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UPDATED 17th July

ODISHA

REGIONAL CULTURE

21 Nov — 5 Dec, 2020 | with Annie Owen | £4295
      • Explore the tribal heritage of the Indian state of Odisha More>>
      • Discover craft villages including Dandasahi, to see Pattachitra painting, and the weaving village of Nuapatna More>>
      • Watch the sunset rituals performed by the monks at the Joranda monastery More>>

 

DONEGAL & TORY ISLAND

NATURE

21 Nov — 5 Dec, 2020 | with Kevin Hand | £2195
      • Discover the beautiful views, fascinating landscape and intriguing culture of County Donegal More>>
      • Trace the footsteps of St Columba as we take a short voyage to Tory Island, remote but still inhabited More>>
      • Explore the impressions this part of Ireland made on artists including Derek Hill, founder of the Primitive painters’ group on Tory Island More>>

 

GOA: PORTUGUESE HERITAGE, LANDSCAPE & WILDLIFE

REGIONAL CULTURE

8 — 23 Nov, 2020 | with Martin Symington | £4295
      • Journey from south to north Goa, exploring history, culture and wildlife More>>
      • Discover Portuguese architecture, including mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries More>>
      • Make an excursion to the far-flung Dudhsagar Waterfalls, and spend a morning at the spectacular bird sanctuary on Chorão Island in the Mondovi River estuary More>>

 

ANCIENT CRETE & SANTORINI

ARCHAEOLOGY

6 - 12 Oct, 2020 | with Oliver Kenzie | £2395
      • Delve into Akrotiri, covered by volcanic ash in the 16th century BC, home to some of the Aegean’s most important Bronze Age art More>>
      • Visit Phaistos, a large palatial complex, where the mysterious ‘Phaistos Disc’ was discovered More>>
      • Spend an afternoon at Knosssos, the largest and most famous Cretan arhcaeological sites More>>

 

ROUSSILLON

ARCHITECTURE | ART 

30 Mar - 6 Apr, 2020 | 5 - 12 Oct, 2020 | £2095
      • Explore the varied cultural history of Roussillon More>>
      • Enjoy an excursion to Catalonia to visit the Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the fishing village of Cadaqués More>>
      • Discover Romanesque architecture and sculpture at Elne, a pre-Roman Iberian citadel, and at St Michel de Cuxa More>>

 

ART NOUVEAU IN BELGIUM

ARCHITECTURE | ART 

3 - 8 Sep, 2020 with Christopher Bourne | £1895
      • This tour provides an overview of the Art Nouveau style of architecture, furniture and decorative arts in Brussels and Antwerp, where it enjoyed its first flowering in the 1890s More>>
      • See how the style developed, from Victor Horta’s early Autrique house to his magnificent Van Eetvelde and Solvay mansions More>>
      • Enjoy private guided tours of the interiors of Art Nouveau buildings not normally open to the public More>>

 

FLOWERS OF THE FAIREST CAPE: FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE INDIAN OCEANS

NATURE

1 - 16 Sep, 2020 with John Parker | £4895
      • Experience the astonishing diversity of South Africa’s flora, from the spring bulbs and carpets of daisies along the West Coast to the verdant forests of the Indian Ocean coast on the Garden Route More>>
      • Delve into the Klein Karoo, a unique semi-arid but bio-diverse environment set amongst majestic mountains, and with many famous wineries More>>
      • Gaze up at an enormous 800 year-old ‘big tree’ yellowwood at Tsitsikamma National Park, and down on the whales at De Hoop More>>

 

TEUTONIC KNIGHTS

ARCHITECTURE | ART

7 - 19 July, 2020 with Tom Abbott | £2795
      • Discover the headquarters of the Teutonic Knights at Malbork More>>
      • Visit the site of the battle of Tannenberg More>>
      • Spend time in the beautiful seaside town of Gdańsk, one of the key centres of the Hanseatic League More>>

 

 

ARCTIC FINLAND & NORWAY

NATURE

7 - 15 Aug, 2020 with Kevin Hand | £2635
      • Travel above the Arctic Circle to explore some of Europe’s largest remaining wilderness landscapes: from taiga forest to sparse tundra and dramatic coastline More>>
      • Investigate the fascinating Sámi culture and living traditions More>>
      • Look out for arctic flora and fauna, including reindeer and a host of birdlife, from owls to seabirds More>>

