Smithsonian Family Adventures

Thomson Family Adventures has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution, and the result – our Smithsonian Family Adventures – is a collection of trips that make experiential learning a central focus, and broaden your family’s horizons in some astounding ways.  You’ll see how people really live in the cities, farms, mountains, and rain forests of China, Costa Rica, Ecuador & the Galapagos, Panama, Turkey, Peru and Tanzania. In addition to the “must-see” sites and some extraordinary wildlife viewing, we’ll take you well beyond the cookie-cutter tourist destinations and deep into the real landscapes and cultures that give each country its character and true identity.

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NUMBER OF DAYS: 14
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  • Visit a restoration project at the Great Wall
  • Stay at an authentic, nationally protected courtyard home
  • Learn the art of “peasant painting
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NUMBER OF DAYS: 9
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  • Whitewater raft on the Sarapiqui River
  • Hike to the rim of Poas Volcano 
  • Tour the Ad Astra Rocket facility
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NUMBER OF DAYS: 10
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  • Stay 2 nights at a charming hacienda 
  • 4 nights in Galapagos eco-lodges 
  • Abundant wildlife and cultural immersion
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NUMBER OF DAYS: 9
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  • Swim in a tropical waterfall
  • Visit 2 Smithsonian research centers
  • Snorkel among coral reef and mangroves
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NUMBER OF DAYS: 15
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  • Hike a unique, fairytale-like landscape
  • Walk barefoot in Roman thermal pools
  • Enjoy an exclusive tour of an excavation site
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NUMBER OF DAYS: 10
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  • See llamas and alpacas up close
  • Visit the floating islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Explore the site of Machu Picchu
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NUMBER OF DAYS: 12
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  • Explore a private nature refuge
  • Benefit from seasonal camps in the Serengeti
  • Hike with a traditional Maasai tribal healer