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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has closed to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State. More information

World Art Tours

Travel with friends

If you’re planning on travelling overseas, a tour with the Art Gallery Society of NSW 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 Society’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 Society has a very good network of international guides who share their intimate knowledge of complex cultural, political and religious sensitivities.


New York, United States of America

30 November – 7 December 2020

Two bites of the Big Apple
Art and theatre in New York
With Jonathan Biggins and Brian Ladd
From approx. $9,500 pp plus airfares

Revel in New York City’s theatre and art scene in the colourful lead-up to Christmas. Visit the dazzling collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection, the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of American Art. For the latest in contemporary art, explore the commercial gallery district in Chelsea and the Museum in the Bowery. Discover some of New York’s most fascinating and vibrant neighbourhoods including Tribeca, Harlem and Brooklyn. Then, enjoy the best seats in the house for some of the best Broadway theatre, music, opera and dance that New York has to offer.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


November 2020

Ethiopia: The heart of African civilisation
Addis Ababa and the Historical North
With Genevieve Jacobs
From approx. $11,000 pp plus airfares

In the birthplace of humanity, explore the monolith rock churches of Lalibela, the monasteries of Axum and the proud imperial castles of Gondar, built by the heirs of King Solomon. From the 3.2 million-year-old skeleton of Lucy to the Queen of Sheba and the mighty Emperors of the Solomonic Dynasty who held out against European colonisation, Ethiopia has been the heart of African civilisation since time immemorial. One of the very first kingdoms to adopt Christianity as its state religion in the 4th century AD, Ethiopia evolved a distinct religious and cultural tradition which gave rise to stunning works of architecture such as the Lalibela rock churches, hewn from solid rock, the 24-metre-tall Great Stela of Axum and the 17th century Castle of Gondar, the ‘Camelot of Africa’. Along the way, see the verdant Simien Mountains, and discover a confident, welcoming and sophisticated nation leading Africa into its 21st century prominence.

More information available in April 2020 on Renaissance Tours website


The Treasury (Al Khazna), Petra, Jordan

10–21 November 2020

The birth of civilisation
An exclusive archaeological expedition to Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and Jordan
With Julian Droogan and Iain Shearer
From $28,500 pp plus airfares

Embark on an exclusive private small ship cruise through the ancient lands of the Near East, exploring over 5,000 years of the origin of civilisation with renowned archaeologists Julian Droogan and Iain Shearer. Board the luxurious Crystal Esprit in Cyprus, the mythical 'Island of Aphrodite’, and depart for Israel to tour the key archaeological sites of the Holy Land before sailing through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea to see the ancient pyramids in Egypt before arriving in Jordan to explore its crowning jewel of Petra. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit both iconic and rarely-visited archaeological sites of the Near East in the company of two of Australia’s most highly regarded archaeologists from the comfort of our own private luxury ship.

Extend your exploration of the Near East with an optional pre-cruise tour to Cyprus and post-cruise tour to Jordan.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


26 October – 8 November 2020

New Zealand now: Contemporary art and design
Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch
With Julie Ewington
From $8,500 pp plus airfares

From the magnificent He Taonga Māori in Auckland’s War Memorial Museum, to Shigeru Ban’s ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ in Christchurch, discover how New Zealand’s vibrant cultural life is just as captivating as its stunning landscapes. Visit Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch in the company of contemporary art authority Julie Ewington to discover the country’s multi-cultural, enterprising and feisty art, craft and design scenes. The country presents an abundance of creative talent from ground-breaking work by contemporary Māori and Pacific Islander artists to distinguished architecture and flourishing design, combined with wonderful contemporary jewellery and striking fashion. Visit excellent museums, galleries, and craft and design specialists, paired with the best of New Zealand’s wines and exceptional fresh produce to uncover how New Zealand rocks the contemporary!

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA. Photo: Giuseppe Milo / Flickr

October/November 2020

Modern art and architecture of the US West Coast
California and Washington states
With Jaime Tsai
From approx. $12,500 pp plus airfares

Discover where outstanding art collections and distinctive architecture meet extraordinary cuisine and wine on the US west coast region and its hinterland. Wend your way along America’s west coast on a journey through the art museums and architectural highlights of the states of Washington and California. Visit world-class art collections and witness extraordinary architecture in a rich visual feast. Indulge in delicious chef-hosted meals in famous restaurants, and tempt your taste buds in the wineries of the region. Enjoy a unique experience of food and art history with Jaime Tsai, and popular food and travel writer Sally James.

Note: This tour has been cancelled. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.