 

 

DANUBE RIVER CRUISE

ACE CULTURAL CRUISES

31 Aug — 9 Sep, 2020 with John Bryden, Sarah Burles, Ashley Solomon, Lars Tharp, Nicholas Wearne, Emilie Capulet, Andrew Spira, Tom Abbott, Judy Brown | £3295
      • Nine guest Tour Directors shine a spectrum of lights on the history of this commanding waterway, its artistic and musical heritage More>>
      • Journey from Passau to Budapest, taking in the treasures of Melk, Vienna, Bratislava and Esztergom en route More>>
      • Relax on board as we cruise alongside some of the most picturesque scenery the river has to offer More>>

 

DENMARK: ANCIENT & MODERN

ART | ARCHITECTURE

4 — 6 Aug, 2020 with Lars Tharp | £3245
      •  Discover Denmark’s treasures from across six millennia of remarkable history, on a brand new tour crafted by Danish-born art historian Lars Tharp More>>
      • Explore the wide sweep of Danish culture: from megaliths to palaces, historical towns and sites associated with the monarchy and legendary cultural figures such as Hans Christian Andersen and Bertil Thorvaldsen More>>
      • Enjoy a day excursion by ferry to the island of Ærøskøbing to view remains spanning over five thousand years More>>

 

POMERANIA

HISTORICAL | ARCHITECTURE

25 Aug — 6 Sept, 2020 with Tom Abbott | £2995
      • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Stralsund, and the island of Rügen, immortalised by Caspar David Friedrich More>>
      • Discover Güstrow, one of Germany’s finest Renaissance castles More>>
      • Visit Prenzlau, home to perhaps northern Germany’s most perfect Gothic brick church More>>

 

THE HANSEATIC LEAGUE

HISTORICAL | ARCHITECTURE

29 July — 6 Aug, 2020 | £2795
      • Discover the history of the Hanseatic League, from Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck, three major merchant centres More>>
      • Explore medieval church architecture in an array of locations More>>
      • Visit fascinating museums, including the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck More>>

 

MEDIEVAL BURGUNDY

ARCHITECTURE | ART

1 — 8 July, 2020 | £2595
      • Explore Guédelon, where a team of master craftsmen are building an authentic recreation of a medieval castle using only the techniques and materials of the Middle Ages More>>
      • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vézelay, an enduring masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque architecture More>>
      • Spend a day in Dijon, exploring the Cathedral of St Bénigne, Archaeological Museum and Palais des Ducs More>>

 

LORRAINE

ART | ARCHITECTURE

25 — 4 July, 2020 with Tom Abbott | £2595
      • Explore the royal residential centre of Nancy, home to some of the best Rococo design in France More>>
      • Enjoy a private visit to the Chateau de Fléville, a beautiful example of French-Renaissance architecture More>>
      • See the largest and best-preserved Maginot Line fortress complex at Hackenberg More>>

 

 

THE ARIÉGE

ARCHAEOLOGY | ART | REGIONAL CULTURE

22 — 28 June, 2020 with Juliet Heslewood & Moira Tait | £2195
      • Explore the Paleolithic cave art of the Ariège region of France, its development and meaning More>>
      • Visit the impressive galleries at the Grotte de Niaux, its walls covered with highly detailed paintings of animals, including bison, horses, ibex and deer More>>
      • Explore the fortified medieval city of Carcassonne, with its views towards the Pyrenees and Black Mountains More>>

 

FROM MADRID TO TOLEDO: TRADE, TREASURE & THE WORLD OF PHILIP II

ART | ARCHITECTURE | HISTORY

1 - 8 June, 2020 with Lars Tharp  | £2595
      • Explore three spectacular capitals from across the ages: Madrid, Toledo and Valladolid More>>
      • Investigate the themes of trade and power through visits to the royal centres of La Granja de San Ildefonso and El Escorial More>>
      • Spend a morning among the treasures of the extraordinary Prado Museum in Madrid More>>

 

 

