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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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petra, jerash & the treasures of jordan

arabia felix

Jordan
Tuesday 6 - Thursday 15 April 2021 (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.

Private Gardens of Eastern Sicily

earth, fire, air & water

Italy
Friday 16 - Wednesday 21 April 2021 (6 Days)
Fiery Etna has enriched its fertile slopes to create a unique botanical mix of exotic plants, amazing flowers and varied crops along the Ionian Sea-facing coast of Eastern Sicily. Based in lovely Taormina, we shall visit privately the most notable town and country gardens of the region, complemented with many owner-hosted lunches - Sicilian bliss!

Spring Gardens of Ireland

Celtic Blossoms

Ireland
Sunday 18 - Thursday 29 April 2021 (12 Days)
For sheer theatrical impact, the massed ranks of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias found in Ireland’s spring gardens is hard to beat. Iconic gardens such as Mount Congreve, Fota, Birr Castle Demesne, Kilmacurragh, Powercourt and that jewel of jewels, Mount Stewart will all be included. Based at very comfortable hotels including the renowned Ballymaloe House, this may very well be the ultimate post-winter tonic?

Exploring Albania

Contrasting Cultures

Albania
Monday 3 - Monday 10 May 2021 (8 Days)
Undiscovered for decades, Albania is perfectly located between Greece and Italy. At the edge of the Balkan Peninsula, its complex history is furrowed into its landscape and weighs heavily on its shoulders. Given the resilience of its people and its engaging cultural heritage there is much to discover – evocative Greek and Roman sites, fine Byzantine churches and handsome Ottoman period houses, all set within dramatic scenery.

In Search of Piero della Francesca

Lucid Grandeur

Italy
Wednesday 5 - Monday 10 May 2021 (6 Days)
Piero della Francesca is one of the most fascinating, if enigmatic, of renaissance painters. His cool, majestic style is a vital part of the fifteenth century’s quest to find newly expressive approaches to religious narrative and one fully explored during this tour based in Citta di Castello.

Genoa & the Italian Riviera

Princes, Painters & Sea Merchants

Italy
Monday 24 - Saturday 29 May 2021 (6 Days)
Genoa, its wealth built on sea-trade, has a remarkable selection of magnificent private palaces, richly decorated churches, all sited in public spaces of elegant dignity. Rubens and Van Dyck both lived here, hinting at the trading links between Genoa and Antwerp. There are also a surprising number of stunning gardens, such as the Abbazia La Cervara near Portofino and the wonderful Hanbury Garden at La Mortola