Cultural tours for the discerning traveller

ACE Cultural Tours
ACE CULTURAL TOURS runs tours and cruises in the United Kingdom, Europe and across the globe. Founded in 1958 as ACE Study Tours, ACE pioneers over 200 escorted programmes every year, from one-day courses to extended study tours and cultural cruises. ACE's itineraries cover every aspect of the arts – music, fine art, the theatre – as well as architecture, archaeology, history and the natural world. ACE's tours and cruises inform, educate and entertain in equal measure with a blend of cultural sight-seeing and explanatory talks – and all under the guidance of a stimulating tour director. ACE's tours are characterised by their originality and diversity, and many feature exclusive visits, privileged access and private concerts.


2015 Main Brochure Released:

We are delighted to announce the release of our 2015 brochure, featuring many new tours to a number of exciting destinations and covering a range of subjects. All new tours are published here on our website or you can sign up here to receive your complimentary copy.

Our team are always keen to answer any questions so please contact the ACE office for further information.


Cambodia & Laos
Mediaeval Greece: Byzantine, Venetian & Ottoman Morea
Houses and Gardens of Hereford & Worcester
Tuscia: Etruscans, Popes & Princes
St Martin-in-the-Fields & Royal Festival Hall
The Lake District
Prehistoric & Roman Anglesey & Snowdonia
Russia's Golden Ring
Wild Friesland & the Wadden Sea
Sibelius Festival in Finland
Asturias: the Cradle of Spain & The Camino Primitivo


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Cultural Cruises

In 2015 ACE’s small ship cruises – on vessels catering for between 15 and 30 participants – will visit Provence, the Lycian and Carian coasts of Turkey, and Portugal’s Douro river.

ACE’s spectacular boats include Her Majesty’s royal barge the Spirit of Chartwell, and a traditional teak and mulberry motor yacht with nearly 600 square yards of sail.

The smaller size of our boats means that we are able to navigate shallow waters, visit secluded bays and moor at quays inaccessible to larger vessels.

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The ACE Foundation

ACE Cultural Tours is wholly owned by charitable organisation the ACE Foundation (the Association for Cultural Exchange), an educational trust founded in 1958.

All of the profits from our tours are used to support the work of our parent charity, which funds education projects at home and abroad, many of them related to places visited by ACE Cultural Tours. Current recipients include West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the National Ballet School of Cuba, and The Attingham Trust.

For more information on the work of the ACE Foundation, please visit their website here.

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Expert Leaders

Our tours are led throughout by experts – both specialists in their fields and convivial hosts. In 2015 ACE welcomes a number of new Tour Directors to its portfolio.

ACE’s specialists are hugely popular with our travellers. They range from classical musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett, to soldier turned academic John Greenacre, and archaeologist Konstantine Politis.

For full details of all ACE’s tour and cruise leaders, please click here.

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