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

TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY

AQUILEIA: CITY OF ANTIQUITY

11 - 16 Mar, 2019, £1495 | Andrew Wilson  More>>

15 - 20 Jul, 2019, £1545 | Andrew Wilson  More>>

• Visit the city's remarkable cathedral with its sequence of 4th century mosaics
• Journey across a beautiful lagoon to find the cobbled streets and courtyards of Grado, home to historical churches with 6th century mosaics
• Discover the Lombard Temple and medieval Duomo in Cividale, high above the Natisone River
 

TEMPLE WINTER FESTIVAL

December, 2018 | Richard Wigmore

• Exquisite musical performances weave around historical visits as we delve into one of London’s most beautiful, ancient and enigmatic districts – Temple More >>
• We will take our seats in the historical Temple Church for magical concerts from eminent musicians, absorbing the festive atmosphere More >>
• Discover the heritage of this fascinating district, with a focus on London’s artistic society at the time when some of the finest choral and classical music was first composed and performed More >>

 

SOMERSET LEVELS IN WINTER

13 - 16 Feb, 2019, £595 | Peter Exley

• 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 More >>
• Visit key historical sites including Glastonbury Abbey, and keep an eye out for bitterns, barn owls and water voles at one of the country’s most exciting and beautiful wildlife projects – the Avalon Marshes More >>
• Explore one of the RSPB’s oldest and largest nature reserves at West Sedgemoor, walking along an ancient drove route to view the remarkable winter wildfowl roost More >>

 

WILDLIFE IN NORFOLK

14 - 18 Jan, 2019, £845 | Kevin Hand

• Visit one of Britain’s most famous bird-watching sites at Cley, where reedbeds, beaches, marshes and lagoons provide an ideal breeding sanctuary More >>
• Look out for one of the most impressive seal colonies in England at Blakeney Point More >>
• Enjoy a floodlit swan watch from a heated hide at Welney More >>
 
TOUR RELEASED ON THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY

ART TREASURES OF ST PETERSBURG

11 - 18 Feb, 2019, £2495 | Colin Bailey

• Enjoy extended visits to the world’s largest collection of paintings at the Hermitage Museum – including a visit to the holdings of the State Depository More >>
• Follow in the footsteps of the protagonists of Tolstoy’s War and Peace with visits to the aristocratic Catherine Palace and Yusupov Palace More >>
• View the wealth of 18th century architecture, from Tsar Peter the Great’s modest log cabin to Rastrelli’s spectacular Konstantinovsky Palace More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY

VILLAS & GARDENS OF THE ITALIAN LAKES

12 - 19 Sep, 2018, £2495 | Peter Higginson

 

• Track developments in garden design from the 16th to the 20th century More >>
• Discover the famous 17th century Sacro Monte beside Lake Orta: a fascinating Counter-Reformation ‘religious garden’ designed to transport pilgrims into the world of St Francis, patron saint of nature More >>
• Uncover the delights of the Borromean islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre More >>

 

ART ON THE COTE D'AZUR

4 - 11 Mar, 2019, £2375 | Colin Bailey

 
• Enjoy the rich art collections of the Côte d’Azur in the landscape which inspired artists such as Monet and Bonnard More >>
• Explore museums dedicated to artists including Matisse and Chagall More >>
• Discover the varied collections held at the Fondation Maeght and the beautiful Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa More >>
 
TOURS RELEASED ON TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY

VIETNAM

2 - 17 Feb, 2019, £3995 | Alex Koller

 
• Discover the cultural highlights of Hanoi, including the Temple of Literature and Fine Arts Museum More >>
• Visit the former imperial capital of Hué with its exquisite imperial tombs More >>
• Discover the Cham sanctuary complex of 7th to 13th century towers, temples and tombs at My Son, capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom More >>
  
TOURS RELEASED ON MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY

ROMAN & BYZANTINE RAVENNA

4 Mar - 8 Mar, 2019, £1245 | 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 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 >>

 

