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ACE Tours in 2020


From a new natural history tour in Borneo to Amsterdam’s spectacular Mahler Festival, we are pleased to introduce a preview of our 2020 tours programme. To find out more about any of the tours listed, or to register your interest, please contact the ACE office on 01223 841055.

Please note this list is a preview for 2020 and likely to be subject to adjustment.

Further programme details will be released in our next brochure in spring 2019.














Orthodox Christmas in Moscow

The Holy Land


Valletta International Baroque Festival

Mozart Festival in Salzburg

Wildlife of the Suffolk Coast: Minsmere & Orford Ness

Kevin Hand returns to Suffolk for this popular tour featuring a boat trip down the River Ore to search for breeding and wintering avocets, alongside an exploration of Minsmere, one of the country’s premier bird-watching sites

Cambodia & Laos



Bath Bachfest

Elgar, Birmingham & Worcester


Tour Director John Binns will take a group into the heart of this fascinating, multilayered country exploring ancient history, dramatic landscapes, and one of the wonders of the world at Lalibela.

Music & Opera in New York

Somerset Levels in Winter

Pompeii & Herculaneum

Cambridge Churches, College Chapels & Organs

Art Treasures of Dresden



Art on the Cote d’Azur

Art Treasures of St Petersburg

Roman & Byzantine Ravenna

Aquileia: City of Antiquity

Vasari: Father of Art History


Join Tour Director Tom Abbott as we explore glorious Venice, taking in mosaics, monasteries and the city’s artistic magnificence, as well as its fascinating history.

Uzbekistan: Cities of the Silk Road

Beethoven in Bonn: A Cycle of Symphonies

Created specially for the 250th year of the composer’s birth, join John Bryden for this unique tour taking in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies, set in the city of Bonn where he spent much of his early life.

Algeria: Rome meets the Sahara

Art in Berlin

Riviera di Levante: from Genoa to Pisa


Roman York

Chinese Civilisation



Athens, Delphi & the Peloponnese

Crete: Birds, Flowers & Minoans

Citadels of Transylvania

Festival de Paques in Aix en Provence

The Dordogne

From New Orleans to Memphis: Jazz, Blues & the Making of Modern America

Flemish Painting: From Van Eyck to Rubens

Leipzig at Easter

Cornwall: St Ives & the Newlyn School of Painters

Shakespeare at Stratford

Japan in Springtime: Art, Temples & Gardens

Wild Poland: From Ancient Rivers to Primeval Forest

Albania: From the Illyrians to the Ottomans

Lycian Cruise



Ancient Sicily

Art & Architecture in the Loire Valley

Churches of Norfolk: An Appointment with Angels

Cyclades: Ancient Islands of the Aegean

Douro River Cruise

Roman Provence

Glasgow: Patrons, Art & Innovation

Great Bardfield & Beyond: Mid-Century Art & Design in East Anglia

Isles of Scilly

Melk Baroque Music Festival

Bergen International Music Festival

Nicholas Wearne will lead this new tour to one of Norway’s most spectacular classical music festivals, which regularly features the highest quality performers from around the world and a wide range of musical styles.

Northamptonshire Country Houses

Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Chemnitz

Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto

Serbian Monasteries

Wild & Ancient Dartmoor

Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lakes

Wildlife & Walking in Extremadura

Mahler Festival in Amsterdam

One hundred years since it was first held in Amsterdam, the perennially popular Mahler Festival will return again in 2020, featuring the composer’s symphonic masterworks performed by acclaimed orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.


From its stunning palaces to medieval monasteries and entrancing gardens, Christopher Catling will lead us on an exploration of Mallorca’s landscape, architecture and diverse history at one of the most pleasant times of year.



Northern Greece

Aldeburgh Festival

Albi & The Languedoc

Bach Festival in Leipzig

Donegal & Tory Island

Baltic States

Bauhaus: German Modern Art & Design

From Madrid to Toledo: Trade, Treasures & the World of Philip II

From Washington to Jamestown

Hereford & the Welsh Marches

Riga Opera Festival

Lincolnshire Halls & Houses

Madeira: Pearl of the Atlantic

Study the colourful history and culture of Madeira - encircled by the Atlantic, crowned by the snow-capped Pico Ruivo and blessed with a mild sub-tropical climate. Our tour will also familiarise participants with Madeira’s famous export - its local wines.

Malta through History

Provence River Cruise

The Isle of Man


Join historian Steve Mastin for this brand new tour exploring the many layers of this vast land, from the apples of Almaty and the wonders of its surrounding landscape to the architecture of Astana.

St Magnus Music Festival

The Pyrenees

Shetland Islands

Constable & Gainsborough in Suffolk




Beaune Music Festival

Artists of the North

Country Houses of South Shropshire


Mendelssohn on Mull

Medieval Burgundy

Prehistoric & Roman Anglesea & Snowdonia


Wild & Ancient Orkney

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival

Wild Austria

Kevin Hand will lead us into the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful mountain landscapes. Ranging from the wetlands of Lake Constance to accessible Alpine slopes and forests, we will explore not only the flora and fauna of this land but also its ancient and modern history.

Worcester Three Choirs Festival

The Hanseatic League



Artists’ Houses in Susses

Arctic Finland & Norway

Danish Palaces & Country Houses

In the Footsteps of Luther

International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

William Morris & the Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford

Roman Kent: Towns, Forts & Frescoes

Schubert in Schwarzenberg

South Africa: Flowers of the Fairest Cape

Roman Scotland

Teutonic Knights



Ancient Sicily

Aquileia: City of Antiquity

East Midlands

Art & Architecture of Puglia

Art Nouveau in Belgium

Art on the Cote d’Azur

Berlin: Birth & Rebirth of a Nation

Haydn in Eisenstadt

Chichester & the South Downs

Derbyshire Halls & Houses

Hill Towns of Umbria & Tuscany

Northumbria in the First Millennium

Roman & Byzantine Ravenna

Uzbekistan: Cities of the Silk Road

Yorkshire Country Houses

Normandy: From the Normans to the D-Day

Oberammergau Passion Play

Early Christian & Medieval Rome


Wildlife expert Marcus Kohler will lead this brand new exploration Borneo’s mysterious and fascinating landscape, from the Kinabalu National Park to the Gomantong Caves and the Danum Valley Field Centre, seeking out a wide variety of flora and fauna including proboscis monkey, slow loris, and of course orangutan.



Piero della Francesca



Ancient Crete & Santorini


In Search of China’s White Gold

Medieval to Modern: Music & Art in Germany

Pompeii & Herculaneum


Verdi Festival in Parma

Wexford Opera Festival

Warsaw Chopin Piano Competition

John Bryden will return to one of the world’s most prestigious classical music contests, an outstanding showcase of musical expertise and technical brilliance. Previous winners have included Maurizio Pollini and Martha Argerich.


Wildlife of Albania

Ancient Cyprus



South Korea

Art & Patronage of Renaissance Florence & Siena


West Japan & the Inland Sea: Art & Pilgrimage

Tour Director Richard Farmer, specialist in Japanese Buddhist art, leads this brand new tour exploring the castles, hot spring towns, strolling gardens, temples and museums of west Japan.

Opera in Vienna


Bath Mozartfest