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TOUR PROGRAM June 2018 – July 2019

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new tours Art Cities of Tuscany

Essential Sicily

16 High Art in the Low Countries

17 Art Basel, Alsace & The Black Forest

35 Wagner’s Ring Cycle in New York

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36 Adelaide & Surrounds

Winter in Moscow & St Petersburg

30 Great Gardens of Cornwall & Devon

38 Cuba: By Land & Sea

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Paris: Art, Music, History & Food

32 London & Paris: Art & Music

41 Morocco The Grand Tour

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Where to next?

Italy 10

Dear Academy Traveller,

Europe 21

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Novelist Anita Desai describes what every traveller searches for – a meaningful, memorable experience that doesn’t just please the senses, but also feeds the soul. In this brochure, we are pleased to present the full range of available tours we are offering from June 2018 to July 2019, and to preview our program for July-December 2019. The inspiration and organisation of each tour is designed to help you experience exactly what Desai describes. We’ve selected destinations that inspire the mind and the senses, and have carefully designed itineraries to bring out the best of the countries and cultures we visit. We understand that you, as a seasoned traveller, place a high value on new experiences. Our 2018-19 program brings you these experiences in two ways: travelling to a new place, or experiencing a destination in a new way. Our program includes tours to regions that have recently opened up to allow travellers genuine experiences of places, peoples and cultures, such as Cuba, Russia, Iran and central Asia. Other tours take you to up-and-coming destinations, such as Japan, the islands of the Mediterranean and Portugal, whose fascinating histories and cultures have been rediscovered but are not yet overrun with coaches and large cruise ships. There are also plenty of tours that explore destinations in a new way, and in new depth. You can take a two-week sojourn in New York, Paris, Venice, Rome, or Tuscany, or undertake a tour that caters to your special interests – opera, orchestral music, fine arts – in ways that are not available on mass-market group tours. On an Academy Travel tour your personal journey is enhanced in two ways. The first is through the company of like-minded travellers: people who, like you, value ideas, history and culture. The second is the leadership of a passionate, qualified academic who can bring sites to life and provide nuanced, insightful information to help you take away more than the memory of a place. Thanks to the support of Academy Travellers since 2004, our program has expanded to more than 60 departures each year. We hope you find a tour that’s right for you. Robert Veel, and the entire Academy Travel team

Music & Theatre

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Australia & Asia

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The Americas

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Africa & The Middle East 67 Upcoming Tour Program 73 Tour Calendar

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academytravel.com.au Our website contains detailed itineraries, maps and tour leader profiles. Our site also features an online booking form.

More information Detailed itineraries for all tours are available by calling us or by downloading from our website. academytravel.com.au

Sold out tours

Burgundy, Provence and the Riviera

June 2018. Tour leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

Scandinavia and Iceland

June 2018. Tour leader: Dr Nick Gordon

Munich & Glyndebourne Opera Festivals

June 2018. Tour leader: Robert Gay

Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Munich July 2018. Tour leader: Robert Gay

Prague, Salzburg & Vienna: a musical Christmas & New Year December 2018. Tour leader: Robert Gay

tailored small group Journeys › Expert tour leaders › Maximum 20 in a group › Carefully planned itineraries

Front: Vermeer’s The Astronomer, 1668, on display at the Louvre, Paris.

Inset: Inside Roberto Cuoghi’s Imitation of Christ installation, at the 57th Venice Biennale of Art Brochure production: Damien Flint Design: Pro Bono Publico

Tour Product Managers: Stuart Barrie, Nick Gordon, Robina Frosinini, Hannah Kleboe, Mark Lalor, Matthew Laing, Kathleen Olive and Robert Veel.

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Why choose academy travel?

Great itineraries

Like-minded groups

Long stays

Academy Travel works hard to create itineraries that provide a balanced experience – walking tours, museum and gallery visits, live performances, city and countryside. We’re proud to be constantly innovating, from opening up new destinations, creating tours around festivals and special exhibitions, to providing unrivalled depth in our residential tours.

Over the years we’ve been in operation, we’ve developed a loyal band of Academy Travellers, some of whom have travelled with us more than 10 times. They say the small groups (maximum 20, average 17) and distinct themes of our tours attract like-minded travellers and create a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.

Feedback from our clients consistently tells us that creating itineraries with three and four-night stops, or even longer, is far more appealing that rushing from place to place. Wherever possible, we plan our tours around a limited number of stops, making your travels more relaxed and more meaningful.

“The combination of the eight day cruise on the Sea Cloud 11 with visits to archaeological sites, museums and art galleries, plus the knowledge we gained about Caravaggio and his works was just wonderful. I’ll never forget the time spent on the Sea Cloud 11 – the best tour I’ve ever been on.”

“I really enjoyed the tour – good company, fantastic architecture, accommodation and an excellent tour leader.”

– On the Caravaggio Trail: aboard Sea Cloud II, September 2016.

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There are lots of tour operators out there, with lots of tempting offerings. So why choose us?

– Frank Lloyd Wright: Chicago to New York, May 2017.

“What a wonderful trip! Venice for 15 days was an outstanding experience, with a good balance bet ween different activities. It was my third time to Venice but the first time to most of the museums and many of the other places. The hotel was a good choice, being right in the middle of everything but quiet.” – Venice: City, Republic and Empire, October 2017.

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Special Events

Expert tour leaders

Years of experience

A private viewing of the Sistine Chapel? Tickets to a sold-out concert by the Berlin Philharmonic? A worldfamous art fair? Access to private homes and gardens? Behind-thescenes visits? Many of our tours feature access to places and events that are usually not offered on most group tours.

We work closely with a team of academically qualified and highly experienced tour leaders. They don’t just ‘rattle off the facts’ – they help us plan our itineraries and, on tour, freely share their deep knowledge and genuine passion. Most of our tour leaders are still teaching at an advanced level and many are still undertaking academic research.

Academy Travel was founded in 2004 by a team with decades of prior experience in small group travel. On average, our tour leaders have over 11 years’ experience, some with 25 or more years. To ensure quality, we have our own office in Rome, Italy and a network of trusted suppliers around the world.

“Well done to Academy for the excellent seats for the opera in both Leipzig and Berlin.” – Berlin and Beyond, October 2017.

“The tour leader is always an important part of the success of the tour. They set the tone and quickly get to understand the dynamics of the group. Our tour leader was very knowledgeable and nothing was a trouble. Excellent in every way”

“After my last trip I could not imagine a better Academy Travel tour, but this was really excellent – intelligent planning, relaxed atmosphere, flexibility and a really great group.” – Palermo and Naples, January 2018.

– New York: music, theatre, art & food, April 2017.

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Our experts lead the way Angus Haldane

Ben Churcher

Is as a private art consultant, dealer, writer and lecturer, who studied Classics at Oxford University, specialising in Roman history and art.

Has a wide range of experience as an educator, and an archaeologist. Since 1994 Ben has led tours to Jordan, Greece, Syria, Egypt, China & Morocco.

Upcoming tours: Page 32

Upcoming tours: Page 57

Christopher MEnz

Dr Estelle Lazer

Is a former Director of the Art Gallery of SA. He has published extensively on the decorative arts and is a regular contributor to Australian Book Review.

Is an archaeologist who has worked on site at Pompeii for seven seasons and has an international reputation for her research on the city’s skeletal remains.

Upcoming tours: Pages 25, 34, 41, 52 & 66

Upcoming tours: Pages 11 & 15

Dr Jenny Lawless

Dr John Tidmarsh

Has led tours to Turkey, Greece and Iran. Jenny has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship and a NSW Premier’s History Prize for her research and writing.

Is the former president of the University of Sydney’s Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation, and a former lecturer in the Department of Archaeology.

Upcoming tours: Page 31

Upcoming tours: Pages 69 & 70

Lindy Montgomery

Lucia Gahlin

Is a graduate of both the University of Sydney and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she taught musicology for 13 years.

Is a UK-based Egyptologist with a wealth of experience as an educator, researcher, archaeologist and museum curator. She has led tours to Egypt since 1994.

Upcoming tours: Page 42

Upcoming tours: Page 71

Dr Michael Adcock

Michael Carr

Is a social and cultural historian who specialises in the art and history of France. He has led several highly successful tours to Paris.

Has Honours in Art and Law from ANU and over 20 years’ experience as an art collector and historian, previously opening a dealership in Moscow.

Upcoming tours: Page 23

Upcoming tours: Page 30

Peter Rose

Robert Gay

One of Australia’s leading literary figures and Editor of Australian Book Review, Peter is an award-winning poet, memoirist and novelist.

Is one of Australia’s leading music tour leaders and music educators. He has led more than 80 performance-based tours to Europe and the US.

Upcoming tours: Page 66

Upcoming tours: Pages 40, 43, 44, 46 & 47

Dr Stephen WilKINSON Is chairman of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba. Upcoming tours: Page 62 6

Academy Travel’s team of expert tour leaders offers genuine academic expertise, enthusiasm and the ability to communicate their knowledge to interested travellers.

Stuart Barrie Is a director of Academy Travel and has over 30 years’ experience in travel, including leading groups through Western Europe, Russia and the United States. Upcoming tours: Pages 32 & 59 Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Dr Chris Carter Has an Honours and Master’s degree in archaeology and has recently completed a PhD. He has led tours to Central and South America for over 20 years. Upcoming tours: Pages 49 & 65

Christopher Bradley Specialises in the history and art of North Africa and Arabia. Upcoming tours: Page 68

Gerald Deslandes

Dr Jeni Ryde

Is a former curator and cultural historian with a BA from Cambridge University, and has led more than 50 tours to Europe and the UK.

Has a wide-ranging knowledge of Italian history and cultural traditions. Jeni has a PhD focusing on tourism, heritage and Renaissance studies.

Upcoming tours: Page 11

Upcoming tours: Pages 17, 27, 28, 29 & 33

Judy Tenzing

Dr Kathleen Olive

Has a degree in South Asian History. She has a lifelong passion for travel and over 30 years’ experience as a tour leader on the sub-continent and in Asia.

Has a PhD in Italian Studies, speaks fluent Italian and lectures on the art, history and culture of Europe. Kathleen has an outstanding knowledge of Italy.

Upcoming tours: Page 56

Upcoming tours: Pages 13, 14, 16, 51 & 54

Dr Matthew Dal Santo Is a writer, historian and foreign affairs commentator, with a focus on Russia. Upcoming tours: Page 26

Dr Matthew Laing Is a historian and political scientist with a PhD from ANU. Matthew leads tours to the United States and Scandinavia and lectures for Academy Travel. Upcoming tours: Pages 37, 60, 61, 63 & 64

Michael Turner

Dr Nick Gordon

Is a classical archaeologist, an antiquarian, garden historian and lecturer. He is the former Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney.

Has a University Medal and a PhD in history and lectures on European art. Nick is also a practising painter and brings this passion to the visual arts.

Upcoming tours: Pages 19, 22 & 38

Upcoming tours: Pages 12, 20, 24, 36, 50 & 55

Robert Veel Holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education. He is a director of Academy Travel and leads tours to Europe, Scandinavia, the US & Australia. Upcoming tours: Pages 14, 18, 27 & 53

Dr Sophie Oosterwijk Is a Dutch art historian who specialises in Medieval, Flemish and Dutch art. Upcoming tours: Page 35

Dr RosAMUND Bartlett Is a cultural historian with a deep knowledge of western history and music. Upcoming tours: Page 45

Sue Rollin Holds degrees in Near Eastern history and archaeology, South Asian studies and interpreting. Sue has led tours in India, Central Asia and the Middle East. Upcoming tours: Page 72

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Tour Themes

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Each of our tours is specifically designed around a distinctive historical, artistic or cultural theme, allowing you to explore your passion for archaeology, music, painting, design or landscape. Use the symbols listed on each page as an easy reference to find a tour that’s right for you.

Archaeology & Ancient History

Music & Theatre

Fine Arts & Design

Our small-group tours are led by qualified and experienced archaeologists and offer an in-depth understanding of ancient cultures and pre-historic sites around the Mediterranean, Middle East & North Africa and in Central Asia.

Enjoy great seats to opera and orchestral music in the grand theatres of London, the United States and Europe, or catch the latest Broadway plays on our carefully curated performing-arts tours.

From Renaissance masterpieces to the contemporary scene, our broad range of small group art-themed tours are designed for lovers of painting, sculpture and design.

Garden Tours

Residential Tours

SMALL SHIP TOURS

Our small group garden tours focus on the synthesis of history, landscape and design of gardens in the UK and Europe, ranging in time from Renaissance villas to 20th-century creations.

Unpack your bags and get to know the world’s great cities in depth on our residential tours. Extended stays in cities such as Rome, Paris, Venice, New York, London and Berlin.

Our land+cruise itineraries combine overland travel with a 6-9 night cruises on a select range of comfortable 60-90 berth ships. We only select cruise itineraries with a strong historical or artistic component.

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Itineraries, Bookings & Airfares

Client services team

Each of our tours has a dedicated, professional consultant who will manage all aspects of your booking. We can organise your international flights, additional travel before or after your tour, private airport transfers and travel insurance. Your consultant is your one-stop point of reference for all matters relating to your travel. If you are interested in a tour, get in touch with one of our consultants below on 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 outside of Sydney.

Fitness Requirements

We have assigned a star grading to each tour to give you an indication of the level of physical fitness required for participation. Academy Travel’s tours tend to feature extended walking tours and site visits, which require greater fitness than coach touring.

Grade one

Grade One tours are appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility. You should be able to participate comfortably in up to three hours of physical activity per day on most days.

Grade two Lynsey Martin

Groups administrator lynsey@academytravel.com.au

Frederick Steyn

Groups travel manager frederick@academytravel.com.au

Hannah Kleboe

Groups travel manager hannah@academytravel.com.au

Jamal Fairbrother

Groups travel manager jamal@academytravel.com.au

Kathy Wardrop

Groups travel manager kathy@academytravel.com.au

Grade Two tours are designed for people who lead active lives and can comfortably participate in up to five hours of physical activity per day on most days, including challenging archaeological sites and a more demanding tour schedule with one night stops or several internal flights.

Grade three

Grade Three tours are our most physically demanding. To participate on this tour, you should be able to comfortably undertake in up to seven hours of physical activity per day, over several days.

TOUR Booking process

We’ve tempted you with one of our tours, so what happens next?

Detailed itineraries

For each tour, we publish a detailed itinerary providing day-by-day descriptions of the tour program and other important information. This is published 12 months before departure.

Booking on a tour

Each person booking on a tour must complete and sign a booking form and send it to us together with a deposit of $500. Booking forms can be downloaded from our website, or you can book online at academytravel.com.au

Welcome letter and updates

Once we have received your booking, we will send you a letter confirming all details of your booking and any special requests. We will keep you updated on other matters as they arise.

Pre-departure

About a month before your tour begins we’ll send you a comprehensive package with your travel documents, tour notes and practical information.

A note for older travellers

If you are more than 80 years old, or have restricted mobility, you will find a number of our itineraries challenging. Grade Three tours are unsuitable for travellers more than 80 years old, unless you are exceptionally fit. We ask travellers more than 80 years old to contact Academy Travel before submitting a booking form, so that we can outline the physical requirements of the tour.

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$xx pp, twin share $xx single supplement

Tours to Italy

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Experience • xx

Academy Travel began by offering small-group cultural tours to Italy, and these remain a cornerstone of our operations. Our most popular itineraries include Sicily, Puglia to Pompeii and across northern Italy – all difficult to access for the independent traveller. Equally sought-after are our in-depth ‘residential’ visits to Rome, Venice and Florence, which offer an unrivalled chance to get to know these major centres of history, art and architecture.

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Sicily & the Aeolian Islands xx

Jewels of the Mediterranean xx

September 7-23, 2018 xx March 29 – April 14, 2019 xx

$8,420 $xx pp, twin pp, twin share share $xx single $1,500 single supplement supplement

Explore Discover

• T •  xhe x thriving colonies of the ancient Greek world – wealthy, cultured centres of literature and art • Ancient Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman societies, and their struggle to control the Mediterranean • The lasting legacy of medieval Arab and Norman rule, expressed in the impressive mosaics and architecture of Palermo • The distinctive period of Sicilian Baroque architecture • Dramatic countryside, including active volcanoes and rugged limestone cliffs • The natural beauty and traditional lifestyle of the Aeolian Islands

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Overview

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands have a remarkable history and culture that is a blend of xx Mediterranean civilisations. From the well-preserved remains of Greek and Roman cities and temples, to Norman cathedrals with fine Byzantine mosaics and Arab-influenced cuisine, the islands unique and varied history is tangible. This 17-day tour has been designed to give the first-time visitor an overview of Sicily’s diverse and fascinating past, its art and traditions, and shows how the extraordinary landscape – volcanoes, rugged coastlines and the jewel-like ocean – has shaped the island’s vibrant history and culture.

Connect this tour withConnect this tour with The City of Rome on page 18 xx on page xx

Highlights

Your tour leaders

> A scenic private boat trip of the Aeolian Islands, from Lipari to Stromboli and Panarea > Outstanding archaeological museums in Siracusa, Agrigento and Lipari > The Sicilian Baroque architecture of Noto and Ragusa that evolved in the 17th and 18th centuries > The exceptionally well-preserved 4th-century mosaics in the imperial Roman villa at Piazza Armerina > The UNESCO World Heritage-listed mosaics in the cathedral of Monreale and Palatine Chapel in Palermo, undertaken by Byzantine masters for their Norman rulers > An excursion to the summit of Mt Etna

Dr Estelle Lazer (September) “Estelle Lazer was terrific – knowledgeable and with a good sense of humour.” – Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, October 2017. Gerald Deslandes (March) Gerald joins our program in 2019. “This is one of the best tours I have had with Academy. It ran so smoothly.” – Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, October 2017.

Getting there Emirates offers the best connections to Rome. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

Days1:1–4: Day xxx Take a group flight from Rome. Arrive Siracusa, tour archaeological sites and the baroque old town. Days 5–6: Travel to the Greek temples at Agrigento via the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina. Days 7–10: Explore the capital Palermo, including Monreale, the Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel. Visit the tiny island of Mozia. Days 11–13: Continue on to Cefalù en route to the Aeolian Islands. Take a private boat trip from Lipari to Stromboli and Panarea. Days 14–17: From Taormina visit the GrecoRoman theatre and Mount Etna, before taking a group flight to Rome.

Stromboli Lipari Islands (3) (Aeolian Islands) Palermo (4) Messina

Segesta Selinunte

Cefalu

Sicily

Mt Etna

Taormina (3)

Piazza Armerina Catania

Agrigento (2)

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Siracusa (4) Noto

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Florence & the Italian Renaissance

$7,390 pp, twin share $1,880 single supplement

September 22 – October 5, 2018

Explore

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• Italian art and culture in Florence, far beyond what most tourists see • The history of Florence, one of the most dynamic cities of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and its legacy • Beautiful medieval towns, including Siena, San Gimignano and Pistoia, 2017’s Capital of Italian Culture • The world of the Renaissance genius: Michelangelo, Donatello and Botticelli • Florence beyond the Renaissance: Etruscans, and the villas and gardens of the hills • Tuscany’s gastronomic delights and artisanal traditions

Overview Florence has the world’s greatest concentration of masterpieces from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, when it was one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic cities. Settle in and relax on this residential tour as you discover the unique amalgam of commercial enterprise, republican government, dynastic ambitions and individual virtuosity that shaped some of the world’s most revolutionary artists, writers and scholars: Dante, Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo. Visits to diverse collections are balanced with day trips to medieval towns in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, wine tastings and fine dining.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Nick Gordon “Nick was an extremely knowledgeable guide; he organised us very well; he was calm and unflappable; and his lectures were excellent. With a little help from Florence itself and its surrounds, Nick really brought the Renaissance alive for us.” – Florence and the Italian Renaissance, September 2016.

> Two-week stay in central Florence, exploring the society, history and art of the Renaissance, and the world’s greatest concentration of masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Donatello and more > Visits to extraordinary galleries and museums, from the Uffizi and Museo dell’Opera del Duomo to less-visited museums, such as Florence’s National Archaeological Museum > Day trips to Siena, San Gimignano and Pistoia > Private tours of the cathedral terraces and the secret passages of the Palazzo Vecchio > Tuscany’s wonderful cuisine, wine tastings, and Florence’s artisanal traditions

Getting there We recommend flights into and out of Bologna with Emirates. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Connect this tour with Switzerland to Rome on page 24

Itinerary Bologna Pistoia Florence (13)

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San Gimignano Volterra Siena

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Day 1: Arrive in Florence, and enjoy the vitality of the city centre and Oltrarno district. Days 2–4: Discover how Florence became the epicentre of the Italian Renaissance by exploring its museums, churches and cityscape. Explore Tuscany’s medieval might, with excursions to the beautiful hill towns of San Gimignano and Volterra. Days 5–9: Appreciate Renaissance masterpieces in Florence and the city’s vibrant contemporary artisan scene; explore Pistoia, a medieval and Renaissance jewel in Tuscany. Days 10–14: Renaissance heritage in art, science, letters; the gardens of Florence, including Villa Gamberaia and Villa Medici; day trip to Siena. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Malta to Venice

Aboard Sea Cloud II

$14,550 pp, twin share $8,040 single supplement

September 22 – October 8, 2018

Experience • The complex web of European and eastern influences that have created the unique and distinctive cultures of Malta, Italy and Croatia • 5,000-year-old prehistoric civilisations on Malta • The Dalmatian coast, where rugged mountain ranges plunge down to the sea and hundreds of small islands dot the coastline • Venice’s exceptional art and architecture, from centuries-old sites to world-class museums • Stunning scenery from the decks of the Sea Cloud II

The Sea Cloud II The Sea Cloud II is a luxurious 3-masted barque, traditionally crafted in teak, but with modern features. White cloth sails and understated elegance create a unique environment that is at once nostalgic and luxurious. Although most of the journey takes place under motor, on some days the crew climb the rigging to set the square sails and jibs and you experience the thrill of ocean yachting.

