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

The Gardens of Ireland

Celtic Blossoms

Ireland
Tuesday 28 June - Thursday 7 July 2022 (10 Days)
Summer in Ireland is not just about seeing “Forty Shades of Green!”; it is the abundant display of blossom provided by flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs which make this time of year so special for garden visitors. Iconic gardens such as Fota, Birr Castle Demesne, Powerscourt and that jewel of jewels, Mount Stewart will all be included. Based at very comfortable hotels including the renowned Ballymaloe House.

Treasure Houses of the Tweed Valley

A Scottish Surprise

UK
Monday 25 - Saturday 30 July 2022 (6 Days)
The handsome castles and houses, art collections and wonderful gardens of Scotland's 'Border' country are not widely known. Our visit will be an unrivalled introduction to magnificent treasures, many of which are not often seen by the public and where we shall be entertained privately in some style!

The Glyndebourne Festival

Opera in the Country

UK
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August 2022 (5 Days)
Glyndebourne is synonymous with all that represents excellence in the musical traditions of Great Britain. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we offer members of our own list the opportunity to enjoy this unique Festival supported by a programme of visits to some os Sussex's most interesting houses and gardens.

Visiting Normandy

Medieval Knights to Monet

France
Thursday 18 - Wednesday 24 August 2022 (7 Days)
The verdant landscapes of Normandy are an oasis of peace and tranquillity, masking a history full of incident. Its rural semi-obscurity attracted some of the finest painters of nineteenth century France, the precursors to and creators of Impressionism, above all Claude Monet.

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Sunday 4 - Friday 9 September 2022 (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.

Lisbon & sintra

Explorers’ rewards

Portugal
Thursday 29 September - Monday 3 October 2022 (5 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.

Giotto, Veronese & Palladio

An Invitation to the Veneto

Italy
Thursday 13 - Wednesday 19 October 2022 (7 Days)
The Veneto was the rich agricultural hinterland of the newly land-focused Venetian Republic. Ambitious noble families used patronage of the arts to create a glittering patchwork of palaces, villas and collections: Palladio and Veronese were just two of the great names much employed who will be the focus of our visit.

connoisseurs' rome

behind closed doors

Italy
Tuesday 1 - Sunday 6 November 2022 (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.

Donizetti in Bergamo

A festive weekend

Italy
Thursday 17 - Monday 21 November 2022 (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.

Exploring madrid

The habsburgs as collectors

Spain
Sunday 27 November - Saturday 3 December 2022 (7 Days)
This unique tour to Madrid focuses on one of the greatest collections of paintings ever formed with Titian, Rubens & Velazquez featured. We shall have three private early morning visits to the Prado to see the Habsburg and Bourbon Royal collection of paintings.

connoisseurs' rome

behind closed doors

Italy
Tuesday 28 February - Sunday 5 March 2023 (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.

Lucca, Pisa & Their Treasures

prosperity's bounty

Italy
Saturday 22 - Thursday 27 April 2023 (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.
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