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					Art & Culture
Tailor Made Tours Exclusively for Groups
               2009/2010




           Tailored Travel
              The name says it all
                  Tailored Travel
                       The name says it all



         Art&Culture                                                                    10 reasons to book
  Tailor made group tours                                                                1. Every tour tailor made to the exact
                                                                                         requirements of your group
                         Welcome to our Art & Culture brochure                           Every single one of our tours is tailor made
                                                                                         to your exact requirements. The tours we
                         with a selection of those tours which have                      have included in this brochure are simply our
                         proved most popular with our groups and                         suggestions to give you ideas for your next
                         which we hope might provide inspiration                         group holiday. Just give us a call to tell us
                         for your next group holiday.                                    what you want and, working closely with
                                                                                         you, we’ll put together the tour that is just
 At Tailored Travel we only do group tours and every single one of                       right for you and your group.
 those is tailor made to the individual requirements of the group.
 So all of the tours in this brochure are just our suggestions to                        2. Value for Money
                                                                                         All our tours have a full programme of
 whet your appetite. Whether you choose to do one of these tours
                                                                                         included excursions and guided tours, pre-
 exactly as described, change the itinerary slightly (or                                 booked entry to places of interest and a
 completely!), change the standard of accommodation or do a                              professional tour manager or guide, leaving
 tour that we have not featured at all, we’ll tailor the tour to your                    you time to relax and enjoy the holiday with
 exact requirements.                                                                     your members.

 We have a long experience of working with groups from NADFAS,                           3. Up to 1 free place
 The National Trust, The Art Fund, U3A, the friends of various                           per 10 paying passengers
 museums and galleries and many other art and cultural groups.                           We include one free place for every 10 paying
                                                                                         passengers on all UK and European tours and
 While this brings us an insight into the destinations, itineraries                      one free per 15 for all worldwide holidays. Use
 and accommodation that have worked well for others in the past,                         this money as you like… a free place for
 you know your members and what feeds their passion for the                              yourself (you’ve earned it!), to raise revenue for
 arts. So by combining our experience and your understanding of                          your group or to spend on tour as you see fit.
 the interests and profile of your members, together we can
                                                                                         4. Every tour exclusively for your group
 ensure that your tour is exactly right for your group.                                  and your group alone
 Once we’ve put together the itinerary that is right for your group,                     Unlike other tour operators, we don’t ask
                                                                                         your group to mix together with others on
 it is just as important that we make your job as group organiser
                                                                                         your coach or join public excursions or
 as easy and as painless as possible by producing full colour                            guided tours. Your tour is exclusively for your
 personalised brochures for distribution to your members and                             group.
 handling all invoicing and balance payments from your members.
                                                                                         5. Provisional offer within 48 hours
 Basically, our aim is to make it as easy as we can for you to plan                      We will send you a full tailor made itinerary
 and put together the perfect tour for your group and then for                           and provisional costing within 48 hours of
 you and your members to enjoy a wonderful trip together. Just                           your enquiry. Once you have considered our
 let us know how we can do that and we’ll do it!                                         provisional offer and we’ve incorporated any
                                                                                         changes that you require, we’ll produce a
 We look forward to discussing your next group tour with you.                            final fully costed quote.


     REMEMBER: All the tours and itineraries in this brochure
     are simply our suggestions. To tailor make any tour in this
   brochure to the exact requirements of you and your members.
     Write to us at 102-116 Windmill Road, Croydon CR0 2XQ
       or call us on 0845 230 9966 for the cost of a local call.



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with Tailored Travel                                       Contents
                                                               ITALY                              GERMANY & AUSTRIA
 6. Free colour marketing literature
                                                           3     Tuscany & Umbria                28 The Art & History
 To help you promote the tour, we’ll produce full                                                   of Berlin & Potsdam
 colour personalised brochures with a detailed             4     The Art & Islands of Venice
                                                           5     The Art & Palaces of Bologna,   29 Art & Palaces of Vienna
 itinerary and booking form for you to distribute to
                                                                 Ferrara & Ravenna               30 Oberammergau Passion Play
 your group members.                                                                                2010 & the Art of Munich
                                                           6     4* Puglia & the Heel of Italy
 7. Hassle free booking                                    7     Classical Siciliy                SPAIN & PORTUGAL
 Whether you prefer individual members’ completed          8     The Art of Hidden Umbria
                                                                                                 31 Barcelona &
 booking forms and deposit cheques to come direct          9     Villas & Gardens of Italy          Salvador Dali’s Figueres
 to us or to be sent to you, we will tailor make our       10 The Art & Palladian Villas         32 Madrid, Segovia & Toledo
 service to suit your requirements. We can then               of Northern Italy
                                                                                                 33 Seville, the Alhambra
 invoice and collect the final balance payment from
                                                                                                    & Rhonda
 each member individually or give you one invoice              UK & IRELAND                      34 4* Lisbon Art & Cultural Tour
 to cover the whole group.
                                                           12 Liverpool Art Tour
                                                           13 Art & Gardens                       CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
 8. Friendly & knowledgeable staff
                                                              of Cornwall                        36 Palaces & Galleries
 When you call you will be speaking to someone who
 has the knowledge and experience to understand            14 History & Houses                      of St Petersburg
                                                              of Northumbria                     37 Dubrovnik & Croatia
 how group tours work and what makes them a
 success. Don’t be surprised if they offer their opinion   15 Glasgow, Edinburgh                 38 Istanbul - where
                                                              & Loch Lomond                         East meets West
 on how your suggested itinerary can be improved –
 advice which you are free to accept or reject!            16 Cardiff ’s Art & Castle            39 Krakow’s Art & History
                                                           17 History & Heritage                 40 The Art & Castles of Prague
 9. Financial security                                        of Yorkshire
              We hold an Air Travel Organisers             18 Bath, Bristol                       WORLDWIDE
              Licence (ATOL 5605) issued by the Civil         & Tyntesfield House                41 New York Art Tour
              Aviation Authority, a government body,       19 The Historic Houses
              to ensure that all bookings for holidays        & Gardens of Sussex                  We can tailor make any group
 by air are fully protected. Tours by coach are            20 Dublin’s Fair City                   tour for as few as 10 people.
 secured by a professionally administered Trust                                                     Simply for ease of reference
                                                               FRANCE                             and consistency, the suggested
 Account which retains all monies paid to us until
                                                                                                 tours in this brochure are priced
 your group returns home. Come what may your               21 The Art & Chateaux of Paris           on early season departures
 money and your holiday are perfectly secure when          22 Chateaux & Gardens                   with a minimum of 40 paying
 you book with Tailored Travel.                               of Normandy                         passengers and one free place
                                                                                                  for every 10 paying on UK and
                                                           23 Provence - in the footsteps          European tours and one per
 10. Client satisfaction                                      of Cezanne & Van Gogh                  15 on worldwide holidays.
 90% of our clients choose to book with us year after
                                                           24 Chateaux of the Loire Valley         For smaller or larger groups
 year, so we’re confident that your group will be so
                                                                                                  with more or less free places
 delighted with their holiday that you’ll choose us                                                 to your chosen destination
                                                               HOLLAND & BELGIUM
 again to experience that same excellent tailor made                                              with your preferred departure
 service that you’ve just enjoyed before, during and       25 Holland & the Dutch Masters            dates, simply call us for a
 after your tour.                                          26 4* Flemish Art Tour                       tailor made costing.




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                                                                                                                                         Duomo, Florence


                                                          Tuscany & Umbria
                                                                        6 days from £549

         Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Siena & San Gimignano
         All excursions & guided tours included                                                                    This morning we visit Siena. On arrival we see the
         Welcome dinner                                Day 1 UK to Chianciano Terme                                Campo, where the Palio horse race is run every
         Professional tour manager                     Scheduled flight to Rome where we are met by our            July and August, and the Duomo, the earliest of the
         Scheduled flights                             professional tour manager who will accompany us             great Tuscan Gothic churches and housing the
         Executive coach throughout                    throughout our tour. Transfer in our private                ‘Piccolomini Library’. A guided tour of the
         One free place per 10 paying passengers       executive coach to the excellent family run 3*              Pinacoteca Nazionale introduces us to its
                                                       Hotel Villa Ricci in Chianciano Terme in Tuscany            magnificent collection from the Sienese school. In
         Included                                      for a five night stay on bed and breakfast basis with       the afternoon we travel on to San Gimignano, a
         Pienza - guided tour                          dinner included on the first night.                         beautiful Tuscan village set in the heart of the
         Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore                                                                           Chianti wine growing region and known as the
         Assisi & Basilica of St Francis               Day 2 Pienza & Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore              ‘Small Manhattan’ due to its thirteen medieval
         Siena & Pinacoteca Nazionale                  We enjoy a guided tour of the enchanting town of            towers, where we have free time to explore at
         San Gimignano                                 Pienza today, the location for the filming of scenes        our leisure.
         Florence & the Uffizi                         from the ‘English Patient’ and birthplace of Pope
         Orvieto - guided tour                         Pius II. We then travel on to see the magnificent 41        Day 5 Florence & the Uffizi
                                                       frescoes of the Life of St Benedict at the beautiful        Our full day in Florence, the Renaissance art capital
         Optional                                      Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore where we have a             of the world, begins with a pre-booked entry into
         Dinners at Palazzo Bandino & Palazzo          guided tour by one of the local monks (voluntary            the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s finest art
         Casagrande                                    donation). This evening you have the option of a            galleries housing Renaissance art from the 14th to
                                                       dinner of traditional Tuscan farmhouse food                 18th century and originally established by the
         Your Hotel                                    accompanied with locally grown wines at Palazzo             Medici family. In the afternoon you have time to
         We stay five nights at the excellent family   Bandino, a farmhouse located a short drive from             visit at your leisure Michelangelo’s ‘David’ at the
         run 3* Hotel Villa Ricci, located in          the hotel.                                                  Accademia, the Pittii Palace or Boboli Gardens. En
         Chianciano Terme in Tuscany. Dinner is                                                                    route home we have an optional farewell evening
         included the first night and the next four
         are on bed and breakfast basis. All rooms
                                                       Day 3 Basilica of St Francis of Assisi                      meal at the excellent Palazzo Casagrande in Figline
         are en-suite and the hotel has a bar and      We travel into the heart of the Umbrian                     Valdarno (subject to minimum numbers).
         restaurant.                                   countryside to Assisi today for a guided tour of the
         4* hotel and/or stay on half board basis      Basilica of St Francis of Assisi and its wonderful          Day 6 Orvieto
         available – call for details                  frescoes by Giotto, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti.          En route to Rome for our flight home, we stop off
                                                       We then have free time to relax in this charming            at the charming Etruscan town of Orvieto. Gaining
         Extras                                        Umbrian town. Head to the main square, the                  access into the town by cable car, our guided tour
         Single supplement £89                         Piazza del Comune, dominated by the columns of              takes in the stunning Duomo dating from the 13th
         Insurance                                     the Tempio di Minerva, or just enjoy the many side          century with its huge façade adorned with frescoes
         Entrance fees to places of interest (State    streets with their lovely views over the Umbrian            by Lorenzo Maitani. After free time for lunch we
         run museums free to over 65’s)                countryside.                                                travel on to Rome Airport for our scheduled flight
         Optional dinners                                                                                          back to the UK.
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                                                                                                                                            Venice


                                              The Art & Islands of Venice
                                                                  5 days from £659

 Featuring                                       SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                   Day 4 Islands of the Venetian Lagoon
 All excursions & guided tours included                                                                We enjoy a full day private boat trip to the
 Professional tour manager                       Day 1 UK to Venice                                    neighbouring islands just off Venice. We visit
 Scheduled flights                               Scheduled flight to Venice where we are met by        Murano, the island famous for its glass making.
 Water taxi transfers to/from Venice airport     our tour manager who will accompany us                Then on to Burano, the most colourful of the
 One free place per 10 paying passengers         throughout our tour. Transfer by water taxi into      islands with brightly coloured houses, such as the
                                                 the heart of Venice - a fabulous way to start your    well known Casa Bepi, lining the waterways and
 Included                                        time in the city. We check in to the centrally        easily recognisable from the tilting tower of its
 Guided tour of Venice                           located 3* Hotel Ala for a four night stay on bed     church. Our final stop, Torcello, is a complete
 Scuola Grande di San Rocco                      and breakfast basis.                                  contrast; barely inhabited, the central piazza and
 Peggy Guggenheim Collection                                                                           its ancient buildings are a haunting reminder of a
 Accademia Gallery                               Day 2 City tour & Scuola Grande di San Rocco          bygone era.
 Boat trip to the Islands of                     Our first full day in Venice begins with a guided
 the Venetian Lagoon
                                                 walking tour taking in such sights as St Mark’s       Day 5 Teatro La Fenice
 Guided tour of Teatro La Fenice
                                                 Square, described by Napoleon as ‘the finest          This morning we take an included guided tour of
                                                 drawing room in Europe’, the Basilica of St Mark      the historic opera house of Teatro La Fenice which
 Your Hotel
                                                 and the Rialto Bridge. We then move on to the         dates back to 1789. In the afternoon we leave
 We stay four nights on bed and breakfast
 basis at the centrally located 3* Hotel         Scuola Grande di San Rocco for a guided tour of       Venice taking our water taxi to Marco Polo Airport
 Ala in Venice. Located only a short stroll      the wonderful cycle of canvases by Tintoretto.        for our scheduled flight back to the UK.
 from St Mark’s Square, facilities at the
 hotel include a bar, whilst all rooms are       Day 3 The Guggenheim & Accademia
 en suite and feature air conditioning,
 television, telephone, hairdryer and a          This morning we have a guided tour of the Peggy
 minibar.                                        Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei
 4* hotel and/or stay on half board basis        Leoni on the Grand Canal. Home to the most
 available – call for details                    important collection in Italy of European and
                                                 American art of the first half of the 20th century,
 Extras                                          we see works from Picasso, Mondrian, Dali and
 Single supplement £119                          Pollock. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of
 Insurance                                       the Accademia Gallery to introduce us to the
 Entrance fees to places of interest (State      wonderful collection of Venetian art from the
 run museums free to over 65’s)                  14th to 18th century including works by Titian,                                  Doge’s Palace
 Gratuities
                                                 Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Veronese.



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                                                                                                            Sant’ Apollinare Church, Ravenna



                  The Art & Palaces of Bologna, Ferrara & Ravenna
                                                                       6 days from £699

         Featuring                                    SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Sant’ Apollinare Church
         4* Bologna hotel                                                                                         & Ravenna guided tour
         All excursions & guided tours included       Day 1 UK to Bologna                                         En route to Ravenna this morning we visit the
         Professional tour manager                    Scheduled flight to Bologna where we are met by             beautifully decorated 6th century Sant’
         Scheduled flights                            our professional tour manager who will                      Apollinare Church in the small town of Classe.
         Executive coach throughout                   accompany us throughout our tour. Transfer in               Our guided tour of Ravenna is a wonderful
         One free place per 10 paying passengers      our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel                 introduction to the city that was once the
                                                      Aemelia in Bologna for a five night stay on bed             capital of Rome’s Western Empire and one of
         Included
                                                      and breakfast basis.                                        the great seats of Byzantine art in Europe. Our
         Bologna - guided tour
                                                                                                                  tour includes the magnificent 6th century
         Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna
                                                      Day 2 Bologna & Pinacoteca Nazionale                        Basilica di Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo and the
         Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara
         The Hermitage Collection at                  Morning guided tour of the buildings and                    mosaics of St Vitale and the Mausoleo di Galla
         Castello Estense                             porticoed streets of Bologna, home to medieval              Placida.
         Sant’ Apollinare Church, Classe              palaces and the oldest university in Europe. After
         Ravenna - guided tour                        free time for lunch, we visit one of Northern               Day 5 Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te
         Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te        Italy’s finest galleries, the Pinacoteca Nazionale          On arrival in Mantova we have a guided tour of
                                                      housing works of the great Northern Italian                 the Palazzo Ducale, once one of Europe’s largest
         Your Hotel                                   artists including Giotto, Raphael and Perugino.             palaces and now housing a wonderful art
         We stay five nights on bed and breakfast                                                                 collection including the frescoes in the ‘Camera
         basis at the 4* Golden Tulip Aemilia
                                                      Day 3 Ferrara, Palazzo Schifanoia & Hermitage               degli Sposi’ by Mantegna. After time for lunch we
         Hotel in Bologna. The hotel is located
         within easy walking distance of the San      Collectuion                                                 visit the magnificent Palazzo Te and Giulio
         Vitale Arch and then it’s a flat walk to     Ferrara is our destination today, one of the                Romano’s ‘Room of Giants’.
         the famous Two Towers. Facilities at the     region’s greatest walled towns. With many
         hotel include a restaurant, wine bar and
                                                      attractive streets and medieval houses, a 12th              Day 6 Bologna
         a gymnasium and all rooms are en suite
         and feature television, telephone, safe      century cathedral and the palaces of the d’Este             The morning is free for last minute shopping and
         and a hairdryer.                             dynasty, this is one of Italy’s hidden gems. We             sightseeing in Bologna before our transfer to the
         3* hotel and/or stay on half board basis     enjoy an included guided tour of the magnificent            airport for the flight back to the UK.
         available – call for details                 Palazzo Schifanoia with its wonderful Cycle of the
                                                      Months fresco by Francesco Della Cossa and
         Extras                                       Ercole de’ Roberti. In the afternoon a guided
         Single supplement £99
                                                      tour at the 14th century Castello Estense
         Insurance
                                                      introduces us to the extensive collection loaned
         Entrance fees to places of interest (State
         run museums free to over 65’s)               by The Hermitage in St Petersburg as its ‘window
         Gratuities                                   on the west’.




