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New Tours

We are delighted to introduce a selection of newly released tours for 2020, including several brand new departures alongside cultural and musical favourites.

Spread across several subject areas, the tours are rich and varied, crafted by both academic and travel experts to provide the very best opportunities for cultural appreciation. Whether discovering the flora and fauna of the Austrian Alps, delving into layers of ancient and medieval history in Old Castile, or stepping inside one of Mallorca’s tranquil churches or monasteries, we hope you will find your next cultural experience below.

 

FEBRUARY

ELGAR, BIRMINGHAM & WORCESTER

MUSIC

8 Feb — 13 Feb, 2020 | with Nicholas Wearne | £1495
      • Nicola Benedetti joins Klaus Mäkelä and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for Bartók’s Violin Concerto No 2 More>>
      • City Organist Thomas Trotter gives his 800th solo recital – including Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice – and Iceland’s Symphony Orchestra plays Sibelius’s Symphony No 1 More>>
      • Explore the places that inspired Elgar’s works, including the Malvern Hills, and enjoy private recitals from our Tour Director More>>

 

BATH BACHFEST

MUSIC

20 Feb — 23 Feb, 2020 | with Sandy Burnett | £1175
      • Enjoy music by Bach alongside works by his contemporaries More>>
      • Learn about the history of this beautiful city with a guided tour of the Roman Baths More>>
      • Enjoy an illustrated lecture on the Schantz fortepiano at Bath’s impressive Holburne Museum More>

 

APRIL

FESTTAGE: MOZART & BEETHOVEN IN BERLIN

MUSIC

9 Apr — 14 Apr, 2020 | with Paul Jackson | £2745
      • Experience four of Beethoven’s symphonies in his 250th birth year, performed by one of the world’s oldest orchestras under Daniel Barenboim More>>
      • Attend two of Mozart’s most beloved operas – Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute – at Berlin’s iconic state opera house More>>
      • Explore the cultural sites of Berlin, from its enthralling Alte Nationalgalerie to Grunewald Hunting Lodge More>>

 

JUNE

LINCOLNSHIRE HALLS & HOUSES

ARCHITECTURE

2 Jun — 8 Jun, 2020 | with Oliver Gerrish | £1395
      • Enjoy visits to privately-owned houses including Fulbeck Manor and Doddington Hall, which has been in the same family for 400 years More>>
      • Visit Burghley House in Stamford, a 16th century prodigy house with magnificent late 17th century interiors by Verrio and Laguerre More>>
      • Cross into Leicestershire to explore Belvoir Castle, Britain’s grandest Regency castle boasting a palatial sequence of state rooms More>>

 

JULY

WILDLIFE OF THE AUSTRIAN ALPS

NATURE

6 Jul — 13 Jul, 2020 | with Kevin Hand | £2575
      • Wander the meadows and forests of one of Europe’s most stunning regions, nestled between Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland More>>
      • Look out for a rich variety of birdlife, from snowfinch and alpine chough to red crested pochard and golden oriole More>>
      • Delve into the wetlands around Lake Constance and enjoy a relaxing boat trip More>>

 

VERONA OPERA FESTIVAL

MUSIC

2 Jul — 7 Jul, 2020 | with Sandy Burnett | £2945
      • Enjoy three magnificent productions staged at Verona’s famous Arena, including Verdi’s Aida and Nabucco More>>
      • Attend a brand new production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci – a famously inseparable duo More>>
      • Explore the ‘fair Verona’ of Romeo and Juliet, and journey by boat across Lake Garda More>>

 

AUGUST

RUSSIA'S GOLDEN RING

ART & ARCHITECTURE

4 Aug — 15 Aug, 2020 | with Alex Koller | £3595
      • Experience the classic tour of ‘Golden Ring’ towns circling Moscow, as well as less frequently visited sites away from the tourist trail More>>
      • Highlights will include the beautiful architecture of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad and the kremlin at Rostov More>>
      • Visit the architecturally impressive Tolga Monastery, accessed via boat along the Volga, Europe’s longest river More>>

 

SCHUBERT IN SCHWARZENBERG

MUSIC

22 Aug — 29 Aug, 2020 | with Nicholas Wearne | £2945
      • Canadian baritone Gerald Finley joins English pianist Julius Drake for Schubert’s Schwanengesang More>>
      • Anne Sofie von Otter sings works by Schumann and Schubert, while award-winning pianist Paul Lewis brings us sonatas by Beethoven More>>
      • Enjoy a medley of daytime visits including excursions to Lake Constance and the wonderful Rieger Orgelbau workshop More>>

 

OLD CASTILE: FROM THE ROMANS TO EL CID

HISTORY

31 Aug — 7 Sep, 2020 | with Andrew Fear | £2195
      • Uncover Castile’s Roman past at the ancient city of Clunia and the villa of La Dehesa, with its stunning floor mosaics More>>
      • Travel in the footsteps of the legendary Castilian hero El Cid, from his tomb in Burgos to the mighty fortress of Gormaz More>>
      • Discover some of the most beautiful architecture in Spain, including the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos with its famous cloister More>>

 

SEPTEMBER

NORTHUMBRIA IN THE FIRST MILLENNIUM

HISTORY

7 Sep — 11 Sep, 2020 | with Imogen Corrigan | £975
      • Uncover the world of St Cuthbert and St Bede as we investigate the history of Northumbria after the Romans left and before the Normans arrived More>>
      • Highlights include Escomb Saxon church, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and the twin monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow, once home to Bede and itself a UNESCO World Heritage site More>>
      • Spend an afternoon at Durham Cathedral and enjoy its major exhibition, Open Treasure More>>

