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Travel through Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur
Italy’s everlasting cosmopolitan city
300 Years of Architecture, History, and Culture
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Architecture and Art in the heart of Iberia
Architectural Adventures is the official travel program of the American Institute of Architects, offering first-rate experiences in breathtaking destinations across the globe. In our expert-led, immersive, small-group setting, allow yourself the chance to engage with the world’s most notable architecture, art, and culture.
Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural heritage of Portugal and Southern Spain on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with Architectural Adventures. From historic Lisbon to lively Madrid, visit and explore unique cities and UNESCO World Heritage sites while enjoying world class accommodations and fine regional dining. See the iconic Belem Tower and explore the newly opened Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon; visit the the renowned Seville Cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic building; and tour the 18th-century Royal Palace in Madrid. Feel the unique spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past and the pull of its vibrant contemporary life on this distinctive journey.
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From the vibrant contemporary architecture in Tokyo, to renowned temples and the captivating culture of Kyoto, experience the Land of the Rising Sun in all its wonder. Visits include the majestic Mt. Fuji; a traditional ryokan in Hakone to experience minimalist Japanese design; a bullet train ride to the historic Takayama; the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawa-Go with traditional thatched-roof homes; Kanazawa - one of the best preserved cities of the Edo period; and finally, Kyoto, Japan’s Imperial Capital for a millennium and now the country’s cultural and artistic capital.
Discover architectural, cultural, and natural treasures throughout Peru and learn about the distant past and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. Take in famed sites at Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. Explore Lima and visit treasured Casa Aliaga, the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, and the bustling Plaza de Armas. Fly to historic Cuzco and tour the sacred sites of Koricancha and the Church of Santo Domingo before seeing the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu, the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.”
Tuscany’s iconic landscapes have been inspiring painters, writers, and architects for centuries. Experience the region known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with a local expert and professional architect. Explore Lucca, Florence, and Siena through an architectural and historic lens. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the mannerist buildings and gardens of Villa Medici; and the famous Carrara marble quarries from which people have been extracting marble since the first century BC, including the marble Michelangelo transformed into his statue of David. Tour the Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery in Siena, and marvel at the design of its innovative cellar.
See what makes India mystical and spiritual while traveling through the classic Golden Triangle: bustling Delhi, famed Agra, and grand Jaipur. Tour the important sights of both Old and New Delhi and enjoy a rickshaw ride through colorful Chandni Chowk market. Explore the “pink city” of Jaipur, and see Amber Fort and experience a home-hosted dinner with a multi-generational Rajasthan family. Take game drives in Ranthambore National Park, once a royal hunting ground, with its picturesque ruins of forts and palaces, in search of elusive Bengal tigers and other wildlife. Enjoy a camel cart safari in pastoral Kalakho to meet Meena tribespeople in their homes. Travel to Agra, stopping at the impressive 3,500-step Chand Baori step well. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal as well as Agra Fort. Absorb the beauty of the sacred Ganges in Hinduism’s holiest city, Varanasi, and visit nearby Sarnath, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites.
Discover the beauty of old-world European architecture through Croatia and Slovenia. See Dubrovnik’s storied city walls overlooking the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic. Step back in time and explore the impressive Diocletian’s Palace complex in seaside Split. Admire the mixture of Austro-Hungarian and contemporary architecture in Zagreb. Set sail to enjoy the small Republic of Montenegro, and visit the famed islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. Marvel at the craftsmanship of the Triple Bridge and Bled Castle in Slovenia.
San Antonio’s diverse and captivating blend of history, art, and architecture makes it a signature destination in the Lone Star State. Experience the architectural heritage of San Antonio, from its unparalleled Spanish colonial past exemplified by the Alamo and other UNESCO World Heritage Missions to the cutting-edge contemporary art center, Ruby City, one of the most anticipated buildings of 2019, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE. Cruise along the San Antonio River Walk; discover Texas’ first modern art museum, the McNay; and observe the Spanish, Mexican, and German influences apparent in different neighborhood personalities. Gain access to exclusive private homes; dine at The Gallagher, a historic 1833 ranch headquarters, and learn about the history behind the Pearl Brewery, now a 22-acre mixed use housing and retail complex that is also a top cultural and culinary destination - the crown jewel in the re-vitalization of San Antonio’s downtown.
Discover Barcelona’s rich and storied culture and architecture. From the medieval charms of the Gothic Quarter to Antoni Gaudí’s majestic Modernist marvels, see the structures and sites that compose one of the world’s most vibrant and visited cities. Visit Gaudí’s iconic Sagrada Família, the Catholic church that has been under construction for over 130 years; explore the 22@ District, one of Europe’s biggest urban regeneration efforts; and walk through Mies van der Rohe’s famed Barcelona Pavilion. Arrive as a tourist and depart as a real aficionado after being immersed in the exquisite art and architecture of Barcelona.
