São Jorge Castle, Lisbon, Portugal | Photo: Maria Eklind

Travel With Us

A trip with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a trip you won’t soon forget. Our own museum directors, curators, and invited guides serve as your special hosts on exclusive excursions around the globe. Carnegie Museums travelers always dine and lodge in luxury, while experiencing their destinations through one-of-a-kind guided tours, visits to private homes, behind-the-scenes tours of museums and historical monuments, and adventures through ancient cities.

Whether it’s a weekend in Philadelphia or a week in Venice, a trip with the Carnegie Museums Travel Program provides opportunities for memorable discovery rarely found in conventional travel. Consider a trip today. 

For more information, call Barbara Tucker at 412.578.2618 or contact us at travel@carnegiemuseums.org.

view overlooking a town with red tiled rooftops.

GEMS OF PORTUGAL: LISBON AND ENVIRONS

Main Trip: September 15-21, 2019
Optional Postlude to Madeira: September 21-24, 2019

Explore Lisbon, the captivating capital city of Portugal, famous for medieval castles, delicious seafood, and cobblestone streets. Discover the ins and outs of this fairytale city, from the gorgeous gardens and palaces, to the authentic cuisine and beautiful Fado music emanating from the restaurants. Admire the famed Portuguese tiles, found everywhere from galleries to subway stations, and visit the historic towns of  Sintra and Queluz. Journey beyond Lisbon for a postlude getaway to the picturesque island of Madeira. This breathtaking island is home to coastal cliffs, cascading waterfalls, Madeira hand embroidery, rich history, and wonderful local Madeira wine. Portugal is truly the hidden gem of Western Europe!

 

panoramic view of a river fally in early fall.

CUISINE AND CULTURE IN THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY

October 25-November 1, 2019

See the last leaves of autumn in all their colorful splendor on a sojourn north to the Hudson River Valley. Traverse the region from Upper Hudson to Mid-Hudson to Lower Hudson, following the winding roads through Victorian cottages, picturesque farms, old-money mansions, and sprawling landscapes. Visit the homes of some of the Hudson River Valley’s most famous residents, including Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, Springwood Estate, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s cottage. Delve into the movement of the Hudson River School, a mid-19th-century American art group influenced by Romanticism and the surrounding landscape, with visits to Cedar Grove Estate and Olana State Historic Site. No journey to this region is complete without a visit to The Culinary Institute of America and a taste of the local cuisine.

Art Dubai logo in Black and white

ART DUBAI 

March 21-27, 2020

Enjoy VIP status at Art Dubai, complete with private collection visits and exclusive access to parties and exhibitions inaccessible by the general public. Partake in day trips to nearby Abu Dhabi and Sharjah to see other highlights of the United Arab Emirates, and of course, immerse yourself in the VIP preview day at
Art Dubai.

Mother and baby orangutans sitting in a tree in Borneo

SINGAPORE AND SARAWAK, BORNEO

March 27-April 3, 2020

Join Curator Jennifer Sheridan on the trip of a lifetime, through Singapore & Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo). In Singapore, we will visit key sites such as Singapore Botanic Gardens, Asian Civilizations Museum, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and explore the colonial history and nature of this young nation. We will then travel to Sarawak to see some of Borneo’s iconic wildlife such as rhinoceros hornbills and orangutans, which captured the imagination of westerners when explorer Alfred Russel Wallace told of his encounters with them in his 1869 book “The Malay Archipelago”. We will stay in luxurious accommodation and sample the region’s best cuisines, with our food-obsessed curator who has lived and worked in Singapore and Borneo for more than 20 years. Reserve your spot for March 2020 today.

photo of historic homes in savannah georgia with spanish moss and trees in the front

SPRINGTIME IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH: SAVANNAH, BEAUFORT, AND TYBEE ISLAND

APRIL 1-4, 2020

Known as the “Creative Coast” and the “Hostess City of the South”, Savannah, Georgia has many names and offers many experiences. From elegant townhouses and antebellum mansions to green public squares and pristine tidal marshes to Southern soul food and “New South” cuisine, Savannah is a beautiful and culturally rich city. As the last of the 13 original colonies, Savannah’s history is robust and has a long-storied past. Historic buildings, monuments, and houses adorn the city, as well as superb museums, galleries, and art schools. During our journey through Savannah, we will also take day trips to Tybee Island, just off the coast of Savannah and Beaufort, South Carolina.

aerial view of pearl harbor memorial with ship underneath

HIDDEN HAWAII: ART AND CULTURE IN HONOLULU

April 20-26, 2020

More than just an island getaway, Hawaii is a paradise for art and culture lovers alike. Look past the towering, lush palm trees and crystal blue water to see a new side of the capital city, Honolulu. Boasting sights such as tobacco Heiress Doris Duke’s Shangri La, and the only royal palace in the United States, the Iolani Palace, Honolulu is more than meets the eye. Once home to whalers and immigrant traders, Honolulu is now abounding with impressive art and history museums, global cultural institutions, creative and experimental restaurants, and, as always, breathtaking natural wonders. Experience a new side of Hawaii on this once-in-a-lifetime trip with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Travel Program.

photo of the belvedere palace and fountain in vienna

SISI’S AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE: VIENNA AND BUDAPEST

Optional Prelude to Krakow: May 4-7, 2020
Main Trip to Vienna and Budapest: May 7-13, 2020
Optional Postlude to Prague: May 13-15, 2020

