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Want to travel with an architectural expert? American Institute of Architects rolls out 2017 global tours

Want to travel with an architectural expert? American Institute of Architects rolls out 2017 global tours
Get an architectural perspective on Havana, Cuba, during a six-day tour in March with the American Institute of Architects. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

If you love architecture and design, maybe it's time to look beyond the guidebook to understand and appreciate Havana's Art Deco side or Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. The American Institute of Architects on Monday rolled out a series of 2017 tours aimed at examining how history and culture have shaped what the world's most famous cities look like.

Tours feature expert guides who will treat you to an insider's architectural look at 11 destinations starting in March, a statement from the institute says.

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Here are some sample trips:

--A six-day tour called Havana Revealed takes travelers through the Cuban capital's history and architectural changes. Prices start at $5,295 per person; March 10 to 15.

Architect Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to design Park Guell in Barcelona as a gathering place for the city's aristocracy.
Architect Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to design Park Guell in Barcelona as a gathering place for the city's aristocracy. (Los Angeles Times)

--Nine days in Barcelona takes travelers to the city's medieval and Gothic side and also celebrates the influences of Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudi. Prices start at $2,695 per person; March 18 to 26.

--Skyscrapers and Frank Lloyd Wright houses are the highlight of a six-day architectural tour of Chicago, the only U.S. destination currently in the lineup. (Racine and Milwaukee in Wisconsin also are included.) Prices start at $2995 per person; April 28 to May 3.

Tours are limited to 20 to 30 people, depending on the destination. Prices include accommodations, most meals and ground transportation; airfare is extra.

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