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UPDATED 24th May

MUSIC & OPERA IN NEW YORK

MUSIC 

1 Mar — 7 Mar 2020 with John Deathridge | £3595
      • Take in a gala premiere performance of Der Fliegende Holländer in the company of John Deathridge, one of the world’s foremost experts on Wagner, featuring acclaimed baritone Bryn Terfel More>>
      • Enjoy two superb concerts by Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo Yo Ma at the city’s iconic Carnegie Hall More>>
      • Appreciate New York’s architectural and artistic highlights including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection More>>

 

MUSIC & OPERA IN VIENNA

MUSIC

18 Nov — 23 Nov 2019 with John Deathridge | £2345
      • Experience five wonderful musical performances in four of Vienna’s classic venues – the State Opera House, Theater an der Wien, Konzerthaus and Musikverein More>>
      • Enjoy operatic favourite Eugene Onegin alongside a stunning recital from baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist Thomas Adès More>>
      • Conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic present Tchaikovsky’s ‘Manfred’ symphony, rarely heard today More>>

 

UPDATED 15th May

JAPAN IN SPRINGTIME: ART, TEMPLES & GARDENS

ART & ARCHITECTURE

17 May — 2 Jun 2020 with Richard Farmer | £6295
      • Be captivated by Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, whose top floors shimmer with gold leaf, and the Silver Pavilion, once the retirement villa of a 13th century shogun More>>
      • Absorb the enchanting atmosphere of mountain-based Takayama, a World Heritage site containing a beautifully preserved old town More>>
      • The historical city of Kanazawa welcomes us with its traditional samurai residences and enthralling museums More>>

 

UZBEKISTAN: CITIES OF THE SILK ROAD

ARCHAEOLOGY

20 Mar — 31 Mar, 2020 and 11 Sep — 22 Sep, 2020 with Steve Mastin | £2795
      • Journey to the heart of Central Asia to discover ancient history and culture More>>
      • Visit the Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand More>>
      • Experience Samarkand’s famed Registan Square, bordered by elegant madrasas in shades of gold and turquoise More>>

 

CHINESE CIVILISATION

REGIONAL CULTURE

11 Apr — 28 Apr 2020 with Elizabeth Morrell | £4995
      • Discover the history of over 5,000 years of Chinese civilisation, exploring the extraordinary traditional architecture, fine art, garden design, calligraphy and porcelain left by dynasties throughout the centuries. More>>
      • Visit several of China’s ancient and modern capitals, including Xi’an, Luoyang, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Beijing. More>>
      • Highlights will include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Army, as well as many lesser-known sites. More>>

 

ART TREASURES OF ST PETERSBURG

ART

23 Mar — 30 Mar 2020 with Andrew Spira | £2675
      • Enjoy extended visits to the world’s largest collection of paintings at the Hermitage Museum – including a visit to the holdings of the State Depository More>>
      • Follow in the footsteps of the protagonists of Tolstoy’s War and Peace with visits to the aristocratic Catherine Palace and Yusupov Palace More>>
      • View the wealth of 18th century architecture, from Tsar Peter the Great’s modest log cabin to palaces More>>

 

ALBANIA: FROM THE ILLYRIANS TO THE OTTOMANS

ARCHAEOLOGY

22 Apr — 1 May 2020 with Carolyn Perry | £2275
      • Travel the length of this mountainous country, discovering layers of historical wonders left behind by Illyrians and Greeks, Romans and Ottomans More>>
      • Explore the complex of Apollonia, once home to a famous school of oratory, and discover Virgil’s ‘Troy in miniature’ at Butrint More>>
      • Delve into the extensive archaeological remains at Antigonea, founded by King Pyrrhus of Epirus in honour of his wife More>>

 


 

UPDATED 3rd May

VENICE: THE TRIUMPH OF LIGHT AND COLOUR

ART & ARCHITECTURE

3 Mar — 9 Mar 2020 with Tom Abbott | £2245
      • Explore mosaics, monasteries and the magnificence of the golden ages of artistic production in Venice More>>
      • Visit the beautiful Ca’ Rezzonico, a museum of 18th century art and furniture housed in a palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal More>>
      • Enjoy a visit by private boat to the island of San Francesco del Deserto for a guided tour of the monastery More>>

 

