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World art tours

Bada Gumbad Complex, Lodi Garden Monuments, Delhi, India

Bada Gumbad Complex, Lodi Garden Monuments, Delhi, India

Travel with friends

We are delighted to offer our members opportunities to travel to unique cultural, artistic and archaeological destinations with specialist tour leaders who create a once in a lifetime experience for you.

Travel with friends to discover the art, architecture, history and culture of amazing locations around the world. Your journey will be enriched by the expertise and insights provided by your group leaders, some of Australia’s leading scholars, curators and historians.

World Art Tours are delivered by Renaissance Tours, our respected and trusted travel partner. These bespoke travel experiences are custom made for our members, who stay in superior accommodation, enjoying fine dining and great company. Your wonderful travel experience will also help to raise funds to support the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

We invite you to book now and secure your place.

2024 tours

  • Atlas Bar, Parkview Square, Singapore © sam.romilly/flickrCC

    Art deco to art now 19–24 January 2024

    Singapore
    With Claudia Chan Shaw

    Discover Singapore’s architectural and artistic gems, from grand Art Deco buildings to cutting-edge contemporary art museums, galleries and private collections during the island state’s annual Singapore Art Week. Explore this vibrant cultural melting pot in the city’s lively neighbourhoods and laneways and gain private access to dynamic collections and galleries in Bugis and Kampong.

    • Marvel at the outstanding collections of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the National Gallery of Singapore

    • Uncover the vibrant private art collections and street art of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods

    • Visit galleries participating in the annual Singapore Art Week 

    Art deco collector and expert Claudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer; popular television and radio presenter; author; and artist. Claudia has led many successful members’ tours including to China, Cuba and New York.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Atlas Bar, Parkview Square, Singapore © sam.romilly/flickrCC

    Atlas Bar, Parkview Square, Singapore © sam.romilly/flickrCC

  • Times Square, New York, photo: Goh Rhy Yan on unsplash

    A bite of the Big Apple 16–25 January 2024

    Theatre and art in New York City
    With Jonathan Biggins

    Experience one of the world’s greatest art and theatre destinations, New York City, with its expansive art collections and celebrated theatre stages. Enjoy premium seating at superb theatre performances and take private, guided visits to iconic museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. Enhance your experience with exclusive preperformance discussions with your tour leader, theatre and art enthusiast Jonathan Biggins.

    • Enjoy premium category seating to celebrated theatre performances

    • Private guided tours at renowned museums in New York, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum

    • Visit iconic sites such as Times Square, Central Park and the Empire State Building 

    Actor, writer and director Jonathan Biggins is perhaps best known as one of the creators of The wharf revue. Jonathan is a regular contributor to the Good weekend magazine and former host of ABC TV’s arts programme Critical mass

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Times Square, New York, photo: Goh Rhy Yan on unsplash

    Times Square, New York, photo: Goh Rhy Yan on unsplash

  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    Jewels of Northern India 5–20 March 2024

    Delhi, Jaipur, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Mumbai
    With Alex McKay

    Journey from Delhi to Mumbai to uncover the hidden jewels of India, from ornate temples and impressive fortresses to ancient rock-cut architecture and colourful street markets. Be immersed in India’s vibrant culture at one of the oldest markets in the heart of Old Delhi and marvel at the grand Mughal-era Red Fort. Admire the stunning ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the magnificent Amber Palace. Finally, discover Mumbai’s colonial landmarks as well as its dynamic vibrancy and marvel at the magnificent cave temples on Elephanta Island.

