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Art/History Tours

3 nights from £1049

100 Years of De Stijl - Mondrian to Dutch Design

A century of “The Style” from Mondrian to Dutch Design – with Mike Hope.

The 100th anniversary of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl (The Style) will be celebrated in 2017 with numerous inspiring exhibitions and events all over the country. Founded by Theo van Doesburg in 1917, renowned exponents including Mondrian, Van der Leck and Rietveld were part of this movement, which would come to redefine the word 'modern'. This superb new tour explores some of the permanent and special exhibitions that celebrate this landmark – in the company of enthusiastic expert, Mike Hope.


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3 nights from £939

Art & Architecture of Ravenna and Bologna

Emilia-Romagna's Bologna and Ravenna boast wonderful but different artistic and cultural landmarks. Bologna is a medieval tour de force - a jumble of atmospheric streets, lined with red brick and arcades, leading to magnificent Renaissance palazzi and medieval piazzas. Ravenna, once an important city at the heart of the Roman Empire, has quiet antique lanes lined with an eclectic mix of late Roman and early Byzantine architecture, and a crowning glory in the finest set of Byzantine mosaics in the world. Join Clare Ford-Wille to discover the art and architecture of these glorious cities. 

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention. 

 

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5 nights from £699

Art & History of the Netherlands by Rail

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Provincial Dutch architectural gems
  • Van Gogh - the Kroller Muller collection is astounding 
  • Historic royal palaces 
  • Open air museums - the Arnhem museum is a delight 
  • Canalside restaurants
  • Amsterdam and the new Rijksmuseum

This delightful rail tour is based in the gorgeous Dutch city of Amersfoort and offers a wonderful variety of the art and history of the Netherlands.

From an artistic point of view you will visit fantastic galleries and museums housing some fine collections of art, including the amazing Kroller Muller Museum, beautifully set in a national park, that houses one of the most important collections of Van Gogh's in the world. The tour, part of our 'Europe by Rail' series, also takes in Arnhem and the fascinating Open Air Museum, the royal palace at Het Loo, the beautiful and historic city of Amsterdam with the new Rijksmuseum.

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

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3 nights from £975

Art and Architecture of Urbino and Gubbio

Our second new tour with Clare Ford-Wille takes us to the Le Marche and Umbria regions of Italy and two Renaissance gems that just beg to be explored in depth, with superb ecclesiastical and ducal architecture, extensive art collections and a wonderfully “simpatico” ambience that one only gets in Italy. Clare has led tours for us for several years now and her tours are packed full of historic and artistic appreciation, illuminated by her vast experience and enthusiasm for her subject.


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2 nights from £319

Art and Industry in the Black Country

The magnificent Victorian Wightwick Manor is one of the few surviving examples of an Arts & Crafts house in the country. Stuffed full of original treasures, including Morris & Co wallpapers, fabrics and furniture, you’ll explore Wightwick with expert Prof Anne Anderson, as well as Arts & Crafts Winterbourne House, Birmingham’s St Philip’s Cathedral, the City’s Art Gallery with its outstanding pre- Raphaelite collection and Stourbridge Glass Quarter.

 

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2 nights from £375

Art Deco in Liverpool

During the 1920s and 30s Liverpool maintained its standing as 'second city of the Empire'; a status reflected by its wealth and continued expansion. The city embraced the new Art Deco style and has a wealth of wonderful architecture in both the city centre and the surrounding suburbs. 

Join Art Deco expert Mike Hope to explore the famous landmarks and hidden gems plus important collections of decorative arts and paintings in the national museums of Merseyside.

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2 nights from £469

Art Deco in London

As with so many other cities around the world, London embraced Art Deco with an astounding vigour, which was to define many London skylines and districts. Despite the ravages of war and the subsequent post-war redevelopment London is home to an enormous range and quantity of truly outstanding buildings of all types from factories, garages, stations, hotels, apartment blocks and houses to offices, churches, palaces and cinemas. 