SOMERSET LEVELS IN WINTER

NATURE

12 Feb — 15 Feb 2020 with Peter Exley | £725
      • Join the RSPB’s Peter Exley on this winter wildlife tour to look out for Somerset’s growing flock of cranes, recently reintroduced after a 400-year absence More>>
      • Visit key historical sites including Glastonbury Abbey, and keep an eye out for bitterns, barn owls and marsh harriers at one of the country’s most exciting and beautiful wildlife projects – the Avalon Marshes More>>
      • Explore one of the RSPB’s oldest and largest nature reserves at West Sedgemoor, walking along an ancient drove route to view the remarkable winter wildfowl roost More>>

 

ART TREASURES OF DRESDEN

ART

3 Feb — 7 Feb 2020 with Lars Tharp | £1685
      • Visit the city described as the ‘jewel box’ of Germany, discovering its wealth of cultural riches, from magnificent collections of porcelain to Old Master paintings More>>
      • Discover the treasures of the Historic Green Vault located at Dresden’s Royal Palace More>>
      • Enjoy an excursion to Meissen, a medieval medley of red-tiled roofs and stucco architecture, and go behind the scenes at the celebrated porcelain factory More>>

 

POMPEII WITH HERCULANEUM

ARCHAEOLOGY

31 Jan — 6 Feb 2020 with Andrew Wilson | £1795
      • This perennial favourite offers a thought-provoking window onto Roman life in the company of archaeologist Andrew Wilson More>>
      •  Discover Cumae, one of the most important Greek city-states in antiquity, alongside Pozzuoli with its impressive Roman amphitheatre More>>
      • The renowned Archaeological Museum in Naples supports our site visits with an unparalleled collection of artefacts More>>

 

WILDLIFE OF SUFFOLK: MINSMERE & ORFORD NESS

NATURE TOURS

27 Jan — 31 Jan 2020 with Kevin Hand | £1195
      • Discover the internationally important wetland reserves of the unspoilt Suffolk coast on this winter wildlife tour More>>
      • Highlights include Minsmere, one of the finest nature reserves in Europe, and the wild and remote shingle spit of Orford Ness More>>
      • Though our emphasis will be on bird-watching, we shall also examine the region’s ecology, including the disappearing cliffs of the coastal village of Dunwich More>>

 

UPDATED 29th April

ETHIOPIA

REGIONAL CULTURE

15 Jan — 29 Jan 2020 with John Binns £4995
      • Journey to the roof of Africa to discover a country of ancient history and diverse landscapes More>>
      • Explore prehistoric archaeology, dramatic mountain vistas, lakeside monasteries and a wealth of birdlife More>>
      • Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela – the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ – and experience Timkat Festival celebrations in Axum More>>

 

DOURO RIVER CRUISE

REGIONAL CULTURE

22 May — 29 May 2020 with Martin Symington | £3150
      • Sail aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, formerly Her Majesty’s Royal Barge, as it cruises along the ‘River of Gold’ More>>
      • Take in the vineyards and historical towns of Portugal’s northern valleys More>>
      • Learn about the history of port, Oporto and the Douro Valley More>>

 

LYCIAN CRUISE

ARCHAEOLOGY

27 Apr — 11 May 2020 with Andrew Wilson | £3295
      • Explore ancient cities containing fascinating classical remains on a voyage around the coast of south-west Turkey More>>
      • Journey inland to discover further ancient sites, including the beautifully located town of Pinara with tombs cut into the rock face More>>
      • Cruise down the Loryma Peninsula, where mountain tops are guarded by impressive fortresses of the Hellenistic age More>>

 

ATHENS, DELPHI & THE PELOPONNESE

ARCHAEOLOGY

8 Sep — 18 Sep 2019 with Carolyn Perry | £2595
      • Explore Greece’s classical archaeology, taking in ancient temples, palaces and fortresses More>>
      • Visit Delphi, located in striking surroundings beneath Mount Parnassus More>>
      • Discover the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum, containing the enchanting caryatid sculptures More>>

 

BORNEO

NATURE

20 Sep — 3 Oct 2020 with Marcus Kohler | £5995
      • Step into one of the most stunning wildlife areas of the world, resplendent with a huge variety of flora and fauna, from forest kingfishers and flying squirrels to proboscis monkey and orangutan More>>
      • Explore the rich history and culture of Borneo, including a visit to the magnificent ‘floating’ mosque of Kota Kinabalu More>>
      • Learn more about the importance of conservation on this unique island, and discover how our rainforest lodges are taking measures to limit their mark on the landscape More>>

 

