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New Tour Releases

Browse our list of newly released tours for 2018 and 2019. Our 2019 collection offers a stimulating range of familiar favourites and new experiences, from enchanting natural history tours to dramatic city breaks.

 

TOUR RELEASED ON FRIDAY 8 JUNE

 

GLYNDEBOURNE 1 / GLYNDEBORNE 2

18 - 21 Oct, 2018 / 22 - 25 Oct, 2018 | Nicholas Wearne | £945 / £925

• Take in performances of Verdi’s La Traviata and Massenet’s Cendrillon More >>
• Enjoy a special private recital given by mezzo-contralto Judy Brown and our Tour Director, Nicholas Wearne More >>
• Make visits to Charleston House, the Towner Art Gallery and Brighton Pavilion More >>

 

TOUR RELEASED ON FRIDAY 1 JUNE

  

SEINE RIVER CRUISE: FROM HONFLEUR TO PARIS

6 Sep - 12 Sep, 2019 | Peter Higginson, Cathy oakes, Emilie Capulet, Christopher Catling, Sarah Burles | £2575

• Discover centuries of history along France’s most famous waterway, all from the comfort of our privately chartered vessel, the MS Renoir More >>
• Several ACE Tour Directors provide their unique perspectives on our historical and artistic visits, perfectly complemented by afternoon lectures and evening piano recitals More >>
• Delve into the rich heritage of Paris, Rouen and Honfleur, while making excursions to the Bayeux Tapestry, two Norman abbeys, and Monet’s beautiful Garden at Giverny – the subject of so many of his most famous works More >>

 

 

TOUR RELEASED ON FRIDAY 18 MAY

 

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY

7 Sep - 13 Sep, 2019 | John Bryden, Andrew Spira | £2195

• Experience the 42nd production of the iconic Oberammergau Passion Play, performed once every ten years More >>
• Enjoy cultural excursions to historical sights in this scenic corner of Bavaria More >>
• Travel with musician John Bryden and art historian Andrew Spira, each lending their individual perspectives to this unique event More >>
 
TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 20 APRIL

 

RHÔNE RIVER CRUISE

10 Apr - 16 Apr, 2019 | Peter Higginson, Cathy Oakes, Emilie Capulet, John Parker, Philip Kenrick

• Explore the beautiful stretch of river between Chalon-sur-Saône and Martigues, on board our privately chartered vessel, the MS Van Gogh More>>
• Five ACE Tour Directors share their unique perspectives and knowledge of the landscape, history and culture of the area surrounding the Rhône More>>
• Chart the history of the region from antiquity to Post-Impressionism, discovering its Roman ruins, Romanesque architecture and rich artistic heritage More>>

 

IRAN: GLORIES OF PERSIA

14 Apr - 1 May, 2019 | Andrew Wilson

6 Oct - 23 Oct, 2019 | Andrew Wilson

• Spend four nights in the captivating city of Shiraz, brimming with cultural treasures from across its 2000 year history
• Delve into the labyrinthine desert city of Yazd from its stunning mosque, glittering with mosaics, to its serene Towers of Silence
• Isfahan’s Royal Mosque, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture, enchants alongside the Lotfollah Mosque and the beautiful Portico of Qaysariyyeh
April departure details >>
October departure details >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON THURSDAY 19 APRIL

 

ROUSSILLON

21 Mar - 28 Mar, 2019 | Juliet Heslewood

• Explore the varied cultural history of Roussillon More>>
• Enjoy an excursion to Catalonia to visit the Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the fishing village of Cadaqués More>>
• Step inside the Palace of the Kings of Majorca and discover Romanesque architecture at Elne, a pre-Roman Iberian citadel More>>
 

MOZART IN SALZBURG

29 Jan - 3 Feb, 2019 | John Bryden

• Join acclaimed pianist Daniel Barenboim for three very special concerts dedicated to the composer’s trios and quartets More>>
• Enjoy some of Mozart’s most famous works, including his Mass in C minor and Requiem in D More>>
• Take an excursion to the neoclassical Kaiservilla, once the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I More>>
 

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE IN LEIPZIG

30 Apr - 6 May, 2019 | Sandy Burnett

• Attend the four critically acclaimed Ring Cycle performances in the city of Wagner’s birth More>>
• Take a day trip to Dresden, home to the splendid Semper Opera House where Wagner premiered several works More>>
• Enjoy the musical delights of Leipzig, from an exhibition on the young Wagner to the celebrated Bach-Archiv, a particular highlight for our Tour Director More>>
 

