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.
petra, jerash & the treasures of jordan
Tuesday 19 - Thursday 28 March 2024 (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.
Sicily Ancient & Modern
Wednesday 10 - Friday 19 April 2024 (10 Days)
Sicily has been a strategic prize fought over for millennia by competing cultures, all attracted by its location and natural resources. Their marks have been left via amazing Greek temples, Roman villas, Norman churches and mosaics and baroque palaces - all complemented by the excellent cuisine and wines.
Revealing frans hals
Golden age portraiture
Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 April 2024 (5 Days)
Explore one of the ‘must see’ exhibitions of our times devoted to Frans Hals with his largest group of paintings ever assembled to be displayed in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum for a limited period. Our visit will place them in their historic context with time spent in Haarlem, The Hague’s Mauritshuis and in Amsterdam.
Gardens & Villas of the italian lakes
Saturday 27 April - Friday 3 May 2024 (7 Days)
Garlanded with princely villas, pretty villages and stunning alpine scenery, Lakes Como, Maggiore and Orta have long drawn artists, poets and gardeners to their shores. We too shall bask in the Arcadian dreamscape of these Lakes with visits to many privately-owned gardens and villas throughout our gently-paced spring week, with on occasion, generous hospitality from their owners.
An irish spring
Exploring ‘THE PALE’
Sunday 5 - Friday 10 May 2024 (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. We shall also include some exciting spring gardens.
Bulgaria & its Treasures
On the Frontier
Friday 10 - Friday 17 May 2024 (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.