Explore the places that shaped Western civilization on this immersive tour of mainland Greece. Explore Athens, Europe’s oldest city, from the Acropolis to the Plaka. Travel through history visiting Nauplia, Mystras, Delphi, and Thessaloniki. Reflect on the impact of time and the influence of tradition by exploring the most ancient to the most modern design, including the National Archeological Museum and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano; the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aigai; and the viticultural innovation in the Naoussa wine region. Learn about the rich history of ancient sites and the creative minds behind the country’s modern buildings on this in-depth tour through Greece.
Milan has served as Italy’s industrial and financial core since the late 1800s, but a cultural renaissance in recent years has given rise to new museums, sustainable architecture, and numerous contemporary art exhibits. Visit hidden gems including San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a complex that was founded in Lombard times, and the rationalist marvels of Como. See new treasures and modernizations of the 21st century as well as classic monuments and timeless artistic gems of Milan’s storied past. From enjoying private access to a 15th-century villa to exploring the sustainable buildings and green mobility of the Porta Nuova business district, experience the brilliant contrast of Renaissance treasures and the bold new wave of modern Italian innovation.
From Romanesque to Art Nouveau to High Tech, Prague has been a veritable melting pot of architectural styles and treasures. Delve into the architecture of “the City of a Hundred Spires,” through an exploration of sites including the Prague Castle, known as Prague’s most iconic building; the Cubist houses, discussed for their political backdrop under which they were created; and the National Library of Technology, one of the most celebrated examples of contemporary architecture. Meet with architects, city planners, restorers, and historians who share their unique experiences of working within a historical canvas.
Experience the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium during a seven-night cruise and discover Old World cities, picture-perfect towns and centuries of history and culture. In Amsterdam, take a special canal cruise through the city and see its architectural gems. Savor the ambience and history of other charming cities and villages including the serene village of Giethoorn, where winsome Dutch houses can be reached only on foot or by boat; Antwerp, which has an impressive medieval cityscape; and Delft, filled with scenic waterways and remarkable architecture.
From the vibrant contemporary architecture in Tokyo, to renowned temples and the captivating culture of Kyoto, experience the Land of the Rising Sun in all its wonder. Visits include the majestic Mt. Fuji; a traditional ryokan in Hakone to experience minimalist Japanese design; a bullet train ride to historic Takayama; the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawa-Go with traditional thatched-roof homes; Kanazawa - one of the best preserved cities of the Edo period; and finally, Kyoto, Japan’s Imperial Capital for a millennium and now the country’s cultural and artistic capital.
The Kingdom of Morocco invites encounters with ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. Travel to seaside Rabat to tour the both historic and contemporary Moroccan capital. View famed UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Roman ruins at Volubilis and the Aït ben-Haddou village. Explore Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city. Pass through the Middle Atlas mountains and set out on a sunset camel excursion to Merzouga’s breathtaking sand dunes on the Sahara’s edge. The architecture seen in Marrakech includes the Koutoubia Mosque, cobalt blue-accented Majorelle Gardens, the Yves St. Laurent Museum, and the medina. The tour fittingly ends in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, where highlights include the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, the French-designed Habous Quarter, and the Royal Palace.
Trace the evolution of Egypt’s built environment, from the ancient wonders of pyramids and tombs representing the divide between the mortal world and the divine to the recent innovation behind planning of a new city within Cairo, the impetus of which was to alleviate traffic. Marvel at unforgettable UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Abu Simbel temples, the ruins of the village of Deir el-Bahari, and the medieval fortification Saladin Citadel. Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the Aswan High Dam . From stepping inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to exploring New Cairo, a city only two decades old, and meeting with faculty from the American University in Cairo to discuss the establishment of the main campus in New Cairo in 2008 and its focus on energy and sustainability, become immersed in the texture, history, and marvels both grand and quotidian which span millennia.
Become immersed in the cultural and architectural heritage of Portugal and Northern Spain on a once-in-a-lifetime journey. From historic Lisbon to vibrant Barcelona, visit and explore 14 cities and 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites while enjoying world class accommodations and fine regional dining. Sip Oporto’s famed port wine, see Santiago’s monumental cathedral, tour the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and see where the bulls run in Pamplona before traversing the breathtaking Pyrenees Mountains en route to Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.
Discover architectural, cultural, and natural treasures throughout Peru and learn about the distant past and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. Explore Lima and visit treasured Casa Aliaga, the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, and the bustling Plaza de Armas. Fly to historic Cuzco and tour the sacred sites of Koricancha and the Church of Santo Domingo before proceeding to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, and visit Pisac’s colorful Indian market, Ollantaytambo’s massive ruins, and numerous indigenous villages. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu, the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” Travel through Peru’s scenic high plains with its snow-capped mountains and remote villages to Lake Titicaca, and marvel at an intriguing land’s riches.