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

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.

Donizetti in Bergamo

A festive weekend

Italy
Wednesday 18 - Sunday 22 November 2020 (5 Days)
Bergamo is a most handsome small city. Each November it hosts an annual celebration of Gaetano Donizetti, one of Italy’s most engaging (and prolific) composers, and a Bergamo native. Our new tour will combine a weekend of music with the other delights of this lovely city, full of stunning churches, private palaces and one of Italy’s best smaller picture galleries.
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