AIA Introduces Travel Program To Explore the World’s Architecture

Beginning with 10 destinations in 2017, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) global travel program, Architectural Adventures, will offer small-group trips tailored to the discovery and appreciation of the world’s architecture. Every Architectural Adventures tour will feature subject-matter experts, hand-picked by the AIA, to guide travelers and enliven their awareness of the world’s architecture.   The tour guides will offer an personal view of not just the landmarks and buildings in the various cities, but also an explanation of how the historical, political and cultural events helped shape the cityscapes. 

This is the travel provider for architectural, art and photography enthusiasts, as well as curious travelers alike.  Offering a variety of tours specializing in the exploration and appreciation of the world’s architecture all while enjoying a destination’s culture, food and traditions.  

Architectural Adventures tour features:

  • Enjoy educational guidance and commentary from an Architectural Adventures-selected expert who will offer insights through formal and informal discussions.
  • Participate in excursions, behind-the-scenes access and get insider knowledge to sights and architecture.
  • Explore and photograph the world and its architecture with like-minded travelers.

2017 destinations and highlights include:

  • Havana: In March, set forth for six days in the Cuban capital that spans from Old Havana and the 16th century stone fort that guards Havana Bay to the city’s early twentieth-century Art Deco and its contemporary projects.
  • Barcelona:  In March, discover Antoni Gaudí’s Modernist marvels and see the city’s Gothic Quarter.
  • Chicago:  In April, explore the varied works of Frank Lloyd Wright and see why Chicago is known as a city of American architecture.
  • Lisbon to London:  In April, cruise Europe’s Atlantic coast, stopping to see its sites and structures, like the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and France’s Mont Saint-Michel.
  • Northern Italy:  In May, immerse yourself in the Renaissance world of Andrea Palladio and visit Venice for a tour of St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • Cities of the Baltic Sea:  In June, sail from Copenhagen to Gdansk to Tallinn to St. Petersburg to Helsinki to Stockholm, stopping to see the Baltic’s designs.
  • Along the Danube:  In June, experience Central Europe’s cities, including Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.
  • London:  In July, wander London’s back streets and visit Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Portugal and Northern Spain:  In October, take a 17-day journey from Lisbon to Barcelona by way of the seminal cities of the Spanish Pyrenees.
  • China:  In October, spend two weeks exploring Chinese culture and design in Beijing, Pingyao, Hangzhou, and Shanghai.

Accommodations, most meals, tour transportation and logistical details of the trip are included in the tours. For more details on booking availabilities and new trip announcements visit the website. Visitors to the site can also sign up for the Architectural Adventures mailing list.

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