ACE CULTURAL TOURS runs tours and cruises in the United Kingdom, Europe and across the globe. Founded in 1958 as ACE Study Tours, ACE pioneers over 200 escorted programmes every year, from one-day courses to extended study tours and cultural cruises. ACE's itineraries cover every aspect of the arts – music, fine art, the theatre – as well as architecture, archaeology, history and the natural world.
ACE's tours and cruises inform, educate and entertain in equal measure with a blend of cultural sight-seeing and explanatory talks – and all under the guidance of a stimulating tour director.
ACE's tours are characterised by their originality and diversity, and many feature exclusive visits, privileged access and private concerts.
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In 2014 ACE’s small ship cruises – on vessels catering for between 15 and 30 participants – will visit Provence, the Lycian coast of Turkey, and Portugal’s Douro river.
ACE’s spectacular boats include Her Majesty’s royal barge the Spirit of Chartwell, and a traditional teak and mulberry motor yacht with nearly 600 square yards of sail.
The smaller size of our boats means that we are able to navigate shallow waters, visit secluded bays and moor at quays inaccessible to larger vessels.
The ACE Foundation
ACE Cultural Tours is wholly owned by charitable organisation the ACE Foundation (the Association for Cultural Exchange), an educational trust founded in 1958.
All of the profits from our tours are used to support the work of our parent charity, which funds education projects at home and abroad, many of them related to places visited by ACE Cultural Tours. Current recipients include West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the National Ballet School of Cuba, and The Attingham Trust.
For more information on the work of the ACE Foundation, please visit their website here.
Our tours are led throughout by experts – both specialists in their fields and convivial hosts. In 2014 ACE welcomes a select band of new Tour Directors to its portfolio.
ACE’s specialists are hugely popular with our travellers. They range from classical musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett, to soldier turned academic John Greenacre, who helps us mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.
For full details of all ACE’s tour and cruise leaders, please click here.
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