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Overview Combine the pleasure of sailing through one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean aboard the luxurious cruise ship Sea Cloud II, with visits to a host of remarkable harbours on this 17-day tour. The journey begins in Valletta and explores the prehistoric sites and rich culture of the Maltese, before setting sail to cruise the stunning Dalmatian coast, including private land excursions to Dubrovnik, Korcula, Zadar and Ravenna, to admire its Byzantine mosaics. The cruise ends in Venice, and is followed by four days enjoying this wondrous city and its extraordinary art and history.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Cruising for nine nights aboard Sea Cloud II, a very different experience to mainstream cruising, with outstanding service, fine food and wine > Explore the city-fortress of Valletta, constructed by the Knights of St John > Tour the Neolithic temple complex at Tarxien, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and Ggantija temples on Gozo > The beautiful resort town of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” > Magnificent 5th and 6th-century Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna > The splendour of St Mark’s Basilica, lit up at night on a private after-hours tour

Dr Kathleen Olive “Dr Kathleen Olive was just wonderful – her knowledge of the topic was excellent and she has a lovely way with people – what a gem you have in Kathleen. We’d do another tour with her as leader any day!” – On the Caravaggio Trail: aboard Sea Cloud II, October 2016.

Getting there Emirates offers flights to Malta and home from Venice that coincide with this tour. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

Connect this tour with Venice: City, Republic & Empire on page 14

Days 1–3: Arrive in Valletta and tour the main sites of Malta, including the Neolithic complex of Tarxien, the medieval walled town of Mdina and the island of Gozo by speed boat. Days 4–12: Embark on a nine-night cruise aboard Sea Cloud II, disembarking in Venice. Ports-of-call include Otranto, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Zadar, Rovinj/Porec, and Ravenna to see the Byzantine mosaics. On this journey we enjoy a full day at sea. Days 13–17: The tour ends in Venice with visits to key museums and art galleries. Take a private after-hours visit to St Mark’s for the illumination of the basilica’s altarpiece and loggia.

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Venice (4) Ravenna

ITALY

Porec

Croatia Zadar Korcula Dubrovnik (9)

Otranto

Valletta (3)

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Venice

City, Republic & Empire October 10-24, 2018 March 27 – April 10, 2019

$7,730 pp, twin share $1,960 single supplement

Explore

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• The history of Venice and its key role in the Mediterranean during the Crusades and the Renaissance • The unique art and architecture of Venice, visiting centuries-old sites and world-class museums • The all-important and allencompassing relationship between Venice and the sea • The excellent food and wine of the Veneto region, from sparkling prosecco to excellent seafood • The Renaissance architecture of Andrea Palladio, from Venice to Vicenza

Overview Unpack your bags for 15 days and discover the city that ruled the Mediterranean for 1,000 years. From a family-run four-star hotel just a few minutes from St Mark’s Square, this tour explores the art, history and culture of Venice, and uncovers the depth of Venice’s influence with day trips to Ravenna, Padua and the Palladian villas of the Veneto. The tour also takes in quiet lagoon islands, including Byzantine Torcello and Armenian San Lazzaro, and dines at some of Venice’s best restaurants. The off-season travel period means fewer crowds and cruise ships.

Your tour leaders

Highlights

Dr Kathleen Olive (October) “I feel very privileged to have had Dr Kathleen Olive as my tour guide” – In the Footsteps of Caravaggio: Milan to Naples, September 2017.

> A legendary lunch at Locanda Cipriani on the island of Torcello > Glittering 5th and 6th-century mosaics in Ravenna, echoes of the Ostrogoths and of Byzantium > Revel in the baroque surrounds of opera at Venice’s rebuilt La Fenice > Admire the colours of Carpaccio, Bellini, Titian and Veronese in palaces and churches > Explore the most complete cycle of Giotto’s work, in Padua’s Scrovegni Chapel > Outstanding contemporary art at the Ca’ d’Oro and the Punta della Dogana > Harmonious Palladian villas of the Renaissance in and around Vicenza

Robert Veel (March) “Robert was a truly professional tour leader – he was simply outstanding.” – Malta & Sicily aboard Sea Cloud II, October 2017.

Getting there Emirates has daily flights from most Australian cities to Venice, stopping at Dubai. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Connect this tour with Malta to Venice: Aboard Sea Cloud II on page 13

Itinerary Vicenza Venice (14) Padua

ITALY Ravenna

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Days 1–3: Orient yourself with a trip around the lagoon, to Burano and Torcello, and visits to key state history museums. Day 4: Day trip to Ravenna. Day 5: Explore medieval and early Renaissance Venice – the world of the merchants and Crusades. Day 6: Day trip to Padua. Days 7–10: Tour the Ghetto’s synagogues, admire fine art in the Accademia, Frari and Scuola di San Rocco. Baroque exuberance in fine house museums. Day 11: Day trip to Vicenza and Palladio’s villas. Days 12–15: Modern art at the Guggenheim, glass on Murano. The islands of San Lazzaro and San Giorgio Maggiore. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Puglia to Pompeii Classical Southern Italy October 18 – November 3, 2018 March 21 – April 6, 2019

$7,970 pp, twin share $1,750 single supplement

Discover • The history and classical archaeology of southern Italy, from the Greek colonists at Paestum to the Romans at Pompeii and Herculaneum • Thousands of years of foreign rule and cultural influence, from the Arabs and Normans in the Middle Ages, to the Aragonese, Spanish and Bourbons in the modern era • Stunning natural beauty, from rugged mountain ranges to dazzling Mediterranean coastlines • The prized regional culinary traditions of southern Italy

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Overview Take ‘the road less travelled’ through Puglia and Basilicata and on to the stunning scenery and renowned archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples. This 17-day tour begins with the fascinating history of southern Italy, from the cave-dwelling people of Matera to ancient Greek colonies, Norman castles and cathedrals, and elegant Southern Baroque architecture in Lecce. It then continues to the Bay of Naples, justly lauded in antiquity for its superb scenery and relaxed lifestyle, and today a wonderland of art and archaeology, from Pompeii and Herculaneum to Caravaggio and his followers.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Explore the medieval castles and cathedrals of Puglia, built by Norman and German rulers > See the battlefield of Cannae, where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC > Tour the unique ‘sassi’ cave dwellings in the ancient city of Matera, one of Italy’s most remote cities > Discover the hidden artistic and architectural gems of Naples, seen by relatively few tourists > Explore Europe’s premier archaeological sites, including Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis > Visit Capodimonte, the Bourbon royal palace housing a remarkable collection of fine art

Dr Estelle Lazer “I cannot say strongly enough how much we learned from Estelle. She worked so hard to make the tour a success.” – Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, Oct 2017.

Getting there Emirates offers the best connections to Rome. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–3: Take a group flight from Rome. Arrive in Lecce, explore the town, Otranto and Brindisi. Days 4–5: Tour Taranto and see the ‘sassi’ of Matera. Days 6–9: In Trani, visit Roman and medieval sites and sections of the Appian Way. Days 10–12: Travel to Vietri sul Mare and spend a day at Paestum. Drive part of the Amalfi Coast to the hill-top town of Ravello. Days 13–17: Explore the city of Naples, including the National Archaeological Museum. Visit key archaeological sites at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, as well as Capodimonte. Optional post-tour extension to Capri and Amalfi.

Italy Rome

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Trani (3) Naples (5) Vietri sul Mare (3)

Brindisi Matera (2) Paestum

Lecce (3)

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Art Cities of Tuscany Pisa, Siena & Florence

$6,980 pp, twin share $1,240 single supplement

January 7-21, 2019

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• The art and culture of medieval Tuscany, far beyond what most tourists see • Tuscany’s glorious small towns, villages, monasteries and villas – each one different from the other, each one beautiful, atmospheric and compelling • Renaissance masterworks by Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Botticelli • Tuscany beyond Florence, from Pisa’s maritime excellence to Siena’s Gothic glories • The rise of the Medici in Florence, their power and enduring artistic legacy • Regional diversity in landscape, gastronomy, art and architecture

Overview Travellers flock to the cities and towns of Tuscany to admire the world’s greatest concentration of medieval and Renaissance art, but rarely devote sufficient time to appreciate fully its technical brilliance and intellectual richness. Unpack your bags and enjoy longer stays in Pisa, Siena and Florence on this new 15-day tour exploring the region’s economic and cultural flowering in the Middle Ages, and its rise to European super-power with the Medici. Tuscany’s simple, seasonal cuisine is at its best in winter, when there are also fewer visitors and the weather is generally mild.

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Highlights

Dr Kathleen Olive “Kathleen Olive does a great job – so knowledgeable, so experienced, considerate, generous and fun to be with.” – Masterpieces of Florence and Rome, January 2017.

> World-class art in Florence’s Uffizi and Accademia, Siena’s Pinacoteca and Pisa’s spectacular Museo di San Matteo > Beautiful villages and atmospheric abbeys, from Lucca and San Gimignano to San Galgano and Monte Oliveto Maggiore > Explore the careers of major Renaissance artists: Piero della Francesca in Arezzo, Masaccio in the Brancacci Chapel, Filippo Lippi in Prato > Elegant Siena: time to shop and enjoy the evening passeggiata over four nights > Savour Tuscany without the tourist hordes: winter cuisine, wine tastings in stunning contemporary settings, uncrowded museums

Getting there Qatar and Emirates offer flights into cities suitable for this tour. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Pistoia Prato

Lucca

Fiesole Florence (7)

Pisa (3) Bargino

San Gimignano Arezzo Volterra

ITALY

16

Siena (4)

Pienza

Days 1–3: Explore Pisa. Day trip to Lucca. Days 4–7: Visit Volterra and San Gimignano. Discover Siena’s art and architecture, atmospheric abbeys at San Galgano and Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Renaissance Pienza. Day 8: Investigate Piero della Francesca in Arezzo. Days 9–11: Contemplate Florentine sculpture from the Middle Ages to Renaissance. Follow the rise of the Medici in San Lorenzo and San Marco. Enjoy day trips to Prato and Pistoia. Days 12–15: Admire world-class art in Florence’s Uffizi and Accademia. Survey Fiesole’s Etruscan and Roman heritage. Enjoy Tuscany’s resurgence at a stunning contemporary winery. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Essential Sicily

Siracusa, Agrigento & Palermo $6,450 pp, twin share $1,150 single supplement

January 17-29, 2019

Discover • The history, art and architecture of Sicily, showcasing more than 3,000 years of Mediterranean civilisation • The island’s rich classical heritage at some of Europe’s best preserved Greek and Roman archaeological sites • Palermo’s extraordinary history, where medieval Arab and Norman rule is seen today in distinctive art and architecture • Varied and dramatic landscapes, from active volcanoes to rugged seaside cliffs and pristine coastlines • The benefits of low-season travel, with fewer visitors and mild weather

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Overview Sicily has been one of the most sought-after places in the Mediterranean. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards have each settled here, making it one of the most culturally dense and diverse regions of modern Italy. The setting for this long and distinctive history is unmatched – the towering volcano of Mount Etna, rolling hillsides in the interior and the dramatic coastline. Discover the beauty, history and culture of Sicily – from ancient cities and Greek temples, to Norman mosaics and elegant baroque towns – on this new 13-day tour, timed to take advantage of low-season visitor numbers and mild weather.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Exceptionally well-preserved Greek and Roman archaeological sites in Siracusa, Agrigento and Taormina > The exuberant ‘Sicilian Baroque’ architecture of Siracusa and Noto > Delightful 4th-century mosaics in the palatial Roman villa at Piazza Armerina > Agrigento’s ‘Valley of the Temples,’ including some of the world’s finest surviving examples of Greek architecture > The remarkable medieval Arab-Norman architecture of Palermo > UNESCO World Heritage-listed mosaics in Monreale and in Palermo’s Palatine Chapel

Dr Jeni Ryde “Jeni Ryde was a most enthusiastic and caring leader. She always ensured that we knew where we were by providing appropriate maps. She also made useful suggestions for activities in our spare time.” – Grand Tour of Spain, April 2017.

Getting there Emirates offers the best connections to Rome. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–5: Take a group flight from Rome. Arrive in Siracusa; tour the remarkable archaeological park and museum, and admire striking baroque architecture here and in nearby Noto and Ragusa. Take day trips to Taormina and Catania. Enjoy a Nero d’Avola wine tasting. Day 6: Travel to Agrigento to survey the impressive Greek temples, with an excursion to the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina to admire the wellpreserved mosaics. Days 7–13: The tour ends in Palermo, exploring the city’s fascinating heritage and enjoying visits to Monreale cathedral, the Norman Palace and its Palatine Chapel. Take day trips to Cefalù, Segesta and Marsala.

Palermo (6) Segesta Cefalu

Sicily

Catania

Agrigento (1)

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Taormina

Ragusa

Siracusa (5) Noto

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The City of Rome Easter in the eternal city

$6,670 pp, twin share $1,690 single supplement

April 16-26, 2019

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• 2,500 years of Western civilisation, a ‘living museum’ on display in the streets, piazze and palazzi of Rome • The complex legacy of ancient Rome in history and culture, especially from the Renaissance to the 20th century • Little-visited but wonderful sites tucked away in the heart of the city • La dolce vita: fine dining, excellent local trattorie, a symphony concert or opera • The masters of the Eternal City, from emperors and popes to Caravaggio and Bernini

Overview Rome is a city of unique character and charm, and well worth an extended visit. Historic sites, stretching from Etruscan pre-history to the 21st century, are set among the ageless laneways and piazze of the old city. Our 11-day tour begins with ancient Rome, source of the city’s pride and traditions. We then explore the pivotal medieval, Renaissance and baroque periods, brimming with fine art and architecture by masters such as Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, before turning our attention to impressive 20th- and 21st-century sites. Accommodation is in the perfectly located four-star Hotel Ponte Sisto.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Robert Veel “Our tour leader Robert Veel was humorous, very knowledgeable and had an attention to detail that was quite exemplary. He was quite meticulous and extremely well organised. One of the best tour leaders I’ve ever had the pleasure of travelling with.” – Palermo and Naples, January 2018.

> Private evening visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel > Walking tours and gallery visits, exploring Rome from its earliest days to today > A full day surveying the remarkable art of Caravaggio > Visits to difficult-to-access sites, such as the home and studio of 20th-century artist Giorgio de Chirico and the Domus Aurea > Discover distinctive neighbourhoods, including Trastevere, the Spanish Steps and the Ghetto > A day trip to Tivoli, visiting the splendid gardens of the Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa

Getting There Emirates has daily flights from most cities in Australia to Rome. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Galleria Borghese

Spanish Steps Vatican City Piazza Navona

Pantheon

Hotel Ponte Sisto Capitoline Museum Trastevere

ROME 10 nights

18

Tivoli

Days 1–3: Explore ancient Rome, from the Etruscans to the age of Constantine with walking tours and visits to museums. Days 4–5: Discover the gems of the Renaissance and baroque city, from Bramante’s Tempietto and Raphael’s frescoes in the Villa Farnesina, to the playful architecture of Bernini and Borromini. Days 6–8: Enjoy a day trip to Tivoli, visits to special exhibitions, and a full day examining the works of Caravaggio in the city and at the Galleria Borghese. Days 9–11: Get to know modern Rome. Visit the Forum and experience a private visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

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$8,670 pp, twin share $1,940 single supplement

Lakes & Villas of Northern Italy April 25 – May 9, 2019

Enjoy • Italy’s genius for art and architecture in spectacular lakeside and country sites • The sheer range of art and history in northern Italy, from medieval towns to villas and 21st-century estates • Some of the world’s most beautiful gardens still in private hands • Palladio’s finest Renaissance villas, from Villa Emo to Villa Capra “La Rotonda” and Villa Barbaro • The stunning colours and landscapes of pre-alpine Italy • The best of northern Italy’s regional cuisines, famous for prosciutto, parmigiano and prosecco

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Overview The villas and gardens of the Italian lakes are as spectacular as the alpine landscape surrounding them. This 15-day tour visits many of the finest villas and gardens of northern Italy, from the shores of Lake Como to the foothills of the Apennines, with its medieval towns and contemporary villas, and on to the Veneto to admire the Renaissance country houses of Andrea Palladio. The tour concludes on Lake Maggiore, best known for the baroque splendour of Isola Bella, and enjoy the lakes, villas and gastronomy of the region at a gentle pace.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> The villas and gardens of Lake Como in bloom: Villa Melzi, Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello > Bergamo and Asolo: beautiful medieval hill towns with surprising histories > Elegant Verona, the historic Giusti Gardens and a private visit to Villa Arvedi, still the home of the Counts of Arvedi > The fascinating towns of Lake Garda and tranquil Lake Orta > Excellent regional cuisine and wine, including lunches in country restaurants, at Villa d’Este and in scenic Valdobbiadene, home of prosecco > The Borromean Islands: baroque masterpieces on Lake Maggiore

Michael Turner “Michael Turner is fabulous in every way. Super knowledgeable, fun, friendly, always around, provides great lectures and extremely personable and patient.” – Great Gardens of Italy, September 2017.

Getting there Emirates offers the best connections to Milan. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–4: Arrive in Bellagio and explore Lake Como by boat, visiting the 18th and 19th-century estates of Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi, with lunch at the Villa d’Este. Day trip to Bergamo. Days 5–6: From Cremona, explore the hill towns and medieval castles of Emilia-Romagna. Days 7–9: Visit Vicenza en route to Asolo. Admire Palladio’s country houses, palaces and theatre. Days 10–11: Explore refined Verona and picturesque Bassano del Grappa. Days 12–15: Travel to Stresa via Lake Garda. Experience the extraordinary villas and gardens of Lake Maggiore and enjoy the tranquillity of undiscovered Lake Orta.

switzerland ITALY Stresa (3)

Lake Como Asolo (3) Bellagio (4)

Lake Maggiore

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Verona (2)

Lake Garda

Vicenza

Cremona (2)

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The Venice Biennale Modern & contemporary art

$5,730 pp, twin share $1,640 single supplement

June 5-13, 2019

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• The remarkable world of contemporary art by leading artists from around the globe, at the world’s largest and oldest art fair • The less well-known sites of Venice and its surrounds: quiet islands, hidden gems and Roman ruins • Stunning new modern art spaces in Rovereto, showcasing Italian and international art • The backstreets of Venice, home to unofficial exhibitions and performances • The renowned architecture of Venice, including the Arsenale – only open to the public during the Biennale

Overview The Venice Biennale is the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious contemporary art fair. Many of the fine Renaissance palaces of Venice, usually closed to the public, open as centres of modern and contemporary art for its duration. We explore the 2019 Biennale over 9 days from our quiet hotel in the heart of the city, interspersing these visits with trips to Venice’s modern and contemporary galleries and some of the less well-known historic sites and galleries in the region, such as the Roman city of Aquileia and MART, a stunning art gallery at Rovereto.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Nick Gordon “The tour to the Venice Biennale was everything we hoped for and more – loved the accommodation, its convenience etc. – I found everyone helpful. Nick was always approachable, kind and informative.” – Venice Biennale, August 2017.

> Well-paced visits to the Biennale’s exhibitions, in the historic Giardini and Arsenale and in palaces throughout the city > Visits to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ca’ Pesaro in Venice > Day trips to two of northern Italy’s best new modern art galleries in the alpine town of Rovereto, and to the World Heritage-listed Roman ruins and mosaics at Aquileia > The tranquil islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Torcello, where we enjoy a meal at Locanda Cipriani > The best of today’s international contemporary art in one place > The excellent food and wine of the Veneto region

Getting there Emirates offers good connections to Venice from Australian airports. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary

To Rovereto, Aquileia and Grado

To Torcello

Grand Canal Rialto Bridge Giardini Arsenale Peggy Guggenheim San Giorgio Maggiore

St. Mark's Square

VENICE 8 nights

San Lazzaro degli Armeni

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Days 1–3: Settle in to our hotel in central Venice; explore the national pavilions located in the Biennale Giardini, an open park with architecture by Alvar Aalto, Josef Hoffmann and Carlo Scarpa, and in the Arsenale, the historic shipyards of Venice. Days 4–6: Visit Rovereto, an alpine town with excellent new galleries, and the Roman ruins at Aquileia. See hidden gems of Renaissance art in Venice and explore the Biennale’s numerous collateral exhibitions and unofficial events. Days 7–8: Continue with the Biennale and visit Venice’s modern and contemporary galleries; enjoy lunch at the legendary Locanda Cipriani on Torcello. Day 9: In the morning we depart Venice. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Tours to Europe Our range of cultural tours to Europe is designed to explore the history, art and architecture of the continent in a way that is more relaxed than most Europe trips, but at the same time offering depth and focus. We offer broad survey tours through Spain, Germany, France, Central Europe and Scandinavia, as well as more specialised explorations of Portugal, Berlin, Moscow and St Petersburg and the gardens of England.


The gardens of southern england

$9,150 pp, twin share $2,350 single supplement

June 6-20, 2018

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• The exquisite countryside of midsummer England, enjoyed on visits to fine gardens, stately homes, country houses and castles • The creations of professional gardeners and writers, from Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to Gertrude Jekyll, Vita SackvilleWest and Christopher Lloyd • The history of amateur English garden design, including Henry Hoare at Stourhead and Sir Roy Strong at The Laskett • The fascinating histories of England’s grand dynasties and their country estates, from 1700 to the present day

Overview Enjoy the best of countryside touring on this 15-day tour, visiting world-class gardens and surveying the work of the passionate men and women who, over the past three hundred years, have created some of the best-loved gardens in the south of England. The region is not only renowned for the quality of its gardens but also for their range: from the magnificent 18th-century Arcadian landscapes at Rousham and Stourhead, complete with temples, lakes and grottoes; to idyllic Kelmscott Manor, the Arts and Crafts country home of William Morris; Britain’s oldest botanic garden, in Oxford; and one of its newest, most influential gardens, Highgrove.

