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Motor City’s Architectural Revival
Splendors of Eastern Europe
Discover the architecture of Europe’s signature cities
Discover the unique architecture of three Nordic countries
Along the Rhine River
A cruise through the heart of Europe
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.
Experience the legendary Bauhaus movement on the brink of its 100th anniversary on this ten-day tour with Architectural Adventures. Founded in Weimar, Germany by Walter Gropius in 1919, then relocated to Dessau in 1925 and later moved to Berlin, the school only existed for 14 years, but it revolutionized 20th-century design, art, and architecture the world over. Learn about the legacy and impact of this innovative movement by viewing the original Bauhaus buildings, museums, and exhibitions. Spend four days in Berlin to explore its remarkable historical and contemporary architecture, including Museum Island, Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Siemensstadt Housing Estate.
Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural heritage of Portugal and Northern Spain on a once-in-a-lifetime 17 day journey with Architectural Adventures. 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 the unique and inventive architecture in three Nordic countries on an 11-day journey with Architectural Adventures. The cutting-edge designs that enliven the skylines and streets of Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo illustrate the rich past and present of this corner of the globe. Delve into the global significance of buildings, rich history of the region, and learn from local architectural experts what drives the innovation in Scandinavian design. Enjoy behind the scenes access to award-winning complexes, opera houses, public spaces and cultural centers, learning first hand from architectural influencers in the region and get an insider’s look in the region’s architectural past, present and future.
Discover the beauty of the Rhine and enjoy as you cruise along this scenic ribbon of river through Germany, France and the Netherlands on an eight-day journey with Architectural Adventures. From the famed historical towns of Breisach and Speyer to the lively cities of Strasbourg and Amsterdam, discover remarkably timeless European architecture including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the gabled canal houses of Amsterdam, and Cologne's magnificent Dom, all while being led by an architectural expert. Experience vibrant European cities along the Rhine with world-class accommodations and fine regional dining on this thrilling adventure of a lifetime.
For most of the 20th century, Detroit was our nation’s economic dynamo. This heritage is reflected in the treasure trove of outstanding historic homes, buildings, and factories that still define the cityscape. While Detroit has struggled into the 21st century, its role as a center for architectural innovation is undiminished. With stunning early 20th-century mansions, grand Art Deco skyscrapers, and surprising mid-century masterpieces, the Motor City has more to offer than most realize. Explore the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Lafayette Park, Eastern Market, private homes, and special projects by local preservation organizations. Learn about how Detroit is rebounding while experiencing the innovative and seminal works of great architects like Eliel Saarinen, Daniel Burnham, Cass Gilbert, John Burgee, Albert Kahn, Minoru Yamasaki, and Mies van der Rohe along the way.
Architectural Adventures is delighted to extend this unique opportunity to experienceDetroiton a tour offered in connection with our friends at National Trust Tours.
This gracious green city has repeatedly been at the vortex of American history, but today its attractive historic districts are undergoing a vigorous rejuvenation. Richmond is a growing center for dynamic historic preservation, and this one-of-a-kind tour covers both famous landmarks and surprising center-city neighborhoods. We will enter beautiful residences along Monument Avenue, lunch with the delightful owners of a Georgian mansion, meet local historians and preservationists, and discover fascinating little-known history and architectural gems while exploring its revitalized neighborhoods.
Experience the architectural wonders of Rome on this eight-day tour, exclusive for AIA members, and their friends and family. From the grandeur of the iconic Colosseum to the contemporary vision exemplified in Renzo Piano’s Parco della Musica Auditorium, this unique program traces the city’s extensive history of its built environment. Stroll through the evocative ruins of the Roman Empire, explore the hidden treasures in the Palazzo Colonna, visit lavish Renaissance and Baroque churches, and see the innovative contemporary structures that are changing the face of modern Rome. Above all, discover the timelessness and boundless creativity that makes the Eternal City so special.
Brimming with architectural innovation, Vienna stands at the crossroads of Europe. Its location between north and south, east and west, has always made it open to new ideas, even as the city carefully groomed its signature refinement and grace. Our one-of-a-kind itinerary explores great Viennese architecture from the ancient Stephansdom to creative Secession masterpieces to brand new marvels by Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel. While staying in a fine four-star hotel immediately across from the cathedral, we will take in a great array of memorable visits and experiences - seeing the Klimt masterworks of the Belvedere before the museum opens to the public, gaining special access to buildings by Otto Wagner, entering the former studio of the great Alfred Loos, and enjoying private wine and chocolate tastings in elegant Viennese style.
Architectural Adventures is delighted to extend this unique opportunity to experienceViennaon a tour offered in connection with our friends at National Trust Tours.
This customized Signature Tour highlights the exceptional art and architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area—a success story fueled by the Bay Area’s innovation and creativity from the Gold Rush to today’s Tech Boom. The result is a vibrant region pondering how best to preserve its historical and cultural traditions while keeping an eye squarely on the future. The itinerary features the Presidio, which was first established by the Spanish in 1776, plus grand museums, Victorian and Maybeck homes, and iconic architectural sites such as Julia Morgan’s Berkeley City Club and Oakland’s Fox Theater.
Discover the rich architecture of the South West of England as we visit historic Bath and the vibrant city of Bristol. Along the way we take in the stately splendor of Stonor Park and the hidden gem of Bowood House, nestled deep in the Wiltshire countryside. From our base in genteel Bath we explore stunning Georgian architecture and learn more about how Bath was built in the 1800s, with a talk from the curator of the Museum of Bath Architecture. We also get a dramatic view of Bath from our vantage point of Beckford’s Tower, an architectural folly with a great story to tell. In Bristol we uncover this modern city’s hidden medieval roots with a tour of the Cathedral, and explore how ancient and modern combine with a visit to the Bristol Architecture Centre. We finally explore the medieval city of Salisbury and its historic cathedral.
Discover the incredible architectural legacies of Cambodia. Experience the beauty of Angkor and the designs behind it, all while learning how many of those features formed the base of what is now called New Khmer Architecture. The style was created after the country’s independence from France when a generation, led by architect Vann Molyvann, began transforming the face of their country. From massive public monuments to villas for the elite in the southern city of Kep, these buildings remain an extraordinary testament to a generation of largely-forgotten Cambodian architects. From Angkor to Sihanoukville, discover Cambodian architecture whose structures continue to provide cultural markers, reminders of greatness, and will provide inspiration for generations to come.
Architectural Adventures is delighted to extend this unique opportunity to experienceCambodiaon a tour offered in connection with our friends at National Trust Tours.
Experience stunning and preserved Eastern Europe on this intimate 17-day tour through five captivating nations including the great cities of Warsaw and medieval Krakow, grand Budapest, Old World Bratislava, proud Prague, and striking Vienna all with your architectural expert.
Unrivaled for its beauty and majesty, Eastern Europe offers you the chance to explore UNESCO sites such as Krakow’s medieval Old Town and the Wieliczka Salt Mines. See the famed Zlota 44 and the Lilium Tower in Warsaw. Journey to the Czech Republic to discover Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and the historic Jewish ghetto. Whether you want to explore a vast array of unforgettable architecture or wish to recapture your ancestral heritage, this small group tour, limited to 24 guests, offers ample opportunity for enlightenment and enjoyment.
Discover a fascinating land of rich traditions and dizzying modernity with Architectural Adventures on an amazing journey through Japan.
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 where you will 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. A true gem with more than 1,600 temples, three imperial palaces, artful gardens, and well-preserved wooden architecture, Kyoto embodies Japan’s rich culture and complex history.