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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.


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

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2017 Trips

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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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 awe-inspiring Abu Simbel, then return to Cairo by 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.

Traveling With You:
Elizabeth Perkins, Assistant Educator

Land/Rail Rate: 
From $10,795

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 $7,999

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.

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

Land Rate:
 From $6,999

Activity Level:
Moderate

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Explore the visual arts of India, with a special focus on contemporary works. Begin in Delhi with visits to the iconic Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb, and spend a morning at the India Art Fair, the country's premier showcase for contemporary art. Drive to Jaipur to tour the City Palace and visit an open-air sculpture exhibition, and in Udaipur, marvel at the Crystal Gallery and an exquisitely carved Jain temple in nearby Ranakpur. Spend a morning at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur before flying to Mumbai for a three-night stay. Meet contemporary collectors at a private cocktail reception, browse the galleries in the Kala Ghoda area, and take a morning cruise to the Elephanta Cave Temple, housing the masterful triple-head of Shiva. Throughout the journey, stay in some of the country's most luxurious hotels and enjoy special access to contemporary galleries. An optional prelude in Agra includes a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.

Traveling with You:
Christopher Noey, an art historian, curator, author, and an Emmy award-winning producer of films on art and culture. This is his fifth Travel with The Met program to India.

Land Rate:
 From $12,999

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: Waitlisted

Activity Level:Moderate to Active

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Texas, in the last few decades, has become one of America’s great centers of modern and contemporary art. Museums in Fort Worth and Dallas have collected significant numbers of masterpieces, and a tight group of outstanding private collections has thrived as well. Visit inspiring holdings, both public and private, in Dallas and Fort Worth; admire buildings that are as celebrated as the collections they contain; and journey by private jet to the desert town of Marfa, for an exclusive viewing of the entire Chinati Foundation, founded by artist Donald Judd, as well as a visit to Judd’s home and studio.

Traveling with You: Ian Alteveer, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. View his TEDxMet talk, “Looking at images that are hard to see,” here.

Land Rate: $8,499

Activity Level: Moderate

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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.

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."

Cruise Rate:
 Waitlisted

Activity Level: 
Moderate

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Travel with an expert in the ancient Near East to one of the world's oldest civilizations. Discover superb museums, majestic monuments, graceful gardens, exquisite mosques, historic caravanserai, and more—all enhanced by stunning landscapes and warmhearted people whose hospitality is unsurpassed. Begin in Tehran with visits to its extraordinary museums, then fly to Kermanshah to view the enigmatic rock reliefs at Taq-i-Bustan and honor the achievements of Darius the Great at Bisotun. From Ahwaz, visit the impressive ziggurat at Chogha Zanbil; the remains of Darius' once-great capital at Susa; and Shushtar's UNESCO-designated ancient waterworks. Stroll in Shiraz's celebrated gardens and spend a day amid the vast ruins of Persepolis, nearly unchanged since its destruction by Alexander; and admire Cyrus' tomb at Pasargadae. Stroll in Isfahan's magnificent square—the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan—and browse the handicrafts at the Qeisarieh Bazaar. Return to Tehran to explore the Pahlavi Dynasty palaces, including the home of the last shah. By the time our 15-day tour is completed, we will have visited 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Traveling with You: Yelena Rakic, Associate Curator, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art. Watch Yelena's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Sealed."

 

Land Rate: From $9,999

 

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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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.

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

Cruise Rates: 
From $5,999

Activity Level:
Moderate

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Celebrate American art, architecture, and landscape design during special visits to Bentonville, Arkansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. In Bentonville, admire the magnificent collections and grand gardens of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by Alice Walton and designed by Moshe Safdie. Walk along the Art Trail to experience James Turrell's site-specific work The Way of Color, and explore the museum's extensive American art collection. Drive to Kansas City for a curatorial tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, known for its magnificently modern Bloch Building addition. Admire the eclectic works at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and tour another Safdie masterpiece, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Traveling with You: Carrie Rebora Barratt, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration

Land Rate: From $4,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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Step back in time to the Middle Ages, when the culture and wealth, haute cuisine, and fine wines enjoyed by the Dukes of Burgundy rivaled those of the Royal Court in Paris. This exploration of one of the most romantic regions of France includes private tours and tastings at centuries-old wine estates, visits to sublime art collections, and fine dining in Michelin-starred restaurants. A special highlight is two nights at the Château de Bagnols, an 800 year-old castle that has been transformed into a luxurious Relais & Châteaux hotel.

Traveling with You: Adam Eaker, Assistant Curator in the Department of European Paintings

Land Rate: From $7,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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Join a fashion-focused immersion in the artistry and allure of Florence and Venice, to explore the history of fashion and textiles in these two cities and also gain insight into contemporary design.

