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

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Sunday 23 - Friday 28 June 2019 (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.

Discovering Northamptonshire

Competitive Baroque

UK
Sunday 30 June - Friday 5 July 2019 (6 Days)
Northamptonshire contains a series of outstanding country estates, largely still owned by the families who created them. Housing rich art collections and fabulous baroque architecture, this tour will introduce you to intriguing characters and a sequence of masterpieces.

Edinburgh & its Hinterland

The Scottish Enlightenment

UK
Sunday 14 - Friday 19 July 2019 (6 Days)
Edinburgh’s fame as the 'Athens of the North' rests on strong foundations reflected in works of the many intellectuals, architects and artists who lived and worked in the city. Through visits to the great museums, art galleries, the city’s famed Botanic Gardens and forays into the surrounding countryside when we visit a number of marvellous private houses, this will be an Edinburgh full of endless surprises.

Treasure Houses of the Tweed Valley

A Scottish Surprise

UK
Sunday 21 - Friday 26 July 2019 (6 Days)
Organised for the Patrons & Friends of Banbury Museum. 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!

Music & Gardens in Sussex

The Glyndebourne Festival

UK
Monday 5 - Friday 9 August 2019 (5 Days)
Glyndeboune 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.

Exploring ulster

Quis separabit

UK
Sunday 1 - Sunday 8 September 2019 (8 Days)
Quis Separabit - ‘who shall separate’ is a motto much connected with Irish history, drawing attention to the many links between Britain and Ireland over the centuries. Discover how these links have shaped Ulster, ancient and modern, as we explore its remarkable history, its wonderful scenery and above all its private and hidden treasures in city and country.

Villas & Gardens on Como & Lugano

Lakeside Idyll

Italy
Thursday 12 - Wednesday 18 September 2019 (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 new 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.

Connoisseurs’ venice

Patricians & Painters

Italy
Monday 11 - Saturday 16 November 2019 (6 Days)
Be you a novice or seasoned visit to Venice, we offer a privileged introduction to this magical city: palaces that are not open to the public; St Mark’s and its mosaics, seen privately at night; magical Torcello, “a positive ecstasy of melancholia” as Jan Morris described it; art galleries for the connoisseur – all seen at a time when the city is at its most quiet and serene.

Leonardo & the Court of Milan

The Universal Artist

Italy
Tuesday 3 - Saturday 7 December 2019 (5 Days)
Leonardo da Vinci has always been regarded as the towering artist of what we call the Renaissance. To his contemporaries he was THE innovator, the most original, inventive and curious of artists. Yet few realised the huge range of his questing intelligence. Discover this ‘universal man’ during our tour to Milan, coinciding with the city’s 500th anniversary celebrations.

Dutch & Spanish masters

REMBRANDT & Velázquez

Netherlands
Tuesday 7 - Friday 10 January 2020 (4 Days)
As part of 2019: The Year of Rembrandt, celebrating the 400th anniversary of his birth, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, in conjunction with Madrid’s Prado, have organised an exhibition which will examine the work of both these painters in the company of their major contemporaries. Our visit will place them in their historic context with time spent in both The Hague and Amsterdam.

Dutch & Spanish masters

REMBRANDT & Velázquez

Netherlands
Monday 13 - Thursday 16 January 2020 (4 Days)
As part of 2019: The Year of Rembrandt, celebrating the 400th anniversary of his birth, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, in conjunction with Madrid’s Prado, have organised an exhibition which will examine the work of both these painters in the company of their major contemporaries. Our visit will place them in their historic context with time spent in both The Hague and Amsterdam.

beethoven in bonn

a symphonic revolution

Germany
Sunday 15 - Sunday 22 March 2020 (8 Days)
Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770 and we celebrate the 250th anniversary of this occasion when we take a group to Bonn next March for a Festival Week when all his symphonies will be performed, supported by visits to Cologne, Aachen, Brühl and elsewhere.

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.

petra, jerash & the treasures of jordan

arabia felix

Jordan
Tuesday 14 - Thursday 23 April 2020 (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.

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Sunday 5 - Friday 10 July 2020 (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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