Join Mike Hope, Art and Design specialist and Art Deco enthusiast, on this special weekend where you will visit some of the well-known and not so well-known Art Deco monuments of London. Visits will be supported by two lectures, 'Art Deco an international style in context' and 'Art Deco Art & Design in the UK 1925-39'.

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6 nights from £3750

Art Deco in New York

New York is home to many of the world’s most iconic Art Deco buildings. For more than a quarter of a century, developers vied with each other to erect the tallest and most glamorous buildings in the world. Join expert Mike Hope in visiting not only the most famous, but also a range of lesser-known gems of this period. A series of walks will introduce you to the widely varying neighbourhoods which make up and give New York much of its vibrancy and flavour, including Midtown, the Bowery, Flatiron, SOHO, NOHO and Greenwich Village. Alongside this feast of Art Deco buildings, you will also have the opportunity to see Louis Sullivan’s only New York building, the only Art Nouveau building in New York, Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim Museum, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and Santiago Calatrava’s new transport hub at the WTC Memorial site, the Neue Galerie, Whitney Museum of American Art, Morgan Library and the stunning and often overlooked Brooklyn Museum. An additional flourish is your base, the Art Deco Marriott Eastside in the heart of Midtown.


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3 nights from £729

Art Nouveau and Art Deco in Lille and Antwerp

Further to the success of our tour to Nancy, we have added an extra tour devoted to the art of the early 20th century to Lille and Antwerp. 

Easily accessible in just 1.5 hours, Lille is a splendid city with a wealth of sights, including France's 2nd most visited art gallery after the Louvre and the nearby textile town of Roubaix is home to one of Europe's most original and fascinating museums, La Piscine, housed in a beautiful converted Art Deco swimming pool. Antwerp has a wealth of Art Nouveau houses, including the remarkable "Five Continents" house built for a wealthy ship owner complete with a wooden prow. 

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890 

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3 nights from £849

Art Nouveau in Riga

Explore romantic Riga, the largest of the three Baltic capitals, often described as a metropolis of Art Nouveau. A powerful industrial city in the 19th century, Riga was home to a newly wealthy Latvian bourgeoisie who embraced the new style based on naturalistic designs and forms. These motifs are found in the period’s architecture, interior design, jewellery, furniture and textiles and the movement’s philosophy which saw ‘art as a way of life’ quickly caught on in the ancient Hanseatic city. The ‘Jugendstil’ lifestyle of wealthy patrons is beautifully preserved and waiting to be discovered in the company of architectural expert Mike Hope on this three-night tour based at the Hotel Monika.

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2 nights from £435

Art on the South Coast of England

Accompanied by Gerald Deslandes visit the best museums and galleries in Brighton and the south coast

Special Event highlights: 

  • Lecture by art historian Gerald Deslandes 
  • The Exotic Royal Pavilion, Brighton 
  • Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 
  • The Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill 

From the Indo-Saracenic style of Brighton Pavilion and Modernism mixed with Art Deco in Bexhill, to the British art of the Towner and Jerwood Galleries, this tour is an exploration of the excellent art collections and fascinating architectural gems of England’s south-eastern coast. With art historian Gerald Deslandes, examine the landmark architecture of Brighton and Bexhill’s pavilions and enjoy the vibrant city of Brighton through the eyes of the artists who worked here.

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2 nights from £329

Art Treasures of the North

Accompanied by Gerald Deslandes, art & aspectual historian, visit the cultural centres, museums and galleries of Manchester and Liverpool. 