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                                                                                                                                          Alberobello



                                          4* Puglia & the Heel of Italy
                                                                 8 days from £799

 Featuring                                      SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                     underground oil mill surrounded by century old
 All excursions & guided tours included                                                                 olive groves for a tasting, and then to Grottaglie, the
 4* hotel                                       Day 1 UK to Puglia                                      ceramic capital of Puglia where you have time at
 Half board accommodation with farewell         Scheduled flight to Bari where we are met by our        leisure to explore the town. You may choose to
 dinner                                         professional tour manager who will accompany us         accompany our tour manager on an optional visit
 Professional tour manager                      throughout our tour. Transfer in our private            to a local ceramic laboratory with medieval ovens.
 Scheduled flights
                                                executive coach to the 4* Grand Hotel Olimpo in         .
 Executive coach throughout
                                                Alberobello for a seven night stay on half board        Day 5 Castel del Monte & Bitonto
 One free place per 10 paying passengers
                                                basis (dinner is served in the hotel on the first six   We have a guided tour of the World Heritage Site of
                                                evenings and we enjoy a farewell meal at a carefully    Castel del Monte today. Built in the 13th century for
 Included
                                                selected Masseria farmhouse on the last night).         Emperor Frederick II, the castle rises majestically
 Alberobello
                                                                                                        above the Murge Plateau and is acknowledged as
 Locorotondo – included wine tasting
 Lecce - guided tour & pastry tasting
                                                Day 2 Alberobello & Locorotondo                         one of the most sophisticated secular buildings of
 Otranto                                        This morning we enjoy a guided tour of                  the Middle Ages. We then travel on to Bitonto,
 Ostuni & Grottaglie                            Alberobello to see the white washed conical shaped      home to one of Puglia’s most beautiful cathedrals.
 Castel del Monte & Bitonto                     trulli houses for which the Puglia region is famous.
 Matera & Altamura                              After lunch we continue to Locorotondo where we         Day 6 Matera & Altamura
 Grotto di Castellana & Polignano               visit a winery and enjoy a wine tasting.                Matera is a gem of a city in Italy's Basilicata region
 Farewell Puglian dinner                                                                                and is famous for its Sassi dwellings carved out of
                                                Day 3 Lecce & Otranto                                   stone. Afterwards we visit Altamura, home to a
 Optional                                       Today we travel to admire the wealth of Baroque         magnificent cathedral dating from the 1300’s and
 Ceramic laboratory at Grottaglie               architecture in Lecce. On arrival there is an           the Museo Archeologico housing finds from
                                                included guided tour of this charming Southern          Neolithic times.
 Your Hotel                                     Italian town known as the ‘pink city’. There is then
 We stay seven nights on half board basis       time to wander at your leisure through the piazzas,     Day 7 Grotto di Castellana, Polignano a Mare &
 at the 4* Grand Hotel Olimpo. Just a five      winding streets and churches. Why not enjoy the         farewell dinner
 to ten minute walk from the centre of          sights and sounds of market day in Lecce or the         For our last full day in Puglia we visit the
 the UNESCO listed historical centre of
 Alberobello, facilities at the hotel include   peace and serenity of the Basilica della Santa Croce,   spectacular limestone caves of the Grotto di
 a restaurant, bar and a roof garden. All       a delightful ornate church dating from 16th century.    Castellana, a complex of underground caves and
 rooms are en suite and feature television      We also enjoy a pastry tasting at a renowned pastry     caverns estimated to be 50 million years old. We
 and telephone.                                 shop before continuing to Otranto, the most             then visit the quaint fishing village of Polignano a
 3* & 5* hotels available – call for details    eastern town of Italy with Mediterranean and            Mare where we have time at leisure. For the final
                                                oriental influences in its architecture.                night of our holiday we enjoy a farewell dinner of
 Extras                                                                                                 typical Puglian cuisine at a carefully selected
 Single supplement £99                          Day 4 Ostuni & Grottaglie                               Masseria farmhouse.
 Insurance                                      Ostuni is our destination this morning, a delightful
 Entrance fees to places of interest (State
 run museums free to over 65s)
                                                white washed town with tiny narrow streets set          Day 8 Puglia to UK
 Optional excursion                             below its imposing cathedral, topped by domes of        We say goodbye to Puglia and transfer to Bari for
 Gratuities                                     green, yellow and white tiles. We continue to an        our scheduled flight back to the UK.




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                                                                                                                           Palatine Chapel, Palermo


                                                               Classical Sicily
                                                                       7 days from £799

         Featuring                                    SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 5 Valley of Temples & Kolymbetra Garden
         All excursions & guided tours included                                                                   We leave Taormina early and make our way to
         Half board accommodation in Taormina         Day 1 UK to Taormina                                        Agrigento to visit the Valley of Temples, one of the
         Professional tour manager                    Scheduled flight to Catania where we are met by             most impressive complexes of ancient Greek
         Scheduled flights                            our professional tour manager who will                      temples outside Greece. Our local guide shows us
         Executive coach throughout                   accompany us throughout our tour. Transfer in               round the Doric temples dating from the 5th
         One free place per 10 paying passengers      our private executive coach to the 4* Caesar                century BC, straddling a low ridge and with nine
                                                      Palace Hotel in Giardini Naxos near Taormina for a          of the ten original temples still visible and some
         Included                                     four night stay on half board basis.                        still beautifully preserved. We have a typical
         Taormina – guided tour                                                                                   country open air lunch at the ancient gardens of
         Mount Etna                                   Day 2 Taormina & Mount Etna                                 Kolymbetra Garden. We then travel on to Palermo
         Siracusa with included lunch                 Our guided tour of Taormina takes in sights such            and check in the central 3* Hotel Tonic for a two
         Piazza Armerina & Villa Romana del           as the Santa Maria del Gesià Convent, the Palazzo           night stay on bed and breakfast basis.
         Casale                                       Corvaia, the Duomo and the wonderfully
         Agrigento & Valley of Temples                panoramic Greek Amphitheatre dating back to the             Day 6 Palermo & Monreale Abbey
         with included lunch                          4th century BC. This afternoon we visit Mount               Our full day guided tour of Palermo takes in such
         Palermo & Monreale Abbey – guided tour       Etna. Climbing to 1,800 metres and with beautiful           sights as the Palazzo Abatellis, the awe inspiring
         Cefalu                                       views of the Ionic Sea, this is the highest volcano         Palatine Chapel in the Palazzo Reale and the
                                                      in Europe.                                                  Church of San Cataldo. We then travel on to the
         Your Hotels                                                                                              magnificent cathedral at Monreale, one of the
         We stay four nights on half board basis at   Day 3 Siracusa                                              great sites of Norman Sicily and adorned with
         the 4* Caesar Palace Hotel in Giardini       We spend the morning with a local guide in                  glittering Sicilian and Byzantine mosaics.
         Naxos near Taormina on Sicily’s east         Siracusa, the most important and powerful Greek
         coast. The hotel has a bar and restaurant    city from the 5th to the 3rd centuries BC. This             Day 7 Cefalu
         and all rooms are en suite. In Palermo       fascinating town is home to Sicily’s earliest Doric         We visit the charming medieval seaside town of
         we stay two nights on bed and breakfast
                                                      temple, the Temple of Apollo, and its Parco                 Cefalu with its splendid 12th century cathedral
         basis at the centrally located 3* Hotel
         Tonic. Again all rooms are en suite with a   Archeologico features the Teatro Romano, the                built during Sicily's Norman era. Flight times
         good range of restaurants in the             Altar of Hieron II and the spectacular Teatro Greco         permitting, we visit the mountain top
         immediate vicinity.                          carved from the hillside. Lunch is at a working             archaeological site with its Greek temple, the ruins
         4* Palermo hotel and/or stay on half         farm winery where we also have the chance to                of a castle and great views of the coast or you may
         board basis throughout available – call      taste some of the local wines. We return to our             prefer a more leisurely stroll along the town's
         for details                                  hotel this afternoon to relax before dinner.                narrow streets, full of shops and pleasant sights at
                                                                                                                  leisure before departing for our scheduled flight
         Extras                                       Day 4 Piazza Armerina & Villa Romana del Casale             back to the UK.
         Single supplement £99                        We travel inland to see some of the finest surviving
         Insurance                                    mosaics from Roman antiquity at Piazza Armerina and
         Entrance fees to places of interest (State   Villa Romana del Casale. A local guide introduces us
         run museums free to over 65’s)               to these truly stunning works which give a marvellous
         Gratuities                                   insight to the life of Roman nobility.



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                                                                                                           Palazzo dei Consoli, Gubbio


                                              The Art of Hidden Umbria
                                                                6 days from £649

 Featuring                                      SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                   Day 4 Todi & Montefalco
 4* hotel in central Spoleto                                                                          Today we visit the ancient Roman and Etruscan
 All excursions & guided tours included         Day 1 UK to Spoleto                                   settlements of Todi and Montefalco. Principal
 Welcome dinner                                 Scheduled flight to Rome where we are met by          sights in Todi include the main square, Piazza
 Professional tour manager                      our professional tour manager who will                del Popolo, the delightful plain faced Duomo
 Scheduled flights                              accompany us throughout our tour. Transfer in         dating from the 13th century and the Museo
 Executive coach throughout                     our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel dei       Etrusco Romano. We continue to panoramic
 One free place per 10 paying passengers        Duchi in Spoleto for a five night stay, with dinner   Montefalco for a guided tour of the Museo
                                                included on the first evening and the remaining       Civico with works by Perugino, Nicolo Alunno
 Included                                       four nights on bed and breakfast basis.               and an array of leading Umbrian artists
 Spoleto - guided tour                                                                                including Benozzo Gozzoli’s ‘Life of St Francis’.
 Perugia & Galleria Nazionale dell’Ubmria       Day 2 Spoleto
 Assisi & Basilica of St Francis                This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Spoleto        Day 5 Gubbio
 Todi                                           taking in sights such as the 14th century Ponte       The medieval town of Gubbio is our destination
 Montefalco & Museo Civico                      delle Torri and the magnificent Duomo. The rest       today. On arrival we have a guided tour of the
 Gubbio & Palazzo dei Consoli                   of the day is free to explore the town further or     14th century Palazzo dei Consoli, considered by
 Orvieto – guided tour                          to relax in the hotel.                                many to be one of the finest expressions of
                                                                                                      medieval city architecture in Italy. The rest of the
 Your Hotel                                     Day 3 Perugia & Assisi                                afternoon is free at leisure to enjoy this beautiful
 We stay five nights on bed and breakfast       We travel into the heart of the Umbrian               town before returning to our hotel.
 basis with dinner included the first night     countryside today. Our first stop this morning is
 at the 4* Hotel dei Duchi. Just a short
 walk from the centre and well located to       Perugia, a delightful town dating from Etruscan       Day 6 Orvieto
 explore Spoleto’s bars and cafés, the          times, where we enjoy a guided tour of the            En route to Rome for our flight home, we stop off
 hotel has a bar and restaurant and all         Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria with its               at the charming Etruscan town of Orvieto. Gaining
 rooms are en-suite.                            wonderful collection of Umbrian art. We then          access into the town by cable car, our guided tour
 3* hotel and/or stay on half board basis       travel on to Assisi, home to St Francis of Assisi,
 available – call for details                                                                         takes in the stunning Duomo dating from the 13th
                                                where a guided tour of the Basilica takes in the      century with its huge façade adorned with frescoes
                                                stunning frescoes by Giotto depicting the life of     by Lorenzo Maitani. After free time for lunch we
 Extras                                         this most popular of saints.
 Single supplement £89                                                                                travel on to Rome Airport for our scheduled flight
 Insurance                                                                                            back to the UK.
 Entrance fees to places of interest (State
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                                                                                                                           Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore



                                                      Villas & Gardens of Italy
                                                                        7 days from £899

         Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Portofino & Montecatini Terme
         All excursions & guided tours included                                                                    After breakfast we depart for Tuscany and
         Half board accommodation                      Day 1 UK to Lake Maggiore                                   Montecatini Terme. On the way we stop at
         Professional tour manager                     Scheduled flight to Milan where we are met by               Portofino on the Italian Riviera where we have
         Scheduled flights                             our professional tour manager who will                      free time for lunch. We then make our way along
         Executive coach throughout
                                                       accompany us throughout our tour. Transfer in               the coast to Montecatini Terme and the 4*
         One free place per 10 paying passengers
                                                       our private executive coach to Lake Maggiore                Grand Hotel Tettuccio where we stay three
                                                       and our 3* Hotel Delle Torre at Stresa for a                nights on half board basis.
         Included
         Villa Cicogna                                 three night stay on half board basis.
         Lake Como & Villa Balbianello                                                                             Day 5 Villa Garzoni & Villa Torrigiani
         Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands         Day 2 Villa Cicogna & Lake Como                             We head for the Villa Garzoni in Collodi to see
         Portofino                                     Today’s first stop is Villa Cicogna located in the          Tuscany’s best Baroque garden. It is set between
         Villa Garzoni & Villa Torrigiani              hillside village of Bischio. The garden is a                Lucca and Pescia and the Valleriana, a lush fertile
         Lucca                                         hidden treasure with wonderful views of Lake                zone through which the River Pescia flows. We
         Villa Medici & Florence                       Lugano and the Brevio Valley. We then travel on             then continue on to the beautiful gardens of
         Bologna - Pinacoteca Nazionale
                                                       to Lake Como and take a boat to Villa                       Villa Torrigiani lying in the foothills of the
                                                       Balbianello. Rising out of the water and with               Apennines. The rest of the day is spent at
         Your Hotels
                                                       wonderful views across the Lake, this wonderful             beautiful Lucca where we have free time for
         We stay three nights at the family owned
         3* Hotel Delle Torre at Stresa just a         16th century villa is known for its picturesque             lunch and to explore the birthplace of Puccini.
         short walk from the shores of Lake            gardens in the colours of the Italian flag.
         Maggiore. Recently renovated, the hotel                                                                   Day 6 Villa Medici & Florence
         is just 800 metres from the old town
         centre and boasts a swimming pool. We         Day 3 Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands                 We visit the 15th century Villa Medici and its
         stay a further three nights in the 4*         We meet our boatman at Stresa on Lake                       Renaissance garden in Poggio Caiano. The
         Grand Hotel Tettuccio in the charming         Maggiore for our trip out to the Borromean                  afternoon is spent in Florence with free time to
         spa town of Montecatini Terme in the
         heart of Tuscany. We stay on half board
                                                       Islands. Our first stop is the beautiful Isola Bella        visit the Duomo, Uffizi or Boboli Gardens or to
         basis at each hotel and all rooms have        with its 17th century Baroque gardens owned by              relax for lunch by the River Arno.
         en-suite facilities.                          the Borromeo family and built on ten terraces
         3* or 4* hotels throughout                    adorned with fountains, statues and rare exotic             Day 7 Bologna
         available – call for details
                                                       plants. After Isola Bella it is off to Isola Madre,         Prior to our return flight to the UK from
                                                       home to botanical gardens with exotic trees. We             Bologna, we visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale, one
         Extras
                                                       have an optional lunch on the Isola dei Pescatori           of Northern Italy’s finest art galleries with works
         Single supplement £129
         Insurance                                     which is a pretty fishing village before returning          by Giotto, Raphael and Perugino.
         Entrance fees to places of interest (State    to Stresa and onto our hotel.
         run museums free to over 65’s)
         Optional lunch at Isola
         dei Pescatori
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                                                                                                                                      Villa Barbaro



                 The Art & Palladian Villas of Northern Italy
                                                                    6 days from £649

 Featuring                                         SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                   Day 4 Verona
 Half board accommodation in Lake Garda                                                                  This morning is spent at the beautiful
 All excursions & guided tours included            Day 1 UK to Garda                                     Romanesque city of Verona, Italy’s fourth
 Professional tour manager                         Scheduled flight to Venice where we are met by        classical city. Home to the Arena dating from
 Scheduled flights                                 our professional tour manager who will                1BC and Shakespeare’s inspiration for ‘Romeo
 Executive coach throughout                        accompany us throughout our tour. Transfer in         and Juliet’, on arrival we have a guided tour of
 One free place per 10 paying passengers           our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel La        the Museo di Castelvecchio housing a wonderful
                                                   Perla in the village of Garda for a five night stay   overview of Veronese paintings including works
 Included                                          on half board basis.                                  by Pisanello, Veronese and Tintoretto. The rest
 Villa Rotunda                                                                                           of the day is free to explore at your leisure or
 Vicenza - guided tour                             Day 2 Vicenza & Villa Rotunda                         take a leisurely lunch in the Piazza Bra
 Padova - guided tour & Cappella degli             Our guided tour of Vicenza concentrates on the
 Scrovegni
                                                   architecture of Andrea Palladio. Beginning with       Day 5 Venice
 Verona – Museo di Castelvecchio
                                                   the domed and porticoed Villa Rotunda, the            Our full day in Venice begins with a private boat
 Venice
                                                   most famous of Palladio’s buildings, we then          transfer into St Marks Square. We then have a
 Accademia gallery
 Peggy Guggenheim Collection
                                                   continue into the great Palladian city of Vicenza     guided tour of the Accademia Gallery to see the
 Villa Barbaro at Maser                            for a tour of a number of his palaces and civic       wonderful collection of Venetian art from the
 Asolo                                             buildings including the Teatro Olimpico,              14th to 18th century including works by Titian,
                                                   Europe’s oldest surviving indoor theatre              Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Veronese. After time for
 Your Hotel                                        designed by Palladio in 1579, and the Basilica        lunch we explore with a guide the European and
 We stay five nights on half board basis at the    Palladiana. The remaining part of the afternoon       American art of the first half of the 20th century at
 3* Hotel La Perla in the village of Garda. Just   is at leisure to explore the town, so why not         the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo
 a short walk from the shores of the Lake,         enjoy lunch at a pavement café or visit one of        Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. The rest of
 the hotel has a swimming pool, restaurant         the many art galleries such as the impressive         the day is free to explore Venice at your leisure.
 and bar and all rooms are en-suite.
                                                   Palazzo Leoni Montanari, home to a wonderful
 4* hotel and/or stay on bed & breakfast
 basis available – call for details                collection of Russian icons and paintings.            Day 6 Villa Barbaro & Asolo
                                                                                                         Our last full day begins with a guided tour of
                                                   Day 3 Padova & Cappella degli Scrovegni               Villa Barbaro at Maser designed by Palladio in
 Extras
                                                   Our morning guided tour of Padova takes in the        collaboration with Veronese whose wonderful
 Single supplement £99
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                                                   Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Donatello’s              frescoes adorn the walls. We continue on to
 Entrance fees to places of interest (State        magnificent reliefs on the miracles of St Anthony,    Asolo for lunch, arguably one of the most
 run museums free to over 65’s)                    the Café e Pedrocchi, a famous intellectual           beautiful hill towns in Italy and one Robert
 Gratuities                                        meeting place dating from 1831, and a pre-paid        Browning liked so much he named a volume of
                                                   visit to Giotto’s frescoes at the Cappella degli      poems after it. We then travel on to Venice for
                                                   Scrovegni.                                            our scheduled flight back to the UK.



