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Browse our list of newly released tours for 2018. Our 2018 collection offers a stimulating range of familiar favourites and new experiences, from enchanting natural history tours to dramatic city breaks.

Last updated: Thursday 17th August, 2017 

 


TOUR RELEASED ON FRIDAY 18 AUGUST

Japan in Springtime: Art, Temples & Gardens

Apr 6 – 19, 2018; £4995 | Meri Arichi

Explore a range of fascinating temples, from Sensō-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, to Tōkei-ji in the city of Kamakura and enjoy Japan’s beautiful parks and gardens, including Ueno Park and the country’s famous rock garden at Ryōan-ji. More>>


TOUR RELEASED ON THURSDAY 17 AUGUST

Islay, Jura & Colonsay

Jun 19-26, 2018; £1795 | Kevin Hand

Islay, the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, will be our base for this rewarding study of the area’s flora and fauna. More >>

 


TOUR RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST

Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge

May 26 - 2 June, 2018; £2975 | Martin Symington

Sail aboard Her Majesty’s royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, as it cruises along the ‘River of Gold’ and take in the vineyards and historic towns of Portugal’s northern valleys. More>>


TOURS RELEASED ON TUESDAY 15 AUGUST

Churches of Norfolk: An Appointment with Angels

July 3 - 7, 2018; £755 | Imogen Corrigan

This short UK architectural history tour with mediaevalist Imogen Corrigan examines the wealth of mediaeval churches that adorn the Norfolk landscape – the largest concentration anywhere in the world. More >>

 

Artists of the North

Jun 26 - 29, 2018; £845 | Suzanne Fagence Cooper

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 >>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON MONDAY 14 AUGUST

Churches & Monasteries of Armenia and Georgia

Sep 1 - 14, 2018; £3365 | Alex Koller

Visit the medieval churches of Mtskheta, including the 11th century cathedral once besieged by Tamburlaine and discover the Byzantine monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, renowned for their school of illuminators and calligraphers. More>>

 

Ancient Sicily

May 14 - 23, 2018; £2565 | Philip Kenrick

Uncover remarkable architectural fusions, from William II’s Norman-Byzantine cathedral of Monreale to the Palatine Chapel in Palermo, resplendent with Byzantine mosaics on this tour of ancient Sicily. More>>

 

Hadrian's Wall

Aug 6 - 9, 2018; £695 | Mark Corney

Explore the fascinating ancient forts, turrets and castles that line Hadrian’s Wall and learn about its history and construction. More>>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 11 AUGUST

South Africa

Aug 31 - Sep 5, 2018; £4495 | John Parker

Travel through the magnificent scenery of the Cape, from sandy coastlines to rugged mountains, at a time when the landscape is carpeted with dazzling displays of spring flowers. More >>

 

Cambridge Colleges, Chapels & Organs

Mar 2- 4, 2018; £745 | John Bryden

Experience our Tour Director John Bryden’s expert organ playing in the stunning surroundings of Cambridge’s famous chapels. More>>

 

Albi & the Languedoc

May 30 - June 5, 2018; £2065 | Juliet Heslewood

 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 >>

 

The Southern Welsh March: History of the Borderlands

May 21 - 25, 2018; £995 | John Parker

Make a chronological survey of this fascinating border country, from Roman incursions through Norman fortification and religious foundations to industrial heritage. More >>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON THURSDAY 10 AUGUST

Hamburg, Schwerin & Bremen

Jul 24 - 29, 2018; £1845 | Colin Bailey

Explore the artistic highlights of this fascinating trio of cities in the north of Germany and take in the masterpieces on display at the Kunsthalles of Hamburg and Bremen. More>>

 

Treasures of Cambridge

Mar 5 - 8, 2018; £895 | Sarah Burles

Admire the collections at Cambridge’s famous Fitzwilliam Museum, including a private visit to the Founder’s Library and be one of the first to visit Kettle’s Yard, shortly after it reopens following a major redevelopment project. More>>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 09 AUGUST

Medieval Winchester

Sep 25 - Sep 27, 2018; £575 | Imogen Corrigan

The Winchester we see today owes much to the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods. On this tour, we will explore the medieval heart of the city, discover the exquisite book of blessings commissioned by Æthelwold – made Bishop of Winchester in 963 – and how the city’s story is inextricably tied to that of King Alfred the Great. More >>