In recent years the cultural institutions of Manchester and Liverpool have received a much-needed financial boost, allowing them to display their fantastic and varied collections of British, including Constable, Turner and Lowry, and European, art in suitably ambitious surroundings. Join art expert Gerald Deslandes to examine more closely the collections of the region’s top galleries including The Lowry, the Walker Art Gallery and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

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2 nights from £349

Arts and Crafts from Pugin to Morris

Prof. Anne Anderson’s knowledge of and passion for William Morris is further developed on this superb tour that takes in some of his work, as well as his birthplace in Walthamstow. It also looks at the work of other Arts & Crafts pioneers, including stunning Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, with its magnificent drawing room by Pugin, as well as the International Garden Cities Exhibition at Letchworth, which tells the story of garden cities, a vision of the Arts & Crafts movement.

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2 nights from £329

At Home with William Morris

A great Victorian in the Home Counties

In 1860 William Morris and his wife Jane settled in Red House, Bexleyheath, a house designed by Morris and Philip Webb to be a ‘Palace of Art’. It was around this time that Morris was founding the decorative arts firm Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co in London, which was succeeded by Morris & Co, whose medieval-inspired design and respect for traditional craftsmanship had a huge influence, particularly on the flourishing Arts & Crafts movement.

Join Prof. Anne Anderson and Dr Scott Anderson as we explore Red House, Little Holland House, Charleston Farmhouse and Standen House. 

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4 nights from £1225

Bauhaus - Modernist Architecture and Design

Known as Germany’s city of enlightenment, Weimar was the birthplace of Bauhaus, the extremely influential but short-lived art school founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919. The school was ill-fated from the start, constantly under fire for its ideologies, but its demise at the hands of the Nazis only facilitated the rapid spread of its philosophy around the world.

Expert Mike Hope will guide you through its turbulent 14 year existence from Weimar through Dessau to Berlin whilst delving deeper into the ideologies of ‘total’ works of art and art education, and the enormous influence on modern architecture and design that is still very much palpable today.  

Join Mike Hope on this wonderful tour with visits to Erfurt, Weimar and the Bauhaus Museum, Dessau and its Bauhaus Museum and Masters' House and Berlin's Bauhaus Archive.  

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.

 

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Berlin - Romanticism to Jugendstil

Germany's capital, Berlin is one of Europe's great cities yet until the 17th century was a small town of little significance. Its art and architecture range from grandiose Romanticism to post-modern with a generous dash of Art Nouveau at the turn of the last century. Join Prof Anne Anderson to explore this evolution with a succession of visits to different quarters and a wealth of world class museums and galleries.


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3 nights from £949

Brescia, Bergamo and Monza

The three northern Italian cities of Brescia, Bergamo and Monza are usually overlooked in favour of their neighbours of Milan, Turin and Verona, but offer a rich artistic and architectural legacy, explored in detail on this wonderful new tour, in the company of renowned art historian Clare Ford-Wille. From a host of magnificent churches to acclaimed galleries, this tour will open up a treasure trove of artistic wonders little known to the usual tourist. Add to that, a distinctive northern cuisine and a charming, traditional hotel in the heart of Brescia and this adds up to a tour to relish. 

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Budapest Hungarian Secession

Hungary’s historic capital, often described as the “Little Paris of Middle Europe” Budapest has a fascinating history reflected today in a variety of monuments reflecting both its own 1000-year-old culture and that of others that settled here - from the Romans through to the Turks and Austrians. It has a wealth of artistic treasures and a rich Art Nouveau legacy, too, all explored on this lovely new tour. Your host is Prof Anne Anderson or Dr Scott Anderson, whose knowledge and enthusiasm are both infectious. They will be assisted on some days by local guide and museum curator Peter Csillag, grandson of Pal Molnar-C, one of Hungary’s preeminent 20th century artists, over whose museum Peter presides.