Your tour leader

Key gardens visited

Michael Turner “Michael is a superb tour leader, his knowledge of UK history and all ancient history is outstanding and his manner of imparting this is clear, concise and very interesting. His enthusiasm is infectious.” – Yorkshire to the Lake District, June 2017.

> Exclusive private tour and champagne high tea at Highgrove, the gardens of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall > Stourhead, England’s most beautiful 18th-century Arcadian landscape garden > Blenheim Palace, steeped in more than 300 years of history, with Capability Brown’s magnificent parkland > The Laskett, the beloved and intimate garden of curator Sir Roy Strong > Jewels of the Arts and Crafts movement: Kelmscott Manor, Hidcote, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter > The gardens of romantic Hever Castle and the beautifully situated Arundel Castle

Getting there Singapore and Emirates fly to London daily. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary ENGLAND Oxford (4) London Royal Tunbridge Wells (3)

Bath (3) Lewes (4)

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Days 1–4: In Oxford, visit the beautiful Botanic Garden, Kelmscott Manor, Arcadian Rousham and Blenheim House. Days 5–7: From Bath, admire impressive Stourhead and enjoy a private visit to The Laskett, hosted by owner Sir Roy Strong. Take a private tour of Highgrove and indulge in a champagne high tea. Days 8–10: Travel to Royal Tunbridge Wells, to visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Great Dixter and Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s private estate. Days 11–15: Appreciate the wonderful castles, homes and gardens of the Sussex Downs, the country estates of the bohemian Bloomsbury Group. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Paris

Study Tour $5,290 pp, twin share $1,100 single supplement

July 2-14, 2018

Explore • Old Paris, from Celtic and Roman settlements to capital of the kings of France • The glory of the Middle Ages at Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame • Masters of magnificence: from Louis XIV’s Versailles to the Empire of Napoleon • Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paris, with masterpieces in less-visited galleries and Toulouse-Lautrec’s bohemian Montmartre • Paris in the 20th century, the cradle of modernism

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Overview This 13-day study tour takes you well beyond the tourist’s Paris, to explore the history, art and architecture of the quintessential European city. Beginning with its Roman origins, we move to an exploration of Paris’s medieval glory and rebirth as the epicentre of modernism. A series of detailed background lectures, guided visits and historical walking tours are balanced with time for independent exploration. Accommodation is in self-contained apartments in Bercy Village, a local neighbourhood of the 12th arrondissement. Go beyond the typical tourist experience and explore the City of Light in all its glory.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> The glory of medieval Paris at Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame > Guided visits of world-class museums including the Louvre, and many quieter museums, such as the excellent Musée Jacquemart-André and the Petit Palais > Day trips to Versailles and Giverny, home of Monet’s garden > Walking tours of key sites in the city’s history, such as Montmartre, the Marais, and Haussmann’s Opéra district > Icons of modern Paris, including the Musée Pompidou and the Picasso Museum > Underground Paris: the Roman city and the Napoleonic Canal St Martin

Dr Michael Adcock “Michael’s tour notes and lectures were excellent and gave me a much better understanding of what we were there to see.” – NGA Versailles & Gardens of Monaro, April 2017.

Itinerary Days 1–3: Arrive in Bercy. Explore ancient and medieval Paris, from Roman settlement to the pinnacles of Gothic architecture under the Kings of France. Cruise the Canal Saint Martin. Days 4–5: Explore the Louvre in depth and experience the extravagance of Louis XIV and his court at Versailles. Days 6–8: Discover the recreation of Paris in the 19th century, from Napoleon and Josephine to the birth of modern art; day trip to Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Days 9–13: The cradle of modernism: bohemian Montmartre and modern art at the Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and more.

Getting there There are a number of airline options available for flights into and out of Paris. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Study and professional development tours Academy Travel ran its first professional development program for teachers in 2006, and since then we’ve developed several highly focused study tours to select destinations, either for personal interest or to develop professional skills and meet professional development requirements. Study tours often use self-catered accommodation and include regular lectures and seminars. Participants are expected to be independent travellers, with lots of walking and public transport involved.

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Switzerland to Rome A journey through medieval Italy

$8,280 pp, twin share $1,940 single supplement

September 2-18, 2018

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• Medieval Italy: from beautiful hill towns, to secluded abbeys and masterpieces in less-visited galleries • Innovations in architecture, from ancient Rome to the Middle Ages and Renaissance • The refinement of the decorative arts: spectacular collections from Late Antiquity to the High Middle Ages • Extraordinary landscapes, from Lake Geneva and the Great St Bernard Pass to the Val d’Aosta and regional Tuscany • Merchants and pilgrims: history, politics and economics along the Via Francigena

Overview Take a step back in time and explore medieval Italy through its beautifully preserved towns, abbeys and hidden gems. This 17-day journey follows the Via Francigena, the pilgrimage and trade route linking Europe to Rome, from the shores of Lake Geneva, across the spectacular Great St Bernard Pass and into the Val d’Aosta. As it continues to Rome through Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and Orvieto, the path, once travelled by the pilgrims and merchants of the Middle Ages, has been largely bypassed by modernity, allowing a unique view on medieval and Renaissance Italy.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Nick Gordon “Nick is an excellent tour leader – in his management, organisational and people skills. He has great knowledge of art and history, which he shared willingly, both in lectures and informally.” – Art Along the Rhine, June 2017.

> Medieval masterpieces in little-visited sites, from the Abbey of St Maurice to Pisa’s Museo di San Matteo > Sublime alpine scenery at Lake Geneva, the Great St Bernard Pass and Val d’Aosta > The great artists of the Italian Renaissance: Duccio in Siena, Benozzo Gozzoli in San Gimignano, Signorelli in Orvieto > Historic Rome beyond the tourist trail, from Roman ruins and medieval mosaics at San Clemente to the spectacular Museum of the High Middle Ages > The hill towns and landscapes of southern Tuscany: Siena, Pienza, San Gimignano

Getting there Emirates flies into Geneva and out of Rome at times that coincide with this tour. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

switzerland Montreux (3) Geneva

Aosta (2) Pavia Salsomaggiore (2)

ITALY Pisa (3) Pienza (3)

Rome (3)

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Connect this tour with Florence & The Italian Renaissance on page 12

Days 1–4: Arrive Geneva and transfer to Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. Explore lakeside towns, then cross the Great St Bernard Pass to the Val d’Aosta. Days 5–7: Explore the Val d’Aosta, visit Pavia, and enjoy the medieval hamlets and cuisine of Emilia-Romagna. Days 8–13: Travel through the landscapes and towns of medieval Tuscany, from our bases in Pisa and Pienza. Enjoy Siena, and experience a procession in Lucca that dates back to the Middle Ages. Days 14–17: Visit Orvieto and discover medieval Rome, including San Clemente and the Museum of the High Middle Ages. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Prague, Budapest & Vienna Art, history & music in central Europe

$8,780 pp, twin share $2,090 single supplement

September 17-30, 2018

Get to know • The extraordinary history of Central Europe, from medieval kingdoms to the Iron Curtain • Fine and decorative arts in some of Europe’s most prestigious galleries • The centenary of the Vienna Secession, with new sites and exhibitions celebrating Klimt and Schiele • The Habsburgs, emperors from the Renaissance to the end of WWI • The development of modern architecture: Josef Hoffmann to Mies van der Rohe • The region’s rich musical traditions

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Overview Experience the rich cultural traditions of Central Europe on this new 14-day tour, from the collections of fine and decorative arts accumulated over the centuries by kings and emperors, to royal palaces and gems of modern architecture. The tour coincides with the centenary celebrations of the Vienna Secession, and includes visits to little-visited sites, such as Klimt’s atelier, and a private tour of the Liechtenstein Garden Palace. The tour is rounded out by the fine musical heritage of the region, with a range of performances to enhance the experience.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Performances at historic venues in Vienna, Prague and Budapest > Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat near Brno, a beautifully renovated modernist masterpiece > Prague, home of medieval and Renaissance emperors and one of Europe’s most alluring capitals > Private visit of Vienna’s Liechtenstein Garden Palace and its private collection of Old Masters > Fascinating Budapest and its recently renovated Museum of Fine Arts > Extraordinary goldsmithing and decorative arts, including Nicholas of Verdun’s masterpiece at Klosterneuberg Abbey, and the regalia of a millennium of empires

Christopher Menz “Christopher Menz was an inclusive and very appropriate tour leader. His knowledge of art, music and culture was exemplary.” – Alps to the Rhine, April 2017.

Getting there Emirates and Qatar offer daily flights into Prague and out of Vienna. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–4: Arrive Prague; tour the city and its fine collections and monuments, from Gothic to Art Nouveau. Enjoy a performance. Days 5–6: Admire Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat near Brno; tour Bratislava and its wonderful new Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. Days 7–9: Discover Budapest’s musical traditions at the Liszt Academy and the city’s excellent galleries. Days 10–14: Visit Klosterneuburg Abbey and Schonbrunn Palace, survey Vienna’s extraordinary fine and decorative art collections. Enjoy a performance and take a private visit of the Liechtenstein Garden Palace.

Prague (3)

Czech Brno

Slovakia Vienna (5)

AUSTRIA

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Bratislava (2)

Budapest (3)

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Moscow & St Petersburg

$11,495 pp, twin share $2,215 single supplement

September 21 – October 7, 2018

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• A rich and tumultuous history stretching back to the Slavs, Kievan Rus and Byzantine Empire • The pursuit of greatness: superb collections of fine and decorative arts in Russia’s museums and galleries, collected over centuries • The rulers of Russia, from tsars to presidents, and their complex relationship with the West • The resilience of a people who have survived wars, upheaval and revolution • Russian architecture, from traditional wooden towns to onion-domed churches and imperial palaces

Overview Delve into an incredible wealth of culture, history and art on this comprehensive 17-day tour. The tour begins by exploring Russia’s medieval heart – Vladimir, Suzdal and Sergiev Posad – in the Golden Ring, before travelling to its modern capitals, Moscow and St Petersburg. The remarkable history of these cities, immortalised in iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin, is equalled by their extraordinary collections of art, at the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery, and leading cultural institutions, such as the Bolshoi. The tour is rounded out with a day trip to Catherine the Great’s palaces and select performances.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Matthew Dal Santo “Matthew’s interest in Russia and his knowledge of the history and politics were inspirational. We learnt so much and we feel very privileged to have participated in this tour.” – St Petersburg & Moscow, September 2017.

> Visits to St Petersburg’s cultural highlights, including the Hermitage and Fabergé Museums, Yusupov Palace and the Church of the Spilled Blood > Wander through the magnificent palaces of Catherine the Great > Evocative Red Square and the treasures of the State Armoury in Moscow > Explore the Kremlin, seat of the tsars, headquarters of the USSR and residence of Vladimir Putin > Russian Masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery > Historic Suzdal, with its wooden architecture and churches of the Golden Ring

Getting there Emirates has daily flights from most Australian cities to Moscow and returning from St Petersburg. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary

St Petersburg (6)

RUSSIA

Pushkin

Suzdal (3) Vladimir Moscow (6) Domodedovo Airport (1)

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Day 1: Arrive into Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Days 2–4: Travel to Sergiev Posad and visit the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius. Continue to the charming Golden Ring town of Suzdal for three nights; visit historic Vladimir. Days 5–10: Explore Moscow, from revolutionary history at Red Square, to the churches and museums of the Kremlin, the Tretyakov Gallery, and legendary Bolshoi Theatre. Day 11: Travel by fast train to St Petersburg. Days 12–17: Marvel at St Petersburg’s extraordinary landmarks, galleries, churches, palaces and museums, including a day trip to Catherine’s palaces at Pushkin. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Sardinia & Corsica

From the Stone Age to Napoleon September 21 – October 6, 2018 March 29 – April 13, 2019

$8,450 pp, twin share $1,850 single supplement

Explore • The history of these Mediterranean islands, whose diverse landscapes, cultures and past belie their proximity • Remarkable archaeology, offering fascinating evidence of prehistoric and classical civilisation • The influence of Pisa, Genoa and Catalonia, medieval maritime empires whose presence remains in Romanesque architecture and modern notions of independence • Dramatic scenery, combining dramatic coastlines with sweeping dry interiors • Vibrant contemporary cultures that have remained defiantly independent

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Overview Sardinia and Corsica each have a unique history, stretching back 5,000 years. In spite of centuries of invasion and occupation each island has maintained a distinctive culture, reflecting both their current status as part of modern Italy and France, and millennia of ancient and diverse Mediterranean influences. This tour showcases the very best of each island – from prehistoric archaeological sites, to Romanesque architecture, and the history of Napoleon – and explores how their history has been shaped by the superb mountainous landscapes and coastlines, living on in the distinctive cuisines and local traditions.

Connect this tour with Venice: City, Republic & Empire on page 14

Highlights

Your tour leaders

> Key Bronze Age and Roman sites in Sardinia, particularly Nuraghic towers, tombs and fortress-villages > Distinctive Pisan Romanesque architecture on both islands > Bonifacio, a citadel perched on southern Corsica’s precipitous limestone cliffs > Ajaccio, Napoleon’s birthplace, and the Musée Fesch, the extraordinary art collection acquired by his uncle > Scenic drives along Sardinia’s west coast and the high mountains of central Corsica, plus the Scandola Nature Reserve > The fresh and distinctive food and wine of the islands

Robert Veel (September) “Robert was an excellent tour leader. He was well prepared, flexible and offered a fantastic tour.” – Malta & Sicily aboard Sea Cloud II, October 2017. Dr Jeni Ryde (March) “Being of Sicilian background, Jeni and other guest lecturers made my heritage even more meaningful than I had hoped for” – Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, May 2017.

Getting there Several airlines offer daily connections to Rome. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Days 1–3: Group flight from Rome. Stay in the resort town of Pula, visit sites at Nora and Su Nuraxi. Days 4–5: Travel to Santa Caterina, visit the Punic-Roman site Tharros. Days 6–8: Explore Alghero’s Catalan influences, take a boat trip to the ‘Grotte di Nettuno’ and enjoy a wine tasting. Days 9–10: Marvel at the Costa Smeralda on the way to the ferry for Corsica. Explore Bonifacio. Days 11–13: Travel to Ajaccio via prehistoric Filitosa. Boat trip to the Scandola Nature Reserve. Days 14–16: Admire vestiges of Pisan rule in the Romanesque architecture outside Bastia, a picturesque port.

Bastia (2)

Italy

Corsica

Ajaccio (3)

Rome

Bonifacio (2) Santa Teresa Gallura

Alghero (3)

SARDINIA

Santa Caterina di Pittinuri (2)

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Grand Tour of Spain Granada to Barcelona September 23 – October 9, 2018 March 31 – April 16, 2019

$9,370 pp, twin share $2,400 single supplement

Experience

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• The Moorish kingdoms of Andalucía in Spain’s south, a medieval by-word for sophistication, luxury and tolerance • Spain in the 16th century: from east to west, the most powerful empire on earth • The art of Renaissance and baroque Spain, including Velásquez, Titian, El Greco and Goya in the Prado • The excellent regional food and wine traditions of Spain • The distinctive culture and modernista art and architecture of Catalonia in Spain’s north, from Gaudí to Picasso

Overview Take a comprehensive tour of Spain and discover its fascinating history, art and traditions. The tour begins by exploring Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla – great medieval cities whose cosmopolitanism is preserved in their Moorish architecture – and then travels forward in time to Madrid, capital of a unified Spain whose impressive palaces and museums reflect the power of an empire that once spanned the Atlantic. The tour concludes with three days in exuberant Barcelona, home to Spain’s finest modernist art and architecture. Dining in carefully selected restaurants throughout the tour showcases the outstanding culinary traditions of each region.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Jeni Ryde (September) “Tour great, tour leader Jeni great, and a lovely person. I would happily travel with Jeni again. Thank you!” – Grand Tour of Spain, April 2017.

> The 13th-century Alhambra in Granada, a complex of palaces and water gardens > Cordoba’s renowned Mesquita (mosque), a blend of Visigothic and Islamic art > Visiting the mighty cathedral and wandering the lanes of Sevilla, the city of Carmen and Don Juan > The art collections of the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums in Madrid > Philip II’s monastery-palace of El Escorial, the epitome of Spanish imperial power > Segovia’s ancient Roman aqueduct, proudly dominating this historic town > Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, in the context of his other works

Getting there We recommend Emirates flights into Madrid or Barcelona, with connecting flights to Granada. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

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Itinerary Barcelona (3)

spAIN Madrid (4)

Cordoba (3) Sevilla (3)

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Granada (3)

Days 1–3: Discover Granada, from the Alhambra to the lime-washed alleyways of the Albaicín and Flemish art in the magnificent cathedral. Days 4–6: In Cordoba, explore the Mesquita and Moorish sophistication at Medina Azahara. Days 7–9: Three nights in Sevilla. Visit the Alcázar, dazzling seat of the Christian kings, and relax in atmospheric plazas. Days 10–13: In Madrid, tour the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza, Philip II’s El Escorial and Segovia’s Roman acqueduct. Days 14–17: Travel to Barcelona, centre of Catalonian art and culture, from the Romanesque at MNAC to Gaudí’s flourishing Modernisme. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Portugal $8,860 pp, twin share $1,670 single supplement

October 11-25, 2018

Discover • Portugal’s archaeology, from granite megaliths at Almendres Cromlech to dinosaur footprints at Cabo Espichel • An architectural tradition embracing Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance and contemporary styles • Portugal’s rich cultural heritage, including fine wines and port and the melancholic music of fado • A varied landscape: stunning coastlines, lush river valleys, rugged interiors • The legacy of the explorers’ Golden Age of Discovery, in Lisbon’s many layers of history, art, science and culture

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Overview Portugal has a remarkable history, from Roman colonies to medieval Moorish-influenced art and architecture, to a glorious Golden Age when Lisbon was the centre of the world’s first global commercial empire. Its history has left it with extraordinary cultural wealth, including prehistoric megaliths and rock art, World Heritage-listed cities, and fine medieval and Renaissance architecture. The great monuments of its past are situated among a striking landscape of turquoise coastlines, rugged mountains and picturesque towns, and are complemented by its vibrant modern culture and distinctive contemporary architecture. Discover Portugal on this comprehensive 15-day tour.

Connect this tour with Grand Tour of Spain on page 28

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Private philanthropy and exceptional Old Masters at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian > Exquisite palaces on rocky outcrops: a full day in fairytale Sintra > National Tile Museum’s extraordinary azulejos > Walk in the footprints of dinosaurs alongside the Atlantic, at Cabo Espichel > A full day cruising the Douro and two nights in Pinhão, celebrated for its excellent port wine > Exquisite Romanesque and Manueline Gothic cathedrals and monasteries > Cutting-edge contemporary architecture: Rem Koolhaas, Álvaro Siza Vieira and Porto’s Fundação Serralves

Dr Jeni Ryde “Jeni is a wonderful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour leader. There wasn’t a day we didn’t enjoy. Very happy with the variety of sites we saw. Hoping to travel with Jeni in 2019!” – Northern Spain and Portugal, October 2017.

Getting there Emirates offers flights into and out of Lisbon. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Days 1–4: Explore Lisbon and admire the Museu Gulbenkian’s masterpieces. Excursion to Sintra and a performance of fado. Days 5–7: In Évora, prehistoric archaeology at Cabo Espichel and the megalithic Almendres Cromlech. Days 8–9: Tomar’s World Heritage-listed Convento de Cristo, the medieval capital of Coimbra, and mosaics at Conímbriga’s Roman villa. Days 10–11: Admire Aveiro, Venice of Portugal. Porto’s colourful Ribeira district and architecture. Days 12–13: Cruise the Douro; two nights in Pinhão and Cõa valley’s prehistoric rock art. Days 14–15: Return to Lisbon via São João de Tarouca abbey. Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

Porto (2)

Pinhão (2)

Coimbra (2)

Portugal

Lisbon (4,1) Evora (3)

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Winter in Moscow & St Petersburg

$10,795 pp, twin share $1,675 single supplement

January 6-20, 2019

Get to know

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• The significance of winter in Russian culture, from Orthodox Christmas to cityscapes immortalised by Russia’s literary giants • Russia’s incredible history from imperial power, to revolution and beyond • Vast repositories of fine and decorative arts in Russia’s diverse array of museums and galleries • Rivalry with the West: from the tsars to distinctively Russian movements in modern and contemporary art • The art of the palace: from the might of the Kremlin to Catherine the Great’s country retreats

Overview Winter has a special place in Russian culture, permeating its literature, performing arts and national story of triumph through hardship. This new 15-day tour explores the incredible wealth of culture, history and art in St Petersburg and Moscow at a time of year that brings quintessential elements of Russian culture to the fore. Experience Russia at its most magnificent, from the palaces of Catherine the Great, to superb fine and decorative art collections, including the Hermitage, Fabergé Museum and Tretyakov Gallery, and its cuttingedge contemporary and performing arts scene.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Michael Carr Michael joins our program in 2019. He is an art collector and dealer who has worked extensively in Russia. “[Russia] was the most fascinating and interesting country I have ever visited”. – St Petersburg and Moscow, September, 2016.