 

Liverpool: Private Wealth, Public Riches

Sep 17 - Sep 20, 2018; £825 | Elizabeth Newell

On this cultural tour to Liverpool, unravel the rich history of a city with UNESCO World Heritage status, discovering sites such as Knowsley Hall, historic seat of the Earls of Derby. More >>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON TUESDAY 08 AUGUST

Chinese Civilisation

Oct 13 - Oct 30, 2018; £4695 | Elizabeth Morrell

Discover the history of over 5000 years of Chinese civilisation, exploring the extraordinary traditional architecture, fine art, garden design, calligraphy and porcelain left by dynasties throughout the centuries. More >>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON MONDAY 07 AUGUST

Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto

Oct 18 - Oct 27, 2018; £2950 | Charles Hind

Learn about the life of Andrea Palladio and enter famous and lesser-known villas in and around Vicenza and Padua, including Villa Rotonda and Villa Godi. More >>

 

Northumbria in the First Millennium

Jul 30 - Aug 3, 2018; £925 | Imogen Corrigan

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 >>

 

Chichester & the South Downs

Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018; £1215 | Richard Pailthorpe

Enjoy a short sojourn in the charming cathedral city of Chichester, the base from which we will explore the wonderful heritage of the surrounding South Downs. More >>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 04 AUGUST

Athens, Delphi & the Peloponnese

May 14 - May 24, 2018; £2450 | Carolyn Perry

Explore Greece’s classical archaeology, taking in ancient temples, palaces and fortresses, discover the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum and visit Delphi, located in striking surroundings beneath Mount Parnassus. More >>

 

Artists' Houses in Sussex

Jul 14 - Jul 21, 2018; £925 | Suzanne Fagence Cooper

Discover the artists’ houses and galleries that are scattered around the beautiful Sussex countryside and enter the former country properties and meeting places of members of the Bloomsbury Group including Monk’s House, once home to Virginia Woolf, and Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s Charleston farmhouse. More >>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON THURSDAY 29 JUNE:

Sri Lanka

Feb 6 - Feb 20, 2018; £3295 | Marcus Kohler

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Journey across lush green forests, highland plateaux, wetlands and coastal plains, through both the dry and wet zones of Sri Lanka, in search of some of the largest and most celebrated mammals in the world. More >>

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TOURS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE:

New York & the Hudson Valley in the Spring

Apr 9 - Apr 16, 2018; £4250 | Ian Cox

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

Trace the origins and legacy of the Hudson River School, which originated with a group of landscape painters in New York in 1850 and drew inspiration from British romanticism. More >>

 

Wild & Ancient Orkney

Jul 8 - Jul 15, 2018; £1715 | Peter Exley

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Survey the spectacular archaeological treasures of the Orkney Islands, whose Neolithic monuments are a UNESCO World Heritage site. More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON TUESDAY 27 JUNE:

Colonial Colombia

Jun 15 - Jun 28, 2018; £4695 | Richard McColl

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

Follow in the footsteps of Spanish conquistadors and Simón Bolívar, as we travel from Colombia’s cultural capital, Bogotá, to jewel-like Cartagena de Indias. More >>

 

Poetry and the Great War

Jun 4 - Jun 8, 2018; £1250 | John Greenacre

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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. More >>

 

Russia's Golden Ring

Aug 18 - Aug 29, 2018; £3295 | Alex Koller

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Experience the classic tour of ‘Golden Ring’ towns circling Moscow, as well as less frequently visited sites away from the tourist trail. More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON MONDAY 26 JUNE:


Burma

Nov 23 - Dec 8, 2018; £3995 | Alex Koller

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Discover the important monastic centre of Sagaing, its undulating skyline punctuated with white and gold pagodas, the serene Inle Lake and the protected archaeological zone of Bagan, home to a vast number of remarkably preserved temples. More >>

 

Wellington & Napoleon at Waterloo

Jun 24 - 27, 2018; £1295 | Nick Lipscombe

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Delve into the minds of the figures behind Waterloo, one of the most decisive military encounters in history. More >>

 

From Washington to Jamestown

Oct 18 - 29, 2018; £4450 | Charles Hind

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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. More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 23 JUNE:


