Life is a journey, not a destination.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Understanding Cultural and Human Geography
From climate change and population growth to the global economy and geopolitical strife, tackle the world’s biggest questions in this one-of-a-kind course.
Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America
From Yellowstone to the Everglades, join geologist and National Geographic director Ford Cochran on a fascinating scientific tour of all of America's national parks.
The Guide to Essential Italy
Let The Great Courses and Smithsonian Journeys take you on a rich and diverse tour that explores the crown jewels of Italian civilization.
Understanding Japan: A Cultural History
Embark on an unforgettable tour of Japanese history and culture in this engrossing course made in partnership with the Smithsonian.
The Everyday Guide to Wines of California
Discover one of the most important and influential wine-growing regions in the world—California!
Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City
Explore a fabled city, frozen in time and buried for centuries, and gain a riveting and unprecedented view of life as it was lived in ancient Roman times.
The Holy Land Revealed
Visit the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity in this comprehensive tour, taught by an archaeologist, that will take you deep beneath the pages of the Bible.
Food: A Cultural Culinary History
Learn how the entirety of human civilization—war, trade, politics, art, religion, and more—has been shaped by our interaction with food in this delicious course.
The World's Greatest Churches
Discover sublime masterpieces of architecture, art, and faith in this enthralling journey to the greatest Christian churches, basilicas, and cathedrals around the world.
Cities of the Ancient World
From Uruk and Jericho to Athens and Rome, explore ancient urban landscapes and draw connections between the cities of centuries past and those of our modern world.
The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul
Tour of one of the world's most exciting and interesting destinations in this course that goes on location in Greece and Turkey with a brilliant archaeologist as your guide.
Lost Worlds of South America
Trek through the lost worlds of South America and discover exotic civilizations in this course on the culture, architecture, and history of these ancient peoples.
The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe
Go on a fascinating expedition to 12 spectacular examples of medieval European cities, including Prague, Siena, Barcelona, Bruges, and more, in this eye-popping course.
Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed
Uncover the fascinating rise and fall of the Maya and Aztec civilizations in this comprehensive course taught by the Director of the Maya Exploration Center.
National Geographic Polar Explorations
Travel to the polar regions on an exquisite visual journey guided by five Arctic and Antarctic experts who reveal the science, culture, and history of these majestic locations.
Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are
Avoid costly mistakes and faux pas when traveling abroad with this course that helps anyone—businesspersons, tourists, and more—navigate other cultures.
The World's Greatest Geological Wonders
Tour Earth’s great diversity and beauty in this awe-inspiring course that visits the most amazing natural wonders in the world and explains the geology that underlies them.
The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking
Discover the secret techniques of Mediterranean cooking with this recipe-filled course presented by a chef-instructor at The Culinary Institute of America.
Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre
Take a dazzling virtual tour through the Louvre’s remarkable collection of European paintings from the late medieval period through the early 19th century.
Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance
Study masterpieces by such great Renaissance artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian in this visually-rich course taught by an art historian.
The Great Tours: France through the Ages
Savor the sensual beauty, rich culture, and historical splendor of France in this unique video journey.
Beneath the Streets of Ancient Rome
Discover the underground monuments of the Eternal City and learn how they offer unique and dramatic insights into life in ancient Rome.
The Wonders of America's State Parks
Embark on unforgettable experiences through America’s state parks with best-selling travel writer and globe-trotting journalist Joe Yogerst.
The Great Tours: African Safari
Learn everything you need to know to plan the safari that’s right for you with a seasoned guide.
The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales
Get an insider’s take on the real Great Britain: where to go, where to avoid, and what are the must-see sites you’ve never heard of.
America’s Best State Parks for Summer Fun
Discover new adventures for your summer travel right in your own backyard as you join a renowned travel author to highlight some of the most special, memorable, and exciting state parks in America.
The Great Tours: Washington DC
Take a detailed look at the fascinating history and culture of Washington DC in this Smithsonian-sponsored, insider’s tour.
Learning French: A Rendezvous with French-Speaking Cultures
Explore the intersection between French language and culture to gain an advanced understanding of both.
The Art of Travel Photography
An award-winning National Geographic photographer presents a cohesive set of best practices for getting great photos when you take your camera on the road!
The Fundamentals of Travel Photography
Learn how to record your travels just like the professionals, led by an acclaimed National Geographic photographer.
Learning Spanish II: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Take your Spanish to the next level with an engaging and amazingly effective language-learning system.
Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Take a unique tour of our world's most remarkable and enduring structural masterpieces and learn why these architectural wonders stand the test of time.
Explore the evolution, majesty, and intrigue of cathedrals worldwide, as you embark on 3-D tours with a noted medieval historian.
Just got back from a pleasure trip:
I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
– Henny Youngman