A wide choice of exciting European tours, ranging from Olympia and classical Greece eastwards through The Balkans to the snow capped mountains and monasteries of The Caucasus.
20 – 27 December 2014 with George Hart
View the marks left by a mesmerizing variety of civilisations. Explore Sicily’s incredibly rich cultural heritage, visiting many fascinating sites on this beautiful island.
23 – 28 December 2014 with Rowena Loverance
Enjoy Christmas in Istanbul, viewing churches, palaces and mosques, which contrast with the contemporary hubbub of its vibrant streets and colourful bazaars.
25 February – 1 March 2015 with Katya Galitzine
Discover the delights of St Petersburg including the iconic Catherine Palace and the estate of Pavlovsk. Gain privileged access to the Hermitage's restricted areas led by Katya Galitzine.
9 – 16 May 2015 with Anthony Sattin
This tour has been designed alongside, and in support of, the Global Heritage Fund who have been successfully preserving some of South Eastern Turkey's most important cultural heritage sites.
16 – 23 May 2015 with Lucy Abel Smith
Historically the buffer state between the Habsburgs and the Ottoman Porte, Transylvania was once a semi-autonomous part of the Kingdom of Hungry. Now part of Romania, this fledgling Kingdom has absorbed a diversity of cultures including Hungarians, Saxons, Romanians, Jews, Armenians, Swabians and Roma. This blend of cultures, architectural styles and traditions makes for a fascinating destination.
1 – 14 June 2015 with Dr William Taylor
Explore the rich Christian traditions and art in these picturesque countries and view the superb architectural heritage visible today.
30 August – 8 September 2015 with Rowena Loverance
Atmospheric Greek & Roman cities, mountainous scenery and friendly locals make this fascinating tour in the Illyria of ancient times.
20 September – 2 October 2015 with Ian Colvin
Georgia has a unique Caucasian culture, a rich Christian Orthodox heritage, dramatic mountain scenery, excellent food, superb wines and a deeply rooted tradition of generous hospitality and song.
24 September – 3 October 2015 with Dr William Taylor
Visit this much overlooked region of Turkey and discover Urartian castles, Armenian churches, the Syriac Orthodox Christian communities of the Tur Abdin as well as ethereal Lake Van and the extraordinary funerary complex at Nemrut Dagi.
4 – 11 October 2015 with George Hart
Rich in art, architecture and other crafts from the royal Macedonian court and today’s archaeological excavations continue to bring to light the immense wealth and importance of this region.