BALTIC STATES

ART | ARCHITECTURE | REGIONAL CULTURE

7 - 20 June, 2020 with Alex Koller  | £2950
      • Explore the culturally rich capitals of the Baltics – Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia More>>
      • Wander the cobbled streets of Tallinn, brimming with historical and architectural interest More>>
      • Discover the tranquility of Estonia’s oldest university town, Tartu More>>

 

 

MADEIRA: PEARL OF THE ATLANTIC

REGIONAL CULTURE

15 - 21 June, 2020 with Martin Symington  | £1895
      • Explore the history and culture of Madeira from a base in Funchal, capital of the archipelago More>>
      • Visit Blandy’s garden at Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro, with a variety of exotic flowers, oaks and chestnuts and different species of flora native to Madeira More>>
      • Discover Madeira’s local wines with a cellar tour and tasting More>>

 

 

BACH FESTIVAL IN LEIPZIG

MUSIC

15 - 22 June, 2020 with John Bryden | £2795
      • Join a unique ‘family reunion’ of specialist J S Bach performers from around the world More>>
      • Experience some of Bach’s most beautiful choral cantatas in the neoclassical surroundings of Leipzig’s magnificent Nikolaikirche, where the composer once worked as Director of Music More>>
      • Further highlights include Bach’s Mass in B minor, St Matthew and St John Passionsand timeless Goldberg Variations More>>

 

 

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE IN BUDAPEST

MUSIC

16 - 22 June, 2020 with Sandy Burnett  | £2595
      • Enjoy the near-unrivalled acoustics of Müpa’s Béla Bartók Concert Hall, designed by famous specialist Russell Johnson More>>
      • Appreciate world class performances from this semi-staged production, which has garnered widespread critical acclaim for several years More>>
      • Explore the cultural highlights of Hungary’s capital, from the Great Synagogue and Parliament Building to the Castle District More>>

 

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTRY HOUSES

HOUSES & GARDENS

10 – 16 May, 2020 with Adam White  | £1585
      • Enjoy visits to an array of stunning private houses and gardens, from Drayton House to Cottesbrooke Hall More>>
      • Discover the beautiful Grade I-listed gardens at Holdenby More>>
      • Visit Boughton House, seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch and home to a notable art collection More>>

 

ALBI & THE LANGUEDOC

ART | HISTORY

13 — 20 May, 2020 with Juliet Heslewood | £2495
      • Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed artist Toulouse-Lautrec, taking in his dedicated museum in Albi and his beautiful rural home, the Chateau du Bosc More>>
      • Investigate the narrative of the Albigensian Crusade through the Languedoc’s distinctive historical features and medieval architecture More>>
      • Visit some of France’s most beautiful towns and villages, including the fortified towns of Cordes-sur-Ciel and Carcassonne More>>

 

VILLAS & GARDENS OF THE ITALIAN LAKES

HOUSES & GARDENS

9 – 16 May, 2020 with Peter Higginson  | £2645
      • Trace developments in garden design from the 16th to the 20th century More>>
      • Discover the famous 17th century Sacro Monte beside Lake Orta: a fascinating Counter-Reformation ‘religious garden’ designed to transport pilgrims into the world of St Francis, patron saint of nature More>>
      • Uncover the delights of the Borromean islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre More>>

 

 

VALLETTA INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE FESTIVAL

MUSIC

10 – 16 Jan, 2020 with Ashley Solomon  | £2195
      • Bask in the blissful sounds of La Serenissima and Les Musiciens du Louvre, two of the world’s finest early music ensembles More>>
      • Enjoy an evocative performance from bass and lutenist Joel Frederiksen More>>
      • Delve into Malta’s fascinating history with a visit to the island of Gozo, inhabited for thousands of years More>>

 

 

ANCIENT SICILY

ARCHAEOLOGY

13 – 22 May, 2020 with Philip Kenrick  | £2895
      •  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>>
      • Syracuse offers a wealth of cultural delights including the Archaeological Park with its Roman amphitheatre, Greek theatre and forbidding quarries More>>

 

WILDLIFE & WALKING IN EXTREMADURA

NATURE

20 — 27 May 2020 with Kevin Hand | £1795
      •  Wander over rolling plains and through cork and holm oak dehesas in one of the most untouched areas of Spain More>>
      • Highlights include the Parque Natural de Monfragüe, perhaps the finest raptor-watching site in Europe More>>
      • Stay first in historical Cáceres and then in a traditional family-run finca set deep within forests of cork oak and steppe grassland More>>