In Florence, tour Europe’s first fashion library before visiting the atelier of the renowned embroiderer Loretta Capon. See Santa Croce’s legendary leather school and admire footwear once worn by Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Discover the historic collections of the Textile Museum of Prato before departing for Venice, with stops en route in Reggio Emilia and Bologna. In Venice, highlights include the Palazzo Mocenigo, now home to the Center for Study of Textiles and Clothing; and an exclusive evening at St. Mark’s Basilica, whose glittering mosaics we shall have all to ourselves.

Traveling with You: Sarah Scaturro, Head Conservator, The Costume Institute. Watch Sarah discuss the challenges of conserving two dresses by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen.

Land Rate: From $7,799

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Explore the artistic treasures and stunning scenery of two important cities in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is a cultural mecca where technology, nature, and the arts intersect. Trace the city’s colorful history in Pioneer Square, a historic district filled with turn-of-the-century architecture and galleries. Visit the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and its extension, the Olympic Sculpture Park. Then discover the Pilchuck Glass School founded by local sculptor Dale Chihuly, and see his collection of curated glass art at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.  Enjoy dazzling views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains as we drive to Vancouver, where we walk in the Gastown district and spend a day amongst the vibrant floral displays at Butchart Gardens.  Discover the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, housing one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art. 

Traveling with You: Maia Nuku, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art

Land rate: ​From $6,399

Activity Level: Moderate

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Step back in time and discover impressive castles and remarkable religious architecture. From the whitewashed hill town of Mojácar to the iconic cities of Granada, Córdoba, and Seville, explore the rich art, architecture, and history of this region. Highlights include a private tour of Macael’s marble quarries, whose stone was used in the construction of the Alhambra and for the Vélez Blanco patio. Stay at charming paradores, luxury hotels often located in historic buildings, and savor traditional Andalusian cuisine.

Traveling with You: Inés Powell, an art historian and popular Met lecturer who is a native of Spain

Land Rate: From $7,799

Activity Level: Moderately active

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Sail into the heartland of Russia on an elegant river cruise during the endless summer light of the White Nights. From Moscow, embark on a nine-night voyage aboard the elegant Volga Dream. Call at Uglich, founded a thousand years ago; admire frescoes in Yaroslavl, unscathed by World War II; visit two medieval monasteries in Goritsy; and explore the magical island of Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend three days aboard the ship in St. Petersburg 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 on an exclusive after-hours visit with a champagne reception and classical music. Enjoy a canal cruise past the city's beautiful pastel palaces and choose a visit to the newly opened Fabergé Museum or a guided tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Onboard classes in Russian language and cuisine will add to the pleasures of this voyage. Optional prelude in Moscow.

Traveling with You:
Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator of Historic Ornament, Design, and Architecture in the Department of Drawings & Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Watch her 82nd & Fifth episode, “Fantasy.” 

Cruise Rate: 
​From $8,999

Activity Level: 
Moderate

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The coast of Maine has been a favorite with artists since the late 1800s. The picturesque villages and small towns, busy harbors, and dramatic natural beauty of the coastline drew such American masters as Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alex Katz, and three generations of Wyeths. On this custom-designed journey, view works by legendary painters and contemporary artists in Maine. Highlights include a curatorial tour of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, a schooner cruise in Casco Bay, and visits to the Farnsworth Museum and Winslow Homer’s home. Stay in the charming harbor town of Camden and seaside Portland, with its emerging art scene.

Traveling with You: Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture

Land Rate: From $6,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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Experience Greece from a fresh, exciting perspective, immersing yourself in beautiful landscapes, ancient wonders, and enchanting islands the Greeks regard as national treasures. Explore the extensive ruins on Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and call in Mykonos to enjoy its lively cafés and tavernas. Step ashore on Naxos for a tour of its small, excellent antiquities museum, and stroll the narrow streets of Monemvasia, known as “Greece’s Gibraltar.” In Mycenae, legendary city of Agamemnon, view archaeological treasures unearthed by Schliemann, and conclude on Hydra. Optional prelude in Athens. 

Traveling with You:
Curator Seán Hemingway, a seasoned archaeologist who has a particular specialty in Greek and Roman bronzes. In this Connections episode, Seán speaks about his grandfather Ernest Hemingway’s favorite works of art.

Cruise Rate: From $8,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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Sail to Scandinavian and Baltic cities, with their marvelous mix of medieval and modern, aboard an elegant four-masted barque. Embarking Sea Cloud II in Helsinki, call at Tallinn, Estonia, for a private concert inside a 13th-century church. Navigate the Stockholm archipelago to call overnight in the Swedish capital. Step ashore on the tiny island of Gotland, to explore the medieval ruins of Visby. Admire the Art Nouveau district of Riga, Latvia, before an optional excursion to Vilnius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Call at Gdansk, the Polish port town with a six-century legacy as an independent city-state, before disembarking in Copenhagen. Optional three-night prelude in Helsinki or St. Petersburg and optional two-night postlude in Copenhagen.

