Join us on one of our In-depth destination tours and take the time to delve deeply into one city and learn more about what makes it unique. These travel experiences are custom designed for the Art Gallery members and guests who want to have a premier experience on a budget.
Immerse yourself in a single destination with one of our week-long in-depth explorations.
Madrid 4–10 March 2024
Including Toledo and El Escorial
With Brian Ladd
Join art specialist Brian Ladd as he dives deep into the art, culture and history of Spain’s vibrant capital city. Explore Madrid’s impressive art galleries and museums, including the Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía which boast Europe’s finest collections of Spanish artworks, and an extraordinary wealth of European and American art.
Marvel at the imposing cathedrals and royal palaces in the national capital, Toledo and El Escorial, and admire Madrid’s historic architecture in the 17th century arcaded square, the Plaza Mayor, and the city’s colourful streets and bustling markets. Enjoy day excursions to the neighbouring towns of Toledo and El Escorial.
Visit Madrid’s ‘art troika’: the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums
Discover Spain’s ‘Golden Age’ through the art, and in the opulent churches and royal palaces of Madrid, Toledo and El Escorial
Enjoy day excursions to Toledo and El Escorial, home to the largest Renaissance building in the world
Experience the authentic flavours of Spain as you delight in culinary specialities and attend an emblematic flamenco performance
Istanbul 28 September – 5 October 2024
With Iain Shearer
Join archaeologist Iain Shearer to discover over 2500 years of history, culture, art and architecture in the stunning transcontinental metropolis of Istanbul.
Delve deep into the rich history of the Turkish capital, which served as the capital city during the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Nicknamed ‘The City on Seven Hills’, explore some of Istanbul’s seven grand mosques – including the Hagia Sophia – built upon seven hilltops and marvel at the city’s colourful and dramatic architecture.
Wander through one of the oldest covered markets in the world, enjoy curated sightseeing to iconic and historical landmarks and savour the authentic flavours of the conjunction of Western and Eastern cuisine.
Marvel at Istanbul’s iconic seven mosques built upon seven hilltops, including the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
Wander through vibrant markets and colourful streetways and enjoy curated sightseeing to historical landmarks
Experience the unique blend of cultures of Istanbul, the crossroads of Europe and Asia
Enrich your experience with insightful talks by your tour leader, archaeologist Iain Shearer
Rome 2–9 October 2024
With Steven Miller
Experience the ‘eternal city’ in depth by uncovering its rich history and culture, wandering through ornate churches and opulent palazzos and marvelling at original artistic masterpieces. Visit a series of villas and palaces, including the houses of Livia and Augustus on Palatine Hill and the renowned Palazzo Farnese, and trace the architectural progression of history by wandering along Rome’s charming streets and squares.
Discover the enclosed convent of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, which houses one of Pietro Cavallini’s most famous works, and explore the Franciscan church of San Francesco a Ripa, filled with works by Bernini and other renowned artists. Enjoy exclusive access to the Vatican Museums and its expansive gardens.
Wander through opulent palaces, including the Palazzo Farnese – one of the most important High Renaissance in Rome – and the Pallazo Barberini
Gain exclusive before-hours access to the Vatican Museums and its expansive gardens
Marvel at original masterpieces by renowned artists, including Pietro Cavallini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Explore Rome’s charming streets and vibrant squares and savour its flavourful cuisine