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Great Experiences & Tours™ by Historic Hotels of America offers educational and engaging tours operated by the National Trust Tours to promote enriching experiences and explore the rich cultures of the world, focusing on the art and architecture that has shaped each community. For over forty years, National Trust Tours has been offering inspiring programs that uncover the traditions and unique elements of each culture through thoughtfully-planned expeditions, stimulating lectures and guidance led by expert historians and naturalists, and engaging discourse with the local communities. Select from a variety of Great Experiences & Tours and enjoy a trip of a lifetime.

Special Offer!
Mention Historic Hotels of America when booking your tour and receive three $100 gift certificates, each good toward a $100 refund when you book through HistoricHotels.org and stay for at least two-nights at a Historic Hotels of America hotel.*

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To book a journey please contact our tour VIP desk at +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org.

Featured Great Experiences & Tours

Downton Abbey & the Magnificent Stately Residences of the Cheshire Nobility
August 29 - September 5, 2015


Explore the lavish stately homes set in the picturesque, rural county of Cheshire, England, discovering Gillows furniture and treasured art collections amassed by its noble families across the centuries. In addition, uncover the romantic Capability Brown landscapes that surround some of these magnificent residences and explore Highclere Castle, the residence of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the acclaimed Downton Abbey television series. Learn More.

Amazon Discovery Expedition
March 23 – April 2, 2015


Peru is a land overflowing with treasures, from the cloud-wrapped Andes to the deepest reaches of the Amazon rainforest. While many travelers are lured by the call of Machu Picchu, the truth is the “Lost City of the Incas” is a relatively new attraction in this ancient land, and beyond the marvels of the Sacred Valley, Peru offers a multitude of fascinating natural wonders that will be uncovered with this incredile journey aboard the luxurious Delfin II riverboat. Learn More.

Island Life Cuba
January 18-26, 2015


Explore the natural and built history of Cuba through a cultural exchange led by historian John Meffert. Discover Havana’s iconic Malecón and Old City, Afro-Cuban culture in Guanabacoa and Regla, Matanzas, the breeding ground for artists, Santa Clara, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Viñales Valley. Uncover the lively dignity of this historical Caribbean gem, and engage with its welcoming and inquisitive people, including architects, musicians, dancers, tobacco farmers, and students. Learn More.

An Ode to New Orleans
March 22-26, 2015


New Orleans’ antebellum splendors, gracious interiors, lush private gardens, fascinating people, and enduring legacy of historic preservation take center stage on this custom-designed tour. Explore how The Big Easy's strong ties to French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cultures have contributed to the rich and singular architectural, cultural, artistic, and musical legacy. The tour will also examine the city’s dramatic struggles and transformation since Hurricane Katrina ten years ago. Learn More.

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American Queen Steamboat
Multiple Departure Dates


American_Queen_Steamboat_Search.jpg Explore the diverse American landscape along mighty rivers with the American Queen Steamboat. This elegant experience affords the opulence of the American Victorian era, reminiscent of a time of leisurely and romantic travel.
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American Empress
Multiple Departure Dates


American_Empress_Search.jpg Explore the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress where voyages between Portland, OR and Clarkston, WA will reveal soaring mountains, charming river towns, dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife, and frontier spirit.
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Amazon Voyage aboard La Estrella Amazonica
Multiple Departure Dates


GAET_Exotic_Amazon.jpg Uncover one of the world's most exotic natural landscapes—the vast and mysterious Amazon, the world's second longest river—aboard La Estrella Amazonica for a ten-day expedition accompanied by expert naturalist guides. This experience will explore the upper Amazon's lush rainforest wildlife, including pink river dolphins and capuchin monkeys, visit the remote indigenous villages of the Ribereño people, and tour Peru's historic capital, Lima, and its distinguished architecture. Learn More.

Sailing the Panama Canal - Costa Rica & Panama Aboard Sea Cloud
January 4-16, 2015


GAET_Sailing_The_Panama_Canal_S.jpg Experience the voyage of a lifetime featuring a passage through the Panama Canal and the unspoiled rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama aboard the exclusively chartered Sea Cloud, carrying only 90 guests. Accompanied by distinguished architectural historian and horticulturist Patrick Bowe, this exclusive tour explores the art, culture, horticulture, and marine life of the distinct Central American countries as the stately cruise ship traverses along the man-made miracle. Learn More.