 

GARDENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

HOUSES & GARDENS

13 – 20 May, 2020 with Caroline Hannah  | £2385
      • From Kilmacurragh to Dargle Glen, enjoy visits to some of Ireland’s most impressive gardens in the company of head gardeners, curators and owners More>>
      • Explore a selection of private grounds, including June Blake’s beautiful country-style garden More>>
      • Explore designs inspired by William Robinson at Altamont and Mount Usher More>>

 

 

SARDINIA: BIRDS, FLOWERS & NURAGHI

NATURE

7 – 14 Apr, 2020 with Harriet Allen & Mark Welch | £1995
      • Discover Sardinia’s wonderful flora and fauna in a variety of habitats including coastal lagoons, cork oak woodland, and karstic mountain landscapes More>>
      • Examine the island’s Bronze Age civilisation through their characteristic circular towers – nuraghi More>>
      • The lagoons at Mari e Pauli and Sale Porcus offer opportunities to see uncommon water birds such as the purple gallinule, great white egret and the red-crested pochard More>>

 

 

LEIPZIG AT EASTER

MUSIC

8 – 16 Apr, 2020 with John Bryden | £2595
      • Take your seats for two jewels of the operatic repertoire – Wagner’s Parsifal and Verdi’s La traviata – alongside Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty  More>>
      • Enjoy Bach’s stirring St John Passion, performed in the surroundings of the Thomaskirche, the composer’s final resting place More>>
      • Make excursions to Dresden for its spectacular Frauenkirche, and Halle, birthplace of Handel More>>

 

 

GLASGOW: PATRONS, ART & INNOVATION

ART & ARCHITECTURE | GENTLER TOUR

14 – 20 Apr, 2020 with Evelyn Silber | £1495
      • Follow the work of key figures including Robert Adam, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh  More>>
      • Take a trip to the Isle of Bute for Mount Stuart, one of the most lavish and individual late Victorian houses in Scotland More>>
      • Enjoy a visit to Dumfries House, a Palladian mansion featuring an outstanding collection of 18th century furniture More>>

 

 

WILD POLAND

NATURE

28 Apr – 5 May, 2020 with Kevin Hand | £1785
      • Explore the truly unique environment of Bialowieza, the greatest primeval deciduous and coniferous forest on the continent, home to wild boar, red deer and wild bison More>>
      • Journey up the Narew River – where the reed marshes are known as the ‘Polish Amazonia’ – looking out for corncrakes, little bitterns, black storks and short eared owls More>>
      • The magical dawn chorus will greet us on a special early morning outing, complemented by evening walks to observe beavers and the forest nightlife More>>

 

THE DORDOGNE

HISTORY | ARCHAEOLOGY

20 – 27 Apr, 2020 with Juliet Hesslewood & Moira Tait | £2595
      • View exceptional works of art preserved on the walls of the Pech Merle cave, featuring images of mammoths, bison and horses More>>
      • Enjoy a guided tour of the Lascaux caves, viewing reproductions of famous prehistoric paintings More>>
      • Discover the bastide towns of Monpazier and Domme More>>

 

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: PILGRIMS, CATHEDRALS & CASTLES

REGIONAL CULTURE

17 – 26 Apr, 2020 with Martin Locker | £2895
      • Trace the stories of generations of pilgrims along one of the world’s most ancient routes More>>
      • Discover fascinating myths and legends that have grown up around the Camino over the centuries More>>
      • Experience the tastes, smells and sounds of northern Spain with its unique combination of history, awe-inspiring landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine More>>

 

 

BOLOGNA, MANTUA & PARMA

ART & ARCHITECTURE

26 Apr – 1 May, 2020 with Andrew Spira | £2145
      • Experience the artistic highlights of northern Italy from bases in historical Bologna and Parma, and enjoy a new excursion to the walled town of Sabbioneta More>>
      • View works of art by the Old Masters, including the superb collection of Bolognese paintings in the Pinacoteca Nazionale More>>
      • Explore fascinating churches and cathedrals, including Mantua’s sumptuous Palazzo Te More>>

 

 

 