POMPEII WITH HERCULANEUM

23 Feb – 1 Mar, 2019, £1795

11 – 17 May, 2019, £1845 | Andrew Wilson

• This perennial favourite offers a thought-provoking window onto Roman life in the company of archaeologist Andrew Wilson More >>
• Discover Cumae, one of the most important Greek city-states in antiquity, alongside Pozzuoli with its impressive Roman amphitheatre More >>
•The renowned Archaeological Museum in Naples supports our site visits with an unparalleled collection of artefacts More >>
 
TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY

NEW YEAR IN THE AZORES

27 Dec, 2018 - 2 Jan, 2019, £2395 | Morag Hunter

• Look out for both endemic and exotic species of flora and fauna on this festive natural history tour, from Madeira mahogany to Azorian bullfinches More >>
• Discover the volcanic history of the Azorian islands, including visits to the spectacular volcanic craters of the Sete Cidades area and the hot springs of Furnas More >>
• Develop knowledge about plant and bird colonisation during a walk in the forest regeneration area on the site of the Centro do Priolo More >>

 

NEW YEAR IN MADEIRA

29 Dec, 2018 - 4 Jan, 2019, £2755 | Martin Symington

• Explore some of Madeira’s most captivating monuments, including Funchal’s Palácio de São Lourenço and the serene 16th century Convent of Santa Clara More >>
• Make excursions to the beautiful village of Monte, overlooking Funchal, and São Vicente on the north west coast More >>
• Enliven your senses at the Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro, home to exquisite terraced gardens and arresting sea vistas More >>

 

ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS IN MOSCOW

5 Jan - 11 Jan, 2019, £2295 | Alex Koller

• Explore the historical and architectural evolution of Russia’s capital against a backdrop of seasonal festivitie More >>
• Discover a selection of beautiful and historical monasteries, including the UNESCO-listed Trinity-Sergius Lavra Monastery in Sergiev Posad More >>
• Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Orthodox Christmastide during Moscow’s Winter Festival More >>

 

TOUR RELEASED ON THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY

NEW YEAR IN EDINBURGH

29 Dec, 2018 - 4 Jan, 2019, £1795 | John Bryden & Nicholas Wearne

• Enjoy a musical New Year tour in Scotland’s capital, with private organ and piano recitals alongside a celebratory performance of the Messiah More >>
• Soak up the city’s history through a walking tour of the New Town and a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse More >>
• Visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY

SALZBURG AT CHRISTMAS

20 Dec - 27 Dec, 2018, £2475 | John Bryden

• Enjoy a tantalising selection of classical concerts in beautiful historical surroundings, and experience Choral High Mass at Salzburg Cathedral on Christmas Day More >>
• Soak up the festive atmosphere with a visit to Salzburg’s famous Christkindlmarkt, renowned for its exquisitely adorned stalls and sparkling decorations More >>
•Visit the Baroque Residenz Palace, filled with precious frescoes and paintings More >>

 

CHRISTMAS IN DRESDEN

21 Dec - 27 Dec, 2018, £2295 | Colin Bailey

 
• On this celebratory art history tour, discover the treasures of the Historic Green Vault located at Dresden’s Royal Palace More >>
• Visit Meissen, a medieval medley of red-tiled roofs and stucco architecture, and take a tour of the renowned porcelain factory More >>
• Enjoy the festive atmosphere in Dresden, home to one of Germany’s oldest Christmas Markets More >>

 

TOUR RELEASED ON THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY

 

COTO DOÑANA & SEVILLE AT CHRISTMAS

21 Dec - 29 Dec, 2018, £1895 | Kevin Hand

• Discover the remarkable wildlife of the Coto Doñana, including the birdlife teeming on the lagoon outside our hotel More >>
• Spend Christmas Eve in the enchanting city of Seville, including a celebratory lunch and evening flamenco performance More >>
• Look out for mammals including red deer in Arroyo de la Rocina More >>

 

TOURS RELEASED ON THURSDAY 25 JANUARY

 