DOURO RIVER CRUISE ON THE ROYAL BARGE

24 May - 31 May, 2019 | Martin Symington

• Sail aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, formerly Her Majesty’s royal barge, as it cruises along the ‘River of Gold’ More>>
• Take in the vineyards and historical towns of Portugal’s northern valleys More>>
• Learn about the history of port, Oporto and the Douro Valley More>>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL

 

LYCIAN CRUISE

2 Sep - 16 Sep, 2019 | Andrew Wilson

• Explore ancient cities containing fascinating classical remains on a voyage around the coast of south-west Turkey More>>
• Journey inland to discover further ancient sites, including the beautifully located town of Pinara with tombs cut into the rock face More>>
• Cruise down the Loryma Peninsula, where mountain tops are guarded by impressive fortresses of the Hellenistic age More>>
 

CRETE: BIRDS, FLOWERS & MINOANS

23 Apr - 30 Apr, 2019 | Kevin Hand

• Absorb captivating views across the Cretan landscape from the beautiful Lassithi Plateau
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• Explore the Minoan palace at Knossos in addition to the remains at Gournia and Malia More>>
• Look out for waders, migrant pipits and larks in the coastal town of Elounda, followed by a nearby cliff walk where wild gladioli and endemic orchids grow above the sea More>>
 

SOUTH KOREA & WESTERN JAPAN: ANCIENT CONNECTIONS & MODERN WORLD HERITAGE

2 May - 19 May, 2019 | Simon Kaner

• Travel from the capitals of ancient Korean kingdoms through the heartlands of western Japan, tracing the interactions of the early kingdoms and the arrival of Buddhism More>>
• Explore an extraordinary assembly of UNESCO World Heritage sites set amidst breath-taking scenery, from royal palaces to ancient temples More>>
• Discover the Izumo Grand Shrine, one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines More>>

 

SEINE RIVER CRUISE

6 Sep - 12 Sep, 2019

Following the popularity of our stunning Seine River Cruise in 2018, we are delighted to be returning to the beautiful stretch of river between Honfleur and Paris in 2019, to chart centuries of history from the comfort of our privately chartered vessel, the MS Renoir. More>>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON TUESDAY 17 APRIL

 

ALGERIA: ROME MEETS THE SAHARA

30 April - 12 May, 2019 | Philip Kenrick

• Discover the Roman colony of Timgad, the ‘Pompeii of Africa’, founded by Emperor Trajan on the edge of the Aurès Mountains More>>
• Seek out the visible traces of the Roman desert frontier in the vicinity of Biskra and take in the ruins of Gemellae, one of the southernmost Roman forts in Algeria, on the fringe of the Sahara desert More>>
• Explore Tipasa, an enchanting coastal town featuring Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine ruins above a sparkling azure sea More>>
 

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE IN CHEMNITZ

17 April - 23 April, 2019 | John Deathridge

• The city’s award-winning opera company presents its production of Wagner’s four powerful musical dramas More>>
• Explore Chemnitz through the ages, including a visit to the beautiful Villa Esche, designed by Henry van de Velde More>>
• Take a day excursion to Bayreuth, site of the festival theatre built specially for the Ring and Wagner’s last residence, Wahnfried More>>

 

PALACES OF THE PORTUGUESE KINGS

21 March - 28 March, 2019 | Christopher Catling

• Explore one of the world's finest libraries at Coimbra University More>>
• Spend a day discovering the stunning palaces of the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra, favourite summer retreat of the kings of Portugal More>>
• Delve into the 15th century Ducal Palace in Guimarães, with its sumptuous interiors resulting from historical trading success More>>

 

ICELAND: HISTORY & LANDSCAPE

7 July - 14 July, 2019 | Harriet Allen, Morag Hunter

• Uncover Iceland’s extraordinary natural history through visits to several of the country’s glaciers, waterfalls and steaming vents – including its largest ice cap, Vatnajökull More>>
• History and legend come alive at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, and at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, home to one of the oldest parliaments in the world More>>
• Look out for puffins and other birdlife at the cliff faces of Dyrhólaey, where a naturally-formed archway serves as shelter More>>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON MONDAY 16 APRIL

 

THE DODECANESE ISLANDS (REGISTER INTEREST)

September 2019 | Andrew Wilson More>>

• Join this enchanting archaeology tour taking in the Greek islands of Samos, Patmos, Kos and Rhodes More>>
• Delve deeper into the islands’ classical history during visits to important archaeological sites and museums More>>
• Explore a range of fascinating historical sites, including the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos, where Saint John is rumoured to have written the Book of Revelation More>>