    • Gaze upon the works of the Mughal Emperors, from the royal residence of the Red Fort to the Taj Mahal, India’s most treasured site

    • Visit the palaces, temples and marketplaces of Jaipur, a city adorned in pink sandstone and white marble

    • Discover the medieval Hindu temples of Khajuraho and the vibrant sacred city of Varanasi

    • Explore Mumbai, India’s most modern and cosmopolitan city 

    Cultural historian Dr Alex McKay is a fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society in London and the author of several books and articles, mostly on Himalayan history and culture. Alex has worked, lived and travelled widely in Asia and North Africa and has led numerous member’s tours in those regions.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Taj Mahal, Agra, India
    Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn The night watch 1642, Rijksmuseum

    High art in the low countries 15–24 April 2024

    Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Amsterdam
    With Thomas Abbott 

    Discover the rich art history of the Low Countries by exploring renowned galleries and museums across Belgium and The Netherlands. Experience everything from the sublime to the surreal at Brussels’ Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Continue to Antwerp, home of the legendary Flemish Baroque artist, Peter Paul Ruben, and visit the newly reopened Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Finally, explore Amsterdam and wonder at the treasures of the Van Gogh Museum and the magnificent Rijksmuseum.

    • Experience the expanse of European art history with visits to Brussels’ Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

    • Witness the architectural wonders of the Gothic and Baroque periods visiting the towns of Bruges and Antwerp

    • Enhance your appreciation of art with insightful talks from your tour leader, architectural history specialist Thomas Abbott

    • Encounter the rhythm of life in the Low Countries as Spring unfolds in glorious colour across the countryside 

    Architectural history specialist Thomas Abbott has a wide knowledge of the fine and performing arts and a specialty in architectural history from the baroque to the 20th century. Residing in Berlin, Tom has led many successful cultural tours in Europe and the USA.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn The night watch 1642, Rijksmuseum

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn The night watch 1642, Rijksmuseum

  • Claude Monet 'Bridge over a pond of water lilies' 1899 (detail), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    French impressionism art cruise 28 April – 8 May 2024

    on the MS Amadeus Diamond
    With Julie Ewington 

    Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the impressionist art movement, follow in the footsteps of the celebrated French impressionists on our exclusive, private expert-led cruise on the Seine River from Paris to Normandy.

    Gain an in-depth insight into the lives and work of the masters, including Monet, Cezanne, Pissarro, Van Gogh and Gauguin, as you glide through the landscapes and cities that inspired them to produce their enduring works. In Rouen, Normandy’s capital city, visit the cathedral that so inspired Claude Monet, and enjoy a comprehensive visit to the city’s Museum of Fine Arts with its superb collection of impressionist masterpieces.

    Visit the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the impressionist painters and final resting place of Vincent van Gogh. In Giverny, see the home of Monet and stroll through the beautiful gardens that inspired several of his most recognisable works. On the Normandy coast, amble around Honfleur, with its picturesque old harbour lined with 17th century townhouses, and admire the white cliffs surrounding the village of Étretat, once popular with artists and authors, including Maupassant and Victor Hugo.

    • Enjoy a leisurely eight-day cruise along the picturesque Seine River on the MS Amadeus Diamond chartered for our exclusive use and our own tailor-made itinerary

    • Visit iconic landmarks such as the carefully preserved home and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny

    • Wander through the idyllic painter’s village of Auvers-sur-Oise, which attracted artists such as Corot, Daumier, Berthe Morisot, Cézanne, Pissaro and Monet

    • Enjoy an extended visit of Rouen, with its iconic cathedral and museum of fine arts, home to a superb collection of impressionist masterpieces

    Visual arts expert Julie Ewington is an independent writer, curator and broadcaster who was head of Australian art at QAGoMA in Brisbane and now writes for a number of art journals and magazines. In 2014 she received the Australia Council’s Visual Art Award to honour her achievements for the visual arts.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Claude Monet 'Bridge over a pond of water lilies' 1899 (detail), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Claude Monet Bridge over a pond of water lilies 1899 (detail), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • Claude Monet Needles of Port-Coton 1886, photo: Alamy

    Brushstrokes of Brittany 8–13 May 2024 

    Brittany through the Eyes of the Great Artists
    With Julie Ewington 

    Experience the beauty of France’s Brittany region, with its picturesque old towns, artistic villages and rugged coastlines that inspired renowned French painters Monet, Renoir and Gauguin, and Australian John Peter Russell. Wander through Rennes’ medieval old town and visit the Museum of Fine Arts, boasting a substantial collection of paintings, including works by the Impressionists.