23 October – 1 November 2020

From Celadon to Samsung: South Korea
Art treasures of the Korean Peninsula
With Ann MacArthur
From $8,250 pp plus airfares

At once ancient and modern, South Korea offers the sophisticated traveller an abundance of cultural heritage contrasted with the world’s latest trends in arts, fashion and lifestyle. Be enthralled by Korean art and culture, and admire the nation’s wonders of modern architecture and design. Explore the cities of Seoul and Busan and their impressive art galleries, including the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Space Lee Ufan and the Busan Museum of Contemporary Art. Delve into the nation’s history and imperial past in Changdeok Palace, once the home of the Joseon Dynasty, and the National Museum of Korea, and see how ancient meets modern in the vibrant nation of today.

More information available on Renaissance Tours website


The Mogao Caves, Dunhuang, China

8–22 October 2020

Journey along the Silk Road: China
Xi’an to Dunhuang
With Joyce Morgan
From $9,500 pp plus airfares

Navigate the fabled trading thoroughfare of the Silk Road, journeying from China’s ancient capital of Xi’an through the dramatic landscapes and bazaars to Dunhuang. From Xi’an, the ancient capital of Imperial China, head west to the monasteries of ‘Little Tibet’ in Xiahe and then to Jiayuguan, the outpost which marks the western end of the Great Wall of China. Continue to the desert oasis of Dunhuang and discover the 1,500-year-old Buddhist statues and frescoes of the Mogao Caves. Along the journey, explore the monuments, marketplaces and trading posts in which goods were traded on the way to the great crossroads of Central Asia.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, Japan

24 September – 2 October 2020

Oku-Noto Triennale
Japan’s Noto Peninsula, Kanazawa and Kyoto
With John McBride
From $10,950 pp plus airfares

Experience a festival of traditional Japanese culture, local delicacies and site-specific art installations across Japan’s Noto Peninsula. Feast your eyes upon a Japanese artistic celebration, featuring works from a selection of countries in the secluded yet sublime Noto Peninsula. Discover the history of this culturally steeped region, the site where ancient cultures from the Asian continent entered Japan and shaped it into the land of today. Investigate the nearby city of Kanazawa, a city rich in history and religious traditions, as well as the former imperial capital of Kyoto, home to many enchanting traditional cultural practices.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


15–29 September 2020

Behind the screens: A history of fashion
London, Bath, Manchester and Liverpool
With Charlotte Smith
From $12,950 pp plus airfares

Join fashion anthropologist Charlotte Smith for a unique tour exploring the history and culture of fashion, with exclusive access to some of the world’s finest museum fashion collections and curators. Immerse yourself in social and design history with exclusive access to world-renowned curators and experts, including the V&A’s Head Curator, Edwina Erhman and with opportunities to study rare garments and accessories up close, from extraordinary period pieces to cutting-edge contemporary creations. Visit state-of-the-art museums, where innovative design collections are displayed alongside historic costumes, and trace the development of Britain’s fashion landscape through the centuries, visiting some of the country’s most stately homes and extraordinary interiors.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


9–24 September 2020

Turkish delights: Classic to contemporary
Istanbul, Canakkale, Cappadocia and Pamukkale
With Jane Hutcheon
From $12,450 pp plus airfares

Immerse yourself in the ancient lands of Turkey and observe the evolution of its art and culture, from the Graeco-Roman past to the outstanding treasures of Turkey today. Discover the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, until the 20th century known as Constantinople and capital of the Eastern Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Unravel the complex history of this colourful city, strategically situated at the meeting point of Europe and Asia. Explore the legendary besieged Bronze Age city of Troy, as well as the extraordinary archaeological site of Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Be enchanted by the cave towns of Göreme, Urgup and Uchisar in the province of Cappadocia as well as the calcium terraces of Pamukkale.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


27 September – 8 October 2020

The papal states: Central Italy
Bologna, Rome, Orvieto and Perugia
With Steven Miller
From $10,950 pp plus airfares

Embark on a journey through the former Papal States of Italy, exploring the historical cities of Bolgona, Urbino, Perugia and Viterbo, and Rome’s Holy See, cities steeped in art, religion and culture. The defining feature of central Italy for nearly a thousand years, the Papal States covered the modern regions of Lazio, Marche, Umbria and Emilia Romagna. Be immersed in the flourishing of art and culture that came about under papal patronage, rivalling the Venetian and Florentine courts. Beginning in Bologna, the beautiful university town with its rich traditions of secular and religious enquiry, and ending in Rome, this tour will explore the art and architecture of the ‘Republic of St Peter’.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


