Travelers with a serious interest in building design often don’t get their fill when visiting new places, but an innovative travel program called Architectural Adventures, recently launched by the American Institute of Architects, aims to change that.
The institute will begin offering small-group trips to ten global destinations early this year that are designed to help everyone from dedicated architectural buffs and art and photography enthusiasts to other “intellectually curious travelers” discover and appreciate the world’s architecture.
A church in Old Havana,Cuba, one of the featured sites of a new Architectural Adventures tour offered by the American Institute of Architects.(photos courtesy of the institute)
A church in Old Havana, Cuba, one of the featured sites of a new Architectural Adventures tour offered by the American Institute of Architects. (Photos courtesy of the institute)
“The tour guides will offer an up-close view of not just the iconic landmarks and buildings in the various cities, but also an explanation of how the historical, political and cultural events helped shape the cityscapes,” the organizers said in a statement
The first two destinations, both with March departure dates, will feature the cities of Havana and Barcelona. Havana Revealed, a six-day immersion in the Cuban capital that spans treasures ranging from the 16th century stone fort that guards Havana Bay to the city’s early twentieth-century Art Deco buildings. (The cut-off date for booking this destination is January 10.) The nine-day Barcelona Beckons tour will focus on the city’s many charms, like its medieval Gothic Quarter and Antoni Gaudí’s imaginative structures.
The village of Castle Combe, above, between the Cotswolds and Wiltshire in the UK; a stop on a new tour offered by the American Institute of Architects.
Other destinations in the first half of the year include: Chicago, known as the first city of American architecture, which will spotlight the work of Frank Lloyd Wright; Northern Italy, for an exploration of the area’s many Renaissance jewels; and a trip Along the Danube, which highlights some of Central Europe’s signature cities, like Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Tours to London; Portugal and Northern Spain; and China are also scheduled.
The Lisbon to London journey, a cruise along Europe’s Atlantic coast that will take in the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and France’s Mont Saint-Michel; and Baltic Beauty, a sailing voyage through the Baltic Sea to Gdansk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm, are fully booked for this first year.
A New Orleans trip is being added for the fall, but the itinerary has not been finalized, the group said.