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                                                                                                                                              Liverpool


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                                                                                                                          Liverpool Cathedral



                                                     Liverpool Art Tour
                                                                   5 days from £359

 Featuring                                        SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                    gardens. At the Lady Lever Art Gallery we have a
 4* Chester hotel or 3* central Liverpool hotel                                                          guided tour of the works collected throughout
 All excursions included                          Day 1 Chester or Liverpool                             the life of its founder, William Hesketh Lever, the
 Guided tours at every gallery                    Board our executive coach at our designated pick       first Lord Leverhulme. British 18th and 19th
 Blue Badge guide                                 up points. If staying in Chester, we enjoy an          century painting, 18th century furniture and
 Executive coach throughout                       included guided tour of Chester taking in sights       outstanding collections of Wedgwood and
 One free place per 10 paying passengers          such as the city walls, the Cathedral and the          Chinese porcelain are among the treasures on
                                                  unique 13th century ‘Rows’. We continue to your        show. This afternoon we visit the National Trust’s
 Included                                         choice of either the 4* Queen Hotel in Chester         Speke Hall, one of the country’s most famous
 Chester - guided city tour                       or the 3* Adelphi Hotel in central Liverpool for a     timbered houses. Originally built in 1530, its
 Liverpool - guided city tour                     four night stay. Dinner is included the first night    Great Hall and priest hole date from Tudor
 Liverpool Cathedral
                                                  and the remaining three nights are on bed and          times. There is also fine Jacobean plasterwork
 Walker Art Gallery
                                                  breakfast basis.                                       and intricately carved furniture.
 Lady Lever Art Gallery
 Speke Hall
                                                  Day 2 Liverpool city tour, Liverpool Cathedral         Day 4 Tate Liverpool & Albert Dock
 Tate Liverpool
 The Lowry, Salford
                                                  & Walker Art Gallery                                   We spend the whole day at Liverpool’s Albert
                                                  With our Blue Badge guide who accompanies us           Dock. On arrival we have a guided tour of Tate
 Your Hotel                                       on Days 2 to 4 we tour Liverpool this morning          Liverpool. Housed in a beautiful converted
 We stay four nights in your choice of            taking in the splendour of the Metropolitan            warehouse, the gallery is the home of the
 either the 4* Queen Hotel in Chester or          Roman Catholic Cathedral with its modern               National Collection of Modern Art in the North
 the 3* Adelphi Hotel in central                  circular design and glorious multi coloured            of England. Works on display include Rodin’s
 Liverpool. Dinner is included the first          windows and Liverpool Cathedral, one of the            ‘The Kiss’, Degas’ ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’,
 night and the remaining three nights are
 on bed and breakfast basis. Facilities at
                                                  most iconic buildings of the city, where we enjoy      Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’, and Andy Warhol’s
 both hotels include a restaurant, lounge         a guided tour. In the afternoon a guided tour of       ‘Marilyn Diptych’. After time for lunch you are
 and bar and all rooms are en suite with          the Walker Art Gallery introduces us to one of         free to visit the International Slavery Museum,
 television, telephone and tea & coffee           the finest collections of fine and decorative art in   the Maritime Museum or the Beatles Museum,
 making facilities.                               Europe with works by Rembrandt, Poussin and            all housed within the Dock.
 4* central Liverpool hotel and/or half
 board basis available - call for details         Degas, 20th century works by artists such as
                                                  Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and            Day 5 The Lowry
 Extras                                           George as well as one of the most important            Before we return home to our original pick up
 Single supplement £89                            sculpture collections outside London.                  points, we travel to Salford for a guided tour of
 Insurance                                                                                               The Lowry. Set in a magnificent waterside
 Entrance fees to places of interest              Day 3 Lady Lever Art Gallery & Speke Hall              location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford
 (NT properties free to NT members)               Port Sunlight Village was built by the Lever family    Quays, The Lowry is an architectural flagship. We
 Gratuities                                       for their workers and the village has over 900         then travel back to our original departure points
                                                  listed and preserved buildings, wide streets and       with comfort stops en-route.



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                                                                                                                                                          Eden Project



                                                             Art & Gardens of Cornwall
                                                                                     5 days £399

                Featuring                                      SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         plant collections. We then have a guided tour of the
                All excursions & guided tours included                                                                     enchanting island and converted 12th century castle
                Half board accommodation                       Day 1 Castle Drogo                                          at St Michael’s Mount that was once the location of a
                Executive coach throughout                     We depart from our designated pick up points in our         Benedictine monastery and is now owned by the St
                One free place per 10 paying passengers        private coach. En route to Falmouth we visit a              Aubyn family but run by the National Trust.
                                                               carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage
                Included                                       property such as Castle Drogo in Devon, one of the          Day 4 Pencarrow House & Prideaux Place
                Castle Drogo                                   most remarkable works of Sir Edwin Lutyens. This            Our guided tour of Pencarrow House introduces us
                Penlee House                                   fine granite fortress commanding panoramic views of         to the family home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns. The
                Tate Gallery & Barbara Hepworth                Dartmoor was built for the self made millionaire            Georgian house contains a fine collection of pictures,
                Museum                                         Julius Drewe. The formal garden has an established          furniture and porcelain and the grounds include a
                Trevano Estate & Gardens                       rhododendron collection, herbaceous borders, rose           beautifully proportioned sunken Italian garden and
                St Michael’s Mount                             garden and a circular croquet lawn. We continue to          over 700 different varieties of rhododendrons. We
                Pencarrow House                                Falmouth, where we check in to the 3* St Michael’s          continue to Prideaux Place for a guided tour.
                Prideaux Place                                 Hotel for a four night stay on half board basis.            Completed in 1592, this has been the home of the
                Eden Project                                                                                               Prideaux family for over 400 years and is filled with
                Lost Gardens of Heligan                        Day 2 Penlee House, Tate Gallery                            treasures including royal and family portraits, fine
                                                               & Barbara Hepworth Museum                                   furniture and the Prideaux Porcelain Collection.
                Your Hotel                                     We visit Penlee House at Penzance, built in 1865 as
                We stay four nights on half board basis at     a gracious Victorian home and now a first class             Day 5 Eden Project & Lost Gardens of Heligan
                the good quality 3* St Michael’s Hotel in
                                                               gallery and museum. Our guided tour explores the            This morning we have a pre-booked guided visit to
                Falmouth. Just a ten minute walk from
                the centre of Falmouth, facilities include     skills and craftsmanship of painting in West                the Eden Project, housing plants, crops and
                a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and a         Cornwall in the late 19th and early 20th century,           landscapes from the humid tropical rain forests and
                sauna. All rooms are en suite and feature      usually including the world famous ‘Newlyn                  the warm temperate regions from the
                television, telephone, tea & coffee            School’ and Lamorna Group artists. This afternoon           Mediterranean, South Africa and California. In the
                making facilities and a hairdryer.             we travel to St Ives for a guided tour of the Tate          afternoon we visit the award winning Lost Gardens
                4* hotel available – call for details          Gallery with one of the local gallery guides followed       of Heligan. There are over two hundred acres of
                                                               by a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum.                  superb working Victorian gardens at Heligan
                Extras                                                                                                     including some eighty acres of walled gardens.
                Single supplement £59                          Day 3 Trevano Estate & Gardens                              The summerhouses, lawns, lakes and ponds, huge
                Insurance                                      & St Michael’s Mount                                        productive gardens and fruithouses, and twenty-two
                Entrance fees to places of interest (NT        We visit the World Heritage Site of Trevano Estate and      acre subtropical jungle, are just some of the delights
                properties free to NT members)
                                                               Gardens which dates back to 1246. At the heart of the       of this ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ We then return home to
                Gratuities
                                                               estate, 70 acres of magnificent gardens and grounds         our original pick up points.
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                                                                                                                              Lindisfarne Castle



                              History & Houses of Northumbria
                                                                6 days from £499

 Featuring                                    SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                        acres, buildings in the fort include a commander’s
 All excursions & guided tours included                                                                  house, granaries, barracks, a hospital and remarkable
 Half board accommodation                     Day 1 Harewood House                                       latrines, and the complex adjoins one of the best
 Blue Badge guide                             We board our executive coach and depart from our           stretches of Hadrian’s Wall.
 Executive coach throughout                   designated pick up points. En route we visit the
 One free place per 10 paying passengers      home of the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood.          Day 4 Alnwick Castle
                                              Located just outside Leeds, Harewood House is              & Cragside House & Gardens
 Included                                     renowned for its stunning architecture, exquisite          Our Blue Badge guide accompanies us to Alnwick
 Harewood House                               Adam interiors and Chippendale furniture and a fine        Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in
 Durham Cathedral                             art collection. All are set in a 1,000 acre Capability     England, the first being Windsor Castle, and home
 Beamish Open Air Museum
                                              Brown landscape with a modern bird garden. We              of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland
 Hadrian’s Wall Country
                                              continue to the 3* Longhirst Hall Hotel near               since 1309. We then visit Alnwick Gardens. The
 Alnwick Castle
 Cragside House & Gardens
                                              Morpeth for a five night stay on half board basis.         Duchess of Northumberland's vision was to create
 Lindisfarne Castle                                                                                      a beautiful public space accessible to everyone, and
 Farne Island                                 Day 2 Durham Cathedral                                     the garden is now halfway to completion featuring
 The Bowes Museum                             & Beamish Open Air Museum                                  spectacular water displays, wonderful gardens and
                                              We meet our Blue Badge guide at the hotel this             one of the largest tree houses in the world. After
 Your Hotel                                   morning and depart for Durham and the Cathedral,           lunch we see the National Trust’s Cragside House
 We stay five nights on half board basis at   once described as ‘one of the great architectural          and Gardens, a wonderful Victorian mansion
 the 3* Longhirst Hall Hotel near             experiences of Europe’ and a renowned masterpiece          dating from the 19th century and described as ‘the
 Morpeth. Located in a countryside            of Romanesque architecture. This afternoon                 palace of a modern magician’. Its interior features
 setting amongst 75 acres of woodland
 and landscaped gardens, facilities at the    members of your group are free either to spend the         state of the art hydraulics powering a revolutionary
 hotel include a restaurant and a bar. All    rest of the day in Durham or travel to explore the         lift system and internal telephones which
 rooms are en suite and feature               Beamish Open Air Museum, set in over 300 acres of          mesmerised visitors in its time.
 telephone, television, and tea & coffee      beautiful countryside and vividly recreating life in the
 making facilities.
                                              North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. En          Day 5 Lindisfarne Castle & Farne Island
 4* hotel available – call for details
                                              route back to our hotel we collect those of the group      We visit the National Trust’s Lindisfarne Castle on
                                              who elected to spend the afternoon in Durham.              Holy Island with our Blue Badge guide today, a
 Extras
                                                                                                         romantic 16th century castle with spectacular views
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                                              Day 3 Hadrian’s Wall Country                               that was transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian
 Entrance fees to places of interest (NT      Today we visit Hadrian’s Wall Country with our Blue        holiday home. The Island is reached along a
 properties free to NT members)               Badge guide where we have the opportunity to walk          causeway or short boat ride depending on the tides.
 Boat fares for Farne & Holy Islands          and see the remains of the wall which is a World           This afternoon we take a boat trip to Farne Island,
 Gratuities                                   Heritage Site and dates back to 122 AD. Our tour           one of Britain’s most important bird sanctuaries.
                                              includes a visit to Chester’s Roman Fort, one of the
                                              best preserved examples of a Roman cavalry fort in         Day 6 The Bowes Museum
                                              Britain. Built for 500 cavalrymen, remains of the fort     Before returning home to our original pick up
                                              include five gateways, barrack blocks,                     points, we have a guided tour of The Bowes
                                              commandment’s house and headquarters and the               Museum. This purpose built public art gallery was
                                              finest military bath house in Britain. We continue to      created by John and Josephine Bowes between 1862
                                              Housesteads, recognised as the best preserved              and 1875 and is home to a large collection of fine
                      Alnwick Castle          Roman fort in the country. Covering in excess of 5         and decorative paintings from around Europe.



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                                                                                                                               Balloch Castle, Loch Lomond



                                         Glasgow, Edinburgh & Loch Lomond
                                                                6 days from £449 or 5 days from £399

                Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                            Day 4 National Gallery of Scotland
                Full programme of included daily                                                                             & Royal Yacht Britannia
                excursions                                    Day 1 Tatton Park                                              Today we visit Edinburgh for a guided tour of the
                Guided tours at all galleries                 We board our executive coach at our designated                 National Gallery of Scotland. Including paintings
                Half board accommodation                      pick up points. En route to Scotland we visit a                by renowned artists such as Titian, Van Dyck and
                Blue Badge Guide                              carefully selected National Trust or English                   Tiepolo, the Gallery is home to Scotland’s greatest
                Executive coach throughout
                                                              Heritage property such as Tatton Park, one of the              collection of European paintings and sculpture
                One free place per 10 paying passengers
                                                              most complete historic estates open to visitors.               from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism eras.
                                                              The opulently decorated early 19th century house               This afternoon we visit the Royal Yacht Britannia.
                Included
                                                              sits amid a landscaped deer park and the theme                 Serving the Royal Family for over forty years, the
                Tatton Park
                                                              of Victorian grandeur extends into the garden. We              Royal Yacht played a leading role in some of the
                Burrell Collection
                                                              then continue to the 4* Westerwood Hotel in                    defining moments of recent history. Highlights of
                The Glasgow School of Art
                Hill House                                    Cumbernauld near Glasgow for a five night stay                 the visit include the State Dining Room, the
                Tarbet                                        on half board basis.                                           Bridge and the Queen’s Sitting Room.
                National Gallery of Scotland
                Royal Yacht Britannia                         Day 2 The Burrell Collection                                   Day 5 Kelvingrove Art Gallery
                Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum              & The Glasgow School of Art                                    and Museum & Willow Tea Rooms
                Willow Tea Rooms                              We head towards Glasgow with our Blue Badge                    We return to Glasgow today and enjoy a guided
                Little Moreton Hall                           guide who accompanies us for Days 2 to 5 of our                tour at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum,
                                                              tour. Our guided tour of the Burrell Collection in             Scotland’s most visited museum and home to one
                Optional                                      Pollok Country Park introduces us to a staggering              of Europe’s greatest civic art collections. This
                Cruise on Loch Lomond                         collection of over 9,000 works of art including                afternoon we call in to the world famous Willow
                                                              important displays of medieval art, tapestries,                Tea Rooms designed in 1904 by Charles Rennie
                Your Hotel                                    alabasters, stained glass, English oak furniture and           Mackintosh, a chance to experience the splendour
                We stay five nights on half board basis       European paintings by notable artists such as                  of a bygone era and take tea just as they did in the
                at the 4* Westerwood Hotel in                 Degas and Cézanne. We continue into the city to                same rooms and interiors 100 years ago.
                Cumbernauld near Glasgow. Set in its
                                                              The Glasgow School of Art for a guided tour of
                own 400 acres of woodland, the hotel is
                excellently situated between Glasgow          the building regarded as Mackintosh’s finest                   Day 6 Little Moreton Hall
                and Edinburgh for the itinerary.              architectural masterpiece.                                     En route home to our original pick up points we
                Facilities at the hotel include a                                                                            visit a carefully selected National Trust or English
                restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool,        Day 3 Hill House, Tarbet & Loch Lomond                         Heritage property such as Little Moreton Hall in
                sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and a
                gymnasium. All rooms are en suite and         This morning we travel to Helensburgh to visit                 Cheshire, Britain’s most famous and arguably
                feature television, hairdryer and tea &       Hill House. Sitting high above the Clyde, Hill                 finest timber framed manor house.
                coffee making facilities.                     House is considered one of Charles Rennie
                3* & 5* hotels available – call for details   Mackintosh’s finest domestic creations. The feel of
                                                              the house, which was decorated with the help of
                Extras                                        Mackintosh’s wife, is of restrained elegance
                Single supplement £99                         combined with dazzling architecture. After a lunch
                Insurance                                     stop in the village of Tarbet, a picturesque village
                Entrance fees to places of interest (NT       once described by Queen Victoria as being
                properties free to NT members)
                                                              blessed with ‘splendid passes, richly wooded with
                Optional cruise on Loch Lomond
                                                              the highest mountains behind’, there is an
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                                                                                                                                 Cardiff Castle