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2 nights from £449

Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow

Experts take you to see Glasgow's best kept Mackintosh secrets

Special Event highlights: 

  • A special dinner at The Glasgow Art Club
  • House for an Art Lover
  • The Mackintosh Gallery and works by the Glasgow Boys at the Kelvingrove
  • Private visit to Hill House in Helensburgh
  • Mackintosh experts Robin and Karen Cairns

Learn about the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Robin and Karen Cairns whose enthusiasm and knowledge will bring Glasgow’s most famous son to life. Robin is a playwright, speaker, poet and performer whose play about the life of Mackintosh is being currently performed. A long-term student and devotee of Mackintosh, Karen is an artist and architect who has exhibited a collection of watercolours of Mackintosh’s work at Hill House and has worked at several Mackintosh buildings.

Highlights include the House for an Art Lover, Kelvingrove Museum, Scotland Street School, a dinner at The Glasgow Art Club, and Hill House, built for publisher Walter Blackie in 1902.

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2 nights from £359

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales is one of the best loved works of English literature. Written in the late fourteenth century, the story follows a group of pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury Cathedral and each traveller is invited to tell two stories to help pass the time. Join historian and author Mike Ingram, and pilgrimage expert Mike Brown to explore the world of the medieval pilgrim, as we follow the pilgrim’s trail from Southwark to Canterbury, stopping off at key sites along the way.


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4 nights from £1175

Etruscan Places

This fascinating tour in the company of ancient historian Jeremy Paterson, follows in the footsteps of D.H. Lawrence, whose book, ‘Etruscan Places’ is an evocative account of some of the sites we visit on this trip. It tells the story of the ancient civilisation that preceded the Romans, whose legacy is visible in the area north-west of Rome around our base for this tour, the lakeside town of Bolsena. Join Jeremy to bring this ancient story to life with wit and enthusiasm.

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10 nights from £4895

Frank Lloyd Wright - Chicago to Pittsburgh

Frank Lloyd Wright (1869–1959), was his own greatest admirer and this tour backs up his own rather arrogant claim with visits to a series of innovative and beautiful buildings spanning his long career. The tour starts in the Chicago area and ends outside Pittsburgh, with arguably his masterpiece, Fallingwater, one of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings. Our tour also looks at the collections of art and other architecture of the period in the company of Modernist expert and enthusiast Mike Hope, the leader of our Bauhaus tours amongst many others.



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13 nights from £5995

Frank Lloyd Wright to Post Modernism in the West

Further to the huge success of our inaugural Frank Lloyd Wright tour to Chicago and Pittsburgh, we have set up a second tour looking at the great architect’s home and school in the desert at Taliesin West, some of his most impressive buildings and a series of other modern architectural styles in Arizona and California from Art Deco to post-Modern. Conceived and led by the irrepressible Mike Hope, the tour will be a journey of discovery that illuminates and entertains in equal measure.


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3 nights from £1229

Hamburg A Phoenix Risen

“The Gateway to the World,” Germany’s second largest city Hamburg is a by-word for excitement, a place where the world meets through trade. It has throughout its lengthy history suffered devastating invasions, floods, fires and bombing. But each time it has arisen Phoenix-like, bigger and better, with a wonderful array of architecture. It is also home to some of the most important Museums and Art and Design collections in the world, all to be explored on this lovely new tour in the company of art and architecture expert Mike Hope.


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3 nights from £1049

Helsinki Art Nouveau to Post Modernism

Perhaps the least known of the four Nordic Capital Cities, Helsinki has in recent times been the World Design Capital (2012) and regularly voted the most liveable city in the world (2011). Called the ‘Daughter of the Baltic,’ it's situation on the southern tip of the Vironniemi peninsula and 315 islands has along with its late urbanization, by European standards, produced the recipe for a unique and vibrant capital city. More than 600 Art Nouveau buildings survive and throughout the twentieth century, the city continued to develop a set of spectacular buildings. This and more are explored on this superb new tour.

Finland will be celebrating the centenary of its independence in 2017 so now is a great time to visit and discover this wonderful country. 


