Dubrovnik, Croatia

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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.

group of tourists in a horse drawn buggy in front of a colorful historic building


March 28-31, 2019

Journey to Charleston, South Carolina with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Once a Colonial Era port city, Charleston has lovingly maintained its rich culture and heritage. Famed for its authentic southern charm and gracious hospitality, this vibrant city comes alive in early spring. Travel back in time to some of the most iconic moments in American history with a traditional horse-drawn carriage city tour and visits to plantations and historic homes. The pièce de résistance of our trip, is the 84th Annual House and Garden Tour showcasing some of the most beautiful and historic private homes and gardens in Charleston. Do not miss this opportunity to be whisked back into our nation’s fascinating past.

People walking around a large military statie in the middle of a town square in Croatia.


Optional Prelude to Dubrovnik and Split: May 14-17
Main Trip to Zagreb with Istria: May 17-23
Optional postlude to Venice: May 23-25

A country of scenic beauty and historic landscapes, Croatia is an ancient land that offers a rich cultural legacy steeped in Roman, Venetian, Slavic, and Viennese influences. Discover Croatia’s stunning natural wonders, traversing the country from Dubrovnik to Split and Zagreb to Rovinj, with a finale in Venice. You’ll be joined by Albert Kollar, Geologist and Collection Manager at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, who will share his knowledge of the geological and architectural history of the country, which is connected to Carnegie Museums through the building stones that created the Carnegie Founders Room in 1907.

The ruins of the Parthenon in Greece.


Main Trip to Athens and Hydra: June 11-18, 2019
Optional Postlude to Spetses: June 18-20, 2019

Join us on an exploration of the glory that is Greece. In Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, visit seminal sites for Western culture, as well as bold new institutions and collections of vanguard art, guided by Raymond Ryan, curator of the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museums of Art. Then relax on the island of Hydra, one of the most beautiful of all Greek islands, and a haven for contemporary cultural figures like Leonard Cohen and Brice Marden. Among the highlights: You’ll attend the opening of the Deste Foundation’s 2019 summer exhibition, an annual installation in a former slaughterhouse by a major international artist.

A phoot of Mount Rushmore against a dramatic orange sky


July 26-August 1, 2019

From Mount Rushmore to Deadwood, the spirit of the American West comes alive where the blacktop meets the dust. The trip begins in Rapid City, South Dakota, with an intimate look at the Lakota and Sioux ways of life with a Native American chronicler. Continue on to our country’s two most impressive mountain sculptures – Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Experience the nighttime lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore before venturing on to the Badlands and the infamous Wall Drug the next morning. Explore Devil’s Tower and Custer State Park before rounding out the trip back in Rapid City with a memorable dinner and western show at the High Plains Heritage Center.

view overlooking a town with red tiled rooftops.


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 Fado music that will have you dancing the night away. 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.


October 28-31, 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.

An ancient castle sitting on a rocky terraced hill looking over a river.


December 8-16, 2019

See this breathtaking region dressed in its holiday best. The tour begins with an overnight stay in Wurzburg, known as “the jewel of the Main River”, where you’ll have an evening to explore the city on your own and a morning to enjoy a guided walking tour. Then, settle in to your cozy cabin aboard the MS Amadeus Brilliant for a 6 night cruise along the Danube, and relax as your comfortable accommodation floats along the river to Nuremburg. Continue on to Regensburg, Passau, and the Wachau Valley in Austria, where daily excursions allow you to take in the diverse sights along the river. End your stay in Vienna, where the most impressive Christmas markets are to be found, and where the Captain’s Gala dinner will be the perfect end to a festive trip.