                                                 Cardiff ’s Art & Castle
                                                                 5 days from £359

 Featuring                                       SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                  William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. We
 All excursions & guided tours included                                                               then make our way to the Museum of Welsh Life
 Half board accommodation                        Day 1 Lacock Village                                 in St Fagans, beginning with a guided tour that
 Centrally located hotel                         We board our executive coach at our designated       gives us an insight into the rich heritage and
 Blue Badge guide                                pick up points. En route to Cardiff we visit a       culture of Wales. Set in 100 acres of parkland,
 Executive coach throughout                      carefully selected National Trust or English         with over forty original buildings, the Museum
 One free place per 10 paying passengers         Heritage property such as the 13th century           shows how the people of Wales have lived,
                                                 Lacock Village in Wiltshire. We continue to          worked and spent their leisure time over the last
 Included                                        Cardiff and check in to the centrally located        five hundred years.
 Lacock Village
                                                 3* Holiday Inn Cardiff for a four night stay on
 Cardiff city tour
                                                 half board basis.                                    Day 4 Castell Coch & Llancaiach Fawr Manor
 Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre
 National Museum & Art Gallery of Wales                                                               Today we visit Castell Coch, meaning Red Castle
 Cardiff Castle                                  Day 2 Cardiff city tour,                             in Welsh. This perfect fairytale castle may have
 Museum of Welsh Life                            Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre                          an authentic medieval look to the exterior but
 Castell Coch & Llancaiach Fawr Manor            & National Museum & Art Gallery of Wales             the interior is pure Victorian fantasy. In the
 Dyrham Park                                     After meeting our Blue Badge guide at our hotel      afternoon we travel on to Llancaiach Fawr
                                                 this morning, we have a guided tour of Cardiff       Manor where we have a guided tour of this
 Your Hotel                                      including a visit to the Cardiff Bay Visitors        fortified Tudor manor dating from 1530.
 We stay four nights on half board basis at      Centre, designed to resemble a futuristic
 the 3* Holiday Inn Cardiff. A modern hotel      telescope looking out over the panoramic view        Day 5 Dyrham Park
 in the centre of Cardiff situated between
 the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle,      across Cardiff Bay. After time for lunch, we visit   En route home, we have a guided tour of a
 facilities include a restaurant and two bars.   the National Museum and Art Gallery of Wales. A      carefully selected National Trust or English
 All rooms are en suite and feature              guided audio tour (fee extra) takes us through a     Heritage property such as Dyrham Park near
 television, tea & coffee making facilities      wonderful collection from Wales and across the       Chippenham. Built between 1692 and 1704 by
 and a hairdryer.
 4* hotel available – call for details           world, including one of the best collections of      King William III for his Secretary of State,
                                                 Impressionist works outside Paris.                   William Blathwayt, the house contains fine
 Extras                                                                                               textiles and paintings as well as items of
 Single supplement £89                           Day 3 Cardiff Castle & Museum of Welsh Life          Delftware reflecting the contemporary taste for
 Insurance                                       We depart with our Blue Badge guide for Cardiff      all things Dutch. After time for a light lunch we
 Entrance fees to places of interest (NT         Castle. A guided tour of the Castle explores a       return to our original pick up points.
 properties are free to NT members)              history spanning nearly 2,000 years and
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                                                                                                                                                 Harewood House


                                                    History & Heritage of Yorkshire
                                                              6 days from £449 or 5 days from £399

                Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Eden Camp, North Yorkshire
                Half board accommodation                                                                                  Moors Railway & Whitby
                All excursions & guided tours included        Day 1 Harewood House                                        We visit Eden Camp with our Blue Badge guide
                Blue Badge guide                              We depart by executive coach from our designated            this morning, a former prisoner of war camp which
                Executive coach throughout                    pick up points. En route we visit the home of the           uses audio visual technology to depict the history
                One free place per 10 paying passengers       Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood. Located just          of World War II. This afternoon we take a nostalgic
                                                              outside Leeds, Harewood House is renowned for its           steam train journey from Pickering to Grosmont
                Included                                      stunning architecture, exquisite Adam interiors and         (train ticket included) through the picturesque
                Harewood House                                Chippendale furniture and a fine art collection. All        North Yorkshire Moors. Preserved in 1967, the
                York - guided walking tour                    are set in a 1,000 acre Capability Brown landscape          North Yorkshire Moors Railway has gone from
                Merchants Adventurers’ Hall                   with a modern bird garden. We then travel to                strength to strength and has featured on television
                Fairfax House                                 Harrogate and check in to the 3* Cairn Hotel where          and film, including ‘Harry Potter’. We spend the
                Castle Howard                                 we stay on half board basis for the next five nights.       rest of the day in Whitby, a resort dominated by the
                Harrogate - guided tour                                                                                   cliff top ruins of a beautiful 13th century abbey and
                Eden Camp                                     Day 2 York guided tour, Merchant                            with old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and a
                North Yorkshire Moors Railway                 Adventurers’ Hall & Fairfax House                           sandy beach.
                Whitby                                        Our Blue Badge guide meets us at our hotel this
                Constable Burton Hall & Gardens               morning and accompanies us on our full day                  Day 5 Constable Burton Hall
                Markenfield Hall                              excursion to York. Our guided walking tour of the city      & Gardens & Markenfield Hall
                Salt’s Mill & 1853 Gallery                    takes in sights such as the City Walls, the Shambles,       We visit the picturesque Yorkshire Dales with our
                                                              and the Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in            Blue Badge guide today and the Constable Burton
                Your Hotel                                    northern Europe. After free time for lunch we visit the     Hall and Gardens. The owner of the property, Mr
                We stay five nights on half board basis at    Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, built between 1357 and          Charles Wyvill, gives us a guided tour of the Hall
                the 3* Cairn Hotel in Harrogate. Located      1361 and one of the best preserved medieval guild           which is not open to the general public and we are
                a ten minute walk from the centre of the
                spa town, facilities at the hotel include a   halls in the world. A guided tour of Fairfax House          able to admire a fine collection of 18th century
                restaurant and a bar. All rooms are en        introduces us to this stunning Georgian townhouse           furniture and old master paintings, whilst learning
                suite and feature a television, telephone     brimming with decorative flourishes and artistic            about its enthralling history. The head gardener
                and a hospitality tray.                       treasures and displaying some of the finest 18th            introduces us to the romantic garden surrounded
                4* hotel available – call for details         century period furniture in England. We enjoy an            by 18th century parkland. Finally a guided tour of
                                                              included glass of wine at Fairfax House after our tour.     Markenfield Hall introduces us to this spectacular
                Extras                                                                                                    medieval house, built mainly in 1310, and
                Single supplement 69                          Day 3 Castle Howard & Harrogate guided tour                 completely surrounded by a moat. It has been little
                Insurance                                     With our Blue Badge guide we head to Castle                 altered since and is the most complete surviving
                Entrance fees to places of interest (NT       Howard. Set in a beautiful 1,000 acre park adorned          medium sized 14th century country house left
                properties are free to NT members)            with rose gardens, lakes and fountains, this                in England.
                Gratuities                                    magnificent 18th century house is home to the
                                                              Howard family and has been richly furnished                 Day 6 Salt’s Mill & 1853 Gallery
                                                              throughout. We have free time at leisure before             This morning we visit Saltaire to see the houses built
                                                              returning to Harrogate this afternoon where a guided        by Sir Titus Salt for his workers before visiting Salt’s
                                                              tour of the town takes in sights such as the Royal Hall     Mill and 1853 Gallery for a guided tour. The 1853
                                                              and Montpellier Gardens. The rest of the afternoon is       Gallery takes its name from the date of the building
                                                              at leisure and you may choose to visit the Royal Pump       in which it is housed and displays paintings by local
                                                              Room Museum which explores Harrogate’s history              artist David Hockney. Taking carefully selected
                                      Castle Howard           and the reasons why it became a spa town, or take           comfort stops en route we return to our original
                                                              afternoon tea at Betty’s Café Tea Rooms.                    pick up points.



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                                                                                                                       Roman Baths, Bath



                                 Bath, Bristol & Tyntesfield House
                                                               5 days from £359

 Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                   Day 3 Arnolfini & Herschel Museum
 All excursions included                                                                             This morning we travel to Bristol. On arrival we
 Guided tours at every venue                   Day 1 Bath                                            have a guided tour of the Arnolfini, one of
 Half board accommodation                      We board our executive coach at our designated        Europe’s leading centres for contemporary art. In
 Blue Badge guide in Bath                      pick up points. Before heading to our hotel we        the afternoon our guided tour of the Herschel
 Executive coach throughout                    meet up with our Blue Badge guide for a               Museum introduces us to the 18th century home
 One free place per 10 paying passengers       combined coach and walking tour of Bath taking        of astronomer and musician William Herschel and
                                               in sights such as the Roman Baths, the Assembly       his sister Caroline including the workshop where
 Included                                      Rooms and the Royal Crescent. We continue to          Herschel made his telescopes and discovered the
 Guided tour of Bath                           the 3* Limpley Stoke Hotel near Bath where we         planet Uranus in 1781. We also have time to relax
 Number One Royal Crescent                     stay four nights on half board basis.                 in the Georgian garden landscaped in the style of
 Holburne Museum of Art                                                                              Herschel's day.
 Arnolfini                                     Day 2 No 1 Royal Crescent
 Herschel Museum                               & Holburne Museum of Art                              Day 4 Tyntesfield House & Wells
 Tyntesfield House                             Our local Blue Badge guide accompanies us             After breakfast we have a guided tour of Tyntesfield
 Wells                                         throughout the day and this morning we visit No       House. This National Trust property has its original
 Dyrham Park                                   1 Royal Crescent in Bath. Built to the designs of     Victorian interior intact and an unrivalled
                                               John Wood the Younger between 1767 and 1774,          collection of Victorian decorative arts. The property
                                               it is justly considered one of the finest             is surrounded by landscaped gardens, kitchen
 Your Hotel
                                               achievements of 18th century urban architecture.      gardens and park land. We continue to the ancient
 We stay four nights on half board basis at
 the 3* Limpley Stoke Hotel. This              Number One was the first town house of the            city of Wells which is home to one of the most
 Georgian country hotel is conveniently        Royal Crescent to be completed and is an              beautiful cathedrals in England which you have
 situated in a village setting on the          excellent example of Palladian architecture.          time to visit at your leisure.
 outskirts of Bath. The hotel has a            Decorated with handsome hand painted marbled
 restaurant and bar area to relax in and all   wallpaper, the rooms of the house contain period      Day 5 Dyrham Park
 bedrooms have full en suite facilities.       furniture and the artefacts of 18th century daily     En route home, we have a guided tour of a
 4* hotel available – call for details         life. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of the   carefully selected National Trust or English
                                               Holburne Museum of Art. The Museum displays           Heritage property such as Dyrham Park near
 Extras                                        superb English and continental silver, porcelain,     Chippenham. Built between 1692 and 1704 by
 Single supplement £59                         maiolica, glass and Renaissance bronzes. The          King William III for his Secretary of State,
 Insurance                                     Picture Gallery contains works by Turner, Guardi,     William Blathwayt, the house contains fine
 Entrance fees to places of interest (NT       Stubbs and portraits of Bath society by Thomas        textiles and paintings as well as items of
 properties free to NT members)                Gainsborough. There will be time for
 Gratuities
                                                                                                     Delftware reflecting the contemporary taste for
                                               refreshments in the garden tea house.
                                                                                                     all things Dutch. After time for a light lunch we
                                                                                                     return to our original pick up points.



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                                                                                                                                                    Petworth House



                                The Historic Houses & Gardens of Sussex
                                                                                 5 days from £389

                Featuring                                       SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Standen & Nymans Garden
                4* Brighton hotel                                                                                           Our day starts with a guided tour of the National
                All excursions & guided tours included          Day 1 Brighton                                              Trust house and estate at Standen. This hillside
                Executive coach throughout                      Board our executive coach at our designated                 garden is made up of delightful woodland and a
                One free place per 10 paying passengers         pick up points. En route to the south coast we              succession of small very English gardens
                                                                call in at a carefully selected National Trust or           overlooking the Medway Valley and Weir Wood
                Included                                        English heritage property. We then continue on              Reservoir. We have time for lunch here before
                Brighton - guided tour                          to East Sussex where we check into the 4*                   continuing on to the National Trust’s Nymans
                Borde Hill                                      Thistle Brighton on Brighton’s seafront for a               Garden for a guided tour. Nymans is
                Somerset Lodge                                  four night stay on bed and breakfast basis. This            internationally famous for its beauty and
                Petworth House                                  evening is free to dine out in the hotel or one of          collection of rare plants. Features include
                Standen                                         the many local restaurants.                                 stunning summer borders, a pinetum, a lime
                Nymans Gardens                                                                                              avenue and a magnificent collection of
                RHS Garden Wisley                               Day 2 Brighton guided tour & Borde Hill                     rhododendrons and magnolias.
                                                                This morning we have a guided tour of Brighton
                Your Hotel                                      with a Blue Badge guide introducing us to this              Day 5 RHS Garden Wisley
                We stay four nights on bed and breakfast        famous south coast seaside resort. We then                  En route back to our original pick up points we
                basis at the 4* Thistle Brighton. Situated
                in a premier position on the promenade          travel out to Borde Hill for a guided tour of this          stop for a guided tour and free time for a light
                overlooking the sea and within easy             stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage          lunch at RHS Garden Wisley, the HQ of the
                reach of all that the city has to offer, this   garden, set within over 150 acres of traditional            Royal Horticultural Society. This 240 acre garden
                is the perfect base for exploring the East      parkland. Created in 1893 with trees and shrubs             offers a fascinating blend of the beautiful with
                Sussex countryside. Built around a
                spectacular atrium, the hotel has a
                                                                from Asia, Tasmania, the Andes and Europe, it               the practical, innovative design and cultivation
                restaurant, lounge and bar as well as a         has award winning collections of azaleas,                   techniques.
                health and fitness club with swimming           rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.
                pool. Rooms are all en suite and air
                conditioned.                                    Day 3 Somerset Lodge & Petworth House
                3* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board        This morning we visit Somerset Lodge in
                basis available – call for details
                                                                Petworth. This charming half acre town garden
                                                                with ponds and a walled kitchen garden, a small
                Extras
                                                                collection of old roses and a wild flower garden,
                Single supplement £99
                                                                has been cleverly landscaped on a slope with
                Insurance
                Entrance fees to places of interest (NT
                                                                beautiful views. Our next stop is a guided tour at
                properties are free to NT members)              Petworth House, a magnificent late 17th century
                Gratuities                                      mansion set in a beautiful park and containing
                                                                the National Trust’s finest and largest collection
                                                                of pictures.                                                                                          Standen



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                                                                                                              Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin


                                                 Dublin’s Fair City
                                                              5 days from £499

 Featuring                                   SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                     ‘Ballykissangel’. Our tour finishes at Powerscourt
 All excursions & guided tours included                                                              Gardens set in 14,000 acres with delightful lakes,
 Guide for all transfers & excursions        Day 1 UK to Dublin                                      ornamental hedges and gardens. The house was
 Scheduled flights                           Scheduled flight to Dublin where we are met by          gutted by fire in 1974 but recently has been
 Executive coach throughout                  our local guide who will accompany us on all day        reborn as an exceptional tourist destination. The
 One free place per 10 paying passengers     trips and transfers. Transfer in our private            entrance hall now features an exhibition bringing
                                             executive coach to the central 3* Cassidys Hotel        to life the rich history of the estate, while the
 Included                                    in Dublin for a four night stay on bed and              double height Georgian ballroom has been
 Dublin - guided city tour                   breakfast basis.                                        completely restored to its former glory.
 Dublin Castle
 Chester Beatty Library                      Day 2 Dublin city tour, Chester Beatty Library &        Day 4 Book of Kells & the Hugh Lane Gallery
 National Gallery of Ireland                 National Gallery of Ireland                             We visit Trinity College with our guide this
 Glendalough                                 This morning we have a guided tour of Dublin            morning to see the Book of Kells. Written around
 Powerscourt Gardens                         giving us a great introduction to the city of writers   the year 800 AD, the book contains the four
 Trinity College & Book of Kells             and poets taking in such sights as Ha’penny             gospels and is one of the most beautifully
 Hugh Lane Gallery                           Bridge, O’Connell Street and Christchurch               illuminated manuscripts in the world. We then
 Malahide Castle                             Cathedral. After the guided tour we continue with       have a guided tour at the Hugh Lane Gallery, one
                                             our guide to Dublin Castle and a guided tour in         of Ireland’s foremost collections of modern and
 Your Hotel                                  the Chester Beatty Library containing a rich            contemporary art with works ranging from the
 We stay four nights on bed and breakfast    collection of manuscripts, prints, miniature            Impressionist masterpieces of Manet, Monet,
 basis at the 3* Cassidys Hotel in Dublin.   paintings and early printed books. In the               Renoir and Degas to those by leading national
 Located opposite the famous Gate            afternoon we have a guided tour of the National         and international contemporary artists. The rest
 Theatre, the hotel is just a short walk
 from Trinity College, Dublin Castle and     Gallery of Ireland, housing 13,000 works of art,        of the day is at leisure in Dublin.
 the vibrant Temple Bar quarter. The         including works by Titian, Caravaggio,
 hotel has a bar and restaurant and all      Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough..                   Day 5 Malahide Castle
 rooms are en suite.                                                                                 This morning we visit Malahide Castle. Set in 250
 4* hotel and/or stay on half board basis    Day 3 Wicklow Mountains                                 acres of parkland in the pretty seaside town of
 available – call for details                We travel with our guide into the Wicklow               Malahide, the Castle was both a fortress and a
                                             Mountains, known as the ‘garden of Ireland’. Our        private home for nearly eight hundred years. The
 Extras                                      first visit is Glendalough, a 6th century monastic      house is furnished with beautiful period furniture
 Single supplement £99                       site founded by St Kevin and once a major seat of       together with an extensive collection of Irish
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                                             learning in medieval Europe. We then travel on to       portrait paintings, mainly from the National
 Entrance fees to places of interest
                                             Avoca, the subject of Thomas More’s poem, ‘The          Gallery. We continue our journey to Dublin
 Gratuities
                                             Meeting of the Waters’, and the setting of TV’s         Airport for our scheduled flight to the UK.



