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2019 SCHEDULE

 

UPDATED 11th MARCH

WEXFORD OPERA FESTIVAL

MUSIC

27 October - 1 November, 2019 with John Bryden and John Redmill £2215
  • Enjoy five spectacular evening operas, including a special performance of Stanford’s The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan and the world premiere of Andrew Synnott’s La cucina More>>
  • Tour Director John Bryden will introduce us to Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Vivaldi’s Dorilla in Tempe, and Rossini’s Adina More>>
  • Discover the history and beautiful architecture of Ireland with Tour Director John Redmill More>>

 

GLYNDEBOURNE

MUSIC

27–30 October, 2019 and 31 October - 3 November, 2019 with Nicholas Wearne £995
  • Enjoy three fine operas on ACE’s annual visit to Glyndebourne: Verdi’s Rigoletto, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Handel’s Rinaldo More>>
  • Explore the work of the Bloomsbury Set in Sussex, with a visit to Charleston, and discover Regency grandeur at Brighton’s famous Royal Pavilion More>>
  • Our first departure to Glyndebourne also features a visit to Farleys House & Gallery, home of Surrealist photographer Lee Miller and artist Roland Penrose, and our second explores Lewes Castle and the Museum of Sussex Archaeology
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THE HOLY LAND

ARCHAEOLOGY

16–23 January 2020 with Andrew Wilson £2795
  • Delve into layers of history at Bethlehem, Caesarea, and the archaeologically astonishing fortress of Masada – built by Herod the Great More>>
  • Explore the landscape of the New Testament in Galilee, rich in ancient and Byzantine remains More>>
  • Trace the evolution of Jerusalem, from ancient times until the present day More>>

 

CAMBODIA & LAOS

REGIONAL CULTURE

20 January – 2 February 2020 with Moira Tait £4295
  • Delve into the breathtaking temple complex of Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious monuments, whose rising galleries come alive with stunning bas- reliefs More>>
  • Experience the evocative atmosphere of UNESCO listed Ta Prohm alongside the ruins of Preah Khan, slowly being reclaimed by the jungle More>>
  • Discover Laos’ mysterious Plain of Jars, where hundreds of megalithic stone vessels lie scattered across the rolling landscape  More>> 

 

FROM NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS: JAZZ, BLUES AND THE MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA

MUSIC

6–17 April 2020 with Sandy Burnett £4765
  • Delve into the rich sounds, sites and flavours of the ‘cradle of jazz’ – New Orleans More>>
  • Trace the threads of US history and the evolution of musical genres as we progress along the Mississippi to Memphis More>>
  • Enjoy live music, complemented by relaxing daytime excursions in the cities and surrounding countryside More>>

 

ROMAN & BYZANTINE RAVENNA

ARCHAEOLOGY

2–6 March 2020 with Andrew Wilson £1295
  • The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world More>>
  • Stand opposite Ravenna’s earliest mosaics in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, including an intense portrayal of the martyrdom of St Lawrence More>>
  • The ancient port of Classe, founded by Augustus, awes us with its immense Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, shimmering with gold and turquoise More>>

 

IMPERIAL ROME, OSTIA & TIVOLI

ARCHAEOLOGY

24–29 February 2020 with Andrew Wilson £1725
  • Explore the political and religious heart of the Roman Empire – its glorious capital city, adorned with great monuments, sculptures and villas More>>
  • Visit the harbour city of Ostia, Rome’s ancient port More>>
  • Discover Hadrian’s magnificent villa complex at Tivoli, a UNESCO World Heritage site More>>

 

UPDATED 14th FEBRUARY 


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CHURCHES & CATHEDRALS OF DUBLIN

ARCHITECTURE

11–16 November 2019 with John Redmill £1875
  • Explore churches dating from medieval times and the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries More>>
  • Study both Protestant and Roman Catholic buildings, comparing and contrasting a range of different types, styles and fittings More>>
  • Visit Dublin’s two major cathedrals – St Patrick’s and Christ Church More>>

