Cultural tours for the discerning traveller

ACE offers a wide range of courses and cruises

Archaeology

Archaeology

Our programme for 2014 covers firm favourites such as Roman and Byzantine Ravenna, as well as new departures including Aberdeenshire, Rome, and Oman.

Architecture

Architecture

In 2014 we admire the genius of William Kent in Norfolk and Palladio in the Veneto, and explore architectural riches in Palermo, St Petersburg and Istria.

Art

Art

We trace the routes of famous artists and explore prolific artistic ages in 2014, seeking out art treasures in Saxony, Holland, Vienna and more.

Christmas & New Year

Christmas & New Year

Our selection of Christmas and New Year itineraries in 2013 covers some of Europe’s richest cultural heritage, from fine art in Milan to Fado and fireworks in Lisbon.

Cultural Cruises

Cultural Cruises

On our small ship cruises – for between 15 and 30 participants – we explore Portugal’s Douro River aboard the royal barge, as well as the Lycian coast of Turkey.

Gastronomy

Gastronomy

Although we don’t offer any gastronomy tours in 2014 many tours include cuisine of very high quality, not least our cruises in Provence and Portugal.

Historical

Historical

We mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with new tours and special events, and tackle a range of historical subjects from mediaeval Spain to the Industrial Revolution.

Houses & Gardens

Houses & Gardens

In 2014 we visit historic halls and houses from Scotland to the Cotswolds. Further afield we tour palaces and country houses in Denmark, as well as exquisite gardens in Italy and France.

Music

Music

Our music tours in 2014 take in diverse festivals from opera in Riga to Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate, and we inaugurate a new classical music lecture series.

Natural History

Natural History

Our natural history programme in 2014 beckons wildlife enthusiasts to spectacular and remote regions from northernmost Caledonia to the Faroe Islands and New Zealand.

Regional Culture

Regional Culture

In 2014, we contextualise the history and cultural heritage of specific destinations as diverse as Japan, Hungary, Mongolia and Lorraine.

Theatre

Theatre

On each of our tours to Shakespeare’s Stratford in 2014 we see three RSC performances, and we explore behind the scenes of the theatres of London’s South Bank.