per person! 

Tuscany is celebrated for its breathtaking natural beauty, magnificent Renaissance art and architecture, and superb wines and cuisine. Explore its historic hilltop towns are living postcards where ancient ramparts encircle colorful piazzas, elegant Etruscan fountains, stately palazzos and bustling cafés on this value tour that is planned to be for SBMA Members only.

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From Savannah to Charleston: Gems of the South

October 4 - 11, 2015

Visit Savannah and enjoy walks along cobbled streets, lined with huge, shady trees, and historic fountains. Visit grand plantations on the way to the "Belle of the South," Charleston. Experience this spirited, cultural mecca, considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in America.

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Mekong River Discovery
October 12 - 27, 2015
Tour type: CRUISE/LAND 

Travel from Vietnam to Cambodia and experience the splendors of Southeast Asia. Immerse yourself in the culture of this area, with its ancient relics that pre-date thousand-year-old temples and golden palaces that rise from its lush, tropical jungles. Each city is unique in spirit, landscape, cuisine, and in its art and architecture.  

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The Undiscovered Greek Isles with Nigel McGilchrist
October 14-25, 2015

Join Nigel McGilchrist experience the magic of the lesser-known Greek islands, scattered across the beautiful Aegean sea. Cruise abroad the privately chartered Harmony V  with scholar Nigel McGilchrist- the perfect way to explore the Greek Isles. Waitlist only 

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San Miguel de Allende & Mexico City
October 2015

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Treasures of South India
November 2015

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

Date TBD

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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Date TBD

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

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