    Explore the peaceful village of Pont-Aven with its bucolic settings that influenced a generation of artists. Learn about the Pont-Aven School, motivated by the works of Paul Gauguin, that rejected Impressionism and created a new abstract art style in the late nineteenth century. Discover the island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, where renowned Impressionist artists, including Monet and Russell, painted some of their most famous works, inspired by its stunning jagged cliffs, coastlines and lush countryside.

    • Understand how Brittany’s landscapes became a source of expression for numerous painters in the late nineteenth century

    • Visit the bucolic village of Pont-Aven, which inspired a school of artists including Gauguin and Emile Bernard

    • Explore the picturesque island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, with its stunning panoramas and rugged landscapes

    • Wander through the fortified old towns and cobbled streets in Rennes and Vannes

    This tour is designed to be combined with the French impressionism art cruise (28 April – 8 May 2024).

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Claude Monet Needles of Port-Coton 1886, photo: Alamy

    Claude Monet Needles of Port-Coton 1886, photo: Alamy

  • Camino de Santiago

    Road to Santiago 10–19 May 2024

    San Sebastián, Burgos, León, Santiago de Compostela
    With Lorraine Kypiotis

    Explore Spain’s legendary Camino de Santiago, incorporating magnificent aspects of northern Spain’s outstanding artistic heritage, cultural diversity, verdant landscapes and culinary delights. Wander through the vibrant cities of San Sebastian, Bilbao, Burgos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela to uncover the highlights of northern Spain’s rich art, architecture, history and culture. Encounter contrasting landscapes – from rugged mountains to sparkling coastlines – as you journey from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic.

    • Explore Bilbao, known for its rich variety of architectural styles, and visit the celebrated Guggenheim Museum

    • Wander through Leon’s Cathedral, a fine example of soaring Gothic thirteenth century architecture

    • Savour fine Spanish cuisine in San Sebastian, a city famous for its gastronomy

    • Immerse yourself in the glory of Santiago de Compostela, the 1200-year-old pilgrimage route

    Lecturer Lorraine Kypiotis holds a Master of arts degree from the University of Sydney in renaissance studies and has just completed a PhD in fine arts. She is currently a lecturer in the department of art history and theory at the National Art School in Sydney.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Camino de Santiago

    Camino de Santiago

  • Church of St John at Kaneo, Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

    The golden Balkans 10–27 May 2024

    Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania
    With Iain Shearer

    Explore lands of Thracian gold, Byzantine monasteries and Roman cities on the ancient Via Egnatia and Via Militaris, roads connecting the mountains and valleys of the Balkan peninsula. Delve into the artistic traditions and culture of the region’s long and dynamic history, including Europe’s better kept secrets: the ancient Roman city of Plovdiv, Lake Ohrid’s Byzantine monasteries, the former Ottoman stronghold of Prizren, and the living medieval towns and glorious Greek cities along Albania’s Adriatic coast.

    • In Bulgaria, explore ancient Plovdiv with its architectural gems, including a perfectly intact Roman theatre and medieval fortifications

    • Visit Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose shore is peppered with Byzantine and Slavic Orthodox monasteries

    • Venture into the heart of the late Byzantine empire and vibrant Ottoman world at ancient Prizren in Kosovo

    • Venture into seldom-visited Albania with its stunning mountain landscapes and ancient Greek and Roman cities

    Archaeologist Iain Shearer FRAS has worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Caucasus, North Africa, Balkans, Israel/Palestine, Central Asia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, China, Italy, Pakistan, India and the Middle East over the last 25 years.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Church of St John at Kaneo, Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

    Church of St John at Kaneo, Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

  • Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, Scotland

    The heart of Scotland 20 May – 4 June 2024

    From the Lowlands to the Highlands
    With Kenneth Park

    Journey through the heart of Scotland, taking in the aweinspiring scenery from stately homes and imposing castles to manicured gardens and expansive countryside. Explore impressive royal residences and aristocratic estates set against a backdrop of untamed landscapes, from the rugged Highlands to the rolling hills of the Lowlands. Discover Scotland’s distinctive artistic and architectural heritage, ranging from traditional village dwellings to grand mansions and remarkable Art Nouveau masterpieces. Enjoy private guided tours to significant museums and galleries and marvel at the works of renowned artists and designers. 

