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New 2021 tour releases

 

Princely Courts of the Ile-de-France
19 - 26 October, 2021

with Andrew Spira

From a base in the Chantilly forest, explore stunning chateaux including Fontainebleau, Pierrefonds and Compiègne.

 

Ethiopia
19 September – 3 October, 2021

with Rev John Binns & Kevin Hand

Journey to the roof of Africa to discover a country of ancient history and diverse landscapes.

 

Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge
21 - 28 May, 2021

24 September – 1 October, 2021

with Martin Symington

Sail aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, formerly Her Majesty’s Royal Barge, as it cruises along the ‘River of Gold’.

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Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto
21 - 30 October, 2021

with Charles Hind

Learn about the life of Andrea Palladio, and visit both famous and lesser-known villas in and around Vicenza and Padua.

 

South Korea
16 - 30 November, 2021

with Alex Koller

Explore the pagodas, palaces, temples and tumuli of South Korea including six UNESCO World Heritage sites: Changdeokgung, Gyeongju, Haeinsa, Jongmyo, Seokguram and Bulguksa.

 

Southern Russia: Cossacks, Kalmyks & The Caucasus
15 - 30 June, 2021

with Alex Koller

Discover the history of southern Russia, from classical Greek colonisation to 19th century literature.

 

Piero della Francesca
25 October – 1 November, 2021

with Lucrezia Walker

Discover the abundance of paintings and sites relating to the great artist Piero della Francesca situated along the eponymous trail stretching through Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches.

  

Isle of Wight
6 - 11 September, 2021

with Stella Lyons

Discover the cultural highlights of the Isle of Wight, with a particular emphasis on its Victorian heritage and the between the island and the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

 

Constable & Gainsborough in Suffolk
9 - 12 August, 2021

with Stella Lyons

 Explore landscapes that inspired the works of two of England’s most recognised and respected painters with visits that will provide insights into Constable and Gainsborough’s lives and working practices.

 

Ancient Cyprus
14 - 24 October, 2021

with Philip Kenrick

 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.

 

Art & Architecture of Puglia
21 - 27 September, 2021

with Andrew Spira

 Explore the diverse artistic and architectural heritage of Bari, Barletta, Ostuni and Otranto.

 

Roman & Byzantine Ravenna
13 - 17 September, 2021

with Mark Corney

The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world.

 

Hadrian's Wall
19 - 23 July, 2021

with Mark Corney

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

 

Edinburgh: Scottish Houses, Castles & Interiors
2 - 7 September, 2021

with Ian Cox

Explore fine architecture and interiors in Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside, from Lauriston Castle to Scone Palace.

 

Norfolk in Summer
28 June – 1 July, 2021

with Mark Welch

Explore Norfolk’s important and increasingly rare heathland at Kelling and Salthouse, alongside its distinctive wildlife.

 

Churches of Norfolk: An Appointment with Angels
12 - 15 October, 2021

with Imogen Corrigan

View the remarkable ‘Memento Mori’ panels of a surviving medieval rood screen at St Mary in Sparham and visit St Botolph’s in Trunch which offers a beautiful 15th century hammerbeam roof alongside fine medieval misericords.

 

International Chopin Piano Competition
8 - 15 October, 2021

with John Bryden

Experience a portion of this spectacular competition in the heart of Warsaw and explore the cultural heritage of Poland’s capital city.

 

The Industrial Revolution in Middle England
6 - 10 August, 2021

with Ian Cox

Discover the unique assembly of architecture, museums and galleries that bears testament to the entrepreneurship of the Industrial Revolution.

 

Renaissance Florence: City of Wonders
8 - 15 November, 2021

with Sarah Burles

Delve beneath the surface of one of the most important cities of the Renaissance, to explore both famous and less well-known churches, museums and galleries, and enjoy beautiful views of Florence from Fiesole and San Miniato.

 

Denmark: From Prehistory to the Renaissance
3 - 11 August, 2021

with Lars Tharp

Discover six millennia of Danish treasures on this exciting tour crafted by Copenhagen-born art historian Lars Tharp

 

Athens, Delphi and the Peloponnese
18 - 28 October, 2021

with Andrew Wilson

Explore Greece’s classical archaeology, taking in ancient temples, palaces and fortresses.

 

Danube River Cruise
8 - 17 September, 2021

with John Bryden, Sarah Burles, Ashley Solomon, Lars Tharp, Nicholas Wearne, Emilie Capulet, Tom Abbott

A host of Tour Directors shine a spectrum of lights on the history of this commanding waterway, its artistic and musical heritage.

 

Derbyshire Halls & Houses
6 - 10 September, 2021

with Oliver Gerrish

Uncover Derbyshire’s historical country houses, from Haddon Hall, the quintessential medieval manor, to Kedleston Hall, Robert Adam’s beautifully restored neoclassical masterpiece.