From the royal treasures of Vienna, to iconic Gothic architecture in Hungary, delight in the breathtaking scenery and sights of Sisi’s Austro-Hungarian Empire. See the opulent palaces that Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, once called home, and explore world renowned museums to see the luxury of Austro-Hungarian aristocratic life. Savor delectable desserts of the region, from Dobos Tortes to Sachertortes, and tour the immaculate gardens found throughout each once-imperial city. Extend your time in Central Europe with optional journeys to Krakow and Prague, to further immerse yourself in the history and wonder of the region. Travel to Krakow, a leading international center of opera and the performing arts, and learn more about the Polish experience during World War II. Prague, the heart of Central Europe, is a fairy tale-like escape with its stunning cathedrals and quaint winding roads – it’s the perfect destination to round out this springtime saunter through Europe.

photo of the brandenburg gate in berlin

SPRECHEN SIE KUNST? ART WORLD ADVENTURES IN BERLIN, BASEL, AND ZURICH WITH ERIC CROSBY, THE HENRY J. HEINZ II ACTING DIRECTOR OF CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

June 11-19, 2020

Journey to Europe for an art filled summer with Eric Crosby for the 2020 Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and Art Basel 2020. Our travels will begin in Germany for the 11th Berlin Biennale. Since its founding in 1996, the Berlin Biennale has become one of the most important international forums for contemporary art, where each edition brings together the most influential current artists from a variety of fields. Continue to delve into the art world heading south to Switzerland for Art Basel. Stay in Zurich, a culturally vibrant city and Switzerland’s largest metropolis, and travel to Basel for its annual art fair. Art Basel brings together the world’s leading galleries, showcasing the works of over 4,000 artists. Our journey will also include additional visits to museums and art galleries throughout Berlin, Basel, and Zurich.

photo of hotel endsleigh and garden in devon, UK

THE ENGLISH RIVIERA: DEVON AND CORNWALL

Main Trip to Devon and Cornwall: July 6-13, 2020
Optional Postlude to London: July 13-15, 2020

Welcome to the west of England – the luxurious English Riviera. Home to magnificent cliffs, booming surf, white sand coastlines, abundant gardens, elegant country houses, and delicious seafood, the English Riviera offers something for all tastes and interests. Bordered on three sides by sea, the regions of Devon and Cornwall are a mixture of rolling moorland, breathtaking beaches, and quaint villages, paired with a living history and unique Celtic culture. Devon and Cornwall are overflowing with fascinating reminders of the past, from its long legacy of fishing and seafaring to its illustrious mining heritage to its settings in many famous novels. The region is the stuff of legends and is not to be missed. Our journey to England will also feature an optional postlude to London.

photo of lake louise in banff alberta canada

CANADIAN ROCKIES FEATURING ROCKY MOUNTAINEER TRAIN

July 26-August 2, 2020

Set out to explore the best of Western Canada on a tour that opens in Vancouver and takes you to Banff aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer train. Begin your trip with breakfast at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy the “living forest” and try their new Cliffwalk and Treetop Adventures. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver that begins in beautiful Stanley Park and stops in the famed Granville Market. Board your train and travel among the fields of Fraser Valley and the scenic Fraser River. Journey alongside Kicking Horse River while enjoying the beautiful scenery. During your time in Banff, stop at stunning Peyto Lake and admire Bow Falls.

A fort in malta harbor

THE SPLENDORS OF MALTA with optional Corfu

Main Trip to Malta: September 6-11, 2020
Optional Postlude to Corfu: September 11-16, 2020

Journey to Malta, an island archipelago located in the Mediterranean Sea. This small country packs glorious variety throughout its islands, from prehistoric temples, to fossil-lined cliffs, to deep blue seas, and hidden coves. Malta has historically been a cultural hotbed with Roman, Greek, Arab, Phoenician, French, and British influences. These alluring and much-fought-over set of islands are full of magical and historic sites. Home to ancient mammoth sculptures, an underground necropolis, fortress-like hilltop towns, quiet villages, and megalithic temples, Malta is truly a mysterious land. Our journey to Malta will also feature an optional postlude to the Greek island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. Corfu found its beginnings in Greek mythology and remained in the world of literature through the writings of Gerald and Lawrence Durrell. Always portrayed as an idyll island, Corfu continues to endure with untamed beauty, sandy coves, and cypress-studded hills.

 

side view of the sphinx in cairo, egypt

EGYPT: THE GRAND TOUR

Main Trip to Egypt: October 14-26, 2020
Optional Postlude to Petra: October 26-30, 2020

Step back in time to visit Pharaohs and pyramids, King Tut and temples, mummies and monuments. The banks of the River Nile unveil themselves to you as an unparalleled panoply of ancient, historical and natural treasures. A Nile river cruise offers the chance to stroll the streets of secluded villages, have picnics on the bank of the river, or nap on the deck as the winds of Africa gently nudge you from one Pharaonic treasure to another. Just like Agatha Christie in the early 1900s, stay at two of the world’s most amazing hotels – the elegant Old Winter Palace in Luxor and the stunning Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, where she actually penned Death on the Nile. End your journey with an optional extension in Jordan exploring the long-lost, rose-colored city of Petra, the forgotten center of the ancient Nabatean culture. It doesn’t get much better than that!

scenic photo of tuscany italy

SPOTLIGHT ON TUSCANY – Value Trip!

November 10-17, 2020

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns and enchanting cities steeped in history, culture and legend. Discover them for yourself on this relaxing sojourn into the Italian countryside. Visit Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano. Sample cheese at the farm where it is made. Partake in a Tuscan cooking class. Savor a seven-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Enjoy free time to explore the cultural treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo’s “David.” Discover the charming town of Lucca, Italy’s best-kept secret. Learn about the heroic deeds of WWII at remains of the Gothic Line and visit the Museum of Liberation. Enjoy fabulous local wines and the region’s famous cuisine. This is Tuscany as you always imagined it.