> Marvel at the treasures housed in the State Armoury and Diamond Fund > Orthodox Christmas and the joy of the festive season > Cathedrals of the Kremlin, site of the coronation and funeral processions of the Tsars > A private tour with a curator through the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art > Masterpieces of Russian and European art at the Tretyakov Gallery > Art and architecture in St Petersburg, including the Hermitage, Fabergé Museum and the Yusupov Palace > The magnificent palaces of Catherine the Great

Getting there Emirates has daily flights to Moscow and returning from St Petersburg. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

Peterhof

St Petersburg (7) Pushkin

RUSSIA

Moscow (7)

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Kuskovo

Day 1: Arrive into Moscow. Days 2–4: Tour Red Square and the Kremlin, including the State Armoury. See the collections at the Tretyakov and Pushkin Galleries. Day 5: Day trip to Kuskovo Park and Estate. Days 6–7: Tour the decorated Metro stations and visit the Chekhov House Museum. Visit the Garage Museum, Gorky Park and Novodevichy Convent. Day 8: Travel by fast train to St Petersburg. Days 9–11: Explore St Petersburg’s extraordinary landmarks, cathedrals, palaces and museums, including a full day at the Hermitage. Days 12–15: Day trips to Catherine’s palaces at Pushkin and Pavlovsk Park. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


$8,975 pp, twin share $1,525 single supplement

Classical & bronze age Greece April 8-24, 2019

Discover • The extraordinary history of ancient Greece, preserved in its excellent museums • Icons of cultural achievement and their modern legacies: the Acropolis in Athens, Olympia and the Olympic Games • The fascinating Mycenaean civilisation, dating back to the 2nd millenium BC • Ancient legends and heroes and their stories: from the Delphic Oracle and King Agamemnon, to the Battle of Thermopylae • Spectacular landscapes and cultures of relaxation: Venetian Napflio and island life on Santorini’s volcanic caldera

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Overview Explore ancient Greece and its incredible legacy on this 17-day tour. The tour begins in Athens, with guided visits of its iconic monuments and excellent museums, before travelling to the spiritual centres of Greek civilisation at Olympia and Delphi and delving into the history and archaeology of the classical period on the Peloponnese. The tour also steps back in time to the Aegean Bronze Age, entering the world of Mycenaean kings with their forbidding palaces and monumental burial sites on the mainland and at Santorini, where there is also time to enjoy island life.

Connect this tour with Puglia to Pompeii on page 15

Highlights

Your tour leader

> The incomparable museums, acropolis and agora of Athens > Ancient feats of engineering: Epidaurus’ well-preserved 4th-century BC theatre and the citadel of Tiryns > Mycenae’s iconic Lion Gate and the world of Agamemnon > Olympia’s legacy and the values that have carried through to the modern era > Mystical Delphi and its excellent museum, home to the most famous oracle in antiquity > Stunning Santorini, the perfect place to enjoy unique beaches, sunsets, museums and island villages

Dr Jennifer Lawless Jennifer joins our program in 2019. She has co-authored over ten books on ancient history that are widely used in senior history classes. Jennifer has been awarded a number of scholarships and awards for her writing and research, including a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.

Getting there Emirates and Etihad have daily flights to Athens. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Days 1–3: Arrive in Athens; visit the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum. Days 4–7: Admire modern engineering at the Corinth canal and enjoy Venetian architecture in pretty Napflio. Explore excellent archaeological sites at Epidaurus, Mycenae and Tiryns. Days 8–9: At Olympia, survey the Temples of Zeus and Hera and take in the history of the games. Days 10–11: Consult the oracle at Delphi, and visit the Persian War sites of Thermopylae and Marathon. Days 12–14: Fly to Santorini, explore Minoan Akrotiri and Theran prehistory. Days 15–17: Return to explore Athens.

GREECE

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Delphi (2)

Athens (5) Olympia (2) Nafplio (4)

Santorini (3)

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Paris

Art, music, history & food $7,420 pp, twin share $2,180 single supplement

March 19 – April 2, 2019

Enjoy • The history of a nation, from the coronations in Reims to cosmopolitan modern capital • The world-class museums of Paris: iconic art and antiquities at the Louvre, Impressionism at the Musée d’Orsay • Lesser-visited collections, including the Jacquemart-André and the Arts et Métiers • Stellar performances in historic venues, from the Palais Garnier to Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie • Paris’s long history as a cultural epicentre, both sophisticated and contemporary

Overview Few cities have remained as modern as Paris through the ages, from the exquisite architecture of its medieval kings, to Napoleon, Haussmann and the birth of modern art. The city’s rejuvenation has continued into the 21st century, with new galleries and performance spaces by the likes of Frank Gehry, and constantly evolving collections and special exhibitions. Unpack your bags and enjoy the best of one of the world’s great cultural capitals on this new 15-day tour, from extraordinary art collections, to the city’s evanescent history, excellent performances in iconic and contemporary venues and Michelin-starred dining.

Highlights & itinerary Performances > 4–5 performances at the city’s historic venues, including the Palais Garnier and Théâtre des Champs Élysées, and contemporary spaces such as the new Philharmonie Fine art and dining > A full day with the Old Masters of the Louvre > Iconic modern art and design at the Musée d’Orsay, Pompidou, Quai Branly and Arts et Métiers > Paris’s excellent but little-visited thematic museums: the Musée Delacroix, Musée de la Vie Romantique and the Maison de Victor Hugo > Michelin-starred dining: from classic bistrot Benoit to contemporary Garance and fantastic seafood at David Bottreau’s Les Fables de la Fontaine > Gastronomy and local culture: tea at Ladurée on the Champs-Elysées, winetasting in the French countryside, cabaret in a café chantant

Architecture and history > A behind-the-scenes tour of the Palais Garnier opera house > From Gallo-Roman to Gothic in Reims, with lunch in a fine country setting > Neighbourhood walking tours: bohemian Montmartre, the stylish Marais, sophisticated Saint-Germain-des-Prés > Frank Gehry’s new museum at the Bois de Boulogne

Your tour leaders London-based art expert Angus Haldane will be special guest lecturer on this tour, and escort the group to major galleries.

Connect this tour with New York: Art, Architecture, History & Theatre on page 63

Stuart Barrie has been leading tours to Paris since 1985 and will provide an insider’s guide, covering daily touring, entertainment and site visits. Stuart is a social historian with strong interests in modern history throughout Europe.

Getting there

Emirates and Etihad fly daily from Australia to and from Paris. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

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Northern Spain & Portugal Bilbao to Lisbon

$9,120 pp, twin share $2,250 single supplement

April 19 – May 7, 2019

Experience • The history of Christian reconquest and pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela • Medieval architecture – shaped by pilgrims from France • Modern art and contemporary architecture in stunning locations • Inspiring landscapes: coastlines, lush river valleys and rugged mountains • The Age of Exploration and its legacy in Lisbon’s many layers of history and art • Celebrated regional cuisine: tapas, seafood and the fine wines of the Rioja and Rías Baixas regions

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Overview Northern Spain and Portugal have distinctive cultures and preserve the keystones of Europe’s history. This 19-day tour explores these regions in depth, from the Romanesque chapels, cathedrals and cloisters in Castilla, León and Asturias that bear witness to the Christian reconquest of the Iberian peninsula, to the devotion of pilgrims on the Camino, the Age of Exploration in Lisbon – once the centre of the world’s first global trading empire – and the modern revival epitomised by Bilbao’s stunning contemporary architecture. The tour is complemented by visits to premier wine regions and dining in some of Spain’s finest restaurants.

Connect this tour with Paris: Art, Music, History & Food on page 32

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Frank Gehry’s extraordinary design at the Guggenheim in Bilbao > Wine-tasting at the avant-garde Bodega Ysios winery in the Rioja > The exquisite Romanesque and Gothic churches and cathedrals along the Camino > A mountain walk and lunch in the clear air of the majestic Picos de Europa in Asturias > Fine tapas in San Sebastián, and Spain’s most renowned seafood restaurant in Galicia > An exceptional range of museums and galleries in Lisbon > A visit to Sintra exploring exquisite palaces decorated with tiles

Dr Jeni Ryde “Amazing tour, varied, lots to see, loved the art, excellent selection of hotels, restaurants, plenty of walking. Loved everything – great tour leader.” – Northern Spain and Portugal, October 2017.

Itinerary Days 1–3: In Bilbao, visit Gehry’s Guggenheim, the Museum of Fine Arts and San Sebastián. Days 4–7: Explore the Rioja wine region, plus Burgos and León on the Camino trail: their Gothic cathedrals and Romanesque churches. Days 8–10: Discover elegant Oviedo, walk its well preserved old town and sample the local cider. Days 11–13: Arrive in spectacular Santiago de Compostela and enjoy seafood and wine in Rías Baixas. Days 14–19: Travel to Portugal, with two nights in Porto and ample time in vibrant Lisbon, surveying leading art galleries and the Age of Exploration.

Getting there We recommend flights with Emirates to Barcelona and from Lisbon, with connections to Bilbao. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement Santiago de Compostela (3)

Oviedo (2) Leon (2)

Bilbao (3)

Burgos (2) Porto (2)

Portugal

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spAIN

Lisbon (4)

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Berlin & Beyond Berlin, Leipzig & Dresden

$7,250 pp, twin share $1,750 single supplement

May 2-15, 2019

Discover

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• Dynamic Berlin, one of Europe’s greatest and most troubled cultural capitals • Art-collecting in the Enlightenment, from Old Masters to antiquities of the highest importance • Modern Germany’s development into an internationally-acclaimed centre of contemporary art and design • A famous musical heritage • Berlin’s 20th-century history: Cold War neighbourhoods in the East and West • Renaissance Leipzig, Prussian Potsdam, and Dresden’s dramatic post-war rebirth

Overview Berlin is one of the most interesting and diverse of all the great capitals of Europe, and is enjoying a major cultural renaissance. This two-week residential-style tour takes an in-depth look at Berlin, and the nearby cities of Potsdam, Dresden and Leipzig. The tour visits many of Berlin’s internationally renowned cultural institutions, enjoys fine performances in historic venues, and traces the history and development of Berlin from its earliest days through the glory days of the Prussian and German Empires, to the darker days of the 20th century and its rebirth after 1989.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Christopher Menz Christopher takes his first tour to Berlin in June, 2018. He speaks fluent German. “It was an outstanding tour. We have wanted to take the Berlin and Beyond tour for some years and it did not disappoint.” – Berlin & Beyond, October 2017.

> An extraordinary range of museums and art galleries, including Berlin’s Museum Island and Gemäldegalerie > Extended stays in Berlin, exploring historic neighbourhoods in the East and West > Rococo architecture and garden design at Frederick the Great’s Sanssouci Palace at Potsdam > Renaissance Leipzig’s old town, Goethe’s “little Paris”, and the scenic countryside surrounding it > Elegantly restored Dresden and the impressive art collections at the Zwinger Palace > Farewell meal atop the Reichstag with views across Berlin

Getting there Qatar Airways offers direct flights from Australia to Berlin. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary GERMANY

Berlin (9)

Potsdam

Leipzig (2)

Dresden (2)

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Days 1–5: Arrive in Berlin, tour the city and cruise the Spree River to Charlottenburg Palace. Spend two days visiting Museum Island, explore Potsdam and see the world-class Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Days 6–7: Travel through the countryside to Leipzig to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Grassi Museum. Days 8–9: In Dresden, tour the Old Masters Picture Gallery at the Zwinger Palace and admire the Pillnitz Palace. Days 10–14: The Bauhaus Archive, New National Gallery, and the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art. Attend an opera and enjoy a farewell meal atop the Reichstag. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


High Art in the Low Countries BRUSSELS, BRUGES, DELFT & Amsterdam

$7,270 pp, twin share $1,580 single supplement

May 31 – June 12, 2019

Explore • More than five centuries of masterpieces, from Van Eyck to Rembrandt, Vermeer to Van Gogh • The dynamic culture of the Dutch Golden Age and its antecedents in Antwerp and Bruges • The historic towns of the region and their fascinating histories, including Haarlem, Leiden, Leuven and Ghent • Architecture from Gothic churches, to Renaissance townhouses and the birth of the Art Nouveau • The emergence of modern commerce at some of Europe’s most vibrant, wealthiest and cosmopolitan cities

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Overview Belgium and the Netherlands have extraordinary artistic traditions which have withstood and evolved through some of the most turbulent periods in European history. This 13-day tour explores the art and architecture that flourished in these dynamic environments, taking you on a journey from the Late Gothic splendour of Brussels and Bruges to the creation of recognisably modern art and life in 17th-century Amsterdam and its surrounds. The tour takes you to the region’s exceptional galleries, smaller centres such as Ghent and Delft, and through exquisitely preserved medieval and Renaissance cityscapes.

Connect this tour with Art Basel, Alsace & The Black Forest on page 36

Highlights

Your tour leader

> The refurbished Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis, housing the world’s finest collections of Dutch Golden Age painting, including many of Vermeer’s and Rembrandt’s masterpieces > Beautifully preserved cities, including stays in the centre of Bruges and Delft > Extraordinary works in less well-visited galleries, such as the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, overlooked by most travellers > Modern masterpieces by Van Gogh and Magritte, and stunning Art Nouveau architecture by Victor Horta

Dr Sophie Oosterwijk Sophie joins our program in 2019. “Thank you for organising such an excellent art tour. It has been a most enjoyable, pleasant and happy experience for me. I look forward to my next Academy Travel tour.” – Amsterdam to Paris: Van Eyck to Van Gogh, May 2016.

Getting there Emirates offer flights into Brussels and out of Amsterdam. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Days 1–3: Explore Brussels, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Magritte Museum and Victor Horta House Museum, and Leuven. Days 4–6: See Van Eyck’s Mystic Lamb in the Ghent altarpiece, enjoy the art of Bruges and get to know Antwerp, once Europe’s largest port and today a flourishing city with many excellent museums. Days 7–9: Survey the life and times of Vermeer in Delft, visit The Hague and the Royal Collection in the Mauritshuis, and admire Leiden, a town whose history spans the Atlantic. Days 10–13: Enjoy Amsterdam’s superb museums and UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals, and visit Haarlem.

Haarlem The Hague

Amsterdam (4) Leiden Delft (3)

Netherlands Antwerp Bruges (2)

Ghent

BELGIUM

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Art Basel, Alsace & the Black Forest June 14-21, 2019

$5,380 pp, twin share $1,490 single supplement

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• Art Basel: exceptional contemporary art at one of the world’s leading and largest contemporary art fairs • Private collections and special exhibitions in Europe’s ‘Art Valley’, where Switzerland, Germany and France meet • The Upper Rhine region and its diverse cuisines and landscapes, from the rolling hills and hamlets of Alsace to the mountains of the Black Forest • The development of contemporary architecture, from Zaha Hadid to Frank Gehry, Mario Botta and Renzo Piano • Well-preserved Strasbourg and Colmar

Overview Art Basel is one of the world’s premier art events. Almost 300 leading commercial galleries assemble for a single week to showcase their best contemporary artists and recently acquired 20th-century masterpieces. In addition, there are halls dedicated to large-scale sculpture, special exhibitions and installations and performances around the city. This new eight day tour takes you to Art Basel and then surveys the excellent collections that have accumulated along the Upper Rhine. It then continues to Strasbourg to explore this beautiful Gothic city, enjoying the countryside, cuisine and small towns of Alsace and the Black Forest.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Nick Gordon “Nick is a very kind person who quietly and efficiently handles everything, including all that wonderful knowledge imparted with such good grace.” – Art Along the Rhine, June 2017.

> Mind-boggling displays of modern and contemporary art at Art Basel over three days, including exceptional displays of largescale sculpture and public art > Excellent private collections, such as the Fondation Beyeler and Würth Collection, and special exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum > The natural beauty and distinctive cuisines of Alsace and the Black Forest: vine-covered hills, medieval hamlets, Michelin stars and simple country inns > Gothic architecture at Strasbourg’s cathedral > Beautiful medieval towns, including Obernai and Colmar, with the new Unterlinden Museum and Isenheim Altarpiece

Getting there We recommend flights into and out of Zurich with Singapore Airlines. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement Baden-Baden Strasbourg (4) Black Forest

Obernai Sélestat

GERMANY Colmar

France Basel (3)

Switzerland 36

Zurich

Connect this tour with The Venice Biennale on page 20

Itinerary Days 1–3: Experience Art Basel, with three days of guided visits, lectures and ample time to explore. Discover the art of Basel and its surrounds, including visits to the recently renovated Kunstmuseum and Fondation Beyeler, a private collection in a villa designed by Renzo Piano. Day 4: Visit the Vitra Design Campus and Colmar, including Matthias Grunewald’s masterpiece at the Unterlinden Museum, recently renovated and expanded by Herzog & de Meuron. Days 5–8: Explore Strasbourg’s art and architecture, from its Gothic cathedral to its fine collection of modern art. Enjoy the medieval hamlets and scenery of Alsace and the Black Forest. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Scandinavia & Iceland The Nordic World

$13,650 pp, twin share $3,760 single supplement

June 17 – July 1, 2019

Explore • Denmark’s royal traditions, from Hamlet’s castle at Helsingør to Frederick and Mary • The Nordic sensibility, joining a deep appreciation for nature to a desire for innovation • Iceland’s unique blend of Celtic, Viking and Nordic culture, shaped by its remarkable volcanic landscape • Modern art and design: Edvard Munch, Jørn Utzon and Scandinavian design • The history of Scandinavia, from the voyages of the Vikings to the Kingdom of Denmark and the emergence of modern Nordic culture

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Overview From Vikings and mythology to the emergence of a modern culture, expressed through cuttingedge architecture and design, Scandinavia is home to distinctive cultural traditions whose influence has extended far beyond its borders. This 15-day tour takes you from Copenhagen, to Oslo, Bergen and Iceland, and goes behind the clichés to uncover the connections between their histories and highly innovative societies. Discover how the natural environment – from southern Sweden’s golden fields, to Norway’s fjords, and the pristine coastlines and volcanic landscapes of Iceland – permeates Scandinavian art, architecture and design.

Connect this tour with Greenland and The Faroe Islands on page 73

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Jørn Utzon’s Bagsvaerd Church and Henning Larsen’s Opera House in Copenhagen > Modern art at the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art > Helsingør Castle, the setting of Elsinore for Shakespeare’s Hamlet > Norway’s stunning fjords and the unsettling art of Edvard Munch > Evocative southern Sweden, from the World Heritage-listed cathedral of Lund to the mysterious standing stones of Ales > The dramatic landscapes of Iceland, including the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where Jules Verne set his Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Dr Matthew Laing “Matthew’s four formal lectures were outstanding – a really valuable and impressive part of the tour.” – Scandinavia & Iceland, May 2017.

Getting There British Airways offers flights to Copenhagen and from Reykjavik via Heathrow. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–5: Explore Copenhagen and its surrounds, including Elsinore Castle, Utzon’s Bagsvaerd Church and the exceptional Louisiana Art Museum. Enjoy a day trip to Wallander-country visiting Lund and the standing stones of Ales. Days 6–9: Discover Oslo with its modern architecture, fine art collections and Viking history. Experience the natural beauty of the Norwegian Fjords and relax in Bergen. Days 10–15: Fly to Reykjavik. Explore the geysers, volcanos and the rugged isolated coastlines of Iceland. Experience the untouched beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula by coach and tour a lava cave.

Iceland Snaefellsnes (1) Reykjavik (4)

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Great Gardens of Cornwall & Devon June 5-14, 2019

$6,995 pp, twin share $1,950 single supplement

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• English garden history, from medieval herbs and simples to 18th-century landscape gardens • Stone keeps and great feudal estates, the castles and manors of Devon and Cornwall • The birth of the modern concept garden, from 19th-century exotics to contemporary biomes • Modern icons of innovation and design: Sir Tim Smit, Isabel and Julian Bannerman, the Wileys at Wildside • British environmentalism and conservation, from the National Trust to the Royal Horticultural Society

Overview From small private gardens to great estates, from rediscovered 18th and 19th-century masterpieces to world-famous, ultra-modern concept gardens, enjoy the great gardens of Cornwall and Devon in their English summer glory. This new 10-day tour also takes you to the gardens of some of the most famous names in modern garden and landscape design, including Sir Tim Smit and Isabel and Julian Bannerman. The beauty of the gardens is complemented by their situation: the dramatic coastline of Cornwall, the curious microclimate of the Isles of Scilly, and the wild moors of Devon.

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Key gardens visited

Michael Turner “We enjoyed every moment, Michael was an inspirational, knowledgeable and energetic leader with a great sense of fun.” – Yorkshire to the Lake District, June 2017.

> Rosemoor, the masterpiece of the Royal Horticultural Society > Trematon Castle, the Bannerman’s lush masterpiece > Sir Tim Smit’s Eden Project, an extraordinary exercise in conservation > Godolphin House, with its medieval gardens > Scilly’s Tresco Abbey Gardens and 19th-century exotics > Lanhydrock in Cornwall: from the Middle Ages to World War I > The Lost Gardens of Heligan, lovingly tended by generations of the Tremayne family > Buckland Abbey, a flourishing Tudor recreation

Getting there All of the major airlines fly regularly from Australia to London. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

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Itinerary CORNWALL To London Newquay

Porthallow (5) St Ives (4) Isles of Scilly

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Days 1–4: Fly from London to Newquay, Cornwall. From harbourside St Ives, visit the Tate St Ives and Tudor-era Godolphin House. Fly to the Isles of Scilly; admire Tresco Abbey Gardens’ exotics. Days 5–6: Travel to Porthallow in Cornwall, via the Eden Project’s biomes. Explore Polperro, Victorian Lanhydrock and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Admire Lamorran House’s coastal backdrop. Days 7–10: Travel to Devon’s vast Dartmoor National Park; survey a ruined Roman fort and the Bannerman’s pre-Raphaelite garden at Trematon Castle. Visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rosemoor and the Wileys’ extraordinary Wildside in Buckland Monachoram. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Music & Theatre tours Our music and theatre tours are planned around top flight international performances in world-famous venues, providing experiences that are simply not available in Australia. We work closely with leading organisations, including Glyndebourne, The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian State Opera. As well as orchestral music and opera, tours to New York and London feature a broad range of performing arts, including musicals, stage drama and dance.