    • Explore Edinburgh's historic city centre and iconic castle dominating the surrounding landscape

    • Venture to St Andrews, the world’s home of the game of golf

    • Delve into the Scottish Highlands and travel to Inverness

    • Enjoy leisurely strolls through the museums and galleries of Glasgow

    Curator Kenneth W Park works as a freelance lecturer, curator, tour leader, presenter and fundraiser. He is also curator of collections at Wesley College, Melbourne, where he manages an extensive art and archival collection.

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    Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, Scotland

    Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, Scotland

  • Sogdian murals of Afrasiab, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Splendours of Central Asia 1–19 June 2024

    Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
    With Iain Shearer 

    Uncover the wonders of Central Asia, home to the great steppes, magical deserts and spectacular mountain ranges, and explore the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Penjikent.

    Experience the intriguing blend of ancient roots and Soviet history in the vibrant countries of today’s Central Asia. Explore Uzbekistan’s Persian heritage, including the exquisite Sogdian murals of Afrasiab in Timurid Golden Samarkand, and marvel at dazzling tiled mosques in the romantic city of Bukhara.

    Discover Kyrgyzstan’s stunning natural landscape of rugged mountains and rich green valleys while travelling along the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul. Visit the town of Rishtan, one of the oldest centres of ceramics in Uzbekistan, renowned for its blue glaze Ishkor ceramics. In Dushanbe, see the mesmerising blue dome of the Kok Gumbaz mosque, one of the oldest buildings in the city and a rare example of Timurid architecture in Tajikistan.

    • Marvel at the mosques and wide squares of Samarkand, the ancient capital of Sogdiana

    • Explore the streets of Dushanbe, a landscape of Soviet modernism and now the capital of Tajikistan

    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the settlements of Old Penjikent and the Sarazm

    • Wander the bazaars of Penjikent, a vibrant town touched by the history of ancient Persia and Sogdiana and Iran

    Archaeologist Iain Shearer FRAS has worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Caucasus, North Africa, Balkans, Israel/Palestine, Central Asia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, China, Italy, Pakistan, India and the Middle East over the last 25 years.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Sogdian murals of Afrasiab, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Sogdian murals of Afrasiab, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

  • Khor Virap, Mount Ararat, Armenia

    A road less travelled 6–25 September 2024

    Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan
    With Iain Shearer 

    Explore the natural and cultural riches of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to discover a complex mix of religion, art and architecture. Discover the sacred Byzantine monasteries and churches of Armenia, wander the galleries and museums of Georgia, and explore the old palaces, mosques and markets of Azerbaijan. Visit the three present-day capitals of Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku, and enjoy their fascinating blend of ancient tradition and contemporary cosmopolitan life. 

    • Enjoy the treasures of Caucasian archaeology and the art, history and culture in the region’s museums and galleries

    • Discover 12th-century frescoes in an impressive monastic cave complex, explore the remains of a medieval castle and visit sites of ancient petroglyphs

    • Wander through Persian palaces and mosques at the western edge of the Silk Road

    • Visit the region where grapes were first fermented into wine 8,000 years ago

    Archaeologist Iain Shearer FRAS has worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Caucasus, North Africa, Balkans, Israel/Palestine, Central Asia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, China, Italy, Pakistan, India and the Middle East over the last 25 years.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Khor Virap, Mount Ararat, Armenia