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                                                                                                                                Château de Fontainebleau


                                                       The Art & Châteaux of Paris
                                                                             5 days from £359

          Featuring                                         SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Musée d’Orsay & Musée de l'Orangerie
          All excursions & guided tours included                                                                        Our guided tour of the Musée d’Orsay this
          Professional local guide in Paris                 Day 1 UK to Paris                                           morning introduces us to its collection of works by
          Executive coach throughout                        We board our executive coach at our designated              the great impressionists dating from 1848-1914
          P&O Ferries Channel crossing                      pick up points and travel to Dover for our P&O              including famous canvases from Monet, Manet,
          One free place per 10 paying passengers
                                                            Ferries Channel crossing to Calais. We continue to          Renoir, van Gogh and Cézanne. In the afternoon
                                                            Paris and check in to the excellent 3* Hotel                we have another guided tour of the Musée de
                                                            Magellan for a four night stay on bed and breakfast         l'Orangerie containing impressionist and post-
          Included
                                                            basis.                                                      impressionist paintings by notable artists such as
          Guided tour of Paris
                                                                                                                        Monet, Picasso and Sisley.
          The Louvre
                                                            Day 2 Paris guided tour & The Louvre
          Château de Fontainebleau
                                                            Our coach takes us into central Paris for a guided          Day 5 Monet’s Gardens at Giverny
          Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
                                                            coach tour taking in the major sights such as the           Today we leave Paris and visit Monet’s Gardens at
          Musée d’Orsay
                                                            Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc De Triomphe and           Giverny where the artist painted his waterlillies
          Musée de l'Orangerie
                                                            Notre Dame. In the afternoon we enjoy a guided              series. The Water Garden is asymmetrical with an
          Monet’s Gardens
                                                            tour of The Louvre, one of the largest, oldest and          exotic Japanese feel to it and Monet came here
                                                            most famous art galleries in the world with a               repeatedly through his life, letting his imagination
          Your Hotel
                                                            wonderful collection including Alexandros of                rove amid the complex interplay of water and light.
          We stay four nights on bed and breakfast
          basis at the good quality 3* Hotel Magellan in
                                                            Antioch’s ‘Venus de Milo’ and Leonardo da Vinci’s           We continue to Calais for our P&O Ferries crossing
          Paris. Located in the 17th District in a quiet    ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘The Virgin and Child with St Anne’.        to Dover and then onward travel to our original
          residential area near the Arc de T riomphe,                                                                   pick up points.
          the hotel is close to the Metro and there are     Day 3 Châteaux de Fontainebleau
          many restaurants in the immediate vicinity in     & de Vaux-le-Vicomte
          which you can dine. All rooms have en suite       This morning our guide accompanies us on a visit
          facilities and are equipped with television and
                                                            to Château de Fontainebleau, one of the largest
          telephone.
                                                            French royal château. Dating back to the 12th
          4* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board
          basis available – call for details                century, the castle was occupied by French kings
                                                            and queens from the Middle Ages until the French
          Extras                                            Revolution. We continue to Château de Vaux-le-
                                                            Vicomte, built in the 17th century for the king’s
          Single supplement £119
                                                            treasurer, Nicholas Fouquet. Vaux-le-Vicomte was in
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                                                            many ways the most lavish and refined castle to be
          Entrance fees to all places of interest
                                                            built in Europe during the mid 17th century.                                               Monet’s Gardens
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                                                                                                                        Château de Miromesnil


                                  Châteaux & Gardens of Normandy
                                                                     5 days from £359

 Featuring                                          SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                     lunch in Dieppe, you have time to wander through
 All excursions included                                                                                    the gardens of Le Clos du Coudray. Containing in
 Guided tours at all places of interest             Day 1 UK to Rouen                                       excess of 6,000 species, the garden has a series of
 Professional local guide on Days 2 to 4            We depart from our designated pick up points in         themed areas including a rose garden under
 Executive coach throughout                         our private executive coach and travel to Dover for     planted with perennials, a shady garden with some
 P&O Ferries Channel crossing                       our P&O Ferries Channel crossing to Calais. We          fabulous hostas, a beautiful potager in a French
 One free place per 10 paying passengers            continue to Rouen and check in to the 3* Mercure        style with borders of box, and long grassy paths
                                                    Hotel Champs de Mars for a four night stay on bed       winding through large borders.
 Included                                           and breakfast basis
 Château de Beaumesnil                                                                                      Day 4 Le Bois des Moutiers Château & Le Vasterival
 Rouen                                              Day 2 Château de Beaumesnil & Rouen                     The Le Bois des Moutiers Château is a Sir Edwin
 Château de Miromesnil                              Our day begins with a guided tour of the Château        Lutyens design while our tour of its Gertrude Jekyll
 Le Clos du Coudray Gardens                         de Beaumesnil. Built between 1633 and 1640,             gardens explores an extensive collection of rare
 Les Bois des Moutiers Château & Gardens            Beaumesnil is an exceptional Louis XIII Baroque         trees and shrubs in a series of valleys running down
 Le Vasterival                                      mansion surrounded by 120 acres of park and             to the sea. After free time for lunch in the Château,
 Château de Mesnil Geoffroy                         French formal gardens and houses beautifully            we enjoy a guided tour of Le Vasterival, one of the
                                                    furnished interiors and a unique collection of          finest private gardens in Europe. Created in 1957
 Your Hotel                                         ancient book bindings. We then return to Rouen for      by Princess Sturdza, the sweeping paths, long vistas
 We stay four nights on bed and breakfast           free time at your leisure this afternoon. Choose to     and huge variety of plants make this garden
 basis at the 3* Mercure Hotel Champs de            explore the picturesque half-timbered houses and        breathtaking in its scope.
 Mars in Rouen. Located a ten minute walk           architectural treasures such as Notre Dame
 from the historic centre of Rouen, facilities at   Cathedral or take a leisurely lunch. You make your      Day 5 Château de Mesnil Geoffroy
 the hotel include a bar and all rooms are en       own way back to the hotel at the end of the             We visit Château de Mesnil Geoffroy this morning.
 suite and feature a television, telephone and      afternoon.                                              A guided tour introduces us to the wonderful
 mini bar.
                                                                                                            sculpted woodwork evident in the reception rooms
 4* hotel and/or stay on half board basis
 available – call for details
                                                    Day 3 Château de Miromesnil                             of this elegant château built in the 17th and 18th
                                                    & Le Clos du Coudray gardens                            centuries. The Rose Garden, Bird Garden and the
 Extras                                             This morning we have a guided tour of Château de        French Park combine to make your senses come
 Single supplement £99
                                                    Miromesnil, the birthplace of the French writer Guy     alive with the colours and scents of this 10-acre of
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                                                    de Maupassant. Four centuries of harmonious             plot while its maze is one of only two in Normandy
 Entrance fees to places of interest
                                                    architectural styles are evident in the château while   conserved to their their original structure. This
 Gratuities
                                                    ancient cedar of Lebanon dominates the                  afternoon we say goodbye to Normandy and head
                                                    magnificent gardens. In the kitchen garden              to Calais for our return P&O Ferries Channel
                                                    (restored forty years ago), squares separated by        crossing to Dover and onwards travel to our
                                                    grass pathways are ordered with a fantastic             original pick up point.
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                                                                                                                                                  Pont d’Avignon


          Provence - in the footsteps of Cezanne & Van Gogh
                                                                              8 days from £799

          Featuring                                         SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         14th century Christian Europe. We also see the four
          All excursions & guided tours included                                                                        remaining of the original 22 arches of the famous
          Guide for all excursions & transfers              Day 1 UK to Provence                                        Pont St Bénezet, better known as Pont d’Avignon.
          Welcome dinner                                    Scheduled flight to Marseilles where we are met by
          Scheduled flights                                 our French guide who will accompany us on all day           Day 5 Nimes & Pont du Gard
          Executive coach throughout                        trips and airport transfers. Transfer in our private        Our morning in Nimes, a town with two thousand
          One free place per 10 paying passengers           executive coach to the 3* Hotel Le Galice in central        years of history, architecture and art, explores the
                                                            Aix-en-Provence for a seven night stay. This evening        stunning Roman temple known as La Maison
          Included                                          we have dinner at the hotel and enjoy a pre-dinner          Carrée, one of the finest remaining examples of a
          Aix–en–Provence guided walking tour               welcome drink and the remaining nights are on               Roman Colliseum in the world. We continue on to
          ‘In Cezanne’s footsteps’ tour                     bed and breakfast basis.                                    the remarkably well conserved Pont du Gard this
          Arles & Glanum                                                                                                afternoon. Reaching a height of 49 metres, the Pont
          Les Baux de Provence                              Day 2 Aix-en-Provence & ‘In Cezanne’s footsteps’            du Gard is the major structure along the Nîmes
          Avignon & Le Palais de Papes
                                                            This morning our guide takes us on a walking tour           Aqueduct and is the highest aqueduct bridge ever
          Nimes & La Maison Carrée
                                                            of Aix-en-Provence and introduces us to this elegant        built by the Romans.
          Pont du Gard
          Sainte Madeleine Basilica
                                                            town with beautiful old buildings, magnificent
          Château de Lourmarin                              squares, fountains, street cafés, markets, art galleries    Day 6 Sainte Madeleine Basilica & Aix-en-Provence
          Château Val Joanis vineyard                       and boutiques. After free time for lunch we enjoy           Sainte Madeleine Basilica in the town of Saint
                                                            an afternoon tour ‘In Cezanne’s footsteps’ to               Maximin is our destination this morning.
          Your Hotel                                        discover the life and landscapes that inspired the          Founded in the 13th century by Charles of Anjou
          We stay seven nights at the 3* Hotel Le           great painter including a visit to his studio.              and considered by many as the most beautiful
          Galice, just a short walk from the centre of                                                                  Gothic building in Provence, the Basilica is built
          Aix en Provence. We have dinner in the hotel      Day 3 Arles & Glanum                                        above a Gallo-Roman crypt containing the tomb
          on the first night and the other six nights are
          on bed and breakfast basis. The hotel boasts      The delightful town of Arles is home to the                 of Mary Magdalene. We return to Aix-en-Provence
          a bar, restaurant and outdoor swimming            magnificent Roman cathedral of Saint Trophime               where our afternoon is at leisure to relax and
          pool. All the bedrooms are en suite.              and where Van Gogh is said to have eventually               enjoy the town.
          4* hotel and/or stay on half board basis          lost his sanity. On arrival we have a leisurely
          available – call for details                      guided walking tour followed by free time to                Day 7 Château de Lourmarin, Cucuron Church &
                                                            relax in this charming town. We then continue on            Château Val Joanis vineyard
          Extras
                                                            to Glanum to see the extensive remains of an                This morning we visit the Renaissance style Château
          Single supplement £169
                                                            important Roman settlement that prospered from              de Lourmarin, dating from the 15th century
          Insurance
          Entrance fees to places of interest               the 6th century BC to the 3rd century AD and                followed by free time for lunch in the village, one of
          Gratuities                                        includes ruins of both civic and religious                  the most beautiful in France. We then travel on to
                                                            structures that are unique in Provence. En route            Cucuron Church and the lovely Château Val Joanis
                                                            back to our hotel we have a brief stop at the               vineyard, situated in the Luberon region on the site
                                                            stunningly beautiful Les Baux de Provence.                  of an ancient Roman villa and where we have time
                                                                                                                        to enjoy a tour of the winery before tasting some of
                                                            Day 4 Avignon                                               the wine and olive oil produced here.
                                                            A full day in the city of Avignon begins with a visit to
                                                            Le Palais des Papes, the Popes Palace, which is the         Day 8 France to UK
                                                            largest and most important Gothic palace in Europe          We leave Aix-en-Provence today and transfer to
                           Le Palais des Papes
                                                            testifying to the leading role played by Avignon in         Marseilles for the flight back to the UK.



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                                                                                                                          Château de Villandry


                                             Châteaux of the Loire Valley
                                                                  6 days from £459

Featuring                                        SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                      Day 5 Châteaux de Chambord & de Blois
All excursions & guided tours included
                                                                                                          For our last full day in the Loire Valley our guide
                                                 Day 1 UK to Tours                                        joins us for a visit to Château de Chambord, the
Half board accommodation
                                                 We depart in our private executive coach from our        largest on the Loire River with a variety of styles
Professional local guide on Days 2 to 5
                                                 designated pick up points and travel to Dover for        including a double spiralled staircase in the centre
Executive coach throughout
                                                 our P&O ferries Channel crossing to Calais (or, if       of the castle. After time for lunch we travel on to
P&O Ferries Channel crossing                     you prefer, to Portsmouth for the sailing to Le          Château de Blois where Louis d’Orleans was
One free place per 10 paying passengers          Havre). We travel on to Tours for a five night stay on   assassinated and Catherine de Medici died after a
                                                 half board basis at the 3* Hotel Turone.                 lifetime of scheming.
Included
Guided tour of Tours                             Day 2 Tours                                              Day 6 France to UK
Château d’Amboise                                This morning we are met by our local guide for a         Sadly its time to leave the Loire Valley for our
Château de Chenonceau                            tour of the medieval quarter of Tours, a showcase of     Channel crossing and onwards travel to our original
Abbey Fontevraud                                 Gothic architecture including the stunning               pick up points.
Château de Villandry                             Cathedral St-Gatien. The rest of the afternoon is
Château de Chambord                              free to explore Tours at your leisure.
Château de Blois
Wine tasting                                     Day 3 Châteaux d’Amboise & de Chenonceau
                                                 Today we depart with our guide for the impressive
                                                 Renaissance Château d’Amboise, which houses the
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                                                 Chapel St Hubert, resting place of Leonardo da
We stay five nights on half board basis at the
                                                 Vinci, and the Clos Luce where Da Vinci spent the
3* Hotel T   urone in Tours. Located a 25
minute walk or short coach transfer to the       last four years of his life. We then travel on to
old town, the hotel is ideally located to        Château de Chenonceau, perhaps the most elegant
explore the surrounding areas of the Loire       of all chateaux in the Loire Valley and renowned for
Valley. All rooms are en-suite and the hotel     the arches that carry it across the water.
has a bar and restaurant.
4* hotel available – call for details            Day 4 Abbey Fontevraud & Château de Villandry
                                                 This morning we travel with our guide to Abbey
Extras                                           Fontevraud, the 12th century resting place of Henry
Single supplement £99                            II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lion Heart.
Insurance                                        We then visit Château de Villandry with its famous
Entrance fees to places of interest
                                                 16th century three tiered gardens comprising the
                                                 pond, the decorative gardens and the kitchen
Gratuities                                                                                                                     Château de Chenonceau
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                                                                                                                                                                Amsterdam


                                                            Holland & the Dutch Masters
                                                                                     5 days from £399