Chicago to New York Operas & Orchestras

$10,350 pp, twin share $2,200 single supplement

October 9-21, 2018

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• America’s superlative culture of operatic performances, on a scale not possible in Australia • Leading conductors and soloists with three top American orchestras, and top-flight international singers • Insight into the history and production of the performances in pre-performance talks • The history of America’s staggering collections of art, including exclusive events such as a private visit to MoMA in New York • Long stays in major cities and the company of like-minded music lovers

Overview Academy Travel is proud to again offer its music tour to three of the United States’ most musical cities: Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. This year there is an attractive lineup of four orchestral concerts and four operas. The concerts include three of the USA’s leading orchestras, whereas the operas come from core Italian and French repertoires. Enjoy performances in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, some of America’s great galleries and museums, and experience a private, out-of-hours viewing of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Performances

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Eight performances are included. Best available seats to all performances are included in the tour price. Chicago > The Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 > Puccini’s La Bohème at the Lyric Opera of Chicago Philadelphia > The Philadelphia Orchestra playing Chausson, Debussy and arrangements by Leopold Stokowski New York > Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique at Carnegie Hall > Violinist Joshua Bell with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Corigliano’s score to The Red Violin > Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera, with El na Garan a and Roberto Alagna > The legendary Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s Aida, featuring star mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili > Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera

Robert Gay “Robert is a wonderful tour leader. Well prepared, knowledgeable, entertaining, personable, easy-going and attentive.” – Amsterdam to Leipzig, September 2017.

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Getting There Qantas and United fly daily from Australia to the USA. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–4: In Chicago for four nights, we attend two performances and visit the wonderful Art Institute, with its staggering collections of fine and decorative art. Explore Chicago’s renowned modern architecture, including works by Frank Lloyd Wright. Days 5–6: Fly to Philadelphia for an orchestral performance; tour the excellent Philadelphia Museum of Art. Days 7–13: Our tour concludes with six nights in New York, where we attend performances at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, and by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy a private viewing of the Museum of Modern Art and architectural walking tours.

Canada

Chicago (4)

New York (6) Philadelphia (2)

USA

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London & Paris Art & music

$8.950 pp, twin share $2,625 single supplement

January 17-31, 2019

Enjoy • A tale of two cities: the history of these vibrant and cosmopolitan capitals and long-time rivals • Premier ensembles in iconic venues: opera, orchestral music and theatre • Masterpieces of European art, medieval to modern, at world-class museums and in lesser-known galleries • Excellent gastronomy: fine dining in London and the proud traditions of the brasseries and bistrots of Paris • Opulent historic opera houses, including Covent Garden and the Palais Garnier; modern reinterpretations at the Opéra Bastille

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Overview London and Paris come alive in the wintertime while the tourist numbers are low, with blockbuster exhibitions and excellent performance programs designed for lovers of art and music. Explore two of the world’s great cultural capitals, from their celebrated collections to their lesser-visited galleries and house museums, and appreciate the range of performances on offer, from grand opera and orchestral concerts to well-reviewed stage plays and recitals. A week in each city, staying in the centre, allows you ample time to unwind and enjoy the best of times with like-minded travellers in these two cities.

Highlights

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> Eight outstanding performances, including: star-studded operas at the Royal Opera House, Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille; fine orchestral concerts by the London Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France; and exceptional theatre productions > Visits to world-class museums, including the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, British Museum and the V&A > More intimate house museums and galleries, including London’s Courtauld Institute of Art and Paris’s Musée Nissim de Camondo > Day trips to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and to the private apartments of the King at the Palace of Versailles

Christopher Menz “I appreciated not only Christopher’s wide knowledge of opera and music, but also his research into specific productions we were to see.” – Alps to the Rhine, April 2017.

Getting There Emirates and Etihad fly daily from Australia to and from London and Paris. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–7: In London, admire winter blockbusters at the British Museum and V&A. Attend a Covent Garden opera, fine orchestral concerts and a West End play. Survey smaller galleries, from the Royal Academy to the Wallace Collection and Dulwich Picture Galley; enjoy a day trip to Oxford’s Ashmolean and Christ Church College evensong. Days 8–15: In Paris, spend a day exploring the Louvre. Admire the Impressionists at the Musée d’Orsay and survey collections dedicated to Rodin and Picasso. Attend performances at the Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille, enjoy the elegant Musée Nissim de Camondo, and marvel at Versailles’ extravagance on a day trip.

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London (7)

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FRANCE Paris (7) Versailles

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Opera in New York $7,950 pp, twin share $2,300 single supplement

January 9-18, 2019

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• The careers of the operatic firmament’s greatest singers and conductors: Netrebko, Yoncheva, Skelton, Margaine, Radvanovsky, Dudamel and NézetSéguin • Glorious vocal music from the core 19th and early 20th-century repertoires • The production history of leading stage directors: Franco Zeffirelli, Sir David McVicar, Sir Jonathan Miller, Sir Richard Eyre and Bartlett Sher • In-depth analysis of productions and performers, to expand your musical knowledge and help you get more out of performances

Overview It’s cold outside, but the singing is hot! Take 10 days out of the Australian summer to enjoy singing, orchestral music and stage productions of the highest calibre on our Opera in New York tour. We have secured seats in the Grand Tier for all performances – in our view, the best seats in the theatre for acoustics and sight-lines. The performance program is complemented by visits to a range of New York’s top collections, including a private visit to the Museum of Modern Art, smaller and more intimate collections such as the Frick, architectural tours and free time to relax.

Performances > Verdi’s Shakespearean opera Otello. The all-star cast is led by tenor Stuart Skelton, with Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona. Conductor Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met Opera debut. > Russian diva Anna Netrebko as Adriana Lecouvreur in Cilea’s eponymous drama of love, rivalry and murder. A David McVicar production. > Franco Zeffirelli’s celebrated production of Verdi’s Aida. Met regulars Sonya Radvanovsky and Dolores Zajick star, with Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee as Radamès. > Debussy’s landmark Pelléas et Mélisande. Incoming Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Jonathan Miller production. > Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen. Mezzosoprano Clémentine Margaine has been asked back to reprise her remarkable 2017 portrayal. > A concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra of works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

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Your tour leader Lindy Montgomery “Lindy was a superb, knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader.” – Montreal to New York, April 2017.

Getting There Qantas, United and American Airlines offer daily flights. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–3: Meet for welcome drinks, enjoy an architectural tour of Midtown Manhattan, visit the intimate Frick Collection and tour Rockefeller Center. Performance of Verdi’s Otello. Days 4–6: Admire Klimt at the Neue Galerie, spend a day at the Met, and walk along the rejuvenated High Line. Performance of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur and Zeffirelli’s production of Verdi’s Aida. Days 7–10: Visit the Guggenheim Museum and Morgan Library; take a private after-hours tour of MoMA. Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, a performance of Beethoven and Rachmaninov by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bizet’s Carmen. Free morning and departure. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Verdi & Puccini’s Italy A musical Sojourn

$10,895 pp, twin share $2,360 single supplement

March 30 – April 14, 2019

Experience • Italy’s major musical capitals, Rome and Milan, and its elegant provincial cities • The life and times of Verdi and Puccini: the places they lived and performances of their works • Stellar performances in venues such as Milan’s Scala and Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera • Italy’s rich cultural heritage, from great collections to tranquil villas • National identity and the advent of modernity, in Verdi and Puccini’s works • Italy’s diverse landscapes: Tuscany’s rolling hills, Emilia-Romagna’s fertile plains, Lombardy’s sublime lakes

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Overview Verdi and Puccini became major international figures of the European musical world in the 19th and early 20th centuries, yet both composers retained a distinct sense of Italian regional identity – they both are quintessentially ‘Italian’ composers whose music and lifestyles encapsulated the spirit of Italy on the eve of modernity. Our carefully crafted itinerary explores the lives and work of Verdi and Puccini from this regional perspective, beginning at their birthplaces and following the progress of their careers from local theatres, to Rome and Milan.

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Highlights/Performances

Robert Gay “Robert Gay is an extraordinary leader. His attention to detail, his generosity and his knowledge are what make his tours special.” – Berlin to Vienna, December 2016.

A full program for this tour will be available in November 2018, when theatres have released their schedules. > Six to seven performances overall, including historic venues such as Milan’s Scala and Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera > Operatic performances in Rome, Milan, Parma and Turin, selected from the 2019 season > Lucca and Busseto, hometowns of Puccini and Verdi, their country villas and the theatres where they gained early success > Music-themed touring in Rome, Lucca, Parma and Milan, with expert commentary > Day trips to some of regional Italy’s most beautiful towns: Siena, Pisa, Bologna and Bergamo > Several fine meals and visits to stand-out Italian museums

Getting There Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Etihad have daily flights into Rome and home from Milan. Contact us for bookings and further information.

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Itinerary

Lake Como Milano (4)

Fitness requirement

Bergamo

ITALY Turin (2)

Parma (3) Bologna

Viareggio (3) Torre del Lago

Lucca Pisa

Sienna

Rome (3)

Days 1–3: In Rome, attend the opera, take a Tosca walking tour and visit the Borghese Gallery. Days 4–6: Travel via Siena to Viareggio, a Tuscan resort. Explore Puccini’s life in Lucca and Torre del Lago; discover medieval Pisa. Days 7–9: In Parma, investigate Verdi’s early years and visit Villa Sant’Agata. Enjoy walking tours of medieval Bologna and Renaissance Parma; attend performances in each city. Days 10–13: Travel to Milan via Donizetti’s Bergamo. Attend La Scala, and enjoy stunning Lake Como and the Brera gallery. Days 14–16: In Turin, attend an opera and marvel at the extraordinary Egyptian Museum.

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Wagner’s Ring Cycle IN NEW YORK

$9,870 pp, twin share $2,100 single supplement

April 27 – May 5, 2019

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• A once in a life-time musical pilgrimage to Wagner’s Ring Cycle • Robert Lepage’s striking, faithful and coherent interpretation of Wagner’s masterpiece • Conducting by the eminent Philippe Jordan, musical director of the Opéra National de Paris • An outstanding cast, headed by Christine Goerke, Michael Volle, Stuart Skelton and Andreas Schager • Pre-Cycle workshops on Wagner’s music, and morning pre-performance talks on other days

Overview Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen is considered by many music lovers to be the pinnacle of the Western music tradition. It combines intense, heroic drama with orchestral and vocal writing which is both vast in scale and highly innovative. Academy Travel has secured excellent Grand Tier Premium seats at New York’s renowned Metropolitan Opera House, which offer excellent acoustics and unobstructed sight lines of Lepage’s large stage machinery. Two pre-Cycle workshops acquaint us with the complex musical structure and Wagner’s historical context, which complement pre-performance talks before the last three operas in the Cycle.

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Highlights

Robert Gay “Robert Gay was, as expected, a wonderfully interesting leader and an enormous asset to Academy Travel.” – Amsterdam to Leipzig, September 2017.

> All four operas in the Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, performed in the space of one week > A private before-opening tour of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) > Superb medieval art at The Cloisters, on the northern tip of Manhattan > Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Woman in Gold’ (Adele Bloch-Bauer) and other Viennese masterpieces at the Neue Galerie > A stroll down the High Line, enjoying the remarkable transformation of the Chelsea neighbourhood into one of New York’s most fashionable districts

Getting there Qantas, American Airlines, Delta and United have daily flights from Australia to New York. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center MoMA Broadway

Guggenheim Museum Neue Museum

Warwick Hotel Morgan Library

High Line

NEW YORK 8 nights Whitney Museum

Brooklyn Heights

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Itinerary Day 1: Arrive and settle in with drinks and canapes. Days 2–3: Two in-depth workshops, a welcome lunch, and a visit to the Morgan Library. Performance of Das Rheingold. Days 4–5: Morning talk, medieval art at The Cloisters, performance of Die Walküre. Visit the Whitney Museum of American Art; stroll down the High Line. Days 6–7: Morning talk, Cooper-Hewitt museum and the Neue Galerie; performance of Siegfried. Private viewing of MoMA. Optional performance of Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites. Days 8–9: Pre-performance talk, fine farewell lunch and performance of Götterdämmerung. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Berlin to Bavaria A musical journey

$11,975 pp, twin share $2,870 single supplement

May 6-22, 2019

Enjoy • Germany’s unrivalled musical heritage, stretching from Bach to Beethoven, the 19th-century greats and modern masters • Orchestral playing of the highest calibre, with leading soloists and conductors • Innovative operatic productions with fine casts of local and international singers • Encyclopedic collections of art, antiquities and decorative masterpieces • The impact of patronage on music, from aristocrats and emperors to the modern state

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Overview Music lies at the heart of German culture, and no other country today can offer lovers of orchestral and vocal music an experience of such consistently high quality. Academy Travel’s annual musical pilgrimage to Germany is based, as always, on an outstanding line-up of eight performances by some of the world’s leading orchestras at first-class opera houses and uncovers the history of musical patronage in Germany. Gain a deep appreciation of the country’s musical genius as well as its modern revival, with long stays in major centres of musical excellence, background talks and musically-themed sightseeing.

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Performances

Dr Rosamund Bartlett Rosamund joins our program in 2019. She is a cultural historian with a deep knowledge of western history and music. “The musical content of this tour was very well planned. The hotels chosen were comfortable and well situated for access to the opera houses.” – Madrid to Milan, April 2016.

At least eight performances are included. Details will be published from June 2018 onwards. The itinerary may be varied slightly to include the best performances. Berlin > A concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra > Two operatic performances in Berlin, at the re-opened Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper Leipzig > A concert by the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and by the choir of St Thomas Church, Leipzig Dresden > A performance at the Semperoper, Dresden Bayreuth > A performance at the Margravial Opera House, or in nearby Bamberg or Nuremberg Munich > A performance at the Bavarian State Opera > A concert by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Getting there Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad and Emirates have daily flights from Australian capitals to Germany. Contact us for fares and bookings.

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Itinerary

Berlin (5) Potsdam

GERMANY Leipzig (2)

Bayreuth (3)

Munich (3)

Dresden (3)

Days 1–5: In Berlin, attend three performances; visit outstanding museums, including the Neues Museum. Excursion to Potsdam’s Sanssouci. Days 6–7: Explore Leipzig on music-themed walking tours. Attend performances in concert halls and churches, and discover the Grassi Museum. Days 8–10: Marvel at Dresden’s renaissance, from the reconstructed Semperoper to the Green Vault’s extraordinary collections. Days 11–13: Explore Wagner’s Bayreuth; attend the newly renovated baroque opera house. Days 14–17: Travel to Munich via Nuremberg. Enjoy fine performances and an excursion into the Alps.

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Amsterdam to Bergen music in northern Europe

$11,850 pp, twin share $1,595 single supplement

May 10-26, 2019

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• Fine performances in some of northern Europe’s newest venues, including Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie • The Bergen International Festival, Norway’s most significant and dynamic performing arts fair • Contemporary architecture and urban rejuvenation powered by the arts: Renzo Piano, Henning Larsen, Herzog & de Meuron • The influence of the Scandinavian landscape on the music of this region • Great cities of the Hanseatic League: Bremen, Lubeck, Hamburg and Bergen

Overview Enjoy nine performances at northern Europe’s leading venues, including three at the Bergen International Festival, on this 17-day tour. The performance program, which will be released in May 2018, is complemented by tours of leading galleries, such as Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, visits to the historic cities of the Hanseatic League, and the sublime scenery of Norway. Musical history, background talks on performances, contemporary architecture – from the Elbphilharmonie, to Renzo Piano’s Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo and Henning Larsen’s Copenhagen Opera House – and fine dining round out the program.

Performances

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Nine performances of opera, orchestral music and chamber music are included. Details to be announced in May 2018. Amsterdam > Concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra > Opera by the Dutch National Opera Hamburg > Concert at the Elbphilharmonie > Opera by the Hamburg State Opera Copenhagen > Opera by the Royal Danish Opera, or a concert by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the Koncerthuset Oslo > Opera at the Oslo Opera House Bergen > Three performances at the Bergen International Music Festival

Robert Gay “Robert Gay was exceptionally sensitive to the individual needs of tour members. His vast knowledge of musical performance greatly enhanced our enjoyment of this tour.” – Music in Scandinavia, May 2016.

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Getting There Etihad offers regular services to Amsterdam and home from Bergen. Contact us for quotes and bookings. Connect this tour with Lakes & Villas of Northern Italy on page 19

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Itinerary Days 1–3: Arrive in Amsterdam, tour the historic centre and visit the Rijksmuseum. Days 4–7: Visit Bremen en route to Hamburg, attend performances at the spectacular Elbphilharmonie. Explore the historic centre and harbour of Hamburg and take a day trip to Lubeck. Days 8–10: Travel to Copenhagen and survey the National Gallery’s remarkable collection. Days 11–12: In Oslo, admire the Renzo Pianodesigned Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Viking Ship Museum. Days 13–17: Journey by train and boat to Bergen, where the tour concludes with three performances at the Bergen International Festival.

NORWAY Bergen (4)

Oslo (2)

DENMARK

Copenhagen (3)

Hamburg (4) Amsterdam (3)

GERMANY

NETHERLANDS

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Munich & Glyndebourne OPERA FESTIVALS

$11,980 pp, twin share $1,970 single supplement

July 2-13, 2019

Experience • Seven top-flight performances, with internationally renowned singers, conductors and directors • Bavaria’s musical heritage, in expert pre and post-performance discussions • Southern Germany’s cultural wealth, from Augsburg’s renaissance to a nascent national identity on the Romantic Road • England’s fine tradition of countryhouse opera and summer music festivals at Glyndebourne • Diverse scenery: England’s iconic Sussex Downs, Bavaria’s medieval villages and Baroque palaces

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Overview

Through its special connections in Munich and at Glyndebourne, Academy Travel is pleased to again offer entrée to difficult-to-access performances at two of the world’s leading opera festivals. Each year in Munich, the Bavarian State Opera presents all its new productions for the season over three weeks. The festival draws an impressive roster of singers, such as sopranos Anna Netrebko and Anja Harteros, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Established in 1934, Glyndebourne is the doyen of English country-house opera festivals, with superb productions, excellent singers and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit.

Your tour leader Robert Gay “As ever, Robert Gay was an excellent tour leader, knowledgeable and meticulously prepared, and the pleasure of travelling with him again was enhanced by our tour manager.” – European Summer Music Festivals, August 2016.

Getting There

Emirates and Etihad fly daily from Australia to and from Munich and London. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary UK London Glyndebourne Lewes (4)

GERMANY

Munich (7)

Days 1–7: Munich, attend four fine operas by the Bavarian State Opera. Visit the superlative Alte Pinakothek; admire historic social housing in Augsburg, established by the Fuggers in the 16th century; and enjoy the iconic villages of the Romantic Road, crucial to modern Germany’s national identity. Day 8: Fly to London and transfer to Lewes, a historic market town in the Sussex Downs. Days 9–11: Attend afternoon performances at Glyndebourne, with long interval dinners. During the day, explore the Norman history of Lewes castle; encounter Bloomsbury Group intrigue at bohemian Charleston; and stroll the pleasant grounds of Firle Place.

Performances

Best available tickets to seven outstanding operas are included. Munich Four operas by the Bavarian State Opera as part of Munich’s traditional summer opera festival. The festival offers an impressive range of operas with a star-studded cast of singers. Stand-out performers in recent years have included Anna Netrebko and Anja Harteros, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Glyndebourne Three operas at Glyndebourne, as part of the prestigious summer opera music festival set on this historic estate located in the heart of Sussex’s South Downs. Glyndebourne never fails to dazzle, each year producing imaginative operatic productions of the highest standard, with a stellar cast of performers. Academy Travel is a sponsor of Glyndebourne, giving us access to the best tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

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Tours to Australia & Asia Move over marsupials, bye-bye Bali! In recent years there has been a boom in special interest cultural travel to Asia, the Pacific and within Australia. We regularly run tours to popular destinations such as Japan and China as well as less visited, but equally fascinating, places such as Bhutan and Taiwan. If you’re done with long-haul flying, then take a look at our growing range of Australasia tours, including New Zealand’s North Island, Tasmania and regional Victoria.


To the edge of the Outback Mungo, Broken Hill & Beyond

$4,495 pp, twin share POA single supplement

October 23-31, 2018

Discover • A continuous history of human occupation spanning 50,000 years • The impact of outback landscapes, such as Lake Mungo and Mutawintji National Parks, on the Australian national identity • Rich Indigenous heritage, settlers’ stories and the history of First Contact • Millennia of archaeological remains, highly significant and preserved in pristine conditions • The history of Australian industry • Riverboat culture, environmentalism and the settlement of the mighty Murray and Darling River systems

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Overview Delve into Australia’s deep history, from indigenous settlement and spiritual connections to Country, to colonial exploration and the development of the historic backbone of Australia’s economy, agriculture and industry. This new nine day tour travels from Mildura, along the Murray River to Lake Mungo National Park, and on to Broken Hill. It combines travel through iconic Outback and rural landscapes, with visits to national parks, Indigenous cultural sites and historic landmarks, including Bindara Station on the Darling River and Daydream mine in Broken Hill.