Vienna: City of the Arts

Nov 19 - 23, 2017; £1395 | Alex Koller

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

Explore the artistic and architectural highlights of Austria’s capital including visits to the Habsburg dynasty’s winter and summer residences, the imperial Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces. More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE:


Northern Greece

Jun 18 - 30, 2018; £2650 | Andrew Wilson

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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. More >>

 

Armistice: The Great War

Sep 10 - 15, 2018; £1495 | John Greenacre

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Take a unique opportunity to understand the decisive moments of the First World War one hundred years on from the Armistice. More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 16 JUNE:


Valletta International Baroque Festival

Jan 13 - 19, 2018; £1995 | Ashley Solomon

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Escape to the Maltese archipelago on this music tour to join the 2018 Valletta International Baroque Festival. Alongside festival perofrmances we also explore the island's ancient heritage and Baroque architecture. More >>

 

Villas & Gardens in Lazio

May 13 - 19, 2018; £2295 | Peter Higginson

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From the age of antiquity through the Renaissance and Baroque periods and up to the present day, villas and country gardens have served as centres of rural leisure, aesthetic reflection, philosophic debate and even political strategy. Nowhere is this multiplicity of roles more in evidence than in those of the Roman campagnaMore >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 2 JUNE:


Bach Festival in Leipzig

June 6 - 12, 2018; £2495 | Sandy Burnett

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Experience a unique musical event, a complete Bach cantata ‘ring cycle’, at the 2018 Bach Festival in the company of Tour Director Sandy Burnett, who himself “masterminded a complete performing cycle of this amazing body of work” between 1997 and 2010. More >>

 

Bach Festival in Leipzig

June 11 - 18, 2018; £2495 | John Bryden

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Our tour to the 2018 Bach Festival in the company of musician and broadcaster John Bryden offers the opportunity to become immersed in the festival’s theme of ‘cycles’ during performances given by some of the world’s most experienced ensembles and artists. More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 26 MAY:


Japan in Autumn: Art, temples & Gardens

Nov 2 - 18, 2018; £5995 | Meri Arichi

Journey from Tokyo to Kyoto on this multi-layered tour, which looks behind the mask of contemporary Japan to uncover the nation’s artistic, religious and cultural heritage. More >>

 

Glyndebourne

Oct 19 - 22, 2017; £875 | Nicholas Wearne 

Oct 23 - 26, 2017; £875 | Nicholas Wearne

This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour programme will present two spectacular and much-loved  operas – Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, the latter of which has not been seen at Glyndebourne since 1982 – a longside Brett Dean’s critically acclaimed Hamlet. All will be presented on Glyndebourne’s home stage.

Oct 19 - 22, 2017 More >>

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MORE NEW TOURS


Vasari: Father of Art History

Mar 19 - 26, 2018; £1995 | Alex Koller


Discover the artists of Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects on this art history tour of Florence.
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Somerset Levels in Winter

Feb 14 - 17, 2018; £595 | Peter Exley


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.
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Pompeii with
Herculaneum

Apr 10 - 16, 2018; £1535 | Andrew
Wilson

This perennial favourite offers a thought-provoking window onto Roman life in the company of archaeologist Andrew Wilson.
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Riviera di Levante: from Genoa to Pisa

Apr 12 - 19, 2018; £2195 | Christopher Wellington

Travel along the Riviera di Levante tracing the artistic legacy of the Italian city-states from Genoa to Pisa. More >>

Art on the Côte d'Azur

Mar 5 - 12, 2018; £2375 | Colin Bailey

Enjoy the rich art collections of the Cote d’Azur in the landscape which inspired artists such as Monet and Bonnard. More >>

Shakespeare at Stratford

Jan 18 - 21, 2018; £695 | Vivien Heilbron

Witness the triumphs and tragedies of Shakespeare’s Rome with Robert Harris’s critically acclaimed Cicero trilogy, adapted by Tony nominated writer Mike PoultonMore >>

Art & Architecture of the Loire Valley

May 14 - 21, 2018; £2590 | Colin Bailey

Discover the rich cultural legacy of the Loire Valley through visits to the varied collections housed in the beautiful chateaux of the region. More >>

Citadels of
Transylvania

Apr 25 - May 2, 2018; £1645 | Alex Koller

Explore the fortified churches of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania and visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Câlnic Citadel and the three-nave Biertan Forti ed Church.
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