Waterways of Holland & Belgium
April 13-21, 2015


Celebrate the beauty and spirit of Holland and Belgium in the springtime; meet the locals for a personal perspective of the Low Countries’ modern life and cultural heritage; visit fairytale Bruges; the legendary windmills of Kinderdijk; cruise along Amsterdam’s romantic canals and attend an expert-led excursion at the prestigious Rijksmuseum; see the profusion of color at Keukenhof Gardens; the medieval Flemish city of Antwerp; and much more with this custom-designed cruise aboard M.S. AmaLyra. Learn More.

Apulia: Undiscovered Italy
April 21-29, 2015


Journey to the alluring southeastern corner of Italy and discover why Apulia's mysterious beauty has been tempting travelers since the ancient Greeks first glimpsed its rugged coastline. Sample hearty southern cuisine while immersing yourself in the local lifestyle. Each day, experience the abundant delights of this exciting, unspoiled territory. Enjoy preferred access to popular attractions and an exclusive educational program that will enhance your appreciation of the people and the culture. Learn More.

Philadelphia: Cradle of American Culture
April 22-26, 2015


Experience an unforgettable exploration of Philadelphia that combines the city’s most spectacular treasures and best-kept secrets. This custom-designed tour offers an eclectic view of the multiple layers of American history and culture, including visits to celebrated historic sites, pioneering architecture, uncovering the energetic culinary scene, genre-defining craftwork, and enjoying some of the nation’s premier collections of international art masterpieces. Learn More.

European Coastal Civilizations
April 23 – May 1, 2015


Experience the exclusive small ship itinerary cruising aboard the Five-Star M.S. LE BORÉAL and discover the captivating historical legacies and enduring, dynamic cultures of European coastal civilizations. From the old-world sophistication of Portugal to the artistic riches of Spain’s Basque Country, to the rugged beauty of France’s Côte Sauvage and the United Kingdom’s charming Channel Islands, a riveting canvas of important yet seldom-visited seaports await along Europe’s western coast. Learn More.

Village Life in Dordogne
April 23 - May 1, 2015


Explore France’s picturesque southwestern Dordogne River Valley and uncover the largest concentration of prehistoric art in the world; the medieval, Renaissance, and 17th-century façades in Sarlat-la-Canéda; five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the dramatic cliffside village of Rocamadour, L’Abri du Cap-Blanc, Rouffi gnac Cave, Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac, and the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine; and the rich culture, food, and rhythms of daily life. Learn More.

Chicago: Epicenter of American Architecture
May 24-29, 2015


A quintessential destination for architecture and art lovers, Chicago is home to the iconic collections from Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and other fine examples of 20th-century architecture. Visitors will also explore the Art Institute of Chicago's new Modern Wing and private collections of decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts movements while staying at the Beaux-Arts marvel, The Palmer House Hilton. Learn More.

Cruising the Baltic Sea Aboard Le Boréal
June 4-13, 2015


Experience the Baltic States and imperial St. Petersburg aboard M.S. Le Boréal and enjoy an exclusive opportunity to meet with former President of Poland, Lech Wałęsa, and John Cochran, former White House correspondent. En route to Stockholm, discover Peter the Great's St. Petersburg, the renaissance of Gdańsk, Poland, the medieval charms of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tallinn, Estonia and Visby, Sweden, and the stunning architecture of Helsinki, Finland. Learn More.


*Maximum of one $100 certificate may be claimed for a refund with a minimum two night stay booked through HistoricHotels.org following the return of your tour and completion of your hotel stay. The refund will be issued within 45 days of the completion of your stay upon submitting a Great Experiences & Tours $100 refund application. Refund application must be submitted with a copy of your hotel folio receipt, the original confirmation number from your booking on HistoricHotels.org, and the Certificate number issued to you for booking your tour through Historic Hotels of America. Certificates issued are a promotion only valid toward future reservations made through HistoricHotels.org and do not have any cash value. One certificate may be used per room per two night or longer stay at the same hotel. Eligible rates include rates publicly available at time of booking. Reduced rates, rooms included in another travel or tour package, employee rates, advance purchase rates, and certain last minute sale rates are not eligible for this promotion.


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