2014 -15  Study Tours 
Join Gail Cornell, lecturer and study leader, on an international tour.
Experience architecture in person and in the context in which it was built.
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Smithsonian Journeys presents 
Pousadas & Paradores: Portugal & Spain

Sold Out - October 13-27 , 2014
Sept. 14-28, 2015

The architectural heritage of Roman, Visigoth, Islamic and Catholic cultures is etched across the landscapes of the Iberian Peninsula. Hilltop citadels reign over ancient olive groves, whitewashed village lanes lead to Roman temples, and elaborate cathedrals and palaces bear architectural styles that speak of seafarers, kings and caliphs. In Portugal, you’ll tour Lisbon’s Belem Tower, the National Palace of Queluz, and stay in an historic inn (pousada) in the town of Evora, a World Heritage site. In Spain, explore the Roman ruins at Mérida, the Great Mosque of Córdoba (shown at the right), Seville and its renowned cathedral, Granada’s Alhambra, and Toledo. In Ronda, our historic inn (paradore) overlooks the town's renowned gorge. The tour concludes in Madrid with visits to the Royal Palace and the world-famous Prado museum.
 Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain
My formal lectures on this tour include:
    •The Architectural Heritage of Roman,Visigoth and Islamic Cultures in Iberia
     •Building the Great Mosque of Córdoba
     •Roman City Planning and Architecture and the Treasures of Mérida
     •Artistry and Craftsmanship in the Alhambra's Interior Design Program


Cleopatra's Baths along the Turquoise Coast

Smithsonian Journeys presents
Legendary Turkey & the Turquoise Coast
Sold Out - August 30 - September 13, 2014

May 2-16, 2015

Istanbul to Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus to Goçek
and 4 days sailing along the Turquoise Coast,
then continue to Myra, Antalya, Perge, and Aspendos

From my first visit to Turkey in 1990 to my most recent in 2011, Turkey has always been one of my most favorite destinations.  Its diverse history and archaeology drew me the first time, but its people, landscape, food and culture keep calling me back.  If you have not yet explored this important crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, please consider joining the Smithsonian and myself for a breathtaking journey.

My formal lectures on this tour included:

•Hagis Sophia:  Design, Construction and Preservation Issue
•Envisioning the City of Pergamum: An Examination of the Ancient City and Its Architecture
•Architectural Masterpieces of Ephesus in Context: A Closer Look at the City's Renown Library and Residences

Smithsonian Journeys presents
Highlights of Italy 
May 16-21, 2015

Experience the best of Italy’s countryside and its famed cities on this special small group tour, which showcases ancient sites, priceless art, regional cuisine, and unique lodgings, including a restored Tuscan villa. Starting in Italy’s Campania region, visit haunting Pompeii and sunny Sorrento from your base in the stunning seaside resort of Amalfi.
During three days in Rome discover the city’s most famous sites, including the Roman Forum and Colosseum and the Vatican, and enjoy ample free time.

Then it’s on to Umbria and Tuscany to explore their medieval hill towns—Orvieto, Assisi, Deruta, Siena, San Gimignano—and enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. In Florence the Renaissance comes alive on a walking tour that features some of Michelangelo’s sublime masterpieces and Brunelleschi’s stupendous cupola on the Duomo. Conclude in magical Venice, with a tour of St. Mark’s Square and time on your own to explore the city.

Smithsonian Journeys presents

Sept. 4-12, 2015
Rivieras of Spain, France and Italy 

The French and Italian rivieras are known for picturesque towns set against sun-drenched landscapes—and as a glamorous playground for the elite and a favorite retreat for artists and gourmands. Explore the region’s dynamic history, inimitable art and culture, stunning scenery, and World Heritage sites. 
Highlights include the cliff-side villages of the Italian region of Cinque Terre. Along the enchanting Côte d’Azur, enjoy specially arranged excursions to alluring Monaco, the epitome of Riviera chic; cosmopolitan Cannes, the unofficial capital of the French Riviera; and Nice, with its renowned Musée Marc Chagall. Stop off to visit the medieval fortified town of Carcassonne and cruise along the Spanish coastline to conclude in Barcelona.

This seven-night cruise, from Rome to Barcelona, is aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star M.V. Tere Moana, relaunched in 2013 after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and featuring only 45 deluxe staterooms. Optional extensions to Rome and Barcelona are also offered.