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2013

Heritage Tours


We are pleased to offer you a preview of our Heritage Tours for 2013, designed exclusively for Europa Nostra members in conjunction with our long-term travel partner, Specialtours. Private Châteaux of the Pays de la Loire 7th – 12th May 2013 Staying as house guests of Comte Guy de Vanssay and his American-born wife, Marnie, at the well-restored Château de la Barre, we will enjoy the unspoilt beauty and heritage of the Pays de la Loire. During this tour only private properties will be visited. Members will have the entrée to a number of little-known châteaux, with receptions hosted by the owners, as well as visits to picturesque villages and lovely private gardens. We will meet for the first night in Paris, with a visit to Chartres Cathedral on the way to Château de la Barre the following day. Please apply early as space is limited. Europa Nostra Representative: Dr. Reina van Ditzhuyzen Tour Organiser: Mrs Susie Orso Château de Courtanvaux

Tour price: €2,685 per person / Single Supplement: €295


Houses & Gardens of Southern Ireland 9th – 15th September 2013 The handsome Georgian capital of Dublin is our starting point for a delightful tour of Irish country houses, with virtually all visits by special appointment or personal invitation. We shall assess the typically Irish qualities inherent in the decoration, furnishing and lovely landscape setting – or demesne – of a number of historic homes. Members will be received by owners for lunch on most days and occasionally for dinner. This is a unique opportunity to experience the magic and mystery of Ireland, and to witness the interesting progress in the restoration of several major houses. Europa Nostra Representative: Mrs Jeanette Scholz Tour Organiser: Mrs Harriet Landseer Powerscourt House (© Spectrumblue / Shutterstock.com)

Tour price: €1,995 per person / Single Supplement: €250

Palazzi of Rome 16th – 20th October 2013 This short break offers a private view of a number of sumptuously decorated patrician palaces of the Renaissance and the Seicento. Members will visit palaces which are rarely, if ever, open to the public and admire magnificent art collections acquired by noble Roman families, still displayed in their original setting. In addition to receptions at private homes, we will dine at an exclusive club, by special introduction. There will also be an excursion, to include lunch at a private castle. Our hotel is in the heart of Renaissance Rome, close to the Piazza Navona – the ideal location for the cognoscenti. Europa Nostra Representative: Mr Tom Henkemans Tour Organiser: Miss Frances Roxburgh Sala Grande, Palazzo Colonna

Tour price: €2,545 per person / Single Supplement: €380


For further details and a priority reservation form, please contact: 0044 (0) 20 7386 4690 or

info@specialtours.co.uk Specialtours at The Ultimate Travel Company 25 - 27 Vanston Place, London SW6 1AZ T 0044 (0) 20 7386 4690 E info@specialtours.co.uk www.specialtours.co.uk


Heritage Tours 2013