Samarkand, Uzbekistan

4–20 September 2020

Hidden treasures of Central Asia
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
With Iain Shearer
From $9,950 pp plus airfares

Uncover the wonders of Central Asia’s most diverse countries, exploring the ancient Sogdian cities of Samarkand and Penjikent, the spectacular Ala-Too Mountains and the modern city of Bishkek. 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. In Tajikistan, cross the rugged Pamir Mountains, trace the Panj River and descend into the stunning natural beauty of the Wakhan Valley. Then visit the unchanging, storied landscapes of Kyrgyzstan on a journey through the ancient city of Osh to the serene Lake Toktogul.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


Church of St. John at Kaneo, Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

4–18 September 2020

Imperial crossroads: Art and culture of the Central Balkans
Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia
With Rosamund Bartlett
From approx. $11,500 pp plus airfares

Journey through the heart of the fascinating and complex Balkan Peninsula, exploring cultures from the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Explore a region shaped by its imperial past, from the ancient kingdom of Macedon through to the more recent states of the former Yugoslavia. Delve into the artistic and cultural remains from throughout the region’s long and dynamic history, including some of the Balkans’ better kept secrets: Lake Ohrid’s Byzantine shores and Prizren, a former Ottoman administrative capital.

Note: This tour has been cancelled. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.


Cusco, Peru

2–20 July 2020

Peru’s cities of gold
Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
With Julian Droogan
From $14,950 pp plus airfares

Delve into Peru’s fascinating ancient civilisations and unearth the wonders of the remarkable cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu, and along the Sacred Valley. Explore the intriguing Moche culture with the fascinating pre-Columbian sites of Trujillo and Sipan before ascending the Andes to the former Incan heartland to unravel the mysterious past of Peru’s native civilisation. Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and explore Cusco, a thriving city with a unique blend of the ancient and modern. Arrive at the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, and take in the dramatic landscapes surrounding this once great stronghold. Then, explore the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca, a group of over 100 man-made reed islands which the Uros people still call home. In the capital Lima, discover a sophisticated world of art, music and cuisine.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


12–21 June 2020

Cutting-edge contemporary
Berlin Biennale
With Gitte Weise
From $7,450 pp plus airfares

Be part of cutting-edge culture at the 11th Berlin Biennale and enjoy a specially curated selection of the latest in contemporary art plus privileged access to private galleries and collections. Experience the diversity and vibrancy of the Berlin Biennale, a three-month-long celebration of international contemporary art and artists. In addition to the Biennale, explore the city’s outstanding museums and private collections, and visit artists’ studios in trendy neighbourhoods. Visit Potsdamer Strasse, the city’s latest gallery precinct, complete with contemporary art spaces, shops and restaurants, and enjoy a day trip to Leipzig’s intriguing Spinnerei art district.

Note: This tour has been cancelled. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.


Khor Virap monastery, Armenia

15 June – 3 July 2020

A road less travelled
Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan
With Iain Shearer
From $10,950 pp plus airfares

Explore the natural and cultural riches of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to discover a complex mix of religion, art and architecture. Nestled between the Black and Caspian Seas, and surrounded by the former Russian, Persian, Ottoman and Byzantine empires, the peoples of the Caucasus have developed proud, independent traditions of their own, with a rich and complex mix of religion, language and art that has fired the imagination of travellers for centuries. 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 today’s three capitals of Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku and enjoy the fascinating blend of ancient tradition and contemporary cosmopolitan life.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


1–10 June 2020

From Genghis to Kublai Khan: Mongolia
With Iain Shearer
From $9,750 pp plus airfares

Discover the extraordinary landscapes and unique culture of Mongolia, one of the world’s last travel frontiers. Explore the true heartland of the Khanate in the former capital of Karakorum and see the contrast between traditional and modern in the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Explore the pristine wilderness of the Mongolian countryside in Terelj National Park and experience how nomadic peoples have lived in this area of the world for centuries. Enjoy visits to Ulaanbaatar’s many museums, galleries and monasteries as well as a private performance of Mongolian throat singing and traditional shamanic dance.