Highlights

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> Indulge in a degustation dinner at Stefano’s much-acclaimed restaurant in Mildura > Cruise the Murray-Darling aboard the steam-driven paddle boat Melbourne > Survey the dramatic Walls of China, climb the sand dunes at Vigars Well and explore the archaeology of Lake Mungo National Park > Special access to Indigenous cultural and historic sites with a traditional owner, at Mutawintji National Park > Experience the life of the 19th-century Cornish miner, underground at Daydream mine > A wealth of art in Broken Hill, where galleries outnumber pubs

Dr Chris Carter “Not only did Chris show excellent knowledge and attention to detail, but he was most attentive and caring to all the group’s individual and collective needs.” – Chile, Argentina & Peru, September 2017.

Getting there Please contact us for the best airline to meet your travel requirements into Mildura and from Broken Hill.

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Itinerary Day 1: Dine at Stefano’s Restaurant in Mildura. Days 2–3: See the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth, cruise the mighty Murray. Explore Lake Mungo National Park, and watch the sun setting over the Walls of China. Day 4: Return to Mungo and uncover its archaeology, before driving via Pooncarie to gracious Bindara Station on the Darling. Days 5–6: In Broken Hill visit art galleries and the strikingly modern Miners Memorial. Day 7: Explore Mutawintji National Park with a traditional elder and see the ancient rock art. Days 8–9: Go underground at Daydream mine before departure.

Mutawintji National Park

Broken Hill (4)

Bindara Station (1)

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the Yarra Valley to Bendigo Victoria’s Regional Galleries

$3,790 pp, twin share $680 single supplement

October 25 – November 1, 2018

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• The impact of the Victorian Gold Rush on colonial art and architecture • The role of the bush and the beach in creating Australia’s visual identity • The varied landscapes of Victoria and how successive generations of artists have approached them • Cutting-edge contemporary sculpture and painting in superb natural settings • The patronage of the visual arts by prominent Australians, and the role of the arts in reviving regional Australia • The excellent collections of heritage and modern art that have cemented Victoria’s cultural reputation

Overview The small cities of the countryside and coastline surrounding Melbourne have a wealth of cultural sites to tempt visitors. Chief among them is an outstanding collection of regional and private galleries, with excellent collections of heritage and modern art. This new eight day tour gives art lovers the chance to sample a range of Australia’s best regional galleries, going beyond the confines of galleries to explore the landscapes and historic sites that give a broader context for understanding the art and history of Australia. The tour is rounded out with fine dining and visits to wineries.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Nick Gordon “Excellent tour made all the more interesting by Nick’s thorough knowledge of history and art.” – Venice: City, Republic and Empire, October 2017.

> Superlative regional galleries in the goldfields towns of Bendigo and Ballarat: two of regional Australia’s most dynamic and expansive collections > The wineries and landscapes of the Yarra Valley, Dandenongs and Mornington Peninsula > The McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery and TarraWarra Museum of Art, leading private collections of contemporary art > Colonial Australia, at Barwon Park Mansion, the well-preserved Gold Rush town of Maldon and Goulburn Valley’s Tahbilk Winery > Heide Museum of Modern Art, celebrating Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and the thoroughly modern Reed family

Getting there The tour begins and ends at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar have regular flights from all over Australia.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

Shepparton Bendigo (3)

VICTORIA Heide Museum

Ballarat

Warburton – Yarra Valley (2)

Melbourne

Geelong Queenscliff (2)

Mornington

Point Nepean – Sorrento

50

Days 1–3: Meet at Tullamarine and travel to the Yarra Valley; visit Heide Museum of Modern Art and TarraWarra; explore the Dandenongs and Mornington Peninsula. Days 4: Enjoy the Bellarine Peninsula, from tranquil Queenscliff to Geelong, whose regional gallery has helped change the city’s reputation, and bluestone heritage at Barwon Park Mansion. Days 5–6: Uncover Gold Rush history at Ballarat and Bendigo’s galleries. Days 7–8: Day trip to the Goulburn Valley to visit Shepparton Regional Gallery and the historic Tahbilk Estate, one of Australia’s oldest wineries. Ascend Mount Macedon to enjoy sweeping views. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Japan Unmasked

Art, history & culture November 16 – December 1, 2018 May 10-25, 2019

$11,485 pp, twin share $2,890 single supplement

Uncover • The contrast of a contemporary metropolis against the backdrop of Edo-period Tokyo • The serene history of some of Japan’s finest landscaped gardens and shrines • Complex military pasts: from Kanazawa’s wooden teahouses and Samurai culture to Hiroshima’s peace memorials • The floating world of the geisha in Kyoto’s Gion • An overwhelming cultural patrimony in art and history, dating back to the 6th century

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Overview The richness of Japan’s history and art is immediate and tangible, but the culture that produced it often seems impenetrable. Move beyond appearances on this popular 16-day tour and gain comprehensive insight into the beauty and mystique of this wonderful land, from its Shinto and Buddhist temples and Zen gardens to its hypermodern cities and contemporary quirks. Explore old and new world Tokyo, understand the devastation at Hiroshima, and enjoy a week in Kyoto, discovering its temples, museums and traditions, with day trips to Nara, the ancient capital, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Hyper-modern Tokyo’s bright lights and a staggering range of museums > Kyoto’s Zen temples and stone gardens, colourful geisha and historic arts and crafts > Kanazawa’s famed Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s most significant and seasonal gardens > The moving display of human resilience at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial > Speeding through the countryside on the Shinkansen or bullet train > Soaring bamboo groves in Arashiyama and Japan’s early capital, Nara > Kaiseki dining: a multi-course, seasonal meal perfectly complemented by traditional Japanese architecture

Dr Kathleen Olive “It was great to experience the inaugural Japan Unmasked tour, Kathleen is exceptional.” – Japan Unmasked, November 2017.

Getting there Qantas, Japan Airlines and ANA have daily flights to Tokyo, with return connections through Tokyo from Osaka. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Days 1–4: Explore Tokyo’s Koishikawa-Korakuen garden, Senso-ji Temple, Nezu and Ota museums and Ginza’s exclusive boutiques. Days 5–6: Bullet train to Kanazawa; visit the Samurai district, teahouses and Kenrokuen garden. Days 7–8: In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial and Miyajima’s Itsukushima shrine. Days 9–12: Bullet train to Kyoto. Stroll through the geisha district, encounter Zen Buddhism in temples, shrines and gardens, and participate in a traditional tea ceremony. Days 13–14: Day trips to Arashiyama and Nara. Days 15–16: Discover Nishiki market or Kyoto’s many traditional crafts. Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

Kanazawa (2)

Hiroshima (2)

Kyoto (7) Nara Osaka

Japan Tokyo (4)

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Adelaide & surrounds Art, history & food

$2,860 pp, twin share $575 single supplement

November 19-24, 2018

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• Fine public and private collections of Australian and European art • Rich Indigenous culture: from traditional and contemporary art, to native foods • A state founded by free settlers • Historic houses and gardens that served as inspiration to artists and collectors alike • Early multiculturalism, progressive politics and an innovative arts culture • The development of Australian landscape painting, from Tom Roberts to Hans Heysen • A region synonymous with abundant regional produce and world-class wine

Overview Adelaide has gained an international reputation for the arts, food and wine, since the progressive years of the 1960s. This six day tour explores the city’s art, history and food. It includes a guided visit of the Art Gallery of South Australia by Christopher Menz, a former director of the gallery, and takes in a number of collections at historic houses, including The Cedars, home of the Heysen family, Carrick Hill and Fermoy House. Day trips to the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley, to enjoy the region’s acclaimed food and wine, round out the tour.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Christopher Menz Christopher Menz led the ADFAS Travel Adelaide and Kangaroo Island tour in November 2017. Chris is a former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. “Tour leader Christopher Menz is excellent. His expertise in art galleries was invaluable and he went out of this way to show us galleries in our free time.” – Alps to the Rhine, April 2017.

> Discover Adelaide’s heritage with a private visit of Ayers House and a guided walking tour of the city > Uncover the fine art housed in the South Australian Art Gallery > Visit Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills and tour The Cedars, the home and studio of Hans and Nora Heysen > Explore the art collection at Carrick Hill house museum and garden > Travel to the Barossa Valley and tour Seppeltsfield winery, enjoying regional produce in beautiful surroundings > Tour Fermoy House and see the unique collection of David Roche

Getting there Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar have daily flights to Adelaide. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Barossa Valley

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide(5)

Hahndorf

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Day 1: Arrive in Adelaide and enjoy a welcome dinner in a fine Adelaide restaurant. Day 2: Guided tour of Ayers House and history walk. Tour the Australian and William Morris collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Day 3: Travel to Hahndorf and visit the Heysens’ studio at The Cedars. Lunch at a winery in the Adelaide Hills. Return via Mount Lofty and Carrick Hill historic house and garden. Day 4: Day trip to the Barossa Valley. Visit Tanunda and tour Seppeltsfield winery. Days 5–6: Visit the David Roche Foundation and tour Fermoy House. Guided walk through the Botanic Gardens. Depart. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Singapore

ART Week 2019

$2,650 pp, twin share $780 single supplement

January 17-20, 2019

Experience • The vibrant visual arts and design scene of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities • Singapore’s melting pot: local Peranakan culture, British colonialism and globalisation • The history and design of the Asian tropical garden, from classic principles to stunning orchids • The complex heritage of the British, from fine architecture to resistance at Changi • Extensive collections of traditional and modern Asian art • Cutting-edge architecture and design

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Overview In the last 20 years the island-nation of Singapore has transformed itself from a bustling commercial city into a vibrant cultural one – a leading Asian centre of art, music and design. It boasts remarkable museums and galleries, a fine symphony orchestra and an energetic and outward-looking culture. Our new tour has been timed to coincide with Singapore Art Week, held every January. The itinerary combines Singapore’s complex heritage, tropical gardens, the visual arts and live performances. Enjoy five-star accommodation close to venues we visit, and a varied program designed to appeal to cultural travellers.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Attend Singapore Art Week, an enriching series of events and exhibitions > Curator-led tours of public and private galleries participating in Singapore Art Week > The Asian Civilisations Museum, surveying South East Asia’s cultural heritage > National Gallery, a vast and impressive museum with fine regional art > Gillmann Barracks, converted into a centre for contemporary art > The Arts House, Singapore’s Neo-Palladian former parliament building and multidisciplinary arts venue > A performance by the well-regarded Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Robert Veel “Robert was very personable, very knowledgeable and nothing was trouble to him, an excellent leader in every way.” – New York: Music, Theatre, Art & Food, March 2017.

Getting there Singapore Airlines has several daily flights from Australian capital cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Day 1: Meet your fellow travellers over dinner at a local restaurant. Day 2: Visit the Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan House Museum. Lunch at a Peranakan restaurant then visit Fort Canning. Early evening visit to Gillman Barracks arts centre. Day 3: Early visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, including the Orchid Garden. Morning visit to the National Gallery historic wing and current exhibition. Evening performance by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Day 4: Optional visit to Gardens by the Bay Complex. Visit Fort Canning Park and the small Changi Museum on the site of the former POW camp. Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

National Botanic Garden

Singapore Arts Museum Fort Canning Park Peranakan Museum National Gallery Singapore Esplanade Theatres Asian Civilisations Museum The Fullerton Hotel Gillman Barracks

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New Zealand

Nature, culture & the arts $6,350 pp, twin share $1,710 single supplement

March 14-23, 2019

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• The diverse wealth of Maori culture, an integral part of Kiwi life today • World-famous sculpture parks and gardens, still in private hands • New Zealand’s art in an iconic building: colonial to contemporary at the Toi o Tamaki Art Gallery, Auckland • Remarkable architecture, ranging from Art Deco Napier to Auckland’s cuttingedge design • Striking landscapes – rugged mountain ranges, wild coastlines, beautiful harbours, lakes and islands • Dramatic volcanic and geothermal activity in the centre of the island

Overview Delve into the art and architecture of New Zealand’s North Island, from its Maori heritage to its privately-owned art collections and sculpture parks, on this 10-day tour. The tour begins in the harbourside capital of Wellington, before heading up the Pacific coast to Napier and across the centre of the island to Lake Taupo and Rotorua, culminating in four days in and around Auckland. Experience how the dramatic mountain ranges, centres of volcanic activity, stunning coastlines and rolling green hills, are both setting and context for the art and culture of New Zealand.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Kathleen Olive “Kathleen Olive is a very gifted woman. She managed the group with humour, professionalism, tact and had the gift of making each person feel special.” – Tasmania, December 2017.

> Internationally-renowned and privatelyowned sculpture parks – Gibbs Farm, north of Auckland, and Connells Bay on beautiful Waiheke Island > Remarkable landscape at Waimangu, with steaming geysers, hot springs and waterfalls > Napier’s impressive Art Deco in harmonious public buildings, beach promenades and commercial and residential buildings > Behind-the-scenes tour of Auckland’s Toi o Tamaki Art Gallery, New Zealand’s largest and most inspiring visual arts experience > Scenic drives through mountains, volcanic landscapes and verdant countryside > The wonderful food and world-class wines of the North Island

Getting there Qantas and Air New Zealand have regular flights into Wellington and out of Auckland. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

Gibbs Farm Auckland (3)

Rotorua (2)

New Zealand

Wellington (2)

54

Napier (2)

Days 1–2: Arrive in Wellington and explore the city’s cultural heritage at the Te Papa Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Katherine Mansfield Museum. Tour the Beehive, Wellington’s iconic parliament, and the Botanic Gardens. Days 3–4: Cross the Rimutaka Mountains, visiting the Wairarapa wine region and exploring Art Deco architecture in Napier. Days 5–6: From Rotorua, travel to Lake Taupo and witness Huka Falls in action. Take in the area’s volcanic landscape, including the Te Puia hot springs. Days 7–10: In Auckland, enjoy visits to the Wallace Arts Centre, Gibbs Farm and Ayrlies Garden. Explore Waiheke Island and Connells Bay Sculpture Park. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Hong Kong & Shanghai Contemporary art in china

$5,180 pp, twin share $1,240 single supplement

March 28 – April 4, 2019

Get to know • Exceptional modern and contemporary art, presented by many of the world’s leading galleries • The unique histories of China’s most cosmopolitan cities, from ancient pasts to colonial heritage, and their emergence as modern cultural capitals • Traditional Chinese art and architecture, from temples and calligraphy to porcelain and painting • Old meets new: contemporary Chinese art in Shanghai’s commercial galleries • The culinary traditions and fine dining of Hong Kong and Shanghai

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Overview Hong Kong and Shanghai are two of China’s most cosmopolitan cities, and their thriving arts’ cultures and complex histories have made them locations for the exchange of ideas between very different worlds. Discover the art and culture of these two cities on this new tour, exploring their traditional and contemporary art and architecture, private gallery districts, culinary traditions and major collections. The tour also includes guided visits to Art Basel in Hong Kong, the premier contemporary art event in the Asia-Pacific region, in which more than 200 private galleries showcase their wares.

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Guided visits to Art Basel in Hong Kong, the leading art fair in the Asia-Pacific region > Shanghai’s premier galleries and museums, including the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, and Nanshi Power Station of Art > Exploring renowned art districts, such as the Bund and M50, with their fantastic and evolving exhibitions > Take a step back in time at traditional temples and gardens, including the Po Lin Monastery and Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Gardens > Experience Hong Kong’s thriving food culture, from markets to haute cuisine

Dr Nick Gordon “Dr Nick Gordon was an excellent tour leader. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very patient. Not only did he have detailed knowledge of history, he was able to put the dry facts in a broader social and political context. His personal experience of the Biennale was also of great value in helping us decide how to use our precious spare time to the maximum.” – Venice Biennale, August 2017.

Getting there Qantas and Cathay Pacific fly daily from Australia. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong, tour the city by coach. Days 2–3: Appreciate world-class art at Art Basel Hong Kong, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha, and enjoy Hong Kong’s vibrant food culture. Day 4: Fly to Shanghai, tour the city by coach and admire traditional Chinese garden design at the Yuyuan Gardens. Days 5–6: Explore Shanghai’s art and architecture, including traditional art at the Shanghai Museum, and contemporary and modern art in the Bund and M50 arts districts, home to cutting-edge galleries. Days 7–8: Take a day trip to a traditional and ancient Chinese water town. Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

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CHINA

Hong Kong (3)

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Bhutan

The last Shangri-La $10,475 pp, twin share $1,620 single supplement

April 12-26, 2019

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• The unique history and culture of a kingdom that only began opening its borders to foreigners in the 1970s • The national philosophy: where Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product • Iconic landscapes: snow-covered peaks and serene forests of the Himalayas • Proud ancestral customs, traditional music, dance and weaving • Remarkable religious architecture, from monasteries and temples to fortresses and temples • Rare flora and fauna, in the secluded Phobjikha Valley and its rare wildlife

Overview Little has changed over the centuries in the Kingdom of Bhutan, secluded among the pristine forests and protected by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Experience a sense of timelessness on this 15-day tour, visiting mountaintop monasteries, Buddhist temples and traditional villages, in which artists and artisans ply their ancestral crafts to sell at local markets. The tour also travels to Paro and Thimphu, whose museums preserve historic collections of Bhutanese arts and crafts, and up through Himalayan passes to remote valleys, such as Phobjikha, home to the rare black-necked crane.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Judy Tenzing “We found the tour a wonderful experience. Judy and the two local guides (plus one fabulous driver) were all excellent. We particularly enjoyed Judy’s lectures – she was very willing to share her knowledge of Bhutan. Many thanks to everyone for a great trip” – Bhutan, March 2017.

> Remarkable architecture and a dramatic cliffside location at Tiger’s Nest Monastery > Bronze sculpture, precious paintings, weaponry and historic textiles at the National Museum of Bhutan in Paro > Mountain scenery of the eastern Himalaya > Explore Thimphu, the monastic capital, and visit the Heritage and Textile Museums > The remote Phobjikha Valley in central Bhutan, home of the famed black-necked cranes > Traverse the spectacular zigzag roadway over the 3000-metre-high Dochula Pass > The warmhearted people of Bhutan: archers, farmers and artists going about their daily lives

Getting there Qantas has daily flights to Bangkok. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

CHINA

Punakha (3) Thimphu (3) Gangtey (2) Paro (5)

bhutan

india 56

To Bangkok (1)

Days 1–4: Arrive in Bangkok. Travel to Paro and visit the Paro Dzong fortress-monastery and museum, Tiger’s Nest and a textile-weaving centre. Days 5–7: In Thimphu, explore the Tashichho Dzong and Heritage and Textile Museums. Days 8–9: Travel to Punakha over the Dochula Pass, visiting local markets and Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery with a colourful history. Days 10–11: Continue to Gangtey via Phobjikha Valley and Black Crane Information Centre. Days 12–15: Free time in Punakha, then Paro, to appreciate local handcrafts, traditional dance or even a hot stone bath. Depart for Bangkok and onward flights. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan

A journey through central Asia

$8,875 pp, twin share $1,175 single supplement

May 14-31, 2019

Experience • History’s great personalities: Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Marco Polo and Tamerlane • Exceptional World Heritage-listed Central Asian and Islamic architecture • Ancient cultures and dynasties, and their archaeological legacy of citadels and oasis cities • The Silk Road, from antiquity to today: traditional arts and crafts, carpets and stunning mosaics • Repositories for millennia of culture and history, in impressive local museums and galleries

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Overview Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are central links along the Silk Road and have extraordinary histories, from the great empires and conquerors of the ancient and medieval world, to the migrations and exchanges between vastly different cultures. Nevertheless, these two countries have retained their distinctive cultures, seen most clearly in their traditional arts and crafts. This 18-day tour uncovers the wealth of history and culture in the ‘Stans’, with visits to the Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, to Sasanian citadels, Achaemenid and Parthian ruins, the palaces of the emirs and the desert oasis of Merv.

Connect this tour with Morocco on page 72

Highlights

Your tour leader

> Admire archaeological sites at Shahrisabz and Tamerlane’s Samarkand, the heart of the Silk Road > Bukhara’s Samanid monuments, vestiges of the last Persian dynasty to rule Central Asia > Outstanding examples of Sasanian and Achaemenid cities at the oasis city of Merv > Ruins of ancient Parthian kings, dating from the 3rd century BC, at Nisa near Ashgabat > Fine Central Asian architecture and design at the World Heritage-listed site of Kunya Urgench > The extraordinary city walls of Khiva old town, and its mosques, minarets and madrassas

Ben Churcher “I cannot praise Ben Churcher highly enough. This amiable guy with his wry sense of humour and deep knowledge of his subject was one of the best parts of the tour for me. I hope to join him on another tour next year.” – Iran in Depth, April 2017.

Getting there Korean Airlines has flights to Tashkent, with a stopover in Seoul in each direction. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Days 1–2: Arrive in Tashkent, tour the old town and Khast-Imam complex. Day 3: Train to Samarkand, visit the main square. Days 4–5: Visit Shahrisabz, the city of Tamerlane. Days 6–9: Investigate Bukhara’s Samanid sites, Islamic mosques and emirs’ palaces. Days 10–11: In Turkmenistan, visit Mary and the excavations at Gonur Tepe. Days 12–14: Explore ancient Merv; fly to Ashgabat, visit the extraordinary Carpet Museum. Day 15: Fly from Dashoguz to Kunya-Urgench, admire iconic Islamic architecture, cross to Nukus. Days 16–17: In Khiva, explore the old town. Day 18: Fly to Tashkent and depart.

UZBEKISTAN Khiva (2) Urgench Dashoguz Nukus (1)

Tashkent (2) Samarkand (3)

Bukhara (4)

TurkmENistan

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Tours to the Americas Discover the diversity, beauty and vitality of North and Central America. Our USA tours focus on the vibrant modern culture, following the life and works of Frank Lloyd Wright or immersing yourself in everything that New York has to offer – music, theatre, art, architecture and history. In Central and South America we survey ancient empires and vibrant Latino cultures such as Cuba.