                     Featuring                                      SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         century building round a courtyard, is home to
                     All excursions & guided tours included                                                                     some of his finest portraits. After moving on to
                     Professional local guide in Holland            Day 1 Ghent & Leiden                                        The Hague we have a guided tour of the
                     P&O Ferries Channel crossing                   We board our executive coach at our designated              Mauritshuis, known as the ‘Royal Gallery of
                     Executive coach throughout                     pick up points and travel to Dover for our P&O              Paintings’. Again an outstanding collection
                     One free place per 10 paying passengers        Ferries Channel crossing. On arrival in Calais we           with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Steen,
                                                                    continue to Ghent. Originally the capital of                Frans Hals, Ruysdael, Rubens, Van Dyck, and
                     Included                                       Flanders, it has retained more historical buildings         Vermeer – including his legendary ‘Girl with
                     Ghent                                          than any other Flemish city, including St Bavos             the Pearl Earring’.
                     Van Gogh Museum                                Cathedral, which is home to the famous 24-panel
                     Rijksmuseum                                    altarpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. We           Day 4 The Royal Palace of Het Loo
                     Frans Hals Museum                              then continue on to the 3* Tulip Inn in central             & the Kroller Muller Museum
                     Mauritshuis                                    Leiden for a four night stay on bed and breakfast           The Royal Palace of Het Loo is our destination
                     Royal Palace of Het Loo                        basis. The hotel is within walking distance of the          this morning. Built in 1685 as a country
                     Kroller Muller Museum                          historic city centre and is surrounded by plenty of         residence for William III and his wife, Mary
                     Bruges                                         shops and restaurants.                                      Stuart, the palace was used as recently as 1962 by
                                                                                                                                Wilhelmina as her royal residence. After free time
                     Your Hotel                                     Day 2 Van Gogh Museum & the Rijksmuseum                     for lunch in the beautiful Palace gardens, we
                     We stay four nights on bed and breakfast       Our full day in Amsterdam begins with a guided              drive the short distance to the Kroller Muller
                     basis at the 3* Tulip Inn in central Leiden,   tour at the Van Gogh Museum. After free time for            Museum. The remarkable private collection of
                     the beautiful home town of Rembrandt.          lunch we visit the Rijksmuseum for a guided tour            late 19th century and early 20th century
                     Our hotel is within walking distance of
                     the historic city centre and surrounded        of this world famous art collection, the most               paintings includes 278 works by Van Gogh, an
                     by plenty of restaurants and shops. The        famous of which is Rembrandt’s ‘The Night                   outstanding collection of Chinese porcelain and
                     hotel has a bar, lounge and restaurant         Watch’, but which also includes many Dutch Old              many hundreds of Delftware items
                     and all rooms are en-suite and feature         Masters such as Jan Steen, Frans Hals and
                     television and telephone.                      Vermeer. As well as paintings, the collection               Day 5 Bruges
                     4* hotel and/or stay on half board basis       includes sculptures, clocks, Delft Blue, porcelain          En route home we visit Bruges, whose historic
                     available – call for details
                                                                    and Asian and Oriental art.                                 city centre is included on Unesco’s World
                                                                                                                                Heritage List. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’,
                     Extras
                                                                    Day 3 Frans Hals Museum & the Mauritshuis                   Bruges is famous for lace making, chocolate and
                     Single supplement £99
                                                                    This morning we travel to Haarlem for a guided              its picturesque network of canals. We have some
                     Insurance
                                                                    tour of the Frans Hals Museum’s wonderful                   free time before continuing on to Calais for our
                     Entrance fees to places of interest
                                                                    collection of paintings and craft objects from the          P&O Ferries Channel crossing to Dover and then
                     Gratuities
                                                                    Golden Age. Hals was a contemporary of                      onwards to our original pick up points.
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                                                                                                                 Grand Place, Brussels

                                                4* Flemish Art Tour
                                            Bruges, Brussels, Ghent & Antwerp
                                                               5 days from £399

Featuring                                      SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                 guided tour introduces us to its superb
4* Brussels hotel                                                                                  collection including works by Rubens, Anthony
All excursions & guided tours included         Day 1 Bruges                                        van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens, as well as 19th
Executive coach throughout                     We leave from our designated pick up points in      century and modernist paintings by the likes of
P&O Ferries Channel crossing                   our executive coach and travel to Dover for our     James Ensor and Rik Wouters.
One free place per 10 paying passengers        P&O Ferries Channel crossing to Calais. En
                                               route to Brussels we visit Bruges known as ‘the     Day 4 Ghent guided tour
Included                                       Venice of the North’ where we have time for         & Ghent Museum of Fine Arts
Bruges                                         lunch. We then travel on to Brussels and check      This morning we visit Ghent. Once the ancient
Guided tour of Brussels                        in to the 4* Le Dome Hotel for a four night stay    capital of Flanders and birthplace of Emperor
Museum of Ancient Art                          on bed and breakfast basis.                                   ,
                                                                                                   Charles V the city still boasts more historical
Guided tour of Antwerp                                                                             buildings than any other Flemish city. We enjoy a
& Rubens House                                 Day 2 Brussels guided tour                          guided tour taking in sights such as the Bridge
Royal Museum of Fine Arts                      & Museum of Ancient Art                             of St Michael, the Belfry, the Cloth Hall and Saint
Guided tour of Ghent                           Our morning guided coach tour of Brussels           Bavo Cathedral. This afternoon we have a
Ghent Museum of Fine Arts
                                               takes in the city’s main districts including the    guided tour of the collection of the Ghent
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille
                                               Grand Place, the Royal District and the Louise      Museum of Fine Arts. Among the old
                                               District. We then enjoy a guided tour of the        masterpieces are two works by Hieronymus
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                                               Museum of Ancient Art, housing a vast collection    Bosch. The main body of the collection however
We stay four nights on bed and breakfast
basis at the 4* Le Dome Hotel, just a          of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the      is a large number of works ranging from 19th
short walk to the Grand Palace. Built in       15th to the 18th century. The core of the           century Realism, Romanticism, Impressionism,
1902 at the height of the Art Nouveau          collection is made up of works of art confiscated   Symbolism and Expressionism to 20th century
movement, the hotel has been                   and deposited by the French State during the        Surrealism.
completely renovated and the ‘fin de
siècle’ style is reflected in each of the
                                               revolutionary period.
individually decorated bedrooms.                                                                   Day 5 Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille
3* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board       Day 3 Antwerp guided tour                           We journey to Lille this morning where we have
basis available – call for details             & Royal Museum of Fine Arts                         a guided tour of the Palais des Beaux-Arts
                                               Our full day in Antwerp begins with a guided        considered by many to be one of France’s most
Extras                                         city tour of the Great Market Square, Town Hall,    important galleries. We continue on to Calais for
Single supplement £99                          Butchers Guild House and the Cathedral of our       our return Channel crossing to Dover and
Insurance                                      Lady finishing with a visit to Rubens House         onwards travel to our original pick up points.
Entrance fees to places of interest            (entrance included). The Royal Museum of Fine
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                                                                                                                                         Museum Island


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                                                                                                                                 Sansoucci Palace


                       The Art & History of Berlin & Potsdam
                                                                5 days from £659

 Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                      Rembrandt. After time for lunch we visit the fabulous
 All excursions & guided tours included                                                                 collection at the Museum of Decorative Arts. A pre-
 Central Berlin hotel                          Day 1 Guided tour of Berlin                              booked Kaffee und Kuchen break in the Reichstag is
 Professional local guide                      Scheduled flight to Berlin where we are met by our       followed by a tour of Sir Norman Foster’s great
 Scheduled flights                             guide who will accompany us on all excursions.           restoration.
 Executive coach throughout                    Before checking in to our hotel we enjoy a tour of
 One free place per 10 paying passengers       Berlin taking in sights such as the Reichstag,           Day 4 Charlottenburg Palace
                                               Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Alexanderplatz,         & the Jewish Museum Berlin
 Included                                      the former Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the       This morning we visit with our guide the
 Berlin – guided city tour                     inside of Emperor William Memorial Church. We            Knobelsdorff Wing of Charlottenburg Palace. Set in a
 Pergamon Museum                               then check in to the 3* Hotel Ellington for a four       beautiful park and a favourite palace of Frederick the
 Alte Nationalgalerie                          night stay on bed and breakfast basis. The evening       Great, it was built as a summer residence for the wife
 Altes Museum                                  is then free to dine out either in the hotel or at one   of Friedrich I, Sophie Charlotte. With breathtakingly
 Gemäldegalerie                                of the may local restaurants.                            splendid rooms, one of the highlights is the largest
 Museum of Decorative Arts                                                                              collection of French 18th century paintings outside
 Reichstag                                     Day 2 Museum Island                                      France. After free time for lunch we visit the Daniel
 Charlottenburg Palace                         We spend a full day with our guide at Museum Island,     Libeskind designed Jewish Museum Berlin where you
 Jewish Museum Berlin                          one of the finest museum complexes in the world.         are free to take an audio tour of the exhibitions
 Potsdam - Cecilienhof Palace                  We visit the Pergamon Museum, the internationally        covering two millennia of German Jewish history.
 & Sansoucci Palace                            renowned ancient history museum containing several
                                               wonderful artefacts including the huge Altar of Zeus     Day 5 Potsdam - Cecilienhof Palace & Sanssouci Palace
 Your Hotel                                    from Pergamon (2nd century BC) and the famous            We travel with our guide to Potsdam, a town set
 We stay four nights on bed and breakfast      Ishtar Gate from Babylon. We then tour the Alte          amongst woodlands and lakes with opulent palaces
 basis at the 3* Hotel Ellington in the
                                               Nationalgalerie, home to a comprehensive collection      and gardens including the delightful Sanssouci Palace
 former West Berlin. Offering easy access
 to Berlin’s main attractions, facilities at   of art of the era between the French Revolution and      created in 1744 by Frederick the Great as his summer
 the hotel include a restaurant, bar and       the First World War and featuring artists such as        residence. After time for lunch in the downtown
 (at extra cost) fitness area. All rooms are   Caspar David Friedrich, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and      Dutch Quarter, we visit Cecilienhof Palace built by
 en-suite and feature a television,            Menzel, as well as works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne       Emperor William II for his eldest son, Crown Prince
 telephone, minibar and hairdryer.             and Degas. Finally today, we see the marvellous          William, and his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie. This
 4* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board      Egyptian collection at the Altes Museum including the    palace was also the venue of the Potsdam Conference
 basis available – call for details
                                               exquisite limestone bust of Queen Nefertiti.             between the victorious Allies in 1945. Finally it’s time
                                                                                                        to transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.
 Extras
                                               Day 3 Gemäldegalerie & the Reichstag
 Single supplement £99
                                               Our day begins with a tour of the Gemäldegalerie
 Insurance
                                               housing one of the world’s finest collections of
 Entrance fees to places of interest                                                                      A 2 night stay in Dresden taking in the Zwinger
                                               European art dating from the 13th to the 18th
 Gratuities                                                                                               Palace, the New Green Vault & Pilintz Castle &
                                               centuries including works by Raphael, van Eyck,             Gardens can be added from £199 per person
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Germany & Austria




                                                                                                                                                      Vienna City Hall


                                                                Art & Palaces of Vienna
                                                                                  5 days from £649

                     Featuring                                   SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Liechtenstein Museum
                     4* hotel                                                                                                & Kunsthistorisches Museum
                     All excursions & guided tours included      Day 1 UK to Vienna                                          Our guided tour of the Liechtenstein Museum
                     Professional tour manager                   Scheduled flight to Vienna where we are met by              introduces us to works from the Gothic and
                     Scheduled flights                           our tour manager and executive coach for the                Renaissance period from Italy, Spain and
                     Executive coach throughout                  transfer to the 4* Hotel Ananas for a four night            northern Europe. We continue to the beautiful
                     One free place per 10 paying passengers     stay on bed and breakfast basis.                            Kunsthistorisches Museum. The 16th century
                                                                                                                             Kunst-und Wunderkammer (art and treasure
                     Included                                    Day 2 Vienna guided tour & Schonbrunn Palace                chambers) of Archduke Ferdinand and of
                     Vienna – guided tour                        This morning we depart with our tour manager                Emperor Rudolph II, together with the Baroque
                     Schonbrunn Palace                           and coach for a guided tour of Vienna taking in             collections of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, form
                     Melk Abbey                                  the imperial and architectural beauty of the city, a        the nucleus of the Museum’s magnificent
                     Danube River cruise                         reminder of the great wealth of the Habsburgs               collections. This evening you have the option of
                     Krems                                       and the splendour of the Austro-Hungarian                   attending a carefully selected concert in Vienna.
                     Liechtenstein Museum                        Empire. We finish at the Schonbrunn Palace, the
                     Kunsthistorisches Museum
                                                                 residence of the Habsburg Empress, Maria                    Day 5 Albertina
                     Albertina
                                                                 Theresia, where your entrance fee will include an           The Albertina, a grand Viennese palace, has
                                                                 audio guided tour. The rest of the day is free for          recently been made the home of a permanent
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                                                                 you to explore or relax at your leisure.                    exhibition tracing the progression from
                     We stay four nights on bed and breakfast
                     basis at the 4* Hotel Ananas in Vienna.                                                                 Impressionism to Modernism. The artists range
                     With a metro station opposite the hotel,    Day 3 Melk Abbey & River Danube cruise                      from the French masters Monet, Degas and
                     the historic centre of Vienna is only 5     Today we explore the UNESCO listed Danube                   Cézanne, to Picasso and the abstract
                     minutes away. The hotel has a bar and       Valley with its rich history and magical scenery.           expressionists, Mark Rothko and Sam Francis.
                     restaurant and all rooms are en-suite
                     with all modern facilities.                 Our first stop is the famous Benedictine Melk               After our guided tour of the collection and free
                     3* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board    Abbey, offering one of Europe’s finest examples             time for lunch, we transfer to the airport for our
                     basis available – call for details          of Baroque architecture. Time is at leisure for             flight back to the UK
                                                                 lunch in Melk which dates back to 831 and offers
                     Extras                                      a wonderful variety of architectural gems. We
                     Single supplement £119                      then take a memorable cruise along the scenic
                     Insurance                                   River Danube to the historic town of Krems with
                     Entrance fees to places of interest         its colourful array of historical buildings.
                     Optional concert
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                                                                                                                   Oberammergau Arena

 Oberammergau Passion Play 2010 & the Art of Munich
                                                                  5 days from £999

 Oberammergau Features                            SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                  Day 4 Oberammergau Passion Play
 Passion Play admission ticket in Category                                                             We leave Munich and travel to Oberammergau.
 2 seating area                                   Day 1 UK to Munich                                   After checking in to our allocated Category 1 to
 1 overnight stay with full board accommodation   Scheduled flight to Munich where we are met by       3 (3* standard) inns and guesthouses in and
 Admission to the Oberammergau Museum             our professional local guide who will accompany      around Oberammergau followed by an included
 Playbook of the Passion Play                     us on all transfers and daily excursions. Transfer   3-course lunch, we take our Category 2 seats for
 Shuttle bus service                              in our private executive coach to the good           the Passion Play. The performance runs from
 One free place per 15 paying passengers          quality 3* Reinbold Hotel in Munich for a three      2.30pm until 10.30pm with a 3 hour break for
                                                  night stay on bed and breakfast basis.               an included 3 course dinner in a restaurant in
 Tour Features                                                                                         Oberammergau.
 All day excursions included                      Day 2 Alte Pinakothek & Neue Pinakothek
 Return scheduled flights                         Our day starts with a guided tour of the Alte        Day 5 Nymphenburg Palace
 Professional local guide                         Pinakothek which introduces us to one of the         After breakfast in Oberammergau (and flight
 Executive coach throughout                       most important collections of 14th to 18th           times permitting), we visit Nymphenburg Palace
                                                  century European paintings. After time for lunch     in Munich. The summer residence of the
 Includes                                         we tour the Neue Pinakothek featuring                Bavarian monarchs, our guided tour introduces
 Oberammergau Passion Play tickets & package      outstanding works of European art and                to the Gallery of Beauties, the former bedroom
 Alte Pinakothek & Neue Pinakothek                sculpture from the late 18th to the beginning of     of King Ludwig II and the impressive banquet
 Lenbachhaus & Residenz Munich                    the 20th century. The rest of the day is free for    hall with fine ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist
 Nymphenburg Palace                               you to relax or you may choose to go to the          Zimmermann. We transfer to Munich Airport for
                                                  nearby Glyptothek Museum, home of a fine             our scheduled flight to the UK.
 Your Accommodation                               collection of Greek and Roman sculptures,
 Munich - We stay three nights on bed             complemented by a wonderful array of
 and breakfast basis at the 3* Reinbold
                                                  terracotta and bronze antiquities.
 Hotel in Munich. Located under a five
 minute walk from the Old Town, facilities
 at the hotel include a breakfast room and        Day 3 Lenbachhaus & Residenz Munich
 all rooms are en suite and feature               This morning we visit Lenbachhaus with our
 television, telephone, mini bar and a safe.      guide. A Florentine style villa built for the
 Oberammergau - We stay one night in              painter Franz von Lenbach between 1887 and
 Category 1 to 3 accommodation in                 1891, it was the centre of 19th century Munich
 various inns/guesthouses in and around
 Oberammergau. Dinner and lunch are               school of painting and is today home to a
 included on the day of the Play and              unique collection of works by the artist group
 breakfast is included the following day.         ‘Der Blaue Reiter’. After free time for lunch we
 4* & 5* hotels in Munich & Category 1            have a guided tour of the Residenz Munich, one
 to 3 hotels (with Category 1 Passion Play        of Europe’s most significant interior decoration
 seats) or Category 4 hotels in                   museums. Home to Bavarian dukes, electors and
 Oberammergau available – call for details
                                                  kings for almost 500 years, its 130 rooms have
                                                  been decorated with furniture, oil paintings,
 Extras
                                                  tapestries and porcelain from the best artists of
 Single supplement £89
                                                  their time.
 Insurance
 Entrance fees to places of interest
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Spain & Portugal




                                                                                                                                                                 Barcelona


                                             Barcelona & Salvador Dali’s Figueres
                                                                                   5 days from £599

