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2018 Tours


March – April – May – June

July - AugustSeptember - October - November - December




We are delighted to be running a broad range of tours over the upcoming year, taking in art, architecture, archaeology, music and nature in destinations across the UK, Europe and worldwide.


2018 Tours by date 




Aquileia: City of Antiquity


Aquileia, once described by Emperor Justinian as “the greatest of all towns in the West” is today a little known but important Roman city perched on the Adriatic coastline.

Vasari: Father of Art History


Discover the artists of Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects on this art history tour of Florence

Leipzig at Easter


Enjoy a rousing performance of Bach’s Matthäus Passion in the stunning surroundings of the Thomaskirche, the composer’s final resting place.     

More March Tours

2-4: Cambridge Churches, Colleges and Organs

5-8: Treasures of Cambridge

5-12: Art on the Cote d'Azur

14-21: From Coimbra to Lisbon: Palaces of the Portuguese Kings

29-3/4: Festtage: Opera in Berlin



Roman & Byzantine Ravenna,


The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world

Crete: Birds, Flowers and Minoans,


Absorb captivating views across the Cretan landscape from the beautiful Lassithi Plateau to the stunning Samaria gorge




Explore the varied cultural history of Roussillon from the prehistory origins of human habitation at Tautavel to the Modern Art Museum in CeĢret


More April Tours

3-10: Algeria: Rome Meets the Sahara

4-9: Festival de Paques in Aix en Provence

6-19: Japan in Springtime: Art, Temples & Gardens

9-13: Churches of Gloucestershire

12-19: Riviera di Levante: From Genoa to Pisa

16-22: Seine River Cruise: from Honfleur to Paris

17-24: Sardinia: Birds, Flowers & Nuraghi

22-9/5: Iran: Glories of Persia

24-28: Vienna: City of the Arts

25-2/5: Citadels of Transylvania

30-6/5: Bologna, Mantua & Parma



Isles of Scilly,


More peaceful and relaxed than mainland Britain, Scilly embraces five inhabited islands and dozens of rocky outcrops, rich in sea birds.

Seine River Cruise: from Paris to Honfleur


Five ACE Tour Directors provide their unique perspectives on our historical and artistic visits, perfectly complemented by afternoon lectures and evening piano recitals.

Wildlife & Walking in Extremadura,


Wander over rolling plains and through cork and holm oak dehesas in one of the most untouched areas of Spain.

Glasgow: Patrons, Art & Innovation,


Follow the work of key figures including Robert Adam, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the pioneer obstetrician and collector, William Hunter, founder of the Hunterian Museum. 

More May Tours

3-10: Wild Romania

5-12: Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lakes

7-13: Glasgow: Patrons, Art & Innovation

8-15: Isles of Scilly

11-18: Northern Ireland: From Giant’s Causeway to Strangford Lough

17-22: Melk Baroque Music Festival

14-23: Art & Architecture in the Loire Valley

14-21: Palaces & Gardens of Portugal

14-23: Ancient Sicily

14-24: Athens, Delphi & the Peloponnese

16-23: Handel festival in Gottingen

16-23: Handel in Gottingen

19-25: Pompeii with Herculaneum

19-25: Villas & Gardens in Lazio

22-29: Poland's Green Lung

26-30: Spiš: German Towns of Eastern Slovakia

26-2/6: Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge

29-08/06: Uzbekistan: Cities of the Silk Road

30-5/6: Albi & The Languedoc




Poetry & the Great War,


One hundred years after the guns ceased, join historian John Greenacre and author Vivien Whelpton on this unique exploration of World War I through the words of poets and authors    

Irish Country Houses & Gardens, 1


Visit some of the finest country houses in Ireland across a range of periods and architectural styles

Northern Greece,


Explore the untamed landscape, classical history and fascinating architecture of northern Greece in the company of archaeologist and specialist in the Graeco-Roman world, Andrew Wilson

Wellington & Napoleon at Waterloo


Delve into the minds of the figures behind Waterloo, one of the most decisive military encounters in history and enjoy on-site talks in the company of military historian Colonel Nick Lipscombe


More June Tours

3-7: 20th Century Cornwall

4-11: Upper Austria

6-10: Stockholm & Drottingholm Palace

6-12: Bach Festival in Leipzig

9-16: Dingle & the Ring of Kerry

11-15: Roman & Byzantine Ravenna

11-18: Bach Festival in Leipzig

11-18: Germany's Romantic Road

12-27: Riga Opera Festival

TBC: Aldeburgh Festival – Register interest

18-24: Irish Country Houses & Gardens 

19-22: Artists' Houses in Sussex 

26-29: Churches of Norfolk: An Appointment with Angels

26-29: Artists of the North

26-1/7: Bauhaus: German Modern Art & Design




Northumbria & the First Millenium


This perennial favourite offers a thought-provoking window onto Roman life in the company of archaeologist Andrew Wilson.

Hamburg, Schwerin & Bremen  


Explore the artistic highlights of this fascinating trio of cities in the north of Germany.