    Khor Virap, Mount Ararat, Armenia

  • Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

    Allure of the Côte d’Azur 10–21 September 2024

    Nice to Marseille
    With Julie Ewington

    Experience the beauty of the Mediterranean coast and discover why renowned artists such as Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh were drawn to this picturesque region. Traverse Nice’s picturesque Old Town and visit the Matisse Museum, filled with masterpieces painted by the ‘Master of Colour’. Wander through the grand Chateau Grimaldi, where Picasso lived and had his studio, and marvel at the works in the Picasso Museum. Explore Saint-Remy-de-Provence, the landscape which inspired Van Gogh’s most iconic artworks, and end in Marseille’s thriving Old Port lined with waterfront cafes and restaurants.

    • Travel through the picturesque Cote d’Azur region and visit charming villages along the Mediterranean coast

    • Explore the carefully preserved home studios of artists such as Picasso and Cezanne and see the way these modern masters lived and worked

    • Visit the Matisse and Chagall museums in Nice, filled with the artists’ masterpieces

    • Explore Saint-Remy-de-Provence, the landscape which inspired Van Gogh’s most iconic artworks

    Visual arts expert Julie Ewington is an independent writer, curator and broadcaster who was head of Australian art at QAGoMA in Brisbane and now writes for a number of art journals and magazines. In 2014 she received the Australia Council’s Visual Art Award to honour her achievements for the visual arts.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

    Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

  • Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, photo: Carol M. Highsmith/WikimediaCC

    Architecture and the American century 10–23 September 2024

    Chicago and Pittsburgh
    With Anthony Burke

    Travel to two American cities where celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright shaped the world’s understanding of modern art, architecture and design. Explore great works of American modernist paintings at the Art Institute in Chicago and visit renowned structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Visit another of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs, Fallingwater, in Pittsburgh and wander through the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum.

    • Marvel at modernist architecture in Chicago with visits to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

    • Explore Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most widely acclaimed designs

    • Immerse yourself in some of the world’s most iconic urban landscapes, including the historic skyscrapers of Chicago

    • Enrich your appreciation with the expertise of your tour leader, architecture expert Anthony Burke

    Lecturer and presenter Anthony Burke is a professor of architecture and course director for the Master of architecture at the University of Technology Sydney. Anthony is the season 4 and 5 host of ABC’s TV Series Restoration Australia.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, photo: Carol M. Highsmith/WikimediaCC
    Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, photo: Carol M. Highsmith/WikimediaCC
  • St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow, Poland

    Imperial cities of Eastern Europe 12–23 September 2024

    Budapest, Kraków, Warsaw
    With Liz Gibson

    Uncover a treasure trove of art, architecture and history across the imperial cities of Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. Indulge in the cultural riches of the Polish capital, Warsaw, exploring its grand palaces and museums, and its tradition of fine Classical music. Marvel at the architecture of Krakow’s historic centre, once serving as Poland’s capital and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Discover the beauty of Budapest, from the famed Danube River and its show-stopping parliament building to its vibrant culture and flavourful cuisine. Enjoy a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts and see the collection of Old Master paintings which include works by Giorgione, Raphael and Bronzino.

    • Delve into the proud history of Poland, visiting stunning royal palaces and superb museums and galleries in its capital, Warsaw

    • Explore Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland which served for centuries as the royal capital

    • Visit Budapest’s fine museums and grand parliament building

    • Explore the historic town of Košice in Slovakia, known for its heritage-protected buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau styles

    Visual arts expert Liz Gibson was senior coordinator of public programs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Liz currently directs the Art Gallery members tours program and has led numerous tours around the world. She has a Bachelor of art education and a Masters in art administration.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow, Poland

    St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow, Poland

  • Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

    Sicily and Malta 15–28 September 2024

    Taormina, Syracruse, Marsala, Valletta
    With Julian Droogan

    Explore the alluring Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Malta through a wealth of art and archaeology, tracing their history from the Neolithic to the Baroque. Begin in Sicily, the largest island of the Mediterranean and Homer’s ‘Land of the Cyclops’. Visit the imposing remains of Classical Greek and Roman theatres in Taormina and Syracuse and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Explore the Norman history of Sicily in the churches of Palermo and Monreale. Continue to the island of Malta, whose Neolithic temples are some of the oldest religious structures on earth.

