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2018 Tours

 A full list of tours in 2018 from ACE Cultural Tours

January – February – March – April – May – JuneJuly



Tours by date 



Explore the cultural heritage of Cuba from the art and architecture of Havana to the natural beauty of the Viñales Valley

The Holy Land11-18

Delve into layers of history at Bethlehem, Caesarea, and the archeologically astonishing fortress of Masada.

Valletta International Baroque Festival13-19

One of two European Capitals of Culture in 2018, Valletta has for several years offered a magnificent annual festival celebrating some of the finest Baroque music in the world.                                    

Shakespeare at Stratford18-21

Following a summer exploring the heady world of Shakespeare’s Rome, the RSC’s winter season delves into another best-selling epic adapted by Poulton: Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy.

More January Tours

22-25: Wildlife in Norfolk

22-4/2: Cambodia & Laos

28-2/2: Mozart Festival in Salzburg

28-5/2: Wagner's Ring in Dresden




Sri Lanka, 6-20

Experience Sri Lanka’s captivating landscape and fascinating wildlife                                                                                                         

Art Treasures of St Petersburg12-19

Enjoy extended visits to the world’s largest collection of paintings in the Hermitage Museum – including a visit to the holdings of the State Depository

Somerset Levels in Winter14-17

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

Music in New York, 19-26

Enjoy Puccini’s La bohème and Wagner’s Parsifal in the company of John Deathridge, one of the world’s foremost experts on Wagner .     

More February Tours

22-25: Bath Bachfest – Register interest

TBC: Elgar, Birmingham & Worcester – Register interest



Pompeii with Herculaneum11-17

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

Aquileia: City of Antiquity19-23

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 History19-26

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 Easter28-5/4

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

3-10: Malta Through History

5-8: Treasures of Cambridge – Register interest

5-12: Art on the Cote d'Azur

12-19: Palaces & Gardens of Portugal – Register interest

TBC: Festival de Paques in Aix en Provence – Register interest



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 Céret

New York & The Hudson Valley in the Spring,


Trace the origins and legacy of the Hudson River School, which originated with a group of landscape painters in New York in 1850

More April Tours

9-13: Churches of Gloucestershire – Register interest

3-10: Algeria: Rome Meets the Sahara

5-12: Art on the Cote d'Azur

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

16-22: Moorish Spain

12-19: Riviera di Levante

17-24: Sardinia: Birds, Flowers & Nuraghi

22-9/5: Iran: Glories of Persia

23-29: Bologna, Mantua & Parma – Register interest

25-2/5: Citadels of Transylvania

26-28: Secret War



Isles of Scilly5-12

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 Honfleur1-7

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 – Register interest

5-12: Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lakes – Register interest

11-18: Northern Ireland – Register interest

TBC: Melk Baroque Music Festival – Register interest

14-21: Bologna, Mantua & Parma – Register interest

14-23: Art & Architecture in the Loire Valley

14-23: Ancient Sicily

14-24: Athens, Delphi & the Peloponnese – Register interest

TBC: Handel in Gottingen – Register interest

19-25: Pompeii with Herculaneum – Register interest

19-25: Villas & Gardens in Lazio

22-29: Poland's Green Lung

26-30: Spiš: German Towns of Eastern Slovakia

30-5/6: Albi & The Languedoc

TBC: Dorset – Register interest




Poetry & the Great War, 4-8

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 & Gardens18-24

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

Northern Greece, 18-30

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

Weelington & Napoleon at Waterloo24-27

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 – Register interest

TBC: Riga Opera Festival – Register interest

4-11: Upper Austria

6-10: Stockholm & Drottingholm Palace – Register interest

6-12: Bach Festival in Leipzig

9-16: Dingle & the Ring of Kerry – Register interest

11-15: Roman & Byzantine Ravenna – Register interest

11-18: Bach Festival in Leipzig

14-27: Colonial Colombia

TBC: Aldeburgh Festival – Register interest

From Washington to Jamestown, 18-29

Take in a selection of America’s most prestigious historic architecture as we journey from Washington DC, the grand capital of the United States, to Jamestown, where English-speaking America began over four centuries ago.


TBC: St Magnus Music Festival – Register interest

19-22: Artists' Houses in Sussex – Register interest

19:26: Islay, Jura & Colonsay – Register interest

26-29: Artists of the North – Register interest