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2018 Tours


January – February – March – April – May – June

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2018 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 Land


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

Valletta International Baroque Festival


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 Stratford


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




Bath Bachfest,


Alongside its acclaimed and long-established Mozartfest, the beautiful Georgian city of Bath has created a second annual festival to celebrate one of Europe’s most eminent composers: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750).

Art Treasures of St Petersburg,


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 Winter


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

Elgar, Birmingham & Worcester


Savour the rich and varied classical musical scene to be found in the city of Birmingham, and spend time exploring Elgar country in nearby Worcester and the Malvern Hills.




Pompeii with Herculaneum


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

Aquileia: City of Antiquity


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 History


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 Easter


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

5-12: Art on the Cote d'Azur

29-3/4: Festtage: Opera in Berlin

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


More April Tours

3-10: Algeria: Rome Meets the Sahara

6-19: Japan in Springtime: Art, Temples & Gardens

9-13: Churches of Gloucestershire

12-19: Riviera di Levante: From Genoa to Pisa

13-17: Schnitger Organs - Register interest

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

16-22: Moorish Spain

17-24: Sardinia: Birds, Flowers & Nuraghi

22-9/5: Iran: Glories of Persia

24-28: Vienna: City of the Arts

25-2/5: Citadels of Transylvania

26-28: Secret War

30-6/5: Bologna, Mantua & Parma



Isles of Scilly,


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 Honfleur


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

5-12: Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lakes

7-13: Glasgow: Patrons, Art & Innovation

8-15: Isles of Scilly

10-17: Dorset: Isle of Purbeck – Register interest

11-18: Northern Ireland: From Giant’s Causeway to Strangford Lough

TBC: Melk Baroque Music Festival – Register interest

14-23: Art & Architecture in the Loire Valley

14-21: Palaces & Gardens of Portugal - Register interest

14-23: Ancient Sicily

14-24: Athens, Delphi & the Peloponnese

TBC: Handel in Gottingen – Register interest

19-25: Pompeii with Herculaneum

19-25: Villas & Gardens in Lazio

22-29: Poland's Green Lung

26-30: Spiš: German Towns of Eastern Slovakia

26-2/6: Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge

30-5/6: Albi & The Languedoc




Poetry & the Great War,


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 & Gardens, 1


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

Northern Greece,


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

Wellington & Napoleon at Waterloo


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

TBC: Riga Opera Festival – Register interest

4-11: Upper Austria

6-10: Stockholm & Drottingholm Palace

6-12: Bach Festival in Leipzig

9-16: Dingle & the Ring of Kerry

11-15: Roman & Byzantine Ravenna

11-18: Bach Festival in Leipzig

11-18: Germany's Romantic Road

14-27: Colonial Colombia

TBC: Aldeburgh Festival – Register interest

18-24: Irish Country Houses & Gardens 

18-26: Wagner's Ring Cycle in San Francisco

19-22: Artists' Houses in Sussex 

26-29: Churches of Norfolk: An Appointment with Angels

26-29: Artists of the North

26-1/7: Bauhaus: German Modern Art & Design




Northumbria & the First Millenium


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

Hamburg, Schwerin & Bremen  


Explore the artistic highlights of this fascinating trio of cities in the north of Germany.

2–6: Country Houses of North Shropshire

19-26: Islay, Jura & Colonsay

5–9: The Golden Age of Dutch Painting: From Rembrandt to Vermeer

8–15: Iceland: History & Landscape

8–15: Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival – Register interest

14–21: Wild & Ancient Orkney

15–22: Medieval Burgundy

16–21: A White Garment of Churches

24-27: Churches of Norfolk: An Appointment with Angels

26–3/8: Danish Palaces & Country Houses

28–1/8: Hereford Three Choirs Festival – Register interest




Hadrian’s Wall,


Enjoy a short UK archaeology tour devoted to one of Britain’s most majestic Roman monuments: Hadrian’s Wall.

Chichester & the South Downs 


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.

Russia’s Golden Ring


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

Northern Picts 


This archaeological tour takes a close look at the Highland area around Inverness, the heartland of the Picts which many experts consider the chief power centre in the early medieval period.

3–11: Arctic Finland & Norway

6: Hogarth in London

6–9: Hadrian’s Wall

8–12: Flemish Painting: From Van Eyck to Rubens

13–17: Chichester & the South Downs

14–18: Art Treasures of Copenhagen

16–20: International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival – Register interest

18–29: Russia’s Golden Ring

25–31: Northern Picts

26–2/9: Schubert in Schwarzenberg 

31–15/9: South Africa: Flowers of the Fairest Cape




Churches & Monasteries of Armenia & Georgia


Visit the medieval churches of Mtskheta, including the 11th century cathedral once besieged by Tamburlaine.

Armistice: The Great War 


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

Iran: Glories of Persia


Delve into the labyrinthine desert city of Yazd from its stunning mosque, glittering with mosaics, to its serene Towers of Silence and visit Isfahan’s Royal Mosque, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture, enchants alongside the Lotfollah Mosque and the beautiful Portico of Qaysariyyeh.

Medieval Winchester


Discover Winchester’s Anglo-Saxon and medieval heritage.





1–14: Churches & Monasteries of Armenia & Georgia

3–8: Aquileia: City of Antiquity

4–11: Isles of Scilly

5–11: Beethoven in Bonn

10–15: Armistice: The Great War

10–17: Art on the Cote d’Azur

10–19: Ancient Sicily

15–22: Wildlife of Andalucia & the Straits of Gibraltar

16–3/10: Iran: Glories of Persia

17–20: Liverpool: Private Wealth, Public Riches

17–23: Moorish Spain: Córdoba & Granada

24–26: Medieval Winchester

24–30: Tuscia: Etruscans, Popes & Princes

24–1/10: The Great Spanish Masters: From El Greco to Sorolla

29–5/11: Piero della Francesca




Chinese Civilisation


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.

Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto


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.



2–11: Towns, Palaces & Churches of Poland

8–19: The Dodecanese Islands

9–15: Art & Architecture of Puglia

11–21: Ancient Cyprus

12–19: Wildlife of Albania

13–30: Chinese Civilisation

17–26: The Route of Caravaggio

18–27: Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto

23–25: Oxford College Chapels & Organs

27–2/11:Pompeii with Herculaneum – Register interest






Japan in Autumn: Art, Temples & Gardens


Highlights include Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, whose top floors shimmer with gold leaf, will captivate us alongside the Silver Pavilion, once the retirement villa of a 13th century shogun.



2–18: Japan in Autumn: Art, Temples & Gardens

10–23: Morocco: Archaeology of the Western Kingdom

10–24: Odisha

19–26: Art & Patronage in Renaissance Florence & Siena