    • Wander through impressive Greek theatres and temples in Syracuse and Agrigento

    • Visit Taormina, the Sicilian town whose Greco-Roman theatre gazes out towards the slopes of Mt Etna

    • See masterpieces of art ranging from Classical Greek bronzes in Sicily to Caravaggio’s Beheading of St John the Baptist in Malta

    • Marvel at treasures of Norman-Sicilian art and architecture such as the exquisitely decorated Palatine Chapel in Palermo

    Julian Droogan is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University where he teaches in Asia-Pacific studies, issues of religion and politics, and international studies. He has written books on archaeology, Asian history and culture.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

    Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

  • Cinematheque Francaise designed by Frank Gehry, Paris, France

    A cinematic journey from Lyon to Paris October 2024

    Featuring the Lumière Film Festival 
    With CJ Johnson

    Join film critic and cinema studies lecturer CJ Johnson in France, to discover the birthplace of cinema and attend one of the cinematic world’s most prestigious annual events. Experience highlights of the week-long Lumiere Film Festival, one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema, in Lyon, home of the cinematograph. Wander through the Musee Lumiere and learn about the Lumiere brothers, the fathers of cinema and inventors of the revolutionary camera and projector. Enjoy day trips to Annecy in the Alps with its unique museum of animation film, and Dijon, home of the Musee des Beaux-Arts, one of the oldest museums in France. Finally, explore Paris through a cinematic lens, including the Cinematheque Francaise and the grand Le Louxor cinema.

    • Attend the internationally renowned Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, the cradle of cinematic history

    • Enjoy day trips to the nearby cities of Annecy and Dijon, and visit one of the oldest museums in France, the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon

    • Discover Paris through a cinematic lens, including emblematic heritage cinemas 

    Film critic CJ Johnson is the president of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. He is the film critic for Mornings on ABC Radio, a contributing editor for METRO Magazine, and head lecturer in screen storytelling at Sydney Film School.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Cinematheque Francaise designed by Frank Gehry, Paris, France

    Cinematheque Francaise designed by Frank Gehry, Paris, France

  • Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin 1994, Naoshima Island, Japan

    More than meets the eye November 2024

    Contemporary art, architecture and design in Japan
    With Kathryn Hunyor

    Journey to the great cultural metropolis of Tokyo and the celebrated Setouchi ‘art islands’ to appreciate Japan’s bold and unique aesthetic in contemporary art, architecture and design.

    Traditional yet futuristic, timeless yet fast-moving, Japan has developed a bold and unique aesthetic in contemporary art, architecture and design that permeates all aspects of everyday life. The aesthetic adventure begins with ‘the-city-as-museum’ in Tokyo and then continue to the extraordinary ‘art islands’ of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima.

    • Wander Tokyo’s Omotesandō streets, an outdoor museum of contemporary architecture featuring works by SANAA, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito and Tadao Ando

    • Spend three full days on the famous Setouchi ‘art islands’ of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, which beautifully combine contemporary art and rural Japanese landscapes

    • Be inspired by the sublime Teshima Art Museum by SANAA’s Ryue Nishizawa

    • Savour Japan’s unique cuisine in some of the country’s best restaurants

    Curator and lecturer Kathryn Hunyor has a Masters degree in Japanese literature and works as a creative producer for some of Australia’s major arts organisations, producing a range of arts and design projects between Australia and Japan where she was based for a number of years.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin 1994, Naoshima Island, Japan

    Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin 1994, Naoshima Island, Japan

  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

    The frankincense route 15–29 November 2024

    Oman
    With Alex McKay

    Discover the extraordinary kaleidoscope of Oman through its unique art, architecture and crafts. Begin in Muscat and explore the souks, museums and mosques of the historic capital. Journey through the picturesque wadis of the east coast, visit Bibi Maryam, and travel through the golden dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Explore the mountain-top villages and medieval fortresses of Jebel Akhdar, the mysterious archaeological ruins Bat and Al Ayn, and the ‘living’ mud village of Misfat Al Abriyeen. Lastly, discover Salalah and the sandy expanse of the Empty Quarter.

