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Venice opera and historic Regatta

6 nights from £945

This superb tour, travelling by air, combines two Venetian institutions that go back centuries with a tour of the historic and scenic Veneto region. The two highlights of the tour are a performance...

Charles Dickens tour: London and Kent

3 nights from £329

This weekend tour will focus on the two major areas of inspiration for the nineteenth century's greatest novelist Charles Dickens - London where he spent much of his childhood and based many of his...

The English Civil War

3 nights from £319

In 1642, with the King and Parliament at loggerheads, there seemed to be only one way to settle differences - the civil war. The country was split in two, with half supporting King Charles I and the...

Art on the south coast of England

3 nights from £369

This tour will appeal to those with an interest in British Art, as it visits some of the finest art galleries on the south coast, including the Towner Art Gallery and the Brighton Museum and Art...

William Morris - A great Victorian

3 nights from £329

Textile designer, artist, writer and socialist William Morris was the founding father of the influential Arts and Crafts movement and the furnishing and decorative arts manufacturers Morris & Co. His...

First world war centenary

5 nights from £749

Join Jonathan Nicholls, an experienced guide of the 1914-1918 battlefields of the Western Front, to visit the key sites and battlefields of the Somme, Arras and Ypres, whilst hearing the evocative...

Gothic castles to French Impressionism

3 nights from £289

It was a love of Gothic Revivalism that bought the third Marquess of Bute together with architect William Burges to sumptuously remodel Cardiff Castle and create the Neo-Gothic fairytale Castell Coch...

A grand tour of the Inner Hebrides

6 nights from £925

Complementing our Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides, this equally grand yet relaxing tour takes in the principal Inner Hebridean isles of Mull, Islay and Jura as well as the little islands of Staffa...

The story of Oxford's colleges

3 nights from £399

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with evidence of teaching dating back to 1096. Today it is one of the world's most famous educational institutions and...

The great castles of North Wales

3 nights from £319

In the late 13th century, in the course of three devastating campaigns, Wales was conquered by the English King Edward I. To cement his victory he built a string of castles which became the greatest...

Bletchley Park - The secrets of war

1 night from £109

Wartime secrets and spies

Uncover the secrets of Bletchley Park and discover how its code-breaking activities, and Churchill's 'Silent Geese', hastened the end of the second world war....

Culture and cuisine in Evia

7 nights from £1250

Evia is Greece's hidden gem managing to retain a wonderful air of the undiscovered. This two centre tour will expose you to the age old traditions, the fantastic scenery and wealth of historic sites...

Grand private houses

3 nights from £329

A special private home heritage tour telling the story of the Lygon, Scudamore, Somers-Cocks and Hervey-Bathurst families in their houses and estates from the 11th century to the present day.

Britten's War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall

2 nights from £209

On Rembrance Sunday 2014, to mark the centenary of the first world war, the Royal Choral Society will perform Britten's War Requiem at the Royal Albert hall. Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was...

HMS Warrior - Portsmouth

3 nights from £399

Launched in 1860 the HMS Warrior was Britain's first iron-hulled, armoured warship, the pride of Victoria's fleet and the ultimate ship of her time. Now part of the National Historic Fleet and a...

Richard III and the War of the Roses

3 nights from £299

Discover more about the dramatic events that led to the death in battle of Richard III, one of England's most controversial kings, and the rise of a new dynasty - the Tudors. This fascinating tour...

A grand tour of the Outer Hebrides

5 nights from £695

This extended tour of the Hebrides has proved extremely popular, offering as it does an opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the western isles. Our grand tour takes in all the beauty and...

Islay and Jura

4 nights from £655

Islay represents the southern extreme of the Inner Hebrides. Once the ancient home of the Lord of the Isles, who ruled the Hebrides from two islets on Loch Finlaggan, the Islay has always been...

Louvre-Lens and the galleries of northern France

3 nights from £729

The Picardie region of northern France is perhaps overlooked by visitors who pass through on their way from Calais to Paris and beyond. The area, however, once a hub of mining and industry and the...

Bristol and the Brunel legacy

3 nights from £389

In 1859, the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel died at just 53, but in that lifetime he completely revolutionised transport in Britain and beyond, and his engineering achievements are still...

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