NORTHERN GREECE

ARCHAEOLOGY

15 – 27 Jun, 2020 with Andrew Wilson  | £2795
      • Explore the untamed landscape, classical history and fascinating architecture of northern Greece in the company of archaeologist and specialist in the Greco-Roman world, Andrew Wilson More>>
      • Learn about the region and its history through visits to Byzantine churches, sanctuaries and monasteries, taking in mosaics and early Christian art More>>
      • Uncover the ancient treasures of Vergina, Macedonia’s first capital, and journey to Alexander the Great’s birthplace of Pella More>>

 

THE SHETLAND ISLANDS

NATURE

22 – 29 Jun, 2020 with Peter Exley  | £1995
      • Explore the wonderfully atmospheric, uninhabited Isle of Mousa, home to seabirds and waders including storm petrels More>>
      • Absorb the remarkable history of Shetland, from Neolithic settlements to Viking remains More>>
      • Make an excursion to the island of Unst to visit the Keen of Hamar Nature Reserve, with its otherworldly appearance and rare plantlife More>>

 

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE IN LEIPZIG

MUSIC

14 – 20 Jan, 2020 with Alberto Massimo  | £2695
      • Attend the four critically acclaimed Ring Cycle performances in the city of Wagner’s birth More>>
      • Take a day trip to Dresden, home to the splendid Semper Opera House where Wagner premiered several works More>>
      • Enjoy the musical delights of Leipzig, from an exhibition on the young Wagner to the celebrated Bach-Archiv More>>

 

PROVENCE RIVER CRUISE

CULTURAL CRUISES

FIRST DEPARTURE 26 Apr – 2 May, 2020 with Peter Higginson | £2995
SECOND DEPARTURE 21 - 27 June, 2020 with Peter Higginson | £2995
      • Discover centuries of history in the beautiful Provence region between Avignon and Aigues-Mortes
      • Visit museums of the region, including the Musée du Petit Palais with its outstanding art collection
      • Enjoy cruising through beautiful waterways and savour delicious on-board menus

FIRST DEPARTURE | SECOND DEPARTURE

 

GREAT BARDFIELD & BEYOND: MID-CENTURY ART & DESIGN IN EAST ANGLIA

ART

12 – 16 May, 2020 with Alan Powers  | £1295
      • Discover the Great Bardfield artists and the environments within which they lived and worked More>>
      • Enjoy a special visit to the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, home of the North West Essex Collection of Great Bardfield works More>>
      • Gain an in-depth understanding of mid-century art and design across visits in Cambridge, Braintree and Bedford More>>

 

JORDAN

ARCHAEOLOGY

19 – 29 Oct, 2020 with Andrew Wilson  | £3245
      • Delve into the rich layers of Jordan’s history, from the grand colonnades of Rome to the castles of the crusaders More>>
      • Marvel at the awe-inspiring stronghold of Petra, carved from rock by the Nabataeans more than 2000 years ago More>>
      • Journey through the desert landscape of western Arabia, discovering the prehistoric rock engravings of Wadi Rum More>>

 

BAUHAUS: GERMAN MODERN ART & DESIGN

ART

23 – 28 Jun, 2020 with Alan Powers  | £2095
      • Discover the highlights of the Bauhaus School and modernist design in Germany More>>
      • Take in the major centres of Weimar and Dessau alongside the lesser-visited but culturally rewarding towns of Chemnitz, Gera and Jena More>>
      • Study the art, architecture and design of the Bauhaus School and related artists, including creations by Walter Gropius, Henry van de Velde and Erich Mendelsohn More>>

 

BRUGES

ART | GENTLER TOUR

5 – 9 Oct, 2020 with Sarah Burles  | £1495
      • Explore the delightful medieval town of Bruges, characterised by its fine churches, canals and cobbled streets, from a base 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>>

 

IN SEARCH OF CHINA'S WHITE GOLD

ART & REGIONAL CULTURE

23 Oct – 10 Nov, 2020 with Elizabeth Morrell & Lars Tharp | £5895
      • Discover the history of Chinese porcelain, which Europeans valued so highly that for centuries they have called it ‘white gold’’ More>>
      • Explore China’s sweeping landscapes, cities and villages with visits to still-functioning potteries and kilns More>>
      • Spend time in Shanghai Museum, home to one of China’s finest ceramic public collections More>