MELK BAROQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL

17 May - 22 May, 2018, £2095 | Sandy Burnett

• Enjoy performances of works by Bach, Handel, Couperin and others in the surroundings of the famous Benedictine abbey at Melk in the festival’s 40th anniversary year More>>
• Hear world-renowned tenor Michael Schade perform in the festival’s gala concert More>>
• Explore the beautiful abbeys at Altenburg and Dürnstein, and delve into the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna  More>> 

 

CHRISTMAS IN GENOA

21 Dec - 28 Dec, 2018, £2495 | Christopher Wellington

• Discover the artistic highlights of Rubens’s beloved Genoa, whose enchanting city centre is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site More>>
• Explore a captivating array of churches and palaces, including the grandiose Palazzo del Principe More>>
• Absorb views of the city and bay from the neogothic Castello d’Albertis, home to the Museo delle Culture del Mondo More>>

 


TOUR RELEASED ON TUESDAY 23 JANUARY

 

CHRISTMAS IN ATHENS

21 Dec - 28 Dec, 2018, £1995 | Andrew Wilson

• Discover the remarkable array of ancient buildings situated upon the Greek capital’s iconic Acropolis More>>
• Visit sites from across the city’s rich history, including its ancient Agora and a series of beautiful Byzantine churches More>>
• Venture outside the capital to explore ancient Eleusis, home of the mysteries of Demeter More>>

 


TOUR RELEASED ON MONDAY 22 JANUARY

 

YULETIDE IN COPENHAGEN

10 Dec - 14 Dec, 2018, £2195 | Lars Tharp

• Delve into a shimmering world of festive and artistic light on this tour to Denmark’s capital More>>
• Enchant your senses with a visit to Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved Tivoli Gardens More>>
• Explore the life and works of some of Denmark’s most renowned sons, including the artist Vilhelm Hammershøi More>>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON MONDAY 15 JANUARY

 

THE HOLY LAND

29 Nov - 6 Dec, 2018, £2695 | Andrew Wilson

• Discover the Holy Land during the captivating Jewish festival of Hanukkah More>>
• 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>>

  


TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 12 JANUARY

 

IMPERIAL ROME, OSTIA & TIVOLI

5 Nov - 10 Nov 2018, £1695 | Mark Corney

• 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>>

 

VICTORIAN ITALY: THE PRE-RAPHAELITES IN TUSCANY

13 Nov - 19 Nov 2018, £2295 | Suzanne Fagence Cooper

• Visit the artistic centres of Florence and Siena to study the Victorian love affair with the painting, architecture and landscape of the Italian Renaissance More>>
• Discover the Italian masters that influenced the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of artists, architects and writers More>>
• Follow in the footsteps of painter Edward Burne-Jones when he first visited Italy to see works by the likes of Botticelli, Gozzoli and Piero della Francesca More>>

  


TOUR RELEASED ON THURSDAY 11 JANUARY

 

SOUTH KOREA

16 Nov - 29 Nov 2018, £4295 | Alex Koller

• Explore the pagodas, palaces, temples and tumuli of South Korea and discover maritime Hallyeo, a panoramic seascape strewn with hundreds of islands and rocky islets. More>>
• Take in a range of UNESCO World Heritage sites: Changdeokgung Palace, the former Silla capital of Gyeongju, Haeinsa Temple, Jongmyo Ancestral Shrine, Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple. More>>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER

 

RIGA OPERA FESTIVAL

12 Jun – 17 Jun 2018, £1695 | Nicholas Wearne

Our visit to the 2018 Riga Opera Festival will offer an opportunity to experience three festival operas. Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, telling the story of the decline of Tom Rakewell; Puccini’s Turandot, the composer’s final opera; and Donizetti’s comic opera, Don Pasquale, will be brought to life on stage at the classical Latvian National Opera House. More>>

 

 


TOURS RELEASED ON FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER

 

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH PAINTING

1 Nov – 5 Nov 2018, £1825 | Rupert Dickens

A second departure of this magical Art History tour, exploring a golden age of Dutch art that was heralded in the 17th century, under the patronage of a new merchant class. Dutch painting flourished as never before, as the middle classes commissioned portraits of themselves, and also bought pictures to decorate their homes of a sort rarely seen before. More>>

