• Explore several beautiful historical residences including Schloss Ambras, Schloss Runkelstein and Schloss Churburg
• Soak up the atmosphere of this naturally stunning region, from the dramatic Dolomites to the lush landscape around Bozen
• Delve into Innsbruck, the former seat of the Holy Roman Empire
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart London Gatwick 0755 on British Airways, arriving Verona 1100. Continue to Meran for three nights at Hotel Meranerhof via Trento for visits to the Duomo (site of the Council of Trent) and Castello del Buonconsiglio.
Morning: orientation walking tour of Meran and visit to Schloss Tirol. Afternoon: Lana (Schnatterpeck altarpiece).
Whole day excursion to the Vinschgau Valley including St Benedikt Church in Mals, Marienberg Abbey (Romanesque frescoes), Müstair Convent of St John (Carolingian frescoes), the pilgrimage church in Taufers and the Renaissance Schloss Churburg (visits time permitting).
Depart for Brixen, the Tyrol’s old ecclesiastical centre, via Bozen (cathedral, Franciscan church, Dominican church with frescoes by pupils of Giotto, and Gries parish church with Michael Pacher altarpiece), Schloss Runkelstein and Klausen. Two nights in Brixen at Hotel Goldener Adler.
Morning excursion to Sterzing (Multscher Museum, Spitalkirche). Afternoon: Kloster Neustift (well preserved Augustinian Priory – visit subject to confirmation) and visits in Brixen (Hofburg and cathedral).
Whole day excursion to the Pustertal and the Dolomites including St Sigmund (winged altarpiece), Bruneck (Ursulinenkirche) and Innichen (Romanesque former Benedictine abbey). Depart Innichen for Dolomite tour via Cortina d’Ampezzo, Sella Pass and Val Gardena and two nights in Innsbruck at Hotel Sailer.
Morning in Innsbruck: walking tour including Hofkirche (the tomb of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I) and Baroque Cathedral of St James followed by visit to Hofburg. Afternoon excursion to Wilten Abbey, Imperial Residence at Schloss Ambras and the Olympic Ski Jump at Bergisel (exterior).
Morning excursion to Hall in Tirol and the former mining town of Schwaz. Depart Innsbruck 1615 on Easyjet, arriving Gatwick 1705.
21 May — 28 May 2019
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one light lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, single room supplement £150.