Traveling with You
: Pierre Terjanian, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge, Department of Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Watch his 82nd & Fifth episode, “Fashion Plate,” about a costume armor in the museum’s collection. 

Cruise Rate: From $8,999

Activity Level:
Moderate

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More than twelve centuries ago, the Vikings crossed the North Sea to the British Isles. This was the dawn of the Viking Age, and its 250-year span left an indelible mark on the cultures of Scotland, England, and beyond. Sail in the wake of these brave explorers aboard the elegant Sea Cloud II, navigating channels and firths as did the great Viking ships. Embarking in Copenhagen, call at Oslo  and Stavanger, and view masterpieces at the Bergen Art Museum. Navigate the picturesque Shetland Islands, and step ashore at Kirkwall to visit a Neolithic tomb and fishing village. Conclude with a day in the lively university city of Aberdeen, to visit 16th-century Crathes Castle, with its remarkable gardens, and the fascinating Maritime Museum. Disembark in Edinburgh. Optional prelude in Copenhagen and optional postlude in Edinburgh.

Traveling with You: Melanie Holcomb, Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a specialist in the luxury arts of the middle ages, from treasure hoards to illuminated manuscripts.

Cruise Rate: From $7,999

Activity Level: Moderate 

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Immerse yourself in the fine art, classical music, and history of Warsaw, Kraków, Wroclaw, and Prague. Discover fairytale castles, priceless art treasures, and lively market squares, and explore Central Europe’s rich Jewish history with visits to the Warsaw Ghetto and Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Music aficionados will delight in a Warsaw walking tour of sites associated with Frederic Chopin culminating in a private Chopin concert, and viewing original music scores handwritten by Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn at Prague’s Lobkowicz Palace.

Traveling with You: Keith Christiansen, Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at The Met. Watch his 82nd & Fifth episode to find out why he thinks Berlinghero’s Madonna and Child is magical.

Land Rate: From $8,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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Circumnavigate the seductive island of Sicily aboard the legendary Sea Cloud on this perennially popular cruise. Autumn, when the heat and crowds of summer are gone, is the perfect time to discover the cultural marvels of this stepping stone between Europe and Africa. Embark the ship in Valletta, Malta, and sail to Syracuse, once Athens’ rival in wealth and culture. Discover its well-preserved Greek and Roman theaters and visit a Baroque palazzo whose owner will welcome us for a tour. Explore the seven temples of Agrigento during an astonishing afternoon. From Trapani, choose an excursion to the medieval hilltop town of Erice or to Mazara del Vallo, home to the 2,400-year-old “Dancing Satyr,” a spectacular seven-foot bronze statue. Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, beckons with its extraordinary Norman-Arab-Byzantine influences, while Lipari, inhabited continuously for 7,000 years, boasts an archaeological museum that is a must-see. Disembark in Naples. Optional prelude in Malta and optional postlude in Naples.

Traveling with You: C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.  Watch his 82nd & Fifth episode, “Terrible Beauty,” about a painting of the Archangel Michael made for an altarpiece in Northern Spain.

Cruise Rate: From $8,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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Embark Sea Cloud II in Venice for an unforgettable voyage through the Adriatic, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, navigating the Dalmatian Coast and the “boot” of Italy. Aboard this elegant sailing yacht, explore ancient towns and impressive archaeological sites where civilizations from Greek to Arab to Norman all left their mark. Call in Ravenna, to admire its Roman and Byzantine mosaics; Dubrovnik, with its exquisite architecture and ancient manuscripts; and Sicily, to tour the classical ruins of Syracuse and visit a private palazzo by special invitation. For 2018, this perennially popular cruise includes new visits to Trieste and Otranto, Italy, and returns to Butrint, Albania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Optional prelude in Venice, Italy, and optional postlude in Valletta, Malta.

Traveling with You: Kathryn Calley Galitz, author of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings

Cruise Rate: From $7,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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Discover the region that inspired an artistic movement while enjoying the brilliance of fall foliage on the Hudson. Begin your journey with a private tour of The Met's Hudson River Valley art collection. Then immerse yourself in paintings, architecture, and furnishings at the Hudson Valley's historic homes and mansions. Enjoy custom tours of private collections and estates including Kykuit, Cedar Grove, and Olana. Follow art into the modern era at Storm King Art Center, an outdoor environment with works by Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, and others. In Hudson, a thriving arts community, investigate today's artistic process during a salon discussion with artists.

Traveling with You: Alyce Englund, Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts

Land Rate: From $6,999

Activity Level: Moderate

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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