Modern Architecture Los Angeles to Chicago

$9,870 pp, twin share $2,170 single supplement

October 14-26, 2018

Get to know • The development of modernist American architecture and design • The emergence of the western USA as a global economic and cultural force of the 20th century • The influence of landscapes, from prairies to deserts, in architectural styles and modern American identity • Modern life and the new idea of home in domestic architecture • The life and times of 20th-century “starchitects”, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Meier and Eero Saarinen

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Overview America’s unique mid-century modernist architecture and design capture the culture’s coming of age. This new 13-day tour explores the development of American modernism from its early proponents, such as Richard Neutra and Albert Frey, to the master of international architecture, Mies van der Rohe. The diversity within this movement is striking, from “Desert Modernism” in Palm Springs and Wright’s Taliesin West, to the unique collection of civic buildings in Columbus and Chicago’s modern masterpieces. Private guided visits to homes and major galleries, walking tours, performances and the rich history and culture of modern America round out the program.

Connect this tour with Frank Lloyd Wright: Chicago to New York on page 60

Key sites visited

Your tour leader

> Taliesin West, Wright’s desert masterpiece > The Case Study Eames House > Albert Frey House II, overlooking Palm Springs > Farnsworth House, the Mies van der Rohe “glass box” > Robie House, Wright’s Prairie style home > Ennis and Hollyhock Houses, Frank Lloyd Wright’s textile block constructions > Sunnylands, designed by A. Quincy Jones > Silver Lake district, designed by Richard Neutra > Columbus, Indiana: the “Athens of the Prairie”, with over 60 works by architects such as Eero Saarinen, Robert Venturi, I.M. Pei

Stuart Barrie “Exceeded my expectations. So many places were ticked off my wish list. The group was lovely and Stuart was a great leader.” – Frank Lloyd Wright: Los Angeles to New York, October 2017.

Getting there We recommend Qantas and United, who have daily flights to Los Angeles and from Chicago. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary Days 1–3: 20th-century “starchitects”, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Neutra, Meier and Gehry. Days 4–5: The marriage of modernism with desert landscape, at Palm Springs’ Albert Frey House and Architecture and Design Center. Days 6–9: Outside Phoenix, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, beloved winter home and architectural laboratory. In Columbus, Indiana – the “Athens on the Prairie” – Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier. Days 10–13: Mies van der Rohe at Farnsworth House and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago’s outstanding Art Institute, architectural river cruise.

USA

Chicago (3) Columbus (2)

Los Angeles (3)

Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

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Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago to Fallingwater

$8,970 pp, twin share $1,640 single supplement

October 27 – November 7, 2018

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• The career of Frank Lloyd Wright, from Louis Sullivan’s draughtsman to America’s greatest architect • The development of mid-century modernism in American architecture • Wright’s transformation of the American home, from the inspiration of the Midwest prairie landscape to his Japanese-influenced aesthetic • The innovative use of modern materials and the place of tradition in American architectural history • The emergence of the USA as a global economic and cultural force of the 20th century

Overview Follow the Frank Lloyd Wright trail and discover the life and architecture of the greatest American architect. This 12-day tour takes in over 15 of Wright’s most acclaimed buildings. It traces his development from his beginnings in Chicago and his Prairie style homes, to his tragic yet inspirational home in Spring Green, Wisconsin, the Darwin Martin complex in Buffalo, and Fallingwater, the most perfect embodiment of his architectural principles. The tour features private guided visits to homes and major galleries, a day trip to Niagara Falls, and places Wright in the context of modern America’s fascinating history and culture.

Your tour leader

Key sites visited

Dr Matthew Laing “I really enjoyed the Frank Lloyd Wright tour – fantastic architecture, good company, accommodation and excellent tour leader.” Frank Lloyd Wright: Chicago to New York, May 2017.

Visits to over 15 of Wright’s greatest buildings: > Private interior visit to Fallingwater, Wright’s most famous work > Robie House, Wright’s Prairie style home > Taliesin, Wright’s home for over 40 years and the scene of tragedy and triumph > Kentuck Knob, one of Wright’s later works > S.C. Johnson Wax Administration Building, whose ‘Great Work Room’ is often described as the most beautiful room in America > Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park > Unity Temple, a concrete place of worship > Darwin Martin complex, Buffalo > Jacobs House 1, the first Usonian home

Getting there We recommend Qantas and United who have daily flights to Chicago and from Pittsburgh. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Connect this tour with Modern Architecture: Los Angeles to Chicago on page 59

Itinerary Canada

Buffalo (2) Madison (2)

Milwaukee (1)

Chicago (4)

Pittsburgh (2)

USA

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Days 1–4: In Chicago, visit Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Wright’s Home and Studio, Robie House and Farnsworth House. Day 5: Coach to Milwaukee to see Johnson Wax Administration Building, Research Tower, Wingspread and the late work, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Days 6–7: Continue to Madison for a full estate tour of Taliesin and to visit the first Usonian home, Jacobs House I. Days 8–9: Fly to Buffalo to view the Darwin Martin House, Graycliff and to tour Niagara Falls. Days 10–12: Coach to Pittsburgh to see iconic Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Thanksgiving in New York

Music, theatre, art & food

$9,950 pp, twin share $2,930 single supplement

November 18-30, 2018

Enjoy • New York in the Fall, from seasonal food to leaves turning gold in Central Park and a unique atmosphere • Stellar new-season performances at premier venues, including stage drama, musicals, opera and symphony • The distinctive modern history of art and architecture in New York, the metropolis par excellence • Historic holidays: special Thanksgiving events, with North America’s most important annual festivities • Newly-opened exhibitions at world-class galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA

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Overview Enjoy Thanksgiving in the Big Apple and take in a host of other events on this 13-day tour. As well as the regular offerings on our New York performing arts tours – opera, symphony and private visits to galleries such as MoMA – we’ve included seasonal events, such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade, a traditional Thanksgiving lunch and the legendary lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This tour also coincides with Black Friday sales and Fall season performances. Accommodation is in spacious premium-plus rooms in the perfectly located Warwick Hotel on 54th Street.

Highlight and itinerary Performances Eight performances to be selected from the 2018-2019 season, including: > A production from the world-leading Metropolitan Opera > The critically-acclaimed hit Broadway musical Hamilton > Performances at Carnegie Hall and at the Lincoln Center > Two Broadway stage dramas > An evening at Jazz at the Lincoln Center Theatre > The Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular Special Events > The Thanksgiving Day Parade and a traditional Thanksgiving lunch > The lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the highlight of the city’s annual Christmas decorations > Black Friday sales Fine Dining > Lunches at the Morgan Library and Guggenheim Museum dining rooms > Lunch at the Michelin two-star restaurant The Modern, inside MoMA > Degustation dinner at the Michelin threestar restaurant Eleven Madison Park Art

Art, Architecture and History > A private out-of-hours viewing of MoMA with a museum lecturer > Charming small galleries, including the Frick Collection and the Neue Museum > Private guided tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art in Chelsea > Architectural walking tours of Midtown art deco, Brooklyn Heights and the High Line

Your tour leader Dr Matthew Laing “I loved the trip. Matthew was most informative, helpful and had a delightful sense of humour.” – Thanksgiving in New York, November 2017.

Getting there Qantas and United Airlines fly regularly to the East Coast. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

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Cuba

By land & sea $12,975 pp, twin share $4,700 single supplement

March 1-17, 2019

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Overview Explore Cuba by land and sea on this 17-day tour. From the cane fields and rum that fuel salsa dancing to beautiful bays and beaches and magnificent colonial architecture, Cuba enthrals with its exuberant culture. Yet this island nation has long struggled to find its place in the world. Its complex history – from invasion, colonial slavery and genocide to populist revolution and a difficult relationship with its superpower neighbour – has not helped. But nor has this detracted from the indomitable spirit of the Cuban people themselves, who have kept their country alive through sheer ingenuity.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Stephen Wilkinson Dr Stephen Wilkinson returns to our program for Cuba in 2019. Stephen has just been appointed chair of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba.

> Old and new Havana: from Hemingway’s haunts to cruising the streets in classic cars from a bygone era > Touring by land and sea, with seven nights onboard the high-tech 68-metre yacht, Variety Voyager > Skillful torcedores at work, hand rolling the best cigars in the world > National heroes, from José Martí to Fidel Castro, and their tombs at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery > Lush Sugar Mill Valley and the colourful Spanish settlement of Trinidad > Cienfuegos, the ‘pearl of the south’: classic cars and colonial architecture

Getting there Please contact our consultants regarding flight information to Havana, for competitive quotes and bookings.

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• A melting pot of Afro-Caribbean cultures, in Cuban music, literature, architecture and politics • Colonial architecture, from the French to Spanish missionaries • The intriguing political history of this controversial island nation, including the Bay of Pigs, scene of the 1961 US invasion • Cigars and rum, from colonial estates of sugar cane and tobacco, and resilient thrift of Cuba’s urban farms • The evocative and inescapable rhythms of the Salsa and the lilting strings of son musicians

Variety Voyager Built in 2012, the 68-metre, state of the art yacht, Variety Voyager seduces her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, offering unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited. Inside, the 36 cabins feature warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft toned wood panelling. The professional crew of 32 are always on hand with a smile.

Itinerary CUBA Havana (5)

María la Gorda Isla de la Juventud

Cienfuegos (1) Trinidad 7

Camaguey (1)

Variety Voyager Santiago de Cuba (2)

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Days 1–3: Explore Havana, including the National Art Gallery and Museum of the Revolution. Days 4–5: In Santiago de Cuba, visit San Pedro de la Roca and Santa Ifigenia cemetery. Day 6: Travel to Camaguey, town of the tinajón clay pots, via iconic El Cobre Basilica. Day 7: Visit Trinidad’s Manaca Iznaga slave tower and continue to Cienfuegos. Days 8–14: Board Variety Voyager, sail to Trinidad and Isla de la Juventud. Visit María La Gorda, surrounded by national park. Sail to Havana, dock for two nights at Sierra Maestra Port. Days 15–17: Disembark in Havana before departure. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


New York

Art, Architecture, History & Theatre $10,350 pp, twin share $2,930 single supplement

March 19-31, 2019

Experience • New York’s dramatic history, from colonial outpost to global metropolis • Outstanding performances: opera, orchestral concerts, plays and a musical • A breathtaking array of visual arts, ranging from European Old Masters to 20th-century classics and the cuttingedge contemporary scene • New York’s marvellous architectural heritage, with a focus on Art Deco, modern and contemporary • New York’s neighbourhoods: a city of villages with celebrated local histories • New York’s food scene, from historic venues to top establishments

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Overview Wake up in the city that never sleeps – 12 times! This residential tour to New York combines a carefully-selected range of performances – from jazz to Broadway, orchestral music and opera – with private visits to a selection of the city’s best museums and galleries, and dining in some of its finest restaurants. It also explores the fascinating history and architecture of the city through walking tours of its renowned neighbourhoods: Brooklyn, Soho, Chelsea, Downtown, the Upper East Side and Central Park. Accommodation is in spacious premier-plus rooms at the Warwick Hotel, perfect for attending theatres and visiting galleries.

Highlights and itinerary

Connect this tour with Paris: Art, Music, History & Food on page 32

Performances > Tosca, in production by the world-leading Metropolitan Opera directed by Carlo Rizzi > The Broadway smash-hit Hamilton, based on the life of Alexander Hamilton > New York Philharmonic Orchestra performing Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 > Mozart virtuoso Mitsuko Uchida, leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall > Some of the best jazz in the city at Jazz at the Lincoln Fine Art and Dining > A private out-of-hours viewing of the MoMA with a museum lecturer > Charming small galleries, including the Frick Collection and the Neue Museum > The encyclopaedic Metropolitan Museum of Art, including its exquisite medieval wing The Cloisters > Lunch at the Michelin two-star restaurant The Modern, inside MoMA > Dinner the New York fine dining institution the Grammercy Tavern

Architecture and History > Architectural walking tours of Midtown’s Art Deco and Park Avenue modernism > New York’s fascinating history of immigration, from Ellis Island to the Lower East Side > Brownstone streetscapes, fantastic museums and diverse history in Brooklyn > Exploring Downtown, from New Amsterdam to the modern Financial District

Your tour leader Dr Matthew Laing “Matthew was superb at pacing the week, ever cheerful, knowledgeable and infectiously enthusiastic. Loved his dry sense of humour.” – New York: music, theatre & art, January 2017.

Getting there Qantas and United Airlines fly regularly to the East Coast. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

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North East USA

Chicago, PitTsburgh, Washington & New York $10,860 pp, twin share $3,290 single supplement

April 2-18, 2019

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• Key moments in American history, from the Dutch in New Amsterdam, to American democracy in Washington and the Civil War at Gettysburg • Some of the world’s finest art museums, with staggering collections of Old Masters and ground-breaking modern art • The breathtaking architectural legacy of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright • World-class performances at America’s best cultural institutions, including opera, symphony and the stage • An inside view of American politics and government in Washington DC

Overview The cities of North East USA were the driving force behind America’s transformation into a global economic and cultural powerhouse. The wealth and idealism of their movers and shakers – some of the great philanthropists of the 20th century – have left an astounding legacy, from great museums, to gems of modern architecture and some of the world’s leading performing arts institutions. Explore Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and New York on this 17-day tour, visiting their great museums and historic sites, enjoying performances and taking day trips to Gettysburg, Charlottesville and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

Your tour leader

Highlights

Dr Matthew Laing “Matthew was a wonderful guide.” – North East USA: Boston, Washington and New York, April 2016.

Getting there Qantas and United Airlines fly regularly to the North East. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Itinerary

Canada

Pittsburgh (2)

Chicago (4)

New York (5)

Fallingwater Gettysburg (1) Washington (4)

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> The world-famous Art Institute of Chicago, and Metropolitan Museum of Art > Five days in the Big Apple, taking in its finest art and performances > The National Mall in Washington, including the Smithsonian and Lincoln Memorial > Thomas Jefferson’s World Heritage-listed Monticello and the University of Virginia > The incredible Chicago cityscape and architectural tours of the city > Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces: from Fallingwater to the Oak Park Home and Studio > Stellar performances at premier venues, in New York, Washington and Chicago

Days 1–4: Arrive in Chicago. Explore the birth of the skyscraper and the Art Institute. Days 5–6: In Pittsburgh, discover the industrial powerhouse of America and Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater. Day 7: Survey Gettysburg, spending a day exploring the turning point of the Civil War and fascinating Amish country. Days 8–12: In Washington DC, discover iconic monuments to democracy, an excursion to Monticello and colonial America in Philadelphia. Days 13–17: Five days in New York City, taking in some of America’s finest museums, performances, architecture and dining. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Chile & Peru

empires of the inca $13,650 pp, twin share $2,825 single supplement

May 4-25, 2019

Discover • Incan and pre-Incan civilisations, from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to Cusco in Peru • South America’s archaeology, from the ancient mummies of the dry Atacama Desert to those frozen in Andean ice • The Spanish legacy in churches, monasteries and town squares • Diverse landscapes and their impact on human history: high deserts and soaring mountains, the world’s deepest canyon and highest navigable lake, Titicaca • Contemporary life in vibrant capitals, in Santiago and Lima

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Overview Get to know the extraordinary lost civilisation of the Inca and how they made the most of the extraordinary landscapes of South America. This 22-day tour explores the empire from its southern periphery beyond the Atacama Desert to its inner sanctum in Cusco and Machu Picchu, high in the Peruvian Andes. Throughout the journey, we tour fascinating archaeological sites, museums, temples and towns to explore the many cultures that inhabited the area before and with the Inca. Visits to thermal springs, mountain lakes, passes and canyons bring to life the remarkable natural history of the region.

Highlights

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> Ascend the glorious mountain estate of Machu Picchu > Atacama’s dramatic desert and saltpans > Outstanding sites and museums in Arica, “city of the eternal spring” > Soaking in the thermal hot springs after journeying deep into the Colca Canyon > Unique traditional cultures on Lake Titicaca’s floating islands > The spectacular mountain pass from Altiplano via Umayo River Valley to Cusco > Amazing Incan sites and sun temples of the Sacred Valley: Coricancha, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo

Dr Chris Carter “Chris was a fantastic tour leader. Always pleasant, very knowledgeable and funny – just a delight!” – Chile, Argentina & Peru – September 2017

Getting there Qantas and LATAM Airlines have flights into and out of Santiago. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–2: Take a walking tour of Santiago. Days 3–5: Fly to San Pedro to visit pre-Incan sites, salt lakes and the high Andes. Days 6–8: Drive across the Atacama, visit Arica’s archaeological sites and the Chinchorro mummies. Days 9–11: Fly to Arequipa; visit a monastery and the Colca Canyon at Chivay. Days 12–13: Explore Incan ruins and Lake Titicaca. Days 14–15: In Cusco, visit an Incan sun temple, storehouse and citadel. Days 16–19: Discover the Sacred Valley’s markets, churches and Incan ruins, including Machu Picchu. Days 20–22: Explore Lima before departing for home. Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

Lima (2)

Peru

Machu Picchu (1) Sacred Valley (2) Cusco (3) Chivay (2) Puno (2) Arequipa (1) Arica (2) Iquique (1) Atacama (3)

CHILLI

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LA, San Fran & Chicago

Australian Book Review in the USA $8,650 pp, twin share $1,950 single supplement

May 30 – June 11, 2019

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• The genius of American literature, its innovations and iconic urban settings • World-class art collections, from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Getty Center in Los Angeles • The greats of modern and contemporary architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, Mario Botta, Frank Gehry • The legacy of American philanthropy, from Henry Huntington’s multiple Gutenberg Bibles to Eli Broad’s new multimillion-dollar art museum in LA • American excellence, in selected musical and theatre performances

Overview Australian Book Review – one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines – is partnering with Academy Travel for its fourth international tour. This new 13-day tour to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago combines visits to some of America’s finest art museums with specialist collections, such as the Huntington Library, modern architectural masterpieces, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, and great musical performances in each city. A special literary focus runs throughout the tour, with ABR cultural event in Los Angeles, and readings and talks exploring the literary traditions of these great cities.

Your tour leaders

Highlights

Peter Rose and Christopher Menz. Peter Rose is one of Australia’s leading literary figures. He is joined by seasoned Academy Travel tour leader Christopher Menz for this tour with ABR. “Our tour leader Christopher Menz was excellent, his expertise in art galleries was invaluable, he went out of his way to show us galleries in the free time.” – Alps to the Rhine, April 2017.

> Encyclopedic art collections, from Old Masters at the Art Institute of Chicago to SFMOMA’s modern icons > Extraordinary private endowments: the Huntington Library, Broad and Norton Simon Museum > Fine performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and San Francisco Opera > A performance at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre > Architectural gems: Wright’s Home and Studio, LA’s opulent Biltmore Hotel and Arts and Crafts at Pasadena’s Gamble House > Special ABR event in LA

Getting there Qantas and United fly daily from Australia to the USA. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary USA

San Francisco (3) Los Angeles (5)

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Chicago (4)

Days 1–5: Explore LA’s art collections at the Getty Center, Norton Simon Museum, LACMA and the innovative Broad. Admire the Huntington Library’s literary treasures; attend an ABR event and performance at Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall. Days 6–8: In San Francisco, enjoy Carmen; appreciate the art of the Americas and European masters at the de Young and Legion of Honor. Admire 20th-century American art at SFMOMA. Days 9–13: In Chicago, survey an extraordinary architectural heritage, from Wright’s Home and Studio to contemporary skyscrapers. Explore the vast Art Institute; enjoy performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Steppenwolf Theatre. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Tours to Africa & The Middle East Academy Travel’s tours to Africa and the Middle East have a strong focus on ancient history and archaeology. Many tours are led by experienced archaeologists, several of whom have worked on sites in the region. Our small-group cultural tours to Iran are currently our most popular to the Middle East, with two departures each year. We also offer in-depth tours to select destinations in North Africa, including Morocco, Egypt and Ethiopia.


Ethiopia’s Classical Highlights

$8,435 pp, twin share $1,180 single supplement

September 13-27, 2018

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• Centuries of tradition and belief, evident in Ethiopia’s many beautifully decorated churches • The legend of the Queen of Sheba and her son Menelik, first Solomonic emperor of Ethiopia • The cradle of mankind in abundant archaeological finds, including the famous skeleton of ‘Lucy’ • The Kingdom of Axum and the history of trade in the Roman Empire • A culturally-rich nation: a strong, stable population with over 80 different ethnic groups and languages

Overview From the Queen of Sheba to Emperor Haile Selassie in the 20th century, Ethiopia has carved out for itself a unique identity among African nations. This itinerary uncovers the remarkable history and culture of Ethiopia, from the archaeological discoveries that illuminate our prehistory, to the civilisations whose sophistication were renowned throughout the world, to its cultural diversity today. The tour travels from Addis Ababa to Lake Tana, Gondar, the ancient capital of Axum and the spectacular rock-cut churches of Lalibela, and enjoys the best of this beautiful country from its plains, to its lakes and mountains.

Your tour leaders

Highlights

Chris Bradley “This is the second tour I have done with Chris Bradley and I find, like the first tour, he is very knowledgeable, informative, attentive and enthusiastic.” – Iran: Ancient Persia and the Silk Road, October 2017.

