Tours & Study Days With
James Hill

James Hill is our long-standing Italian, US and Caribbean tours director. British born, he has been resident in Italy for over 25 years where he studied politics. An authority on travel and culture in Italy, he now lives near Lake Como and has a background in travel writing and television production where he worked on around sixty cultural programmes and documentaries on Italy.

Image above: Turin, La Venaria

Havana & Western Cuba

A Key to the New World

Cuba
Thursday 5 - Monday 16 March 2020 (11 Days)
Cuba - is there another country in the Caribbean which has proved to be so endlessly fascinating in recent times? Explore the colonial and contemporary history of this remarkable country as it seeks to enter the modern world, albeit to a different rhythm to everyone else, the shadow of revolution still in the background.

Discover raphael's rome

painters & popes

Italy
Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 March 2020 (5 Days)
This tour to Rome is timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death and we shall trace his life and work in the city over the twelve years of his Roman career - to include the exhibition which will take place in Rome early in 2020, when major works from all over the world will return to Rome, many of them for the first time since originally created.

Private Gardens of Eastern Sicily

earth, fire, air & water

Italy
Friday 17 - Wednesday 22 April 2020 (6 Days)
Fiery Etna has enriched its fertile slopes to create a unique botanical mix of exotic plants, amazing flowers and varied crops along the Ionian Sea-facing coast of Eastern Sicily. Based in lovely Taormina, we shall visit privately the most notable town and country gardens of the region, complemented with many owner-hosted lunches - Sicilian bliss!

Lucca, Pisa & Their Treasures

prosperity's bounty

Italy
Saturday 25 - Thursday 30 April 2020 (6 Days)
The history of medieval Italy is a most colourful patchwork of clashing egos. Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca formed a bewildering series of alliances, engaging in endless betrayals of each other, yet leaving Tuscany the most extraordinary range of architectural and artistic delights including strongly walled cities, magnificent castles and the fortified palaces of each city’s noble families.

Exploring Albania

Contrasting Cultures

Monday 11 - Monday 18 May 2020 (8 Days)
Undiscovered for decades, Albania is perfectly located between Greece and Italy. At the edge of the Balkan Peninsula, its complex history is furrowed into its landscape and weighs heavily on its shoulders. Given the resilience of its people and its engaging cultural heritage there is much to discover – evocative Greek and Roman sites, fine Byzantine churches and handsome Ottoman period houses, all set within dramatic scenery.

Genoa & the Italian Riviera

Princes, Painters & Sea Merchants

Italy
Monday 25 - Saturday 30 May 2020 (6 Days)
Genoa, its wealth built on sea-trade, has a remarkable selection of magnificent private palaces, richly decorated churches, all sited in public spaces of elegant dignity. Rubens and Van Dyck both lived here, hinting at the trading links between Genoa and Antwerp. There are also a surprising number of stunning gardens, such as the Abbazia La Cervara near Portofino and the wonderful Hanbury Garden at La Mortola

discovering slovenia

a hidden europe

Slovenia
Tuesday 2 - Monday 8 June 2020 (7 Days)
Slovenia has truly come of age! It is a small nation of unspoilt beauty, superb food and wine with one of the most handsome capitals in central Europe - Ljubljana. Over the course of a week we shall explore many of the country’s most atmospheric places from the ‘mini-Venice’ at coastal Piran to handsome Lake Bled, and from medieval Ptuj to the elegant buildings of Ljubljana.

verona & the valpolicella

villas, gardens, operas & wine

Italy
Monday 6 - Saturday 11 July 2020 (6 Days)
A warm July evening in Verona’s Roman great amphitheatre, enveloped by opera is always memorable. Equally, our visit will embrace the summer delights of the country villas and gardens of the Valpolicella wine region and nearby Lake Garda, all tantalisingly close to the civic magnificence of one of northern Italy’s most delightful cities, Verona.

Friuli Venezia Giulia

Italy’s secret

Italy
Tuesday 8 - Monday 14 September 2020 (7 Days)
Cradled between the Julian Alps, Austria and the pastures of Slovenia, this lovely part of Italy is a veritable 'horn of plenty' rich in artistic treasures, complemented by marvellous food and wine. Based in handsome Udine, we shall discover the Roman site of Aquileia, the Lombard settlement of Cividale and the Habsburg port city of Trieste.

Villas & Gardens on Como & Lugano

Lakeside Idyll

Italy
Friday 25 September - Thursday 1 October 2020 (7 Days)
Combine Alpine peaks with cool lake water, garlanded with stunning noble lakeside villas and exquisite gardens and what comes to mind – the Italian lakes? Our tour of Lakes Como and Lugano includes not only some of the best known villas and gardens but most are completely new to our itineraries and three of these are quite exceptional private visits.

Rhode Island’s Gilded mansions

Dazzling Impressions

USA
Tuesday 6 - Tuesday 13 October 2020 (8 Days)
Piety and property were the driving forces behind the history of Newport, Rhode Island. Enjoy the astonishing Gilded Age mansions built by the Puritans who settled there, as well as visits to Colonial houses & art collections in nearby Connecticut at Yale University.

Byzantium - Constantinople - istanbul

The scroll of heaven

Turkey
Thursday 22 - Wednesday 28 October 2020 (7 Days)
"I have sailed the seas and come to the holy city of Byzantium." Yeats’s words are a poignant introduction to a remarkable city. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul is a magical place, where ancient cultures overlay each other, reinvented from generation to generation and culture to culture. This will be a fascinating disentangling of its history as we explore the remains of each of the cultures that left its mark on the city.
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