 

Donegal & Tory Island
20 - 28 June, 2021

with Kevin Hand

Discover the beautiful views, fascinating landscape and intriguing culture of County Donegal.

 

Schubert in Schwarzenberg
22 - 29 August, 2021

with Nicholas Wearne

Chamber highlights include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, Dvoƙák’s ‘American’ String Quartet and Schubert’s Quintet in C major.

 

 

West Japan & the Inland Sea: Art & Pilgrimage
31 October - 13 November, 2021

with Richard Farmer

Journey to the tiny Chikubishima Island in the middle of Japan’s largest freshwater lake, one of the three main sites in Japan where Benzaiten, goddess of knowledge, is worshipped.

 

Verona Opera Festival
14 - 19 July, 2021

with Paul Jackson

Enjoy productions of Verdi’s Aida and La traviata, in addition to his monumental Messa da Requiem and take in the atmospheric surroundings of Verona’s Arena, our venue for all three performances.

 

Lincolnshire Halls & Houses
29 June - 5 July, 2021

with Oliver Gerrish

Enjoy visits to privately-owned houses including Fulbeck Manor and Doddington Hall, which has been in the same family for 400 years.

 

 

Art on the Cote d'Azur
20 - 27 September, 2021

with Juliet Heslewood

Visit museums dedicated to individual artists including Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and Léger and find out what made these artists and others travel to the south of France to live and work.

 

 

In Search of China's White Gold
15 October – 2 November, 2021

with Elizabeth Morrell & Lars Tharp

Discover the history of Chinese porcelain, which Europeans valued so highly that for centuries they have called it ‘white gold’.

 

 

Art Nouveau in Belgium
2 - 7 September, 2021

with Christopher Bourne

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.

 

Art Collections & Stately Homes of the West Country
31 August – 4 September, 2021

with Rupert Dickens

From a base in Bath, explore the art treasures of this fine Georgian city, as well as historical houses in the surrounding countryside.

 

Artists' Houses in Sussex
24 - 27 August, 2021

with Stella Lyons

Discover the lives and works of artists through their houses scattered around the beautiful Sussex countryside.

 

Isle of Man: A Wild & Ancient Heritage
19 - 26 May, 2021

with Kevin Hand

From rugged coastal heathland to dramatic mountain views, explore the geology and landscape of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

 

Bauhaus: German Modern Art & Design
22 - 27 June, 2021

with Alan Powers

Discover the highlights of the Bauhaus School and modernist design in Germany and take in the major centres of Weimar and Dessau alongside the lesser-visited but culturally rewarding towns of Chemnitz, Gera and Jena.

 

The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford
1 - 4 June, 2021

with Stella Lyons

Discover the world of William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones in and around Oxford.

 

The Hanseatic League: An Artistic Legacy
28 July – 5 August, 2021

with Tom Abbott

Discover the history of the Hanseatic League from the three major merchant centres of Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck, and review their artistic heritage.

 

The Vienna Secession
17 - 21 May, 2021

with Christopher Bourne

Discover the influential group of innovative young artists who ‘seceded’ from the Austrian art establishment in 1897, including Gustav Klimt and Otto Wagner.

 

Northumbria in the First Millennium
16 - 20 Aug, 2021

with 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.

 

Bach Festival in Leipzig
14 - 21 June, 2021

with John Bryden

Join this spectacular annual festival as it celebrates Bach’s depictions of the story of Jesus of Nazareth, and the faith it inspired, in the city where the composer lived and worked.

 

The Shetland Islands
7 - 14 June, 2021

with Peter Exley

Explore the wonderfully atmospheric, uninhabited island of Mousa and bsorb the remarkable history of Shetland, from Neolithic settlements to Viking remains.

 

From Bologna to Parma: A Feast for the Soul & Senses
26 Apr – 2 May, 2021

with Andrew Spira

Experience the artistic highlights of northern Italy from bases in historical Bologna and Parma and view works of art by the Old Masters, including the superb collection of Bolognese paintings in the Pinacoteca Nazionale.

 

Prehistoric & Roman Anglesey & Snowdonia
12 - 16 July, 2021

with Mark Corney

On this evocative tour, explore the remnants of forts left behind by the Roman occupation of South Wales and delve into Iron Age settlements including the ‘sacred lake’ at Llyn Cerrig Bach.

 

Ancient Sicily
3 - 12 September, 2021

with Oliver Kenzie

“Sicily, teetering on the fault line between the colliding tectonic forces of the ancient and medieval world’s most powerful states – there are few places where the melting pot of colonisation, conquest and cultural exchange is as palpable."

– Tour Director Oliver Kenzie

 

Albania: From the Illyrians to the Ottomans
28 April – 7 May, 2021

with Carolyn Perry

 Travel the length of this mountainous country, discovering layers of historical wonders left behind by Illyrians and Greeks, Romans and Ottomans.

