Tours & Study Days With
Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied, successively, Music and then History of Art with Ancient History and Archaeology. He moved to the United States in 1980 to research Late Antiquity and the Early Church. This formative experience brought him to Cambridge, England in 1984 to complete a Ph D on the influence of Early Christian Art on Baroque Painting in Rome. A period as a university lecturer followed, together with many invitations to lecture to organisations such as The Art Fund and The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS). Consequently, he began to lead tours over twenty years ago and in 1999, together with Stephen Brook, founded CICERONI Travel, now one of the UK's most respected independent cultural travel companies. When not lecturing or travelling, he devotes most of his time to gardening, music and opera, the other great interests in his life.

 

 

Image above: Dublin, The Old Library, Trinity College

Turin & the House of Savoy

Elegance Personified

Italy
Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 December 2020 (5 Days)
The House of Savoy was one of the most celebrated and well-connected dynasties in Europe. Turin, its capital, was upgraded in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to reflect its new status as a kingdom and power broker in the diplomatic affairs of Europe. Turin just before Christmas is a most handsome city. Masterpieces of fine art and architecture in both the urban palaces and country hunting villas of the Savoy family we will visit will be complemented by superb food and wine during our festive few days.

connoisseurs' madrid & toledo

Habsburgs & bourbons

Spain
Sunday 14 - Saturday 20 February 2021 (7 Days)
Madrid has an amazing number of royal palaces and we shall see not only the most important of these, but a special feature will be the opportunity to see the Habsburg and Bourbon Royal collection of paintings, when we have three private early morning visits to the Prado. The Thyssen and Reina Sofia collections will also be included.

connoisseurs' rome

behind closed doors

Italy
Tuesday 2 - Sunday 7 March 2021 (6 Days)
This is a remarkable opportunity to explore a Rome normally concealed behind closed doors. From our hotel located directly next to the Pantheon. you will be taken to visit the city's most important palaces and art collections. There will be an evening private visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and many lesser-known jewels in the city. There is no other visit to Rome of this quality.

spring in galicia

Camellias & Pilgrims

Spain
Thursday 18 - Wednesday 24 March 2021 (7 Days)
This will be an exciting week spent exploring some of the very best camellia collections in Europe, as well as combining the best of horticultural, artistic and religious traditions as we encounter many sites associated with the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

petra, jerash & the treasures of jordan

arabia felix

Jordan
Tuesday 6 - Thursday 15 April 2021 (10 Days)
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were highly prized in ancient times traded by the Nabateans of Arabia. Their wealth was expended on that most remarkable of cities, Petra, the centrepiece of this visit to Jordan. Equally impressive are the Roman remains at Jerash, the traces of Ummayad Arab rule and the sites associated with the Old and New Testaments, close by and at the River Jordan.

Spring Gardens of Ireland

Celtic Blossoms

Ireland
Sunday 18 - Thursday 29 April 2021 (12 Days)
For sheer theatrical impact, the massed ranks of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias found in Ireland’s spring gardens is hard to beat. Iconic gardens such as Mount Congreve, Fota, Birr Castle Demesne, Kilmacurragh, Powercourt and that jewel of jewels, Mount Stewart will all be included. Based at very comfortable hotels including the renowned Ballymaloe House, this may very well be the ultimate post-winter tonic?

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Sunday 4 - Friday 9 July 2021 (6 Days)
Co Cork has some of the most beautiful houses and gardens of south-west Ireland, many not open to the public. However, this visit will concern itself not just with food for the eye, mind and soul but with food for the body as we shall stay at the renowned Ballymaloe House Hotel.

Connoisseurs' Yorkshire

Amidst the Hills & Dales

UK
Sunday 18 - Friday 23 July 2021 (6 Days)
North and East Yorkshire shelter in their midst some of the finest examples of medieval architecture, country houses and wonderful gardens. Based in the estate village of Ripley, just outside Harrogate, this tour will include a mix of visits to some old favourites such as Harewood House and Newby Hall and some houses and gardens which are not open to the public on a regular basis.

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Sunday 5 - Friday 10 September 2021 (6 Days)
Co Cork has some of the most beautiful houses and gardens of south-west Ireland, many not open to the public. However, this visit will concern itself not just with food for the eye, mind and soul but with food for the body as we shall stay at the renowned Ballymaloe House Hotel.
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