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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

JUNE 28–JULY 9

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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Andalucia: Cultural Crossroads of Southern Spain

Andalucia: Cultural Crossroads of Southern Spain

March 12–21, 2017

This artistic exploration of Andalucia features visits to the Moorish Alhambra, the medieval Jewish Quarter in Córdoba, and the soaring cathedrals in Granada. In magical Seville, view the impressive collection of Spanish art and sculpture at the Museo Bellas Artes, visit the epic Seville Cathedral, and experience the delicate architecture and colorful tiles of the Reales Alcazares. Visits to dramatic new museums and historic family palaces complete this rich itinerary.

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Art and Culture in the New South Africa

Art and Culture in the New South Africa

April 23–May 3, 2017

South Africa is a geographically spectacular, economically vibrant, and socially complex country. Join fellow museum members as we travel through this magnificent country on a one-of-a-kind program designed especially for the Art Institute of Chicago. Our trip begins in Cape Town, South Africa’s fourth-largest city. Enriched by Dutch, British, and Cape Malay influences, the cosmopolitan atmosphere is a unique blend of cultures. Enjoy private meetings, gallery visits, and wonderful excursions to the area around Cape Town, including the Cape Winelands and Cape Peninsula. Tour Robben Island—also known as Seal Island—a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s most revered national monuments. Enjoy two days of game viewing and camp activities at Kruger National Park, including game drives in open safari vehicles and bush walks alongside a trained guide, to explore the area’s wildlife. Our program ends in Johannesburg with a visit Constitution Hill, Soweto (South Western Township), and a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Visits to artist studios and prominent galleries complete this art-filled itinerary. Accompanying us will be visual artist and popular Art Institute study leader Regina Mamou.

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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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Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

June 8–17, 2017

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg, and the luminous “White Nights” of summer on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear presentations by former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev. Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star MS Le Boréal from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included at every port. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gdańsk, Poland; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden; and discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland. Spend two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including early entry into the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and an excursion to the Catherine Palace and Grand Palace of Petrodvorets.

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