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5 nights from £729

In the footsteps of the Dutch Masters featuring the Rijksmuseum

You'll love this tour if you like:

  • Art - admire paintings by the Old Masters 
  • Architecture - you'll see provincial Dutch gems
  • Restaurants - Delft's are excellent and plentiful 
  • Galleries - The newly reopened Rijksmuseum
  • Stained glass - Gouda's is some of the best in the world
  • Newly reopened Mauritshuis

The atmospheric Dutch towns of Delft and Leiden provided much artistic inspiration for two of history's great painters: Vermeer and Rembrandt. 

This tour follows in their footsteps, exploring the towns where they were born, as well as visiting world-class art galleries to view some of their works, including the recently reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Mauritshuis in The Hague featuring Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' which is back in its rightful home after a worldwide tour. 

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

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3 nights from £939

Lisbon - Art, Architecture and Gardens

With Nicholas Merchant.

Lisbon is one of the most under-rated and least known of Europe’s capital cities, yet is a wonderful destination for an artistic, architectural and cultural short break. Join the Art Fund’s Nicholas Merchant to explore some of the magnificent sights in this beautiful, friendly and very approachable city – beautiful palaces, gorgeous churches, immaculate gardens and world-class museums, animated with his usual wit and verve by Nicholas with two talks and dinners and a series of visits.


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8 nights from £1395

Macedonian Gold

Travel with Ancient historian Jeremy Paterson, to the heartland of Macedon, home of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great. We visit the spectacular tombs of Philip II at Vergina, ancient Aigai. Discovered in 1977, the tombs now lie under a brilliant recreation of the tumulus which originally covered them, surrounded by an underground display of the gold and silver objects buried with the dead. We will also visit Pella, the Macedonian capital, where Alexander the Great was born, to see the rich houses of the Macedonian elite with their remarkable pebble mosaics. On our way south we go to the site of Dion, the Macedonian religious centre, where Philip and Alexander celebrated their victories.

For the first few days we will be based in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, and will explore a range of the great Byzantine churches in the city as well as its Byzantine Museum. To remind ourselves that until the 20th century Thessaloniki was a city where Greeks and Muslims lived side by side with the largest Jewish community in Europe, we will visit the Jewish Museum, and the house where Ataturk, the creator of Modern Turkey, was born.

As we travel to the heart of Northern Greece we have the opportunity to spend a full day amid the breath-taking and unforgettable sights of the Meteora. Here, from the 14th century onwards, Orthodox monks, fleeing the insecurity of the times, built their monasteries on soaring pinnacles of rock.

Other visits will include the pass of Thermopylae, site of the 300 Spartans’ resistance to the invading Persians, and the great sanctuary of Delphi.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that all sites are accessible and that you get a high level of attention at all sites visited.


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3 nights from £879

Metz and Luxembourg

It was in Meisenthal that École de Nancy founder Émile Gallé first learnt the craft of glass blowing and decorating, which he used to great effect in his interpretation of Art Nouveau. The whole region is famed for both its glass craft and pottery. From your base in the dignified city of Metz, expert Prof Anne Anderson will guide you through the wonderful works by Gallé, Daum, Lalique and Saint-Louis as well as explore the art and Art Nouveau of elegant Luxembourg.


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3 nights from £729

Monet & the Impressionists in Normandy

Normandy is synonymous with the Impressionist movement, thanks largely to Monet's involvement in and love of the area.

This wonderful short lecture tour, based in Rouen, visits his house and garden in Giverny as well as a host of other places associated with Impressionism in the area including Rouen's superb Musee des Beaux Arts, Honfleur and the Parc de Bois des Moutiers near Dieppe, all in the incomparable company of Prof. Anne Anderson whose knowledge and enthusiasm will enlighten and entertain.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.

 

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3 nights from £869

Nancy and The Birth of Art Nouveau

The stately town of Nancy - a model of 18th century town planning - enjoyed a second golden age at the turn of the 20th century, when glassmaker Emile Galle founded the Ecole de Nancy, which typifies the Art Nouveau movement in France. 

