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UPDATED ON 6 AUGUST


CORNWALL: ST IVES & THE NEWLYN SCHOOL OF PAINTERS
3 – 8 Jun 2019 with Suzanne Fagence Cooper, £1265
• Discover the works of the Newlyn School, who were enchanted by Cornwall in the late 19th century More >>
• Visit Tate St Ives, reopened in 2017 following a four year refurbishment and extension More >>
• Enjoy an afternoon at the romantically named and justly famous Lost Gardens of Heligan, rescued after decades of neglect More >>

 

UPDATED ON 30 JULY


ROMAN KENT: TOWNS, FORTS & FRESCOES
1-5 Jul 2019 with Mark Corney, £945
• 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 ON 25 JULY


FLEMISH PAINTING: FROM VAN EYCK TO RUBENS
7–11 Aug 2019 with Rupert Dickens, £1365
• Take in Flemish and Belgian paintings from the 15th to the 18th centuries at the Musée d’Art Ancien in Brussels More >>
• Discover Flemish art in the 450th anniversary year of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, viewing works including his Fall of Icarus More >>
• Spend a day in historical Antwerp, where Rubens and van Dyck once worked More >>

 

ART NOUVEAU IN BELGIUM
7–11 Aug 2019 with Rupert Dickens, £1365
• 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 >>

 

UPDATED ON 23 JULY


PALLADIO & THE VILLAS OF THE VENETO
17–26 Oct 2019 with Charles Hind, £3145
•Learn about the life of Andrea Palladio, and enter famous and lesser-known villas in and around Vicenza and Padua More >>
• Visit sites including Villa Godi, Palladio’s earliest country house, and the Villa Porto Colleoni, the most important 15th century villa of the region More >>
• Cruise along the Brenta Canal into Venice and enjoy visits focusing on Palladio’s religious architecture More >>

 

 
GUJURAT: TRADITIONAL CRAFTS AND TRIBAL COMMUNITIES
2–18 Nov 2019 with Annie Owen, £3395
• Admire traditional crafts, particularly intricate tribal textiles and embroidery More >>
• Visit the astonishing cluster of 863 Jain temples reaching up to the sky on Shatrunjaya Hill More >>
• Step into Modhera’s famous Sun Temple, dating from 1026 and one of the most beautiful Hindu temples in Gujarat More >>

 

UPDATED ON 20 JULY


IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LUTHER
28–24 Aug 2019 with Richard Rex, £1945
• Join a Cambridge historian and Reformation expert as we examine the life and career of Martin Luther and the movement that changed the course of European history More >>
• Follow Luther’s life and career from his birth in Eisleben to his meteoric university careers in Erfurt and Wittenberg More >>
• Make an excursion to Wartburg Castle, where Luther began translating the New Testament into German, and stay in Wittenberg, where he posted his Theses More >>

 

THE HANSEATIC LEAGUE
24 Jul–1 Aug 2019 with Tom Abbott, £2695
• From Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck, three major merchant centres, discover the history of the Hanseatic League More >>
• Explore medieval church architecture in an array of locations More >>
• Visit fascinating museums, including the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, and the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck More >>

 

SPIŠ: GERMAN TOWNS OF EASTERN SLOVAKIA
1–5 JUN 2019 with Alex Koller, £1325
• Uncover a varied architectural history featuring Renaissance palazzos, medieval fortified towns and churches adorned by Saxon artisans More >>
• Explore the castle of Spišský hrad, the former bastion of the lords of Spiš More >>
• Excursions include Dravce and the village of Markušovce which includes a 17th century Rococo manor house More >>

 

RELEASED ON 19 JULY


THE COLD WAR IN BERLIN
11–16 Sep 2019 with John Greenacre, £1745
• Explore the history of the Cold War in the 30th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall More >>
• See the last authentic remains of the Berlin Wall on Bernauerstrasse, and cross from East to West at Checkpoint Charlie More >>
• Go underground to see the shelters the West Berlin authorities built to protect some of the population in the event of nuclear war More >>

 

LINCOLNSHIRE HALLS & HOUSES
4–10 Jun 2019 with Andrew Barber, £1345
• Visit Burghley House in Stamford, a 16th century prodigy house with amazing late 17th century interiors by Verrio and Laguerre More >>
• Discover the National Trust’s beautiful 18th century Gunby Hall in the company of Tour Director Andrew Barber, previously a curator with the Trust and author of the guidebook to the Hall More >>
• Enjoy visits to privately-owned houses including Doddington Hall and Fulbeck Hall More >>

 

VIENNA: CITY OF THE ARTS
17–21 Nov 2019 with Alex Koller, £1595
• Explore the artistic and architectural highlights of Austria’s capital More >>
• Enjoy visits to the Habsburg dynasty’s winter and summer residences, the imperial Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces More >>
• Experience the world’s largest collection of works of art by Gustav Klimt at the Upper Belvedere Palace More >>
 

VILLAS & GARDENS IN LAZIO
4–10 May 2019 with Peter Higginson, £2345
• Explore the legacy of classical and Renaissance villa culture and unlock the iconography of famous garden schemes More >>
• Marvel at fantastic constructions including the elaborate fountain complexes at the Villa d’Este at Tivoli More >>
• Explore some of the architectural and horticultural highlights of the Lazio region, as well as a morning excursion to Rome to view the famous suburban Villa Farnesina More >>
 

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH PAINTING
4–8 Jul 2019 with Rupert Dickens, £1795
• Explore Dutch art in 2019, designated ‘The Year of Rembrandt’ by the Netherlands to mark the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death More >>
• Discover the wealth of 17th century art in the famous collections of Amsterdam, Haarlem and The Hague More >>
• View iconic masterpieces including Rembrandt’s Night Watch, as well as rarely-shown works once attributed to the master More >>