                    Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 3 Figueres & Museo Teatro
                    All excursions included                                                                                   This morning we head to Figueres, the home
                    Included guided tours at all                  Day 1 UK to Barcelona                                       town of Salvador Dali. On arrival we have a
                    museums & galleries                           Scheduled flight to Barcelona where we are met              guided tour of the Museo Teatro, founded in
                    Professional tour manager                     by our tour manager who will accompany us                   1974 and now the most visited museum in Spain.
                    Scheduled flights                             throughout our tour. Transfer in our private                As well as housing works by the great artist, it is
                    Executive coach throughout                    executive coach to the 3* AB Viladomat Hotel in             also the site of his mausoleum.
                    One free place per 10 paying passengers       Barcelona’s Eixample District for a four night stay
                                                                  on bed and breakfast basis. The evening is free to          Day 4 Barcelona Cathedral, Museu Nacional d’Art
                    Included                                      dine out or in the hotel.                                   de Catalunya & Fundacio Miro
                    Guided tour of Barcelona                                                                                  We make a short stop at Barcelona Cathedral this
                    Parc Guell & La Sagrada Familia               Day 2 Barcelona guided tour, Parc Guell,                    morning before heading to the Museu Nacional
                    Picasso Museum                                La Sagrada Familia & Picasso Museum                         d’Art de Catalunya. Our guided tour introduces
                    Figueres & Museo Teatro                       Our first full day in Barcelona begins with an              us to one of the most important art collections in
                    Barcelona Cathedral                           included guided coach tour of the city. Our first           the city, including the greatest display of
                    Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya             stop is Gaudi’s Parc Guell. Built between 1910              Romanesque items and a Gothic collection from
                    Fondacio Miro                                 and 1914 and commissioned by Eusebi Guell who               the whole of Spain and particularly Catalonia. In
                                                                  wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona               the afternoon we have a guided tour of the
                    Your Hotel                                    aristocracy, the park is a designated UNESCO                Fundacio Miro, a permanent collection of
                    We stay four nights on bed and breakfast      World Heritage Site and although many of the                graphics, paintings and statues by the surrealist
                    basis at the 3* AB Viladomat Hotel in         original plans did not come to fruition, the park           artist Joan Miro. The building housing the
                    Barcelona. Located in the Eixample
                    District and just a fifteen minute walk       remains one of the most popular visitor                     collection is also of note, being designed by the
                    from the Ramblas, facilities include a        attractions of the city. We then travel on to the           artist’s friend, Josep Lluís Sert.
                    restaurant and bar, whilst all rooms are      church of La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s great
                    en suite and feature television, telephone    unfinished masterpiece followed by the Casa La              Day 5 Barcelona to UK
                    and a hairdryer.                              Padrera (Casa Mila), the apartment block which is           The morning is at leisure to explore Barcelona
                    4* & 5* hotels available – call for details   Gaudi’s greatest contribution to Barcelona’s civic          before we transfer to the airport for our
                                                                  architecture. We also make a photo stop at Casa             scheduled flight back to the UK.
                    Extras                                        Batllo to see Gaudi’s trademark chimneys. After
                    Single supplement £99                         lunch, we have a guided tour of the Picasso
                    Insurance                                     Museum. At the end of the day we return to the
                    Entrance fees to places of interest
                                                                  hotel although if you wish you may stay in the
                    Gratuities
                                                                  Museum (open until 8pm) and make your own
                                                                  way back to the hotel at your leisure.



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                                                                                                                                         Alcazar

                                               Madrid, Segovia & Toledo
                                                                 6 days from £699

 Featuring                                       SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                 Day 4 San Lorenzo de El Escorial
 4* central Madrid hotel                                                                             San Lorenzo de El Escorial set in the foothills of
 All excursions & guided tours included          Day 1 UK to Madrid                                  the Sierra de Guadarrama and declared a World
 Professional tour manager                       Scheduled flight to Madrid where we are met by      Heritage Site in 1984, contains museums,
 Scheduled flights                               our tour manager who will accompany us              chapterhouses, a church, library and sumptuous
 Executive coach throughout                      throughout our stay. Transfer in our private        apartments and houses some of the most
 One free place per 10 paying passengers         executive coach to the 4* Agumar Hotel in           important works of art of the royal Habsburg
                                                 central Madrid for a five night stay on bed and     collections. We return to Madrid where the rest
 Included                                        breakfast basis.                                    of the day is free for time at leisure.
 Guided tour of Madrid
 Museo del Prado                                 Day 2 Madrid guided tour & Museo del Prado          Day 5 Segovia & Avila
 Toledo                                          Our full day in Madrid begins with a guided         Our first destination today is the World Heritage
 Aranjuez                                        coach orientation tour taking in the Royal Palace   site of Segovia. With narrow streets and beautiful
 San Lorenzo de El Escorial                      and Puerta del Sol, marking the centre of Madrid    mansions, this town is best known for its Roman
 Segovia                                         and Spain. In the afternoon we have a guided        churches, two tier aqueduct built circa 50 AD
 Avila
                                                 tour of the Museo del Prado housing the world’s     and its 16th century cathedral and plaza. We
 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
                                                 greatest assembly of Spanish paintings including    then travel on to Avila, a beautiful city
                                                 works by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez as well       surrounded by the finest preserved medieval
 Your Hotel
                                                 as works by Italian and Flemish masters.            walls in Europe with 88 turrets and nine
 We stay five nights on bed and breakfast
 basis at the 4* Agumar Hotel in Madrid.                                                             gateways protecting its beautiful palaces and
 The hotel is close to the Parque del            Day 3 Toledo & Aranjuez                             churches.
 Retiro and is approximately a twenty            Today we travel to Toledo, known as the ‘city of
 minute walk from the Museo del Prado            the three cultures’, because Christians, Arabs      Day 6 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
 and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
 Facilities include a restaurant and bar and     and Jews lived together here for centuries.         This morning we visit the Museo Thyssen-
 all rooms are en suite and feature              Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and   Bornemisza housed in the Palacio de
 television, telephone, hairdryer, safe and      cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces,   Villahermosa. With a collection of some 800
 a mini bar.                                     fortresses, mosques and synagogues. A guided        paintings including masterpieces by Titian, Goya,
 3* & 5* hotels available – call for details     tour on arrival introduces us to sights such as     Van Gogh and Picasso, it is regarded by many as
                                                 Charles V’s fortified Alcázar de Toledo and the     the most important privately assembled art
 Extras
                                                 magnificent 6th century cathedral, one of the       collection in the world. We then transfer to
 Single supplement £179
                                                 largest in modern Christianity. In the afternoon    Madrid Airport for our flight back to the UK.
 Insurance
                                                 we travel on to Aranjuez where we visit the
 Entrance to places of interest
 Gratuities                                      Royal Palace and its 740 acre gardens, Spain’s
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                                                                                                                             Mesquita Cathedral, Cordoba

                                                    Seville, the Alhambra & Rhonda
                                                                                7 days from £759

                    Featuring                                  SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Alhambra Palace
                                                                                                                           Today we have a guided tour of the Alhambra
                    4* hotels throughout
                                                               Day 1 UK to Seville                                         Palace. Dating from the 14th century, the Palace
                    All excursions & guided tours included
                                                               Scheduled flight to Seville where we are met by             is the high point of Moorish culture and is
                    Professional tour manager
                                                               our tour manager who will accompany us                      recognised as the world’s greatest Moorish
                    Scheduled flights                          throughout our tour. Transfer in our private                monument. With gardens, fortifications and
                    Executive coach throughout                 executive coach to the 4* Hotel Catalonia                   sumptuous palaces, it was the home of many of
                    One free place per 10 paying passengers    Giralda in Seville for a two night stay on bed and          the Arabic Sultans who ruled the whole
                                                               breakfast basis. The evening is free to dine out at         province. The city of Granada is a maze of
                    Included                                   one of the many of the local restaurants.                   winding streets, with its old Christian and gypsy
                    Guided tour of Seville                                                                                 quarters, which are a delight to explore.
                    Museo de Bellas Artes                      Day 2 Seville guided tour & Museo de Bellas Artes
                    Cordoba & The Mesquita                     This morning we have a guided tour of Seville. The          Day 5 Granada to Ronda
                                                               capital of Andalusia made famous by the                     The morning is free in Granada before travelling
                    Granada
                                                               Conquistadors was once one of the richest cities in         on to Ronda. We check in to the 4* Hotel
                    Alhambra Palace
                                                               the world and is now home to the world’s largest            Maestranza in Ronda’s historic centre where we
                    Guided tour of Ronda
                                                               cathedral and the Reales Alacazares, a stunning             stay two nights on bed and breakfast basis and the
                                                               Moorish Palace which was the Spanish kings’ royal           rest of the day is then free to relax.
                    Your Hotels                                residence for seven centuries. After free time for
                    We stay two nights in Seville at the 4*    lunch we have a guided tour of the Museo de                 Day 6 Ronda guided tour
                    Hotel Catalonia Giralda, two nights in     Bellas Artes. Formerly a convent, this is now one of        Lying within an amphitheatre of limestone hills
                    Granada at the 4* Gran Hotel Luna de       Spain’s finest galleries with a particular focus on         and standing above 120m cliffs, Ronda is one of
                    Granada and two nights in Ronda at the     artists from Seville including works by Goya,               the most dramatically sited towns in Spain. The
                    4* Hotel Maestranza. At each hotel we      Murillo, Millan, Zurbaran and Ribera.                       Moorish part of the town is divided from the
                    stay on bed and breakfast basis. All                                                                   modern part by the extraordinary Tajo, a 90m
                    hotels are centrally located and rooms
                                                               Day 3 The Mesquita & Granada                                gorge with the river flowing below. After a
                    are en suite.
                                                               We leave Seville and travel to Granada. En route            morning guided city tour, the rest of the
                    3* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board   we visit the Moorish capital of Cordoba, once               afternoon is at leisure.
                    basis available – call for details
                                                               famous for its Jewish community and now known
                                                               for the Mesquita, the grandest Mosque ever                  Day 7 Spain to UK
                    Extras                                     constructed by the Moors. You have time to see              We transfer to the airport for our flight back to
                    Single supplement £149                     this quite stunning building at your leisure with           the UK.
                    Insurance                                  time for lunch before travelling on to Granada
                    Entrance fees to places of interest        where we stay two nights on bed and breakfast
                    Gratuities                                 basis at the 4* Gran Hotel Luna de Granada.



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                                                                                                                    Quelez Royal Palace


                                       4* Lisbon Art & Cultural Tour
                                                               5 days from £599

 Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                 Mateus Vicente de Oliveira transformed Prince
 4* central Lisbon hotel                                                                           Dom Pedro’s occasional hunting lodge into a
 All excursions & guided tours included        Day 1 UK to Lisbon                                  special summer palace now known as the
 Professional tour manager                     Scheduled flight to Lisbon where we are met by      ‘Portuguese Versailles’. Travelling along the
 Scheduled flights                             our tour manager who will accompany us              picturesque Atlantic coastline and passing the
 Executive coach throughout                    throughout our tour. Transfer in our private        cosmopolitan village of Estoril, we stop at the
 One free place per 10 paying passengers       executive coach to the 4* Hotel Mundial in          fishing village of Cascais before heading inland to
                                               Lisbon for a four night stay on bed and breakfast   the idyllic mountain town of Sintra, adored by
 Included                                      basis.                                              artists and writers from all over the world, where
 Guided tour of Lisbon                                                                             we have time at leisure for lunch. This afternoon
 Museu dos Coches                              Day 2 Lisbon guided tour, Museu dos Coches,         we visit the UNESCO listed Royal Palace at Sintra,
 Palacio de Fronteria                          Palacio de Fronteria & Museu de Arte Antiga         the summer residence of the Portuguese royal
 Museu de Arte Antiga                          Our full day in Lisbon begins with a guided city    family during the 15th and 16th centuries and the
 Cascais
                                               tour taking in sights such as the Belem Tower,      best example of a medieval palace in Portugal.
 Quelez Royal Palace
                                               Pedro Square, the Medieval Quarter of Alfarma
 Sintra & Royal Palace
 Fundação Medeiros e Almeida
                                               and the beautiful 16th century Hieronymite          Day 4 Fundação Medeiros e Almeida
 Museu Gulbenkian                              Cathedral. We also visit the Museu dos Coches.      & Museu Gulbenkian
                                               Located in an 18th century riding school and        This morning we have a guided tour of the
 Your Hotel                                    containing an important collection of carriages     Fundação Medeiros e Almeida in Lisbon, with a
 We stay four nights on bed and breakfast      dating from the 16th century, this is one of the    fine collection of European paintings, furniture,
 basis at the centrally located 4* Hotel       most visited museums in Portugal. After free time   tapestries, sacred art, jewellery and china. We
 Mundial in Lisbon. Centrally located in       for lunch we head to the Palacio de Fronteria       then head to the Museu Gulbenkian. One of
 Lisbon’s Baixa Pombalina district, with a
 spectacular view of St George’s Castle,       where the Duke of Wellington lived when             Europe's unsung treasures, it houses a
 facilities include a restaurant and bar and   defending Lisbon from Napoleon's army. Our last     magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman,
 all rooms are en suite featuring              visit of the day is to the Museu de Arte Antiga,    Islamic, Asian and European art. Our guided tour
 television, telephone, mini bar, safe and a   housing works by artists such as Hans Memling,      introduces us to masterpieces by Frans Hals,
 hairdryer.
                                               Raphael and Tintoretto and whose chapel is a fine   Rubens, Rembrandt, Fragonard and
 3* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board
 basis available – call for details            example of 18th century Portuguese Baroque art      Gainsborough.
                                               and architecture.
 Extras                                                                                            Day 5 Lisbon to UK
 Single supplement £139                        Day 3 Queluz Royal Palace,                          The morning is free to relax and for last minute
 Insurance                                     Cascais & Royal Palace at Sintra                    shopping in Lisbon prior to our coach transfer to
 Entrance fees to places of interest           Queluz Royal Palace is our destination this         the airport for our flight to the UK.
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                                                                                                                                                  St Petersburg


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                                                                      The Jordan Staircase, The Hermitage, St Petersburg


                             Palaces & Galleries of St Petersburg
                                                               6 days from £999

 Featuring                                     SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                  Day 4 The Hermitage
 All excursions & guided tours included                                                             The whole day is spent at the magnificent
 All entrance fees included                    Day 1 UK to St Peterburg                             Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art
 Professional tour manager                     Scheduled flight to St Petersburg where we are       galleries located in the Winter Palace founded by
 Scheduled flights                             met by our tour manager who will accompany           Catherine the Great. There are some two million
 Executive coach throughout
                                               us on all excursions and airport transfers.          works of art by the great masters and we have a
 One free place per 15 paying passengers
                                               Transfer in our private executive coach to the       guided tour on arrival to ensure you see some of
                                               centrally located 3* Hotel Dostoevsky for a five     the many highlights. The rest of the day is free
                                               night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The         to explore The Hermitage at your leisure.
 Included
                                               evening is free to dine in one of many
 Full day guided tour of St Petersburg
                                               restaurants in the hotel.                            Day 5 Russian Museum & Peter and Paul Fortress
 Pavlosk Palace
                                                                                                    Our day begins with a guided tour of the
 Pushkin – Catherine Palace
 & Alexander Palace                            Day 2 St Petersburg                                  Russian Museum which houses a fine display of
 The Hermitage                                 A full day guided city tour taking in such sights    artefacts and some of Russia’s greatest works of
 Russian Museum & Peter & Paul Fortress        as the Church of St Nicholas, St Isaacs Cathedral,   art that are little known outside the country. We
 Peterhof                                      the Smolny Institute and the Strelka from we are     then visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest
                                               afforded excellent views of the River Neva. We       building in St Petersburg, and the Baroque
 Your Hotel                                    also see the Church of the Spilled Blood, the        interior of the St Peter and St Paul Cathedral
 We stay five nights on bed and breakfast
                                               marvellous Russian style church built on the         with its landmark golden needle spire which is
 basis at the 3* Hotel Dostoevsky,             spot where Emperor Alexander II was                  the final resting place for many Russian Tsars
 situated in the heart of St Petersburg.       assassinated in March 1881, with its beautiful       including Peter the Great.
 The hotel has a blend of classical            multi-coloured domes.
 interiors and modern facilities with some                                                          Day 6 Peterhof
 eight different restaurants, cafes and bars   Day 3 Pavlosk, Catherine & Alexander Palaces         A grand avenue of terraces and pools leads to
 to choose from as well as a fitness centre
                                               We head for the countryside to visit the 18th        Peterhof, the magnificent palace built by Peter
 and sauna. All rooms are en-suite.
                                               century Pavlosk Palace, the imperial residence of    the Great overlooking the Baltic Sea and
 4* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board
 basis available – call for details            Catherine the Great’s son. We then continue on       adorned with magnificent interiors. After an
                                               to Pushkin, home of the Imperial family and          included lunch and free time we transfer to the
 Extras                                        former summer residence of the aristocracy,          airport for our flight back to the UK.
                                               where we visit the sumptuous Catherine Palace
 Single supplement £149
                                               built in Baroque style and boasting a 300 metre       An extra 2 days in Moscow including an overnight
 Insurance
                                               façade. Our full day ends with a visit to the          first class sleeper train from St Petersburg can be
 Visa fee
                                               Alexander Palace, residence of Nicholas II and              added to this tour from £189 per person.
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                                               his family. Lunch is included today.