 

SHAKESPEARE AT STRATFORD

10 Jan — 13 Jan, 2019, £745 | Vivien Heilbron More>>

• Take in a rare production of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens More>>
• Enjoy further performances, including a brand new version of Molière’s classic Tartuffe and a production of A Christmas Carol More>>
• Enjoy a special visit to see the archival treasures held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust More>>
 

CAMBRIDGE CHURCHES, COLLEGE CHAPELS & ORGANS

26 Feb — 28 Feb, 2019, £745 | John Bryden More>>

1 Mar — 3 Mar, 2019, £745 | John Bryden More>>

• Experience our Tour Director John Bryden’s expert organ playing in the stunning surroundings of Cambridge’s famous chapels
• Enjoy an exquisite performance of piano works at Stapleford Granary, the home of ACE Cultural Tours
• Sample the university’s superlative choral tradition during Evensong

February departure >>

March departure >>

 

PROVENCE RIVER CRUISE

2 Jun — 8 Jun, 2019, £2995 | Peter Higginson More>>

• Discover centuries of history in the beautiful Provence region between Aigues Mortes and Avignon More>>
• Visit museums of the region, including the Musée du Petit Palais with its outstanding art collection More>>
• Cruise through beautiful waterways on the elegant Le Phénicien More>>
 
TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 13 APRIL

 

ALENTEJO & ALGARVE: LANDSCAPES & WILDLIFE

1 Apr — 8 Apr, 2019, £1895 | Peter Exley & Harriet Allen More>>

• Discover the wildlife and landscapes of the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal, experiencing spring flowers in bloom and a wealth of birdlife More>>
• Explore flower-strewn cliff tops, mountain peaks, savanna-like holm and cork oak woodlands and coastal estuaries More>>
• Look out for the rich variety of plant and bird species, including cistus, mirror orchids, azure-winged magpies and great bustards More>>

 

EARLY CHRISTIAN & MEDIEVAL ROME

11 Feb — 16 Feb, 2019, £1795 | Andrew Wilson More>>

• Study Rome’s churches and basilicas in depth on an exploration of the development of early Christian art in Rome More>>
• Spend time at the Vatican visiting St Peter’s Basilica and examining the papal tombs in the Necropolis More>>
• See astonishing frescoes including the earliest image of the Madonna and Child in situ in the Catacombs of Priscilla More>>

  

FROM YEATS COUNTRY TO THE FERMANAGH LAKES

5 Jun — 12 Jun, 2019, £1695 | Niamh Whitfield More>>

• Study a fascinating range of sites, from Neolithic tombs to enigmatic medieval monuments and elegant country houses More>>
• Lovers of Yeats’s poetry will enjoy visits to Rosses Point, Dooney, Dromahair, Innisfree and Drumcliffe More>>
• Discover the beautiful Sligo landscape and stunning lower Lough Erne More>>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON THURSDAY 12 APRIL

 

OTTOMAN TURKEY

2 Jun — 12 Jun, 2019, £2195 | Andrew Wilson More>>

• Explore Istanbul over several days, discovering both its Ottoman heritage and remnants from its Byzantine past More >>
• Stop at Bursa, the first Ottoman capital, complemented by a visit to the late Ottoman village of Cumalikizik More >>
• Wander the streets of ancient Troy, excavated by Schliemann in the 1870s More >>
 

CUBA

10 Jan — 22 Jan, 2019, £3995 | Peter Higginson More>>

• Explore the cultural heritage of Cuba, from the art and architecture of Havana to the natural beauty of the Viñales Valley More >>
• Discover Cuba’s varied colonial history, including the lasting influences of both Spanish and French occupation More >>
• Visit the Cueva de los Portales, Che Guevara’s headquarters during the Cuban Missile Crisis More >>

 

ART IN NAPLES

18 Mar — 24 Mar, 2019, £1995 | Alex Koller More>>

• Discover the 17th and 18th century art treasures of Naples More >>
• Learn about the city’s rich heritage, which features important specimens from Roman antiquity to the middle of the 18th century More >>
• Visit the perfectly preserved monastic complex of Certosa di San Martino overlooking the city and the Bay of Naples, housing an impressive assembly of works by popular 17th century artistic personalities More >>

 

 

TOURS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL

 

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

29 Mar — 9 Apr, 2019, £4295 | Sandy Burnett More>>

• 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 >> 
 
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