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

Lisbon & sintra

Explorers’ rewards

Portugal
Saturday 12 - Thursday 17 September 2020 (6 Days)
There are strong links between the British and Portuguese people, established via many centuries of trade, shared maritime history and royal dynastic links. We shall appreciate the remarkably beautiful city of Lisbon on the River Tagus and the country palaces of Sintra.

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Wednesday 23 - Sunday 27 September 2020 (5 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.

The Irish Country House & Garden

the harp & crown

Ireland
Sunday 27 September - Friday 2 October 2020 (6 Days)
Dublin was the second city of the emerging British Empire for much of the Georgian period, its handsome architecture a testament to its prosperity. The surrounding counties hosted a series of extravagant country houses such as Castletown and Russborough. Visiting in Autumn we shall also include some stunning gardens including Jimi Blake’s Hunting Brook and Helen Dillon’s new Dublin garden.
Study Day

RAPHAEL

Study Day

UK
Monday 12 October 2020
Raphael has never had a major ‘overview’ exhibition in the UK before. The National Gallery has recently postponed the eponymous exhibition to 2022, but in connection with this 500th anniversary year, Tom Duncan will lead a full Study Day in Aynho.

andalucia & its golden age

Romans, Christians & Moors

Spain
Wednesday 14 - Wednesday 21 October 2020 (8 Days)
Sun-drenched mountain ranges, white-washed towns and villages – the setting through which Carthaginians, Romans, Christian Visigoths, Moors and Christian re-conquerors all paraded, creating one of the great repositories of visual culture, Andalucía. Based successively in Cordoba, Seville and Granada discover this remarkable part of Spain.

Berlin & Potsdam

Prussia & the Rise of Germany

Germany
Sunday 25 - Friday 30 October 2020 (6 Days)
The re-unification of Germany in 1990 restored Berlin to its status as capital city. Previously, a long succession of German kings and emperors created many fine palaces but nowhere else in Europe was so much energy expended on building museums and art galleries for the public. Now almost all are fully restored and redisplayed and it is this cornucopia of the arts which we shall explore in Berlin and nearby Potsdam.

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.

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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