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International Travel

Our trusted study leaders and lecturers will introduce you to the world's artistic treasures.

With the Art Institute as your guide, embark on a voyage to uncover the globe's diverse cultural traditions.

Waterways of Russia

Waterways of Russia


Cruise for ten nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, 90-passenger MS Volga Dream through Russia’s old-world heartland. Enjoy two nights in both St. Petersburg and Moscow. Visit 10th-century Uglich; the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery in Yaroslavl, near Goritsy; and the open-air museum of Kizhi Island. A pre-cruise option to St. Petersburg and a post-cruise option to Moscow are available.

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A Connoisseur's Mexico

A Connoisseur's Mexico:
Art, Archeological, and Architectural Treasures of Mexico City

January 17–23, 2017


Join Annie Morse on this artistic and architectural exploration of Mexico City, a city blessed with significant art and architecture, fantastic museums, numerous archeological wonders, and unique cuisine. This itinerary focuses on pre-Hispanic and contemporary art and architecture, and includes a tour of the unforgettable Museo de Arte Popular, located in a spectacular Art Deco firehouse; an afternoon at the Museo de Bellas Artes, home to outstanding murals by David Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo; and a morning at the Museo Nacional de Antropología, the largest museum in Latin America and one of the great anthropological museums of the world. An hour’s drive to Teotihuacán follows, along with a morning spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose ruins are among the most remarkable in Mexico. Next, visit the Museo Soumaya, which houses Carlos Slim’s collection of over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art, and see the Colección Jumex, designed by British architect David Chipperfield. At the Museo Dolores Olmedo, view an excellent collection of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in a magnificent hacienda setting. Continue to Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Coyoacán, a historic museum dedicated to her life and work.

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Artistic Jewels of France: Lille, Metz, and Paris

June 2–11, 2017

Join the Art Institute on this tour of the artistic jewels of northern France. Experience the new Louvre-Lens and Centre Pompidou-Metz with private tours, and gain access to a fascinating private modern and contemporary art collection in a lovely venue in central Paris. Meet a renowned local artist in his native French village as he presents his latest masterpiece. Then, take an exclusive tour of France’s premiere post-graduate art school, the National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Le Fresnoy, with its striking contemporary buildings. Indulge in a wide sampling of delicious regional cuisine, and enjoy French hospitality in quality four- and five-star hotels located in the hearts of elegant cities Lille, Metz, and Paris. Artist and art historian Laura Mueller will be your guide on this art-filled adventure.

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