WEST JAPAN & THE INLAND SEA: ART & PILGRIMAGE

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

1 Nov — 14 Nov 2020 with Richard Farmer
  • Visit the UNESCO-designated Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajama Island, admiring its floating gate and the hundreds of wild deer that roam the area More>>
  • Journey to the tiny Chikubishima Island in the middle of Japan’s largest freshwater lake, one of the three main sites in Japan where Benzaiten, goddess of knowledge, is worshipped More>>
  • Cross the Inland Sea to Naoshima, the internationally famous ‘art island’ More>>

 

CYCLADES: ANCIENT ISLANDS OF THE AEGEAN

ARCHAEOLOGY

20 May — 30 May 2020 with Andrew Wilson | £2995
      • Sail to six of the ancient Cycladic islands on this tour through the Aegean: Tinos, Paros, Naxos, Delos, Mykonos and Santorini More>>
      • Tread the paths of ancient towns made famous in Greek mythology and discover their wealth of Mycenaean, classical and Byzantine archaeological remains More>>
      • Highlights include Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting exceptionally extensive archaeological remains, and the ruined Bronze Age city of Akrotiri, preserved under volcanic ash More>>

 

KAZAKHSTAN: FROM THE SILK ROAD TO SIR NORMAN FOSTER

REGIONAL CULTURE

1 Jun — 15 Jun 2020 with Steve Mastin | £3545
      • Trace the span of Kazakhstan’s history from Bronze Age carvings to futuristic city landmarks More>>
      • Explore Silk Road connections at the UNESCO site of Turkistan, home to a famous Timurid Imperial mausoleum More>>
      • Discover Kazakhstan’s remarkable landscape and geology, including the awe-inspiring ‘Valley of the Castles’ at Charyn Canyon More>>

 

UPDATED 11th APRIL

RIVIERA DI LEVANTE: FROM GENOA TO PISA

ART

March 26 – 2 April, 2020 with Christopher Wellington £2295
      • Travel along the Riviera di Levante tracing the artistic legacy of the Italian city-states from Genoa to Pisa More>>
      • Visit some of Italy’s most impressive architectural sites including Pisa’s Baptistery and Campo Santo More>>
      • Enjoy the picturesque towns and villages of the Italian coastline, including Portofino and Porto Venere on the Cinque Terre More>>

 

VASARI: FATHER OF ART HISTORY

ART

March 3–10 April, 2020 with Alex Koller £2345
      • Travel along the Riviera di Levante tracing the artistic legacy of the Italian city-states from Genoa to Pisa More>>
      • Visit Vasari’s birthplace of Arezzo, where he spent the first sixteen years of his life More>>
      • Marvel at the paintings of Masaccio and Botticelli and sculptures by Donatello, Ghiberti and Michelangelo More>>

 

SYRACUSE

ART

October 1–8, 2020 with Christopher Wellington £2495
      • Explore the breadth of Syracuse’s heritage, from classical archaeology to Baroque architecture More>>
      • Visit a range of archaeological parks and sites, including the Neapolis Archaeological Park with its Greek theatre, Roman amphitheatre and famous ancient cave, the Latomia del Paradiso More>>
      • Take in the atmospheric and extensive Catacombs of San Giovanni More>>

 

UPDATED 10th APRIL

CAMBRIDGE CHURCHES, COLLEGE CHAPELS & ORGANS

MUSIC

February 21-23, 2020 with John Bryden £785
      • Experience our Tour Director John Bryden’s expert organ playing in the stunning surroundings of Cambridge’s famous chapels More>>
      • In the 250th year of Beethoven’s birth, travel to Stapleford Granary to hear a magnificent concert dedicated to the composer’s violin and piano sonatas More>>
      • Enjoy a performance of Schubert’s piano sonatas from distinguished pianist Imogen Cooper More>>

 

ART IN BERLIN

ART

March 30 - 5 April, 2020 with Tom Abbott £2045
      • Discover Berlin’s rich art collections and historical architecture More>>
      • Enjoy an extended visit exploring the collections of the Gemäldegalerie, part of the Kulturforum, comprising works of art from a range of time periods More>>
      • Visit the royal hunting lodge in the Grunewald – Berlin’s oldest existing palace building More>>

 

UPDATED 9th APRIL

MOZART FESTIVAL IN SALZBURG

MUSIC

January 15-31, 2020 with John Bryden £2945
      • Experience the best of the composer’s wind and brass works, featuring acclaimed French horn player Radek Baborák  More>>
      • Sir András Schiff and Rolando Villazón present Le nozze di Figaro in Salzburg’s famous Felsenreitschule More>>
      • Make an excursion to the neoclassical Kaiservilla, once the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I  More>>