 

DERBYSHIRE HALLS & HOUSES

HOUSES & GARDENS

7 Sep — 11 Sep, 2020 | with Oliver Gerrish | £1195
      • Uncover Derbyshire’s historic country houses, from Haddon Hall, the quintessential medieval manor, to Kedleston, Robert Adam’s beautifully restored neoclassical masterpiece More>>
      • Enjoy private visits to houses including Tissington Hall and Renishaw Hall More>>
      • Examine world-famous collections of furniture, paintings and decorative arts More>>

 

ANCIENT SICILY

ARCHAEOLOGY

8 Sep — 18 Sep, 2020 | with Philip Kenrick | £2995
      • Step into the Villa del Casale to view its stunning Roman mosaics, widely regarded as one of the richest collections in the world More>>
      • Uncover remarkable architectural fusions, from William II’s Norman-Byzantine cathedral of Monreale to the Palatine Chapel in Palermo, resplendent with Byzantine mosaics More>>
      • On this special extended departure, enjoy a day spent at leisure on Ortygia More>>

 

YORKSHIRE COUNTRY HOUSES

ARCHITECTURE

21 Sep — 26 Sep, 2020 | with Adam White | £1545
      • From a base in York, explore a selection of the region’s best country houses, including some special visits to private homes More>>
      • Enjoy a tour of Clifton Castle, a late Georgian mansion with spectacular views of Wensleydale, in the company of its owner, the Marquess of Downshire More>>
      • Visit Temple Newsam, sometimes described as the ‘Hampton Court of the North’ and one of the great treasure houses of Georgian furniture and other British decorative arts More>>

 

SERBIAN MONASTERIES

ART & ARCHITECTURE

21 Sep — 2 Oct, 2020 | with Alex Koller | £2545
      • Enjoy access to remote monasteries and churches in the unspoilt countryside of Serbia More>>
      • View outstanding pieces of medieval European art such as the White Angel fresco situated at Mileševa Monastery More>>
      • Visit one of the oldest churches in the Balkans, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul with 14th century foundations More>>

 

CHICHESTER & THE SOUTH DOWNS

ARCHITECTURE, HOUSES & GARDENS

21 Sep — 25 Sep, 2020 | with Richard Pailthorpe | £3195
      • Enjoy a short sojourn in the charming cathedral city of Chichester, and explore the wonderful heritage of the surrounding South Downs More>>
      • Take in architecture covering over 2000 years of history, from Roman floor mosaics to 20th century art More>>
      • Make a special visit to the Weald and Downland Living Museum in the company of its former Director More>>

 

ART & ARCHITECTURE OF PUGLIA

ART

22 Sep — 28 Sep, 2020 | with Andrew Spira | £1995
      • Explore the diverse artistic and architectural heritage of Bari, Barletta, Ostuni and Otranto More>>
      • Visit the Basilica di San Nicola, the south’s first Norman church and a model for many later churches in Puglia More>>
      • Discover one of southern Italy’s most amazing 15th century narrative fresco cycles, covering every inch of the walls of the Romanesque Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria More>>

 

OCTOBER

POMPEII WITH HERCULANEUM

ARCHAEOLOGY

9 Oct — 15 Oct, 2020 | with Steve Mastin | £1945
      • This perennial favourite offers a thought-provoking window onto Roman life 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>>

 

PALLADIO AND THE VILLAS ON THE VENETO

ARCHITECTURE

15 Oct — 24 Oct, 2020 | with Charles Hind | £3195
      • Learn about the life of Andrea Palladio, and visit both famous and lesser-known villas in and around Vicenza and Padua More>>
      • Visit sites including Villa Godi, Palladio’s earliest country house, and the Villa Porto Colleoni, the most important 15th century villa of the region More>>
      • Cruise along the Brenta Canal into Venice to discover Palladio’s religious architecture, and take the rare opportunity to view the original sculpture collection of the Palazzo Grimani in situ More>>

 

ANCIENT CYPRUS

ARCHAEOLOGY

22 Oct — 1 Nov, 2020 | with Philip Kenrick | £2445
      • Cross the border between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to examine the island’s historic role in the interaction between the cultures of Europe and the Middle East More>>
      • The southern sector is home to the UNESCO-listed sites of Paphos, Choirokoitia and the painted churches of the Troodos Mountains More>>
      • Highlights of the northern sector include the mountaintop St Hilarion Castle, the beautiful Bellapais Abbey and the ancient site of Salami More>>

 

PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA

ART

26 Oct — 2 Nov, 2020 | with Lucrezia Walker | £2095
      • Discover the abundance of paintings and sites relating to the great artist Piero della Francesca situated along the eponymous trail stretching through Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches More>>
      • Trace the artist’s beginnings in his birthplace of Sansepolcro, and explore his mature work in Arezzo and Urbino, including the Legend of the True Cross and Flagellation of Christ More>>
      • Enjoy a visit to Raphael’s House in Urbino in the 500th anniversary year of the artist’s death More>>

 

NOVEMBER

SOUTH KOREA

REGIONAL CULTURE

17 Nov — 1 Dec, 2020 | with Alex Koller | £4395
      • Explore the pagodas, palaces, temples and tumuli of South Korea More>>
      • Discover maritime Hallyeo, a panoramic seascape strewn with hundreds of islands and rocky islets More>>
      • Take in six UNESCO World Heritage sites: Changdeokgung, Gyeongju, Haeinsa, Jongmyo, Seokguram and Bulguksa More>>

 
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