Hospes Non Hospi – A Guest Not A Stranger
Tours & Study Days At
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.
Edinburgh & its Hinterland
The Scottish Enlightenment
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
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
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.
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.
Bulgaria & its Treasures
On the Frontier
Monday 2 - Monday 9 September 2019 (8 Days)
Bulgaria is gifted with spectacular scenery, the setting for over two millennia of history reflected in its remarkable monuments from the ancient, medieval and more recent periods. As yet not much visited, seize the opportunity to discover this hidden part of Europe, untroubled by crowds in the company of an expert, John Osborne.
Riga & its Surroundings
Monday 9 - Saturday 14 September 2019 (6 Days)
It is a remarkable testament to the spirit and tenacity of the Latvians that their country exists – Vikings, Teutonic knights, Swedes, Poles and Russians have all occupied it at some stage. Since independence from Russia it has been transformed, and its capital, Riga is the most handsome of the three Baltic States capitals – an elegant base to explore this handsome city and the unspoilt countryside.