 

HILL TOWNS OF UMBRIA

ART & ARCHITECTURE

14–21 Sep, 2020 with Christopher Wellington | £2245
      • Take a journey to discover Umbria’s beautiful hill towns, uncovering the artistic and cultural heritage of the region More>>
      • Palaces, cathedrals, museums and medieval streets come alive through the expertise of our Tour Director More>>
      • Explore the life of St Francis of Assisi, including a visit to the town’s magnificent basilica, one of Italy’s most significant pilgrimage destinations More>

 

THAILAND

REGIONAL CULTURE

22 Oct – 6 Nov, 2020 with Moira Tait | £4445
      • Explore the evocative temple ruins left behind by the mighty Khmer Empire More>>
      • Enjoy a cruise along the Mekong on a converted teak barge, taking in stunning archaeological and natural sites More>>
      • Journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok via the UNESCO cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya More>

 

WILDLIFE OF ALBANIA

NATURE

2–9 Oct, 2020 with Kevin Hand | £1995
      • Uncover a little visited European gem, where snow-capped mountains plunge into bright blue seas, charming villages nestle amongst the forested landscape, and coastal lagoons teem with birdlife More>>
      • Search for the rare Dalmatian pelican during a boat trip on Great Prespa Lake More>>
      • Look out for wetland birdlife and migrating waders on the ‘Albanian Riviera’ More>

 

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH PAINTING

ART

2–6 Jul, 2020 with Rupert Dickens | £1875
      • Discover the wealth of 17th century art in the famous collections of Amsterdam, Haarlem and The Hague More>>
      • Enjoy a visit to the Lakenhal Museum in Leiden, reopening in 2019 after major restoration and expansion More>>
      • Gain an understanding of Dutch patronage in the age of Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer More>

 

FLEMISH PAINTING: FROM VAN EYCK TO RUBENS

ART

15–19 Apr, 2020 with Rupert Dickens | £1495
      • Discover the Flemish Masters in ‘The Year of van Eyck’, including over half of the artist’s known works in a special exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent More>>
      • Visit Bruges, to see the newly refurbished Gruthuusemuseum and works by Memling in the Hospital of St John More>>
      • Spend a day in historical Antwerp, where Rubens and Van Dyck once worked More>

 

WILD POLAND: FROM ANCIENT RIVERS TO PRIMEVAL FOREST

NATURE

28 Apr – 5 May, 2020 with Kevin Hand | £1785
      • Explore the truly unique environment of Bialowieza, the greatest primeval deciduous and coniferous forest on the continent, home to wild boar and red deer More>>
      • Journey up the Narew River – where the reed marshes are known as the ‘Polish Amazonia’ – looking out for corncrakes, little bitterns, black storks and short eared owls More>>
      • The magical dawn chorus will greet us on a special early morning outing, complemented by evening walks to observe beavers and the forest nightlife More>

 

CITADELS OF TRANSYLVANIA

ART & ARCHITECTURE

6–13 May, 2020 with Alex Koller | £1875
      • Explore the fortified churches of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania More>>
      • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Câlnic Citadel and the three-aisle Biertan Fortified Church More>>
      • Travel through Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca and Brașov, and take in the wooden churches and gates of the Maramureș region More>

 

UPDATED 10th July

 

FARTHEST FRONTIER: ROMAN SCOTLAND & THE ANTONINE WALL

ARCHAEOLOGY

22-28 Jul 2020 with Andrew Wilson | £1485
      • Trace the northernmost reaches of the Roman Empire along the UNESCO-listed Antonine Wall More>>
      • Discover the best preserved remnants of the wall at Watling Lodge and Rough Castle More>>
      • Explore the fascinating collections in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Melrose, which shine a light on Roman life at the fringes of the empire More>

 

HOUSES & GARDENS OF HEREFORDSHIRE & THE WELSH BORDERS

HOUSES & GARDENS

20-24 Jul 2020 with Jeffrey Haworth | £1295
      • From a base in the cathedral city of Hereford, enjoy an array of private visits to houses and gardens not frequently open to the public, from Whitfield to Llanvihangel and Treberfydd More>>
      • Explore some of the region’s fine churches, including the Romanesque Kilpeck Church More>>
      • Discover wonderful gardens of the 20th century, including The Laskett Gardens More>