This tour explores the history and rich legacy of the productive period with the city's wonderful collection of Art Nouveau art, ceramics and architecture, in the company of expert and enthusiast Prof. Anne Anderson or Dr. Scott Anderson, with a series of lectures and visits from your base in the heart of the city just 200 metres from the Place Stanislas. 

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

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3 nights from £975

Seville and Cordoba

This wonderful new tour - in the company of art expert Gerald Deslandes - will explore the cities of Seville and Cordoba from their re-conquest by the Christian kings to their pre-eminence in the Golden Age of Spain’s colonial expansion. The tour will look at the impact of Andalucia’s earlier occupation by the Romans and the survival of Moorish imagery in the conversion of mosques to Christian cathedrals. We shall visit baroque churches that were built with the wealth of the Americas and assess the impact of the period on popular traditions such as flamenco and the bullfight.


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3 nights from £1299

Stockholm Art, Architecture and Design

With its spectacular coastal setting built on a large number of islands, Stockholm is a city dominated by its natural setting and the reason for its very existence. From its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries to the 20th century when it became a magnet for architects and designers keen to see first hand the clean lines and fresh ideas which came to epitomize Swedish Design. The embracing of the new alongside the old has given Stockholm an unmistakable presence and skyline, explored through a series of walks, visits to specific buildings and outstanding collections of Art and Design.


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3 nights from £799

The Flemish Masters

Join art historian Gerald Deslandes to follow the history of Northern Realism back to its roots in the 14th century. At this time the artists of Ghent and Bruges developed many of the technical innovations that we now associate with the Renaissance. New techniques included the use of oil paint on smooth Baltic panels and experiments with different brushes and coloured pigments. Whilst they were increasingly able to imitate reality, they were also able to represent feelings and emotions, the hallmarks of Northern Realism, which we see most clearly in the work of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Hans Memling.

This tour will explore the medieval Burgundian court and the rise of Antwerp in the 16th century. We will compare the effect of the Reformation on the work of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and contrast it with the exuberant Counter Reformation paintings of Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. The tour also includes guided walks around three extremely beautiful city centres, which provide a fascinating insight into the medieval and early modern world.

 

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The Glory That Was Greece

An opportunity to explore the varied and rich history of Greece by visiting some of its greatest and most beautiful sites. We start at the breathtaking ruins of Delphi, hidden in the folds of Mount Parnassus. We then move south, crossing one of Greece's most recent marvels, the Rio-Antirrio Bridge, our destination Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games and its great museum. We visit the lonely but impressive temple of Bassae set among marvellous mountain scenery and then travel on to Sparta to explore the extraordinary deserted Byzantine town of Mystras. The rest of our stay is based at Nafplio, the most charming of Greek towns from where we visit the palaces of the ‘Golden Age’ of Mycenaean Greece at Tiryns and Mycenae and the exceptional sites of Roman and Acrocorinth.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that all sites are accessible and that you get a high level of attention at all sites visited.


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3 nights from £999

The Normans in Sicily

The Normans’ rule in Sicily was one of the wonders of the medieval world. During their brief hegemony from 1072 – 1194, the invaders proved themselves enlightened and appreciative of the island’s former Arab culture. Their legacy can be found in vast cathedrals, castles, abbeys and palaces, which combine Norman, Byzantine and Islamic architecture.

This three-night tour will follow their footprints from the busy streets of Palermo to the picture-postcard town of Cefalu. We shall visit some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the island and enjoy privileged access to the privately owned castle of Caronia and the Abbey of San Filippo di Fragalà. Among the highlights will be our visit to the Cappella Palatina in the Norman Palace and the cathedrals of Cefalu and Monreale whose gold mosaics rival the splendour of Venice and Ravenna.

 

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The Renaissance in Florence

When one considers Italian art, Florence perhaps, is the first place that springs to mind and with good reason. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, it is packed with countless masterpieces, both in its museums and its public buildings, reflecting its preeminence in the 15th and 16th centuries. This tour investigates this momentous artistic period with lectures by Dr Peter Higginson and a series of visits.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention. 