2–6: Country Houses of North Shropshire

3-10: Islay, Jura & Colonsay

5–9: The Golden Age of Dutch Painting: From Rembrandt to Vermeer

8–15: Iceland: History & Landscape

8–15: Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival – Register interest

11-14: Shakespeare at Stratford

14–21: Wild & Ancient Orkney

15–22: Medieval Burgundy

16–21: A White Garment of Churches

24-27: Churches of Norfolk: An Appointment with Angels

26–3/8: Danish Palaces & Country Houses

28–1/8: Hereford Three Choirs Festival




Hadrian’s Wall,


Enjoy a short UK archaeology tour devoted to one of Britain’s most majestic Roman monuments: Hadrian’s Wall.

Chichester & the South Downs 


Enjoy a short sojourn in the charming cathedral city of Chichester, the base from which we will explore the wonderful heritage of the surrounding South Downs.

Russia’s Golden Ring


Experience the classic tour of ‘Golden Ring’ towns circling Moscow, as well as less frequently visited sites away from the tourist trail.

Northern Picts 


This archaeological tour takes a close look at the Highland area around Inverness, the heartland of the Picts which many experts consider the chief power centre in the early medieval period.

1-5: Hereford Three Choirs Festival

3–11: Arctic Finland & Norway

6: Hogarth in London

6–9: Hadrian’s Wall

8–12: Flemish Painting: From Van Eyck to Rubens

9-14: Lucca Puccini Festival

13–17: Chichester & the South Downs

14–18: Art Treasures of Copenhagen

16–20: International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

18–29: Russia’s Golden Ring

25–31: Northern Picts

26–2/9: Schubert in Schwarzenberg 

31–15/9: South Africa: Flowers of the Fairest Cape




Churches & Monasteries of Armenia & Georgia


Visit the medieval churches of Mtskheta, including the 11th century cathedral once besieged by Tamburlaine.

Armistice: The Great War 


Take a unique opportunity to understand the decisive moments of the First World War one hundred years on from the Armistice.

Iran: Glories of Persia


Delve into the labyrinthine desert city of Yazd from its stunning mosque, glittering with mosaics, to its serene Towers of Silence and visit Isfahan’s Royal Mosque, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture, enchants alongside the Lotfollah Mosque and the beautiful Portico of Qaysariyyeh.

Medieval Winchester


Discover Winchester’s Anglo-Saxon and medieval heritage.




1–14: Churches & Monasteries of Armenia & Georgia

3–8: Aquileia: City of Antiquity

4–11: Isles of Scilly

4-10: Sibelius Festival in Finland

5–11: Beethoven in Bonn

10-16: Haydn in Eisenstadt

10–15: Armistice: The Great War

10–17: Art on the Cote d’Azur

10–19: Ancient Sicily

11-18: Sardinia: Birds, Flowers & Nuraghi

15–22: Wildlife of Andalucia & the Straits of Gibraltar

16–3/10: Iran: Glories of Persia

17–20: Liverpool: Private Wealth, Public Riches

17–23: Moorish Spain: Córdoba & Granada

17-21: Derbyshire Halls & Houses

24–26: Medieval Winchester

24–30: Tuscia: Etruscans, Popes & Princes

24–1/10: The Great Spanish Masters: From El Greco to Sorolla

29–5/11: Piero della Francesca




Chinese Civilisation


Discover the history of over 5000 years of Chinese civilisation, exploring the extraordinary traditional architecture, fine art, garden design, calligraphy and porcelain left by dynasties throughout the centuries.

Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto


Learn about the life of Andrea Palladio and enter famous and lesser-known villas in and around Vicenza and Padua, including Villa Rotonda and Villa Godi.



1-5: The Golden Age of Dutch Painting


2–11: Towns, Palaces & Churches of Poland

8–19: The Dodecanese Islands

9–15: Art & Architecture of Puglia

11–21: Ancient Cyprus

12–19: Wildlife of Albania

13–30: Chinese Civilisation

16-22: Verdi festival in Parma

17–26: The Route of Caravaggio

18–27: Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto

23–25: Oxford College Chapels & Organs

27–2/11:Pompeii with Herculaneum

29-5/11: Piero Della Francesca






Japan in Autumn: Art, Temples & Gardens


Highlights include Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, whose top floors shimmer with gold leaf, will captivate us alongside the Silver Pavilion, once the retirement villa of a 13th century shogun.

South Korea

16 - 29

Explore the pagodas, palaces, temples and tumuli of South Korea and discover maritime Hallyeo, a panoramic seascape strewn with hundreds of islands and rocky islets.


2–18: Japan in Autumn: Art, Temples & Gardens

5-12: Art Treasures of Bavaria

5-10: Imperial Rome: Ostia & Tivoli

6-8: Oxford Colleges Chapels and Organs

10–23: Morocco: Archaeology of the Western Kingdom

10–24: Odisha

13-19: Victorian Italy: The Pre-Raphaelites in Tuscany

19–26: Art & Patronage in Renaissance Florence & Siena




10-14: Yuletide in Copenhagen

20–27: Salzburg at Christmas

21-28: Christmas in Athens

21-28: The Coto Doñana & Seville at Christmas

21-28: Christmas in Genoa

21-27: Christmas in Dresden