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                                                                                                                                                                      Dubrovnik


                                                                        Dubrovnik & Croatia
                                                                                         7 days from £699

                            Featuring                                   SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         and mussel farm. After the sightseeing, we enjoy a
                            Half board accommodation                                                                                small snack in a Dalmatian cellar before returning
                            All excursions & guided tours included      Day 1 UK to Dubrovnik                                       to Dubrovnik.
                            Professional local guide                    Scheduled flight to Dubrovnik where we are met
                            Scheduled flights                           by our professional local guide who will                    Day 5 Mostar
                            Executive coach throughout                  accompany us on all day trips and transfers.                Our full day tour to Mostar introduces us to the
                            One free place per 10 paying passengers     Transfer in our private executive coach to the              varied cultures and religions that over the
                                                                        3* Argosy Hotel in Dubrovnik where we stay six              centuries have left their mark. We drive along the
                            Included                                    nights on half board basis                                  coast to the town of Neum, and then turn inland
                            Two guided city tours of Dubrovnik                                                                      through the mountainous areas of Herzegovina.
                            Trsteno & Ston                              Day 2 Dubrovnik                                             After a brief stop above the Deransko Lake we
                            Mostar                                      We enjoy a coach drive along the coastal highway            drive along the Neretva River Valley to Mostar.
                            Montenegro                                  for a panoramic view of the city walls and ancient          During Turkish rule, the city was an important
                                                                        rooftops followed by a guided walking tour                  trade centre and our guided tour shows us the
                            Your Hotel                                  through the UNESCO listed ancient town.                     city highlights including an old Bazaar and the
                            We stay six nights on half board basis at   Surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, it is a              Mosque. Our return drive takes us to Pocitelj, a
                            the superior 3* Argosy Hotel in             treasure trove of architectural and cultural                picturesque fortress town rich in oriental
                            Dubrovnik. Located near to the beach        masterpieces, scrupulously preserved over the               architecture.
                            and on the edge of a beautiful park, the
                                                                        centuries. Our tour includes a visit to The
                            hotel has a bar, restaurant and swimming
                            pool and all rooms are en-suite.            Dominican Monastery and Museum and The                      Day 6 Montenegro
                            4* hotel available – call for details       Franciscan Monastery Museum with its 14th                   The Montenegro Littoral provides stunning
                                                                        century pharmacy.                                           natural beauty and an abundance of historical
                            Extras                                                                                                  sites. Our drive takes us to the mouth of the Bay
                            Single supplement £99                       Day 3 Dubrovnik                                             of Kotor through the most beautiful parts of the
                            Insurance                                   Our second guided tour focuses on the cultural              bay to the towns of Risan and Perast, boasting
                            Entrance fees to places of interest         heritage and rich history of Dubrovnik. We visit            some of the best Baroque architecture on the
                            Gratuities                                  the Rector's Palace, the Cathedral and its Treasury,        Adriatic. We travel on to Kotor, a wonderful
                                                                        the Synagogue and walk the city walls.                      medieval town dating from the 12th century and
                                                                                                                                    now a UNESCO site. Our descent from the
                                                                        Day 4 Trsteno & Ston                                        heights takes us to Cetinje, the one time seat of
                                                                        With its exotic vegetation and plants including             Montenegro rule. After time for sightseeing in
                                                                        giant plane trees, palms and camphor trees, the             Cetinje, we return to the coast with a short stop
                                                                        Arboretum at Trsteno is a delight. After a leisurely        above Sveti Stefan and Budva before a ferry ride
                                                                        stroll through the botanical garden, we head for            back across the bay to Dubrovnik.
                                                                        Ston one of the first towns in Europe to be built
                                                                        to a definite urban plan and attracting hundreds            Day 7 Dubrovnik to UK
                                                                        of visitors to its 5 kilometre long stone walls.            After the morning free in Dubrovnik we have an
                                                                        Other attractions include the old Saltpan where             afternoon transfer to the airport for our
                                                     Montenegro         salt is still being produced and the famous oyster          scheduled flight back to the UK.




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                                                                                                                         Blue Mosque, Istanbul

                                  Istanbul - where East meets West
                                                 European Capital of Culture 2010
                                                                    5 days from £599                                                         European City of Culture




 Featuring                                         SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                     Day 4 Church of St Sophia, Underground Cistern
 4* Istanbul hotel                                                                                         & Covered Bazaar
 Full programme of included excursions             Day 1 UK to Istanbul                                    We stay in Istanbul today and we start the
 All guided tours included                         Scheduled flight to Istanbul where we are met by        morning by visiting with our guide the Byzantine
 Professional local guide                          our professional guide who will accompany us on         Church of St Sophia, among the finest
 Scheduled flights                                 all day trips and airport transfers. Transfer in our    architectural works in the world. Its wide, flat
 Executive coach throughout                        private executive coach to the 4* Hotel Beyaz           dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th
 One free place per 10 paying passengers           Saray in Istanbul for a four night stay on bed and      century and architects still marvel at the building's
                                                   breakfast basis.                                        many innovations. We then visit the Underground
 Included                                                                                                  Cistern which was built in the 6th century and
 Guided tour of Istanbul - Blue Mosque             Day 2 Istanbul guided tour & the Golden Horn            supplied water throughout the city during the
 & Topkapi Palace                                  This morning we meet our guide for a tour of the        Byzantine and Ottoman times. Re-discovered in
 Tour of the Golden Horn                           old city. We start by heading to the Sultanahmet        1545, it was used to water the gardens of Topkapi
 Church of St Sophia                               district in the heart of historic Old Istanbul and      Palace. Our guide then accompanies us to the
 Underground Cistern                               our first visit is to the Blue Mosque. The              Covered Bazaar of Istanbul, with 60 alleyways and
 Covered Bazaar in Istanbul
                                                   masterwork of the 17th century Ottoman                  3,000 shops it is the oldest and largest in the
                                                   architect Sedefkâr Mehmet Aga, with its six             world.
 Optional
                                                   minarets and a great cascade of domes, the
 River Bosphorus cruise
                                                   Mosque is a great feature of the Istanbul skyline.      Day 5 Istanbul to UK
                                                   We continue to the Topkapi Palace. Home of the          We have the morning free in Istanbul prior to
 Your Hotel
 We stay four nights on bed and breakfast
                                                   Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years and the            taking our scheduled flight back to the UK.
 basis at the excellent 4* Hotel Beyaz             heart of the vast Ottoman Empire, Topkapi is
 Saray in Istanbul. Located close to the           today a museum of the old Turkish way of life.
 Beyazit Mosque and the Grand Bazaar,              After free time for lunch we are introduced to the
 facilities at the hotel include a restaurant,     imperial history of the city by a coach tour of the
 bar and a beauty centre. All rooms are en
 suite with air conditioning, mini bar,            Golden Horn and the great walls of
 television, telephone and an electronic           Constantinople.
 safe.
 5* hotel and/or stay on half board basis          Day 3 River Bosphorus cruise
 available – call for details                      Today we have a free day or you may wish to join
                                                   the optional trip to explore the Asian part of the
 Extras                                            city and enjoy a cruise on the River Bosphorus. We
 Single supplement £99
                                                   board the boat at Sariyer, a charming fishing village
 Insurance
                                                   where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. We have
 Entrance fees to places of interest
 (except St Sophia Church &                        a perfect vantage point to see the Sultan’s palaces,
 Underground Cistern)                              Rumeli Fortress, the mansions and modern villas
 Optional River Bosphorus cruise                   forming the elegant part of the city. Lunch and a
                                                   visit to the Spice Bazaar are also included.
                                                                                                                                            Topkapi Palace
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                                                                                                                                                                            Krakow


                                                                        Krakow’s Art & History
                                                                                          5 days from £499

                            Featuring                                    SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 3 Jagiello University & the Jewish Quarter
                            Full programme of included daily                                                                         This morning we visit with our guide the 630 year
                            excursions                                   Day 1 UK to Krakow                                          old Jagiello University buildings, including the
                            All guided tours & entrance fees included    Scheduled flight to Krakow where we are met by              Collegium Maius (The Grand College). Rebuilt in
                            Professional local guide                     our professional guide who will accompany us on             the 15th century as a splendid late Gothic edifice
                            Scheduled flights                            all our day trips and airport transfers. Transfer in        around a vast courtyard with surrounding
                            Executive coach throughout                   our private executive coach to the 3* Atrium                arcades, its alumni include the astronomer
                            One free place per 10 paying passengers      Hotel in Krakow for a four night stay on bed and            Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. We then visit
                                                                         breakfast basis.                                            the Czartoryskich Palace and Art Gallery whose
                            Included                                                                                                 collection includes Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Lady with
                            Guided tour of Krakow                        Day 2 Krakow guided tour                                    an Ermine’. After lunch we explore Krakow’s
                            Jagiello University – Collegium Maius,       Today we have a guided city tour of Krakow                  Jewish Quarter with our guide.
                            Czartoryskich Palace & Art Gallery           taking in the important sights of the city. The
                            Tour of the Jewish Quarter                   Cloth Hall, with a splendid Renaissance edifice             Day 4 Wieliczka Salt Mines
                            Wieliczka Salt Mines                         and an ornate roof adorned with grotesque                   The magnificent Wieliczka Salt Mines were
                                                                         masks, is the world's oldest shopping mall having           established in 1978 as a UNESCO World Cultural
                            Optional
                                                                         been in business in the middle of the Grand                 & Heritage Site. Nine centuries of mining in
                            Auschwitz
                                                                         Square for 700 years. St Mary's Basilica, Krakow's          Wieliczka produced 200 kilometres of passages
                                                                         principal church since the 14th century, is                 and 2,040 caverns. The tourist route starts 64 m
                            Your Hotel
                                                                         particularly famous for its wooden altar carved by          deep and ends 135 m below ground level. The
                            We stay four nights on bed and breakfast
                            basis at the 3* Atrium Hotel, just a 10      Veit Stoss. The stately halls and exquisite                 highlight of the tour is the underground cathedral
                            minute walk from Krakow’s historic           chambers of Wawel Royal Castle were home to                 where the wall decorations, altar, religious
                            centre. All rooms are en suite and           three dynasties of Poland's monarchs, and its               statues, floor, ceiling and even the chandeliers are
                            feature television, telephone and mini       collection of the 16th century monumental                   all made of salt. We also see the world's biggest
                            bar.                                         Flemish tapestries is matchless. Wawel Cathedral,           museum of mining with unique centuries old
                            4* hotel and/or stay on half board basis
                                                                         Poland's national sanctuary with a 1,000 year old           equipment among its exhibits.
                            available – call for details
                                                                         history, was the coronation site of Polish
                            Extras                                       monarchs and is home to a wonderful art                     Day 5 Krakow & Auschwitz
                            Single supplement £99                        collection from Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque             A free morning to enjoy Krakow at your leisure to
                            Insurance                                    to Classicist and Modern. The rest of the                   explore the city or to take an optional excursion
                            Entrance fees to places of interest          afternoon is free to explore Krakow at your                 and guided tour of Auschwitz, one of the most
                            Optional Auschwitz excursion                 leisure.                                                    notorious German concentration camps. We then
                            Gratuities                                                                                               transfer to Krakow Airport for our scheduled
                                                                                                                                     flight to the UK.



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                                                                                                                                            Prague


                                         The Art & Castles of Prague
                                                               5 days from £599

 Featuring                                    SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                      the Czech president. With its hilltop location
 Centrally located 4* hotel                                                                            Prague Castle provides wonderful views out over
 All excursions included                      Day 1 UK to Prague                                       the Vltava River with the old town in the
 Guided tours at every venue                  Scheduled flight to Prague where we are met by           background. This afternoon we enjoy a guided
 Professional local guide                     our professional guide who will accompany us on          tour of the Convent of St George. Established in
 Scheduled flights                            all day trips and airport transfers. Transfer in our     973, it was Bohemia's first convent and today as
 Executive coach throughout                   private executive coach to the central 4* Hotel          one of the branches of the National Gallery it
 One free place per 10 paying passengers      Yasmin for a four night stay on bed and breakfast        houses an excellent collection of Czech
                                              basis.                                                   Renaissance and Baroque art.
 Included
 Guided tour of Prague                        Day 2 Prague guided tour                                 Day 4 Konopiste Castle
 Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia               & Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia                         This morning we visit Konopiste Castle with our
 Prague Castle Complex                        As a lovely introduction to this delightful city, this   guide. The Castle was once the palatial residence
 Convent of St George                         morning we have a guided walking tour of Prague          of the ill fated Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. This
 Konopiste Castle                             taking in such sights as Wenceslas Square, the           fascinating day out includes a guided tour of the
 Sternberg Palace
                                              Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge. After lunch           Castle on arrival. On our return to Prague you
                                              we have a guided tour of the Convent of St Agnes         have the rest of the day at leisure.
 Your Hotel
                                              of Bohemia. Dating from the 13th century, when
 We stay four nights on bed and breakfast
 basis at the 4* Hotel Yasmin. A boutique     it was founded by St Agnes, the Convent is now           Day 5 Sternberg Palace
 type hotel in the heart of Prague and just   one of the seven venues used by the National             This morning we have a guided tour of Sternberg
 a few steps from Wenceslas Square,           Gallery to display exhibits. The Gallery’s               Palace. Named after Franc Josef Sternberg, who
 there are plenty of places to eat in the     collection here is entitled ‘Medieval Art in             founded the Society of Patriotic Friends of the
 immediate area or you can dine in the
 hotel restaurant. The hotel also has a       Bohemia and Central Europe’ and is home to the           Arts in Bohemia in 1796, it houses the National
 bar, summer garden and sauna and             works of Czech artists from the 14th century, as         Gallery's valuable collection of 14th to 18th
 fitness centre. All bedrooms are en suite    well as 15th and 16th century works by central           century European art, including works by Goya,
 and feature air conditioning, minibar,       European artists.                                        Rembrandt, Rubens and Donatello. We then
 satellite television and hairdryer.
                                                                                                       transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight
 3* & 5* hotels and/or stay on half board
 basis available – call for details           Day 3 Prague Castle & the Convent of St George           back to the UK.
                                              This morning’s tour of Prague Castle Complex
 Extras                                       takes in some of Prague's best sites, including the
 Single supplement £159                       Cathedral of St Vitus, St George's Basilica, the
 Insurance                                    Powder Tower, the Old Royal Palace and the
 Entrance fees to places of interest          Golden Lane. Originally the residence of
 Gratuities                                   Bohemian kings, the Castle is today the seat of



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                                                                                                                                                           New York


                                                               New York Art Tour
                                                                             6 days from £999

             Featuring                                      SUGGESTED ITINERARY                                         Day 4 Manhattan Island cruise
             First class central hotel with porterage                                                                   Today you have the option of a cruise around
             All excursions & guided tours included         Day 1 UK to New York                                        Manhattan Island beneath the Brooklyn,
             Professional local guide                       Scheduled flight to New York where we are met               Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges taking in
             Scheduled flights                              by our private coach and guide for the transfer to          views of the world’s premier skyline and a close
             Executive coach throughout                     the first class Park Central Hotel on Seventh               up of the Statue of Liberty. The rest of the day is
             One free place per 15 paying passengers        Avenue for a four night stay on room only basis.            free to enjoy New York at your leisure.

             Included                                       Day 2 Manhattan guided tour & Metropolitan                  Day 5 Guggenheim Museum
             Half day guided tour of Manhattan              Museum of Art                                               Our last day in New York takes in the
             Metropolitan Museum of Art                     Our guided coach tour of Manhattan gives us a               Guggenheim Museum with a guided tour on
             Whitney Museum of American Art                 great introduction to the Big Apple including               arrival. As we walk the spiral walkway that
             The Frick Museum                               Wall Street, Central Park and the Empire State              dominates this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece,
             Guggenheim Museum                              Building. The afternoon is spent at the                     we see great works from artists of the 19th and
                                                            Metropolitan Museum of Art with a guided tour               20th century including Brancusi, Braque, Calder,
             Optional                                       on arrival for an introduction to the collection            Chagall, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro,
             Manhattan Island cruise                        after which you have free time to enjoy the                 Picasso and Van Gogh. In the afternoon we are
             Opera at The Metropolitan (subject to          gallery at your leisure.                                    met by our coach and guide for the transfer to the
             availability)                                                                                              airport for the overnight flight back to the UK.
                                                            Day 3 Whitney Museum of American Art & The
             Your Hotel                                     Frick Museum                                                Day 6 New York to UK
             We stay four nights on room only basis
                                                            We have a guided tour of the Whitney Museum                 Early morning arrival into UK.
             at the first class Park Central Hotel on
             Seventh Avenue. The hotel is across the        of American Art this morning. Since the
             street from Carnegie Hall and just a few       Museum's opening in 1931, the permanent
             steps from the Museum of Modern Art,           collection has grown to more than 12,000
             the Rockefeller Center and Central Park.       paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and
             All rooms have en-suite facilities and the
                                                            photographs, representing nearly 2,000
             hotel has both a bistro style restaurant
             and atmospheric cocktail bar.                  individual artists and providing the most
             Superior first class and/or bed &              complete overview of twentieth century
             breakfast basis available – call for details   American art of any museum in the world. In the
                                                            afternoon we have a guided tour of The Frick
             Extras                                         Museum, home to the many masterpieces from
             Single supplement £249                         the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century
             Insurance                                      that industrialist Henry Clay Frick bequeathed to
             Entrance fees to all places of interest        the public. This evening you have the option
             Optional excursions                            (subject to availability) of a night at the opera at
             Gratuities                                     The Metropolitan.



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