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Tours & Study Days At
Ciceroni Travel

Our company name, CICERONI, is the Italian word for a group of eighteenth century ‘Grand Tour’ guides. We create and conduct our tours in the relaxed and informative manner of the Grand Tour with a particular accent on private visits. We use comfortable hotels in enviable country and city locations while good food and wine are an important part of our sense of hospitality. Our study days focus on individual themes, collections and exhibitions, offering an independent overview of each subject, many of which complement our tour programme.

We are in the process of publishing our revised 2021 programme following the impact of Covid-19. You can find the draft programme under the 'News' here

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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.

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.

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.