 

 

ISLE OF MAN

NATURE

27 Mar – 3 Apr 2020 with Kevin Hand | £1795
      • From rugged coastal heaths to dramatic mountain views, explore the captivating geology and landscape of this UNESCO biosphere reserve More>>
      • Discover a diversity of seabirds, plant and marine life – including some of Europe’s largest hen harrier and chough populations, Hibernean ivy and Isle of Man cabbage More>>
      • Human and natural history intersect as we learn more about the island’s Celtic, Viking and early Christian past More>

 

 

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTRY HOUSES

HOUSES & GARDENS

6-10 May 2020 with Adam White | £1585
      • Enjoy visits to an array of stunning private houses and gardens, from Drayton House to Cottesbrooke Hall More>>
      • Discover the beautiful Grade I-listed gardens at Holdenby More>>
      • Visit Boughton House, seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch and home to a notable art collection More>

 

PREHISTORIC & ROMAN ANGLESEY & SNOWDONIA

ARCHAEOLOGY

13 Jul–17 Jul 2020 with Mark Corney | £995
      • On this evocative tour, explore the remnants of forts left behind by the Roman occupation of South Wales More>>
      • Delve into Iron Age settlements including the ‘sacred lake’ at Llyn Cerrig Bach, where workmen discovered a large metalwork hoard More>>
      • Discover the Neolithic chambered tomb of Bryn Celli Ddu, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in Anglesey
        More>>

 

 

EBORACUM: YORK & THE ROMAN NORTH

ARCHAEOLOGY

26 Mar–30 Mar 2020 with Mark Corney | £1095
      • Follow in imperial footsteps as we explore the far reaches of the Roman Empire More>>
      • Uncover the remnants of Rome’s military past in the crypt of York Minster and at the fortifications at Cawthorn More>>
      • View the stunning mosaics at Aldborough, former ‘capital’ of the Brigantes tribe More>>

 

CONSTABLE & GAINSBOROUGH IN SUFFOLK

ART

29 Jun–2 Jul 2020 with Ian Cox | £965
      • Visit Constable’s birthplace, East Bergholt, to see sites associated with the artist More>>
      • Discover Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, the painter’s birthplace containing many of his pictures More>>
      • Visit Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, home to the finest collection of Constable paintings outside London More>>

 

EDINBURGH SCOTTISH HOUSES, CASTLES & INTERIORS

ART & ARCHITECTURE

3–8 Sep 2020 with Ian Cox | £1465
      • This brand new tour explores fine architecture and interiors in Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside, from Lauriston Castle to Scone Palace More>>
      • Enjoy a special visit to Marchmont House, described by Country Life as “one of Scotland’s grandest mansions” More>>
      • In Edinburgh, visit the Georgian House on Charlotte Square, a beautifully restored New Town house featuring paintings, costumes and period furnishings More>>

 

ART COLLECTIONS & STATELY HOMES OF THE WEST COUNTRY

ART

10–14 Aug 2020 with Rupert Dickens | £1345
      • From a base in Bath, explore the art treasures of this fine Georgian city, as well as historical houses in the surrounding countryside More>>
      • Enjoy special access to private houses, including the magnificent Wilton House, rebuilt in the Palladian style by Inigo Jones, and Corsham Court, an Elizabethan manor home to a notable art collection More>>
      • Learn about the lives of individual collectors, such as the remarkable William Blathwayt of Dyrham Park More>>

 

UPDATED 9th July

 

THE PRE-RAPHAELITES IN OXFORD

ART

1–4 Jun 2020 with Stella Lyons | £995
      • Discover the world of William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones in and around Oxford More>>
      • View works of art of different media, including William Holman Hunt’s painting The Light of the World at Keble College, and stained glass at Christ Church Cathedral More>>
      • View the Faringdon Collection at Buscot Park, containing a wealth of 19th century British art More>>

 

 