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2 nights from £329

Twentieth Century Art in Yorkshire

Three of Britain’s best known contemporary artists were born and raised in Yorkshire – sculptor and artist Henry Moore in Castleford, sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth in Wakefield and pop artist David Hockney in Bradford. Today the county is home to some of the most important collections of their works in a series of excellent art galleries in Leeds, where Moore and Hepworth studied, Wakefield and Bradford. Join host and guide, former curator, Gerald Deslandes to discover more.

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3 nights from £899

Valencia - Art Nouveau to the City of Science

Valencia is fast becoming the must-visit city in Spain and our wonderful new tour in the company of Mike Hope will show you exactly why its burgeoning reputation is well-founded. One of Europe’s best and least known collections of Art Nouveau is augmented by Calatrava’s stunning City of Arts and Science, added to a charming old town - right on the Mediterranean - it is a heady, sunny and attractive cocktail. Excellent art galleries open until late complete the picture.


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Venetian Art and Culture

Capital of a rich and dominant Maritime Republic, late 15th century Venice became a flourishing centre for the arts, with numerous Venetians investing their considerable wealth on commissions by artists such as Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and Tintoretto. The power and prosperity of the Republic and its political institutions had a direct influence on the development of the Venetian School, and it is these links, and the Venetian Republic's rich artistic heritage, that you will explore on this wonderful tour with art historian Dr Peter Higginson. 

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention. 

 

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3 nights from £1095

Vienna - Klimt and The Secession

In 1897 a group, including Klimt, Moser, Hoffmann and Olbrich, formed the Vienna Secession, a group looking to explore the world of art without the restraints of academia and tradition, and in this respect, had no prevailing or prescribed style in which they worked. With the construction of the Secession exhibition house in 1898 the group were also able to hold exhibitions of new, unconventional artists and the best foreign artists that were seen as ‘avant garde’. Join Prof Anne Anderson to discover some of the Secession’s finest works in stately Vienna in the year of the centenary of inspirational architect Otto Wagner’s death (2018) with a host of special exhibitions throughout the city.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.

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7 nights from £1445

Villas and Gardens of the Cote d'Azur

Join Nicholas Merchant, Chairman of the Art Fund West Yorkshire Fundraising Committee, to explore the extraordinary array of rich estates on France's Cote d'Azur. Gain an insight into the world of the rich and glamorous in this playground of the jet-set for more than a century, with Nicholas using his expertise to help you delve deeper into the treasure trove of antiques that these sumptuous villas house. 

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.


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2 nights from £499

Wedgwood - Art Fund Exclusive

The Wedgwood factory in Stoke is one of the longest-running production facilities in the world, in constant operation since 1759. Its vast and priceless collection of ceramics was saved for the nation in 2014 by the Art Fund, in its fastest fundraising campaign in its 111 year history. The opening of the Wedgwood Museum in 2015 gives this unique collection a stunning home and the museum have pulled out all the stops to welcome Art Fund members and contributors in 2016 on this superb tour. Each tour includes a donation to the Art Fund to assist with their excellent work. The tour is hosted by industrial revolution era art expert, Gerald Deslandes who will add to the Wedgwood curator, Gaye Blake-Roberts' expertise with overviews and insights into the area’s artistic and industrial heritage.

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2 nights from £359

Wedgwood Museum

The Wedgwood factory in Stoke is one of the longest-running production facilities in the world, in constant operation since 1759. Its vast and priceless collection of ceramics was saved for the nation in 2014 by the Art Fund. This fabulous tour includes a private viewing with talk from curator and an exclusive dinner with wine after hours at the museum. Add to this a day at the fabulous complex of Industrial Revolution buildings at Ironbridge and a talk from expert Prof. Anne Anderson.

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