More information and itinerary on Renaissance Tours website


Sevanavank monastery, Sevan, Armenia

22 May – 9 June 2020

A road less travelled
Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan
With Liz Gibson
From $10,950 pp plus airfares

Explore the natural and cultural riches of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to discover a complex mix of religion, art and architecture. Nestled between the Black and Caspian Seas, and surrounded by the former Russian, Persian, Ottoman and Byzantine empires, the peoples of the Caucasus have developed proud, independent traditions of their own, with a rich and complex mix of religion, language and art that has fired the imagination of travellers for centuries. 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 today’s three capitals of Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku and enjoy the fascinating blend of ancient tradition and contemporary cosmopolitan life.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
More information on Renaissance Tours website


14–24 May 2020

In the footsteps of the Tudor monarchs
Palaces, castles and cathedrals of the English Renaissance
With Joyce Morgan
From $10,750 pp plus airfares

Uncover the intriguing history of the House of Tudor, taking in the royal palaces, castles and cathedrals on a journey through the English Renaissance. In London, explore the renowned maze of Hampton Court Palace, wander through the great halls of Syon House and experience the wonder-filled gardens of Hatfield House tracing the footsteps of Henry VIII’s children. Then, visit the vibrant stained-glass windows of Leicester Cathedral dedicated to Richard III where his tomb now lies after his remains were unearthed in 2013. Explore the magnificent ruins of Kenilworth Castle and marvel at the impeccably groomed Sudeley Castle in the heart of the Cotswolds, once home to Henry VIII’s wife Catherine Parr. Marvel at the unrivalled staterooms in Queen Elizabeth II’s Windsor Castle, home to priceless historical portraits and art. Finally, travel across the Weald of Kent to Penshurst Place, dating from the 14th century, and to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and Eltham Palace, the childhood home of Henry VIII.

Note: This tour has been cancelled. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.


Paris, France

18 May – 1 June 2020

Art Nouveau and the Belle Époque
Prague, Brussels and Paris
With Claudia Chan Shaw
From $11,500 pp plus airfares

Immerse yourself in the aesthetic pleasures of two much-beloved styles of art, architecture and design – art nouveau and art deco – in the key exemplar cities of Prague, Brussels and Paris. Discover the picturesque streets and artistic charms of three of Europe’s culture capitals. Wander the halls of Prague’s Municipal House and Koruna Palace, both impressive displays of Czech art nouveau. Explore the streets of Brussels and the architectural designs of Victor Horta, one of art nouveau’s defining figures, and visit the Grand-Place, featuring seventeenth century architecture. Meander your way through the markets of Paris, a gold mine for lovers of vintage items and eccentricities, testament to the ongoing love of the jewels of the Belle Époque period.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
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View of Katz Castle and the Rhine, St. Goarshausen, Germany.

6–13 May 2020

Rhine art and music cruise
Amsterdam to Basel
With Christopher Lawrence, Thomas Abbott & Andy Bromberger
From $10,500 pp plus airfares

Be part of the celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and embark on a leisurely cruise through the landscapes and cities that play host to Europe’s finest art museums and concert halls. Board the luxurious MS Amadeus Silver III in Amsterdam and cruise up the scenic Rhine River, arguably Europe’s most important waterway and cultural vein. This unique cruise will provide a veritable panorama of European art, history, music and landscapes, including a series of exclusive concerts and gala performances and visits celebrating Beethoven’s unique musical legacy. Along the way, benefit from the insights of three specialist tour leaders: classical music broadcaster Christopher Lawrence, art history expert Thomas Abbott and musicologist Andy Bromberger.

Extend your exploration of Europe’s great art and music cities with an optional pre-cruise tour Van Eyck to Van Gogh: Artistic Highlights of the Low Countries from Brussels to Amsterdam and post-cruise tour Art Treasures of Zurich and Basel.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
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Yayoi Kusama The Visionary Flowers 2002, The Matsumoto City Museum of Art.

13–22 May 2020

Eternal design
Japanese art and architecture through time
With Kathryn Hunyor
From $14,250 pp plus airfares

Immerse yourself in the timelessness of Japanese design, exploring traditional and contemporary art forms that permeate everyday life through their bold, unique palettes and flavours. Plunge into the cultural metropolis of Tokyo and explore the city’s remarkable artistic culture, including new architectural masterpieces, art museums, design spaces and commercial urban complexes. Continue to the extraordinary Setouchi ‘art islands’ of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, where Japan’s artistic culture brims with a new confidence, creating some of the most exciting and authentic contemporary Japanese art experiences.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
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Old City at the Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel

3–15 May 2020

Then and now: Art and culture in Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Israel and the Palestinian Territories
With Jane Hutcheon
From $12,750 pp plus airfares

Venture into the heart of the ancient Levant and explore the history, art and culture of today’s Israel and the Palestinian Territories. From the sacred sites and cobbled streets of Jerusalem’s Old City and Hebron to the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv and gritty Ramallah, this land is one of many contrasts, simultaneously ancient and modern, where tradition and history meet with the 21st century. Travel in the company of television presenter and former ABC Middle East correspondent Jane Hutcheon, who will lead you through key sites and hidden treasures of this fascinating world, to unravel the complex past and consider the controversial present.