 

Art in Naples
1 - 7 March, 2021

with Alex Koller

Learn about the rich heritage of Naples, from classical antiquity to the 18th century and discover the city’s wonderful Baroque art treasures.

 

Artists of the North
14 - 17 June, 2021

with Stella Lyons

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.

 

Northern Greece
14 - 26 June, 2021

with Andrew Wilson

Explore the untamed landscape, classical history and fascinating architecture of northern Greece in the company of archaeologist and specialist in the Greco-Roman world, Andrew Wilson

 

Venice: The Triumph of Light and Colour
2 - 8 March, 2021

with Tom Abbott

Explore Venice’s mosaics, monasteries and magnificent artistic creations in the company of art historian Tom Abbott.

 

Lycian Cruise
19 April – 3 May, 2021

with Andrew Wilson

Cruise down the Loryma Peninsula, where mountain tops are guarded by impressive fortresses of the Hellenistic age and explore ancient cities containing fascinating classical remains on our voyage around the coast of south-west Turkey.

 

Great Bardfield & Beyond: Mid-Century Art & Design in East Anglia
11-15 May, 2021

with Alan Powers

Discover the Great Bardfield artists and the environments within which they lived and worked.

 

Flemish Painting: From Van Eyck to Rubens
13-18 April, 2021

with Rupert Dickens

Discover the works and worlds of the Flemish masters across Belgium with visits to important collections in Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.

 

Jordan: Kingdoms of the Desert
29 March – 8 April, 2021

with Andrew Wilson

Delve into the rich layers of Jordan’s history, from the grand colonnades of Rome to the castles of the crusaders.

 

Art on the Côte d'Azur
1-8 March, 2021

with Sarah Burles

Discover what made artists such Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Léger and Renoir travel to the South of France to live and work.

 

Art Treasures of Dresden: Porcelain & Paintings
15-20 March, 2021

with Lars Tharp

Visit the city described as the ‘jewel box’ of Germany, discovering a wealth of cultural riches, including magnificent collections of porcelain.

 

Early Christian & Medieval Rome
22-27 February, 2021

with Andrew Wilson

Uncover the various historical layers of Rome’s churches and basilicas while exploring the development of early Christian art in Rome.

 

Roussillon
22-29 March, 2021

with Juliet Heslewood

Visit Céret, home to iconic 20th century artists such as Picasso and explore the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes with its remarkable Romanesque architecture.

 

Crete: Birds, Flowers & Minoans
27 April – 4 May, 2021

with Kevin Hand

Look out for waders, migrant pipits and larks in the coastal town of Elounda and absorb captivating views across the Cretan landscape from the beautiful Lassithi Plateau.


Valletta International Baroque Festival
15-21 January, 2021

with Ashley Solomon

Bask in the superb playing of artists including harpsichordists Steven Devine and Mahan Esfahani and early music ensembles Les Passions de L’Ame. The Combattimento Consort Amsterdam will join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for Handel’s Apollo & Daphne.

Tour Director Ashley Solomon writes:
"Join me in January for a week of Baroque music, delicious food, great architecture, masterpieces by Mattia Preti and Caravaggio and visits to the Neolithic temples on Gozo. I am particularly looking forward to performances of Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites, Handel’s Apollo & Daphne with the OAE and chamber music performances from Mahan Esfahani, Stephen Devine and Combattimento. We will be staying in the beautifully restored Phoenicia Hotel, just a few steps from the gates to the Old City – it promises to be an unforgettable tour!"

 

 

Mozart Festival in Salzburg
25-31 January, 2021

with John Bryden

Experience a specially chosen selection of Mozart’s dramatic music, from his Requiem to his Mass in C minor and hear some of the most celebrated performers of Mozart in the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida and the Hagen Quartet.

 

Pompeii with Herculaneum
29 January – 4 February, 2021

with Steve Mastin

This perennial favourite offers a thought-provoking window onto Roman life with visits to Pompeii and Herculaneum supplemented by the renowned Archaeological Museum in Naples with their unparalleled collection of artefacts. 

 

Turin: Rise of a Royal City
9-15 February, 2021

with Alex Koller

Walk in the footsteps of royalty as we explore the grand churches and palaces of Turin’s visionary Baroque architects and discover Guarini’s highly original Palazzo Carignano, built for the Princes of Carignano.

 

Aquileia: City of Antiquity
8-13 March, 2021

with Andrew Wilson

Visit the city's remarkable basilica with its sequence of 4th century mosaics and discover the Lombard Temple and medieval Duomo in Cividale, high above the Natisone River. 

 

Roman & Byzantine Ravenna
15-19 March, 2021

with Andrew Wilson

The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world.

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