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World art tours

Travel with friends

If you’re planning on travelling overseas, a tour with the Gallery will ensure you have a memorable and meaningful experience in the company of like-minded travellers. It also means you’re helping us buy art, as funds raised from tours go towards the Gallery’s collection.

We have a wide range of world art tours to diverse destinations. Individual tour itineraries have been carefully designed to include the most fascinating and important art historical, archaeological and architectural sites.

The Gallery’s tour leaders are chosen for their adventurous spirit, their knowledge, experience, ability to communicate and to manage groups. In many countries local guides are essential, and the Gallery has a very good network of international guides who share their intimate knowledge of complex cultural, political and religious sensitivities.

January 2016

Awesome India
Temples, history and art
With Jackie Menzies
From $9800 pp plus airfares

Itinerary coming soon

October 2015

China: art deco to art now
Shanghai – Beijing
With Claudia Chan-Shaw
From $7500 pp plus airfares

Itinerary coming soon

1 – 21 October 2015

Cobalt and lustre: treasures of ancient Persia
Tehran – Zanjan – Tabriz – Shiraz – Yazd – Isfahan
With John Tidmarsh
From $8950 pp plus airfares

Cobalt and lustre itinerary (PDF 1.8 MB)

September / October 2015

Turkey: classical to cutting edge
Istanbul – Gallipoli – Bursa – Istanbul Biennale
With Andrew Yip
From $5990 pp plus airfares

Itinerary coming soon

18 September – 3 October 2015

Islands of Hesperia
Marseille – Corsica – Sardinia
With Christopher Allen
From $8950 pp plus airfares

Itinerary coming soon

14 September – 2 October 2015

Silk Road IV: The Caucasus
Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia
With Julian Droogan
From $8950 pp plus airfares

Silk Road IV itinerary (PDF 1.1 MB)

7 – 21 September 2015

A taste of Sri Lanka
Cuisine, culture and art
With Paul van Reyk
From $8250 pp plus airfares

A taste of Sri Lanka itinerary (PDF 1.5 MB)

13 – 30 August 2015

Imperial cities of Eastern Europe
Budapest – Warsaw – Krakow – Berlin
With Liz Gibson
From $8850 pp plus airfares

Imperial cities of Eastern Europe itinerary (PDF 1.0 MB)

5 – 16 August 2015

St Petersburg and the Russian North
St Petersburg – Pskov – Novgorod
With Rosamund Bartlett
From $6950 pp plus airfares

St Petersburg and the Russian North itinerary (PDF 1.4 MB)

8 – 23 June 2015

Art cities of the Veneto and Venice Biennale
Verona – Vicenza – Castelfranco – Venice
With Lorraine Kypiotis
From $8950 pp plus airfares

Art cities itinerary (PDF 777.3 KB)

4 – 18 June 2015

Theatre in three acts
London – Stratford – Dublin
With Jonathan Biggins
From $10,950 pp plus airfares

Theatre in three acts itinerary (PDF 1.1 MB)

11 – 25 May 2015

Korea and Japan: classic to contemporary
Seoul – Kyoto – Naoshima
With Ann MacArthur
From $9950 pp including airfares

Korea and Japan itinerary (PDF 1.2 MB)

29 March – 13 April 2015

Cuban culture
Literature, art, history and politics
With Judith White
From $8950 pp plus airfares

Cuban culture itinerary (PDF 908.6 KB)

2 – 14 March 2015

Heavenly Bhutan
Temples, thangkas and textiles
With Joyce Morgan
From $9250 pp including airfares

Heavenly Bhutan (PDF 1.3 MB)

15 – 26 January 2015

High art in the low countries
Brussels – Bruges – Antwerp – Amsterdam
With John McDonald
From $7500 pp plus airfares

High art in the low countries itinerary (PDF 1.5 MB)

13 – 27 January 2015

Mystical Myanmar
Yangon – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan
With Judy Tenzing
From $7500 pp plus airfares

Mystical Myanmar itinerary (PDF 842.0 KB)

5 – 9 November 2014

Melbourne fashion design and spring racing
With Peter McNeil
From $2450 pp plus airfare

Melbourne itinerary (PDF 1.4 MB)

3 – 16 November 2014

Ethiopia: the heart of civilization
Addis Ababa and the historical north
With Christopher Hartney
From $5750 pp plus airfares

Ethiopia itinerary (PDF 1.4 MB)

21 October – 4 November 2014

China: an art revolution
Taipei – Shanghai – Chengdu
With John McDonald
From $8500 pp including airfares

China: an art revolution itinerary (PDF 855.4 KB)

10 – 29 October 2014

Ancient Turkey
Crossroads of culture
With John Tidmarsh
From $10,250 pp plus airfares

Ancient Turkey itinerary (PDF 694.0 KB)

More information

To find out more about any of the tours or to register to receive one of the upcoming itineraries once they are available, contact

Renaissance Tours
Tel 02 9299 5801

Related talks

Jonathan Biggins talks about Theatre in three acts. Find out more

Paul van Reyk introduces A taste of Sri Lanka. Find out more

Rosamund Bartlett discusses the art of the Russian north. Find out more