Note: This tour has been cancelled due to international travel restrictions. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.


Nemrut, Adiyaman, Turkey

29 April – 19 May 2020

The land beyond the sunrise
Ancient cities, temples and landscapes of Eastern Turkey
With Iain Shearer
From $12,250 pp plus airfares

Join archaeologist Iain Shearer to explore a land of ancient temples, impressive castles, exquisite churches and lively bazaars, at the confluence of Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Georgian and Kurdish cultures. The region of Eastern Anatolia, known to the Ancient Greeks as the ‘Land Beyond the Sunrise’, has seen the rise and fall of civilisations over thousands of years, each leaving their mark on a complex and diverse culture. In Gaziantep, see wondrous mosaics testifying to the city’s place in the Roman world, and the colossal statues which mark the funerary sanctuary of the Kings of Commagene on Mt Nemrut. Explore the tranquil Syriac Orthodox monastery of Deyr al-Zafaran and the Armenian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross on an island in Lake Van. Along the way, enjoy the natural delights of Anatolia in its springtime bloom.

Note: This tour has been cancelled. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.


Marrakesh, Morocco

24 April – 10 May 2020

Moorish mosaic
From Marrakesh to Andalusia
With Brian Ladd
From $12,950 pp plus airfares

Discover the splendours of Marrakesh and Andalusia, tracing a rich art and cultural history reflected in magnificent architectural ensembles. Delve into the intricacies of Islamic and Berber culture across the Maghreb and explore the world built on Islam in the shadow of Europe, from the White City of Casablanca’s European heritage and French influences to the rambling souqs of Fez. Journey across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain’s Andalusia and take in the gothic architecture of Seville and the Islamic influences of Cordoba and Granada, and discover how Europe and the Islamic world are intimately entwined. This tour spans diverse regions and landscapes, including refreshing coastal regions in both Morocco and Spain, and the high Atlas Mountains and fringes of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
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Michelangelo David 1511–12 (detail) Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City

24 April – 9 May 2020

In the footsteps of Michelangelo
Bologna, Arezzo, Florence, Carrara and Rome
With Lorraine Kypiotis
From $13,500 pp plus airfares

Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo from Bologna to Arezzo and Florence to Carrara, before culminating in the eternal city of Rome, home to his most treasured works. Considered by some to be the greatest artist who ever lived, gain a deep understanding of the revered Michelangelo’s life and enduring legacy. Retrace his artistic journey from his birthplace near Arezzo, to Florence, where his iconic Renaissance masterpieces are held in the Accademia and the Uffizi galleries. End your journey in Rome to see the mature Michelangelo’s remarkable triumphs of architecture, sculpture and painting.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
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Eilean Donan Castle, Western Highlands, Scotland

17 April – 2 May 2020

Treasures of Scotland
From the Lowlands to the Highlands, and the Hebrides to the Orkneys
With Kenneth Park
From $11,750 pp plus airfares

Admire the stately homes, castles, galleries and gardens of bonnie Scotland, taking in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Highlands and the Lowlands Lowlands as well as its islands. Discover Scotland’s distinctive artistic and architectural heritage, ranging from traditional village dwellings to grand mansions and remarkable art nouveau masterpieces. 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 and wild Orkney Islands.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
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11–25 April 2020

Islands of Hesperia
Sardinia and Corsica
With Christopher Allen
From $10,500 pp plus airfares

Discover an enchanting yet unfamiliar corner of the western Mediterranean overflowing with a rich history, spectacular scenery and unique island charm. Begin in Sardinia, home of the intriguing ancient Bronze Age civilisation of the Nuragic peoples who have left behind great stone constructions and exquisite bronze statues. The island offers wonderful landscapes and coastlines, elegant cities, churches and museums, squares to relax with a coffee or an aperitif and plenty of fine local cuisine. Just across the sea is Corsica, another beautiful island with wild mountains and breath-taking coastline dotted with towers to guard against pirate attacks in days gone by. From Bonifacio, the legendary home of the monstrous Laestrygonians in Homer’s Odyssey, travel north via Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, through the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse and the calanques of the west coast, to the port city of Bastia.

Note: This tour has been postponed. Contact Renaissance Tours if you have an enquiry.
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