 

UPDATED 8th FEBRUARY 


CORINTH & THE SARONIC GULF: CITY STATES & SANCTUARIES

ARCHAEOLOGY

8–13 October 2019 with Andrew Wilson & Oliver Kenzie £1945
  • Discover some of the less-visited sanctuaries in Greece, including the Panhellenic centres at Isthmia & Nemea More>>
  • Take an in-depth look at the city of Corinth, exploring the centre of the ancient polis as well as the outer lying sanctuaries More>>
  • Explore the island of Aegina and its magnificent Temple of Aphaia, one of the best preserved in the Mediterranean More>>

 

BRUGES

GENTLE TOUR

14–18 October 2019 with Sarah Burles £1395
  • Explore the delightful medieval town of Bruges, characterised by its fine churches, canals and cobbled streets, on this new tour based in the heart of the city More>>
  • Discover the works of the Flemish Primitives, including Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, with visits to the Groeningemuseum and Hospital of St John More>>
  • Enjoy a private reception at the fascinating historical Adornes Domain and Jerusalem Chapel More>>

 

UPDATED 31st JANUARY 


ADVENT CRUISE ON THE RHINE

CULTURAL CRUISE

1–7 December 2019 with Cathy Oakes, John Bryden, Nicholas Wearne, Sarah Burles & Judy Brown £2245
  • From the Christkindlmarkt to candlelit abbeys, join us for this spectacular winter cruise enjoying the very best of the German festive season More>>
  • Enjoy a festive on-board atmosphere in the company of multiple ACE Tour Directors, including three resident musicians who will bring us works by composers associated with the Rhine – among them Mozart, Schumann and Brahms – alongside Christmas favourites More>>
  • Explore the association between the history of art and the Christmas Story, and enjoy further lectures on St Nicholas and the Medieval Feast More>>

 

UPDATED ON 16 JANUARY


VERDI FESTIVAL IN PARMA

GENTLE TOUR

9–15 October 2019 with John Bryden, £3195
  • Enjoy performances of I due Foscari, Luisa Miller and Nabucco in the region’s historical theatres More>>
  • Visit locations associated with the composer’s life and work, including his birthplace museum in Le Roncole and his villa in Sant’Agata More>>
  • Enjoy an excursion to Cremona, home of the violin, where master violinmaker Antonio Stradivari established his workshop in the early 1700s More>> 

 

ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL

20–24 June 2019 with Nicholas Wearne, £1345
  • Join us for the festival’s spectacular closing weekend, featuring tenor Mark Padmore, conductor Barbara Hannigan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra More>>
  • Performances include Britten’s Winter Words, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Walton’s Façade and Thomas Larcher’s Ouroboros More>>
  • Appreciate the sound worlds of Schoenberg, Grisey and Tippett alongside those of Bach, Beethoven, Byrd and Tomkins More>>

 

INTERNATIONAL GILBERT & SULLIVAN FESTIVAL IN HARROGATE

8–12 August 2019 with Donald Maxwell, £1255
  • In the words of Tour Director Donald Maxwell, experience the “essential guide to all things Gilbert & Sullivan” More>>
  • Take in three professional performances: The Mikado, The Yeoman of the Guard and The Pirates of Penzance More>>
  • Enjoy fascinating talks and fringe events alongside the main operas, all set in the picturesque spa town of Harrogate More>>

 

BUXTON FESTIVAL: 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

9–13 July 2019 with John Bryden, £1385
  • In the festival’s 40th anniversary year, experience four operas – including Eugene Onegin and Orpheus in the Underworld – alongside a selection of fringe events More>>
  • A visit to Chatsworth House provides the perfect introduction to the world premiere of Georgiana, commissioned specially for the festival More>>
  • Enjoy Antonio Caldara’s rarely-performed gem Lucio Papirio Dittatore, brought to life by award-winning ensemble La Serenissima More>> 
 

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