 

BEETHOVEN IN BONN: CYCLE OF SYMPHONIES

MUSIC

March 15-22, 2020 with John Bryden £2945
      • Usher in the great composer’s 250th year with a remarkable ‘cycle of symphonies’, from his promising early works to rousing ninth symphony  More>>
      • Widely-acclaimed conductor Teodor Currentzis will present each concert with his early music ensemble MusicAeterna More>>
      • Take in regional highlights including the magnificent cathedrals of Cologne and Aachen  More>>

 

UPDATED 4th APRIL

 

CRETE: BIRDS, FLOWERS & MINOANS

NATURE

April 14–21, 2020 with Kevin Hand £1995
      • Absorb captivating views across the Cretan landscape from the beautiful Lassithi Plateau  More>>
      • Explore the Minoan palace at Knossos in addition to the remains at Gournia and Malia More>>
      • Look out for waders, migrant pipits and larks in the coastal town of Elounda, followed by a nearby cliff walk where wild gladioli and endemic orchids grow above the sea  More>>

 

 

ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS IN MOSCOW

ART & ARCHITECTURE

January 5–11, 2020 with Alex Koller £2395
      • Explore the historical and architectural evolution of Russia’s capital against a backdrop of seasonal festivities  More>>
      • Discover a selection of beautiful and historical monasteries, including the UNESCO-listed Trinity-Sergius Lavra Monastery in Sergiev Posad More>>
      • Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Orthodox Christmastide during Moscow’s Winter Festival  More>>

 

WEXFORD OPERA FESTIVAL

MUSIC

27 October - 1 November, 2019 with John Bryden and John Redmill £2215
      • Enjoy five spectacular evening operas, including a special performance of Stanford’s The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan and the world premiere of Andrew Synnott’s La cucina More>>
      • Tour Director John Bryden will introduce us to Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Vivaldi’s Dorilla in Tempe, and Rossini’s Adina More>>
      • Discover the history and beautiful architecture of Ireland with Tour Director John Redmill More>>

 

GLYNDEBOURNE

MUSIC

27–30 October, 2019 and 31 October - 3 November, 2019 with Nicholas Wearne £995
      • Enjoy three fine operas on ACE’s annual visit to Glyndebourne: Verdi’s Rigoletto, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Handel’s Rinaldo More>>
      • Explore the work of the Bloomsbury Set in Sussex, with a visit to Charleston, and discover Regency grandeur at Brighton’s famous Royal Pavilion More>>
      • Our first departure to Glyndebourne also features a visit to Farleys House & Gallery, home of Surrealist photographer Lee Miller and artist Roland Penrose, and our second explores Lewes Castle and the Museum of Sussex Archaeology
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THE HOLY LAND

ARCHAEOLOGY

16–23 January 2020 with Andrew Wilson £2795
      • Delve into layers of history at Bethlehem, Caesarea, and the archaeologically astonishing fortress of Masada – built by Herod the Great More>>
      • Explore the landscape of the New Testament in Galilee, rich in ancient and Byzantine remains More>>
      • Trace the evolution of Jerusalem, from ancient times until the present day More>>

 

CAMBODIA & LAOS

REGIONAL CULTURE

20 January – 2 February 2020 with Moira Tait £4295
      • Delve into the breathtaking temple complex of Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious monuments, whose rising galleries come alive with stunning bas- reliefs More>>
      • Experience the evocative atmosphere of UNESCO listed Ta Prohm alongside the ruins of Preah Khan, slowly being reclaimed by the jungle More>>
      • Discover Laos’ mysterious Plain of Jars, where hundreds of megalithic stone vessels lie scattered across the rolling landscape  More>> 

 

FROM NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS: JAZZ, BLUES AND THE MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA

MUSIC

6–17 April 2020 with Sandy Burnett £4765
      • Delve into the rich sounds, sites and flavours of the ‘cradle of jazz’ – New Orleans More>>
      • Trace the threads of US history and the evolution of musical genres as we progress along the Mississippi to Memphis More>>
      • Enjoy live music, complemented by relaxing daytime excursions in the cities and surrounding countryside More>>

 

ROMAN & BYZANTINE RAVENNA

ARCHAEOLOGY

2–6 March 2020 with Andrew Wilson £1295
      • The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world More>>
      • Stand opposite Ravenna’s earliest mosaics in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, including an intense portrayal of the martyrdom of St Lawrence More>>
      • The ancient port of Classe, founded by Augustus, awes us with its immense Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, shimmering with gold and turquoise More>>