 

SHAKESPEARE AT STRATFORD

11 Jul – 14 Jul 2018, £865 | Viven Heilbron

See productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and experience the new musical Miss Littlewood, telling the story of the revolutionary 20th century theatre director Joan Littlewood. More>>

 

ISLAY, JURA & COLONSAY

3 Jul – 10 Jul 2018, £1825 | Mark Welch

Islay is internationally famous for its birdlife, especially the rare chough, twite and corncrake. The moorlands hold birds of prey such as golden eagle, hen harrier, merlin, peregrine and short-eared owl all in the company of Mark Welch, a research scientist in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London. More>>

 

ROUSSILLON

1 Oct – 8 Oct 2018, £1985 | Cathy Oakes

Roussillon, bordered by the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, is regarded as one of the most picturesque regions of southern France. Often known as French Catalonia, Roussillon overflows with Romanesque architecture and sculpture. This second departure in 2018 is led by associate professor in Art History, Cathy Oakes. More>>

 

SARDINIA: BIRDS, FLOWERS & NURAGHI

11 Sep – 18 Sep 2018, £2140 | Kevin Hand, Mark Welch

Based in the lakeside town of Cabras, where local fishermen still set out to sea in traditional reed boats, and Cala Gonone, bordering one of the most scenic stretches of the Mediterranean, this tour takes in Sardinia’s rugged interior and coastal waters on an exploration of its natural history and archaeology, on the September departure with Kevin Hand and Mark Welch. More>>

 

POMPEII WITH HERCULANEUM

27 Oct – 2 Nov 2018, £1895 | Andrew Wilson

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

 


TOURS RELEASED ON THUSRDAY 2 NOVEMBER

 

BOLOGNA, MANTUA & PARMA

30 Apr – 6 May 2018, £1995 | Colin Bailey

This navigation of northern Italy absorbs the artistic splendours of Bologna, Mantua and Parma and highlights the oft-neglected wonders of Ferrara. More>>

 

INTERNATIONAL GILIBERT & SULLIVAN IN HARROGATE

16 Aug – 20 Aug 2018, £1225 | Donald Maxwell

Gilbert and Sullivan represent quintessential Victorian England. The brilliant, witty lyrics of W S Gilbert dazzle alongside the attractive melodies of Arthur Sullivan. In 2018, the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival will celebrate 25 years with an exciting and memorable programme of operas and fringe events. More>>
 

BATH BACHFEST

22 Feb – 25 Feb 2018, £1095 | Sandy Burnett

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). More>>

 


TOURS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

 

HANDEL FESTIVAL IN GÖTTINGEN

16 May – 23 May 2018, £2595 | John Bryden

Visit Göttingen, the old university town of half timbered houses set amid the rolling mountains of Lower Saxony. Our tour will take in a range of festival concerts performed by outstanding musicians, and will include the festival’s fully staged opera by Handel: ArminioMore>> 

 

HAYDN IN EISENSTADT

10 Sep – 16 Sep 2018, £2295 | Robert Hanson

Eisenstadt comes alive every September with the music of its adopted son, offering the unique opportunity to hear works by Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) in the very rooms for which they were composed. More>> 

 

LUCCA PUCCINI FESTIVAL

9 Aug – 14 Aug 2018, £2215 | John Bryden

Join the 2018 Puccini Festival set in the beautiful lakeside village of Torre del Lago with performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Il Trittico. More>> 

 


TOURS RELEASED ON TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER

 

SIBELIUS FESTIVAL IN FINLAND

4 Sep – 10 Sep 2018, £2950 | Sandy Burnett

Each year music aficionados from around the world gather in the Finnish city of Lahti for the International Sibelius Festival, a celebration of the composer’s music. Performances take place in the spectacular Sibelius Hall, situated on the southern shores of Lake Vesijärvi. The hall is an architectural and acoustic marvel with stunning views over the surrounding lake. More>> 
 
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