 

BACH FESTIVAL IN LEIPZIG
17–24 Jun 2019 with John Bryden, £2675
• ‘Courtly’ music abounds with cantatas dedicated to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen More >>
• Experience some of Bach’s most beautiful sacred cantatas in Weissenfels and Leipzig’s magnificent Thomaskirche More >>
• Further highlights include Bach’s Mass in B minor, the St Matthew Passion and partitas and suites from Sir András Schiff More >> 

 

RELEASED ON 18 JULY


ART TREASURES OF COPENHAGEN & SJÆLLAND
23–29 Sep 2019 with Lars Tharp, £2795
• Explore internationally renowned collections at the Statens Museum for Kunst, Thorvaldsen Museum and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art More >>
• Explore the fascinating history of Denmark at the open-air Frilandsmuseet and Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde More >>
• Visit the country house once owned by Karen Blixen, Rungstedlund, with parts dating back to the late 17th century More >>

 

COUNTRY HOUSES OF SOUTH SHROPSHIRE
24–28 Jun 2019 with Roger White, £1450
• Enjoy privileged access to significant private houses More >>
• Explore the delightful historic towns of Ludlow and Leominster More >>
• Experience the unspoiled landscape for the Welsh Marches More >> 

 

RELEASED ON 17 JULY


ANCIENT CYPRUS
10–20 Oct 2019 with Philip Kenrick, £2395 
• Cross the border between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to examine the island’s historic role in the interaction between the cultures of Europe and the Middle East More >>
• The southern sector is home to the UNESCO-listed sites of Paphos, Choirokoitia and the painted churches of the Troodos Mountains More >>
• The southern sector is home to the UNESCO-listed sites of Paphos, Choirokoitia and the painted churches of the Troodos Mountains More >>

 

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION IN MIDDLE ENGLAND
30 Aug–3 Sep 2019 with Ian Cox, £895 
• Discover the unique assembly of architecture, museums and galleries that bears testament to the entrepreneurship of the Industrial Revolution More >>
• Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the world’s oldest iron bridge, and the mills and workers’ housing of the Derwent Valley, which were to become the model for factories throughout the world More >>
• Study the rich history of the ceramics industry in the area, with visits to the Gladstone Pottery Museum and Emma Bridgewater Factory More >>

 

ISLAY, JURA & COLONSAY
18–25 Jun 2019 with Kevin Hand, £1795 
• Islay, the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, will be our base for this rewarding study of the area’s flora and fauna More >>
• Look out for an astonishing diversity of birdlife, from moorland birds of prey to rare waders and seabirds during our ferry crossings More >>
• Absorb the islands’ Celtic past, evoked in ancient crosses, inscribed stones and medieval strongholds, and its more recent human history in the fascinating local museums More >>

 

RELEASED ON 16 JULY


BALTIC STATES
23 Jun–6 Jul 2019 with Alex Koller, £2795 
• 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 >>

 

A VIKING RAID ON COPENHAGEN
3–7 June 2019 with Lars Tharp, £2095 
• Learn about the Vikings in Denmark with Danish-born art historian, lecturer and broadcaster Lars Tharp More >>
• Enjoy visits to fine museums, including the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, and the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde More >>
• Discover Trelleborg, the remains of a Viking ring fortress More >>

 

RELEASED ON 13 JULY


BRITTANY: THE LAND BETWEEN TWO SEAS
7–20 Sep 2019 with Juliet Heslewood & Moira Tait, £2095 
• Explore the fascinating and diverse history of Brittany, from standing stones to Paul Gauguin and the Pont-Aven school of painters More >>
• Visit sites in Locmariaquer, including the Table des Marchands passage grave, the Er Grah tumulus and the Grand Menhir Brisé, the largest standing stone in Europe More >>
• Discover the unique architectural and sculptural style of Breton churches More >>

 

CHURCHES & MONASTERIES OF ARMENIA & GEORGIA
7–20 Sep 2019 with Alex Koller, £3365 
• Discover the medieval churches of Mtskheta, including the 11th century cathedral once besieged by Tamburlaine More >>
• Explore the Byzantine monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, renowned for their school of illuminators and calligraphersMore >>
• Step inside the cathedral of Etchmiadzin, the cradle of Armenian Christianity, founded in 301 AD More >>

 

BULGARIAN MONASTERIES
23 Sep–7 Oct 2019 with Alex Koller, £2495 
• Delve into unspoilt landscapes and groundbreaking archaeology, unaffected by mass tourism More >>
• Step inside the country’s monasteries, treasuries of Bulgarian culture and once the focal point for artistic patronage More >>
• Discover the ancient city of Sofia, home to an abundance of cultural and archaeological assets More >>

 

TEUTONIC KNIGHTS
6–18 Aug 2019 with Tom Abbott, £2445 
• 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 Gdánsk, one of the key centres of Hanseatic League More >>

 

RELEASED ON 12 JULY


WILD POLAND: FROM ANCIENT RIVERS TO PRIMEVAL FOREST
21–28 May 2019 with Kevin Hand, £1695 
• 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 >>

 

TASMANIA
27 Nov–10 Dec 2019 with Mark Hanger, £4295 
• Discover Mt Field National Park, home to awe-inspiring mountain scenery and alpine plants More >>
• Explore Tasmanian history with visits to Port Arthur, Richmond and Ross More >>
• Balance natural wonders with urban delights in the cities of Hobart and Launceston More >>

 


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