NORFOLK IN SUMMER

NATURE

6 Jul — 9 Jul 2020 with Mark Welch | £995
      • Explore Norfolk’s important and increasingly rare heathland at Kelling and Salthouse, alongside its distinctive wildlife More>>
      • Enjoy a boat trip from Morston Quay to Blakeney Point before investigating the impact of the last Ice Age on the landscape around Blakeney More>>
      • Take a guided walk through Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve, a part of the Sandringham Estate, and learn about the practicalities and challenges of front-line conservation in the UK More>>

 

ROMAN KENT

ARCHAEOLOGY

10 Aug — 14 Aug 2020 with Mark Corney | £1095
      • Delve into Canterbury’s ancient past with visits to the Roman Museum, St Martin’s Church and St Augustine’s Abbey More>>
      • Explore the imprint of the Romans on the surrounding region including Lullingstone Roman Villa and Richborough
        More>>
      • Dover’s Painted House offers some of the finest wall-paintings in Britain More>>

 

UPDATED 8th July

 

WILD & ANCIENT ORKNEY

ARCHAEOLOGY/NATURE

4 Jul — 11 Jul 2020 with Andrew Wilson & Peter Exley | £2095
      • Survey the spectacular archaeological treasures of the Orkney Islands, whose Neolithic monuments are a UNESCO World Heritage site More>>
      • Take ferries over to Rousay, Westray and Papa Westray, for an introduction to island life in the extreme north of Britain More>>
      • Enjoy the special Orcadian flora and fauna, from marine mammals and seabird ‘cities’ to the rare and delightful Scottish primrose More>>

 

UPDATED 2nd July

 

ARTISTS' HOUSES IN SUSSEX

ART

4 Aug — 7 Aug 2020 with Stella Lyons | £1095
      • Discover an inviting collection of artists’ houses and galleries scattered around the beautiful Sussex countryside More>>
      • Step into homes belonging to members of the Bloomsbury Group and their contemporaries including Monk’s House (Virginia Woolf) and Charleston (Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) More>>
      • Explore Limnerslease House and the Watts Gallery and Studio at the Artists’ Village at Compton, once home to George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary More>>

 

ARTISTS OF THE NORTH

ART

6 Jul — 9 Jul 2020 with Stella Lyons | £995
      • Learn about the artistic heritage of Yorkshire and Lancashire, home to four of Britain’s most important 20th century artists: Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and L S Lowry More>>
      • See works by Henry Moore in the open air at Yorkshire Sculpture Park More>>
      • Explore the Hepworth Wakefield, the Lowry, and the art galleries of Leeds and Manchester More>>

 

ART COLLECTIONS OF LIVERPOOL

ART

23 Mar — 26 Mar 2020 with Stella Lyons | £965
      • Discover rich art collections in and around UNESCO-listed Liverpool, from the holdings of the Walker Art Gallery to Antony Gormley’s coastal sculptures More>>
      • Explore the outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and decorative arts at the Lady Lever Art Gallery More>>
      • Visit Knowsley Hall, historic seat of the Earls of Derby More>> 

 

UPDATED 20th June

MAHLER FESTIVAL IN AMSTERDAM

MUSIC 

These two tours, enjoying the entirety of Mahler's works over 10 days in all, can be booked seperately or together, running back to back. Please contact the ACE Office for more details and for availability enquiries. 

PART ONE 8 May — 13 May 2020 with John Bryden | £3295
PART TWO 13 May — 18 May 2020 with Richard Wigmore | £3295
      • Internationally-acclaimed orchestras assemble to bring us a complete series of Mahler symphonies across two tours More>>
      • Musical delights are supplemented with a range of cultural visits in Amsterdam and The Hague, including the world-famous Rijksmuseum More>>
      • Delve behind the scenes at the festival’s venue, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw More>>

 

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 n 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>>

 

Our latest tour releases can be found on this page. For the full 2020 schedule please click here.

 

UPDATED 12th July

FROM MADRID TO TOLEDO: TRADE, TREASURE & THE WORLD OF PHILIP II

ART, ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY

10 – 16 May, 2020 with Lars Tharp  | £2595
      • Explore three spectacular capitals from across the ages: Madrid, Toledo and Valladolid More>>
      • Investigate the themes of trade and power through visits to the royal centres of La Granja de San Ildefonso and El Escorial More>>
      • Spend a morning among the treasures of the extraordinary Prado Museum in Madrid More>>

 

 
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