> Paleoanthropology in Addis Ababa’s National Museum and Haile Selassie’s resting place in Holy Trinity Cathedral > Cruise Lake Tana to the beautifully decorated churches of the Zege Peninsula > Restored 17th-century castles and palaces at Gondar’s magnificent Royal Enclosure > Axum’s 2000-year-old carved stele, the Queen of Sheba’s palace and the legendary location of the Ark of the Covenant > The scenic and remote Simien Mountains, spotting the gelada baboons > The extraordinary undertaking of Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches, including the lessvisited Western Group

Getting there Emirates has daily flights to and from Addis Ababa. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Axum (3)

Simien Mountains (1) Gondar (2) Bahar Dar (2)

Lalibela (3)

Addis Ababa (3)

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Days 1–2: Arrive in Addis Ababa and visit the National Museum and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Days 3–4: Fly to Bahar Dar, take a boat ride to the Zege Peninsula’s decorated monasteries and visit the source of the Blue Nile. Days 5–6: Drive to Gondar and explore the Royal Enclosure. Day 7: Overnight in the Simien Mountains. Days 8–10: Drive to Axum, visit the Stelae Park, Queen of Sheba’s palace and the Adwa markets. Days 11–13: Fly to Lalibela and explore its unique rock-hewn churches, including the Western Group. Days 14–15: Fly to Addis Ababa to overnight, before departure. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Iran in Depth $12,985 pp, twin share $2,140 single supplement

October 9-31, 2018

Discover • Ancient Persia: excellent archaeological sites and an enduring legacy in world history • Islamic Persia: stunning Safavid mosques, the palaces of shahs and a culture of learning • Northern Iran, from the world carpetweaving capital, Tabriz, to the cliff dwellings of Kandovan • The Silk Road, along which Eastern and Western cultures have exchanged goods and ideas for thousands of years • A remarkably friendly, cultured and open population, eager to engage with the world outside Iran

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Overview Travel through the marvellous mountain and desert landscapes of Persia and visit some of the most remarkable monuments in the ancient and Islamic worlds. This 23-day tour explores the art and history of Iran, from Tabriz and Tehran in the north, to Isfahan and Shiraz. The tour visits ancient Achaemenid palaces and royal tombs, mysterious Sasanian fire temples, and enchanting mud-brick cities on the desert fringes, and explores Islamic Iran through its fabled Persian cities with their enchanting gardens, caravanserais, bazaars and stunning mosques. Throughout we encounter the unsurpassed friendliness and hospitality of the Iranian people.

Highlights

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> Tehran’s wonderful museums and palaces including the Golestan Palace complex > Tabriz’s Ottoman-influenced turquoise mosque and Grand Bazaar > The Caspian Sea and northern Iran > Sasanian watchtowers, palaces and fire temples at Takht-e Soleiman > Wandering through the gardens of Shiraz, where Persia’s poets are celebrated > Classical sites of Persepolis and Pasargadae > Evocative Zoroastrian and medieval sites in the desert city of Yazd > UNESCO World Heritage-listed Isfahan, centre of the ‘renaissance’ Safavid period

Dr John Tidmarsh “John Tidmarsh and our Iranian guide, and the wonderful bus driver, were a team who worked exceptionally well together to ensure everything ran smoothly and that we were given every opportunity to experience this wonderful country.” – Iran, April 2017.

Itinerary

Getting there Emirates and Qatar have daily flights to Tehran. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement Tabriz (3)

Days 1–3: Explore Tehran’s palaces and museums. Days 4–7: Drive to the Caspian Sea, then to Tabriz to visit the Blue Mosque, Azerbaijan Museum and the troglodyte village of Kandovan. Days 8–9: Travel to Zanjan and examine the Sasanian ruins of Takht-e Soleiman. Days 10–14: Investigate Bishapur, Persepolis and Firuzabad from Shiraz. Days 15–17: In Yazd, visit Pasargadae and the Zoroastrian fire temples. Days 18–21: Visit the Maidan and Chetel Sotun palaces and the Armenian Quarter in Isfahan. Days 22–23: Return to Tehran via the merchant houses and water gardens of Kashan. Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

Astara (1)

CASPIAN SEA

Zanjan (2) Tehran (4)

Kashan

IRAN

Isfahan (4) Yazd (3)

Shiraz (5)

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Essential Iran November 10-27, 2018 April 20 – May 7, 2019

$11,295 pp, twin share $1,850 single supplement

Experience

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• The power of ancient Persia, seen through its magnificent remains • The diverse landscapes, cultures and peoples which make up modern Iran • The art and architecture of Islamic Iran, in the spectacular cities of Shiraz and Isfahan • Renaissance Iran, from enchanting Persian gardens to Sufi poetry • Bustling bazaars, where ancient traditions live on in the arts, crafts and exotic spices on sale • A remarkably friendly, cultured and inquisitive population, eager to engage with the world outside Iran

Overview Iran has flourished on the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilisations for thousands of years, and its great past is ever-present, from its ancient Achaemenid palaces and royal tombs to its Sasanian fire temples and fabled cities, with their enchanting gardens, caravanserais, bazaars and stunning Safavid-era mosques. Explore the awe-inspiring art, architecture and history of Iran on this 18-day tour, and see how this country’s ancient traditions live on in their arts, crafts and customs, especially in the friendliness and hospitality of the Iranian people, which leave many people longing to return.

Your tour leaders

Highlights

Dr John Tidmarsh “John did a very good job as leader. He ensured that all went according to plan. He was patient and always easy-going and welcoming to each person on the trip. His knowledge of the archaeology of the Middle East was excellent. It enhanced our appreciation of the trip through Iran.” – Essential Iran, April 2017.

> Tehran’s wonderful museums and palaces, including the Crown Jewels Museum and Golestan Palace complex > The imposing Mausoleum of Oljeitu and the Sasanian watch towers, palaces and fire temples at Takht-e Soleiman > Wandering through the gardens of Shiraz, where Persia’s poets are celebrated > Great classical sites at Persepolis, Pasargadae and Firuzabad > Travel to the desert city of Yazd, with its evocative Zoroastrian towers of silence and medieval sites > Stay in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Isfahan, centre of the Safavid period

Getting there Emirates and Qatar airlines have daily flights from Australia to Tehran. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Zanjan (2) Tehran (4) Hamadan (2)

Kashan

IRAN Isfahan (3) Yazd (2)

Persepolis (1) Shiraz (3)

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Days 1–3: Explore Tehran’s palaces and museums, including the collections at the National Museum. Days 4–5: Drive to Zanjan via Qazvin, and examine the Sasanian ruins of Takht-e Soleiman. Days 6–7: Continue to Hamadan, visit the Mausoleum of Oljeitu and ancient Ecbatana. Days 8–10: Fly to Shiraz, admire its gardens and investigate Firuzabad. Day 11: See the great city of Persepolis. Days 12–13: Travel to Yazd, visiting Pasargadae and the Zoroastrian fire temples. Days 14–16: Enjoy the Maidan, mosques, palaces and Armenian Quarter of Isfahan. Days 17–18: Return to Tehran via Kashan. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Egypt

From the Great Pyramid to Abu Simbel $8.975 pp, twin share $1,325 single supplement

January 17 – February 3, 2019

Discover • The 4000-year-old history of one of the world’s most iconic civilisations • The intriguing world of the pharaohs: mummies, funerary rituals and mysterious tombs • The daily lives of ordinary people revealed at rarely visited non-royal tombs • The life-giving waters of the Nile in myth and history • Incredible feats of engineering undertaken by the ancients, which remain difficult to explain today • The history of archaeology, from tomb-robbing to Napoleon, Carter and modern science

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Overview Explore 4000 years of history in the land of pharaohs, rock-cut tombs, pyramids and magnificent temples. This 18-day tour travels the full length of the Nile Valley visiting aweinspiring sites from one of the world’s most iconic civilisations, such as the pyramids of Giza, the great museums of Cairo, the Temple of Karnak and Luxor. The tour also takes in some rarely-visited sites, including a tour of the active excavations at Middle Kingdom Amarna – Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s capital – and cruises up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan visiting the temples of Upper Egypt.

Highlights

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> Explore Old Kingdom sites and New Kingdom tombs at Saqqara, including the Step Pyramid of Djoser > Admire Giza’s iconic Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and Solar Boat Museum > Experience Middle Kingdom sites in Amarna, rarely visited by tourists, with visits to working archaeological sites > Visit Luxor’s museums and the Valley of the Kings and Nobles, the Luxor Museum and Karnak Temple > Cruising the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, stopping at temples and sites along the journey > Marvel at the Ramses II Temple at Abu Simbel

Lucia Gahlin “My recommendation is… do not let Lucia out of your sight… she is excellent in every way. Incredibly knowledgeable, a beautiful personality and a wonderful speaking voice.” – Egypt, January 2018.

Getting there Emirates and Etihad have daily flights from Australia to Cairo. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Itinerary Days 1–4: Arrive Cairo and explore the museums, pyramids and tombs at Saqqara and Giza. Days 5–7: Drive to Minya and see Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan, Amarna and Abydos. Days 8–11: Travel to Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Ramesseum. Days 12–14: Visit Karnak Temple and the Luxor Museum. Cruise up the Nile, stopping at Luxor Temple, Edfu and Kom Ombo. Days 15–16: Arrive in Aswan and visit the Temple of Philae, Aswan Dam and Elephantine Island. Days 17–18: Fly to Abu Simbel and on to Cairo for departure. Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

Cairo (5)

El Minya (2)

Abydos (1) Luxor (4) 3

Egypt

Aswan (2) Abu Simbel

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Morocco

The grand tour $8,975 pp, twin share $2,180 single supplement

April 24 – May 12, 2019

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• The legacy of the Roman Empire at Volubilis and Sala Colonia • An extraordinary range of sites, from Roman ruins to medieval fortifications and Islamic kasbahs • A crucible for Islamic influence in the region, for more than a millennium • Exotic frontiers of the Western imagination: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes • A fascinating convergence of Moorish and European influence, • Human effort and the historical place of Morocco’s exceptional landscapes: the Atlantic coastline, Atlas Mountains and palmeries of the Drâa Valley

Overview Morocco’s exotic culture and stunning landscapes have attracted travellers for centuries. Beyond the kasbahs, however, lies a fascinating history of successive European, African and Arabic empires, each of which has left traces of their love of this corner of Africa. This comprehensive 19-day tour travels from colonial Casablanca and the Mediterranean coast to the Islamic architecture and Berber towns of the interior. Experience Morocco’s rich history and cosmopolitan culture, from the ruins of Roman Volubilis, to the medinas of Rabat and Fes, the gardens and souks of Marrakesh and the oases of the Drâa Valley.

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Highlights

Sue Rollin “As always, Sue was highly professional, knowledgeable and informative while she and Stuart together were extremely well organised and helpful in every way.” – Morocco and Southern Spain, Oct 2017.

> The European gateway of Tangier, a unique melting pot straddling the Atlantic and Mediterranean > Fes’ narrow alleys and colourful souks, its walled medina suspended in time > The impressive ruins of Volubilis > Sensory overload in Marrakesh’s bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa, crowded with colourful water-sellers and performers > Stunning scenery, from the sublime Atlas mountains to picturesque valleys dotted with kasbahs and lush palmeries > Essaouira and the Atlantic: freshly caught seafood by the pretty harbour, local crafts in the medina

Getting there Emirates has daily flights to and from Casablanca. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Fitness requirement

Connect this tour with Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan on page 57

Itinerary Tangier (2) Chefchaouen (1)

Casablanca (1)

Fes (3)

Rabat (2)

Ifrane (1)

Essaouira (2)

Marrakesh (3) Ouarzazate (2)

Taroudant (1)

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Days 1–2: Arrive Casablanca, travel to Rabat. Roman Chellah, Mohammed V’s Mausoleum and the kasbah. Days 3–5: Ancient Lixus; tour Tangier; traverse the Rif Mountains to colourful Chefchaouen. Days 6–9: Fes’ Batha Museum, el Bali medina and Roman Volubilis. Admire Middle Atlas forests before arrival in alpine Ifrane. Days 10–12: Marrakesh’s tombs, palaces and madrassas. Visit the Jardin Majorelle. Days 13–15: Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate. The lush Drâa Valley and fortified Taroudant. Days 16–17: Survey the Atlantic from Essaouira. Days 18–19: Explore Casablanca’s grand Mosque. Maximum 20 in a group I Carefully planned itineraries I Expert tour leaders


Upcoming tour program July – December, 2019

ITALY

Europe

Music & Theatre

Venice Biennale & Film Festival

Greenland & The Faroe Islands

Paris to Madrid: a musical adventure

August 2019. Tour leader: Dr Nick Gordon

July 2019. Tour leader: Dr Matthew Laing

October 2019. Tour leader: Robert Gay

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Yorkshire to the Lake District: gardens of a passionate mind

Musical Grand Tour of Italy

September 2019. Tour leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

Puglia to Pompeii: Classical Southern Italy

July 2019. Tour leader: Michael Turner

Siberia & the Russian Far East

October 2019. Tour leader: Dr Estelle Lazer

August 2019. Tour leader: Dr Matthew Dal Santo

Florence & the Italian Renaissance

Stockholm to St Petersburg: a Baltic journey

November 2019. Tour leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

October 2019. Tour leader: Royna McNamara

August 2019. Tour leader: Robert Veel

Moscow & St Petersburg September 2019. Tour leader: Dr Matthew Dal Santo

Istanbul: study tour September 2019. Tour leader: Dr Jennifer Lawless

Art Along the Rhine

The Americas Mexico & The Day of the Dead October 2019. Tour leader: Chloe Sayer

New England & French Canada October 2019. Tour leader: Dr Matthew Laing

Australia & Asia

September 2019. Tour leader: Dr Nick Gordon

Western China: on the Silk Road

Sardinia & Corsica: from the Stone Age to Napoleon

November 2019. Tour leader: Chris Carter

October 2019. Tour leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

Thanksgiving in New York

September 2019. Tour leader: Ben Churcher

Brisbane Festival & Tweed Valley September 2019.

Adelaide & Surrounds November 2019. Tour leader: Christopher Menz

Melbourne: private homes & art collections November 2019.

Japan Unmasked: art, history & culture November 2019.

Tasmania: history, art & landscape December 2019.

Grand Tour of Spain: Barcelona to Madrid

Central America

November 2019. Tour leader: Dr Matthew Laing

October 2019. Tour leader: Dr Jeni Ryde

Portugal October 2019. Tour leader: Dr Jeni Ryde

Vienna to Venice October 2019. Tour leader: Dr Nick Gordon

Warsaw to Berlin: from the Prussian World to Modernity October 2019. Tour leader: Thomas Abbott

Greece: by land and sea November 2019. Tour leader: Dr John Tidmarsh

Africa & the Middle East Egypt: from the Great Pyramid to Abu Simbel September 2019. Tour leader: Lucia Gahlin

Iran in depth October 2019. Tour leader: Dr John Tidmarsh

Ancient Persia & the Silk Road October 2019. Tour leader: Chris Bradley Web: academytravel.com.au I Call: 9235 0023 (1800 639 699 outside Sydney) I Email: info@academytravel.com.au

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Jun 6, 2018

Europe

The Gardens of Southern England

Michael Turner

Grade Two

22

Jul 2, 2018

Europe

Paris: Study Tour

Dr Michael Adcock

Grade Three

23

Sep 2, 2018

Europe

Switzerland to Rome

Dr Nick Gordon

Grade Two

24

Sep 7, 2018

Italy

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Dr Estelle Lazer

Grade Two

11

Sep 13, 2018

Africa & Middle East

Ethiopia’s Classical Highlights

Christopher Bradley

Grade Two

68

Sep 17, 2018

Europe

Prague, Budapest & Vienna

Christopher Menz

Grade Two

25

Sep 21, 2018

Europe

Moscow & St Petersburg

Dr Matthew Dal Santo

Grade Two

26

Sep 21, 2018

Europe

Sardinia & Corsica

Robert Veel

Grade Three

27

Sep 22, 2018

Italy

Florence & the Italian Renaissance

Dr Nick Gordon

Grade Two

12

Sep 22, 2018

Italy

Malta to Venice: Aboard Sea Cloud II

Dr Kathleen Olive

Grade Two

13

Sep 23, 2018

Europe

Grand Tour of Spain

Dr Jeni Ryde

Grade Two

28

Oct 9, 2018

Music & Theatre

Chicago to New York

Robert Gay

Grade Two

40

Oct 9, 2018

Africa & Middle East

Iran in Depth

Dr John Tidmarsh

Grade Two

69

Oct 10, 2018

Italy

Venice

Dr Kathleen Olive

Grade One

14

Oct 11, 2018

Europe

Portugal

Dr Jeni Ryde

Grade Three

29

Oct 14, 2018

The Americas

Modern Architecture: Los Angeles to Chicago Stuart Barrie

Grade Three

59

Oct 18, 2018

Italy

Puglia to Pompeii

Dr Estelle Lazer

Grade Two

15

Oct 23, 2018

Australia & Asia

Mungo, Broken Hill & Beyond

Dr Chris Carter

Grade Three

49

Oct 25, 2018

Australia & Asia

From the Yarra Valley to Bendigo

Dr Nick Gordon

Grade One

50

Oct 27, 2018

The Americas

Frank Lloyd Wright: Chicago to Fallingwater

Dr Matthew Laing

Grade Three

60

Nov 10, 2018

Africa & Middle East

Essential Iran

Dr John Tidmarsh

Grade Two

70

Nov 16, 2018

Australia & Asia

Japan Unmasked

Dr Kathleen Olive

Grade Two

51

Nov 18, 2018

The Americas

Thanksgiving in New York

Dr Matthew Laing

Grade One

61

Nov 19, 2018

Australia & Asia

Adelaide & Surrounds

Christopher Menz

Grade One

52

Jan 6, 2019

Europe

Winter in Moscow & St Petersburg

Michael Carr

Grade Two

30

Jan 7, 2019

Italy

Art Cities of Tuscany

Dr Kathleen Olive

Grade Two

16

Jan 9, 2019

Music & Theatre

Opera in New York

Lindy Montgomery

Grade One

42

Jan 17, 2019

Italy

Essential Sicily

Dr Jeni Ryde

Grade Two

17

Jan 17, 2019

Music & Theatre

London & Paris

Christopher Menz

Grade One

41

Jan 17, 2019

Australia & Asia

Singapore Art Week 2019

Robert Veel

Grade One

53

Jan 17, 2019

Africa & Middle East

Egypt

Lucia Gahlin

Grade Two

71

Mar 1, 2019

The Americas

Cuba: By Land and Sea

Dr Stephen Wilkinson

Grade Two

62

Mar 14, 2019 Australia & Asia

New Zealand

Dr Kathleen Olive

Grade Two

54

Mar 19, 2019 Europe

Paris

Angus Haldane

Grade One

32

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Mar 19, 2019 The Americas

New York

Dr Matthew Laing

Grade One

63

Mar 21, 2019 Italy

Puglia to Pompeii

Dr Estelle Lazer

Grade Two

15

Mar 27, 2019 Italy

Venice

Robert Veel

Grade One

14

Mar 28, 2019 Australia & Asia

Hong Kong & Shanghai

Dr Nick Gordon

Grade One

55

Mar 29, 2019 Italy

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Gerald Deslandes

Grade Two

11

Mar 29, 2019 Europe

Sardinia & Corsica

Dr Jeni Ryde

Grade Three

27

Mar 30, 2019 Music & Theatre

Verdi and Puccini’s Italy

Robert Gay

Grade Two

43

Mar 31, 2019 Europe

Grand Tour of Spain

To be advised

Grade Two

28

Apr 2, 2019

The Americas

North East USA

Dr Matthew Laing

Grade Two

64

Apr 8, 2019

Europe

Classical & Bronze Age Greece

Dr Jennifer Lawless

Grade Two

31

Apr 12, 2019

Australia & Asia

Bhutan

Judy Tenzing

Grade Three

56

Apr 16, 2019

Italy

The City of Rome

Robert Veel

Grade One

18

Apr 19, 2019

Europe

Northern Spain & Portugal

Dr Jeni Ryde

Grade Two

33

Apr 20, 2019

Africa & Middle East

Essential Iran

Dr John Tidmarsh

Grade Two

70

Apr 24, 2019

Africa & Middle East

Morocco

Sue Rollin

Grade Two

72

Apr 25, 2019

Italy

Lakes & Villas of Northern Italy

Michael Turner

Grade Two

19

Apr 27, 2019

Music & Theatre

Wagner’s Ring Cycle in New York

Robert Gay

Grade One

44

May 2, 2019

Europe

Berlin and Beyond

Christopher Menz

Grade Two

34

May 4, 2019

The Americas

Chile & Peru

Dr Chris Carter

Grade Three

65

May 6, 2019

Music & Theatre

Berlin to Bavaria

Dr Rosamund Bartlett

Grade Two

45

May 10, 2019 Music & Theatre

Amsterdam to Bergen

Robert Gay

Grade Two

46

May 10, 2019 Australia & Asia

Japan Unmasked

Dr Kathleen Olive

Grade Two

51

May 14, 2019 Australia & Asia

Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan

Ben Churcher

Grade Two

57

May 30, 2019 The Americas

Australian Book Review in the USA

Peter Rose & Christopher Menz

Grade Two

66

May 31, 2019 Europe

High Art in the Low Countries

Dr Sophie Oosterwijk

Grade Two

35

Jun 5, 2019

Italy

The Venice Biennale

Dr Nick Gordon

Grade Two

20

Jun 5, 2019

Europe

Great Gardens of Cornwall & Devon

Michael Turner

Grade Two

38

Jun 14, 2019

Europe

Art Basel, Alsace & The Black Forest

Dr Nick Gordon

Grade Two

36

Jun 17, 2019

Europe

Scandinavia & Iceland

Dr Matthew Laing

Grade Three

37

Jul 2, 2019

Music & Theatre

Munich & Glyndebourne Opera Festivals

Robert Gay

Grade One

47

Back cover: Bronze sculpture of Fallen Icarus in front of the Temple of Concordia in the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), Agrigento, Sicily. Photo taken on our Palermo and Naples tour, January 2018.

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