 

UPDATED 14th FEBRUARY 


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CHURCHES & CATHEDRALS OF DUBLIN

ARCHITECTURE

11–16 November 2019 with John Redmill £1875
      • Explore churches dating from medieval times and the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries More>>
      • Study both Protestant and Roman Catholic buildings, comparing and contrasting a range of different types, styles and fittings More>>
      • Visit Dublin’s two major cathedrals – St Patrick’s and Christ Church More>>

 

UPDATED 8th FEBRUARY 


CORINTH & THE SARONIC GULF: CITY STATES & SANCTUARIES

ARCHAEOLOGY

8–13 October 2019 with Andrew Wilson & Oliver Kenzie £1945
      • Discover some of the less-visited sanctuaries in Greece, including the Panhellenic centres at Isthmia & Nemea More>>
      • Take an in-depth look at the city of Corinth, exploring the centre of the ancient polis as well as the outer lying sanctuaries More>>
      • Explore the island of Aegina and its magnificent Temple of Aphaia, one of the best preserved in the Mediterranean More>>

 

BRUGES

GENTLE TOUR

14–18 October 2019 with Sarah Burles £1395
      • Explore the delightful medieval town of Bruges, characterised by its fine churches, canals and cobbled streets, on this new tour based in the heart of the city More>>
      • Discover the works of the Flemish Primitives, including Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, with visits to the Groeningemuseum and Hospital of St John More>>
      • Enjoy a private reception at the fascinating historical Adornes Domain and Jerusalem Chapel More>>

 

UPDATED 31st JANUARY 


ADVENT CRUISE ON THE RHINE

CULTURAL CRUISE

1–7 December 2019 with Cathy Oakes, John Bryden, Nicholas Wearne, Sarah Burles & Judy Brown £2245
      • From the Christkindlmarkt to candlelit abbeys, join us for this spectacular winter cruise enjoying the very best of the German festive season More>>
      • Enjoy a festive on-board atmosphere in the company of multiple ACE Tour Directors, including three resident musicians who will bring us works by composers associated with the Rhine – among them Mozart, Schumann and Brahms – alongside Christmas favourites More>>
      • Explore the association between the history of art and the Christmas Story, and enjoy further lectures on St Nicholas and the Medieval Feast More>>

 

UPDATED ON 16 JANUARY


VERDI FESTIVAL IN PARMA

GENTLE TOUR

9–15 October 2019 with John Bryden, £3195
      • Enjoy performances of I due Foscari, Luisa Miller and Nabucco in the region’s historical theatres More>>
      • Visit locations associated with the composer’s life and work, including his birthplace museum in Le Roncole and his villa in Sant’Agata More>>
      • Enjoy an excursion to Cremona, home of the violin, where master violinmaker Antonio Stradivari established his workshop in the early 1700s More>> 

 

ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL

20–24 June 2019 with Nicholas Wearne, £1345
      • Join us for the festival’s spectacular closing weekend, featuring tenor Mark Padmore, conductor Barbara Hannigan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra More>>
      • Performances include Britten’s Winter Words, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Walton’s Façade and Thomas Larcher’s Ouroboros More>>
      • Appreciate the sound worlds of Schoenberg, Grisey and Tippett alongside those of Bach, Beethoven, Byrd and Tomkins More>>

 

INTERNATIONAL GILBERT & SULLIVAN FESTIVAL IN HARROGATE

8–12 August 2019 with Donald Maxwell, £1255
      • In the words of Tour Director Donald Maxwell, experience the “essential guide to all things Gilbert & Sullivan” More>>
      • Take in three professional performances: The Mikado, The Yeoman of the Guard and The Pirates of Penzance More>>
      • Enjoy fascinating talks and fringe events alongside the main operas, all set in the picturesque spa town of Harrogate More>>

 

BUXTON FESTIVAL: 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

9–13 July 2019 with John Bryden, £1385
      • In the festival’s 40th anniversary year, experience four operas – including Eugene Onegin and Orpheus in the Underworld – alongside a selection of fringe events More>>
      • A visit to Chatsworth House provides the perfect introduction to the world premiere of Georgiana, commissioned specially for the festival More>>
      • Enjoy Antonio Caldara’s rarely-performed gem Lucio Papirio Dittatore, brought to life by award-winning ensemble La Serenissima More>> 
 

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