    • Experience the unique art, architecture and crafts of Muscat and explore the country’s rich Islamic heritage

    • Travel across the seemingly endless desert landscapes and enjoy stops at refreshing oases

    • Be awe-struck by the views from atop the Jebel Shams, the highest point in eastern Arabia

    • Explore ancient archaeological sites, from the solitary mausoleum of Bibi Maryam to the ruins of Bat and the necropolis of Al Ayn 

    Cultural historian Alex McKay is a fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society in London and the author of several books and articles, mostly on Himalayan history and culture. Alex has worked, lived and travelled widely in Asia and North Africa and has led numerous members’ tours in those regions.

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

  • Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in Abydos, Egypt

    Eternal Egypt December 2024

    The heart of Middle Egypt and beyond
    With Melanie Pitkin 

    Immerse yourself in the art, archaeology, language and culture of ancient and modern Egypt on a wondrous journey of discovery through 4500 years of history. Visit the major sites of Giza, Alexandria and Luxor, and explore the lesser-known treasures of Middle Egypt, including Faiyum, Amarna and Abydos. Gain special access to ongoing dig sites led by international teams of Egyptologists, and see artefacts normally hidden from view on exclusive tours of museum collections. Enjoy a cruise up the Nile into New Kingdom and Ptolemaic history, and in Cairo, get to know the artisanal crafts that have kept Egyptian culture alive for nearly five millennia.

    • Gain special access to archaeological sites and go behind the scenes in newly-constructed museums

    • Explore seldom-visited sites of Middle Egypt, including the Ptolemaic town of Karanis and the pyramid of Pharaoh Amenemhat III

    • Cruise up the Nile from Aswan to Luxor, visiting temples of Horus, Sobek and Isis along the way

    Curator Melanie Pitkin is an Australian Egyptologist and museum curator. She holds a PhD from Macquarie University and currently works as a research associate in Egyptology at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. She has worked on several archaeological digs and has travelled extensively throughout Egypt.

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    Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in Abydos, Egypt

    Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in Abydos, Egypt

  • Old Havana downtown, Cuba

    Art Deco to art now: Havana and Miami December 2024

    Including Art Basel Miami Beach
    With Claudia Chan Shaw 

    Experience the dynamic energy and artistic vibrance of two cities at the juncture of North and South America: Havana and Miami. Long famous for its passionate musical traditions, Cuba’s capital Havana now entices art lovers to discover its tradition of visual arts, from Art Deco to pre- evolutionary modernism and contemporary art. Meanwhile, across the water, Florida’s Miami now hosts the internationally-renowned Art Basel Miami Beach, an exciting art fair where over 250 galleries display the latest developments in contemporary art. Discover some of the best-preserved Art Deco architecture in the world and absorb the city’s casual, laid-back charm.

    • Enjoy a week in Havana, the colourful capital of Cuba, which still maintains a delightful ‘shabby chic’ aesthetic

    • Delve into Cuba’s rich architectural, musical and cultural traditions

    • Explore Miami’s art deco heritage and lively art scene at Art Basel Miami Beach

    • Visit artists’ studios and discover new galleries and contemporary art spaces

    Art deco collector and expert Claudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer; popular television and radio presenter; author; and artist. Claudia has led many successful members’ tours including to China, Cuba and New York. 

    Visit the Renaissance Tours website for more information and to book

    Old Havana downtown, Cuba

    Old Havana downtown, Cuba